At a recent estate sale on the south side of Chicago, Jeff Altman spotted a canister of film simply labeled “Chicago” and “Print 1.” That tidbit of information was intriguing enough for Altman to drop $40 on the print.
Altman, who works in film post-production, took two weeks to inspect and fix minor issues before scanning and turning it into a digital video.
The result is this short film, a marvelous and thorough overview of 1940s Chicago, when the Wrigley and Tribune Towers were still considered modern landmarks.
Stuart Scottâ€™s moving acceptance speech at the ESPYâ€™s while in the middle his final battle with cancer.
With the news that LeBron James is open to leaving Cleveland (again), I am going to post this Nike commercial from this summer with no comment.
John Oliver explains to Letterman why English soccer will never take off in the United States.
This could have been Oliver and I as he taught me our â€œsecret handshakeâ€
Big Hero 6 was a faster learner than myself.
Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani captures the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process.
So I heard that John McGettigan was running for the Saskatchewan Party nomination in Saskatoon Stonebridge Dakota. Â I then found this speech from a couple of years ago he gave at a Teacherâ€™s Rally where he questioned the Brad Wall lead Saskatchewan Party governments intelligence, passion for education, and commitment to our children.
Now he wants to be a part of the same government he bashed from the front of the legislature. Â Itâ€™s been a long time since I have been involved in partisan politics but I donâ€™t think it works like that.
Of course it actually gets weirder with this odd campaign announcement on Facebook where he seems to think he is running to be a cabinet minister.
So if he isnâ€™t named to cabinet (and given the perks to the position) is he going to quit? Â Who makes those kinds of declarations (or doesnâ€™t at least take away his campaign managers computer) as they announce their nomination?
Okay, so the reason the Sask Party has â€œmessed upâ€ education is that they donâ€™t have the information needed to fix it? Â The bureaucrats, the meetings with the unions, the work with the Saskatchewan Teacherâ€™s Federation, meetings with John McGettigan himself â€¦ that isnâ€™t getting them the information they need? Â So only McGettigan himself once elected and presumably named as Minister of Education will then share this information on how to fix education in this province.
Itâ€™s so weird. Â It is like he is running to be education minister and that is it which even if you have no idea how the world works, you have to know our system doesnâ€™t work like that.
In case you are wondering if that is all. Â No. Â There was this statement by his campaign manager.
Again, this man needs to have his computer taken away from him. Â This may be the most disastrous start to any nomination campaign that I have ever seen.
Way to go WestJet. Â Incredible idea. Â Incredible video.
Video of Andrew Coyne at the McKercher Lecture Series at the College of Law. Â Itâ€™s a great lecture and one that you really need to watch.
What do you get for the teenaged boy on your Christmas list. The easy way out is cash and gift cards. We aren’t going to take the easy route out. We are doing this the hard way and come up with a list that any teenager would love.
$150 for a cutting edge tablet? I’m okay with that. The Asus MeMo tablet runs a 1.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, more than enough RAM to run the latest applications and 16 gb of storage for videos, music, and homework. It also has a .3 megapixel front facing camera and a 2 megapixel rear facing camera
We gave Mark my old Pentax K-x to him for his birthday and he loves it. The advantage of Pentax over other DSLR’s is build quality. The K-50 has over 80 water seals in it. This means that the teen you are shopping for can take it far more places and adventures than other DSLRs. The other advantage is the amazing price. At under $500 (with a 18-55mm lens) it is one of the least expensive DSLR’s out there right now.
The PENTAX K-50 is a mid-level DSLR with fast, advanced functionality, all wrapped up in bold colors. Featuring specifications of a top level DSLR, enjoy a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at six frames per second, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, 100% field of view, innovative in-body shake reduction, and an advanced auto focus module with four optional focusing screens, not to mention the PENTAX-original weather-sealing. Also enjoy full 1018p HD video capture, and eye-fi card compatibility for fast and easy image sharing.
At the end of the day, you aren’t buying your teen a DSLR for them, you are buying it for the family time you will spend together shooting it. This summer Mark, Oliver, Wendy, and I went for countless walks, hikes, and adventures together for no other reason than to shoot from photos and see what we could see together.
