Video – Still the Best of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

No doubt much of this sentiment vividly echoes today. We are living in turbulent times, but we are also living in the most advanced, wondrous time the world has ever known. The video below will offer a glimpse into this proposition and hopefully some JBRish readers will find inspiration and motivation to achieve more than they thought you could.

Undoubtedly some may find it a bit too proselytizing or idealistic and that’s OK too. If you don’t enjoy this style of video, or it just isn’t your thing, I hope that the quotes below, from the video, will provide food for thought.


  • The video below has some NSFW language. Of course nowadays it may be difficult to judge what NSFW even means, but I would find some of the language offensive if my young child heard them or I had a middle schooler who wasn’t mature enough to hear them. Please consider this before you read further or watch the video.

  • The video is comprised of numerous clips from motion pictures, lectures, speeches, etc. and it is a bit lengthy, coming in at 38:24, but it goes fast IMHO.

Some quotes from the video, but not all the quotes:


  • “Excuses sound best to the people who are making hem up.” — Tyrese Gibson

  • “You can’t talk yourself out of something that you behaved yourself into!” — Stephen Covey

  • “It took me twelve years to get a four year degree but I got it and guess what, on a degree it don’t have dates. So if it took you four and it took me twelve it don’t show up nowhere, but I’m exactly where I want to be.” — Eric Thomas [some editing applied]

  • “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” — Joseph Campbell

  • “The world shall perish not for lack of wonders, but for lack of wonder.” — J.B.S. Haldane

From Carat to Carrot to Carat

photo courtesy of the Global News website linked below

Mary Grams lost her engagement ring in 2004 and it remained missing for more than a dozen years. She looked and looked, but couldn’t find it. An apparent miracle happened one day while she was working in the garden and pulled a carrot. There was the ring, wrapped around a carrot. In essence, the carrot was wearing her engagement ring!

photo courtesy of the Global News website linked below

You can watch the interesting video at this link for the Global News



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Happy Friendship Day – 2016

Today is Friendship Day in the United States and research has shown that having friends, and perhaps one or two very good friends, can increase one’s outlook as well as longevity. To help celebrate Friendship Day, I thought JBRish readers might enjoy this brief video of two women who have been friends for nearly a century.

Friendship Day Bonus Quotes

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.” – Jay McInerney



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Video – Bell the Cat

Cat videos have surely taken on a life of their own on the Internet and the segment below shows one reason why. The video is simplicity itself, but it is entertaining and somewhat captivating. I have one suggestion below the video. I hope you find this as interesting as I did.

Notes From the Video – Pavlov’s Humans: Adorable video shows cats ‘training scientist’ to bring them food every time they ring a bell

NOTE – I wonder what would have happened if ringing the “other cat’s bell” would have yielded more treats? Would they have learned to ring only the other bell?

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Video: Train of Thought – Not!

This is a slow motion video of an Amtrak Train coming into a station that has snow-covered tracks. Prior to starting this film, I understood that when the train entered the area where the snow was on the tracks that it would be thrown hither and yon or helter skelter; take your pick.

I am not sure why a couple of people close to the camera’s POV refused to move until it was too late. What were they thinking? What was their train of thought?

Credit where credit is due – I first saw this video on Petapixel at this link Slow-Motion: Amtrak Train vs. Snow

Video – A Wow Fact About Sorting Cards!

When considering a standard deck of 52 cards, take a guess at the number of ways this deck of cards is able to be “arranged” or “sorted” by shuffling them. Pick a number!

OK, I don’t believe you picked one that is large enough, but let’s proceed!

You may find this hard to believe, but the video claims that the number is larger than all of the atoms on earth.

** Here is the number written out in scientific notation:


** Here is the number written in the customary way (should have 67 zeros, but the picture doesn’t show all)


The TED video below explains it more precisely. It isn’t too complicated and I think you will be amazed.

** These were screen shots taken from the TED video referenced above!

GatorZilla – Giant Alligator Roams in Florida

Let’s face it, alligators look prehistoric. I am sure many people who have seen an alligator in its natural habitat has thought about the reptile-prehistoric animal link. They naturally look like something out of a monster movie. Of course they are not quite the same size as Godzilla was rendered to be, but there is one alligator in Florida that is pretty big. I mean this one is much bigger than most gators!

Watch the video below to see whether or not you agree that this gator is a relative of Godzilla; there is a family resemblance IMHO.

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Video – A Dog Loves Her Pups

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ― Mark Twain

Every animal is driven by basic needs. It is difficult to overcome these requirements. Thirst is perhaps the greatest, but I am sure hunger is right up there with it. The video below demonstrates how a mother dog’s love for her brood can overcome her biological urge to eat in favor of feeding her young. I think you will find this an interesting look into animal psychology.

From the YouTube Video Page:

“This mother dog was begging for the grilled chicken for the second time. The first time she held it in her mouth and ran away. I decided to follow her to where she was going and discovered that she was taking it to her litter of puppies..”

Spy Camera & Monkey Death – BBC Series

I think most people who watch any substantial amount of television would agree that the BBC produces some of the best shows available. I especially enjoy their nature exposés. They have a new series, Spy in the Wild, which is designed to give viewers a “close up” view of life among a variety of groups of animals.

This intimate look into the lives of these creatures is made possible by the new technology available through very small and very good cameras as well the craftsmanship of those who build the robotic animals that, for the most part, seem to pass for the real thing among their fellow tribe members.

In the video below, Langur monkeys appear to genuinely grieve over the death of the artificial monkey. It is sad, poignant and thought provoking. We are reminded how similar we are to these animals.