Jun 212012
 

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - Dallas Children's Theater

Celebrate goodness, generosity and love with Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy and beautiful maidens in the land are invited to meet him.  Mufaro, a dignified and caring African villager, has two beautiful daughters. When Mufaro leaves for the hunt and the sisters are alone, Manyara is always angry, while Nyasha is positive and kind.  Chenzira, a messenger, brings word that the Great King is inviting all of the “Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land to appear before him” so that he might choose his Queen.  Mufaro is very pleased that both of his daughters should be selected and agrees to accompany them at sunrise. That night, Manyara, believing herself better and prettier than her sister, sets out alone so that she can be presented to the king first. What will happen to each girl as she responds to hooting owls, enchanted trees laughing and the other strange beings they encounter along the way?
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Mar 012012
 

Davy Jones Dies of a Heart Attack at Age 66

 

Those were the headlines the world woke up to yesterday. A nostalgic sadness overcame me because Davy was my “crush” back in the days of the Monkees show. I remember looking forward to each rerun, watching the shows multiple times and never getting tired of seeing Davy, Mickey, Peter and Mike being goofy and making great music.

Until now, I didn’t realize that the guys didn’t start out as a band, but that they were actors who were casted in a show looking for “4 insane boys.” I think whoever casted Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith did a pretty good job considering that the show became a hit sensation and the Monkees evolved into an internationally popular band entertaining millions with iconic songs such as “Day Dream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.”

I would love to see the show come back in tribute to the boys….Farewell Davy…

 

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Jan 282012
 

Lego Man in Space

Canadian Teens Launch Lego Man into Space!

 

That’s right! About two weeks ago, two Canadian teens successfully launched a Lego man into near space (just above the earth’s surface) equipped with four cameras and a cell phone with a GPS app. The 2″ Lego man was given a Canadian flag to hold during his adventure. Lego man and his media devices were launched via a professional weather balloon that the boys bought online. The teens also sent up a homemade parachute, hoping to allow for a safe landing so they could retrieve their Lego man and equipment.

Based on the boys’ calculations, once launched, the balloon reached about 80,000 feet before it popped and started its descent (which took about 32 minutes). The boys were able to retrieve their project safely and, thanks to the media equipment they sent up, they ended up with a couple of videos and about 1,500 pictures of the earth. All together, the boys calculate the flight and landing took about 97 minutes.

The two 17-year-olds, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, did this project for fun and because they thought it was cool. They spent about $400 on this project. The boys also checked to make sure the flight wouldn’t be dangerous or illegal before they considered launching. Read a full length feature interview with the teens at thestar.com.

Check out this video where the teens talk about their Lego man in space project and show excerpts of video and photos they were able to capture.The video has gone viral and is causing a lot of buzz! Easy to see why since it is really cool!

 

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Apr 202011
 
The Mountain: Time Lapse Video That is A MUST SEE!

I saw this time lapse video on Facebook and had to share it here. It has tremendous views in time lapse mode taken by Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd taken on El Teide in the Canary Islands. Don’t miss this one!! View it in fullscreen mode for the full experience!

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the photographer:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain’s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.