Two minutes of runway models falling down: this video has been flying around the interwebs this week, and for an obvious reason ... it's hard to not look at it, just out of curiosity. One thing that strikes me is how often the models are wearing shoes that look like they came out of a 70s sci-fi movie, or were cobbled together, pun intended, a minute or two before the show.
This Russian video, of a crow repeatedly sliding down a roof, has been an online phenomenon this week, not to mention the source of debate about what exactly it means. Is the crow working, by using a tool? Is it just having fun? Does it watch snowboarding videos through windows? Whichever, it's fascinating.
I've seen video like this numerous times today, and I still find it fascinating. (At this writing, about 2.4 million people have watched this Associated Press clip alone.)
Earlier this evening, I was talking with Martha about it, about how surreal the images were. I've never seen anything like it, except in the movies, and the image that came to mind first (trite as it sounds) was that it seemed like a special effect from a Harry Potter movie, of blackness sweeping over England.
I know very little about Wilbur Sargunaraj, who apparently has been a bit of a deal on YouTube for more than a year, but he has generated some buzz with a video called The Canada Song, all shot during a recent video to Ottawa. [Read The Ottawa Citizen's coverage here.] I lived in Ottawa for two years, and while the deep-freeze temperatures were uncomfortable, I loved how the city makes the most of winter. If you have the opportunity to skate (or even just walk) down the Rideau Canal when it's frozen, seize it.
CALHOUN, GA— A maintenance truck loaded with two tons of gravel fell through a parking deck while clearing snow from its top level in northwest Georgia.
James was not injured and no one else was in the parking deck at the time.
Gordon County Administrator Randy Dowling says the county last month received a report saying the deck, which was built in the mid-1980s, was structurally sound, and noted that the beams did not collapse during the incident.
Here's what happen when you record high-quality video on a high-speed train as it glides through a station, and then slow it down. Notice how sometimes you can see people moving, slightly. It was recorded in Bath, England, and you can read more about it here.
Walt Disney set such a high bar for animation with 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that it still dazzles, even though it's so very old-fashioned.
This is a reinvention of the original: a song called Wishery, sampled from the movie's original sounds, and released by someone with another name that possibly comes from drawings: Pogo. Have a listen.
One of my favourite songs this year comes from Fitz and the Tantrums, who are from L.A. but sound (to my ears) like they were recording 20-odd years ago in London, after listening to Stax, Motown, David Bowie, T. Rex, Harold Melvin .. you name it.
I tend to skip over several Flight of the Conchords songs when they come up in shuffle mode in the car, but I let Hurt Feelings play ... and my son laughed. Yes, there's the odd naughty word, but the 10-year-old still covers his mouth when he hears them.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.