Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
Watch the video in this post at Salon. (I don’t know how to embed Comedy Central videos in WordPress.)
Brian Patrick Fortune passes along this video:
At the Vimeo link:
Chris Goldmann grew up in South Africa’s veldt, hunting and fishing. He joined the South African Air Force and quickly became the preeminent ‘chopper-jock’, and in an illustrious career went on to become President Nelson Mandela’s pilot. Chris explores his adventures through his passion for knife-craft, his beautiful blades and handles are the distillation of a life’s passions. This is the story of a modern day man-of-action in his own words.
Take a look. It’s an NPR article with a few videos and a link to a longer list. I prefer the title I use to their title: 30-Something Everyday Tasks You Might Be Doing ‘Wrong’. That title seems to imply: “You stupid klutz.” Here’s one on peeling an egg:
The guy in the video has written a book: Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa. The book even has a promotional video.
Thanks to LMC for pointing it out.
I found the above video fascinating—my father and a friend of his owned an oilfield machine shop when I was very young—and as I watched it occurred to me that I spent my career solving non-physical problems: the problems on which I worked were logical (trying to understand something complicated or to explain well something complicated), psychological (trying to learn or teach various things, in spite of denial, emotional resistance, and/or simple ignorance, in myself or in others), and organizational (shaping and/or working with and within organizations). I very seldom worked on problems involving reshaping or creating physical objects, but instead worked primarily on and through language.
This probably represents an imbalance—at least, it would be easy to convince me that it does. With a do-over, I think I’d spend more consistent time working with the recalcitrance of physical objects—e.g., woodworking, blacksmithing, and the like: creating some physical thing. Gardening would also be a possibility. Although you don’t get a physical object (a desk, a chair, a razor, whatever) as is cooking, now that I think about it, but those creations are fleeting. Still, in cooking one works with insensate objects, which what I’m talking about. Gardening doesn’t produce a simple object, but it does produce a garden, which (in a sense) exists over time, particularly if landscaped with perennials.
If you like the above, you’ll probably enjoy Secrets of the Viking Sword.
UPDATE: Of course, one insensate object one can work on is one’s own body:
Worth viewing, though too late for this year I imagine:
Via Informed Comment:
A very interesting series of brief video segments, in which the Washington Post interviews the Post‘s Reid Wilson and Marijuana Policy Project’s Dan Riffle about efforts to legalize and decriminalize marijuana use in several U.S. states. One neat formulation: when the interviewer asked a question about “legalizing” marijuana, Riffle responded that instead of using the word “legalize,” they prefer “tax and regulate.”
It’s a backgrounder, so there’s quite a bit of useful and interesting information.