If you are wondering about available lens for Pentax, check out my guide to Pentax DSLR lens that I wrote this summer.
- You can purchase a Pentax K-50 DSLR at Amazon for $486 which is an amazing price for a DSLR.
There is a good choice that your teen has an iPod or phone that plays music already. The music is great but one overlooked thing is what do you play it on. Sennheisser headphones are a great bet. The Sennheiser HD201 Stereo Headphones prove to be a low priced alternative to high-end studio headphones.With great clarity, the Sennheiser HD201 headphones are the ideal entry into the world of powerful stereo sound. These excellent headphones also boast great attenuation of ambient noise and outstanding comfort at an affordable price.
- $25 at Amazon. $50-75 everywhere else.
Tursion is making tablets affordable for use by anyone, not just artists. This high-quality Tursion drawing tablet is priced just right, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of a graphic tablet. It includes several software utilities, such as PenSigner and PenMail, which allows you to use handwritten signatures, adding a personal touch to what is usually thought of as an impersonal medium. Easy to install and to use,
We gave one to Mark last year for his birthday and he has loved it. It works with almost any kind of Windows XP/Vista/7/8 software has allowed him expand is skills and talents as an artist.
Royal & Langnickel Sketching and Drawing Easel Set is a comprehensive 104 piece collection of artist materials ideal for the beginner, student, or artist. This set features a wide assortment of pencils, pastels, and paints fitted into a convertible, two-drawer chest that opens to reveal a third tray of product. The storage chest converts into a sturdy table-top easel. An outstanding collection of tools for your studio or an ideal gift for an artist or serious art student.
You aren’t just giving a gift when you give a telescope as a gift. You are opening up the wonders of the universe. All of Celestron’s PowerSeekers include a full range of eyepieces plus a 3x Barlow lens that provides an increase in viewing power hundreds of times greater than that of the unaided eye!
- The Celestron PowerSeeker is Amazon’s best selling telescope an is only $99.99. With it you will be able to explore more of the Milky Way than you ever thought possible.
You can also find all of the rest of the 2014 Christmas Gift Guides online here. There is a lot of great ideas for all of the important people in your life. Good luck with your shopping and have a great holiday season! Oh yeah, if I missed anything or you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments.
I donâ€™t get this latest video from Tourism Saskatoon. Â Great production values but basically it is Kim Coates saying he likes to come home to Saskatoon and that he had a good experience at the University of Saskatchewan. Â He then had to move away to hone his craft.
Tell me again how this is supposed to attract people to Saskatoon, unless they are thinking of taking drama? Â I guess if the target is Kim Coates fans and we want them to know that he was from (and likes) Saskatoon, it is a good video but how big is that market? Â Even then, all you have is Kim Coates riding around town on his motorcycle.
Nice cameo by Murray Totland though.
There are several potential explanations for whatâ€™s going on here. The most likely is that some combination of increasingly infrequent summer snowstorms, wind-blown dust, microbial activity, and forest fire soot led to this yearâ€™s exceptionally dark ice. A more ominous possibility is that what weâ€™re seeing is the start of a cascading feedback loop tied to global warming.
Box mentions this summerâ€™s mysterious Siberian holes and offshore methane bubbles as evidence that the Arctic can quickly change in unpredictable ways.
This year, Greenlandâ€™s ice sheet was the darkest Box (or anyone else) has ever measured. Box gives the stunning stats: â€œIn 2014 the ice sheet is precisely 5.6 percent darker, producing an additional absorption of energy equivalent with roughly twice the US annual electricity consumption.â€
Perhaps coincidentally, 2014 will also be the year with the highest number of forest fires ever measured in Arctic.
Box ran these numbers exclusively for Slate, and what he found shocked him. Since comprehensive satellite measurements began in 2000, never before have Arctic wildfires been as powerful as this year. In fact, over the last two or three years, Box calculated that Arctic fires have been burning at a rate thatâ€™s double that of just a decade ago. Box felt this finding was so important that he didnâ€™t want to wait for peer review, and instead decided to publish first on Slate. Heâ€™s planning on submitting these and other recent findings to a formal scientific journal later this year.
From the CBC