Combing the Net – 11/8/2010

Tolkien vs. the Beatles — Thank God J.R.R. Tolkien nixed the idea of John, Paul, George, and Ringo starring in a 1960’s movie version of The Lord of the Rings. That would have been awful! Glad to know the Beatles had good tastes in fiction, though.

Under Sin City: The Tunnels and Tunnel People of Las Vegas — I found this absolutely fascinating, particularly the second video.

Real-Time Civil War Blog — What a great idea! For the next few years, The New York Times will be remembering the Civil War by blogging daily about the events of 150 years ago. (HT: JT)

Missionary Creates the First Flying Car — Or at least the first to receive FAA certification. The son of martyred missionary Nate Saint (whose story of being murdered alongside Jim Elliot and three others is told in the book/movie End of the Spear) has developed the missionary’s perfect vehicle: one that can drive where there are no roads and fly where there are no runways, yet legal to operate on streets and airways. Cool!

I love these “Random Acts of Culture” videos! This one takes place at the Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, accompanied by the Wanamaker organ (the world’s largest). I got a chance a few years ago to meet Peter Conte (the organist) and hear this organ played… it’s a definite “must see” if you’re even in Philly!

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