Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bat Facts

It's Bat Week and the U.S. Department of the Interior has some interesting bat facts for you. Did you know that the largest bats have a wingspan  of 6 feet? Or that they help spread seeds for nuts, figs and cacao -- the main ingredient in chocolate. So no bats, no chocolate. In 2006, a tiny bat from Siberia set the world record for longevity at 41 years. And I bet you didn't know that bats have belly buttons.

Lots more to learn here.

Please Re-elect Gerald

Charlyn Daugherty, wife of (Republican) Travis County Commissioner candidate Gerald Daugherty, wants you to get Gerald out of the house. Please. She’s begging you.


Iceberg Bird, Iceberg Deer, Iceberg Lizard

By showing “icebergs” on posters that form noses, beaks, and nostrils of animals struggling to stay above water this WWF campaign aims to bring awareness of the repercussions of melting ice caps.

Even though this is happening thousands of kilometers away, its devastating effects have now reached Philippine shores.

More here

Thanks Bruce!

Chanie Wenjack

Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack was born on January 19,1954; he died 23 October 1966. His story is one of the saddest in Canadian history. At age 12, Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy, ran away from his residential school, and subsequently died from hunger and exposure while trying to walk back to his home 600km away. His death sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools.

His story is the inspiration for a new project by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. Downie worked with Toronto illustrator Jeff Lemire on Secret Path, which includes an album, graphic novel and animated film.

Willie Dunn was Canadian film maker, folk musician, playwright and politician. In 1978 he wrote a song about the boy that brings tears to my eyes.

Walk on, little CharlieWalk on through the snow.Heading down the railway line,Trying to make it home.Well, he's made it forty miles,Six hundred left to go.It's a long old lonesome journey,Shufflin' through the snow.
Listen to Willie Dunn sing Charlie Wenjack

And I want to read Joseph Boyden's novel Wenjack

Restored film and photos of a deadly 1912 Antarctic Expedition

The BFI National Archive was awarded Best Archive Restoration at the Focal International Awards 2011 for its work on The Great White Silence (1924), the official film record of Captain Scott's ill-fated trip to the South Pole. Here is a trailer:

Available to order on Dual Format Edition (DVD + Blu-ray)