Suram dan kesuraman…

Mengenai kesuraman, memang derajat kesuraman masing-2 orang akan beda.
Sharing sy tanpa bermaksud menggurui, sy menerjunkan diri menjadi
pendidik sejak lulus thn 1998. Itu pun dari sebuah alasan yang sangat
tidak serius. Singkatnya, ingat serial FRIENDS? Sy meniru Ross Geller.

Dari pertama masuk menjadi asisten, bantu-2 proyek dosen yang setahun
hanya 1 biji, atau bantu mengetik buku dosen, halaman per halaman.
Ambil S2 (dengan beasiswa di ITB dari On Place Scholarship Asia
Uninet), mulai bantu2 kuliah. Don’t get me wrong, the pay check from
the lectures, went in to senior’s pocket. Secara (hehe)mereka yg
terdaftar sebagai pengajar utama.

Kemudian, mulai jg bantu2 di Jurusan dan Fakultas dari open house
sampai disuruh-2 promosi ke SMA-2, yg kadang-2 mereka kelupaan tidak
memfasilitasi dengan diantar mobil ITB sekadar agar tidak repot bawa-2
LCD projector jurusan dan laptop bekas (yg milik sy sendiri) dgn layar
msh 15″.

Tetap sambil jg mroyek yg setahun hanya 1 biji. Dan sy jg pernah
merasakan jadi spesialis pengantar surat ke prof-2 geologi dan
sekitarnya. Benar-2 pengantar surat (literally) … Yang membedakan
dengan staf ekspedisi hanyalah, sy ikut mendraft surat, mengerti
isinya, dan berlatih menjelaskan ke para professor yg antik. Yg saking
antiknya, yg terkadang bisa marah karena kita salah ambil posisi duduk
di rapat. Dan jam mengantarnya terkadang sampai jam 10 malam, ya
sebisanya yg tandatangan surat (baca: PD II).

Lebih lanjut, sy mulai bikin proposal penelitian Hibah Bersaing lagi-2
hanya 1 biji (jd anak buah pula). Sy mencoba membuat proposal ini,
setelah tahun ke-3, artinya 3 times in a row, my proposal went in to
their recycle bin, atau malah trash can untuk langsung dibuang ke
Bantargebang. 🙂

Setelah Hibah Bersaing, trs meningkat Hibah Pascasarjana (ini pun kali
ke-2 baru diterima) hanya 1 biji tapi bisa menyelesaikan kegiatan
lapangan dan analisis laboratorium S3 sy yg dimulai thn 2005. Karena
dorongan dari senior pula, sy terpaksa harus nulis, minimal 1 tiap
tahun. Salah satu contohnya ya ke Bangkok itu. And believe me guys, it
has been too often, my paper rejected with painful notes. hehe.

Kemudian sedikit-2, sambil tetap ngajar di ITB, mulai diajak-2 senior
ke Dikti s/d 2004 menangani SemiQUE, Due-Like, PHK batch I, sambil
teteup mroyek 1 biji /thn. Ya lumayanlah, ngga terlalu besar uangnya
tapi bisa membawa sy jalan-2 ke 20 provinsi. Salah satunya ke Univ
Brawijaya jur Kimia (kalau tidak salah), UNJ (lupa jurusannya), dan PTS-2.

Masalah proyek Pengabdian Masyarakat yg hanya 1 per tahun ini (dan
nilainya kecil beneran karena jadi anak buah) ini juga ujur lo. Infact
sy msh hapal persis proyek-2 sy dari thn 1999 – 2008 kemarin. Hidup sy
di ITB benar-2 tidak pernah buat sy sendiri dengan mencari proyek
sendiri, mengelola sendiri, dll. Waktu sy lebih banyak membantu orang
lain (baca: senior). Pastinya lebih banyak rekan-2 yg lebih leluasa
memanfaatkan waktu karena punya bargaining power ke seniornya lebih
tinggi, atau at least lebih nekat. hehe.

