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A look back at 2012

If you’re not familiar with JibJab, a look back at 2012 will make you a fan: “The End Is Here!”
Well, let’s hope not!

MTV tribute to Spiderman

MTV Geek has put together this video tribute to Amazing Spider-Man, featuring several people involved in the comic (including writer Dan Slott), Stan Lee (of course), Norman Reedus and several of the cast members of Jersey Shore. Well … they are on an MTV show, so that makes sense.

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The end of print (for Newsweek)

Here’s a video tribute to Newsweek’s “esteemed history, 80 years of informing, exposing, explaining, enlightening, and trailblazing.” The news magazine will no longer be available in print but rather, on iPads and Kindles.

‘Hallelujah/Sandy Screw Ya’

I’ve always liked Adam Sandler’s appropriate-for-the-season “Hannukah Song” (Chanukah to some of you), and he should have a big audience as well for his version of “Hallelujah/Sandy Screw Ya” at the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Madison Square Garden. Not a bad concert (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney), and hopefully, the concert met its goal of raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief.

JFK wants you to vote

President John F. Kennedy encourages you to show how strongly you believe in our democracy by exercising your right to vote on Tuesday, November 6.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is proud to present his significant message. To see additional films, photos, documents and oral histories from the Museum’s collection, visit the online collections database

Adele’s theme song for ‘Skyfall’

Adele in James Bond movie Skyfall.

If you like Adele and James Bond, then you’ll like the theme song for the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” in theaters Nov. 9.

A video Charles Darwin might like

I’m not quite sure how anti-evolutionists and fundamentalists are going to feel about this video. Amazing that some of us still question Darwin. But then, in light of Superstorm Sandy, we still have folks who question climate change. Why does it feel that we’re reliving the 19th and early 20th century at times? So for the doubters, here’s the story of our world in 90 seconds (heck, that’s even less than six days and six nights!): a “tapestry of footage” from nearly 20 documentaries and movies.

The secret is out: I was an Andy Williams fan

When I was a kid, I loved listening to and watching the “Andy Williams Show” on NBC. The variety show, one of the last of the breed in the mid-’60s, was a throwback to the early days of television and a less confrontational America.
A lifelong Republican, Williams made an exception in 1968 when Bobby Kennedy ran for president. Williams’ support mattered.
Andy Williams died Tuesday night at age 84 after eight decades of wonderful, soul-soothing music. Yet another piece of my childhood is gone. “Moon River” will never be the same.

Judith Miller leaks again (on leaks)

Ever wonder how government leaks work? Remember Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who broke the story about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? Now she is an expert on Fox New discussing — you guessed it! — the dangers of national security leaks.
“The Daily Show” and Jon Stewart had some fun with this one.

Join the Mars landing celebration

What’s it feel like to land a SUV-sized rover on Mars? Join the NASA celebration (if you can’t stand the drama, speed ahead to about 3:12 or so on the video) from early Monday morning (ET). You can see the first picture from Mars and share in the excitement as NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has lands on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.

Still lost in space

Since I’m about to leave for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum located near Dulles Airport) to meet some old friends, Joyce (Gabriel) and Peter Anderson, I thought I’d add one more video honoring space exploration.
In honor of the Kennedy Space Center’s 50th anniversary, Google Maps and NASA have teamed to add something very cool: an all-access pass to the KSC. You can now take a Street View walk through rooms you’d never have access to without some serious security clearance.

Dare mighty things

Unless you’re living on the moon, you should be aware that there’s a major space event tonight: the landing of of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Curiosity rover. This video covers the final 7 minutes to landing on the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 at 10:31 p.m. PT (1:31 a.m. Monday Aug. 6)
The video is called “Curiosity 7 minutes of terror.”
Curiosity is a Mars rover launched by NASA on Nov. 26, 2011. The rover’s objectives include searching for past or present life, studying the Martian climate, studying Martian geology, and collecting data for a future manned mission to Mars. It will explore Mars for two years.
Now is that cool or what?

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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.