WARNING! If you click on *any* of the links below, the video will automatically launch with a commercial and you cannot stop it until the commercial is over. This is profoundly irritating. On the upside, the site breaks down the whole of a talk into snippets available below each video, which is nice if you know exactly what you're looking for and want to send just a taste to a buddy.
I have just discovered FLORA.tv, a place overflowing with fantabulous stuff, such as this interview with Robert Crumb & Francoise Mouly, and this one with Helen Thomas, and this one with Harry Edwards, and this one with Richard Dawkins, and this one with MOFO Anna Deavere Smith, BEEYOTCHES! (If you click on none other, click on hers. She throws down on art, race, fear, honesty and so much more.)
Yeah. I'm gonna be wandering around this site for quite a while.
But I pull the entirety of NdGT talk from when he was in LA recently, but I couldn't go due to demands elsewhere. It is informative, delightfully hilarious, and makes me feel even worse that I couldn't make it. I'm not sure if my fave part is when he starts reading from the Pluto Resolution that our state Assembly passed, or the part where he takes down a Plant X query from the audience, or describing his Pluto hate mail or how astrophysicists name things, but the entire thing is glorious! I love how he gets hyped up and excited as he talks about certain things. One! Of! Us! Total geek. TOTAL Geek!
Based on how he's leaning so far, I think the eldest nephew is on track to grow up to become something along the lines of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and I shall do all within my Aunt Power to encourage this. Which is why his 2009 Christmas packet is a collection of Tyson & Sagan stuff.
Yes, quite a bit of that is due to my fantasy of the eldest nephew growing up to be some sort of scientist who terraforms Mars and names a city there after Me. I'm thinking Pamopolis. IF THAT'S WRONG I DON'T EVER WANT TO BE RIGHT.
(If I ever met Anna Deavere Smith in person? It would probably be like meeting Sherman Alexie in person - call security and bring on the defibrillator...)