Saturday, 23 December 2006

Christmas and Nostalgia on YouTube

Several clips of one ad (sung by Ben Robinson). It's apparently a parody of a classic UK Christmas show. We aren't at all familiar with it here, though I recognise the tune from BriTV references to it, and many of the scenes they fly past. I'm informed one I scene don't know is the Falkirk Wheel (photos & some info at falkirk/ falkirkwheel/), a modern rotating boat wheel. watch?v=bVjWiT-zmvs watch?v=tLZBfU5H1yM — This one has the lyrics to the advertisement watch?v=GM5eMnj2Pkw watch?v=AbNoPiROsS8

John Lennon's Beautiful Boy, set to video filmed at Lennon's house at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island in April of 1980. watch?v=l_imwld_WzI&NR

Sarah's Sister — a Christmas story, written to make people cry pastlives/ archives/ 2005/ 11/ sarahs_sister.html

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Tenth Anniversary: Carl Sagan Memorial nick_sagan_online/ 2006/ 12/ dad.html
Though he worried about the state of the world from time to time, it never stopped him. And when we'd talk about what things might be like in twenty-five, fifty or a hundred years, he said he knew there would be difficult challenges ahead, but he believed we were up to the task. He believed in human ingenuity and compassion, in thinking long-term instead of short, in putting our many differences and superstitions aside. He believed in a better tomorrow. He believed in us. PARTS/ SAGAN.html
Carl Sagan died on December 20th, 1996 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, with wife Ann Druyan and other family members at his side.
To many of the space artists Carl Sagan was known as among the greatest patrons of our art.
He crossed the substantial gulf between scientist and public educator. His career spanned the transformation of the solar System from tiny telescopic objects to places seen and understood from human and mechanical experience. Unveiling this reality of our cosmic situation was part of his life, and spreading the appreciation of these truths and their implications was another aspect of his life.

Giant Blog-o-thon Memorial Meta-Post by Joel Schlosberg
Links to many places that have posted something about Carl Sagan on this anniversary. 2006/ 12/ carl-sagan-blog-thon-meta-post.html

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Shadow on the Morning

This morning on the way to work I was attacked by a large umbrella out on the footpath, very like this one. It was a cool, windy morning and the people had just put it up and left it without anything holding it down. Maybe they were inside getting weights. Thankfully I say that a passerby ran in to help, then the people from the shop dashed out and dragged it away.

Let me urge you to first put the weights on an umbrella before opening it.

IMG_3366 - night umbrella
Originally uploaded by Mezza.
Sydney by Night - a restaurant umbrella on East Circular Quay

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Next, the Rumpole Version? Pigeons; Paris & ... ? hmmm

Another history archive online from the UK (see 'Standing on Shoulders' 25-Nov-2006, below)
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 - 1834
A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

Contains 101,102 trials, from April 1674 to October 1834
[1834 to 1913 Proceedings Digitisation Project Underway]

Additional Eighteenth-Century Sources to be Digitised in New Project
We have received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to digitise a wide range of related printed and manuscript sources to create a comprehensive electronic edition of primary sources on criminal justice and the provision of poor relief and medical care in eighteenth-century London. This project, 'Plebeian Lives and the Making of Modern London, 1690-1800', will make it possible for the first time to reconstruct how 'ordinary' Londoners interacted with various government and charitable institutions in the course of their daily lives.
(It's planned to be completed in 2010.)

A place to stay in Paris :) ... in my dreams, in my dreams ...
The Hotel Lutetia:

Pigeons of Kingston (Surrey, UK) Under the Gun
An online forum/comment thread to a local story that shows ... well, it's cold and dark outside in the UK this time of year -- mostpopular.var.1039169.mostviewed. marksman_called_in_to_kill_kingstons_pigeons.php

Suck it and see:

Monday, 4 December 2006


Bleak: Clouds and Tree
Originally uploaded by kerch.
. . . or glorious. Something approaching the experience of the Sublime, perhaps — something that Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis) most definitely touches.
The summary includes "What must have been like hell itself is presented to the viewer in such beautiful sights and beautiful music that one has to be fascinated by it." which is a very good summary.