Open Mic Friday! featuring two videos

Happy last Friday before Thanksgiving, dear friends, and welcome to the Open Mic!

I have two fascinating and quite different videos to share with you today. I could make all kinds of analyses about why I’ve paired them — they show humanity on two scales, they both make statements about developed urban living and its opposite — but I think I’ll just let them speak for themselves.

I urge you to watch these at the site, instead of embedded here, so you can see them bigger.

The first is a Motion Poem (wonderful, wonderful idea!) animated by one of my Playing Big classmates.

When at a Certain Party in NYC, poem by Erin Belieu, animation by Amy Schmitt


The second video (as different as possible from the first and yet as much a product of our times) is a time-lapse view of Earth from space, edited together using some of NASA’s most recent photos.

Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over, photos by NASA ISS, editing by Michael König