Nasib membawa sy menjadi Asisten Akademik ITB mulai 2005. Kalau di
Bahasa Inggriskan sih keren, academic assistant atau TA (teaching
assistant). Namun sebenarnya ini adalah crash program bagi para dosen
yg sudah dikader yg tidak eligible masuk CPNS tahun 2005. Kemudian
baru thn 2007 diakui eksistensinya untuk diajukan menjadi CPNS. Suatu
status yg bahkan sdh sy kesampingkan keberadaannya.

Baru thn 2005 sy memberanikan diri menjual mobil jepang thn 90
ditambahin sedikit tabungan untuk DP rumah dan membeli mobil Eropa
semacam mobilnya Ahmadinejad Peugeot 504 thn ’82 yg sampai saat ini sy
pakai. Kegiatan-2 diatas terus saja seperti itu, mengalir… Senyaman
naik mobil tua sy. Atau senyaman sy melihat senyum bahagia mahasiswa
S1 atau S2 sy yg lulus dengan nilai A, dan anehnya mereka berterima
kasih kepada sy, yg hanya pembimbing bayangan berstatus Pemprof
(Pembantu Profesor) hehe. Yg bahkan saat itu belum berhak duduk di
ruang sidang.

Jadi dengan rentetan kenyaman “in tangible” seperti itu, sy tidak
tahu, apakah sy termasuk yg tergolong suram atau tidak. Kalau
dibandingkan dengan (maaf harus membandingkan) dengan teman2 seumur yg
jadi dosen di perminyakan, sangat jauh. Mereka sdh memenuhi parkiran
kampus dengan Corolla Altis, Cherokee, Grand Livina, dll. Atau teman-2
sy di oil company swasta, yg bisa menghabiskan uang 35 jt untuk
membangun sepedanya, yg “saking” ringannya (dan mahalnya bahannya)
bisa diangkat hanya dengan 1 jari.

But then again, sy msh merasa nyaman pakai mobil tua sy dan motor
Honda sy, tinggal di rmh tipe 70 (lebih sedikit) di pinggiran Antapani
Bandung Timur yg tetap standar belum diperluas apalagi ditingkat.
Kembali lg, pastinya lbh banyak lg rekan-2 yg bisa lbh mengatur
waktunya untuk “pribadi” (baca: keluarga) tanpa harus mengorbankan kuliah.

So, you guys tell me, is it wrong to say that we’re not so unlucky and
gloomy, as a teacher.

-erwin@kandanggajah

Rainbow…

Someone once told me, that everything looks beautiful on the precise
time and at the exact right place, not a second before nor after, not
an inch to right nor left.

For instance, the light wont look differently if they move only
through a drop of water. But it will looks great if the colour
spectrum spreads out from thousands/millions drops of water, with the
right angle and position. We call it rainbow…

-erwin@kandanggajahsore2

Rainbow: an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun’s rays by rain(google)

Going a lil bit scientific guys

Rekans, utk meningkatkan Peringkat Webometrics ITB dari sisi parameter rich files, kami berupaya sebanyak mungkin dapat mengupload (baca: diungga) file-2 public domain agar dapat didownload (baca: diunduh)oleh pengunjung situs kami. Lagi-2 ngga ada gunanya kalau ngga ada yg mengunduh, jadi buat rekan-2 yg ingin tau bagaimana menganalisis kualitas air tanah (secara tukang sumur hehe) dapat mengunduh file presentasi Bangkok di link berikut: http://www.fitb.itb.ac.id/kk-geologi_terapan/?p=238 tks -erwin@kandanggajahsore2

Gigih (persistent)

Persistent: the act of persisting; continuing or repeating behavior; “his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate” (wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn)
Someone told me that she owns a book which has these lines:

Gigih memang sifat terpuji, tetapi tidak berarti bahwa semua orang
harus selalu menyaksikan sekeras apa kita mengusahakan sesuatu.

