Saturday, May 23, 2009

October 16th!

Mark that day down on your calendars (October 16th, 2009) because that's when the movie adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are" comes out!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!! And don't tell me you've never read "Where the Wild Things Are" a BAzillion times as a kid and/or with your kids!! Plus, anything with Arcade Fire in it, is already pretty amazing in my book!! : )

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Check this out!

Okay I'm a day, but nonetheless this is too cool not to share!! On May 19th, 1966, The Beatles started shooting one of the world's first music videos!! Shot on location at Chiswick Park in West London on a delightfully warm and sunny summer's day, The Beatles made history by recording two music videos (or, back then better known as 16mm films!) back-to-back for the forthcoming releases of Rain and Paperback Writer!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Death by technology?

Here's an insightful excerpt from a speech entitled "Informing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman

Technological change is always a Faustian bargain: Technology giveth and technology taketh away, and not always in equal measure. A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided.

The Benedictine monks who invented the mechanical clock in the 12th and 13th centuries believed that such a clock would provide a precise regularity to the seven periods of devotion they were required to observe during the course of the day. As a matter of fact, it did. But what the monks did not realize is that the clock is not merely a means of keeping track of the hours but also of synchronizing and controlling the actions of men. And so, by the middle of the 14th century, the clock had moved outside the walls of the monastery, and brought a new and precise regularity to the life of the workman and the merchant. The mechanical clock made possible the idea of regular production, regular working hours, and a standardized product. Without the clock, capitalism would have been quite impossible. And so, here is a great paradox: the clock was invented by men who wanted to devote themselves more rigorously to God; and it ended as the technology of greatest use to men who wished to devote themselves to the accumulation of money. Technology always has unforeseen consequences, and it is not always clear, at the beginning, who or what will win, and who or what will lose.