Deja Coup

•February 24, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper, has a new article interviewing two German neo-Nazis about the inner workings of Germany’s far fight. I was really struck by the accompanying video. It’s footage of Neo-Nazis attempting to storm the Reichstag last August.

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There’s an article about the incident in the English-language Deutsche Welle.

Psychedelic Pro-drug Ad from 1968

•February 6, 2021 • 1 Comment

An uncredited promotional film from 1968 praises the virtues of good, strong coffee.

Part of the British Film Institute’s Orphan Works archive.

h/t to Nag on the Lake

More advertising.

Feeling Good

•January 21, 2021 • Leave a Comment

John Legend singing a great Nina Simone hit tonight at the inaugural celebration.

Happy Solstice!

•December 21, 2020 • Leave a Comment

It’s fitting that the longest night of the year is a truly dark one here in the Northwest, with rain coming down in buckets and wind roaring every which way.

Not much chance we’ll see the Christmas star tonight, but the forecast tomorrow is clear and sunny. I think that’s auspicious for the coming year, which as far as I’m concerned begins as soon as the days start getting longer.

Photo credit: Together Under the Stars by Matt Triplow, courtesy of the International Dark-Sky Association.

Mr. Rogers Audio Cassette for Terminally Ill Children

•December 8, 2020 • Leave a Comment

A recent episode of the Spoken Word with Electronics podcast shares Healing with Love, an audio cassette made in 1983 by child psychiatrist Gerald Jampolsky and TV host Fred Rogers. It’s a collection of recordings of group meetings where children and families who have experienced serious illness provide advice and support to other kids undergoing treatment. It’s so touching and inspiring.

This segment is the original audio:

The rest of the episode includes host Ethan Persoff discussing the tape, which he has owned for many years, as well as his interesting remix of the audio. You can listen to the whole thing here.

Found on BoingBoing.

Animation: Birds

•December 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Created by Joseph Bennett.

Thanks to Nag on the Lake for making me aware of this brilliant animator.

More animation.

Our happiness depends on you, Vaccine

•November 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Upon hearing about Dolly Parton’s million dollar donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center teams working on the promising new Moderna covid vaccine, fans of Dolly and the vaccine got musical.


•November 7, 2020 • Leave a Comment

The old Chef Boy-ar-dee ads filmed in Italy made a big impression on me as a kid. Like this one of kids running to eat beefaroni in Venice’s Piazza San Marco.

They were like little one-minute neo-realist musicals, indistinguishable in my mind from the movies on the Children’s Film Festival.

My favorite was the one with the jingle to the tune of Oranges and Lemons, but I can’t seem to find anything but a 1980s remake, which is extremely similar, but lacks the filmic grittiness of the original.

How to Lose an Election

•November 4, 2020 • Leave a Comment

A history of the concession speech in America.

From Radio Diaries.

Reading a Face 2

•October 28, 2020 • 3 Comments

If you had to choose which candidate to vote for based solely on this pair of photographs, would you choose the terrified contestant in a compulsory North Korean beauty pageant, or the neighbor out walking her dog who’s tickled that you asked for a photo?

Photos courtesy of the Jaime Herrera Beutler and Carolyn Long campaigns.

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