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August 2014
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The joy of books. What you don’t know can be very surprising.


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A little social commentary about using phones.


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The Sound of Taste is so visual, and again about food. I can’t resist.


The Sound of Taste from Grey London on Vimeo.

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I ride bicycles. Tokyo needs to pay attention to bicycles like NY City. Here they show how cars, pedestrians (people walking) and bicyclists interact.


3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

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One of my favorites. I really like this group of women who go up into the mountains above Madrid, and ride their skateboards down the roads, having a great time. Better than TV! They look so independent, but form a great group together.

Carving the Mountains from Juan Rayos on Vimeo.

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There are so many amazing things you can do with video. This one is called SplitScreen, where you take half of the screen and match it to another half. This is a Love Story.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths on Vimeo.

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Are you hungry? Here, from the video page: “3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…” They make a short video about food, called, simply, EAT.  Another is called MOVE. and a third LEARN.


EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

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A murmuration is when a whole flock of birds flies together so they look like one big bird, or something else. It is amazing. Nature is amazing.


Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

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Man, this guy can really dance. Not sure what kind of dance you call this, but he is really flexible. I like the music too.

Break ton Neck from Alex Yde on Vimeo.

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Collaboration. Crowdsourcing. A videographer asked people to make 1-second videos and send them in. Then he took 60 of them and put them together into a very interesting One minute of beauty.

Seconds Of Beauty – 1st round compilation from The Beauty Of A Second on Vimeo.

Moral Issues

MoralIssuesPew Reports of Global Moral issues. The page itself is a wonderful interface. You can use it to look at how your country compares with others, or use it to focus in on one of the 40 countries that are represented here. Japan, for example, is the most morally accepting of drinking alcohol.


On Looking: Reading slowly and carefully

Andrew Sullivan at The Dish asked Maria Popova at Brain Pickings to choose the new book for the second installment of a big Book Club discussion.

As a long time reader of Brain Pickings, I ordered whatever she picked. On Looking: Eleven walks with expert eyes is all it is purported to be in Maria’s review.

The book is so well written that it is hard to believe it is non fiction. The main focus of Attention is only a vehicle to explore, well, eleven different viewpoints of the same city block, where the author lives. Making the banal interesting and exciting is the goal achieved.

It is one of those books that you want to savor. Read a chapter, turn it over in your head, look at it closely, enjoy the taste and all the other sesations, and ponder before moving on. I hope to finish before the Book Club begins next week. join me?

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This video of Dogs in Cars is really well made. The music is good and it is wonderful to watch how much these dogs are enjoying life. It makes me a little jealous.

Dogs in Cars from keith on Vimeo.

Kevin and Frank need your help

Indiegogo search results

If you search for Myanmar at Indiegogo, this is what you get.

Kevin and his good friend of many years are returning to Myanmar (Burma) to train English teachers. This time they are going under the auspices of the NLD (National League for Democracy), the party founded by Nobel winner Aung San Suu Kyi. She also founded the Education Network, to promote education, in a remarkably prescient move while still under military rule. The huge need for English as the country opens up to both tourism and business needs to be met.

Kevin and Frank went with a group of volunteers in January, for a week, and it was, in Frank’s words, “A life-changing event.” I concur.

Kevin and Frank will go for a month this time, in the rainy hot month of September. The NLD/EN will provide accommodations. What we need now is to cover transportation costs, mostly airfare from Tokyo to Yangon.

See our Indiegogo campaign to make a small donation to become part of this project. If we go over our goal, we will use any additional donations to buy textbooks and educational materials to distribute to the teachers there. If you are a publisher or distributor of books, contact me to get books into the hands of teachers there. If you have a large donation (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), contact us directly so we can eliminate the middleman at indiegogo.

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This stop-action animation of a waveform of music made by records on a pipe is magic. It must have taken a LONG time to make. There were 960 records used. Benga.



Benga – I Will Never Change from Us on Vimeo.

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This is my body. Women talk about how laws in the USA are taking away the freedoms they have to take care of their own bodies.

This Is My Body (English Subtitles) from Jason Stefaniak on Vimeo.

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Road Trip USA. Mike Matas edits a whole trip from San Francisco to New York into a very short video. As he says, “2 weeks. 3,000 miles. 5,000 pictures. In 3 minutes.” Look like fun! (The big city in the middle is Chicago, where I come from.)

Roadtrip USA from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

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A videographer for WREN Studios paid 20 models to kiss another model on film. Beautiful to look at. Then VICE, a documentary company, did the same thing with normal people. I find this much more interesting. Do you? Here is another one, much longer, using people from New York.



Weekly Break Time 1

David Letterman, the biggest late night TV comedian, is retiring in one year. The night he announced his retirement, he had a new band on his show (March 27). This band was not well known. It is now. After the group was put on YouTube, it “went viral” meaning it acted like a virus and grew very very quickly, with almost a million people watching. The new band is called Future Island. Look for more of them in the future. They sang the song Seasons (Waiting on You). Lyrics.


Einstein on Education

Here is a quote by Einstein, whose birthday is today.

This school with its liberal spirit and teachers with a simple earnestness that did not rely on any external authority, made an unforgettable impression on me. In comparing it with six years schooling at an authoritarian German Gymnasium, I was made acutely aware how far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authority and ambition.