Herro Flom There.com

I’m a little concerned that this might turn out to be fun only for me. But when it’s all said and done, this whole thing is about what’s fun for me, right? My time, my money, my blog. It’s only fair.

OK, OK, I’ll admit it, I feel guilty. I will get back to the regular stuff. Soon.

Update: BTW, I’m hardly the first to create a video in There. But as far as I know, I’m the first to videoblog from it. There’s also a podcast about machinima–which is what this genre of film is called.


Tohoku: Hitchhiking Through Japan’s Deep North

This absolutely brilliant and true-to-life short video documentary was created by David Shuff, a videographer who spent a year in Japan. What I love most about it is there’s no embellishment whatsoever. David has given me permission to redistribute it through my feed. I’m truly grateful, because anyone who’s interested in learning about what Japan is really like should watch it.

How he not only managed to capture so many interesting moments but also got all those people to act so naturally in front of the camera is a testament to his talent. He really ought to be videocasting more of the footage he took while he was here. Please write to him at dave@professorbright.com and let him know what you think of his work.

On his web site, David writes,

The remarkably diverse individuals I met there left me with the impression that despite how radically different our cultures may appear at times, Americans and Japanese are startlingly similar. The consistent and overflowing kindness that I encountered (towards a stranger no less) touched and inspired me like nothing before.

Information about his other films is available at http://www.professorbright.com/

Laughing Baby Video

Even though it has nothing to do with me or Japan, I’m putting it out. I don’t think anyone can watch this video and not laugh. I’ve watched it at least 50 times already and it still cracks me up. Keep it on your iPod and show it to anyone who’s taking life a little too seriously.

Thanks to Lon for converting it to an iPod friendly format.

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