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Tornadoes make me homesick

I know, I know, that’s beyond just random and borderline weird. But when you grow up in the Midwestern part of the United States, Spring and Summer storms, and the associated bad weather that they produce is just part of the day-to-day you learn to live with.  Watches and the occasional warnings, the massive squall lines and hail, the lightning and the smell, yeah, the smell of a storm coming through is something that you just don’t forget.

So as I read about the horrible tragedy unfolding in the US and take a look at the pictures of small town middle America, I’m often saying to myself “I know what that town is like”.  I see the one water tower and grain elevator next to a railroad track that connects that town on to the next one, with the city being but an island in fields of corn and soybeans.  And as I sit here in my luxury high-rise in Hong Kong I watch and sort of think back to those simpler times when staying in the ‘safe room’ of the house was something ‘normal’.

Yea, it is pretty weird.  But anyway–watch these two videos.  The first is the audio feed from a guy trapped in a gas station as the Joplin tornado comes into town.  You can’t see much but the audio is frightening.  The second is the day after–he goes back to the store where he was during the storm and you see how bad it really was.  Pretty amazing survival story.


Watching the Royal Wedding Online – Big List of Links

This will be updated throughout the day.  Going to make a massive list of links today related to the Royal Wedding, since it’s on here and it’s the middle of the day.  Feel free to add links to the comments.

Live Video Streams

Youtube Royal Channel

Youtube Monarchy

CNN (USA):  Also coverage on the CNN App for iPhone (U.S.) and CNN App for iPhone (International)

E Online (USA):  Also coverage from their Live From the Red Carpet app.

TVB Hong Kong

BBC One (UK)

BBC Multiple Camera Angle Options

Associated Press

PBS (Ustream)


Hulu (USA)

CBS News

ABC News (Australia)

CBC TV (Canada)








Live Blogs

BBC America

Daily Mail (UK)



Other Bits:

Royal Wedding Program (PDF)

Royal Wedding Site




Universal Newsreels with Mr. Inside & Mr. Outside from West Point

Was poking around the net today looking for random things and came across the Universal Newsreels archive.  Here is a neat clip of Doc Blanchard (Mr. Inside) and Glenn Davis (Mr. Outside). Have to love the highly descriptive stories that go for longer than most current network news clips and certainly are more enjoyable to listen to than the current crop of ADHD news blips.

Here’s the full list of Universal Newsreel videos available (without copyright too).

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Video of the Rangers baseball fan falling from the upper deck

No, you don’t get to see the actual fall–thank god. And I hope they don’t actually show it because it isn’t something I’d want to see.

But the reactions of the players and fans to this tragedy that happened in Texas is pretty frightening.

FWIW, he got the ball. Another fan caught it and gave it to an usher. The usher passed it along to the team and they signed it before presenting it and other goodies in the hospital to the recovering fan.

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