Archives for May, 2012

Do not try this at home

Colombian downhill mountain biker Marcelo Gutierrez posts video of his rides online. This one took place in the foothills of Montserrate the second week of May. It took Gutierrez just 4 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the Red Bull Downhill time trial, which saw him descend 2,000 meters taking in over 1,000 steps in […]

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No one ever said Torts was easy

When I was a young reporter at the South Bend Tribune covering Notre Dame football, it was Ara Parseghian who taught me how to ask a good question. The great Notre Dame football coach did not suffer fools lightly. Questions ended in question marks and had to demonstrate that you knew what the heck you […]

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Can you spot the Princess phone?

I love these digital future videos. This is one is from 1961 by AT&T. You’ll love the futuristic music and talk about change, modems and data phones.

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How Raleigh bicycles got Britain’s economy spinning

You probably didn’t know this, but Raleigh bicycles helped to rally the British economy in 1946 following World War II. OK, so maybe I’m giving bicycles more credit than they deserve, but if you want to spin your wheels for a bit, you’ll enjoy this 17-minute short film from 66 years ago.

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Are dominos the new handwriting?

I never really got into Nintendo, but these 30,000 cascading dominos tell quite a story in about three minutes if you want to be mesmerized.

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Catching a wave

Truth is, if I had my life to live again, I’d be a surfer. The Guinness World Records recognized Hawaii pro surfer Garrett McNamara for surfing the biggest wave ever ridden — a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal.

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I always wanted to go to MIT

When I was kid, I wanted to go to MIT. My sixth-grade teacher, who I actually liked, laughed at me. There went that goal. Of course, me and math and science never really added up. But now, with edX, maybe I’ll have the chance to find out virtually for myself.

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Tom Brokaw commencement address

Just in case you’re a graduating journalism senior and need a commencement speech that has something to do with YOUR future, here’s NBC’s Tom Brokaw at Arizona State University.

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Can you really get in on the Facebook IPO?

Everything you want to know about the impending Facebook IPO in 150 minutes — and with a pulsating soundtrack to boot!

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The president makes a joke (or two)

Just in case you missed President Obama’s monologue at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.