Saturday, December 31, 2011
Google has put together a gem of a video;
Zeitgeist 2011 - Year In Review
You can watch it here,
over and over,
and on The Google Channel
along with other videos as informative as this one
- and possibly even better than it too.
For, as good and touching as this one is,
as moving as each and every event,
passing, turning point, trial
that is evoked within less than 3 minutes here,
certain vital and key moments are missing from there
while others are overfocused on
for the umpteenth time.
Osama Bin Laden's death,
does not avenge the 9/11 victims.
The final lift-off of Atlantis
has about as much importance here
in the TLB Prime Universe
as the last time Little Petey
made a delivery
for the corner store.
The 7 BILLION mark being a "crossroad"
in the history of humanity
and 2011 being a year of "adversity"
should not be suggesting that either
is exceptional or uncommon -
because, first off, we knew we'd hit 7 billion one day
and all the other years were years of adversity too...
To dub 2011 "a year of revolution"
might be insulting, too,
to all previous revolutions that were,
shall we say, more productive...
A year of remembrance, of possibility...?
Also applies to every previous years
of our earthly sojourns...
As for the St-Louis Cardinals' improbable
ascension to World Series champions status
due to the absence of Phillies and Red Sox
from their path to the big dance,
dubbing that as "inspirational"
as it was Tony LaRussa's last great victory as a manager
is an overstatement of "plain old lucky"
and overdoing it too -
as LaRussa had won enough for a career,
earlier on in said career...
Wars are not "coming to an end" - alas.
No matter how it looks,
with Obama recalling troops now
and soldiers coming home -
the worst war is still to come.
A partial list of those who are no longer with us
is simply too partial, also -
what is it trying to imply,
that we should only miss those who were googled about the most
and not the rest of the departed...?
Everyone was googled about - if only once -
from Jobs to Evora,
and she passed on way too late in the year
to have a chance of being included in this.
Now, do not get us wrong here -
this Zeitgeist video collage
is terrific, magnificent -
from the quickness of the images
that overwhelms, as it moves you
to the musical piece chosen for the occasion
-Sooner Or Later by Mat Kearney-
everything is tremendous here.
The problem is not that they fast forward
through a whole lot of things
while overstaying some topics' welcome -
missing out on a single freeze frame shot
for a minimum of three seconds
of events so traumatic that
they actually rate higher than those
chosen for the video:
the famine in Somalia and unrest in Libya
were as big as the Japanese earthquake,
tsunami and Brazilian floods...
(And there were floods in Cambodia and Pakistan too.)
And what of events that people had waited for
for a long, long time,
such as the Boston Bruins' championship.
Was it only the subsequent sore loser riot
that got to be googled about, really?
The real problem with this video is that
it is made with very narrow data in mind -
the data gathered from Google searches.
The topics that people knew about
or wanted to know the most about -
throughout the year of 2011 -
never mind that there were many more awful things
happening all over the globe, in 2011.
This Google Zeitgeist focuses only on search results -
high volumes of that - and nothing else.
And the intrinsic problem with that
is the simple fact that
the vast majority of people
do not know what they should truly be
searching for - or about.
However, if this montage was unable to include
the passings of Cesaria Evora, Joe Simon and Václav Havel -
or the demises of other legendary names in the last days of the year
- at least, it did not include the hoax about Jon Bon Jovi,
which was heavily sought via Google too, recently...
Google is a tool -
that gets to be misused as any other tool gets to be.
Search and you shall find.
But, first, you must know what you seek.
Seek something true, something worthy.
Seek not as others jump on the bandwagon.
As the 21st Century marches on,
we will all, hopefully, open our eyes
and see beyond appearances,
decipher what has true meaning,
reach out for the Worthy and the Truth
and not simply follow a collective movement.
The real revolution,
the true remembrance and fulfillment of both
potential as of all possibilities
will come when we achieve that.
Such is our wish for us all,
here at the TLB Prime Network -
Truth in 2012.
Nothing less than the Truth.
You can handle it!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
people seemed not to have a heart
or we were too busy
to notice that they did...?
have no fear,
everyone is back on the right track!
Take the initiative of a hospital
specializing in sick children
somewhere up north
just for a first example now -
they called their campaign
"offrez la lumière"
which literally means "to gift LIGHT"
as in gifting hope, love, joy
and promptly changing the lives
of the children hospitalized there
and their families
at this most crucial time of the year
that is the Holidays;
the time of the year in which
we all need our hopes renewed,
our resolve strengthened
and our hearts warmed over again
with happiness, warmth and just a hint
of that undefinable thing that they call
"the magic of Christmas".
Click on the luminous tree below
to see the actual glimmering tree
live, through the lens of
the NoelCogecoCam, set up
right in front of the hospital
and lit up every evening at 4:20pm exactly...
It is not the only example of
a luminous season spirit
floating around in that part of the globe
- but it is certainly the most
shall we say féérique...!
Clicking on that tree will also give you the opportunity
to donate to this campaign -
a mere 5$ will be enough to make a difference
and it is all that is asked of you!
If you've already made a donation,
you will be able to trace back
the message that was left attached to it!
Truly luminous all around...!
But the only luminous thing going around
this Christmas Time...!
perhaps to shed their image
so recently tarnished
due to some sore losers
on the night Beantown won,
VanCity has been extremely generous
to all the needy, all the poor
this Christmas Season:
In and by itself
any act of charity
is sort of a miracle
in these secular days
of rampant commercialism
and neo-centric consumerism
- especially during the Festive Days
(they do seem to be more than twelve)
that we are in the midst of
at blogging time here...!
And yet, verily,
there is no greater miracle
than the one we are supposed to remember
on this day, in this season -
and no more generous gift
than the one Gifted to us by God
for the Salvation of humankind!
and Holiday magic may be all you truly seek though -
this year as every other year
in recent memory...
It is the most wonderful time of the year -
it is a celebration of love
that supersedes that of St-Valentine
and it is far more assembling
than any other special day of the year...
Natal é muito mais de que
uma festa como as outras -
Natal é Deus conosco!
Yes, you can always have nothing but fun
come Christmas Time
Party on, eat, drink,
feast as it is a Great Feast
and the quintessential Festive Season indeed
You can always watch some of the classics
come Christmas Time
and have a good laugh
with friends and family:
Or you can focus on the BEST
- the best Reason for this Season -
and the connection that was made
between the slow, progressive return
of light into our lives
via longer daylight hours
starting now, with the winter solstice,
and the Light that Returns to us
each time we invite Him to -
The Light that is, was and shall be
and that will Return in Glory
to each and every one of us that
accepts His Sacrifice for us -
verily *the* reason why He Came
to be born in a manger
in the very first place!
To give us Light.
For the parallel between both lights is a given
and it only makes sense to honor it
- even if Christ was born in July
or some other date like it...!
Thus... CELEBRATE IT IN EUROPE
CELEBRATE IN THE AMERICAS
CELEBRATE DOWN UNDER
AND CELEBRATE IN BOTH POLES!
CELEBRATE IT IN THE THIRD WORLD
CELEBRATE IN THE LOST PARADISE
CELEBRATE ON EVERY OCEAN
AND ON EVERY PEAK!
CELEBRATE IT WITH GREAT CHANTS
AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC -
CELEBRATE IT IN LOUD VOICE
AND NOT JUST AT THE MIDNIGHT MASS!
ALL YEAR THROUGH
IN YOUR HEART TOO!
Labels: Luminous Connections