“When I was born the speed limit was two miles an hour. They’d only just repealed the law where a man had to walk in front of every motor car waving a flag.”
Henry Allingham, world’s oldest man, who died at the age of 113 on July 18, 2009.
The story in The Guardian. http://tinyurl.com/lhvhhz
A great American journalist Walter Cronkite died this evening. For those of us who grew up in a day when there were only three television channels, Cronkite pioneered television journalism and became the “Most Trusted Man in America.” His influence was reflected in this quote from President Lyndon Johnson: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” Unlike so many of today’s so-called journalists, Cronkite did not aspire to be a pundit, but simply to tell it, in the phrase he used to sign off each evening, “the way it is.”Here is the bulletin CBS News bulletin this evening announcing Cronkite’s death:
NPR’s Scott Simon on how to tell a story:
Luke Jerram creates live arts projects. This summer he has placed thirty pianos around London (http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/). Each is uniquely decorated and all say, in big letters, “Play Me, I’m Yours.” There’s a wonderful slideshow of people interacting with the piano’s at http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/gallery.
An of course, there is a growing body of YouTube videos of people playing the pianos. Here are some of my favorites so far:
“I’m A Believer” on Carnaby Street
Katzenjammer Play 24 Pianos in 8 Hours
Here’s one where the piano at the Millenium Bridge is used in a rather more high production number:
Andrew Balkwell “Nothing (‘Bout Your Girl)”
This was my first (and only) effort at creating a short film, shot last summer at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan. I wanted to gain a better understanding of film editing. What better way to do that than to make a short (very short) film.