Sunday, September 23, 2007
These have included the passerby Simon of Cyrene, who for a time carried Christ's cross on the road to Golgotha ..... the prostitute Rahab, who sheltered Joshua's spies and helped them escape the Jericho authorities ..... and a nameless boy who shared his lunch of loaves and fish - blessed by Jesus - with a multitude.
It's a point that is reinforced by music, as well. The closing hymn this morning was that old favorite, Amazing Grace, with words by John Newton, set to an old Scottish tune. Of all the roads that ultimately led to the pulpit, there are few that covered as many miles, or took as many unlikely turns as Newton's, Perhaps that is why his words have reverberated with undiminished power for nearly 250 years.
And perhaps there was something in his own experiences that came through in those words ..... something that appealed especially to people who suffered, or sought to ease the suffering of others. In her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe includes an extra verse, adding it to the six Newton composed (the additional verse is part of most hymnals today). The Cherokees sang the song - translated into their own language - as they were forced to walk the Trail of Tears. And the song - often played on bagpipes - has become a fixture at the funerals of those who have served in the armed forces, or in law enforcement.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The one we watched, "Change of Plans," was about "an overworked businesswoman looking to get her day-to-day responsibilities completed without her boss’s demands getting in the way of her job ..... she suddenly decides to make a change of plans, and utilizes her [advertiser] credit card." Here's the complete write-up on this one. And, you can watch it here, courtesy of ChaseFreedom on YouTube.
Its producers described it as an "engaging tale" and a "compelling content piece" ..... I was neither engaged nor compelled ..... just anxious for the silly three-minute piece of mediocrity to finish, so we could back to some real entertainment. I guess it's just one more reason to keep watching the Encore, Universal and HDNET channels, and to rent movies ..... anything that gives a good film a little more of the respect it deserves.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
At all levels, there are plenty of posts on the blogosphere, and that number will grow throughout the day
Monday, September 10, 2007
For what it's worth - and, admittedly, that's not much - I'd send Taina and Ryan to the front office, giggling all the way, for their pink slips.
One of those stories is "Don't drive through the water" or something to that effect ..... every time there's a good-size rainstorm, you'll have a reporter standing next to a stretch of flooded road, somewhere, advising drivers to avoid areas like these. The story's only been done a zillion times ..... but is anybody listening?
If you watch the reports closely enough, you'll notice that they rarely resort to file video ..... they don't have to ..... there's always plenty of fresh video of still another fire crew rescuing still another driver from still another stalled car in the middle of still another flooded intersection.
The efforts of local media have been supplemented by the National Weather Service with their "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign ..... getting the word out through web pages, bumper stickers and billboards. And you can always count on someone from the Weather Service, or law enforcement, to visit with reporters on-camera, and help get the word out. That should help ..... right? I mean, can we finally put this story to rest?
This morning, Younger Son and I were on our way to drop him off at school. We pulled off the road and stopped, to look at an SUV in the bottom of Scharbauer Draw, wedged under the Lamesa Road bridge. I hope everyone got out safely ..... these things can be dangerous ..... really, I wish the news media would get the word out!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Being (as of today) the 'Big Five-Oh,' I can still remember the days when Southwest Airlines promoted their own, official, scantily-clad women in television ads (this one, courtesy of aapino on YouTube) and on billboards ("That's Love, Southwest Style," said one in Albukookoo, featuring a woman with a little bit of pants, and lots of leg). The photo comes from this post at the FashionFotos blog.
..... oh, yeah ..... and me (1957).
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Maybe ..... at the network level, at least ..... this week, in this post at TVNewser, Chris reports that, "ABC's 20/20 will air its investigation into NBC rival Dateline this Friday."
Monday, September 03, 2007
Henry V - Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut in this 1989 film, and also played the title role. The first of five - so far - film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays by Brannagh, it remains one of my favorites. It is different - though not necessarily better - adaptation than Laurence Olivier's 1944 classic. Personally, I recommend having BOTH on your shelf.
Duma - Set in South Africa, this 2005 family film follows the adventures of a young boy and the cheetah he adopted when it was an orphaned cub. The bond they have formed is put to the test as the cheetah nears maturity, and the boy realizes he must return his best friend to his rightful home in the wilds. A beautiful story told by gifted actors, with the South African wilderness as a setting, and a wonderful film score ..... I wish more people knew about this film.
Motorcycle Diaries - In the early 50s, a young medical student and his friend set off together, riding a beat-up motorcycle on a road trip across South America, and to a new level of awareness about the world in which they live. Their story might never have found its way to the big screen if that young medical student hadn't been the future revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. This 2004 film follows their journey, capturing the time and the places with stunning location shooting, painstaking attention to historic detail in wardrobe and props, and a film score that pulls you onto "The Mighty One" for an incredible ride. WARNING: The language (in Spanish, with English subtitles), includes plenty of invectives you don't want to share with the kids.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Me? I'm a work-in-progress with a long way to go ..... but I'm enjoying the work, and the 'neat stuff' I pick up along the way.
These last couple of weeks, writing an article for The Odessan Magazine, it was my chance to learn more about CT Scans. ‘CT’ is short for computed tomography. It was originally known as computed axial tomography, hence the name ‘CAT scan’ that is still commonly used. It is an imaging method where a series of two-dimensional X-ray images, taken around a single axis of rotation, produce three-dimensional images of an object’s internal structure. The technology is employed in a number of fields, but most often in medicine, where it is used by doctors to examine the brain, the heart and other internal organs of a living patient’s body.
Nowadays, the phrase, 'CAT scan' is almost ubiquitous, frequently heard on just about any hospital or medical show - dramatic, documentary, whatever - on television. What I didn't know, though, was that CAT scans represent one of the greatest victories of 'The Battle of the Beat.'
Development of early CT scanner technology in the late 60s was carried out at Electric and Musical Industries, Ltd. (better known, today as EMI). Some say EMI financed the research with profits from The Beatles, which remains one of the most commercially successful bands in the history of popular music. In 1971, EMI's Chief of the Medical Research Division, Godfrey Hounsfield, scanned the first patient at a hospital in Wimbledon. Here is one account of that story from England's Whittington Hospital.
I remain on the learning curve .....