Spotlight on the videos in your closet

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A video service that favours a local accent over volume, a charitable way to make art from the hands of many, and a route-by-route guide for RV-loving vacationers: all stops on this week's hop 'round the Web.

Broadcast the Rock

www.broadcasttherock.com/

You can find plenty of videos about Newfoundland and Labrador on YouTube - but you'll also find untold numbers of other things, and the labels on the stuff you want to see may not be there. So, as a way of cutting through the clutter, Broadcast the Rock has a simple purpose: tons of videos, but about this place only, thanks.

A video service that favours a local accent over volume, a charitable way to make art from the hands of many, and a route-by-route guide for RV-loving vacationers: all stops on this week's hop 'round the Web.

Broadcast the Rock

www.broadcasttherock.com/

You can find plenty of videos about Newfoundland and Labrador on YouTube - but you'll also find untold numbers of other things, and the labels on the stuff you want to see may not be there. So, as a way of cutting through the clutter, Broadcast the Rock has a simple purpose: tons of videos, but about this place only, thanks.

Broadcast the Rock has been up and running for about a month, and I think it will take off. Users have started posting short videos on such things as going for a wintry walk on the Rennies River trail to comparative videos on driving conditions and (tellingly) snowclearing after the recent blizzard.

There are some gems in there, too, including the 1999 demolition of the residential complex at the former Argentia naval base (it was called the CBQ, if you'll recall) to some 1973 footage featuring an EPA jet on tarmac. Fascinating to recall what the logo alone used to look like.

Uploading is free - for ordinary folks, that is. Companies can post their materials, too, as can politicians preparing for election campaigns, but at a cost. I'll be curious to see if candidates take this novel style of campaigning to heart in time for the Oct. 9 general election (or a federal election, should that come first).

In the meantime, let's see if there's an appetite for a local venue for video snippets and such. I bet there is.

Elsewhere this week

One Million Masterpiece

www.millionmasterpiece.com/

Let a classroom of kids go to town on a canvas and you'll likely get a holy mess. Get a million, and - well, you might get something amazing. You don't have to be a kid, either, to participate in One Million Masterpiece, an art project launched by Oxfam and other charities, which aims to say something about diversity. Log on to find how you can get involved.

How Everyday Things Are Made

http://manufacturing.stanford.edu/hetm.html

How does M&M get the company logo on each of those little candies? Why does denim feel different from other fabrics? How much more complicated is it to make a car as opposed to a motorcycle? Answers to these questions are found in a series of short videos (about five or six minutes each), which may not be the most fun in town, but certainly do make engineering and industrial design more accessible.

Mile By Mile

www.milebymile.com/

Planning a road trip? Mile By Mile is designed for users of recreational vehicles, but even if you're anything other than an RV, you may well appreciate these suggested itineraries for trips all over North America. A good many of them come with detailed plans, photographs and links to find out more information.

Dream Dictionary

www.hyperdictionary.com/dream

Do you have recurring dreams, featuring the same settings, elements or turning points? I was curious to learn more about some things that float through my head at night; for instance, for years I've had a recurring dream involving being in a jungle. Go figure. I looked up the entry in the Dream Dictionary, though, and found dreaming "that you are in a jungle means aspects of yourself and your personality that may have been inhibited." Aside from being grammatically poor, the answer left me flat: that's it? Jeepers, I could have told myself that in my sleep. Quality issues aside, Dream Dictionary may provide some food for thought - unconscious or otherwise.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBC.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: CBQ, EPA, Oxfam

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Rennies River, St. John's

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