Le Tour du Monde en 80 secondes

tourdumonde80s — March 31, 2010 — http://www.tourdumonde80.fr
A tour of the world in 80 seconds. Directed by Romain Pergeaux & Alex Profit. A project done in only 3 weeks. The making of the video, pictures and an interview of Alex Profit can be seen at http://www.tourdumonde80.fr.
Our tour included stops in London – Cairo – Mumbay – Hong Kong – Tokyo – San Francisco – New York – London. This route is a tribute to the famous Jules Verne’s book “Le tour du monde en 80 jours”.

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Update. I just looked up the camera that this video was purportedly shot on, and it looks really cool. It’s the Sony HX5B, and if I had $350 laying around, I might be tempted to pick one up. It’d be nice to have something like it to slide in my pocket. It has stunning HD video, a panorama picture mode that looks amazing, a wide angle lens option, and this feature that takes two shots and combines the two for the best possible lighting.

I’ve been looking for a point and shoot for some time, and this might be “the one.”

Boobquake 2010: When the Earth’s a rockin’, don’t come a …

Blag Hag Jen McCreight

Blag Hag Jen McCreight is probably the top female atheist blogger. Maybe it’s a tossup between she and Greta Christina.

Anywhich way, you must know about Boobquake by now … It’s McCreight’s idea to see if she could trigger an earthquake with a little world-wide boob exposure.

The quote that inspired the event was from a Muslim named HojatoleslamKazem Sedighi: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”

Read more here.

Then you have people like Sunsara Taylor who seemed to think this was not appropriate. She says that it’s already safe to think immodest dress is not causing earthquakes or every Spring Break would be loaded with earth rumbling.

I understand Taylor thinks McCreight’s effort is superfluous or even redundant. But religious people NEED repetition and redundancy, which is why they LOVE reading from the same book over and over and over.

Repetitiously, we must push our messages out there. We need to continuously demonstrate that there are religious leaders who are as stupid as it gets. And when they make shit up, they should know that their foolishness will be exposed.

Whatever Works

Growing up in the Southern Protestant Christian tradition, you may not believe all the things I was taught. The laundry list is long, and it never ceases to befuddle my wife and friends when I tell them stories about it.

Yesterday I was visiting with my Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathy while Tina showed houses to a client.

Uncle Jim and I hold similar views about politics. We’re both independents who love and advocate science. We both lean toward humanism, which apparently is a liberal perspective. Uncle Jim grew up on Chicago, and you’d think that he’d be a card carrying Democrat and all his buddies and he would be driving Obama bumper-stickered cars.

Ironically, his friends who grew up in the same “liberal” neighborhoods are so staunchly republican that he has avoid them, because they offend him with awful, anti-Obama rhetoric. For instance, he called his friend the other day, and it wasn’t two seconds before he criticized Uncle Jim, Aunt Kathy and his oldest son for voting for Obama. Jim was dumbstruck, and he wanted to retaliate, and he says Aunt Kathy was able to convince him to let it go.

They decided that it’s best to not talk about it, because tempers get out of hand. Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathy would definitely like to talk to their conservative friends about their views, but they feel like the tendency for the conversation to drift toward acerbic loudness is too great. It’s better not to talk about.

How shitty is that? We can’t talk politics and share conversations about views, because emotions take the place of calm.

In terms of lifestyle choices, Uncle Jim says, “People should be able to do what they want to do as long as it doesn’t affect me and vice versa.”

My kneejerk conditioned response is to tell Uncle Jim he’s wrong. My conditioning taught me to respond by saying, “No, you can’t live the way you want; you have to live for Jesus.”

I told Uncle Jim this, as I feel like he needs to understand a potential response from someone who was raised to be conservative.

“What, what?” Jim asked. “What does that mean?”

“I was taught that people who say that … like yourself … are to be told they are wrong. People can’t just do what they want. They have to do what god wants.”

Of course I explained again that this was the conditioning of my youth.

He sat with his mouth gaped open. “I can’t believe it.”

When I left, Uncle Jim thanked me for having a strong, intelligent conversation about current events.

Last night, Tina and I watched Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works.” It’s about a failed theoretical physicist (Larry David) who is a caricature of a pompous, science-loving New Yorker who leaves his wife because of rational reasons. He’s too smart for regular people, but finds his life colliding with normal, every day pions. He marries a southern bumpkin considerably younger than him and slowly the story unfolds that the country mice all fall in love with the “liberal” lifestyle after they get a chance to live in New York City for a while. His main philosophy is “Whatever Works … whatever works for you … that’s how you should live as long as it doesn’t affect me.”

Whatever works is in direct violation with what I was taught, and I suppose this is why there is so much head butting between different politically charged people.

If your philosophy is Whatever Works … as in, I may need an abortion, because that works for me and I need that option in my world … that violates the Christian agenda.

If whatever works includes being homosexual or having an open sexual environment … that doesn’t work for the Christian … even though it doesn’t hurt them in any way.

Instead of “Whatever works”, it’s whatever works … as long it’s what works from this small corner of thought.

Science doesn’t work for the Christian, despite any form of proof, because it goes against the Christian agenda.

What good is having a “faith” that doesn’t accept people’s views?

Crayola thanks its huge support base … tea partiers

Last night, I watched this video on my iPhone. I thought about getting up to post it, because it only had 313 hits on YouTube as of midnight last night.

This morning, it’s already up to over 20,000 hits. Gotta love the Internets.

My point isn’t that “I saw it first.” My point is, I love that a message can be effectively distributed via the internet in a clear manner.

I don’t know why more people aren’t jumping on the band wagon.