[Randy Pausch, 2008, Last Lecture, Ufukpress]

Perfect (Simple Plan)

Mungkin ada yg tahu Grup Punk Rock Simple Plan. Sy sdh ratusan kali mendengar salah satu lagunya berjudul “Perfect” tapi baru kemarin sy bener-2 mendengar lagu ini dengan Ipod karena jenuh 3,5 jam di pesawat. Impotant notes for being a father, a dad, a friend. Bahwa anak tidak sempurna, dan kita pun tidak sempurna. -erwin@kandanggajah Hey dad look at me Think back and talk to me Did I grow up according to plan? And do you think I’m wasting my time doing things I wanna do? ‘Cuz it hurts when you disapprove all along And now I try hard to make it I just want to make you proud I’m never gonna be good enough for you I can’t pretend that I’m alright And you can’t change me ‘Cuz we lost it all Nothing lasts forever I’m sorry I can’t be perfect Now it’s just too late and We can’t go back I’m sorry I can’t be perfect try not to think About the pain I feel inside Did you know you used to be my hero? All the days you spend with me Now seem so far away And it feels like you don’t care anymore And now I try hard to make it I just want to make you proud I’m never gonna be good enough for you I can’t stand another fight And nothing’s alright ‘Cuz we lost it all Nothing lasts forever I’m sorry I can’t be perfect Now it’s just too late and We can’t go back I’m sorry I can’t be perfect Nothing’s gonna change the things that you said Nothing’s gonna make this right again Please don’t turn your back I can’t believe it’s hard Just to talk to you But you don’t understand ‘Cuz we lost it all Nothing lasts forever I’m sorry I can’t be perfect Now it’s just too late and We can’t go back I’m sorry I can’t be perfect ‘Cuz we lost it all Nothing lasts forever I’m sorry I can’t be perfect Now it’s just too late and We can’t go back I’m sorry I can’t be perfect

Jason Statham

My favorite action hero now. Here is a little bit about this guy… (from various sources)

Why we like him ??

A one-time Olympic diver, fashion model, and black-market salesman, Statham came to acting by way of commercials and “street theater” ,a euphemism for hustling tourists on London’s Oxford Street. Jason Statham got his own style with acting, Jason Statham is just so fine, strong, smart and can move like a snake.

Why is he famous ??

He starred in hit movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999), Snatch (2001), John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars (2001), The One (2001), The Transporter (2002), The Italian Job (2003), Cellular (2004), and Transporter 2 (2005).

British director Guy Ritchie frequently attributes the success of his unorthodox crime films 1998’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, 2000’s Snatch to the fact that his offbeat miscreants are more than believable, they are real. Preferring to cast for authenticity rather than resum×™, Ritchie handpicks many of his actors from the true-life cult figures and rascals of London’s underbelly. Actor Jason Statham is among the best of them.

Filmography

The Brazilian Job (2006)

Charlie Croker and his fellow crew of expert thieves head to Rio de Janeiro to pull off another heist in this follow up to The Italian Job.

Revolver (2006)

Hotshot Las Vegas gambler Jake Green is rarely allowed to play in the casinos because he’s a winner. Jake has taken in so much money, in fact, that he’s the only client of his accountant and older brother, Billy. Jake, Billy and their other brother Joe are invited to sit in on a private game. Crime boss and casino owner, Dorothy Macha is sitting in on the game, too. Though he’s a terrible player he always wins because people are scared to lose to him. Jake not only beats Dorothy but insults the man. Macha puts out a hit on Jake, but Jake ends up working for and being protected by a pair of brothers, Avi and Zack, who are out to take Dorothy down.

The Pink Panther (2006)

A prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film, where the detective must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

Chaos (2006)

Two cops, a rookie (Phillippe) and a grizzled vet (Statham), pursue an accomplished bank robber.

London (2006)

Directed by

Hunter Richards

The Transporter 2 (2005)

Retired in Miami, ex-Special Forces operative, Frank Martin, makes a living driving for the wealthy Billings family. He’s a huge favorite with their two small boys, but when the kids are kidnapped and injected with a potentially fatal virus, Frank defies the FBI and works relentlessly to get the boys to safety and discover the kidnapper’s master plan.

