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Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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September 2, 2010 , , , , ,

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A friend of mine shared on Facebook that her 2 year old son told her. “Don’t kick yourself and others”.  Granted, I can tell with some certainty that she probably did not kick herself or anyone else. Toddlers have the knack of saying the most unexpected things. They are little people forming their own complex associations and understanding of this fast changing world in front of them.

My four year old nephew, saw the video of my brother and his wife sky diving. After watching the video, he wanted to call my brother and tell him that it was dangerous to jump out of planes and that he should not do it again. We all learn to criticize actions or behaviors of others very early on in life mostly based on what people tell us not to do. My nephew has had his fair share of “Don’t do that” “It is not safe” “You will get boo boo”. It is only fair that he shares his concerns of safety and danger with his uncle.

What about us adults? I mean adults do some outrageous things these days. Then there are others like me who can be overly self critical. Do we need to kick our own behinds? What if there was a mechanical device to do just that? I found exactly that. Some ingenious person – Tom Haywoods, in the 1930s thought of this device – KICKING MACHINE.

Footage courtesy: National Archives and Universal News Reels.

How fascinating and ridiculous at the same time. But again, I wish self-criticism could be so much fun!


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