June 11th, 2010
Man, the world is full of talented people with a lot of time on their hands.
May 9th, 2010
Since Mother's Day is a day honoring women, I figured it would be good to highlight an interesting website/blog I've been reading called The Mormon Women Project. About once a week, the project features the transcript of an interview with an interesting Mormon woman. The goal of the project is to highlight the diversity of experiences that Mormon women have.
In an introductory letter, the site's editor states:
Modern Latter-day Saint women choose to prioritize the Gospel in their lives, but for each woman that priority takes a different form. For some, it takes the form of committed motherhood, bringing souls into righteous homes. For others, it takes the form of humanitarian service. Others serve the broader world in paid industry positions or as creators of artistic works. Women prioritize the Gospel in times of crisis when they rely on the Savior or when they change their whole way of life to convert to His church.
Seven million strong, the women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints weave a tapestry of variety and strength that is unique in our world today. Mormon women stand up for their beliefs by choosing lifestyles, family structures and jobs that allow them to practice what they believe in a way that is right for them. Far from a monochrome stereotype, the beauty and variety of our women prove that there is no one right way to "choose the right".
My only complaint about the site is sometimes the featured women seem very super-womanly, which is intimidating. Nevertheless, I think this is a worthwhile project and I've found it fascinating. Check it out if it looks interesting to you too.
November 7th, 2009
Today is Carl Sagan's birthday. He would have been 75 years old today. In celebration, here are two music videos that use clips from his epic documentary Cosmos.
These were made using software called "Autotune." Normally, Autotune is used to correct singers who sing a little off key. You can see how Autotune works here. This is a pretty creative use of Autotune, using it to take normal speech and convert it into songs. Some people have done it with news stories as well (check out our favorite example).
October 11th, 2009
My sister Marin made this funny Jib Jab card of all the Whipple grandchildren for Halloween. Funny stuff. :)
The stars (in order of appearance): Ethan Rock, Ted Waddell, Tom Waddell, McKinley Toone, Alex Rock.
June 26th, 2009
I just finished watching a number of videos created by a science teacher from Oregon, in which he discusses Global Warming and the approach that we (the laypeople) should take concerning the debate surrounding it.
This video is the one that started it all. He did this first and was going to leave it at that, but then felt he needed to elaborate on it after receiving tons of feedback on it. He ended up making 49 videos (about six hours) in which he addresses a number of concerns raised by skeptics. If you want to watch them, the playlist is here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=92EE5DBE2987982F.
I've watched all the videos (well, listened to them while I was doing other things) and I really liked them. His presentation style is nice and he makes a lot of sense. It almost makes me want to be a teacher again (almost).