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Byrd watching

June 29, 2010

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If image link to story and video is broken, try this one and look for ‘Hometown Remembers.’ Newspaper work can be filled with days on end of being chained to the desk, rewriting squibs, trying to ask just the right question telephonically to draw a gusher of a quote from a source on the other […]

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Robots dance

June 26, 2010

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remote 10r @ Yahoo! Video Next to “Friday Night Lights,” my second-most favorite show on TV is “So you Think You Can Dance.” Don’t confuse this remarkable show with “Dancing With the Stars,” whose B, C and D-list celebrities tackle Vegas-cheesy dancing and which features such unedifying spectacles as disgraced Congressman Tom Delay busting a […]

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Staring Contest!

June 24, 2010

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To be honest, the only time I have ever heard OK Go was when I got turned on to this amazing, work-of-deranged-art video. So, my radar is up for anything new by them. The vid below — a staring contest breaks out between Animal from the Muppets and an OK Go bandmember at the Webby […]

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A real ball

June 10, 2010

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This Nike ad is wonderfully, almost absurdly entertaining. In fact, its three minutes of video are more diverting, engaging and absorbing than most prime-time TV shows and not a few full-length Hollywood movies. It’s also a master class in the fine art of segmented video editing. It also makes me want to troop down to […]

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Trapped!

June 8, 2010

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A long time ago, in a newsroom far, far away, I was convinced to dress up as Captain Von Trapp. Well, it wasn’t that long ago. And the dressing up actually took place at Magic Makers, a national costume shop in Huntington, W.Va., a place that can turn you into almost anything. And I should […]

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Italian butterflies

June 3, 2010

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“Faralle” (Butterflies) by Italy’s Compagnia TPO, presented by ArKtype, promises to be one of the more unusual family-friendly multimedia experiences at FestivALL Charleston, the citywide cultural event June 18 to 27. The performance troupe will invite a select number of children to join them on-stage at the Clay Center’s Walker Theater in the hi-tech environment […]

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Calling Iron Baby

June 2, 2010

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After a long, hard day of slogging over vats of words and assembly lines pushing out dipthongs and metaphors at the Paragraph Factory, I needed a break, some uplift. Just then, Iron Baby appeared in the window in front of me ….

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Treating exuberance

May 27, 2010

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A new tool in the battle against excessive exuberance and consistently chirpy people.

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The Art of Volcanoes

May 17, 2010

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This is flat out lovely and terrible, when you think about it, helped by the fact that it stars Mother Nature in a ferocious mood. The song is a solo piece by Sigur Ros’s lead singer, Jónsi Birgisson. The song is called “Kolnidur.”

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Visiting the pharoahs in Huntington, West Virginia

May 8, 2010

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I am into folks who have obsessional collections. My friend in this video, Ken Fox, agrees that it is altogether possible he lived during Pharaohic times in a prior incarnation. What else could explain such a jones for all things Tutenkhamen and beyond? PS ~ I fell off the blogging hobbyhorse after exiting stage left […]

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