Archive for July, 2006

Trojan Down: Implosion of a Failed Concept

July 30, 2006

Some of you may have seen my 26-second video of the implosion of the cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant on May 21, 2006. Here is the link to my longer treatment of this story on Google video. The video is pretty self-explanatory and clocks in at around 10 minutes. Finally, here is a short clip of the implosion from an airborne FLIR camera, which is quite interesting.

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More Videos

July 25, 2006

I can’t seem to shake my addiction to Internet video, especially since everything on TV is such crap. Here is a video of Roger Waters and David Gilmour playing Grantchester Meadows, a haunting melody from Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma album, released in 1969. Buddy and Julie Miller are a husband/wife songwriting team of great repute. Here is Julie Miller’s I Still Cry, recorded live at Austin City Limits. I am blown away by Iris Dement singing Our Town. Her voice is one of a kind. Ali Farka Toure (RIP) was a Malian guitarist that many described as the missing link between the traditional music of Africa and the American blues. In this clip from Martin Scorsese’s Feel Like Going Home, Farka Toure plays a bit of music and discusses the African diaspora. Stevie Nicks did a duet with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers called Stop Dragging My Heart Around in 1981 when MTV was taking off. I think it rocks. Just for kicks, here is TP playing Here Comes My Girl from the Damn the Torpedoes album, released in 1979. Of course, these and all videos are better with good speakers.

In some way, each of these videos represents my deep need to take a little visit home as soon as I can.

Poem from Ancient Times Relevant This Very Day

July 22, 2006

“Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate; that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden his heart, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen him. The trees of the earth are watered abundantly and the cedars of Lebanon…. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the badgers. Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. Thou makest darkness, and it is night, when all of the beasts of the forest creep forth. The lions roar for their prey [and] get them away and lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening.”

— Psalm 104, Verses 14 – 23, Revised Standard Edition

The line about the oil was wired from Mesopotamia to Europe when oil was first discovered by the British in Iraq around 100 years ago. Despite its gender-specific slant, I think it is a powerful verse, especially as Lebanon is being systematically destroyed by Israel right in front of our eyes.

Robert Newman’s History of Oil

July 19, 2006

This is a must-see 45 minute video titled “History of Oil”. English writer, musician and comedian Robert Newman wrote, produced and stars in this hilarious, informative and terrifying Vaudeville-style examination of the impact of oil on humanity in the 20th and 21st centuries, made possible by bicycle-powered electricity. This is the type of programming that should be on prime time television, instead of the ever more inane tripe that dominates our culture. Newman’s most timely lesson for us in 2006: “The party’s over.”

More Videos, Mostly Live Music

July 1, 2006

Here are links to some more videos that I have enjoyed recently: Here is a 1950’s government propaganda film about IBM’s SAGE computer, which the narrator describes as “supersonic, super destructive”. I shudder to think how advanced the surveillance has become over the last 50 years. On a lighter note, here is the B-52s playing Rock Lobster live in 1979. Sonic Youth playing Bull in the Heather live on Letterman. Sleater-Kinney (broken up as of last week) playing Jump live on Letterman. Sleater-Kinney playing Entertain live on the Henry Rollins Show. Elliott Smith (RIP) playing three songs. Star Trek Cribs. REM playing Radio Free Europe live on Letterman in 1983. Fugazi playing Shut the Door at one of their now-classic $5 shows. The original Pink Floyd (with Syd Barrett) playing Flaming live in 1968. Later Pink Floyd (with David Gilmour) playing Careful With That Axe Eugene live circa 1972. That’s all I got for now.

An Oldie But a Goodie…

July 1, 2006

While surfing around the net this weekend, I came across this radio news piece I wrote for Free Speech Radio News in December 2002. It is about the $50,000 fine the Bush administration laid on some peace activists that carried pencils, aspirin and medical texts to Iraqi civilians before the war. My story begins right in the middle of the broadcast, but I encourage you to listen to the whole show. Interestingly, there is a story about the Bush White House claiming (four months before the war began) that they know Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.