Thursday, March 19, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost.
This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. Stonewall Jackson, who knew something about the use of weapons, is reported to have said, "When war comes, you must draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." The trouble with television is that it is rusting in the scabbard during a battle for survival.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I took this video toward the end of our gondola ride coming into the Grand Canal. Obviously, we were at the mercy of the water, so please excuse the constand bobbing up and down. I do hope no one gets sea sick watching it! Also, my apologize for including close ups of family members heads (namely my parents!), but gondola's aren't known for their spacious interiors! Regardless of it's imperfections, this is on my of favorite videos because it brings back fond memories of my favorite stop: Venezia!
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
- William Shakespeare
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Christina, this one is for you since you haven't seen the Eiffel Tower at night. Now, I am a novice at videos and can't figure out how to adjust the orientation. If you tilt your head to the left you should be able to see it just fine!