Not long ago I wrote about a radio program, “The House on Loon Lake,” and I was recently directed toward a video piece that was broadcast on CBC’s Zed that deals with subject matter that is similarly facinating to me. Urban Exploration is a piece that was shot here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and showcases some of this city’s interesting locales.
The girl featured in the segment explores abandoned and active buildings in Halifax such as the old infirmary and grain elevators in a quest for the unseen places of the city. Much like the young Adam Beckman in “The House on Loon Lake,” she and other urban explorers are drawn to the mystery of derelict buildings and their histories.
World Wide Internet TV is a wonderful resource for finding streaming television programming from all over the globe. Whether you want news from Cuba, mixed programming from Andorra, political coverage from here in Canada or music from Iceland (I’ll admit to watching some Popp Tivi.), you’ll find it all there free to watch.
Over at RAPstuff, Wendy and Richard Pini’s (creators of Elfquest) blog, a couple especially interesting entries were shared. “More thoughts on ‘Matrix’” was a look at The Matrix trilogy (a follow-up to “The Matrix Re-re-re-revisited“) that looks at the philosophy explored in the films. I found one of Richard’s later paragraphs especially compelling.
Sunday afternoon Richard shared a second piece that attracted my attention, “Sometimes You Just Want to Thin the Herd,” an entry about the great difficulty of being non-judgemental when faced with the evils we are each day, such as SUVs. In addition to sharing an article by Paul Campos showing the ignorance or hypocrisy of folks who plaster “Support Our Troops” stickers on SUVs, he wrote of a personal observation.
My SUV (heart) Iraqi oil
Everyone in Paul Campos’ editorial could be said to be stupid and thoughtless; the monster driving the Hummer is beyond such soft qualities. This person is consciously callous to the point of evil. If I could have wished the hulking vehicle off a high bridge into a deep ravine, I think I would have.
And those of you who know me well, may have an idea of how far away from my normal mode of thinking such a wish is.
As Richard and Paul both wrote, it’s hard not to be judgemental when faced with things that can bring disgust, fear and anger to us, but these emotions offer us nothing but a prompting to work to fix the wrongs we see and judgement only keeps us from our personal evolution.