Cellular (2004)

Thriller

1 hr. 35 min. A random wrong number to his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman’s life in the action thriller Cellular. With no knowledge of Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) other than her hushed, panicked voice on the other end of the tenuous cell phone connection, Ryan (Chris Evans) is quickly thrown into a world of deception and murder on his frantic search to find and save her. Jessica’s life is in his hands, but what is waiting for him on the other side of the line, and what will it cost him to find out?

Collateral (2004)

Thriller and Crime/Gangster

1 hr. 56 min. Max (Foxx) is a failed comedy writer living in Los Angeles who makes a living as a cab driver. This movie focuses on one very tumultuous day for Max, as he figures out that the fare (Cruise) he’s been driving around all day is a contract killer, committing a series of hits. Now, it’s up to him to somehow stop the killer from executing the last witness… as well as himself.

The Italian Job (2003)

Action/Adventure and Crime/Gangster

A band of thieves, led by Charlie Croker (Wahlberg), pulls off the ultimate heist by rigging the stoplights of the city of Los Angeles so that they can drive right out of the city with a carful of gold (in a safe that they’re stealing back after Croker’s double-crossing ex-partner, played by Edward Norton, stole it from Croker first), with nothing but green lights, while everyone else gets red lights, thus keeping the roads plugged with the largest traffic jam in L.A. history, and the police from pursuing them.

Mean Machine (2002)

Comedy and Drama

1 hr. 39 mins. Vinnie Jones steps into Burt Reynolds’ shoes as a professional footballer detained at her Majesty’s pleasure in this re-creation of the 1974 film “The Longest Yard.” Danny Meehan (Jones) had it all – captain of the England soccer team, fast cars, money and fame – until he was banned from the team following accusations of match fixing and jailed for three years for drunken assault on a police officer. The Governor (David Hemmings) has pulled strings to get Danny assigned to his prison. He’s put a lot of money into the prison guards’ semi-professional soccer team with little result, and he wants Danny to train the team to win the league. Siding with the Governor is a one way ticket to prison hell, and so Danny proposes to train a team of cons to play against the guards as a pre-season warm-up. The Governor agrees, believing a bunch of cons to be no match for his guards.

The Transporter (2002)

Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster

1 hr. 32 min. Dangerous complications ensue when a former U.S. Special Forces soldier-turned expatriate mercenary is hired to kidnap the feisty daughter of a lethal Chinese cook who’s smuggling his fellow countrymen into France.

John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Suspense/Horror

1 hr. 55 min. Set in the year 2025, humans have moved to Mars. They have organized a division of labor and they are mining the planet for natural resources. However, when one mining team digs up a long-buried pod full of aliens, and the bodies of the human workers are instantly inhabited by the strange beings, a war ignites. What first seems to be a battle against crime for justice suddenly turns into a human battle for survival against the haunting alien force.

The One (2001)

Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy

1 hr. 36 min. THE ONE, a supernatural action bonanza from director James Wong, stars martial arts expert Jet Li. With high-tech special effects and innovative choreography, the film places Li in various battle scenarios fighting against his equal–actually, his double, an evil version of himself living from another reality.

Snatch (2001)

Art/Foreign, Thriller and Crime/Gangster

1 hr. 43 min. In SNATCH, a botched diamond heist leads to a wild and tangled adventure involving gangsters, boxers, and a detailed look at the London underground. A stylized work with a gritty urban soundtrack and a cast of intricately developed characters, this film is a welcome follow-up to director Guy Ritchie’s earlier LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)

