Thursday, December 29, 2005

Animated Plants - Happy New Year

I found this video on I am impressed with the videography, but the combination with animation makes these flora and fauna pictures very interesting. PLANT TECHNO. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Family Christmas Card

We offer our very best wishes for you and yours this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Our famly "Christmas Letter" will be posted at the CHUMUCKLA Blog, should you wish to read it.
Alex is 14 now and enjoys playing LaCrosse. Karen enjoys her challenging work with ISI and Vic has a number of media projects underway. This "video blog" is one of them. Our families in Hurricane Alley are relatively dried out and in reasonable repair now (Ivan and Dennis). We wish there was more time to visit our families "down home" as parents and other family face the the affects of age. Look out! Here comes 2006!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

First Snow - Video Poetry

M.J. Trenkler is a poet who enjoys putting words to pretty pictures. In the Snowetry series, she offers her voice to the poems that are illustrated by video from ME3TV and Buzz Creek. We formed a joint venture and put these SNOWETRY videos on the web at LULU. These are higher resolution WMV files you can download and use over and over. You can see A WINTER WONDERLAND HERE. You can send these videos to anyone by email using the envelope for this blog below ... or to send it without the blog, use THIS LINK. Buzz Creek markets an entire hour of DVD scenery like this for the "relaxation market". see a preview HERE.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Joy or Whatever

Merry Chri.......oh wait.......Happy Holi......... durn it can't say that either........


Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, celebration of some sort of holiday on or about the winter solstice, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all, and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "America" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

If you choose, please spread the joy, or other emotion of your choice.
Uncle Vic

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Farmers Opry - Woman Enough

Two very dear little girls with great big talent are featured with a guest Marine at the Farmer's Opry in this rendition of "You Are Not Woman Enough To Take My Man". The Marine was in flight training at Pensacola NAS. Many years ago, my dad was a Jet Mechanic there and worked with VT-4, the same hangar with the Blue Angels. I used to go to work with my dad sometimes and I once had my shoes shined by the man who shined the shoes for the Blue Angels. I can't imagine a greater honor. Maybe meet a real Blue Angel sometime? Nah. That'd be impossible. Dad used to be one of the Opry's biggest fans. Our farm is right in front of it. He's gone now, but his photo is on the wall at the opry ... and he is still grinning at the great performances they have there. The Marine (he is from Kentucky) told me most of the flight students and sailors at NAS are not 'tuned into' good country music and are missing something special when they miss the "Opry". I miss it a lot too. I am in NJ. Catch some more Farmers Opry videos at DAILYMOTION.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

EMAIL Wars - the FOG

Below is a series of links from an old Marine who does a lot of research on various topics on the web. It appears he finally got a belly full of rampant political emails and decided to check them out on . Snopes and UrbanLegends are great places to check out the email you get before you pass it along. The internet is a notorious battleground for ideology, but seldom is ideology argued. It is much easier to simply create interesting and damaging stories about the people who represent the wrong ideology.

Check those stories you get in your email ... try to avoid getting suckered. Sometimes they are true, but rarely. Base your political decisions more on ideology than on email spam. Plus.. for good measure, vote how I do. It will save a lot of problems with me trying to explain all the reasons. Trust me. I am seldom wrong. So .. without further comment .. I offer this collection of searches, many provided by Rob Gagnon.

. Enjoy! And search for more topics as they come in to your email box!
Vic ME3TV .
Snowfall Serenade - Relaxation DVD .
More video features from Vic on "Dailymotion" By the WAY! Scam email that is PHISHING for your credit card or other sensitive data is on the rise especially this season. DO NOT RESPOND to emails with ANY suspicious offers -- like "Get your $500 HOME DEPOT shopping card - just waiting for your response to this email". Home Depot, Sears, Target, Walmart, Ebay, Pay Pal and all major businesses are being used by scam artists to PHISH out your information. Usually, but not always, the easy tell-tale sign is the link does not go back to the said company.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Val is Upset with Media Bias

Read the "COMMENT" link below this post to see what Val wrote and sent to the various media today. She is normally a very mild mannered lady. She runs the USS Houston Survivors Organization and the 131st Field Artilary BN associations. The men themselves are just too old now. The photo is Alex, with Max and Val - in Otto's living room. The latest on Otto is that he will be going into the VA hospital for the duration. (See story below).

