My 3yo is obsessed with the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack, and her favourite is – no surprise – ‘Let It Go’. I don’t think I’ve paid this much attention to a Disney movie since maybe ‘Mulan’, but even I have ended up learning the songs because she listens to them that many times. Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was my first movie in a cinema and the beginning of my love affair with musicals. ‘Frozen’ will, hopefully, be hers.
And speaking of ‘Frozen’, here’s a pretty funny cover of ‘Let It Go’ by impressionist Christina Bianco, who performs it as Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Liza Minnelli – and herself, of course.
I recently came across this clip from ‘Chasing Ice’, a documentary about the melting ice caps in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Rockies and the Himalayas. The accompanying info: “On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.”
What we see in the video is pretty majestic and stunning, but scary too. Global warming is real. Climate change is real. You can’t read about all the extreme heat waves and crazy winters happening around the world and not wonder: What’s going on?
By Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark. Attention all school administrators (and weather announcers): The bar has been set very high.
Happened to catch this live way back in October 2012 (OMG, has it really been that long?) and it was the craziest, most thrilling thing I’d seen in a long while. In case you missed it, Felix Baumgartner rode a stratospheric balloon up to 128,100 feet above Earth, opened the door, and jumped. On his way down, he broke the speed of sound and set three world records. Watching everything unfold in real time was pretty awesome, but to see it in HD and hear everything that was said is another thing altogether. By the way, Vanity Fair also did a profile piece on him.
Think something as common and mundane as a door cannot be reinvented? Then Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has done the impossible. It’s not just what he did, which is pretty amazing, but the fact that he actually thought to do it. It’s a lesson in opening our eyes to the possibilities of everyday objects around us, and in pushing boundaries. Perhaps anything can be reinvented. Story originally from Business Insider.