Here’s a slick, bizarre, unintentionally hilarious video promoting the Bridge of The Horns that I wrote about in Nowhere Magazine last year. Is the distance between rhetoric and reality greater than the distance between Djibouti and Yemen? Who knows? Maybe someday “the dream of seeing the future of mankind bathed in light,” will come true after all.
Archive for the Video Category
It truly is a new geological era. Very cool to see. Slightly alarming to contemplate. (Via Gizmodo)
Another very cool overflight video from the ISS, if you can tune out the Michael Bay soundtrack.
Brilliant new song: “There’s more to Mama Africa than poverty and war.” (Via Chris Vourlias)
Very cool set of videos from the Space Station, which you may have seen but are worth seeing again. List of locations can be found here.
If you think poetry is boring or difficult or a waste of time, then you probably weren’t at the premiere of MotionPoems at the Open Book Center in Minneapolis. The brainchild of poet Todd Boss and graphic designer Angella Kassube, MotionPoems take poems from the Best American Poetry, among other places, and hands them over to visual artists who make short films out of them. The result is a powerful and evocative elaboration on the original work. Brilliant stuff:
Just back from East Africa, where I heard this song on a bus. It’s been in my head ever since.
In the new issue of Grow Magazine is a story I did about the UW-Madison’s exchange program in Uganda. It was a fun piece to do, and great to see how all the people involved are somehow changed for the better:
“IT WAS A SHORT WALK FROM the village of Biwolobo, deep in the Ugandan countryside, to the pool where villagers got water for drinking, cooking and bathing. But the trip, a mere daily errand for locals, would have profound consequences for the CALS study abroad students who accompanied them.
After a few minutes they arrived at the narrow pool, which was set in a rock with steep walls on three sides. Slippery dirt stairs led down to the water’s edge. The water was brown and murky, with scum and bits of garbage floating on it. In a country where few people know how to swim, the pool invited tragedy. In the past month alone, two children had drowned while fetching water, then-student Jenna Klink recalls learning.”