February 16th, 2018

Happy Friday!

What a week. I only have four videos for you. Four is a lot though!

31 Tricks for a 31 Year Old

Shot by Thom Wall, who performs with Cirque du Soleil.

Pretty amazing.

How Overnight Shipping Works

The huge, unimaginable logistics of getting your package from A to B overnight.

I find this stuff fascinating.

Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech’s Repair Monopoly

“When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over. ”

This is such a ridiculous, aggravating situation.

But good on the hacker farmers for figuring it out themselves.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games – Robot Skiing!

“Robots ski down hill in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games showing off some of the latest in downhill skill robotic technology.”

Which… still needs some work. An oddly entertaining video.

These have been your Friday Videos.

Have a great Friday everybody. Stay safe.

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February 9th, 2018

Happy Friday!

What a week… I am ready for the weekend. I hope you are too.

Video time!

Photographing the Real Life of Bees

“National Geographic asked photographer Anand Varma to work on a story about honey bees. What he came up with is a work of art.”

The Pinball Doctors: The Last Arcade Technicians in NYC

“Pinball was once an American obsession. Now, the arcade classic is making a comeback, but the repair technicians skilled enough to repair these complex machines are limited.”

This kind of work gives me a pain my stomach a little bit. It’s a dying industry but there are a tiny handful of people who still know this stuff. Interesting, and a bit obsessive.

Worlds Largest Lego Wooden Roller Coaster – Passenger view – 4 rounds

Which I guess begs the question: what was the largest Lego wooden roller coaster before this one? Crazy

More info here.

Human Fountains

[self explanatory]

With no further information.

Bonus Video!

Vandal caught on camera (with play-by-play)

“On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, KIRO Radio captured surveillance footage of a vandal trying to break in to one of our employee’s vehicles in our parking lot. While the suspect is still at large, we took the liberty to have John Curley give his play-by-play of the incident.”

This is great. Also: ouch. Making the rounds already. Fantastic.

And there we go! Friday! Videos!

Friday Videos!

See you all in a week.

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February 2nd, 2018

Look at that: Friday! And a whole new month!

Same price!

Here are some videos.

George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

This may be the most joyous 13 minutes of your day.

DJ Cummerbund – Jereloose

Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” crazily mashed up with Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” = insane.

But I like it! Some great editing here too.

Giant Cotton Candy Flower

“It took 10 minutes to make this massive, massive, massive cotton candy flower….

“Price: 50 RMB – 8 USD

“Filmed in Chongqing, China”

Ccccrrazy! Also: ow, my teeth.

Timelapse of Death Star Construction

“This is a personal project that I worked on with my brother. I enjoyed watching a little bit of Death Star assembly in Rogue One, but I wanted to see more.”

I love this era. Someone, at home, in their spare time, can create something like this. Amazing.

Bonus Video!

World’s first talking killer whale

Technically: the first “English speaking” Killer whale. But still!

Making the rounds. Amazing.

Happy Friday everybody! See you in a week.

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January 26th, 2018

Welcome to the final Friday in January 2018.

That was fast! Phew.

And now: Videos!

Cautionary Tales

“A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement that has plagued him all his life. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts”

A beautiful little short film from a production company called “Us“.

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek

“Set your phasers to “thrill” with this Nerdist Presents parody that explores classic Star Trek in the style of the pulpy B-movies that influence Quentin Tarantino.”

Fun fact: Tarantino apparently is actually working on a new Trek film!

Le Pas-de-Calais : Version Originale

“We were in charge of this video project that was ordered from the Pas-de-Calais department in the aim of promoting its territory. Waiting for an original and creative idea, we opted in favour of a dynamic video realised in timelapse and hyperlapse only. ”

A cleverly shot hyperlapse. Gorgeously produced.

Created by Hors Format whose other videos are also worth a look.

Theo Katzman – Plain Jane Heroin

Mr. Katzman is an artist I really enjoy, and this performance is excellent.

Bonus Video!

Animated Sheet Music: “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker

“Once again Youtube’s basic compression can’t handle Bird’s 16th notes.”