Comedy and Thriller

1 hr. 48 min. Best mates Eddie, Tom, Bacon,and Soap are cocks-of-the-walk in and around the East End. And why not? They’re virile, handsome lads who can hold their own. With this lot, it’s all for one and more for all. So, everyone stakes Eddie, a sharp cardshark, for the biggest card game in town. Eddie can’t lose…until he does: the game is a setup. Fleeced, Eddie finds himself and his mates in debt to the game’s host, never-to-be-crossed underworld boss Hatchet Harry, for a whopping $800,000. If the money isn’t on Harry’s desk in a week, then Eddie’s fingers (to start with) will be, thanks to fearsome debt collector Big Chris. Unless Eddie’s father, JD, forfeits his popular bar to his old adversary, Harry. Not bloody likely! So, Eddie and the boys put their heads together and brainstorm a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like… bandits, as it were. The foursome keeps focused on the big grab, even as all hell breaks loose around them, when a rogues! ‘ gallery of miscreants gets in their way. The gang of four finds more big-time trouble, and craziness, than they ever imagined. To save their skins, they’ll have to demonstrate that rare trait: honor among thieves. However, making good use of the two barrels of that pair of vintage shotguns couldn’t hurt…

Trend

One of my post on a miling list

Hehe, Pak Oji sdh mulai penasaran. Gini Pak, pinter ngetik sih ngga
juga, baru 3 thn. Hanya memang kondisi pernikahan ngga linear seperti
posting Pak Oji. Kalau membaik jg ngga linear, kalau memburuk jg ngga
linear. Macam muka air tanah Pak, berfluktuasi, tapi kumulatif dr
jaman Belanda sampai sekarang, trend nya pasti menurun.

Anyway, Yg sy setuju memang pernikahan itu masalah 2 orang, ngga bisa
1 orang. Dan kesetaraan cara berpikir menurut sy utama. Dan kesetaraan
cara berpikir tidak harus masalah kesetaraan pendidikan atau
kesetaraan ekonomi keluarga lo pak. Jadi sy ngga setuju kalau ada yg
bilang, menikah itu tidak perlu memperhatikan bibit, bebet, bobot.
Walaupun bukan yg utama, tapi itu perlu. Karena 3 hal itu mempengaruhi
kesetaraan cara berpikir. Dan kesetaraan cara berpikir berhubungan
dengan frekuensi beda pendapat.

Beda pendapat yg sy maksud adalah beda pendapat yg tidak terdefinisi.
Sementara beda pendapat mengenai pendidikan anak, keuangan, cara
mengatur rumah, atau penyebab lainnya yang bisa disebutkan dengan
jelas. Hal2 tersebut menurut sy belum termasuk yg harus diwaspadai.

Berikutnya masalah suasana keluarga juga mendukung itu. Jadi bapak/ibu
yg baru mau menikah. Cek dulu Pak, bagaimana suasana hati bapak/ibu
kalau sedang masuk di keluarga pasangannya. Kalau memang cocok, jangan
buang waktu sikat saja :), tapi kalau masih ada ganjalan, jangan
diremehkan. Ganjalan sekecil apapun bisa membesar sejalan dengan
waktu.

Jodoh pun, memang ada dasar dalam agama, bahwa memang setiap orang
sudah ditentukan pasangannya. Namun demikian menurut sy, itu hanya
merupakan pancingan. Kitalah yang justru berperan besar untuk
menentukan apakah pasangan kita ini jodoh kita atau bukan. Bukan orang
lain. Sisanya memang Sang Pencipta Allah SWT yg mengatur dgn cara yg
sangat misterius. Yg sy nggak sampai mau menganalisisnya. Dialah yg jg
dgn mudah membolak-balik hati manusia ciptaannya. Sy jg mohon bantuan
analisis nih, bagi yg mempelajari dengan dalam. Kenapa diciptakan
jodoh tapi pada saat yg sama ada proses membolak balik hati seperti
martabak.

