Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Start the Day off Right with These Gems

Monday, March 30, 2009

Food/Sports Challenge

This is a video about an interesting event that I saw today on Sportscenter. This type of race reminds me of a challenge that I issued to one of my coworkers in the summer of 2003 at the Fairhope Public Swimming pool. I challenged another lifeguard to a new type of swimming competition. I told him that I could swim ten laps before he ate one gallon of ice cream. He accepted. Since that quiet summers day, I have been left with many questions. How the heck did I lose? Was there foul play involved? Should I have tried to continue this event and have launched an intense marketing campaign?

The mind is an amazing thing and boredom highlights this fact possibly more than any other situation.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Movie Buffs Need Bailouts

I know what you are thinking, this is not the type of stuff I normally would post. Where are the balloon sculptures, sultry business women operating chainsaws, animals firing automatic sub-machine guns, and the like? Well...American Morning's resident Movie Buff, Graham Flanagan, is my friend and a fellow UA alumni. Flanagan, an unlikely revolutionary, has an interesting point--when are average people going to be bailed out? Flanagan falls short of encouraging an angry mob wielding common household items as weapons to storm the institutions that have caused all of these economic problems, but there is a certain look about him and inflection in his voice that cannot be mistaken for any other sentiment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This gets really good at about 7 minutes in.

Friday, March 20, 2009

National "Wont You Be My Neighbor?" Day

Today is National "Wont You Be My Neighbor?" Day! You are supposed to dress up like the lovable Fred Rogers in honor of his birth! I did, you should too why not?

the opening of the show:

and here is a fantastic clip of fred rogers appearing before the senate subcommittee on communications in 1969, appealing for the support of pbs and the corporation for public broadcasting. nixon proposed a $20 million cut to the public television budget, which would have crippled public television, but through fred rogers compassion and overall kickass nature he saved public tv:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Canon Rock by Jani J. Szentkirályi from Piköp.hu on Vimeo.

Powers of Ten - 1977

A co-worker just showed me this short film about the powers of ten. It's really impressive. I have no idea how they accomplished this in 1977. Here's what wikipedia has to say about it:

Powers of Ten is a 1977 short documentary film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke—and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work. (Boeke's original concept and visual treatment is all too often uncredited or insufficiently credited in contemporary accounts.)

In 1998, Powers of Ten was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

I haven't found this online, so here is a download link from my dropbox. (Right click and hit "save target as" or "save link as")