The YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel and host Mike Rugnetta takes the audience through morning routines, and the morning routine of Mike as well. So what is it about our time-tested morning routines. Everybody has their morning routine that they rely on and cling to dearly. The simple acts of brewing coffee, showering, and whatever else you do, makes that first act of climbing out of bed easier. The comfort and familiarity of those repeated actions give us a sense of ownership, and cause us to self identify with these simple set of actions. So what is it about these routines that make them so important to us? Enjoy the episode below!
On this Sunday Discussion, I am going to talk about two big stories, that should be talked about since this is the last Sunday before Christmas 2014. First off, I really want to talk about the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who are based in Wisconsin. The foundation has been on a crusade to make sure no prayers and church based things are happening on government property or events. First, they sent a letter to Piedmont City Schools demanding they end prayers before their home football games. The result, prayers no longer happen, but there is a moment of silence.
Second, the foundation sent another letter to the City of Piedmont asking them to rename their Christmas parade from “Keep Christ In Christmas.” The result, the city did drop the theme, but many people turned out to make sure others knew what Christmas was all about! You saw plenty of reminders of Christianity and Jesus Christ! The foundation kind of lost that battle!
And now, the foundation has sent a letter to the City of Rainbow City asking them to remove a nativity scene in front of city hall. The result, they did remove it for a day, but returned it! And now the mayor and city officials have no plans to take the nativity scene down, even if they have to defend it in court. Last week, hundreds rallied to keep the nativity scene, and I thought this was a great sight to see!
So, I want to address the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who seems like they have nothing better to do! You do realize that Alabama is in the Bible Belt, right? And down here in Alabama, most people are Christian. So, you are going to see things associated with Christianity and the Bible. For the few people who are members of the group, and reporting these small things, you might as well quiet down. I’m sorry if you are an atheist, because 95% of people in Alabama are not atheist, and they are not going to let 5% of people tell what the other people should do!
For example, the City of Anniston has also put out a nativity scene along Quintard Ave in the median.
And here is another nativity scene.
And here is one of the angels. Don’t tell me that is evil too!
I fell bad for the few of you who are atheists. Because, if people discovered it was you who called the Freedom From Religion Foundation over a simple nativity scene, you would be harassed by many other people. You might as well get over it, Christianity is here to stay! If you don’t like it, move somewhere else!
Also, I wanted to also talk about the two cops from the New York City Police Department, who were assassinated without any chance to defend themselves. They were both just sitting in a patrol car, and someone walked up from behind and shot them to death. The shooter than killed himself. The amount of people who are just against all police has shot up since the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths. The amount of people who believe all police are against those who are colored has shot up, and it’s embarrassing, because there is no such thing as police discriminating against certain people, there’s no discrimination, hear that protesters from Black Lives Matter?
Thanks to the 24 hour news cycle, where CNN, Fox News, and other news outlets are talking about this most of the time, you have people who are misinformed, and are now scared of any police officer. For the very few who are mentally ill, like the person who shot dead two NYPD officers, they think the only way to solve the problem is to physically harm anyone who works in the police, and that is wrong! Face it, Michael Brown was a thug and was most likely going to prison, Eric Garner was breaking the law and he knew it, and resisting arrest is the one thing you never do! If you are not doing anything wrong, you don’t have to worry about the police investigating you! It’s that simple, don’t break the law, and you don’t have to worry about the police!
Police officers goes into harm’s way on every shift, and they should have some of the highest respect! This police bashing from some people has gone too far! You don’t need to be blocking major highways, burning down buildings, or harming/murdering police officers to get your point across about police brutality. Guess what, police brutality is not happening! Police departments are not out of control, and the mainstream media needs to find something else to talk about. To sum things up, if you are not doing anything wrong, don’t worry about the police. And if the police comes to question you, remain calm and don’t do anything stupid, or you could be arrested, tasered, or shot. This sounds like something you should have learned in pre-school.
The police are not evil, they are not racist, they are not killing machines, and they don’t want to arrest everyone they come in contact with. They are hard working men and women who does the job to protect and serve. They don’t make up the laws either, they only enforce the laws. So, for the ones who complain that the police should not be going after speeders, or those with a small amount of drugs, how about protesting in front of politicians instead? They are the people who make the laws! I think it’s high time to thank serving police officers, fire fighters, and EMS workers like we do with the military, because they deserve our thanks!
The YouTube channel ThePianoGuys just put out an amazing Christmas music video that you must watch now! I mean, stop what you are doing, and watch this video right now! The Piano Guys, along with Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, volunteers, and many YouTubers got together to sing “Angels We Have Heard On High” in Utah. They were also attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the largest living nativity, which they accomplished with 1,039 people! Enjoy the video below!
About this project, Radiant Foundation stepped in to fund this amazing project! They want people to realize that Christmas is more than about commercialism! And this project is a part of the Mormon / The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Christmas mission called #ShareTheGift. The first gift of Christmas was a simple gift given by a father to all his children, to us. He gave us His son, the Christ. He is the gift. This Christmas season, how will you share the gift? Learn more about this by watching this video below!
And here is a behind the scenes shoot from the YouTube channel devingraham!