Silahkan ditambah oleh yg lebih sering ngetik haha. Yg jelas kalau
posting Pak Oji ini memang sangat bisa terjadi, tetapi itu bukan
sesuatu yg bisa mengguncangkan pernikahan Pak. 🙂

Happy Hunting ! 🙂

– erwin @ kandang gajah

Little house on the Prairie from Wikipedia

Little House on the Prairie is an American one-hour dramatic television program that aired on the NBC network from September 11, 1974, to March 21, 1983, bumping the long-running Adam-12 series to Tuesday nights. During the 1982-83 television season, with the departure of Michael Landon, the series was broadcast with the new title Little House: A New Beginning. A three-hour compilation special called The Little House Years was aired in 1979. (The series itself was preceded by a two-hour pilot movie that first aired on March 30, 1974).

The show was a loose adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of Little House on the Prairie books. Readers of the books will notice huge discrepancies between the book series and the shows.

The series was produced in-house by NBC. As of 2007, current corporate sibling Universal Media Studios owns the underlying rights; however, it is distributed in syndication in the United States by CBS Television Distribution, the syndication arm of CBS Paramount Television (holders of the library of Worldvision Enterprises, the original syndicated distributors).

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Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls frolic down a hill, as shown in the opening credits of the series.

Although it differed from the original books, and many new characters and situations were added, this television series was one of the few long-running successful dramatic family shows (and it is still in syndication). Although predominantly a drama, the program did have some comedic moments, thanks to supporting cast members such as Mr. Edwards (played by Victor French) and the Oleson family: Nels Oleson (Richard Bull), Harriet Oleson (Katherine MacGregor), Willie Oleson (Jonathan Gilbert), and Nellie Oleson (Alison Arngrim).

The show’s central characters are Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), farmer and patriarch, with his wife, Caroline (Karen Grassle), and four daughters, Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert), Carrie (Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush and Grace (Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh). The Ingalls family also adopts 10-year-old Albert Quinn (Matthew Laborteaux), whom the family meets when they move (briefly) to Winoka, Dakota Territory in a series of 1978 episodes. Later the Ingalls family adopts more children, James (Jason Bateman) and Cassandra Cooper (Missy Francis), a brother and sister who are orphaned after their parents are killed in a wagon accident.
Other essential characters included the friendly Nels Oleson, proprietor of the town’s general store, Oleson’s Mercantile; his malicious, gossipping wife, Harriet; and their two spoiled children, Nellie and Willie; and later, their adopted child, Nancy (Allison Balson). Also appearing in the series are Merlin Olsen (as Jonathan Garvey), Dabbs Greer (as Reverend Robert Alden), Karl Swenson (as Lars Hanson, the town’s founder and proprietor of the town’s mill), and Kevin Hagen (as Dr. Hiram Baker, the town’s doctor). Malcolm in the Middle creator Linwood Boomer appears as Mary Ingalls’s teacher-turned-husband, Adam Kendall, whom she meets at the school for the blind in the 1978-1979 season. In 1979, Dean Butler joined the cast as Almanzo Wilder, and he and Laura are married in the 1980-1981 season premiere.

Michael Landon directed the largest number of episodes (87); producer William F. Claxton handled the majority of the remaining shows (68). Co-star Victor French helmed 19 episodes.

The series theme song was titled The Little House and was written and conducted by David Rose.

As with most TV series set in a distant time or place, the series includes occasional historical inaccuracies and errors. For example, in the early episode “Country Girls”, near the end of the episode in the school yard, an airplane can be heard flying overhead which of course did not exist at that time. Little House on the Prairie was largely filmed on Big Sky Ranch at Simi Valley, California. Camera vistas sometimes pick up the rugged terrain, far too mountainous for Minnesota, and the Californian chaparral vegetation. In one particular episode Laura runs away and climbs up a mountain. However, there are no mountains on the prairie. Nevertheless, in most scenes the oak savanna is considered to be representative of the real Walnut Grove. Dr. Baker’s telephone seems far ahead of its time, since the telephone was newly invented and existed only in large cities in the 1880s. Also during the series run, several married women are seen regularly teaching. During the 1800s, married women were not allowed to teach. Several episodes also mentioned peanut butter sandwiches, which were not introduced until the early 1900s. Another episode shows an elderly presumably Colonel Harland Sanders attempting to sell his franchise to Mrs. Oleson. Sanders was born in 1890 and would have been an infant or child at the time the series takes place. There was also an episode where Mr. Oleson claimed to have played college football, but he was far too old to have played in even the earliest college football games (which took place in 1869). In addition, the episode titled “A Wiser Heart,” was set in 1884, when Laura Ingalls Wilder was 17 years old. In the episode, she attends a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson; however, Emerson died in 1882.