This is kinda neat!

Also I love Charlie Parker.

Sent in by James L.

There we go. Friday Videos!

I hope your Friday, and your weekend, is fantastic.

See you again next week.

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January 19th, 2018

Happy Friday!

It’s time for some videos!

Bruce Lee Lightsabers Scene Recreation

“So I saw an image of Bruce Lee with Lightsabers and decided to create a scene recreation of Fist of Fury (1972) with Lightsabers.”

Expertly edited by youtuber Patrick Nan

Making the rounds, and deservedly so.

Elise Trouw: Foo Fighters Meets 70’s Bobby Caldwell

You may have already heard of this artist. I had not. She is pretty interesting. Live looping of parts that she plays on keys, guitar, bass, drums. She’s pretty talented. And her musical choices are interesting.

Really well done. She has numerous videos with a lot of views but this one struck me.

Cough

“In the not too distant future, food shortages during a pandemic force recently widowed George to stray far from home to survive. A simple purchase of rations derails when George stumbles upon a Shopkeeper’s secret, placing them both in mortal jeopardy.”

This is a shockingly believable currently fictional short film.

Sent in by Tessa H.

How to Figure Out the Day of the Week For Any Date Ever

“You might think that computers are the only things that run algorithms, but you’re wrong. Here’s a neat mental trick for calculating the day of the week for any day ever, developed by famous mathematician John H. Conway”

Math! For the win!

Bonus Video!

A tiny robot that prints notifications from phone

“This is one of my Arduino projects. A tiny telegraph that can write any text messages that look like a telegrammes. This project made of oak plywood.”

I love this stuff. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

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January 12th, 2018

Ahhhh Friday…

Who’s ready for some videos?

Yeah you are! Here we go.

A Band Of Thieves

“The story of a young, western-obsessed girl hell-bent on turning her quiet Texas suburb into the lawless playground of her imagination.”

And by “young” they mean… like… 8.

This is terrific.

PAINTBACK by Legacy BLN – Graffiti Culture & Art Tools

“Answering messages of hate with love & art.

“A couple of artists turned swastikas into beautiful streetart.”

This is in Berlin, and apparently swastika graffiti is so common that this is now a thing that citizens have taken upon themselves to counteract.

More info here

Marlon Brando Interview with Connie Chung, Sept. 1989, Complete

From “Saturday Night with Connie Chung” on October 7, 1989

Actually a pretty fascinating, coherent interview from this volatile iconic actor.

MPC Blade Runner 2049 VFX breakdown

“Replicating Rachael for Blade Runner 2049 was both a huge honour for our artists as well as an exciting technical and creative challenge.”

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I do recommend it. This is some herculean VFX work.

Bonus Video!

Marbles, Magnets, and Music (Synchronized)

“I’ve taken the piece “Waltz of the Flowers” by Tchaikovsky, and synchronized it to a chain reaction marble run by hand.”

…which must have taken days, and days, and days…

And there we go. Videos! All done. See? We can do it!

I’ll catch you guys next week.

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January 5th, 2018

Happy Friday fellow Bomb Cyclone survivors!

And welcome to 2018

Hey – Speaking of snow:

Beautiful 48 hr Time-Lapse of 2016 Blizzard

“This 1 minute time-lapse video captures the 48 hours of the 2016 Blizzard that hit the east coast between January 22 and 24. The camera was set up on our front porch in northern Virginia and captured 1 frame every 30 seconds.”

The Collection

“Two friends stumble upon a unique and valuable piece of motion picture history in Omaha, Nebraska.”

Specifically: a collection of letter press blocks and plates used for film advertising from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Sent along by Sindi L.

This incredible animation shows how deep humans have dug

I won’t spoil the ending but… pretty frikkin’ deep!

Some interesting stats here.

Sky’s 16th Birthday, Solo Flight

With no further information whatsoever. This video is 3 years old but I liked it. Her excitement is pretty evident.

Bonus Video!

Daft Punk-Something about us cover by 4th grader [re record]

Korean elementary school kids perform this Daft Punk track.

