I forgot my phone

I Forgot My Phone – YouTube: Written by/Starring Charlene deGuzman and directed by Miles Crawford.

This video shows me. And probably lots of us.

Far too often, I find myself absorbed in the action of a 4-inch screen instead of seeing the real world unfolding around me. I’m not going to throw the phone away or retire it when my contract is up, but this video has inspired me to try to put it away when there are others around.

The girl in the video is visibly frustrated when her friends are paying attention to their phones instead of to her, but there is no evidence that she is more interesting than what her friends are looking at. The first step to fixing this problem it to put the phone away. The second is to surround yourself with people more interesting than your phone (and to be more interesting than your friends’ phones).

There is a time and a place for reading and exploring the universe from a tiny screen and a time to find it in its physical form. Occasionally forgetting my phone at home will help.

Turkeys in Hot Pursuit

This is the first time I’ve been chased by wild turkeys on the way to work. Their pursuit concerned me at first, especially since my people had just finished massacring and eating their people, but early in the chase it became clear they were friendly, playful even.

Now I know where the term ‘Turkey Trot’ comes from.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: from deep inside the Jonathan+Gabi archives

Gabi and I watched Meet Joe Black last night—her for the first time, me for the second (or third). The first song in the closing credits is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s ukulele version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The song reminded me of the version of the song in the video below that Gabi and I performed for the Franciscan University talent show back in college before we were married, circa Fall 2005.

It’s quite a bit different than Kamakawiwoʻole’s version and far cry from Judy Garland’s original. There’s one weird jump in the recording about half way thorough, but still, it’s worth watching for Gabi’s vocal acrobatics.

Do you think Gabi and I should take this show on the road?

Rear Window Timelapse

Jeff Desom made this incredible time lapse video created from clips of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film Rear Window. In the video, the whole story unfolds in order, but the only thing you see is the panoramic view from the window. The movement of the small figures in the distance let you know where to direct your attention. The video is set to a great soundtrack, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. Desom shared how he made the video on his website.