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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Commendable in the Eyes of God, Country, and Family

Some Veterans Day reflections on my uncle that I published for the first time last year. Reading back over them, I realize they are as true now as they were then. Uncle David helped to shape and to form who I am today in a way unsurpassed by anyone but my parents. I am forever in his [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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SSF: “Ray’s Big Idea”

Today’s short comes from the visual and story-telling  geniuses at Aardman Animations, whose virtues I’ve been extolling since some of my earliest days on the InterWebs, and who deserve pretty much every nice thing anyone has ever said about them. (Interestingly, their shorts tend to be a tiny bit meaner than their features. That’s not a criticism, though. Just an [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Killer”

If you’re a lover of high-octane, high-body-count, no-holds-barred action films, yet your only experience with the legendary Hong Kong actioner John Woo is an encounter with his American offerings — the weird-and-massively-uneven (yet oddly fascinating and sporadically “must-see,” at least to me) Mission: Impossible II (on NETFLIX INSTANT) or the surprisingly-competent-and-fun (despite relying on Ben Affleck) Paycheck (on NETFLIX INSTANT), [Read More…]

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Ned Devine’s Parting Glass

Take a drink and remember the man. And raise your spirits to the sky. Raise them to Ned Devine. God bless you Ned, and may we be forever in your debt. My Patheos confrère, Kate O’Hare, posted this great Tullamore Dew ad over the weekend. It’s not new, as she mentions. But it’s always welcome, for [Read More…]

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No Commentary Necessary — Sir David Attenborough Narrates Adele’s “Hello”

As a huge fan of Sir David’s VO and documentary work, this is pretty much exactly what I would have expected. In other words, it’s pretty much perfect. Adele’s Hello video gets the Sir David Attenborough voice over treatment on Greg James. [Read more…]

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SSF: “The Lighthouse Keeper”

I’ve been fascinated with lighthouses ever since I saw Pete’s Dragon for the first time. So it was fun to stumble across this short a few weeks ago. (It’s just an action sequence, I know. But I really love the monochromatic style, and I liked the way the monster and the ship have the same [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Bourne Identity”

Tomorrow’s Halloween, so it’s time for my first-ever horror Streaming Video Suggestion (SVS), right? Except I hate scary movies (which is why doing it today would make it a “First-Ever”), so instead of suggesting one, I’m going to endorse my family’s long-standing tradition of “Watching a Dumb Action Flick after Trick-or-Treating’s Finished” instead. In my (more youthful) [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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