They’re not bad. They look so confused sometimes though. 🙂

Also now this song will be stuck in your head. You’re welcome.

That’s that. Allll Friday video’d up!

There will be more next week. See you all then!

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December 29th, 2017

Here we are: the last Friday of 2017.

And we’re still alive, and in one piece. Right?

And! There are these videos.

‘Rick And Morty’ Theme Song as Jazz Piano – Scott Bradlee

[self explanatory]

Initially: Ragtime. Not what I expected!

A great interpretation.

No Other Way To Say It

A “short comedy about a voiceover actor trying to nail the right tone for a pair of indecisive ad creatives selling a fictitious children’s ice cream brand. Or is it a short tragedy about a pair of ad creatives trying to coax the right tone out of a distracted voiceover actor?”

I’ve worked on these kind of ad sessions. While this is funny, it is also very, very true.

It reminds me of this clip from WKRP.

70 People from 70 Countries Imitate Americans

[self explanatory]

“The most predominant impression is of the American Valley Girl accent. The American men accent resembled a surfer bro.”

This is amazing.

Mayorkun – Mama | Reis Fernando Choreography (Dance video)

So good!

Sent in by Alexis S.

Bonus Video!

How Does Santa Use Big Data?

“Lisa Singh, professor of Computer Science, discusses how Santa and super computer Watson can determine what someone wants for Christmas.”

Pretty great. A very 2017 video. 🙂

And there we go! Videos! For your final Friday of 2017.

Have a happy New Year everybody!

See you all in seven days.

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December 22nd, 2017

It’s the Friday before Xmas and allll through the house…

Videos! At least for the next little while.

Here we go.

DJ Cummerbund – I Will Jump

“Hey this is something I made for Christmas.”

Gloria Gaynor + Van Halen / some pitch corrections = ?!?!!?

You’re welcome. 🙂

Dear Satan

A spelling mistake sends a child’s letter to Santa to uh… the wrong recipient.

Note: slightly nsfw language, which is a shame since it could be a great children’s video otherwise.

Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Lovely.

STAR WARS 4.7: Skywalker vs Starkiller. Movie Mashup.

A great piece of editing.

Hurry before the lawyers, etc.

Amazon shopping list on Alexa, by Petra the African Grey. Who really just wants a peanut

Long-winded title aside, this is among the dangers of having a smart device in your home that’s connected to a shopping site by default. 🙂

There are other videos of Petra playing with Amazon Echo. Like this one.

Bonus Video!

Cycling : LEGO Technic

Created by YouTuber and Lego Technic master Yoshihito Isogawa

He has several other such whimsical lego creations.

Also I don’t know if any of you have seen any of the Actors on Actors videos posted by Variety, but there are several really good interviews there. I recommend this one, for starters. They’re engrossing and fascinating.

Recommended for sure.

And that’s that: Friday Videos.

Have a great, great holiday everybody. See you in seven days.

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December 15th, 2017

Hello Friday Video folks.

Are you ready? All strapped in?

Here we go…

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2017 (How We Do It)

He’s baaaaaack.

Star Wars Theme covered by calculators

[self explanatory, sort of.]

This definitely took some prep.

Dinner With A Murderer

“A short film about three dimwitted friends who reunite with a murderer they grew up with.”

A really well produced, witty short film.

Sent in by Jessica R. (and making the rounds.)

GoPro Awards: Seagull Theft – With Telemetry in 4K

“On the coast of Norway, Kjell Robertsen uses some bread to get some GoPro close-ups of seagulls. Over 5 months later he found his camera so we can all see what happens when you accidentally make a seagull drone.”

Fantastic!

There have been many of these “camera thief” wildlife videos but never with this kind of data analytics overlaid on it.

So good!

Bonus Video!

How to Hijack Amazon Prime Now for Good

YouTuber Rob Bliss decided to use Amazon Prime to deliver goods to homeless people. This is a heartwarming video. I love it.

There you go! Now you’re all set for your Friday Night.

Have a great Friday everybody!

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