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May 18

What’s your super power?

I think we all have super powers. They vary, and some are more useful than others. I have two super powers. One has no practical benefit. The other is that I can always determine the right container for leftovers. It’s a small thing, this super power, but it’s useful.

But it occurs to me that a great super power would be able to see, in the smallest moment that this little moment is special.

I don’t have that one. I’d like it, but instead I just look back on a moment many hours later and realize there was a sweet little perfection today.

The Yankee and I went out for lunch. We walked down two blocks to the local fast food fake burrito shop and then we walked back up toward our building on campus. Just across the street we stopped at that flowerbed and I took a few pictures and a little sliver of video and this was a delightful moment to be with someone important. I’d like to be able to more often realize that sort of thing during, rather than after.

Everybody has one, or two or more. Everyone should have that one, I think. What’s your super power?


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Apr 18

What I did at work on Saturday

We are going to finally, officially say it:

Spring is here, at last:

It was late, but is not here to last. We’ll probably move directly into summer in a week or two. But for the moment, you revel in it. This is what I was doing on Saturday. Outside, dancing between the daylight and the shade, enjoying the breeze and the temperature and my sunglasses and the sun, waiting on a donor to show up to our building on campus.

A gentleman wanted to give something to the Media School. It fell to me to help get the thing in the building. The gentleman chose Saturday, so there we were. And he was on his way, late, but on his way.

He hopes out of his SUV, his two middle school children and a film student, and they all start offloading chunks of cast iron. I knew what it was, or what it would be again when he had it indoors and reassembled, but in its constituent parts it didn’t look like much. And then you started looking at details. It’s an old car:

It has great tags, and easy-to-use controls:

The thing still worked, the donor said.

And this particular tag gave you the timeline. This is from about 1937. Still in working conditioning. Mechanically mint.

It was all made in the US. The East Coast and the Midwest. Do you know what it is yet?

The only problems are a few scratches on the finish, like this one:

And some peeling 80-year-old paint:

It has a glass piece on top, still original, still pristine:

And if you’re still trying to figure it out, this piece should look a bit familiar:

Here’s the top part, beneath is the big heavy cast iron setup:

And here’s the full machine:

This is a movie projector.
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It was donated by a locally-based actor, James Lee Guy, who is very successful in Chinese cinema. He donated it to The Media School because he is a passionate, passionate film fan. He’s owned it for several years, having picked it up from a man who was running a private screening room in his home a few towns away. Before that this had been in a drive-in theater. Guy estimates it was made in about 1937. It still works and now is a fine display piece.
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A most generous donation, indeed.


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Apr 18

There’s so much to hear and see

I did an important podcast today. You should listen to this one, please:

If you haven’t listened to it yet, I talked with a reporter who has been covering the Rohingya refugee crisis and the genocide that precipitated it. This is a good conversation. You should listen.

Also, the religion in media conference wrapped up today, but not until we enjoyed two more sessions. This quote was somewhat thematic of part of the day:

If you weren’t there you missed out, but we streamed them, so you can still catch up. If you’re interested in visual storytelling the first panel is for you. The second is about gaming and while that’s not my thing I must say the presenters were quite compelling. You can watch both panels right here:

Then, another night in the studio with these guys:

I think I hit my 40 hours for the week before noon today, but the shows must go on. And these were the last sports shows of the semester. The sports folks are graduating their sports director. He’ll be working in the production unit for some professional franchise before long. He did a nice job here, and we’re expecting more big things from him, and from the rest of these guys too.

And tomorrow, an entirely new conference begins here. That kind of week.


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Apr 18

We are conferencing (on religion in media) on campus

I saw this in the student union. It is two parts of the same piece of furniture. But, unlike most of the items they have on display, there’s no signage to note its origin or donors or anything else. These three panels are on one piece:

And the other part was equally beautiful:

That’s the back piece, and I believe it is all some sort of elaborate chair or storage furniture or both. Let’s say chifforobe. Anyway, I was in that building to check on the conference, so maybe the imagery carved into the wood was the right choice for that part of the building. There were several sessions nearby this morning. There were two more panels in our studio this afternoon. It looked like this:

So settle in and enjoy, we certainly did.

Meanwhile, after dinner:

There are two more sessions of this conference tomorrow. Both streamed, so I’ll put them here. Until then …


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Apr 18

Oh a busy week, indeed

Look!

Spring! Spring is here! Again!

And it looks like it’ll hold for more than two days in a row this time!

We’re working a conference this week. I’ve been helping out with some of the details for a few months now. It’s a symposium on religion in media. And this evening saw the opening remarks and the keynote speaker. Here’s our dean, Jim Shanahan, welcoming the conference’s many guests:

And after hearing most of the keynote speaker, a former religion editor for Reuters, I had to hustle back over to our building and into the studio:

It was the last night in the studio for the news crew the semester, and we send off a small handful of seniors, ready to find their way and make their mark:

One of the soon-to-be grads will be working in northern Indiana, the other in Georgia.

More shows!

And tonight I got student evaluations, the only ones that matter to me:

And I wound down the night with The Dishwashing Sessions: