Sweet As Whole by Sara Bareilles

DailyRandomShit for 2016-04-29

I always wondered why there were explicit lyrics warning stickers on sweet Sara Bareilles’ recordings. I thought that it was because she’s known for dropping an F-bomb or two in her live performances. Then my friend, Kellie, directed to this sweet little ditty in my direction. Enjoy & have an effing great weekend. BTW NSFW!

41 – Indie Film Explores Time

DailyRandomShit for 2016-04-15: “41”

I’m lucky enough to live near an amazing Art/Indie Theater, The Enzian, where I get to regularly see wonderful and challenging examples of human creativity and storytelling. Then sometimes I find something wonderful randomly on YouTube. Enjoy.

Video Fridays: College GameDay Presents: Revenge Of The Nerds

Smart guys on the football field, I love it, especially because it goes against the social stereotype AND these guys really are smart. Granted, I’m quite biased when it comes to football, but I’m amazed at the number of smart folks that I hear from in tech who poo-poo sports like it’s somehow beneath them and a less than valuable part of the human experience. Ha! I don’t know why I love the sport, but I do. Enjoy.

Video Fridays: What Does the Fox Say (Remix)

It goes without saying that the Internet is an odd place where weird nonsense videos can often take off and have a life of their own for no understandable reason (such as the original “What Does the Fox Say” music video). Even more rare and odd are the times when a follow-up or remix video emerges that is so much better (and funnier) than the original. In this case, this animated video digs into the backstory behind the original question… “What does the fox say?” Enjoy.

Here’s the link to the original music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

Video Fridays: The Harmonica Man

In a recent conversation with mom she said that she’d heard that I had started to “entertain” again… which was her euphemism for saying that I was again playing my guitar to audiences. When I tried to explain why I stumbled a bit and ended up saying something about music being the one consistent part of my life since I was fifteen and how I’d always heard that the point of playing music was to share it with others. Granted my first two times out it was more nerve-wracking than anything else, but I remain hopeful that some artistry and fun will eventually find expression over the nervousness. Today’s video echoes the idea that music is meant to be shared and the gift of enabling others to play music is even better, perhaps life-sustaining. I’m reminded of the words of the late Steve Jobs, that life is too short and you can’t afford to waste it living someone else’s version of life. We do it because we love it and it’s part of sharing the journey with others.

Video Fridays: Crash Course World History

The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1

When contemplating activities that might enrich ones life or existence one generally will not find “watching videos on YouTube” on the list. When public schools began to offer Internet access on campus one of the first sites to be blocked tended to a YouTube. We had to protect our students because the thought was that only inappropriate materials could be found on YouTube. And not only was YouTube the domain of the inappropriate, but also just low quality crap that was a huge waste of time and probably one of the signs of our civilizations decline.

As is true of all enormous repositories of human activity there is going to be a lot of crap, but that will also be some amazing gems. One such gem is a 40-episode series called Crash Course World History, which is both entertaining and informative. And I just spent several hours enjoying these nuggets of learning. As a former 6th grade social studies teacher I would have love to have shared these videos with my students. As an educator I’m motivated to revisit my own units on Gilgamesh and Enkidu and imagine how I might present the information in this fun and entertaining fashion. Some see YouTube as a sign of decline, but I see it and technologies like it as an opportunity. Enjoy.

Indus Valley Civilization: Crash Course World History #2