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Sunday, May 01, 2005

The Story of the Tower

This is the story of the Tower...My special spot.

The Story of the Tower
Music: Tony Furtado - Can You Hear the Rain


  • Too bad about the building. That must be awful! Hope you can find a new place.
    By the way, who's your friend in Germany? I'm in Germany too, so maybe I know him. (I know Germany's a big place, but it could happen. It's a small world, afterall.)

    By Blogger The Shadow That Kicked Your Pansy Face In, at 7:41 AM, May 01, 2005  

  • Fantastic video, Josh. Pitch perfect music, too.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 8:13 AM, May 01, 2005  

  • I feel bad, because I laughed when you showed the building falling. It just sucks that it was your "special place" and they destroyed it. Sorry I laughed.

    By Blogger Chris Daniel, at 11:24 AM, May 01, 2005  

  • I'm sorry that they destroyed that building. Why did they do that?

    What WAS it used for?

    Now I'm curious.

    Back when I was in High School, we used to drive out to Nahant, which is on the ocean and check out hte old missle silos.

    I'll have to grab my camera and get some video of that to show you.

    I think some of them were even turned into homes...

    By Blogger Steve Garfield, at 12:20 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • Nice video,you told the story well.Youll have to start looking for a new "special spot" if you can....

    By Blogger alexander, at 12:22 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • Josh,
    this was such a beautiful video - I was genuinely saddened by your special spot being taken away from you. And its a beautiful aquarel you made!

    By Anonymous Kristina, at 12:25 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • Great job. Your videos are really well thought out and put together, also your watercolor is very good, especially for a first attempt.

    By Blogger maximilian, at 12:33 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • Nice job with the video. If you wanted to find out what the building was used for im sure there is information about it at the Grand Rapids Public library.
    I have a place I go to like that in south haven.

    By Anonymous Will, at 2:28 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • It's kinda like when New Hampshire put the "Old man of the mountain" on their state quarter and then the damn thing fell down.

    Sorry I laughed too.

    By Blogger JP Tarver, at 6:54 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • does anyone else find it oddly coincidental that they filmed the collapse? ...like it was MEANT to be video blogged.

    nice watercolor. and i liked the light bulb intro.

    By Blogger annie!, at 8:48 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • i loved this vlog. it really connected with me.
    nice painting, i never got the hang of watercolours!

    By Blogger katelin, at 10:47 PM, May 01, 2005  

  • Gosh, I'm sorry to hear about your special spot. In my world away from vlogs I'm a counselor. Let me know if you need anything and I'll try to work something out pro bono.

    By Blogger theSpeak, at 12:44 AM, May 02, 2005  

  • Simply brilliant.

    By Anonymous Eric Rice, at 2:18 AM, May 02, 2005  

  • awesome video, as always!

    I have a special spot too, its a local park that is often very deserted, very peaceful, it has totlots and tons of BBQ places, a bathroom, two fields, nobody visits.. except me... I should videoblog it!

    Sorry to hear about your spot dying, great story, great artwork, keep up the amazingness!!


    By Anonymous Stu, at 4:14 AM, May 02, 2005  

  • nice one Josh - again. you got me thinking - i never had a special spot. maybe i'll go find one.

    By Blogger Zadi, at 6:25 AM, May 02, 2005  

  • You continue to rock with this great post. Now I'm all paranoid. My special spot is three thousand miles away. What if it's been paved over!

    By Anonymous jonathan goldstein, at 11:18 AM, May 02, 2005  

  • TEAR AND A HALF. I can totally empathize, my jaw dropped and I gasped when I the tower fall. There is this building around where I live that some of my friends have dubbed "the crack house" because it looks so degraded, but it's so beautiful in its degredation and destruction. And even though I'm 18, I am trying to find someway to eventually buy that place (probably impossible). So I've taken alot of nude photographs there and filmed some videos there and I hope that building never falls. So sorry Josh.

    I only have one of the photos uploaded: http://photos5.flickr.com/7726389_a2f76ae474_o.jpg
    email me and I'll show you more.

    again, so sorry Josh, I know what it's like to have that special place.

    By Blogger french/new/wave/nerd, at 1:44 PM, May 02, 2005  

  • I'm touched!

    By Anonymous svale, at 6:22 PM, May 02, 2005  

  • Hey Josh, great video. My friends and I used to drive out to a cemetary about 20 minutes outside of Evansville, Indiana, where I grew up. The cemetary was on a hill that at one time overlooked the Ohio River, until they built an enormous Alcoa aluminum plant on the banks about 30 years ago. Anyway, my friend who still lives in Evansville made this video and posted it on my site. It stirs up a lot of great memories.


