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Guardians of the Temple

  Burning Man and Meaning Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s fairly simple, actually.  Life is precious.  Life is short.  Life should be a celebration.  And your temple of sacred space for the celebration and reflection of life is anywhere and everywhere. Since 2002, the Guardians have held an integral role at the [...]

JFK’s Rant and Wrath

  And the Little Guy Caught in the Crosshairs of Presidential Power   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   A silly misunderstanding can have its consequences.  Especially when you’re the innocent subordinate. How would you feel if the president of the United States– your Commander-in-Chief– publicly referred to you as a “Silly Bastard” and wanted you shipped to [...]

Urban Surfing

    Let the Fun Times Roll A Soon-To-Be Viral Video   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Devin Supertramp’s team has put it’s own twist on surfing  for what they call “Urban Surfing.”  They hit the wicked streets of San Francisco to create what looks like a giant slip ‘n slide.  After laying down some plastic and spraying [...]

Growing Up Bayou

  Everyone is Happy to Give   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     At 82, Anna Mae Doucet sounds deeply comfortable with herself and her life. Doucet is a Cajun. “I wouldn’t want to be anything else but a Cajun.  I’m happy.  I’m a very happy person,” she said. “Maybe the happiest [...]

Flowering Beauty

    Stunning Time Lapse Photography Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     “Earth laughs in flowers.”      Ralph Waldo Emerson   From earliest times, flowers have held a special place in people’s lives. Observed in art, jewelry, stories and paintings, a rich love has grown up around flowers throughout the centuries.  We [...]

Mad Max’s Road Warriors—With a Twist

  Leave it Up to Those Aussie Bashers   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We like the Aussie style of doing things.  They’re a tough bunch.  And it’s oh so… …Humboldt. The NSW Variety Bash is Australia’s biggest motoring event, raising more than a million dollars in August each year for kids in [...]

Where Are Your Teens Tonight?

30 July 2014

  Studying at the Library?  Yeah, Right.   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and they love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents [...]

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Rubble and Broken Lives

30 July 2014

  The Human Cost of War Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     She is a courageous, remarkable woman– and an outstanding photo journalist. Immediately after the September 11 attacks, 24-year-old photographer Kate Brooks set out to document the impact of war on civilians. Since then, she has covered major conflicts throughout the [...]

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A Twilight Zone Groundhog Day Love Story of Infinite Possibilities

29 July 2014

  Need We Say More? Staff Pick **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   The Universe is infinite– and so are the options. A Truncated Story Of Infinity is Director Paul Trillo’s look at the infinite possibilities within our everyday existence. It’s a bizarre and trippy flick.  As we follow a day in the life of Vincent– [...]

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A New Life in the Saddle

29 July 2014

  The Story of Jonathan Field    Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him participate in synchronized diving.”         ~Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story   His parents introduced him to horses when he was just a year old and he’s been [...]

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Caught in the Conflict of Gaza

28 July 2014

  It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege **VIDEO**   Joseph A. Palermo Huffington Post     The gutless American political class has abdicated its responsibility for the actions of the Israel Defense Forces. Few people living in the Middle East or anywhere else make the distinction between the United States and [...]

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The Humble Origin of Computer Graphics

26 July 2014

  The Big Bang: The Adobe Illustrator Story   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     We’ve come a long ways since the days of Pong and Mario Brothers. Even if you have never used a computer illustration program in your life, Terry Hemphill’s informative video above shows us the humble beginnings and [...]

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Finding Your Unclaimed Property

25 July 2014

  You Better Get It BeforeThe State Does   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Everyday people lose their stuff.  In a big way. They don’t mean to.  They move, forwarding addresses aren’t kept current, sometimes the folks pass away or beneficiaries aren’t named.  These assets range from uncashed dividend checks to safe deposit [...]

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Your Mind is Not Your Own

24 July 2014

  Anywhere the Eye Can See Lies an Iconic Consumer Image   Award-Winning Short Video     Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s not yours and your mind is not your own. Guy Trefler set out to flex his graphic design muscles and convey the message that nothing is original. In Not Mine, a creative [...]

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The Unusual Journey of Robina Asti

23 July 2014

  ‘Flying Solo’   A Staff Pick Award-Winning Film   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Everyone has an interesting story to tell. Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination, is a short documentary by the Lambda Legal organization relating the unusual and touching struggle of 92-year-old transgender widow and war veteran Robina Asti. Robina Asti was denied the [...]

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Prisons and Muppets

22 July 2014

  John Oliver’s Detailed Take   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   How bad is the mass incarceration problem in the US? So bad that Sesame Street featured a muppet with a father in prison to help the 2.7 million American children with an incarcerated parent understand what just happened. Incarcerated people, parents or [...]

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It’s Nappy-Poo Time!

