Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Empire State Building video clip

August 4, 2007

This video was taken at the staging area around the 80th floor, just before they take you to the 86th floor observation deck. The “Tony” referred to on the sign is the New York cab driver personality on the ESB audio guide. Apparently Tony’s brand of gruff yet detailed commentary on the surrounding cityscape is as endearing as it is informative. (I talked to somebody who has heard it—I’m told he says things like “Howya dooin?” and “Take a looksee ova dare!”)

Also ESB-related is the second picture currently shown in my Flickr widget, to the right. This is the view as you approach the Lincoln Tunnel. That is one large building.


The Macy’s pipe organ

August 1, 2007

While in Philly I stopped at Macy’s for the 7 p.m. organ concert. The store has the largest working pipe organ in the world, with nearly 30,000 pipes. The organist didn’t play anything I recognized (no Bach, either!), except for a billowy rendition of “Danny Boy,” but it was a great experience to hear, all the same.

Video clips of the organ in action:

30-second clip of some large-sounding piece.

I would have also linked to a 2-minute clip of “Danny Boy” featuring a woman falling down with a *smack* at 0:44, but YouTube rejected the clip because it was “too long.” The file was 44 MB and 2 minutes long . . . that seems to meet their 100 MB / 10 minute restrictions. This has happened before and I don’t know why. Any clues?

Not my regular church

July 24, 2007

Was visiting a friend in the Dallas area this weekend, so my foot crossed the threshold of a Protestant church for the first time in several months. (I have been in a few different ones during non-worship hours more recently, for concerts or sightseeing.) Doctrinally, I found nothing objectionable about this church. But their style of worship ain’t mine . . . a seeming eternity of repetitious praise songs before a nearly hour-long sermon. Each song lasted a good 5 minutes, which, in the absence of instrumental sections to relieve the barrage of words words words, is technically forever.

The sermon was more words words words. In fact, there wasn’t a single part of the service that wasn’t words. Again, I’m glad that they were sound and sensible words, but the divine can also be met in silence, and in the nonverbal.

Here’s part of the music. I only post it because the animation of the guy in the front row amuses me, and the two little girls are kind of funny, too.

Majella Society and Michael Reagan

May 12, 2007

majella_adThe Majella Society is a pro-life organization dedicated to making sure women know that when they are faced with a “crisis pregnancy” they have options other than abortion. It’s ironic that many women don’t know there are any alternatives to abortion until a so-called “anti-choice” organization tells them. This image shows the end of one of Majella’s TV ads, with their hotline number: 1-800-395-HELP. They also run billboards and radio ads. You can watch their ads online at their website, or by following this link to a YouTube search.

They held their third annual fundraiser banquet this past Thursday, and I had the good fortune to be invited by a couple who hosted one of the tables. Michael Reagan was the keynote speaker. Norma McCorvey, who in 1973 was the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, was also in attendance. Last year the speaker was Zell Miller.

I shot a short clip of Reagan’s address, which I have put up at YouTube for all you MR fans. Pardon the non-embedded nature of this video link—for some reason WordPress seems to disallow embedded YouTube videos.

Jason Whitlock’s right on Imus & Duke

April 14, 2007

You may remember Karch’s piece on Jason Whitlock from 1994, in response to Whitlock’s claim that “we’re all racist” in America. Whatever the merits or deficiencies of Whitlock’s claims at that time, I think he’s absolutely right on the money in his assessment of the Don Imus and Duke Lacrosse cases. (Forgive him for calling it the Duke “soccer” team.)

Check out the video here.

The fact is that even though Imus was wrong to call the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos,” that very language was invented and popularized by black culture. Hip hop culture is probably the single biggest factor holding back African Americans. Rappers are constantly calling their women whores; maybe there’s a big outcry within their own community against that kind of demeaning language, but I don’t see Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson doing much about it.

By contrast, you can’t get away from Sharpton and Jackson in this Imus case; and last year when the Duke rape accusations came up, Jackson said his PUSH Coalition was going to pay the tuition of the woman who accused the lacrosse players of raping her. Now that it’s officially established that the case had no merit almost from the very beginning, and that Mike Nifong (the prosecutor) kept it alive in order for further his own political ambitions, are we going to see Jesse Jackson say anything about it? Perhaps, that he was wrong, and that he apologizes to the unjustly accused lacrosse players? Not likely.

Whitlock’s right: Sharpton and Jackson act like it’s 1965 and they are trying to bring black/white relations back to the 1940s and 1950s.