Remembering Nanook of the North [Full Version]

Nanook of the North (also known as Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic) is a 1922 silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty. In the tradition of what would later be called salvage ethnography, Flaherty captured the struggles of the Inuk Nanook and his family in the Canadian arctic. The film is considered the first feature-length documentary, though Flaherty has been criticized for staging several sequences and thereby distorting the reality of his subjects’ lives.

In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

File:Nanook of the north.jpgThe film was shot near Inukjuak, on Hudson Bay in Arctic Quebec, Canada. Having worked as a prospector and explorer in Arctic Canada among the Inuit, Flaherty was familiar with his subjects and set out to document their lifestyle. Flaherty had shot film in the region prior to this period, but that footage was destroyed in a fire started when Flaherty dropped a cigarette onto the original camera negative (which was highly flammable nitrate stock). Flaherty therefore made Nanook of the North in its place. Funded by French fur company Revillon Frères, the film was shot from August 1920 to August 1921.

As the first nonfiction work of its scale, Nanook of the North was ground-breaking cinema. It captured an exotic culture (that is, Indigenous and considered exotic to European colonizers) in a remote location, rather than a facsimile of reality using actors and props on a studio set. Traditional Inuit methods of hunting, fishing, igloo-building, and other customs were shown with accuracy, and the compelling story of a man and his family struggling against nature met with great success in North America and abroad.

Flaherty has been criticized for deceptively portraying staged events as reality, although staging events for the camera was the norm of documentary filmmakers of the time. "Nanook" was in fact named Allakariallak, while the "wife" shown in the film was not really his wife. According to Charles Nayoumealuk, who was interviewed in Nanook Revisited (1988), "the two women in Nanook – Nyla (Alice [?] Nuvalinga) and Cunayoo (whose real name we do not know) were not Allakariallak’s wives, but were in fact common-law wives of Flaherty.” And although Allakariallak normally used a gun when hunting, Flaherty encouraged him to hunt after the fashion of his recent ancestors in order to capture the way the Inuit lived before European influence. On the other hand, while Flaherty made his Inuit actors use spears instead of guns during the walrus and seal hunts, the hunting actually involved wild animals. Flaherty also exaggerated the peril to Inuit hunters with his claim, often repeated, that Allakariallak had died of starvation two years after the film was completed, whereas in fact he died at home, likely of tuberculosis.

Flaherty defended his work by stating that a filmmaker must often distort a thing to catch its true spirit. Later filmmakers have pointed out that the only cameras available to Flaherty at the time were both large and immobile, making it impossible to effectively capture most interior shots or unstructured exterior scenes without significantly modifying the environment and subject action. For example, the Inuit crew had to build a special three-walled igloo for Flaherty’s bulky camera so that there would be enough light for it to capture interior shots.

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At the time, few documentaries had been filmed and there was little precedent to guide Flaherty’s work. Since Flaherty’s time both staging action and attempting to steer documentary action have come to be considered unethical amongst cinéma vérité purists, because they believe such reenactments deceive the audience.

Three Little Birds Meaning Media and Music

Many a reggae lover knows ‘Three Little Birds’ many a Dj has loved it. To the calming happy memory of man kind, this simple track has a odd way of lightening up a day.  From the original Bob Marley roots to the high tech club mixes, this one is always a nice song to hear and the pic was just to cool not to share. Enjoy the mood and the tunes…

three little birds

By: Douglas Ferreira

Bob Marley Three Little Birds Original Video in HD

Bob Marley – Three Little Birds Lyrics

Don’t worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right!
Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, (this is my message to you-ou-ou:)
Singin: don’t worry bout a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry (don’t worry) bout a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right!
Rise up this mornin,
Smiled with the risin sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, this is my message to you-ou-ou:
Singin: don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. don’t worry!
Singin: don’t worry about a thing – I wont worry!
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right – I wont worry!
Singin: don’t worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: don’t worry about a thing, oh no!
cause every little thing gonna be all right!



Torture in American Prisons? It Happens Everyday in the USA!

Torture in American Prisons, it Happens Everyday in the USA

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AbuGhuraib wasn’t new…Americans are not new to torturing inhumanly….American prisons have a considerable history of such torture

I’ve personally witnessed prison guards beating, gassing and shocking inmates. I’ve seen this done for reasons such as not getting up fast enough, not moving fast enough or making too much noise. These are common occurrences in every jail and prison in the United States. So, why do politicians act as if a foreign US run prison would be any different? Or that these atrocities are a surprise of some sort? What makes anyone think these federally ran prisons would be immune to the same administrative abuse? After all, they’re all a part of the same broken, biased system.

Welcome back to the real America, land of the free, home of the brave (at least that’s what we’re taught to believe). Our society is based on material objects and teaches us that greed is good. For those with no chance, there are few options. For those who do not conform, there is torture.