20 July 2014

  Many Children Were Harmed in the Making of This Video   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Chris Capel is a writer/director who describes himself as passionate, creative and pine-scented. He used to animate talking animals at DreamWorks Feature Animation for a living, but says he strives to one day be a big [...]

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Bringing Water and Life to Others

19 July 2014

    World Vision’s Zambia Water Project Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Greed is not good.  Humanity, distribution, and the delivering of resources are good. More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.  1,600 children die every day from diarrhea because they lack something as simple [...]

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What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

17 July 2014

  Self-Judgment and Worth: A Woman’s Perspective   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   63 women were asked what they see when they look in the mirror.    Their answers were surprising. When I Look in the Mirror is a powerful behind-the-scenes exploration of each woman’s thoughts and insights as they take a [...]

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Overturning Citizens United

17 July 2014

  Corporations Aren’t People –And Elections Shouldn’t be for Sale   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     80% of Americans are fed up. Polls indicate the majority of Americans believe corporations have too much power, money, and undue influence in America’s democratic process, so a constitutional amendment is afoot to reverse two important [...]

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Drought, Water, and California

16 July 2014

  Precious, Precious Water **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   We’re in a drought of historic proportions. Forecasters are now saying the El Niño effect that was predicted to at least bring some relief to California may not happen at all.  As of June, nearly 80% of California is considered to be under “extreme” [...]

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Jon Stewart: The Kidsplosion Invasion

16 July 2014

     Politicizing Kids for the Far Right’s Cause   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Don’t mess with the kids. Opening The Daily Show yesterday, Jon Stewart tore into the lawmakers and protesters scapegoating the thousands of young immigrants coming to the U.S. and asking why they can’t be deported back to Central America. “First of [...]

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Delivery

15 July 2014

  Life Goes On Against the Odds  Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Bill is fifty-two years old. Sporting an unruly mountain man beard and chain smoking Camel straights, he delivers pizza on a bike in Brooklyn. Over the course of several shifts, filmmakers Christopher K. Walker and Michael Beach Nichol’s Delivery unveils an [...]

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It’s a Plastic World

15 July 2014

  In its Varied Forms Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Andreas Tanner Andix Productions   It’s everywhere. We need and we want it.  We find it in places we wouldn’t expect. A world without plastic is inconceivable.  But do we know the consequences of our self-indulgent plastic consumption? With two excellent speakers and nice music by Alexander Rösch, [...]

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Too Big to Jail?

15 July 2014

  Sweetheart DOJ Deals with Corrupt Corporations and Banks Soar   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Are Big Banks involved in crimes too big to jail?  Seems to be that way. A dramatic spike in Justice Department cases ending in settlements instead of criminal charges against corporate bad actors in the financial sector raises [...]

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Trans-Mormon

13 July 2014

  Finding Identity   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Eri Hayward was born and raised in Utah County, Utah. Coming from a conservative Mormon background, she was raised in the LDS Church and even went to Mormon private school – but something wasn’t adding up. Eri was born a boy and it [...]

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The Billionaire Mathematician

12 July 2014

  Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   James Simons has led a life of ferocious curiosity.  Making his fortune, he is now making his own major contributions for the future of America.  The following excerpt from the New York Times profiles Simons, the multi-billionaire scientist and hedge fund star who has won [...]

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Ballet Meets Robotics

11 July 2014

  A Strange and Perfect Union Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Ballet and robotics have come together in a bizarre and beautiful way. Although it seems contradictory, it turns out ballet and robotics have a rather remarkable chemistry. The practiced precision of the dancers and the highly controlled movement of the [...]

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Going All the Way

11 July 2014

  ‘Roll the Dice’ Award-Winning Video –and a ’Toon   Words by Charles Bukowski Film by Willem Martinot Narrated by Tom O’Bedlam Game of Thrones by Zen Pencils     “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than be stifled by rot. I would rather be [...]

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Beat the Drum Slowly

10 July 2014

  A Dark & Haunted Poem   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Deco tower, rainbow fountain showers Crystal columns, silver tabloid entry The celebrity cemetery A faded trail of a golden age that flickered out into celluloid ashes phantasms fantastic. Outran the avalanche Outran the avalanche Outran the avalanche To the cameras [...]

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Looking Into Your Junk

10 July 2014

  Prosecutors Want Graphic Photos Of Teen Taken as Evidence   **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Talk about an invasion of privacy.  A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors [...]

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The Lion of Britain

09 July 2014

  The Challenges of Being Churchill Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Born in 1874, Winston Churchill was a legendary orator, a prolific writer, an earnest artist, and a long-term British statesman. Yet Churchill, who twice served the as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is best remembered as the tenacious and [...]

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The World of Free Energy

08 July 2014

    Tesla’s Invention Rebirthed? **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   One of the greatest visionaries of the early 20th century was genius electrical inventor Nikola Tesla. His work to help develop the AC power system we all use to this day was crucial, but his personal goal was to develop a way to wirelessly [...]