    By Anonymous adam quirk, at 9:25 PM, May 02, 2005  

  • There is a place I used to go to as a teen. It was an old mill; actually just the foundation of the mill and the surrounding grounds, forest and canals. The road to the mill was dirt and led over a wooden bridge. We used to drive to the mill and spend a lot of time dreaming, swimming etc etc. By the time I was 22 the bridge was gone and replaced by a concrete bridge. The mill today is gone.... the forest around the mill has fallen to the developer's ax. And they call this progerss...

    By Blogger Doug, at 4:56 AM, May 03, 2005  

  • I really enjoyed your video Josh, even though it was in memory of a lost spot. I too have lost a spot. A short drive down the road from my house was all this farmland with the cows, the white picket fences and clean beautiful air. The land is being developed now though, turned into a neighborhood, like every other piece of property near my place. Oh well, I hope you're able to find a new spot, not to replace the other one, but, just to enjoy. Love the vids, looking forward to seeing whatever other interesting things you do. Maybe someday i'll have a vlog of my own.

    By Anonymous Alex, at 3:14 PM, May 03, 2005  

  • Nice video, Josh, and good music too. That's good advice you gave about taking photos and filming our "spots". Mine was the top of the hill by my place where I could see the entire city. There was also a swamp with an old abandoned car smack in the middle. Now it's completely covered by condos.

    By Blogger Jeku, at 9:41 PM, May 03, 2005  

  • I think you have a really cool depth to you Josh. This video was almost poetic, whether you meant it to be or not. The concept of having a place or thing dear to the heart that is taken away by happenstance or the interference of compassionless corporate machinery... well it speaks to a lot of things, expresses the whole concept of loss very well. I was really touched, even though a building in the long run doesn't amount to much, life is all about meaning and you show this. Also, beautiful water color. You are indeed a gifted artist, please express your heart.

    By Blogger Sean, at 9:41 PM, May 03, 2005  

  • wow... this was really touching... I've enjoyed your other blogs for the humour and input to 'the debate' (!?) but this one really got me...

    thank you

    By Blogger duncan, at 11:12 AM, May 04, 2005  

  • Josh,

    I watched the vlogs that were available...some were broken links today... not sure what's up... but wanted to say DUDE! You are a rock star. I will come back to check the links to see if they work from my office, and every day until they do.

    My fave so far was the lightswitch. Sure, it's pandering to cat fans but you know what? Girls will watch! And so will I.

    You've got a good thing going on here. Don't stop 'til you get enough!

    By Anonymous Steve Warren, at 10:22 AM, May 05, 2005  

  • well dude, that's sad...I kind of have a special place myself(and my girlfriend actualy), we call it the VIP, and is the parking lot of Alamo Stadium, here in San Antonio, TX..We like it here 'cause you can see all downtown area from a good view....We go there all the time 'cause it's very quiet and relaxing(except when there's an event)....I'll follow your advice and take some pictures of it, and from it, you never know what could happen..

    By Blogger Gilberto Carranza, at 8:43 PM, May 06, 2005  

  • great video josh. really well done. you're very good at telling stories...and i always look forward to watching them.

    By Blogger b jeremy jackson, at 8:49 PM, May 07, 2005  

  • Josh you are a very good visual story teller. Your watercolor is impressiive for your fist effort. I look forward to the next one .
    Your video is well done.

    Consider placing a lamp behind you when you shoot 'on camera segments' in side. That will create some separation between you and the background.
    Apple's Technology Showcase is great resource

    Your favorite place remains where it has always been... in your mind's eye!

    By Blogger Bruce Winter, at 11:17 AM, May 09, 2005  

  • i´m sorry for the building. But your video itys nice! ;)

    By Blogger CarlosCrc, at 12:21 AM, May 10, 2005  

  • Josh, your tower video is one cool piece. Thanks for sharing that with us. The story was so well done. Wow.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:02 AM, May 13, 2005  

  • This was pretty cool - but way too long - I got kind of bored - not so talky next time.

    By Anonymous Christy, at 2:54 PM, May 13, 2005  

  • sad ... good video though ... impermenance ... that's reality

    By Blogger Richard, at 4:20 PM, May 22, 2005  

  • i see you in soho! right now!!!!

    By Blogger Markus Sandy, at 6:21 PM, July 08, 2005  

  • Thank you, very interesting!

    By Anonymous tom, at 11:01 PM, November 26, 2005  

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