Download this song for free at: http://thepianoguys.com/sharethegift/
This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
The Walking Fool
The Walking Fool is a feature-length documentary which follows the comical adventures of Mark Phillips, a graphic designer and avid couch potato, who gives up his job, his apartment, and his savings to try to walk from New York to California. The only problem is: Mark is out-of-shape, inexperienced at hiking and camping, and is doing it all alone. This film is over ten years in the making, covering all of Mark’s hilarious attempts to walk from one ocean to the other.
They are currently preparing all the footage from Mark’s treks so we can edit it down to a 90-minute feature documentary. They are also in the process of conducting interviews with other people who have successfully walked across America, investigating what it is that compels this small clan of folks to take on this crazy, massive journey. The film will explore the idea of seeking escape/adventure and about never giving up on one’s dreams. But the film will always stay light and keep its sense of humor. Essentially, “The Walking Fool” is a documentary that is both a comedy and an adventure.
As of December 21st, this project has raised around $13,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 8 days left to raise the $20,000 or it might not be funded! For a pledge of $10, you will get a social media shoutout. For a pledge of $25, you will get a digital download of The Walking Fool. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-walking-fool-completion-funds
They are a collective of journalists and artists combining on-the-ground reporting with sequential art. Comics journalism, graphic reportage, drawn documentary — call it what you like — they think it’s a beautiful way to tell stories. Over the last three years they’ve partnered with top media outlets to document issues like gun violence, homelessness and the ever-changing borders of urban neighborhoods, along with some lighter stuff, like the everyday shenanigans you see on your city bus ride. By combining on-the-ground reporting with sequential art, they aim to capture elements of lived experience that get lost in traditional reporting.
Drawing on a year’s worth of reporting and interviews, the book will weave personal narrative, journalistic reporting, and frame-by-frame illustration into a portrait of the city at large. Kedzie Avenue runs north-south across Chicago, and passes through a huge range of urban spaces. In reporting for the book we’ve interviewed folks in the burgeoning developments of hip Logan Square, in a homeless encampment under the freeway in Avondale, and at a ballet school on a tough block of Marquette Park. The wide spectrum of experience they’ve found on Kedzie is what the project is all about. They want this book to capture the immense diversity of the city they live in and the people they share it with. Reporting is nearly complete, illustrations are underway, and the project is set to be published by Curbside Splendor as a full color perfect bound book in fall 2015.
As of December 21st, this project has raised around $11,000 of their $6,000 goal. This project only has 2 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $15, you will get a comic book preview of the book. For a pledge of $25, you will get a signed copy of the book. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/illustratedpress/kedzie-avenue-stories-drawn-from-a-city-street
Meet iCamPRO FHD, world’s first intelligent home security robot. Unlike any other home security devices, iCamPRO is the first robotic home security camera that can actually see, hear, sense, and track moving objects, all while communicating with you. “In today’s world of clever thieves and Industrial Saboteurs, the iCamPRO will record every movement in perfect detail so you can identify security threats or common thieves and protect your business and family,” commented by David Rodwell, one of the campaign contributors.
Standing just over 3” tall and powered by a high-speed CPU with a patent-pending multi-sensor network, the iCamPRO is the smallest intelligent security robot that sees and tracks objects in real-time at your home or office, and even in a dimly lit environment. With multiple motion sensors, no matter where the intruders appear in your home, iCamPRO can immediately rotate itself to capture the intruders in seconds. Real-time object tracking is an expensive technology that is available only in military or professional surveillance systems. Amaryllo is the first company to realize it with a compact design for your home or office at an affordable price.
As of December 21st, this project has raised around $120,000 of their $1,000 goal. This project only has 28 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $149, you will get one black iCamPRO. For a pledge of $299, you will get one black and one white iCamPRO. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-first-domestic-robot-that-tracks-intruders
It’s that great time of the year to see Christmas movies, and the Oxford Performing Arts Center In Oxford and Gadsden State’s Wallace Hall In Gadsden are both showing plenty of Christmas movies leading up to Christmas!
Let’s start in Oxford with the 2014 Christmas Movie Festival. This year, the festival will be on three days with two movies on each night, and admission is free! And if you are one of the first 25 people, you will also get free popcorn! Here is the movies and schedule.
- Sunday Dec. 21 – It’s A Wonderful Life – 5 pm
- Sunday Dec. 21 – The Polar Express – 7:30 pm
- Monday Dec. 22 – Miracle On 34th Street – 5 pm
- Monday Dec. 22 – Elf – 7:30 pm
- Tuesday Dec. 23 – Charlie Brown Christmas and How The Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon – 5 pm
- Tuesday Dec. 23 – Christmas Vacation – 7:30 pm
Enjoy these movies on a 40 foot screen and doors open at 4:30 pm! Learn more at: http://www.oxfordpac.org/
And now for Wallace Hall in Gadsden. On Monday December 22nd, they will be showing three Christmas movies in their 10th annual Holiday Movie Spectacular! The event is sponsored by Gadsden State and the Gadsden Public Library, and admission is free! They will also be accepting donations for toys and canned food. And drinks and popcorn are $1 each. Here is the schedule.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas live action version – 10 am
- The Santa Clause – 2 pm
- Christmas Vacation – 6 pm
Doors will open before 10 am. Learn more at: http://www.wallacehall.org/