Thursday, January 22, 2009
Can you say "unbelievable"? I'll bet that you not only can but have found yourself saying it ever more often as the successive tsunamis of change break relentlessly over our awareness. I blame the digital revolution for making so darn many things possible that weren't before. Here's an example. In 2007, five of the ten best-selling novels in Japan were originally written on cell phones. Yup. Here's another one: somebody made a web video series called "We Need Girlfriends" and posted it on their web site. They promoted it on MySpace. Soon it was released to MySpace and YouTube. Recently, CBS picked it up to develop as a Pilot TV series. And all the YouTube video churned out in the recent US Presidential election - YouTube didn't exist when Bush was re-elected in 2004. Unbelievable? I'd say so.
Monday, January 19, 2009
It is pleasant to recall July in January, particularly this January, the wintry nastiness of which is likely to linger in the memories of North Americans almost wherever they live. I spent some weekend time adding a page to my Toronto Islands documentary site, to present in Flash video form the address of Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell on the 200th birthday and at the foot of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on Hanlan's Point. Over time I plan to add video coverage of several other events across that sunny July day and whenever I do I'll announce them here. But for now, feel free to visit Birthday of a Lighthouse. When you're done please take a look at the updated acknowledgements page, where the contributions of the late Albert Fulton and the very much alive Edward (Ted) English are recognized.