December 13th, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

It’s finally here! And it’s Friday the thirteenth!

And look! Videoooos!!

Let’s begin.

DJ Shadow ft. De La Soul – Rocket Fuel

Directed by Sam Pilling.

A great track from two massive talents.

Well made video as well.

Movie Title Breakup

“A couple breaks up with each other (via the use of 154 movie titles).”

This video moves super fast. Well done.

Mariah Manson – “All I Want For Christmas is the Beautiful People”

From Bill McClintock.

Actually works really well!

Also: weirdly making the rounds!

J’Adore starring Mr. Bean

A deepfake replacing Charlize Theron’s face with that of Rowan Atkinson.

Can’t un-see!

That’s it folks!

Have yourself a merry little Friday.

See you next week.

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December 6th, 2019

It’s Friday!

It’s December!

We’re all here! We made it!

A quick note that I didn’t really create a new Christmas guide this year. I simply ran out of time. But I linked to the previous gift and giving guide over on the Friday Links, and added a couple of new items, and I think it could still be worth a look. Merry Christmas!

And now: Videos!

Tuba Skinny – Jubilee Stomp – Royal Street

“Recorded in New Orleans 04/07/2018”

New Orleans street music kills!

The Trick That Made Animation Realistic

In a word: rotoscoping, a technique still used today.

Hey speaking of animation…

Andrea Animates

Andrea Animates

“Andrea Love is an independent animator and director based in Port Townsend, WA.”

Her Instagram is also worth a look. (My favorite here.)

Delightful!

This MIT Engineer Built His Own Bionic Leg

“At MIT’s Media Lab, researchers are developing prosthetic limbs that users can control with their minds, making a robotic foot move as seamlessly as a biological one.”

And that’s that! Friday Videos allll set.

Get out there and have a fantastic weekend everybody!

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November 29th, 2019

Welcome to the last Friday of November 2019.

Can you believe it? So fast!

It’s video time. Let’s go!

MOCEAN

A film by Chris Bryan

“Heres some of my favourite moments from 2018. All images where shot using The Phantom Flex 4K camera with Leica Summilux lenses and Chris Bryan Films custom underwater housing’s.”

Absolutely stunning footage.

More info at his website.

Billie Eilish: Same Interview, The Third Year | Vanity Fair

“Vanity Fair has time capsuled Billie Eilish’s responses to the same questions for the last three years and tracked the almost-18-year-old’s swift rise to pop super stardom.”

Their last version of this was actually how I ever came to know about Billie Eilish in the first place.

She’s a super interesting person, going through a whirlwind circus on a daily basis.

Making the rounds, somewhat obviously.

How the Big Green Egg is Made

“Since 1974, producing the highest quality ceramic cookers has been the mission of Big Green Egg.”

I still covet these but have no place to put them.

Pretty great.

Thermite Thanksgiving

“Cooking a twenty-five pound turkey in under thirty seconds with ten pounds of thermite.”

Hopefully it doesn’t really need to be said but: DO NOT ATTEMPT!

Holy CRAP that actually looks terrifying.

Have a lovely weekend everybody. See you in December.

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November 22nd, 2019

Fridaaaaaay!

It’s hear and it’s spectacular.

Let’s watch some videos!

Bar installs 70+ Big Mouth Billy Bass fish to sing popular songs

“Do you remember the Big Mouth Bill Bass singing fish that was so popular back in the 90s? The owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Chicago bought more than 70 of them, hung them on the wall and choreographed them all to sing popular songs.”

They helpfully link to an actual view of a performance here.

A complicated setup! I like it. (Sort of.)

UAV drone LED light show before the Air Show at T-MOTOR HQ

“T-MOTOR HQ locates in Nanchang city, where the first Airplane of The People’s Republic of China took off.”

This must have looked absolutely stunning in person. Crazy!

Life in Miniature

“Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing.”

It’s weird: they’re just “ordinary” items.

How Do We Know How Old The Sun Is?

“ROG astronomer Brendan explains how we determine the age of our Solar System from space rocks and how we can work out how long the Sun has left before it engulfs the inner planets.”

Well spoken little short animated video.

Sent in by Ashy T.

That, as they say, is a wrap.

Happy Friday!

See you next week I hope.

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November 15th, 2019

Yay Friday!

And now we’re officially in “the Holiday Season”. This year zipped right by.

But it’s Friday! And there are videos!

