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May 12, 2013

WW II vets welcomed by airport passengers

I was in National Airport in DC yesterday and came upon this scene. The vets are being welcomed by passengers waiting for planes and by people who came especially for the event. It’s a trip sponsored by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit that brings vets to DC for free to see the memorials and sights. It was a genuinely heartwarming scene. For all the books I’ve read about WW II and the movies I’ve seen, I still can’t imagine what it took to serve.

BTW, Honor Flight’s page — HonorFlight.org — warns us not to be confused by HonorFlight.com. That’ll teach you: If you’re a .org, grab the .com for another $15/year.

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April 7, 2013

The medium is the message is the transmitter is the receiver

Al Jazeera asked me to contribute a one-minute video for an episode of Listening Post about how McLuhan looks in the Age of the Internet. They ultimately rejected it. I can see why; it’s pretty geeky. Also, it’s not very interesting.

So, what the heck, here it is:

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November 16, 2012

Noise from Jonathan Spencer

Jonathan Spencer [twitter:JonnyVeeArgh] creates informative visualizations for the BBC (“The Beeb”), but as he takes the train (or as the Brits say, a “lorry”) into work (“lift”), he works on his own videos (“bangers”). Here’s his latest (“the penny dropped”), which is about his continuing theme (“ringo”), noise (“warm beer”):


NOISE V014L H264 from Jonathan Spencer on Vimeo.


Click to go to the Vimeo page that explains the order producing the chaos.

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January 30, 2012

The Lick

(Hat tip to Chris Lydon.)

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November 21, 2011

James Boyle on three frames for copyright

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August 28, 2011

The crowd as flipbook

500 people in Israel, 1,500 photographs:

In the race of questions this video provokes, the why beats the how. So much work for 1:50 minutes of cool. But, so cool!

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April 17, 2011

Comedy or not?

At the risk of becoming just slightly obsessed with the awfulness of Airport 1975, here’s the honest-to-grid trailer for it, indistinguishable from parodies of it:

Simply for purposes of comparison (SPOILER: better cast, better acting, even funnier):

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March 9, 2011

Tog + 17 years = Corning

Corning has put out a video vision of a future in which we spend most of our day running our fingers over glass interfaces. Very nice. Very slick. Very reminiscent of Bruce Tognazzini’s 1994 Starfire video envisioning of how we might live with documents.

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December 23, 2010

Seasons greetings from space and the future

 

 

[Zombie pointer via BoingBoing]

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December 30, 2008

Animal vids

Great set of user-chosen top animal videos of the year over at the Wired blog.

It makes you realize how inadequate our categories are for understanding animals. For example, is the gibbon “playing”? There’s no way we can answer that question, because if the gibbon could speak, we couldn’t understand it.

But the videos are durn cute!

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