Friday, June 16, 2006

The Best Damn Thing

-I've Seen In a Long Time-

The best damn thing I've seen in a long time is a 45-minute streaming video by Robert Newman entitled 'The History of Oil.' It is, in a word BRILLIANT, combining the best elements of entertainment and education that makes students love and remember their favourite professors for the rest of their lives. Newman is at times hilariously comedic, at times deadly serious, and not rarely both simultaneously.

Kudos to sans-culotte for bringing it to my attention, and to Nate at Get In Their Face! for bringing it to his attention. More kudos to sans for his excellent research, which resulted in a great set of links that confirm the accuracy of the information in the video.

Here are the links;
for the video: The History of Oil
and to sans-culotte's post, including his excellent collection of links: History of Oil

Try to find the time to give the video your undivided attention for the first viewing, and take a look at the links while viewing it the inevitable second time.

About the only thing I can think of to add to this is the fact that Robert Newman was one of the writers of the great British (but not, as GWB would misconstrue it 'Great British') comedy series Spitting Image. Which BTW was one of the funniest damn things I have ever seen. Should anyone have links to downloadable episodes of this, I would greatly appreciate them.


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