This Beats Singing in the Shower
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Here's a cultural experience I thought I should share. A Midwestern farmer built a new grain bin, and decided the acoustics must be pretty good in there. So he invited the local college choir over to sing in it. The result was frankly awesome:
The song is 'Down to the River to Pray', which you may know from 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'
What a venue. What a cool video.
Short Deadline, But Calling UK Photographers
Posted Sep 11, 2018
They're passing this info around on Twitter, and I thought you UK photographers might be interested.
W*k*p*d** is offering cash prizes for monument photos. Deadline is 30 September.
Of course, if you send them to W*k*, we want some, too....
At the Risk of Infuriating Florida Sailor....
Posted Sep 10, 2018
...I'm praying that y'all can see this gem from John Oliver which mocks the Sunshine State:
In case I haven't said it enough lately, we are forever grateful to the UK for sending Oliver our way. Seriously, we don't know how we'd manage these days without him.
Two things stuck out in this video: the guy rampaging in a liquor store with a loaded alligator (or at least the guy was loaded), and the fact that 'Way Down Upon the Swanee River' is actually the state song of Florida. Shame on you, Stephen Foster. That goes double for your map-reading. I'm laughing so hard I can't stop....
As for that governor and the rest of that board, I'm thinking they'd better hope they have good answers when they come before another review board....one that might say, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'
PS What really annoys me? The implied assumption that all those convicted felons would vote Democrat, so the politicians should keep them from voting. I'll bet they wouldn't, either. I'll bet quite a few of them were card-carrying Republicans before they got caught.
PPS If you can, spare a thought and/or a prayer for the Carolinas. That is a big hurricane, and the Hoggetts are headed into it. Fortunately, the wedding is in the Appalachians...
This, That, and the Other, Plus Somebody's Porno Tapes
Posted Sep 1, 2018
I was watching Youtube to distract from worrying about poor little TJ. We left him in the loving hands of the local PAWS organisation to get his neutering and shots. But he just looked puzzled in that shed full of protesting kitties. We'll pick him up later, they'll call.
Anyway, I just watched this op/ed video from 'The Atlantic', and it was so powerful and well-done that I thought somebody else might like it, too. It's called 'My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes', and it's not at all what you'd expect from that title:
I suspect you might find yourself with tear in your eye and a cheer on your lips by the end.
Why did I watch it with that title? Because it was an 'Atlantic' op/ed piece, so I suspected there was something else going on....
Speaking of something else going on, what have you got going on this weekend? It's Labor Day in the US on Monday. I know: that's supposed to be May Day, but the US moved it, because communism. Anyway, it's kind of like Bank Holiday/Sommerschlussverkauf. It signals the end of summer, and there are a lot of picnics and sales. I'm supposed to be playing in a concert in the university park - I don't know how this is going to work out, frankly, because 'organised' is not a word I would use to describe its preparation. So far, the weather report says 'thunderstorms', and so far, they're saying fallback location is the chapel across the street on campus, so heaven knows what this will sound like on that Yamaha...
Anyhow. I was going to ask that, whatever you do, you make one photo of it. With maybe a Suzie Q caption. And send it to postteamhg-at-h2g2-dot-com. I'm collecting Stuff for 24 September now. Help an editor out, please....
And of course, if you care to create a carefully-crafted 13-minute video about your family or whatever, feel completely free. We can embed that, you know....
Clouds of Witness
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Y'all have to see this.
Some kind soul has put up a compilation from 1929 of sound interviews with ordinary people from 70-103 years old.
Think about it: 1929 is pretty much the first year you *could* make a sound movie. This is about as far back as you could reach.
People in these interviews participated in: the Civil War, the Columbian Exposition of 1893, technology changes in railways, the growth of New York City...
One woman remembers witnessing the Trail of Tears. A man was part of the Tammany Hall city government. Wow.
Notice something else: they all look exactly like your neighbours, bar the different clothes, hairstyle, and beards.
Moral: go out and interview some elderly friends, neighbours, or relatives if you have the chance. I'll bet they have stories to tell.
PS And yes, I noticed that all the people they interviewed were white...maybe we'll find some footage with more diversity...