Happy New Year! Now, what do we call it?

My most heavily discussed topic with friends so far this year is all about semantics (again).

2010. How do you say it? In keeping with what seems to be the most widely accepted practice so far this century, we could call it Two Thousand Ten, but I’m not feeling it. Many syllables, no real sense of flow to it. Charlie Gibson has been doing the Twenty Oh One, Twenty Oh Two thing since… well, since 2001 (not sure what he did with 2000). I think it’s time we all pick up the trend. Twenty Ten – I’ve been advocating it all year.

So imagine my relief when the AP, the same organization that insists that a website/web site is actually a Web site and can’t figure out if the grass behind my house is my backyard or my back yard, announced on Twitter that they are also advocating Twenty Ten. Get on board, folks. (EDIT: Maybe calling the Associated Press an organization would be incorrect. It refers to itself as a cooperative.)

Now we just need to figure out how to refer to the last decade…

Turner makes us remember

If you haven’t seen Turner Classic Movies’ tribute to the movie professionals who passed away in 2009, check it out. Now.

Seriously. Now.

I’m a young’n so I know hardly half of the people on the list, but the spot still makes my eyes water. The song, “To Live is to Fly,” is such a beautiful song and the lyrics are a perfect fit for a memorial. Really, I can’t think of any better marriage between video and an existing piece of music. The shallow depth of field in the clips, the decreased saturation in the color footage, soft camera movement, deep shadows… it’s beautifully done.

If you work in television production, this really is the standard for a video memorial. I could – and do – watch it over and over.