Arctic ice at third smallest area on record

This week, it was announced by NASA that Arctic ice is melting at a quickening pace. Is this part of earth’s natural cycle or is this warming accelerated by human interference? Regardless of your beliefs on global warming, the footage below is concurrently beautiful and heartbreaking.

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Polar bears are a threatened species due to a loss of their sea ice habitat. As more ice melts, they are drowning because they are unable to swim the great distances between ice floes and land.

The melting along the edges of the ice sheets is accelerating, causing a cycle of further ice melting. The more the ice melts, the more water surrounds and eats away at the remaining ice.

New satellite information show that ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are shrinking faster than scientists originally thought.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Friday September 25, 2009 | Permalink »

President McKinley’s 1901 funeral procession video

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On September 19, 1901, President William McKinley was laid to rest after being killed by an assassin’s bullet. The footage above is from his funeral procession, which is pretty remarkable considering it was filmed over 100 years ago.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Friday September 18, 2009 | Permalink »

NCAA President Myles Brand Remembered

Myles Brand passed away yesterday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He worked in higher education for 35 years before he was appointed as NCAA President in 2002. Brand made an unequivocal impact on NCAA and collegiate sports with his focus on academics before athletics.

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While serving as President of Indiana University, Brand famously spoke of the need to focus on the mission of higher education. Above, Harvard University president Derek Bok talks about how student athletes put their sports over their academics.

Brand may be best known for firing Indiana University’s controversial men’s basketball coach Bob Knight in 2000. Above, Knight wins his 3rd NCAA Championship.

Under Brand’s tenure the NCAA Executive Committee put in place a practice of not conducting championships on campuses where the use of nicknames and mascots representing American Indians is considered hostile and abusive. Above, Illinois Fighting Illini cheerleaders at the 2001 basketball tournament.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Thursday September 17, 2009 | Permalink »

CEO Kevin Schaff speaking at IBC in Amsterdam on Leveraging Video Archives

This Saturday, September 12, Thought Equity Motion CEO Kevin Schaff will speak at IBC, the leading international forum for the electronic media industry. The conference attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors from 130+ countries, and covers everything related to content creation, management and delivery.

Kevin will participate in the panel “Archiving: A Perfect Storm?” and will discuss ways to unlock archives to create a richer broadband video experience. This blog, for instance, uses archival content to provide context to current news and events. See earlier blog posts for examples.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Friday September 11, 2009 | Permalink »

"No words can ease the ache of your hearts" - Obama

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Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Friday September 11, 2009 | Permalink »

Four decades later, The Beatles are back

Today, the Fab Four will be introduced to a new generation of music lovers. John, Paul, George and Ringo are back together in the highly anticipated video game “The Beatles: Rock Band.” Game players can trace the Beatles career starting in 1964 with their famous appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and ending with their last public appearance on the rooftop of Abbey Road Studios. Also released today, all 15 Beatles albums have been digitally remastered and are available for purchase individually or as a 16-disc set which includes album art, photographs and a rare interview.

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The Beatles’ catchy music and goofy demeanor made them a hit with teenage girls.


The Beatles joked with reporters about their success at a press conference in JFK Airport on February 7, 1964.


The Beatles discuss their success in a 1966 interview.
In a 1986 interview, Paul McCartney said younger people don’t know anything about the Beatles.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Wednesday September 9, 2009 | Permalink »
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The Rose of Rhodesia rediscovered and available for online viewing

Harold M. Shaw’s The Rose of Rhodesia (1918), one of the earliest remaining feature films shot in South Africa and a classic of cinema history, was recently rediscovered by the National Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Screening the Past, an online journal of media and history, recently published an issue dedicated to The Rose of Rhodesia that offers an in-depth look into the film as well as an online stream of the entire restored print.

Thought Equity Motion and Filmmuseum collaborated to digitize the film and provide the delivery technology to enable this unique broadband video viewing opportunity. The film has received positive reviews, like this one written by The Bioscope, a blog dedicated to the subject of early and silent cinema.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Tuesday September 8, 2009 | Permalink »

Learning from Past Flu Pandemics

As summer comes to a close and flu season ramps up, talk of H1N1 seems to be everywhere – and not just on the news. From a doctor rapping about flu prevention to an iPhone application that tracks outbreaks near you, H1N1 is the talk of the town.

New estimates show that between 30,000 and 90,000 Americans will die of the flu this year. The CDC is encouraging everyone to use common sense to avoid getting sick but preparing for the upcoming flu season also means learning from the past. The videos below provide a look back at previous flu pandemics.

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It is estimated that during the first documented swine flu pandemic of 1918, anywhere from 50 to 100 million people were killed worldwide.

The swine flu outbreak of 1976 intensified as fear of the new vaccines increased. Only 22% of the population received the inoculation after it was suspected of killing 3 elderly individuals. In addition, the vaccine was suspected of causing over 1,000 cases of a rare paralyzing neuromuscular disorder.
Common sense will go far to stop the spread of the flu. In April 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned people to stay home if they have a fever or cough.


Only time will tell the outcome of the latest flu pandemic, but Economist Mark Sandi speculates that the global spread of swine flu will intensify the global economic downturn.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Thursday September 3, 2009 | Permalink »

Remembering Senator Ted Kennedy

Senator Edward Kennedy died late last night after a long battle with brain cancer. Below is a brief look at his political life through video.

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Sen. Kennedy was an outspoken supporter of President Obama.


President George W. Bush shows praise for Sen. Ted Kennedy who was respected and admired across party lines.

Known for his public speaking ability, Edward Kennedy gave an emotional eulogy at his mother’s funeral in 1995.

More than 300 bills that Kennedy wrote have been enacted into law, and he had a major role in the passing of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 that demanded an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Sen. Kennedy was a firm believer in national health insurance and had been since early in his political career.


Kennedy announced his candidacy for US President in 1980 but lost to incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Wednesday August 26, 2009 | Permalink »

Record breaking moments caught on video

Ussain Bolt has redefined ‘speed’ yet again. Today Bolt ran the 200-meter sprint in 19.19 seconds, slashing 0.11 seconds off the record he set last year. And just four days ago he broke his 100-meter sprint record by the same margin.

In celebration of Bolt’s record breaking sprints at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, I have chosen a few classic videos of record breaking moments – from record breaking runs to record breaking meatballs. To each his own!

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An inspiring look at Jesse Owens’ record setting run at the 1936 Olympics. Owens ran the 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds and earned a total of four gold medals at the ’36 Olympics.


At the 1961 National AAU Championships Frank Bud ran the 100 yard dash in a record setting 9.2 seconds.


Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Her 1950 France to England journey took 13 hours and 20 minutes. One year later she swam from England to France in 16 hours and 22 minutes.

In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first runner to break the four-minute mile barrier with his 3’59.4” mile. Since then the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.

Al Gliniecki holds 4 Guinness World Records for tying cherry stems into knots using only his tongue, including 911 stems in 1 hour.

Contestants carve a Guinness World Record setting meatball that weighs in at a beefy 72 pounds.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Thursday August 20, 2009 | Permalink »

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