Month: December 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Google Trends – [nicolette scorsese]

Google Trends is a tool offered by Google that shows how often a particular query is made over a set period of time. The vertical axis in the graphs Google Trends produces shows how often a term is searched for relative to its total number of queries, and the horizontal axis plots a time period determined by the user.

This post uses Google Trends data to take a look at the search query volume for Nicolette Scorsese.

Ms. Scorsese is a former actress whose most notable role is in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She played Mary, the woman Chevy Chase meets while shopping for his wife (“God rest her soul”).

Since 2004, search demand on the query [nicolette scorsese] consistently increases around December when searchers are no doubt watching her movie. Demand for [nicolette scorsese] peaked in 2015, but it went down again the following year (its lowest point since 2012).

To put this demand into perspective, here is Ms. Scorsese’s query volume in comparison to the query volume for Juliette Lewis. Ms. Lewis played Audrey in Christmas Vacation. She is still an active actress, and she’s also the front-woman for the band “Juliette & The Licks”.

Since 2010, Ms. Lewis’s demand has regularly exceeded that of Ms. Scorsese. Demand for [juliette lewis] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the blue line.

Ms. Scorsese’s query volume has consistently been trounced by the search volume for the movie that made her semi-notable. Demand for [national lampoon’s christmas vacation] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the almost flat blue line.

However, Ms. Scorsese’s query volume has crushed that of Mae Questel, the actress who played Aunt Betty and was the voice of Betty Boop.

Demand for [mae questel] is represented by the red line, and [nicolette scorsese] demand is the blue line.

What Does This Data Tell Us?

Nicolette Scorsese had several other roles outside of Christmas Vacation, but she was typecast, playing “Fantasy Lover” in 1993’s Boxing Helena and “Busty Barmaid #2” in NYPD Blue. She retired from acting in 2000. However, as long as Christmas Vacation exists and there are dudes who use the Internet, there’s no doubt her search demand will keep spiking every December.

Final Notes

[nicolette scorsese] and [national lampoon’s christmas vacation] are significantly less popular than [bacon], which is represented by the line in red.

Nicolette Scorsese is not related to the more famous Scorsese.

Episodes 7 thru 9

“The first Star Wars movie was one of six original stories I had written in the form of two trilogies.  After the success of Star Wars, I added another trilogy.  So now there are nine stories.  The original two trilogies were conceived of as six films of which the first film was number four.”

– George Lucas, 1979

“STAR WARS is really three trilogies, nine films.  The first trilogy covers the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the middle trilogy the fall of the Empire, and the last trilogy involves the rebuilding of the Republic.  It won’t be finished for probably another 20 years.”

– George Lucas, 1980

“For the third trilogy, I don’t know if I will still be alive when it comes the time to make them.”

– George Lucas, 1993

“Star Wars is a saga of Good vs. Evil, divided into nine parts.”

– George Lucas, 1994

“It wasn’t long after I began writing Star Wars that I realized the story was more than a single film could hold.  As the saga of the Skywalkers and Jedi Knights unfolded, I began to see it as a tale that could take at least nine films to tell – three trilogies – and I realized, in making my way through the back story and after story, that I was really setting out to make the middle story.”

– George Lucas, 1995

“From the outset, I conceived Star Wars as a series of six films, or two trilogies.”

– George Lucas, 1995

“The next movies are prequels.  It’s the story of Darth Vader.  Episode One is a pretty light movie – it’s the introduction and everything goes downhill from there.  The next ones are more about who did what to whom…  Finally, there may be three more movies to conclude the epic some years down the road.”

– George Lucas, 1997

“Let’s just get past the first three before we worry about the last three.”

– George Lucas, 1997

“I never had a story for the sequels, for the last trilogy.  That’s not really part of the plan at this point, and I’ll be at the age where to do another trilogy would take 10 years.  I’d always envisioned it as six movies.  When you see it in six parts you’ll understand that it really ends at part six.”

– George Lucas, 1999

“When I wrote the first Star Wars film, I was determined to finish the story, the trilogy.  After that, I was done, I didn’t want to do this anymore.  I did have an idea for a prequel and sequels after that, but then I thought I’d be doing this for another hundred years.  That was not going to happen.  So after the first three episodes I was ready for a break.  I had a family and I wanted to do some living.

“I came back to do Episode One because I’d reached a point where I could tell the story I always wanted to tell in a way that I wasn’t able to before because of the technology required.  So I thought, this will be fun.  I can tell the story any way I want, as if I were writing a book.  In the other films I was constantly saying I can’t do that, it’s too expensive, too hard or technically impossible.  I wanted to tell the story of Darth Vader because he’d become such an icon.  And I was driven by being able to move around in his world technically.  It’s been enjoyable taking a new medium and pushing it to its limits.

“But there is no way that I’ll do Episodes 7-9.  After Episode III, I guarantee that I’ll move on.”

– George Lucas, 2001

“Episode III may not be very successful because it’ll be so dark – but at least the whole thing will be finished and it will have been good to me.”

– George Lucas, 2001

“Each time I do a trilogy it’s ten years out of my life.  I’ll finish Episode III and I’ll be 60.  And the next 20 years after that I want to spend doing something other than Star Wars.  If at 80 I’m still lively and having a good time and think I can work for another 10 years between 80 and 90, I might consider it.  But don’t count on it.  There’s nothing written, and it’s not like I’m completing something.  I’d have to start from scratch.  The idea of a third trilogy was more of a media thing than it was me.”

– George Lucas, 2001

“The rumors were a manifestation of the media, but it would be fun to come up with a new Star Wars trilogy when Harrison is 70 and have everyone as old people.”

– George Lucas, 2003

“Just having made it to the end is a relief.  All the pieces are together and I was able to buff up the older ones.  I can put it together in a six-part DVD and be very proud of the way the story gets told.”

– George Lucas, 2005

“I’ve cleaned up the first three to the point where I am happy with them now.  They may not be perfect, but they are as perfect as I can make them.  I’m proud of the second three movies.  People may not like them, but I’m proud of them.  I never in a million years thought I could finish the whole story.  In its course, I’ve done a lot of things I wanted to do, taking themes and stringing them different ways in different tones through different times—recurring elements twisted in different ways.  And I’ve managed to do something that I’ve always kind of been fascinated with—doing something in over 12 hours instead of two.  What it really comes down to is, I am a happy man. What else can I tell you?”

– George Lucas, 2005

“I accomplished what I set out to accomplish, I’m very happy that I reached the finish line.”

– George Lucas, 2005

“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

– George Lucas, 2012

Elisha Mocked


“Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number. He went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.”

– 2 Kings 2:23-25

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