Archive for ‘Youtube Goodies’

September 7, 2011

Venture Capitalism

by Vince
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September 6, 2011

Pay Attention to Nonviolence

by Vince

Julia Bacha spoke on an important topic at TED:

In 2003, the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive groves. Did you hear about it? Didn’t think so. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha asks why we only pay attention to violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict — and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace.

September 6, 2011

Robbie George on American Exceptionalism

by Vince


Robbie George, a political science professor at Princeton, says nothing groundbreaking in his 2 and a half minute snippet from the Republican debate in South Carolina. He does, however, speak on behalf of our inalienable rights with much ignorance to what we as a nation have intentionally done to institutionally make fellow Americans unequal. Are American’s of color today given the same rights to education or even the same slate as a white American when they are born? To me, pontificating about our equality in a hagiographic manner while we face a type of apartheid in our schools and neighborhoods is a sad side effect of privileged conditioning and possessing blinders to much of our America.

September 6, 2011

Weezer Covers ‘Pumped Up Kicks’

by Vince


More from XPN here.

September 6, 2011

Coffee Jerks

by Vince


TDW sums this mash-up well:

Coffee commercials from the 50s seem to share a running theme: They all should have ended with “then make it your damn self.”

August 31, 2011

Pronouns and Joint Authorship

by Vince


An interesting perspective on the Federalist papers and the work of John Lennon/Paul McCartney:

The songs on which [John Lennon and Paul McCartney] collaborated closely produced linguistic patterns strikingly different from those of either songwriter individually. The 15 songs that were true John-Paul partnerships, Mr. Pennebaker says, were “much more positive” in emotional tone and used “more I-words, fewer we-words and much shorter words than either artist normally used on his own.” Mr. Pennebaker discerns that same synergy at work in a very different collection of texts: The Federalist Papers, three of which were written jointly by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.

More here.

August 29, 2011

Adele – Someone Like You – Live at MTV VMAs 2011

by Vince
August 28, 2011

The Power of Adapting Hymns

by Vince


N.T. Wright reflects in his book Surprised by Hope on the final stanza in the hymn How Great Tho Art:

 “When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.”

The second line, Wright argues, might be better read “And heal this world, what joy shall fill my heart.” Actually, the original Swedish version of the hymn doesn’t talk about Christ coming to take me home; that was the translator’s adaption. Rather, it speaks of the veils of time falling, faith being changed into clear sight, and the bells of eternity summoning us to our Sabbath rest, all of which has a lot more to recommend it.

Wright’s book focuses on rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the church. If you are interested in these topics or want to find a more unambiguous understanding of what the church should preach, it is worth finding at your local library.

August 27, 2011

Modern Daedalus

by Vince

This video is insane!

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August 27, 2011

Movie Titles In Movies

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August 26, 2011

Dancing Kids of the Day

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August 25, 2011

Stop Motion Within a Stop Motion

by Vince

From Israel:

August 21, 2011

Balko on Rick Perry

by Vince

Considering Perry has just jumped into the GOP race, may be the front-runner without involving himself in the Iowa straw poll, and has a good chance at this point of being a front-runner in his parties nomination race, it’s worth following him.

Here comes George Bush III.

August 21, 2011

Prayer of the Day

by Vince

As only NASCAR can fill this hole:

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August 21, 2011

“Let’s Bring America Back to the 2nd American Revolution. That’s my goal.”

by Vince

And other batshit scary quotes from the narcissist we should be glad did not become a U.S. senator.

August 9, 2011

SuperHeavy

by Vince

In case you hadn’t heard, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones started a super group called SuperHeavy, consisting of himself, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, A.R. Rahman, and Dave Stewart. Their single, Miracle Worker, is a nice song, and their full length album comes out the end of next month.

July 6, 2011

When Winning With Rhetoric is not Winning

by Vince


Am I the only one who sees people reliant on transportation stuck outside in a Minnesota winter and a government shut down as not good things? It may be winning for you as a pol, as well as a church-type political party obsessed with pure ideological rhetoric in both word and deed, but not for the people you represent. Tina Korbe seconds:

The ad is well-executed, but, after watching it a couple times, I can’t help but question the wisdom of emphasizing a union strike and a government shutdown as evidence of accomplishments. The ad provides little context with which to understand why, exactly, these events should be seen as “wins” for Pawlenty. Instead, it seems to rely on an innate conservative interpretation of union protests and a halt to government as somewhat unpleasant, but ultimately acceptable, consequences of impressive, committed, conservative policy-making. I’d rather hear about the conservative policy-making — the actual accomplishments.

July 5, 2011

America’s True Origins

by Vince

Enjoy this enlightening interview.

July 5, 2011

What Fireworks See

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July 2, 2011

The Declaration of Independents

by Vince

Reason’s Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch headline a special episode of Fox Business’ Stossel dedicated to their new book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America. Featuring interviews with the authors, plus Kurt Loder, Grant McCracken, Kennedy, and Andrew Breitbart, this hour-long program covered politics–and anti-politics–in a way rarely seen on cable television. Air Date: June 23, 2011.