Last January 8, I posted my first video on YouTube, where our parrot Brin-Brin shows the ridiculous stunt he uses to get attention. Here it is again, for those of you who missed it the first time:
I didn’t have anything important to write about for today (it is Shabbat, after all), so I uploaded another video, where Brin-Brin is doing it again, only this time you get a better view of his head:
I filmed it last February 19, but I think I’ll wait until his feathers grow back before I film him some more. Since the year started Brin-Brin has been molting, and while his head, wings, back and tail still look the same, there’s just grey fuzz where his green chest feathers used to be. I have been told that long, heavy molts aren’t unusual for Amazons, but right now I get the nagging feeling that I’m looking at him in his underwear. No wonder he gets cold so easily at this time of year.
Finally, there used to be a video of the Babel scene from the 1927 movie “Metropolis” on YouTube. I posted a link to it last year, when I wrote my essay “Civilization: Has It Been Worth It?” (see the January 19, 2007 entry). More recently, however, the video has become private, meaning you can only see it if the person who uploaded it sends you an e-mail invitation. Therefore I just uploaded my copy, so you can see what I was talking about:
Because the director, Fritz Lang, lived in a very secular European society, I don’t think he would have been interested in Babel’s spiritual meaning, namely that it was an act of rebellion against God. However, from a political aspect, I think he was right on, when he asserted that it would take a dictator to build such a monument, and that a universal, purely man-centered civilization would lead to tyranny. Think about it!