A Kodak factory documentary on the film-making process from back in 1958. It’s in German, but subtitled in English. Pretty neat, even if you’re not a photographer.
Archive for the ‘History’ Category
The Obama campaign has been astroturfing the “Pilate was a Governor, Jesus was a community organizer” line for a couple weeks now. I’m not a Biblical scholar, but 12 years in a Christan school left me with enough residual knowledge to know that it was historically nonsensical, as well as just plain dumb. Here’s a great article that explains why: Pajamas Media » Pontius Palin and Messiah Obama
I want to emphasize that Jesus was in no way a “community organizer”. There were many people at the time of Jesus who expected a Messiah to establish an earthly kingdom which would overthrow the might of the Roman Empire. Jesus frustrated these ambitions by refusing to do this, and by insisting that his kingdom was not of this world. When He was brought before Pilate to be sentenced to death Pilate was indifferent because he quickly realized Jesus was no threat to Roman authority. When the angry mob demanded the death of Jesus, this was Pilate’s reaction :
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Pilate was not actually innocent, of course, but at that point he just wanted the whole situation to go away. He avoided making a decision that would further anger the crowd because he just didn’t care all that much. In essence, yes, Pilate is the guy who voted “Present”.
A photo from NASA showing smoke and dust billowing from Ground Zero. And some appropriate words from James Lileks:
“The world will not end. It will roll around in its orbit until Sol expires of famine or indigestion. In the end we’re all ash anyway – but even as ash, we matter. The picture at the top of this page is a sliver taken from a 9/11 camera feed. It’s the cloud that rolled through lower Manhatttan when the towers fell. Paper, steel, furniture, plastic, people. The man who took the picture inhaled the dust of the dead. Somewhere lodged in the lung of a New Yorker is an atom that once belonged to a man who went to work two years ago and never came back. His widow dreads today, because people will be coming and calling, and she’ll have to insist that she’s okay. It’s hard but last year was harder. The kids will be sad and distant, but they take their cues from her, and they sense that it’s hard – but that last year was harder. But what really kills her, really really kills her, is knowing that the youngest one doesn’t remember daddy at all anymore. And she’s the one who has his eyes.”
Rand Simberg, my favorite blogger for things space and science related, points out the flaws in counting on an “Apollo Program for energy” as a serious solution.
But my favorite is when I hear people call for a “Manhattan Project for energy”. We already had one of those about 65 years ago, and it found a cheap, clean, nearly limitless source of power. We called it the “Manhattan Project“.
The Tunguska Event was 100 years ago today, in 1908. A rock fell from the sky, exploded in midair, and devastated a huge swath of Siberia with a 5-megaton blast. Had it hit a populated area it could have been a catastrophe.
It could happen again, with little or no warning, at any time. Unfortunately, despite a century to prepare and a number of close calls, we are not ready to do anything about it.
And I can’t help but think it’s because many in the public and the government think the idea of asteroids from space are funny. I suspect that the earthquakes, firestorms, tsunamis, and general death on a massive scale are not going to be all that amusing after the fact.