I’m going to show you an amazing tip for WordPress website users: if you want to embed* YouTube videos on your website, all you have to do is copy and paste the link in your site!
*to embed something in a site is to take a resource that is not in the text on a page and display it as part of your site/blog. I will have another post next week on more technical aspects of embedding items.
Friday is a day I set aside to learn, to follow up on my week, and to enjoy my successes at work before I head home for my family and rest day (I network significantly on Sunday, and my wife studies, so we reserve Saturday for our together time).
In the interest of preparing for my weekend, I wanted to review my 5 favorite monologues in movie history with you here:
5. Gollum vs Smeagol – I read the entire LOTR trilogy at least 4 times before I graduated high school and multiple times since. I enjoy this scene because it was a seamless transition between the books and the movies and Andy Serkis is amazing.
4. William Wallace – That speech. That one speech you have to have in any movie monologue: “And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this way to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here. To tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they may never take our freedom!” Yeah. That scene.
3. Remember The Titans – My favorite sports movie, no one can forget the poignant moment when Denzel Washington leads the mixed race team out to cemetery ridge where the 50,000 dead of Gettysburg are buried and the Coach reminds his boys of the blood mixed out on that field.
3a. Just because YouTube auto-loaded this clip, I had to include it. The school board has conspired with the referees to throw the game against Coach Boone and Coach Yost is having none of it. The quiet confidence actor William Patton portrays in this scene is unforgettable.
2. Leopold – I love this response for the fact that we so often miss out on quality in modern life. The idea that life is comprised of more than tasks is so, so good. I am often tempted to work, work, work and put the freeze-dried chicken in the microwave. This speech is my second favorite in movies because it always reminds me to slow down, take the time to do things well, and enjoy the people around me. At the end of the day, being a foodie is not about the food, it is about the social experience of eating with others.
1. Herb McCann – Who Am I? This is my all-time favorite movie monologue. We modern Americans so often focus on the young, the healthy, the wealthy, and the beautiful. In this scene, Robert Duvall does not look his best as an actor, and his character just had a heart attack. But, as a great reminder to all of us watching, old age does not mean you lose your identity; Herb McCann knows who he is with a passion we all wish we could aspire to!
I hope you enjoyed my movie list. Each clip was embedded into this post by simply copying and pasting the URL from YouTube. Be forewarned, YouTube videos do come and go, so you will need to double check on your post to see if the posts are still there.