Friday, December 09, 2005

The President at Gettysburg

Gettysburg and the President
Originally uploaded by me3tv
Dr. Brad Gottfried, a college president, is a scholar of the Battle of Gettysburg. He has also written several books on the subject. Here, the new online college newspaper presents this little known aspect of the president. "The College Hll" will have this video linked directly inside its pages. (ERRATA: Note the word "scholarly" mispelled will be corrected prior to publication). New Media, such as online newspapers, and digital video media are converging in cyberspace. Newspapers are becoming TV channels and TV programs are becoming outlets for extended information from online newspapers. Each approach to information offers something unique in how we percieve the great mass of information we receive on a daily basis.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Imperfect Holiday Song

The Imperfect Holiday Song
Originally uploaded by me3tv
Our nieces take somewhat control of an old holiday favorite. Watch out for the special endingby Naomi. L-R: MaryBeth, Anna and Naomi.They were visiting us in NJ over the holidays in 2004. Ivan was over. The flood after Ivan created some wet roads and Naomi was in a serious car accident - slammed by a car from the side - which nearly tore her heart out. Heart surgury and 6 weeks later, here she is with a classic ending to an old holiday favorite! I have some more impromptu songs from this family trio. I hope to add them soon. Did you get to see Pastor Phil and his NYC Taxi feature video? Look Here!

Online Student makes Mission Trip

HFLO "Mission Of Hope" 2005
Originally uploaded by hopeforlife
A presentation of "Hope For Life Outreach" sharing the experience of the Gulf Coast Relief trip (Hurricane Katrina) "Mission Of Hope". Nov. 16th-28th, 2005. EMAIL
Hope Lynch was one of my online students in a journalism course at SCCC earlier this year. She and her family made this trip to my home area of the GulfCoast to lend a hand in the repairs from the hurricane. They met a group from Enterprise, Alabama and then travelled on down to D'Iberville, MS, where they put their talents to work. I am impressed!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

USS Houston Legend

Alex and I dropped in on Trudy and Otto Schwarz at the end of November.
I told Otto " You look like you been rode hard and put away wet!"
.............It's been rugged. The illness, old age and being blind. He knows he is in a world of hurt. There is not much denying it.
Yet he keeps a very powerful presence regardless. He is a joy to visit with. Always something to share in news or happenings.
His son, John, made up a nice presentation box with his photo, medals and a photo of USS Houston. It is awesome. I had him go over what each one was for after I described it to him. It was a nice little history lesson for Alex. I expressed amazement and pride in the "good conduct" medal that Otto won. Otto was, from his own admission, quite a difficult ... or at least ... sassy kind of a kid in a sailor suit.
Alex was off from school today because he had a stomach ache (heard that before?) from some Chinese food he ate last night. He was OK by the time we dropped grandma off at the airport in Newark and was really up for the visit with Otto and Trudy.
Well, it was a great visit as usual. Such amazing folks (both of them). Otto is rightfully quite proud of what the Next Generation is doing. The news from the "Blue Bonnet" is always interesting, though the toll of time brings more sad notes with every issue. I was most impressed to read that Capt. Carter Conlin is now National CDR for The Naval Order of the United States! That is very good news! Not only is he a good guy, he is a great photographer! I think I can now make some points with my NYC NOUS Commandry (Hey guys! I know the National Commander!). I make the meetings nearly every month in NYC since another local fellow out here in the wilds of NJ became involved (Don Schuld is the Recorder/Secretary for the NYC Commandry). Recently we attended the Samuel Eliot Morison Award Dinner with our wives and had a great time. The award this year went to Michael G. Walling for "The Bloodstained Sea". A great story: Battle of the Atlantic. I was impressed that he talked about the "FBI" (Forgotton Bastards of Iceland). My Dad was a member, having flown with a PBY squadron (VP-84) out of Reykjavik in 1942 . Wallings book centers on the Coast Guard's roll in this battle. I can hardly wait for Hornfischer's next book about the Houston! Otto showed me Hornfischer's original manuscript today. What can I say? If you've read "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" you know what a great job he is doing with the USS Houston story.
I told Otto, "I still have a plan to get the "DEATH BECOMES THE GHOST" video into DVD soon". Once that is done, it will be much easier to distribute to many Educational and Public Access Stations. The better ones can even share programs online now .. by broadband internet. It is impressive how films are distributed now. (SEE COMMENT LINK BELOW FOR MORE NOTES ON OTTO) Posted by Picasa