Author Archives: Brian McNitt

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Silent Meditation Retreat: It’s Not About Being Quiet

This year I attended my second silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, ten days focusing on vipassanā (insight) meditation. Since people generally ask about or react to the “silence” aspect of attending a silent meditation retreat, picturing the challenge being going ten days without talking, I’ll say that’s not the challenge or point […]

Whale watching in Monterey, CA

A suggestion from a running buddy, went whale watching in Monterey, CA this past weekend. Apparently, there are record numbers of whales off the coast of California in part due to a bumper crop of krill. A life experience, we saw schools of dolphins, came within fifty yards of two blue whales, and were sprayed […]

Top 10 Best “Lindy Hop,” Swing Dance Videos

As some know, I started taking Lindy Hop swing dance lessons in 2009. Since then I’ve bookmarked and shared a number of dance related videos with friends in and outside of class. Recently, it occurred to me to post a top 10 list. With so many amazing videos online it was difficult to narrow it […]

Top 10: Best Literal Music Videos

You many have seen the Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart literal music video make the rounds several months ago but did you know there are more…many more…literal music videos out there? For your entertainment, I’ve compiled the top ten best. They are… 1. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance (Literal Version) 2. Bonnie […]

Until It’s You – music video by Colin Huggins

Music director for the Joffrey Ballet School, Colin Huggins (aka – “The Crazy Piano Guy”) is a Manhattan based musician known for dragging real pianos to subways, parks, street corners, and other locations and giving impromptu performances. Check out the great Lindy Hop moves in Colin’s new video “Until It’s You!” I learned about Colin […]

Registered for 2010 LA Marathon

In an effort to get back in shape after holiday indulgences, today I registered for the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon. Course map and promo videos below. See you soon, LA. Can’t wait!

Tron Legacy – Movie Trailer

Coming in Disney IMAX 3D in 2010. Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wild, Bruce Boxleitner. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Can’t wait to see it!

Bobby McFerrin: Universality of the Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, from the June 12, 2009 World Science Festival event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus“. Also on stage are panelists Jamshed Bharucha, Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University; the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at McGill […]

Google Wave: Replacement for Email and More

If you missed the Google I/O conference last week, here is the video of Google’s largest announcement, Google Wave, which in short aims to replace the 40 year old email standard and become a new open standard for electronic communication and real-time collaboration. It’s a whole new way of thinking about online communication and there […]

“Does Life Suck?” A Fun Talk by Ajahn Brahm

“Does Life Suck?”, a dharma talk by Ajahn Brahm from The Buddhist Society Western Australia.