“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to step back for a bit to see if we can figure out what the heck we’re doing.”

On Thanksgiving Day, I realized that it’s been exactly five years since Elizabeth Scalia invited me to write a weekly movie piece for Patheos. Yep, that’s right. Five years. But wait. It gets crazier…. It’s been three years since she so kindly allowed me to make this blog space my own. Three. YEARS. Wow. It really doesn’t feel [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — Théo Sanson, Walking On Air

I get a touch of vertigo from time to time, usually when I get close to the edge of something tall. Or if I see someone else getting close to the edge of something tall. So…I almost passed out watching this. (Full-screen and HD are a MUST!) GOSH! That’s Théo Sanson, who calls himself a “professional [Read More…]

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WARNING: Dangerous Time Sink Ahead!

Every now and again, I forget what an amazing resource The Internet Archive actually is. Which is a good thing, actually, because I’d never get anything done, otherwise. The most recent case in point? A 110-clip playlist of The NBC University Theater’s productions. An old-timey radio series from the mid-40’s, it was part of The NBC University of the Air program, whereby [Read More…]

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Here’s A Video Of Deep Blue Doing Her Thing. (No, Not The Chess One. The Shark One.)

Look at the size of that thing! Yikes!!! (Or as David, Son #4, would say, “Cool!!!”) Deep Blue is one of the biggest great white sharks ever caught on film. Jaws Strikes Back, part of the Shark Week 2014 lineup, was filmed in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Another video of that same shark, [Read More…]

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Going To Space With xkcd (And Ten Hundred Easy Words)

I like pretty much every single one of the many Randall Monroe things. Usually, that means the latest panel of his famous xkcd comics; sometimes, it means his newest “What If?” piece; today, it means watching a cartoon he drew for the “Minute Physics” guy about what it takes to make it into space, described in a mere thousand…er…ten [Read More…]

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Exploring “The Illusion of Life” With Disney’s Nine Old Men

From Vincenzo Lodigiani, an Italian graphic artist and animation director working and living in New York, here’s a great little account of the 12 Principles of Animation from Disney’s Nine Old Men™, ®, or ©, pro’lly (or will be soon, if it’s not): The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney [Read More…]

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Shedding A Little More Light On Mr. Rube Goldberg

Remember my post from a few weeks ago where I professed my great love for All Things Goldberg? And shared a fun little Red Bull-Zach King contraption as proof? Well, this latest machine (via ThisIsColossal) might be my favorite one yet. Once again (like the King-Bull video), this one’s an ad. For a high speed optical internet [Read More…]

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Parked By the Jukebox with The Pennywhistlers and “Run Come See”

What am I listening to today, you ask? “Run, Come See Jerusalem,” an old Bahamian Song by (maybe?) Blind Blake Higgs, about the Great Hurricane of 1929 and the sinking of a ship named The Pretoria (if I understand the lyrics/what’s going on). This one’s from The Pennywhistlers, which (if Wikipedia can be trusted) were “an [Read More…]

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Rube Goldberg Meets Red Bull

Yes, you’re right. This is nothing but an ad for Red Bull. (Well, nothing but an ad for Red Bull AND Zach King.) Yes, you’re also right. I don’t care. It’s awesome regardless. (And yes, right again. Rube Goldberg machines have long been an obsession of mine. An obsession of which I am actually proud, for [Read More…]

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Kids. They Teach You The Darndest Things.

A few evenings ago, while walkin’ about town with the Susanka Pack, I casually mentioned a friend (and his family) who were driving from California to Philadelphia to see the Pope. Most of the boys responded as I would have expected,  either with terror-and-concern (over the length of the drive), or with excitement-and-mild-envy (at the opportunity to [Read More…]

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