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The Faked Star Wars Footage Going Viral

08 July 2014

    Don’t Believe Everything You See VIRAL VIDEO   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Be one with the Farce. It is an obvious hoax.  And at the same time, it’s a pretty impressive one. A YouTube video titled Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage! has been viewed more than 3.5 million times– despite the [...]

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The Nonstop Flow-Motion of Barcelona

07 July 2014

  Unique Visuals and Photography Make for a Stellar Film Trip   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Staying home in Humboldt this summer? Take a short two-minute trip to Barcelona! In few other cities is it possible to walk from spectacular location to spectacular location.  Barcelona is one beautiful, cosmopolitan place; a [...]

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Look Before You Leap

06 July 2014

  Haste Makes Waste   Short Award-Winning **Humor Video**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Pay attention, Grasshopper. What is it we we tell our kids? Haste makes waste.  Look before you leap.  Stop and think.  Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re often led to believe that we’re better off gathering as much information as possible and [...]

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The NSA Does Spy on Everyday People— Like You

06 July 2014

  Ordinary Internet Users Were the Bulk of NSA Intercepts **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Edward Snowden was right.  That’s funny because we seem to remember National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr. telling us this wasn’t the case in March of last year.  Clapper lied.  We all knew it then and we know it now. [...]

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In Cold Blood

04 July 2014

  A Random Stop Leads to a Brutal and Violent Encounter   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Be forewarned.  The above video isn’t pleasant.  You may not want to see it.  It’s an accurate and true portrayal of tragic and violent events as they happened.  Shocked and dumbstruck by its harsh reality and brutal [...]

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Slip ‘N Slide Cliff Side

03 July 2014

    One Slick Ride to the Bottom of the Chasm   **Viral VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Yeah, it looks fun alright.  Sun, water, scantily clad bodies, and a whole lotta height. Ooh La La.  Finally.   A slip and slide extreme sport for sober, trained, mature adults.  Like that would ever happen [...]

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Alone Again… Naturally

02 July 2014

  Keeping Body and Soul Together Assuming Others’ Identities   Cannes Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     Charles makes his very sad life happier.  By assuming the identities of others. After his wife leaves him, Charles begins to assume the identities of strangers at a local coffee shop to avoid being alone.  [...]

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Send Your Selfies to Mars for Only 99 Cents!

02 July 2014

    Students Aiming Time Capsule to Mars **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Move over Dollar Stores.  There’s a bigger bang for the buck happening in the solar system. Most people will bury a time capsule, but a group of brilliant young minds will surely find something more exciting to do with it– like sending it [...]

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The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels

29 June 2014

  Claude Shannon:  Founding Father of the Digital Age   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   He’s the man you never heard of, but should have.  He was more important to our digital age than the familiar names of  Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.  He was responsible for what we know today as the digital revolution.  If [...]

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Follow Your Fears

28 June 2014

  And Hold Onto Your Dreams Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Instead of trying to eliminate problems or avoid fears, run towards them.  They’re your first stepping stones to greatness. Consider Brad O’Neal. O’Neal always had the dream since the age of 12 to be the first person to jump from level ground [...]

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Meet the Hoverboard in Real Life

28 June 2014

  Skating Above Air & Water   **VIRAL VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   It’s as awesome as it sounds. If you have ever seen the second or third movies in the classic Back to the Future movie trilogy, then you know how cool the idea of a Hoverboard is.   If you haven’t, the idea [...]

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Building Choppers: Born Free and Born Again

27 June 2014

  Tom Fugle’s Story Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel     People build all kinds of things for as many reasons.  But what’s the obsession about motorcycles? If you ever had one, you would know.  The graceful beauty of the bike.  The roar of the engine, the ride of the road, the wind and [...]

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Living on the Edge

26 June 2014

  Simply Do the Best You Can Do Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   Thomas Bennett is a deeply personal documentary with a universal message about how we approach life. Director Nathan Honnold’s captivating short film is a touching portrait of a man we’re probably more apt to ignoring.  Providing an insight into [...]

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The Vanishing Island

23 June 2014

  Bayou Life and Memories Slowly Sinking Into the Abyss   Award-Winning **VIDEO**   Skippy Massey Humboldt Sentinel   They’re sinking– their way of bayou life literally collapsing under the water. Vanishing Island is a short documentary profiling the residents of the Isle de Jean Charles, as they confront a future threatened by sinking shorelines [...]

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Officer, Got a Tank?

23 June 2014

  Para-Militarizing the Local Police   **VIDEO**   Jim Hightower JimHightower.com   Let’s check our weaponry. We’ve got 93,000 machine guns, 533 planes and helicopters, 180,000 magazine cartridges, and 432 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles.  Okay, let’s roll! Only this is not the US military.  It’s your and my local police departments patrolling our cities. Remember [...]

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