The most successful western-dramatic series ended in 1983, due to low ratings (after Landon’s decision of leaving the cast), but this show set the tone for one other series that is similar to Little House: Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. In addition, the show is immensely-popular in reruns in syndication, Hallmark Channel and on TV Land, and because of its historical context, is deemed acceptable for use by the FCC to meet federal E/I programming guidelines. Two stations which use the program to meet E/I include Orange County, California‘s KDOC, and Green Bay, Wisconsin‘s WLUK.

In Canada, reruns of the series began airing weeknights at 5:00 pm on CTS, a Christian-based network, as of September 1, 2008.

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During its nine season run, many actors made guest appearances, including both well-known actors and/or unfamiliar actors who went on to become well-known stars. Among those appearing in Little House episodes were: Willie Aames, Christopher Cashion, Anne Archer, Lew Ayres, Hermione Baddeley, Parley Baer, Olivia Barash, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Billy Barty, Richard Basehart, Tony Becker, Ralph Bellamy, Ken Berry, Peter Billingsley, Dirk Blocker, Ray Bolger, Ernest Borgnine, Todd Bridges, Walter Brooke, Red Buttons, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Leon Charles, Don Collier, Nicolas Coster, James Cromwell, Royal Dano, Shannen Doherty, Ike Eisenmann, Lou Fant, Gil Gerard, Ted Gehring, Jack Ging, Louis Gossett Jr., Nancy Lee Grahn, Moses Gunn, Mariette Hartley, Arthur Hill, John Hillerman, Robert Hoffman, Beth Howland, John Ireland, Burl Ives, Richard Jaeckel, Lance Kerwin, Tom Lester, Geoffrey Lewis, Mike Lookinland, Betty Lynn, Laurie Main, Chuck McCann, Jimmy McNichol, Richard Mulligan, Alvy Moore, Patricia Neal, Sean Penn, Radames Pera, John Bennett Perry, Carl Pitti, Eddie Quillan, Bill Quinn, Kim Richards, Tracie Savage, William Schallert, Eric Shea, James B. Sikking, Olan Soule, Madeleine Stowe, Dub Taylor, Kelly Thordsen, Forrest Tucker, Mitch Vogel, Anthony Zerbe, among many others.

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[edit] Little House: A New Beginning

A spin-off series of sorts, Little House: A New Beginning, built around Laura and Almanzo, lasted only one season and aired from September 1982 until March 1983 (and is included in the Little House syndication package). A new family, the Carters (Stan Ivar as John, Pamela Roylance as Sarah, Lindsay Kennedy as older son Jeb and David Friedman as younger son Jason), move into the Ingalls’ old home. Meanwhile, Almanzo and Laura, take in their niece, Jenny Wilder (played by Shannen Doherty), when Almanzo’s brother dies and raise her alongside their daughter, Rose. The Wilders appear prominently in some episodes, while in others, they appear only in early scenes used to introduce the story or its characters (see, for example, “The Last Summer“).

[edit] Movie Sequels

Three made-for-television movie sequels followed: Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983), Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (1983), and Little House: The Last Farewell (1984). Two other Little House movies were made in conjunction with the Landon series: the 1974 pilot for the program and Little House Years (1979), a Thanksgiving special/clip show that aired in the middle of Season 6.

[edit] Parodies

CBC Television‘s Canadian sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie takes its title, logo and pioneering spirit, if not much else, from this series.

