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D'oh! Ark Time is Up? (Maybe Not!)

Hey all.  I just got word that Ning is upping their fee once again.  I'm so grateful to all of you who've helped to keep this boat afloat all these years, but there's no way I can continue considering they're doubling the monthly fee beginning October 1st.

So unless anyone else wants to take the wheel, I'm gonna have to call this place quits the very last week of September. I'm so sorry. I dreaded this moment.  I want to send out an email to all members, but I figured I'd wait…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on August 31, 2016 at 7:30pm — 21 Comments

Site Question

Hello active Arkians.

I have a question for you.   Is there a case that can be made to make this a private site?

I'm interested in your ideas on this.  Would it change what you post here or the frequency if we did, indeed, put a lid on here?

Or can you make a case to keep it open to the public?  It's not like we do anything to actively expand our membership or the view counts.  Should we? 

I tend to think of us a site where creative video-hobbyists can share their…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on November 12, 2014 at 12:01am — 16 Comments

August is BlancheNoE's SQUIRREL MONTH

Wee'll collect them here, but off-screen dead ones don't count.

From BlancheNoE:

All videos posted during squirrel-month MUST have a squirrel in them or they will be deleted and the poster will be ban-hammered for LIFE ! ...mmmmWAHHhhhahah....

I OWN THIS MONTH !!!...uh, but I'd be willing to sell it for the right price. I paid a hundred for it but…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on August 3, 2014 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Booty Drive for the Ark: Adopt a Month (THANKS, ALL!!!)

Hello mateys,

After having been dogged by many of you to help with the cost for keeping the Ark afloat, I'm gonna finally (and humbly) say YES!!!  You can help!  And thank you!

The cost has been $25 a month.  I figured if we can get 11 first-responders to answer the call,…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — 56 Comments

The Ark Plan?

Hello Arkians!  

Hope all is well on your side of the monitor.

I'm hearing buzz around these here Internetz about another Ning ultimatum coming down the road (early summer) and while I haven't yet gone too deep into what the options are yet, I wanted to first get a raise of hands as to who is still interested in keeping the Ark…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on April 6, 2014 at 1:41pm — 24 Comments

2013 5x5 Fest

Remember the 5x5 videos from a little over a year ago, inspired by Ruth's challenge (who was inspired by an ongoing Vimeo meme)?  Then it spread to Vloggerheads. 

Five clips, all five seconds each- sometimes they're random, sometimes not so much.…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on March 1, 2013 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

I Think I Just Became an Atheist

Just this morning, I'd been journaling and pondering if Darwin's Theory of Evolution could, perhaps, apply to universes (yes, that's plural, lol). I was thinking in fractals, that what's observable in nature is repeated at both smaller and greater levels, and if it's true then why not think beyond our known universe? Why not consider that ours is one of an infinite number...

Then I needed a TedTalk to watch whilst washing my week's worth of dishes, and serendipitously chose this…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on April 28, 2012 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Auto-Complete Tag!

What comes up on your auto-complete when you type a letter into your address bar?  


















Added by SydTheSkeptic on March 29, 2012 at 10:34pm — 22 Comments

Bucking "Politics as Usual": Version 1.0

Written by ME!!

Hey, have you heard about Americans Elect 2012?  Two and half million people have, and they're all signed up and ready to change the face of politics.  Okay- well, at least that's their hope. No doubt you'll be hearing LOTS more about…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on March 21, 2012 at 3:27am — 2 Comments

Love Competition

The Love Competition from Brent Hoff on Vimeo.

This is such a sweet little story...

I would WIN this if I was in it, cuz I'd be thinking a lot about YOU GUYS.  :o)

Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 25, 2012 at 2:20pm — 5 Comments

Ahoy, Social Feeds!

I went ahead and enabled the social feeds beta that Ning introduced awhile ago.  So now, if you like, you can Tweet stuff or share it on Facebook directly from the Ark.  



Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Press Pause Play

Check this out!  It's a recently-produced documentary about how art (music, film, etc.) is much more accessible thanks to the DIY (do it yourself) movement of the last decade.  I see many of you as part of that revolution.

Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 16, 2012 at 3:26am — 8 Comments

Ten Things

Let's face it, life kinda sucks at times.  I'm thinkin' the Buddhists have it right about believing all life begins with suffering.  Hell, if that's true then there's nowhere to go but up, right?

I've been a lucky gal my whole life- good friends, good health, a good job, and relatively little strife other…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on November 24, 2011 at 12:24pm — 13 Comments

The e-Patient Movement

How social networking can help us to save our own lives.  --> e-Patients Website



Added by SydTheSkeptic on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Teachers Connecting & A Love Letter

One of the reasons I don't vlog as much is that my energies are directed more toward my online professional learning network.  


I came across this video of teachers who've basically found what many of us have found here at VH and across the vlogosphere.  You listen to them and even though the common denominator among them (us) is "education", the motivations are the same and their experiences have been similar in terms of the online connections…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on March 20, 2011 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Inside Job: Part I (Notes)

My new love is economics.  It's one of my weakest areas when it comes to teaching Humanities so I learn when and where I can in order to have a decent-enough depth of knowledge around it.


As it so happens, the Academy Award winner for best documentary, Inside Job, is about the U.S.'s current…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on March 16, 2011 at 10:54pm — 8 Comments

Wisconsin- Wow!

This video gives you a good sense of how BIG Wisconsin's demonstrations are.

Today, despite the freezing snow, 100,000 people stood for worker's rights.

The last four seconds made me…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on February 27, 2011 at 1:22am — 13 Comments


Egyptians, right now, are taking refuge in their homes (if they're not out protesting).  The younger folks are taking up arms to protect their own neighborhoods in defense of looters and armed bandits whom they believe are the ministry's police in disguise (in an attempt to undermine the integrity of the protesters). 


Inspired by events unfolding in Tunisia, the largely-educated and unemployed activists are demanding the ouster of Mubarak, their dictator since…


Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 29, 2011 at 6:28pm — 13 Comments

Bye Bye Star Ratings..?

Hey Arkians.

I disabled the star ratings on the site.  Please let me know if anyone's against this.   I figured there really was no need for it other than to show support for one another's efforts, but then, that could just as easily be done by commenting.


Let me know, though.  If you guys are overwhelmingly for having the star ratings, I'll turn it back on.  :o)

Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments


Thinkin' of you.

Added by SydTheSkeptic on January 6, 2011 at 8:11pm — 7 Comments

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