Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

UNICEF

Monday, 12 June 2006; 13:59

It is with immense pleasure that The Distillery brings you UNICEF. As has been noted here before, it is nice to see not-for-profits sometimes kicking for-profit corporations’ butts. And with respect to understanding today’s world, the internet and its capabilities, UNICEF is among the leaders. UNICEF’s site is exceptionally rich with video content.

Might UNICEF officials understand that emotional responses and appeals are frequently a function of several sensory inputs, with audio and video being at the forefront in impact? Apparently so. Have a look at the UNICEF.org home page (same link as above) for immediate access to multimedia content, and then have a look at this UNICEF video “white paper” from Japan.

UNICEF - baby image UNICEF child labor image

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Queer TV Online

Friday, 9 June 2006; 11:01

I recall attending my first drag queen show eons ago. To say it opened my eyes (very widely!) is an understatement. And from Down Under, today The Distillery brings you QueerTV Online. It amply illustrates one of the things I like about Aussies–a typically “live and let live” attitude. After all, it’s the country/continent that brought us the outrageously (no pun intended) funny movie, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

Today, I will save you the trouble of navigating to the site in order to see its “OUTrageous” content. (Might the boss be lurking or IT snooping?) By the way, each of the following links is in MP4 format. However, Quicktime* formatted (.qt) versions are also available at the site.

Turn down the volume a tad, sit back, and watch the show(s). And, enjoy. I most certainly did. (Jeesh, how do I find this stuff? ‘Tis a puzzlement, even to the The Distillery.)

2005 Mardi Gras Party with Nikkie French
2005 Mardi Gras Party with Nikkie French

Mardi Gras Fair Day 2006
Mardi Gras Fair Day 2006

Queer TV theme song graphic
Queer TV Theme Song

Queer TV Bloopers
Queer TV Bloopers

Big Queer Nation
Big Queer Nation

Tina Arena Mardi Gras 2005
Tina Arena Mardi Gras 2005

The Pussy Cat Has Her Say
The Pussy Cat Has Her Say

(* I feel a rant coming on. Although I love Macintoshes, I am beginning to despise Quicktime just as much–and possibly more–than I do Real Player/Media. Stay tuned until I fully pull my thoughts together. Maybe it’s time for Quicktime to be “outed.” It sometimes behaves most queerly. Update: Then again, maybe it’s not Quicktime per se, but too many people who simply cannot write code very well at all.)

“Taking The Long Way” (Dixie Chicks)

Monday, 29 May 2006; 13:24

Having previously sided with The Dixie Chicks regarding certain opinions, questions of patriotism, and freedom of speech–and then factoring in SONY Music’s less than stellar standing with both computer users and music lovers–it is interesting to find the entire new Dixie Chicks CD/album/etc., Taking The Long Way, online. Might SONY now be riding both the wave of discontent engulfing the Office of the U. S. President and attempting to make amends with some of its customers? It seems that way to The Distillery, but opinions to the contrary are most welcome.

Dixie Chicks album graphic