“I realized that life is actually pretty simple.” – a book that I felt involved in, even if tangentially

Adm. William H. McRaven (USN, Retired) has written a very good book. His experiences alone are admirable and worthy of praise.  However, what got me most involved in the book were his tales of growing up in San Antonio, Texas.

Sea Stories” not only let me learn about his life of service and duty, but also brought back some of my own memories. It is a book that I felt involved in, even if it was tangentially.  

Below is the full quote of the sentence I used in the headline.

“I realized that life is actually pretty simple. Help as many people as you can. Make as many friends as you can. Work as hard as you can. And, no matter what happens, never quit!”

“Sea Stories”, pg. 333

San Antonio, Texas was at a 300-mile drive from Monterrey, Mexico or a 40-minute flight on the now defunct Mexicana Airlines. My father had banking relations in San Antonio and ties to the Incarnate Word College, to which my grandmother was relocated as a child during the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

San Antonio was a place I visited often from Monterrey and later moved to for college. I graduated from UTSA and lived there for more than 30 years, having businesses in both cities.

“In my journey, I found that there was always someone better than me: someone smarter, stronger, faster, harder-working, more talented, more driven, more honest, more pious—just better than I was. It was humbling, but at the same time immensely reassuring.”

“Sea Stories”, pg. 332

Cheers to those that make history, and write about it.

1080p HD “Good Morning” – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Good Morning

Gene Kelly

Good Morning
Good Morning
We’ve talked the whole night through
Good Morning 
Good Morning to you

Good Morning
Good Morning
It’s great to stay up late
Good Morning
Good Morning to you

When the band began to play the stars were shinging bright
Now the milkman’s on his way 
and it’s too late to say good nigh

tSo, Good Morning
Good Morning
Sun beams will soon smile through
Good Morning
Good Morning to you and you and you and you

Good Morning
Good Morning
We’ve gabbed the whole night through
Good Morning 
Good Morning to you 
Nothing could be grander than to be in LouisianaI

n the morning 
In the morning
It’s great to stay up late
Good Morning
Good Morning to you
I’d be as yippe if it wasn’t Mississippi

When we left the movie show the future wasn’t bright
But came the dawn the show goes on 
and I don’t want to say good night

So say good morning
Good Morning
Rainbows are shining through
Good Morning 
Good Morning

Buenos Días
Muchas Frías
Gutten Morgen 
Blakich Morgen
Good Morning to you

Waka laka laka laka laka laka wa
Waka laka laka laka laka laka wa
Waka laka laka laka laka laka wa¡Olé!

Songwriters: Nacio Brown / Arthur FreedGood Morning lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC https://www.google.com/search?q=lyrics+%22Good+Morning%22+-+Singin%27+in+the+Rain+(1952)&oq=lyrics+%22Good+Morning%22+-+Singin%27+in+the+Rain+(1952)&aqs=chrome..69i57.3641j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

OVERVIEW – Blue Marble – perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

• EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
• RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
• NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
• JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
• SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
• FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
• DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
• DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
Director: GUY REID
Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
Duration: 19 minutes

Planetary Collective: planetarycollective.com/
Overview Microsite: overviewthemovie.com/
Human Suits (original score): humansuits.com/

For more information:
The Overview Institute: overviewinstitute.org/
Fragile Oasis: fragileoasis.org/

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies – The Upthink Lab

The Upthink Lab

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an award-winning short film documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, time-lapse sequences were patiently gathered from exposed summits, by glacial lakes, and under aurora-filled skies.

Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape. Weaving throughout the film are reflections of an early mountaineer, who is deeply moved by his own encounter with the mountains and the revelations of explorers who have come before him. “What is this power that lures me upwards, into the unknown,” he wonders, “that pulls me deeper, despite snow, wind and exhaustion?”

Made on a shoestring budget and with entirely volunteer hours, the film brought together artists from two vastly different parts of North America – Banff, Alberta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Strangers at the start, the film team developed strong friendships over the course of production and were united by their common goal of capturing the beauty and essence of a place that inspires them every day.

This 100% human-powered film combines advanced time-lapse photography with an original story and musical score to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world.

Photography by Doug Urquhart (upthink.tv) & Paul Zizka (zizka.ca)
Original Music by Michael Wynne (michaelwynne.net)
Original Story by Meghan J. Ward (meghanjoyward.com)
Motion control made possible by dynamicperception.com
Voice Talent – Brian Bremer
Pioneer – Guy Thorsby

Shot on Canon.com 5D, 7D, T3i, 400D, RED.com EPIC
Glass: Canon 14mm f2.8 , 24mm f1.4, 17-40mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8, 10-22mm EF-S, 17-55 f2.8 EF-S, PL Zeiss 16mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 28mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 50mm T2.1, PL Zeiss 85mm T2.1

Motion-Control: DynamicPerception.com Stage Zero, Stage One (beta), Orion Tele-Track Pan/Tilt

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, LRTimelapse (got a hold of this in the final hours of post, unfortunately it didn’t see much use), Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro

BTS Photos: flickr.com/photos/dougurquhart/sets/72157627898019489/with/8424630328/

Details about our solarCam / deep time-lapse sequences: blog.planet5d.com/2013/02/making-a-diy-solar-camera-for-multi-month-timelapses-behind-the-scenes-on-mountains-in-motion/

Mountains in Motion is an upthink.tv side-project in collaboration with zizka.ca

Thanks for watching.


The Judy Garland Show is an American musical variety television series that aired on CBS on Sunday nights during the 1963–1964 television season. Despite a sometimes stormy relationship with Judy Garland, CBS had found success with several television specials featuring the star. Garland, who for years had been reluctant to commit to a weekly series, saw the show as her best chance to pull herself out of severe financial difficulties.

Production difficulties beset the series almost from the beginning. The series had three different producers in the course of its 26 episodes and went through a number of other key personnel changes. With the change in producers also came changes to the show’s format, which started as comedy and variety but switched to an almost purely concert format.

While Garland herself was popular with critics, the initial variety format and her co-star, Jerry Van Dyke, were not. The show competed with NBC‘s Bonanza, then the fourth most popular program on television,[1] and consistently performed poorly in the ratings. Although fans rallied in an attempt to save the show, CBS cancelled it after a single season.

TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon”.[2]

Every Judy Garland film in 14 minutes – Stereo

In September 1935, Louis B. Mayer asked songwriter Burton Lane to go to the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles to watch the Garland Sisters’ vaudeville act and to report to him. A few days later, Judy and her father were brought for an impromptu audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City. Garland performed “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” and “Eli, Eli”, a Yiddish song written in 1896 and very popular in vaudeville.[22] The studio immediately signed Garland to a contract with MGM, presumably without a screen test, though she had made a test for the studio several months earlier. The studio did not know what to do with her, as at age thirteen, she was older than the traditional child star, but too young for adult roles.[23]

Her physical appearance was a dilemma for MGM. She was only 4 feet 11.5 inches (151.1 cm), and her “cute” or “girl-next-door” looks did not exemplify the most glamorous persona then required of leading female performers. She was self-conscious and anxious about her appearance. “Judy went to school at Metro with Ava GardnerLana TurnerElizabeth Taylor, real beauties”, said Charles Walters, who directed her in a number of films. “Judy was the big money-maker at the time, a big success, but she was the ugly duckling … I think it had a very damaging effect on her emotionally for a long time. I think it lasted forever, really.”[24] Her insecurity was exacerbated by the attitude of studio chief Louis B. Mayer, who referred to her as his “little hunchback”.[25]