Weekend Open Thread - Hidden TPV Talents

Weekend Open Thread - Hidden TPV Talents

And now for something completely different.

Over the past four years, I’m been honored to serve as a humble lieutenant on this ship called TPV. I came here in mid-2015 after becoming frustrated with PoliticusUSA, another progressive blog I had been contributing to that was shifting away from meaningful content and more towards clickbait headlines and essays. I came across this site and found Spandan and LL’s writing to be among the best, most comprehensive that I had read since I began closely following politics and they kindly offered me the chance to join their creative team. In the years since, we’ve added the phenomenal writers Nancy, Randy, and Blackie and have truly emerged as an online community. We have our disagreements and occasional in-fighting like all families but at the end of the day this is a community I am proud to call home.

Many of us share important life events from birthdays to anniversaries to children’s graduations to family vacations as a way to become even more close-knit. Others still share their artwork, cooking, or musical performances. Each and every time, these are shared as act of pride and of continuing the connections many of us have formed in this online community.

With that in mind, I extend an invitation to our TPV family to go slightly beyond your comfort zones and to share any hidden talents. Photographic and video evidence is not required but feel free to include them. This is a great opportunity for us to again deepen the bonds that bring us together and unite us during this time of great political turmoil.

To get the ball rolling, I’ll share with you all my talent. I use the term “talent” loosely as it’s more of a hobby. Each year, I create video montages as a way to bring together my friends and family. The intent is to be used as a fun drinking game, but can without question be used to simply gather and enjoy in mixed company. I simply download clips from YouTube, add a few basic effects from Windows Movie Maker, add a few transitions and viola! You have 60-second clips in video montage form. The link I’ll include today is one I created with over 150 clips from a variety of musicals, both live and in film. Neil Patrick Harris serves as the “pop up” who will appear unexpectedly throughout the montage to enjoy his talents. At the end of the day, creating these montages gives me pleasure and joy and I’m always willing to share them with any others who might feel the same way.

Without further ado, here is Trevor’s Musical Video Power Hour

Feel free to share your hidden talents below. And if you’d like to keep them hidden, that’s fine too. As always, take care of yourselves and your loved ones this weekend.



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