A Short History of Why I Know

I’ve been imprisoned, not for a crime I actually committed, but for daring to fight the law. As a youth, I embarrassed a police investigator. Within two weeks of turning 17, I was arrested and charged with numerous crimes. The Police and prosecutors corroborated to inflate the charges and value of a newspaper box Yes, I said newspaper machine; like the ones you put change into. They quoted the value at over $1400 dollars and claim I had picked up and carried away 2 of them. The newspaper company stated each box’ value at under $200. That’s what we call truth, liberty and justice, right?

I served close to two years in a maximum security prison, beginning at the age of 17, and was released 1 month before I turned 19. I’m now 34 years old and still bear the burden of the system’s personal vengeance. I’ve never been able to gain employment in any environment that requires a security check or background check. I was denied by the Army, the Coast Guard and asked to lie when I tried to join the Marines.

My story isn’t so sad when compared to those of some the other people I met along the way; people with fewer chances and options than I’ve been presented with. I try to tell myself I was lucky, that I survived, but this does me little good. I still carry a hatred for the system and the injustices responsible for my plight.  If it wasn’t for my wife and children, life would truly be dismal. Because of them I carry on my struggle, knowing full well I’ll never be able to make my "history" vanish from my personal record. I simply do my best to support them in a legal fashion, my one reward being their love.

When my daughters were 9 an admitted child stalker was harassing them. He attacked me after being asked about his actions. Like any man and father, I defended myself and my children. The district attorney congratulated my heroic efforts by charging me with attempted murder. In the end, the jury found me not-guilty. In leading up to the trial I was informed that due to my criminal record I would be made an example of.

Humans saved me, the system failed me. Even with five separate restraining orders and multiple admissions of guilt, the attacker and child stalker was propped up by ‘the right side’ of the law. Welcome to the real America, land of the free if they can afford it, land of the brave when you are weak enough to be abused.

Please think very carefully before you judge what this documentary shows. Some would say ‘they are criminals, so who cares?’ The truth is, a very high percentage of those in American prisons are only guilty of not having the monetary ability to purchase their freedom. I’m not saying they didn’t commit a crime, but many have no choice, no option, no chance to do otherwise. When you have no future, no security, food or shelter, what option do you have beyond doing any and everything to survive?

Without a prison system that helps to reform the true criminals, they’ll never stop. Without true equality there will always be cause to do ‘wrong.’ Without hope… we’re doomed.

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Video: Monsanto given Angry Mermaid Award

Video: Monsanto given Angry Mermaid Award

Environmental groups and the public have voted biotech company Monsanto the world’s worst polluter. The company was awarded the Angry Mermaid Award.

Many thanks to @GreenEcos from Mixx for the tip.

Video: NASA launches WISE telescope

Reuters Video: NASA launches WISE telescope

The infrared heavens — once obscured — will soon be open to the eyes of astronomers as NASA launches the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope.

Google CEO Schmidt on Media’s Future the Economy and Internet Privacy

New Media Interview Video News: Google CEO Schmidt on media’s future, the economy and internet privacy.

Google CEO Schmidt on media’s future

Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Google, Inc., talks about the future of traditional media and new products that Google is developing to help increase profits.

Google CEO Schmidt on the economy

Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Google, Inc., talks about the "worst of the recession being behind us" and what the United States has to do going forward to help create jobs.

Google CEO Schmidt on internet privacy

Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Google, Inc., talks about internet privacy and what personal information Google retains and uses.

New Media Breakfast Recipe Video: How To Make French Toast

How To Make French Toast: New Media Breakfast Recipe and Video

Velvety on the inside, crisp on the outside, great French toast is like the delicious love child of bread and custard. Here’s how to make it yourself.

French Toast Recipe and Instructions


  • 1 egg per slice of bread
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup [or any other of your preference]


  1. Crack the eggs into the bowl, add milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and beat them with a fork or whisk.
  2. Set your stove to high heat and place your pan over the burner. Add a non-stick spray so that the bread will not stick to the pan.
  3. Coat a slice of the bread with the mixture on both sides, and then place the slice onto the pan.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low once the pan is heated sufficiently.
  5. Cook the toast until browned on both sides and serve

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Many thanks to @SieanaDe from the Fairy Pixie Princess Blog

New Media Interviews with Mich De Lorme The Drill Down Podcast 107 – Mich De Nied

New Media Interviews with Mich De Lorme: The Drill Down Podcast 107 – Mich De Nied

The Drill Down 107 – Mich De Nied

This week, we speak with new media specialist Mich De L’Orme as he discusses his perspective on the new changes at Jason Urgo of the Social Blade podcast joins as well. Later we discuss Google Wave, NASA’s LCROSS mission, The Pirate Bay’s move to a nuclear bunker, the AP’s proposed new business model, and Twitter’s secret talks with Microsoft and Google.

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Many thanks to The Drill Down Podcast Crew: Andrew (@MrBabyMan) Sorcini, Muhammad (@Msaleem) Saleem, Reg @Zaibatsu) Saddler Lidija (@Madlid) Davis for having me on.

