Taking it slowly … on TV

When I lived in Europe, one of my favorite TV shows was called Trains, Trains, Trains. It featured video of German trains. No narration. No music. Just being in a train while it moved along its route. The perspective was from the motorman’s seat and you’re just watching the track ahead as the train moved on. Sometimes it was a streetcar.

It was very soothing.

I couldn’t find anything like it when I got back to the states. Then I got the Pluto TV app and saw that one of the feeds on it was for something called Slow TV. That’s from Norway. Here’s how it works:

So, let’s take a ride. See you in about 7 hours:

Obama in Selma

On March 7, 1965, about 600 people gathered to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

This is what happened:

It’s important to remember the history to fully appreciate Obama’s words. Some of us are old enough to remember when this happened. A lot of us weren’t even alive then and see it as ancient history.

Fifty years is a lifetime. But for some of us who watched the persecution and the beatings on television that night a half century ago, it really was only yesterday.

The Star Trek crew and the Enterprise via NASA

enterprise

Via Knowmore:

NASA posted the photo above on Friday, following news that Leonard Nimoy passed away in Los Angeles at age 83. The photo shows NASA officials and “Star Trek” cast members standing together in 1976 in front of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise, named for show’s iconic spacecraft.

As Star Trek’s Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock, Nimoy was an inspiration for many at NASA. He often joined other cast members in at NASA special events and promoting NASA missions, as in the photo above.

From left to right are NASA Administrator James D. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. “Bones” McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; U.S. Rep. Don Fuqua (D.-Fla.); and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).

Captain Kirk was probably off cavorting with some space babe.

Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and he prospered

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from the original "Star Trek." Nimoy died today.

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from  “Star Trek.” Nimoy died today at 83.

One of the things I remember about Leonard Nimoy was that through the character Spock, he made intellectualism and logic seem cool. He’s been Spock forever (or for those who’ve lived long enough, since 1966) and in the course of Star Trek history, Spock has lived, died, been reborn and was the reason for a time line that last had him consulting with his younger self.

As Spock would say, “That is illogical,” but we accepted it because in science fiction, no one ever dies.

Spock joins Bones and Scotty in the reality afterlife (Deforest Kelley died in 1999. James Doohan died in 2005.) But they live forever in our television and film libraries.

(I won’t get into the “In Search of …” series, or his role as Paris in “Mission Impossible.”)

Let’s end this with a “Spock off”: