Tweet of the Day: @Booooooom

Here’s a thank you shout out to Jeff Hamada (aka @Booooooom) for his tweet today, sharing a video of some animation by Masanobu Hiraoka.

I found this piece thought-provoking, an animated dream of sorts. From an aesthetic perspective, the, to me, odd color palette contributes to the uneasiness suggested in the title, and yet Hiraoka’s other animations all utilize similar color choices.

I couldn’t find any detailed bio information on Hiraoka, but it seems he’s self-taught and now rather successful. A fellow blogger at Idealist Junk has a great post on the animator’s work, as well as three other videos.

Anyway, without further ado…!/Booooooom/status/197129793500745729

Video Fridays: Dispelling Stereotypes of African Men

Today’s Video Fridays installment could easily be a Tweet of the Day installment as well.

Chris Anderson, the TED curator, tweeted a wonderful and badly-needed video produced by African NGO Mama Hope.

Here’s a little something about Mama Hope:

At Mama Hope we believe that there are enough resources in the world for every human being to live healthy, happy lives. We envision a world where resources are correctly shared across the globe to provide the tools communities need to thrive.

Through our projects Mama Hope has unlocked the potential of over 76,000 people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda…and we are just getting started.

Mama Hope works in close partnership with local African organizations to connect them with the resources required to transform their own communities.

All our projects are managed for and by partner communities themselves to ensure sustainability. So far, we have achieved our mission by funding the completion of schools, health clinics, children’s centers, clean water systems and food security projects.

The video is particularly noteworthy for how it takes a deadly serious subject and injects humor without diluting the message.

Shame on Hollywood for participating in the perpetuation of negative stereotypes of African men, and thank you to Mama Hope for reminding us all that there are realities beyond the movie screen.!/TEDchris/status/195961644881424386

Comedy From The Craigslist Musicians Section

Since I’m always on the lookout for my ideal music collaborator, I’m a regular reader of the Craigslist musicians section.

The ads in this section, very regularly, are cringe-inducing, either for just how far they are from my ideal, how far they are from reality, or both.

An example of something that meets both of these criteria might read something like this (fictionalization by me):

Are you ready to rock?!

40-something metal heads looking for bandmates to write songs and kick ass! Influences include: Slayer, Megadeath, Anthrax, and Pantera.

We’ve been playing guitar for two years and are ready to bang our heads all the way to fame and fortune.

Need bass player, drummer, road manager, and groupies.

Then, occasionally, someone else who reads these things regularly posts a parody ad and just nails it.

This morning, I read one of those, and just had to share:

bellingham musicians

i am looking to become a rich and famous musician, but i don’t really want to ever practice, but i have a plan on how i can accomplish my goal with your help.

step one: if you play an instrument meet at cornwall park at noon on saturday with your instrument
step two: start a band with the other people who show up with their instruments
step three: get a record deal or something
step four: receive awards, make millions, and give me 10% for being the founding member.

thank you for your time and money

Tweet of the Day: @TomMINT

My friend @TomMINT actually tweeted this a few days ago, and I have to say that, yes, it could very well keep me up at night.

Of course, it’s also currently keeping me up at work, in the middle of the day.

On the bright side: presumably no poop to scoop!!/TomMINT/status/194650612347047938

Seattle: Victor Steinbrueck Park

What A Difference A Year Makes

Last year, I wrote about this:

Via The Bellingham Herald, May. 26, 2011:

Bellingham on track for temperature record – but not the good kind

If temperatures don’t warm up in the next two weeks, Bellingham may beat its record for the longest stretch of days below 70 degrees.

As of Wednesday, May 25, Bellingham had gone 240 consecutive days without reaching 70 degrees, as recorded at Bellingham International Airport.

The record is 254 set in 1955, according to the National Weather Service, which keeps records for Bellingham as far back as 1949. In 1955, it didn’t hit 70 until June 6, said National Weather Service meteorologist Carl Cerniglia.

Yesterday, however:

Sunday tied daily heat record in Bellingham

If Sunday, April 22, felt like a record day of warm weather, that’s because it was.

The thermometer topped out at 71 degrees at the official National Weather Service station at Bellingham International Airport, tying the record for April 22, set in 1982.

That’s a lot warmer than last year, when it hit 57 degrees on that date. Later that week the temperatures dropped enough to threaten snow in the lowlands.

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Video Fridays: Ye Olde Ye

As a lifer English major, when I came across the following, via Gizmodo, I couldn’t not select it for this week’s Video Fridays installment.

Cuz, you see, the irony does not escape me that I actually earned a degree in English from Rutgers University without ever having been required to take a class in the history of the English language, linguistics, or even English grammar. As a result, I had to grind my way through Shakespeare (my concentration) and Chaucer more heavily dependent on footnotes than I ever should have been.

Anyway, for years I felt a little illegitimate when declaring that I have a degree in English, and this was heightened when my family and I started hosting Japanese exchange students some years ago. There I was, a native speaker of my language, with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and yet I wasn’t much use when these students started asking me for help with their English as a Second Language homework.

A couple of years ago, however, I started taking classes in the Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages program, and the first class, which very nearly killed me, was linguistics. Friedrich Nietzsche was right when he said that that which does not kill us makes us stronger, and ever since I’ve felt that my English degree cred was finally more legitimate.

Still, I never knew, though I always wondered about, the history of the Old English term ye, and I found this clip highly entertaining. I loved the subtle, humorous placement of “porn” and the bit about the French using way more letters in their language than they need to really cracked me up, as my wife and I have a running joke that reading French is easy, because all you need to do is not pronounce the last 2-3 letters of every word.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!