Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night” Needs No Season


View image | I stumbled across this piece a few months ago as I was researching my post on Morten Lauridsen and his love for Mary. I think it’s part of his “Mid-Winter” song cycle (or at least it’s usually featured on a CD with his Mid-Winter song cycle), so it might not be exactly [Read More...]

No One Sees the World Quite Like a 6-Year-Old


A few days ago, I came home from work and found this odd/inexplicable assortment of magnetic letters lying on our dining-room table. Because I have yet to learn better, I asked who it’d come from. And what it was. James (the Fifth Son) piped up from behind me, a slight exasperation matter-of-factly hidden under his [Read More...]

Boss-Level Ping-Pong


FORREST GUMP: We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in, like, a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. Some of my fondest teenage memories revolve around a ping-pong table set in the basement of my cousins’ [Read More...]

Finding Peace at the End of the World


The headlines have me down a bit today. Not because they’re new and/or unexpected, but because they’re the exact opposite. So when a Laughing Squid headline flitted across my screen that promised something both “Stunning” and “Incredibly Serene,” I thought “That’s just what I’m looking for.” (The fact that it also said “Antarctica” was just a [Read More...]

Best Miyazaki Tribute Ever?


I’m not saying this is the best Miyazaki tribute I’ve ever seen… …but I’m not saying it’s not. Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies Project: A trailer for a 2D animated sci-fi/adventure feature Pitch: A young boy who lives in a village perched on a huge tree falls in the depths of the forest [Read More...]

Face-Meltingly Hi-Res Rocket Launch Footage via SpaceX


Again, I include my usual “Full-Screen” and “HD” recommendations, though the warning below is a fair one. (I tried it out on 2160 at first and my Internet…pretty much died.) Oh, and HT to the good folks at Laughing Squid, who provide the InterWebs with an inordinate amount of awesome each and every week. (If you’ve got a [Read More...]

In Memory of Stan Freberg, Here’s “Elderly Man River”


I knew Stan Freberg (the “madcap adman and satirist” who passed away on Tuesday) mostly as the Beaver in Lady and the Tramp. Or as various voices in various Looney Toons production. Or as The Man We Praise and/or Blame for Weird Al. But he also did this hilarious “Elderly Man River” radio routine, which [Read More...]

“It’s Great Not To Be Nominated!”


View image | Today, while looking for something else entirely, I found this video. And it is awesome. In fact, if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, I’d probably watch ‘em. All 137 hours. OK, fine. I watch ‘em anyway. So maybe I should say that if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, [Read More...]

“A Condition of Complete Simplicity” from T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

The Agony in the Garden circa 1799-1800 by William Blake 1757-1827

I can’t remember how this came to pass, but over the past few days, I’ve found myself listening a great deal to T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” And especially listening to the performance of “Little Gidding” by Paul Scofield (that can be found on YouTube). Now, as I’ve listened to Eliot off and on through the years, I’ve come to [Read More...]

The Himalayas from 20,000 Feet

Stunningly clear, mind-blowingly beautiful imagery from some of the world’s highest mountains. (“HD and Full-Screen?” you ask. “Why are you even asking me that question?” I respond. Nicely, of course. But seriously.) “The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, [Read More...]