[edit] Broadcast History and Ratings

Little House on the Prairie was one of several hit shows on NBC primetime throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. For the first two seasons, the show was aired on Wednesday nights at 8pm ET/7pm CT, to moderate ratings. In 1976, the series became a Monday night staple on NBC; after the move, it remained in the Top 30 for the rest of its run.

Season Ratings Rank
1974-1975 #13
1975-1976
1976-1977 #16
1977-1978 #7
1978-1979 #14
1979-1980 #16
1980-1981 #10
1981-1982 #25
1982-1983 #28

[edit] Awards

  • 1976 TP de Oro, Mejor Actriz Extranjera (Best Foreign Actress), Karen Grassle
  • 1976 TP de Oro, Mejor Serie Extranjera (Best Foreign Series)
  • 1978 Emmy Award, Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Series, Ted Voightlander, episode “The Fighter”
  • 1979 Emmy Award, Outstanding Cinematography for a Series, Ted Voightlander, episode “The Craftsman”
  • 1979 Emmy Award, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, David Rose, episode “The Craftsman”
  • 1980 TP de Oro, Mejor Actriz Extranjera (Best Foreign Actress), Melissa Sue Anderson
  • 1981 Western Writers of America Spur Award, Best TV Script, Michael Landon, episode “May We Make Them Proud”
  • 1982 Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore), David Rose, episode “He Was Only Twelve,” part 2
  • 1983 Young Artist Award, Best Young Actress in a Drama Series, Melissa Gilbert
  • 1984 Young Artist Award, Best Young Actress in a Drama Series, Melissa Gilbert

[edit] DVD Releases

The entire series has been released on DVD. The US DVD sets include exclusive interviews by Québécois Little House historian Patrick Loubatière and actors Alison Arngrim, Dabbs Greer, and Dean Butler.

A majority of the episodes in the North American DVD versions have scenes cut from the episodes—these are derived from the syndicated television versions by Worldvision Enterprises, the series former distributor; in fact, their various logos still appear at the end of most episodes (but before the current NBC Universal Television Distribution logo). Other episodes, especially in the DVD versions of some episodes in Seasons 1 and 8 of the original series, and season 9 of “…A New Beginning”, are time-compressed; these are NTSC-converted video prints from UK PAL masters. Only a handful of episodes in the DVD sets are in their original, uncut versions (for example, many Season 1 episodes on DVD contain scenes not in current syndication prints). Unfortunately, many episodes on the DVD versions contain tracking lines and audio problems.

The DVD sets sold in the US and Canada were released under license from NBC Universal by Imavision Distribution, a company based in Quebec. Imavision has also released a French-language version of the DVD set, sold separately. Both versions are in NTSC color, and coded for all regions. Later copies were distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, following their acquisition of Imavision.

The DVD sets sold in the United Kingdom were released by Universal Playback (a Universal Studios Home Entertainment label); this version is in PAL color, and coded for Region 2.

Some time earlier, some single Little House episodes were released on both DVD and VHS by GoodTimes Entertainment.

Before retail DVDs were available, the Little House episodes were available through a Columbia House club subscription. These VHS tapes contained two episodes per tape and were only available at a club price. The episodes on these VHS tapes, unlike the current DVDs, were not edited and remain the only commercially available uncut episodes.

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2
1 23 1974-1975 July 8, 2003 July 25, 2005
2 22 1975- 1976 July 8, 2003 March 27, 2006
3 21 1976-1977 November 4, 2003 March 10, 2008
4 22 1977- 1978 February 17, 2004 May 26, 2008
5 24 1978-1979 June 29, 2004 August 4, 2008
6 24 1979-1980 October 26, 2004 TBA
7 24 1980-1981 February 15, 2005 TBA
8 22 1981-1982 June 14, 2005 TBA
9 19 1982-1983 November 1, 2005 TBA
10 3 1983-1984 November 28, 2006 TBA
The Complete Television Series 203 1974-1984 November 11, 2008[1][2][3][4]