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Calling Earth from the Air World Release of Green Movie Home

Calling Earth from the Air: world release of green movie ‘Home’

World Environment Day on Friday sees the worldwide release of a movie billed by producers as "the greatest green event ever", a high-budget documentary to save the planet from Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Hat Tip to @GreenEcos for the information

New Media Interviews with Mich De Lorme Social Blade Show 12 Dead Diggers Tweeting

It was me recent pleasure to be asked on ‘The Social Blade Show’ and I wanted to share it for those who may be interested or have missed it. Beyond the fact I was there, all in all a very diverse and interesting episode.

Social Blade Show Episode 12: Dead Diggers Tweeting

This week we covered a number of topics, mostly related to Digg & Twitter then we brought in two notable banned diggers. Karim Yergaliyev better known as supernova17 formally the 4th most successful digger of all time (now 6th, but banned) and Mich De Lorme aka MichDe both spoke about their digg banning stories; why they were banned, what their thoughts were on banning in general, and then about the digg bury brigade. [via The Social Blade Show]

  • The NHL’s Latest Social Media Push: A Twitter Contest [via mashable & twitter]
  • NBA Social Media Policy: No In-Game Tweeting [via mashable & espn & espn & twitter]
  • Texas Tech football coach bans players from using Twitter [via sportingnews]
  • 80% Of Twitter Users Are All About Me [via mashable and scribd]
  • Twitter Continues Talent Scoop, Takes Digg’s UX Guy JD/Victor
  • Digg Front Page Activity Sees Drastic Drop [via TechCrunch]
  • Guests (Topic: Banned Diggers and the Bury Brigade) [via SocialBlade]
    MichDe & Supernova17

Many thanks to the SocialBlade Crew: Erin Ryan, Jason / Urgo / FirstDigg, JD Rucker, Patrick Parise, Victor Barrera for having me on.

Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

Turn On Tune In Dropout Becomes Turn Off Tune Out Get In

So what has changed? Were they right in the wrong moment or wrong with good timing? Timothy Leary is the face behind the chemical catalyst to a movement that’s remains are now ‘the man’ themselves. So where did the passion for change go? The old idea was to roll inside and trip on drugs, that in the end was a global FAIL we still battle today. Yet the ethics and morals the hippy culture resented before the drug war games began still hold a truth we all crave.

A new ‘awareness revolution’ has come into play that already bridged the gap the 60’s movements never reached. Clear ideas and group actions. We have seen wars stopped before they could earnestly begin anew. Dictators and fierce militias brought to a grinding halt with voices of peace and global knowledge of the death that sparked a new revolution. It has been said information is the new cocaine, I would go one further. Social action is the new LSD, by ‘Turing Off’ to the idea of ‘the man’ controlling everything, we turned on the reality of people over power. When we ‘Tune Out’ what we are told to do and tune in once again to what we know to do. Then we return to the point once needing you to dropout, oddly now the point at which your option is to ‘get in’ now. As once the point was to leave the people now it is to join the ‘real people’ as one. The ‘real’ being the actual peoples and honest voices of all, so much better a format than a handful making the rules for all, is it not?

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

In the smallest things now do we hold our species as a whole down, the vast majority of all humans can agree on at least some basic concepts. Things as simple as ‘should you take things from others without there permission’ do not need a ‘rule’ everyone can agree stealing is normally not a proper action. On a grander scale, no person on earth would say raping eight year olds then using them for lead collection in the place of body armor as you raid torture and kill a village of women and children is a nice thing to do.

Even in the absolute knowing of the greater good and now conscious we can use. Why do we still let the little things stop it. Does it hurt your life so much your neighbor prays on a day you do not that it is ok to let the greater atrocity continue until they stop? Just because the you government says so does it mean they are always making the best choice for the people? Will the world stop because your neighbor is dark skinned and you are not? This is the reason we can not be a better planet, really?

Not being able to predict the future I wanted to look back to the past, they said it helps you do better after all. Lets see what those who did tune in turn on and drop out achieved, then perhaps we can find what to do next. Otherwise we continue to do nothing until that is all we will have left…

Leary on Evolution

Timothy Leary waxes on the future of the human species…

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 May 31, 1996) was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research and use, and one of the first people whose remains have been sent into space. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out."

Infamous Timothy Leary Interview (2/2)

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key—it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.


Tim gets sand bagged by a talk show host. The host then surprises Leary with a phone call from Art Linkletter.

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip

Timothy Leary’s Last Trip – Documentary & Interview

Timothy Leary may be a mad scientist of a chemical an psychological persuasion yet he at the care made great sense. Will we begin again in a technical aspect, can a digital mad scientist breach that next step?

What if for just 1one day, one single passing of the sun, all the people in the world just said no to the wrongs. When everyone on earth can reach an internet connected device… what will the possibly 10,000,000,000 people of the world say to the few thousand we let rule it? Could you imagine what anyone or group could say to argue with the human race as a whole?

Just an idea by a random human, 1 in many billions, yet I may be on to something, depending on you…

Many thanks to the Drill Down Podcast Crew Andrew (@MrBabyMan) Sorcini, Muhammad (@Msaleem) Saleem, Lidja (@MadLid) Davis & Reg (@Zaibatsu) Saddler for having me on their show & oddly sparking the idea inside the concepts.