hey middlebury. this is going to be a collection of photos and videos of pretty things. maybe you’ll think they’re pretty too. each week i’ll try to put up 3 or 4 photos and an embedded video. in a little while some text stuff will emerge as well. try to figure out what kind of cool relationships words and pictures can have. that sort of thing. thanks.
Its snowing the perfect snowflakes outside. By perfect snowflake I mean geometric masterpieces that are miraculously falling from the sky!!! Seriously, go outside and check out how everything is sparkling. Its so soft. Also if you look at any light source it makes a rainbow through the snow.As snow lover, Jeff Colt, says “Nothing can escape their beauty!” <3 Vermont!
Also Check out Snowflake Bently’s pics. One of the first people (a Vermonter) to photograph this phenomena. Heres a guide how to take some great snowflake pictures by yourself. Email us if you get some good ones!
Also, heres a 2 minute winter video I made 2 years ago while living in Brooker:
Personally, I would much rather spend my time watching an Oscar-nominated film than watching a huge popularity contest / award ceremony / fashion show. But maybe that’s just me. The results are in and I don’t really care who won what. My news feed is telling me that Lupita Nyong’o‘s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in ’12 Years A Slave’ is worth watching.
It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s.
One thing I do enjoy about Oscar night is the short films. Below is the winning Animated Short Film, great material for procrastination and warming your heart.
Applications for the Old Stone Mill are due wednesday night!
Located above the Storm Cafe in town, The OSM and Annex are spaces for student creators, entrepreneurs and artists of all kinds.
OSM organizers write in:
Have an idea for a creative project but don’t have a physical space to
make it happen? Consider applying to be a tenant at the Old Stone
Mill, a student-run space dedicated to fostering creators,
entrepreneurs, and artists of all kinds in the Middlebury community.
Past projects have included woodworking, iPad app design, meditation,
beer brewing, and music recording; what would you add to the list?
Students of all years are encouraged to apply by this Wednesday,
February 26th. Visit go/osm for more information!
The premise is simple. We give you space, you do what you want. All we ask is that your project be non-academic and self designed.
As a member of the Fermenter’s guild The Old Stone Mill has provided us with a space to have regularworkshops. Alpenglow would practice there regularly and so I know there is a huge space open now that they are gone. I’d suggest that if you are a student who feels they need a private space kind of off campus next to the river to think and brainstorm and create whatever you want you should apply.
We’re excited to premiere the latest short film by Dylan Redford ’14. We don’t want to say too much. Maybe we should mention that it includes what could be called a pornographic scene. Let us know what you think in the comments.
After the jump, check out Redford’s previous film, How’s Everything, from the Fall 2012 Sight and Sound 2 class. While these two films are stylistically very different, they seem to share strong themes.
Jennifer Herrera writes in inviting us to attend one or both of these literary events today, featuring Mitchell Jackson, award-winning author and creative writing professor at NYU. First, the documentary “Residue Years” based off Jackson’s highly praised book Residue Years will be screened from 12:30-1:45 in the Carr Hall Lounge, then this afternoon Jackson will read from his highly praised book, Residue Yearsand sign personal copies at a reception in the Axinn Abernethy Room.
Date: Today, 1/22 Time: Film Screening: 12:30-1:45 PM, Reception/Book Signing: 4:030-6:00 PM Place: Film Screening: Carr Hall Lounge, Reception/Book Signing: Axinn Abernethy Room Cost: Free
For those of you who could not make it to the screening and discussion, here is the full length panel discussion audio!
But the audio is like 90 minutes. Unless you are really into this, here are some highlights:
Ellie Ng ’13.5 and Adrian Leong ’16 put together a file called “Pandora’s False Promises: Busting the Pro-Nuclear Propaganda” and distributed it to the audience at the entrance, which provides a good alternative to the one-sided message the film delivers.
At 19.10, Evelyn Bromet, third from the right in the picture, said that although Three Mile Island accident was in fact not a dangerous situation in terms of public health impact, the government ordered an evacuation of pregnant women and children around the plant for political reason, which caused a huge psychological impact on those victims that never resolved itself.
At 30.10, Bill McKibben talked about the economics factor of building nuclear plants. He described it as a negative learning curve – it gets more expensive as it generates more kWh. And at 35.20, Bill said that developing countries may be the best place to use renewable energy.
The last question at 1.15.50, all panelists were making suggestions to Robert Stone, the director (third from the left), about what his next documentary could be. At 1.26.00, Robert told us that his wants to take a holistic view and point out how people could come together and aspire to greater things next. Well, good luck with that!
It would be great if the audience could be more involved in the discussion. Although a bit too long, the discussion did provide new perspectives both to us and to the director (hopefully).
There’s no way we would leave this off the middbeat J-Term bucket list! The Hunt is one of my favorite Middlebury things EVER, second only to when Crossroads lets me have free smoothie leftovers.
Chances are you’ve seen the big question mark posters/table tents around campus, and if you’re unfamiliar with the Midd’s annual weeklong student-organized EPIC scavenger hunt, “The Hunt”, you probably have a few questions of your own.
First things first- check out this promo vid for the basics. Team registration (10 ppl max) starts tomorrow, first prize is $1,000 REAL AMERICAN DOLLARS, etc etc.
middbeat enlisted His Highness the Huntmaster Teddy Anderson ’13.5to explicate further.
Watch the video below for some pertinent info about The Hunt (or skip straight to the 1-minute mark to hear him use the word “cornucopia”!)
For more info, check out go/thehunt. And for inspiration, check out last year’s winners…
Is nuclear energy the key to curbing climate change? Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone is bringing Pandora’s Promise, which revisits nuclear energy in light of climate change, to campus tomorrow. ”Whatever your stance, stone’s compelling film opens pandora’s box and promises to change the conversation for years to come,” says Sundance Film Festival. Even the New Yorker blog posted a review called “Time to Go Nuclear” on this film.
Right after the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Jon Isham, Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, with:
Robert Stone, director of Pandora’s Promise
Evelyn Bromet, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University