Where in the world is Matt in 2012?

June 22, 2012

I do like this film series.

For classroom purposes, I wish it didn’t include the names of each location as they go, but surely you can figure out some use for this in geography studies.

Matt hisse’f says:

The cities that didn’t make it into the final cut will be in the outtakes video that we’re putting up soon!

Download the video, buy the shirt and stuff like that: http://store.wherethehellismatt.com/

“Trip the Light” on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trip-light-feat.-alicia-lemke/id535287301?i=…

Vocals by Alicia Lemke: http://www.alicialemke.com

The dancers in Syria are blurred for their safety.

Tip of the old scrub brush to Bryan Sabillon.


Made-up quotes? On the internet?

June 22, 2012

Loved this post on Facebook (also here):

(W) We apologize for posting two hours ago an un-verified quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln. He is the most quotable notable in history, he is ALSO one of the most fraudulently quoted…

In the 32 months of editing this page, we were corrected a few more times. I am including those for your reference:”The best part of the internet is you can make sh– up and people will believe it.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“An internet rumour is more to feared than a thousand bayonets.”
~Napoleon Bonaparte

“I pwned those n00bs.” ~FDR, 1934

“lol wtf” ~Barack Obama, 1981

The power of the Web and Being Liberal community is in a JOINT knowledge. We have learned that all errors are VERY quickly crowd-verified. THANK YOU Dear Liberals!

Hoax Abe Lincoln Quote

Watch:  Someone will take one or more of these quotes as accurate.


Historic miscalculation day

June 22, 2012

June 22?

This is the anniversary of the World War II invasion of the Soviet Union by the forces of Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler.

Hitler thought the USSR would fall quickly, and he could get back to the issue of breaking and controlling Britain.

In the history of the world, this has to be one of the greatest of miscalculations.

Could history have offered a lesson?  Napoleon invaded Russia on June 24, 1812, with similarly disastrous results for many of the same reasons.

Santayana’s Ghost looks on in bemused bewilderment.


Eleanor Roosevelt’s hands

June 22, 2012

America’s monuments tell us something about the people who view the monuments, as well as informing us about the people or events the monuments commemorate.

With statues of brass, for example, if people touch the statute in the same place, repeatedly, the brass is brighter at that spot.  At Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois, the bust by Gutzon Borglum has a shiny nose, where thousands — or millions — have touched his nose.

At the relatively new monument to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the entirety of which I got to view for the first time last night, there is a statue of his wife, Eleanor.

Look at her hands, showing the bright brass history of people reaching out to touch her.

Eleanor Roosevelt's hands, photo by Ed Darrell (FDR Memorial) 06-22-2012 DC Capitol, monuments 229

Eleanor Roosevelt’s statute at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C., where thousands of people touched her hands.

Touring and sight-seeing (and site-seeing) continue today on our Teaching American History grant studies tour of Washington.  Blogging will be light, apologies.  Much, much to talk about.


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