Even More Covers

“A series of 66 animated vintage book graphics”

Created by animator Henning M. Lederer

You can also see the two previous videos in the same vein. Really beautifully executed.

MRE GFX

MRE GFX

MRE® is a motion / Graphic designer from the UK.

Some incredible work here.

His Instagram feed is excellent as well (personal fave here.)

Inside a $5.5M Floating Mansion in Miami

I mean I guess that’s one way to react to climate change.

It’s beautiful, but also as expected: way over the top.

Sony Northlandz

This video offers no content in its description. It’s actually a short documentary about one of the world’s largest model railroad sets. Created by Bruce Zaccagnino (miniatures), Matthew Albanese (photographer)

This video is also a promo for the Sony DSC-QX100 camera module for mobile phones, which is now discontinued.

It’s actually an incredibly impressive setup. Crazy.

Also (related, and making the rounds) there’s this story about Rod Stewart’s incredibly detailed model railroad. Who knew?!

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you next week.

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November 8th, 2019

Howwwwwwwdy Friday people.

It’s video time. Are you ready?

Okay!

Stan Lee Sculpture Timelapse

By sculptor Steven Richter

Incredibly detailed.

Elements – Art film by Maxim Zhestkov

“Elements is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov about nature, physics, art and love. More than 2 billion elements / particles governed by tensions and forces of nature were used to tell stories and show emotions through the motion of collective behavior.”

Large Formation Flight

“Formation flying, two or more aircraft traveling and maneuvering together in a disciplined, synchronized, predetermined manner. In a tight formation, such as is typically seen at an air show, aircraft may fly less than three feet (one metre) apart and must move in complete harmony, as if they are joined together.”

Mario Mathy “1987” Jumping Dance

Well it certainly is… uh… “energetic” I guess?

Sent in by Ashy T.

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you next week everybody.

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November 1st, 2019

Welcome to Friday!

It’s finally here. And so is November! That was really fast.

Nine Inch Nails – Closer But It’s Ghostbusters By Ray Parker Jr.

“A.K.A. Closebusters.”

I love this!

RACING DRONE VS ROLLERCOASTER HELIX! A different POV

Some incredibly intricate flying here. Really beautifully shot.

Careful: lots of twisty-turny angles.

The Finest Bird Song of 1890

“A mechanical singing bird mechanism. Made around 120 years ago in Paris, probably by Bontems.”

What an elegant little device! Beautiful.

Many more at The House Of Automata.

What If There Was No Friction for 1 Minute?

“Friction is what allows us to move…and to slow down. Friction is how we pick things up …and hold on to them. To be totally honest, there isn’t much we could do without friction!”

Funny, but also I never thought about this.

I bet astronauts do though!

And that’s what I’ve got for this windy, rainy November Friday.

Have a great day and a great weekend!

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October 25th, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

And I guess it’s the last one of October. Already!

But never mind that: To the videooooos!

Top 10 Easy and Scary Halloween Makeup Tutorials

These are terrific!

Why are Restaurant Burritos Better than Homemade?

Presented by the rather interesting YouTuber Internet Shaquille.

Unpacking Gameplay

“Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part ‘item Tetris’, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking.”

This is a game called “Unpacking“, which is being released in “late 2020”.

What an interesting game idea.

Follow the Blue Ball (Chain Reaction Machine)

aka a Rube Goldberg Machine.

The environment looks… haphazard. But it’s still fun to watch!

Lattice

“Iridescent waves, geometrical gardens, and spiraling sand dunes found in the landscapes of a crystal’s microscopic structure.”

Shot (unclear how!) by Maria Constanza Ferreira.

And those were this week’s Friday Videos!

Have a great weekend, and a happy and safe Hallowe’en!

See you next Friday!

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October 18th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And now we’re into the spookier part of October.

SpOoOoOoOoky…

Video time!

A Deeper Look Into The Life of An Impressionist

Expert impressionist Jim Meskimen reels through several of his best impressions (De Niro, Walken, etc.) and, thanks to a developer named Shamook, his face transforms into each of those people’s faces.

The effect is so subtle. Really well done.

MASHUP – The Slip Girls – “If You Wanna Breathe My Sulfur”

A mashup of Slipknot, Spice Girls and The Black Crowes created by Bill McClintock, who says “Sorry for this.”

Pretty great!

The Lost Art of Paste-Up

“Arranging and rearranging a magazine’s layout before it goes to press is all done on computers now. But in the years before desktop publishing software, the work of cutting and pasting required a sharp scalpel, a parallel-motion board and plenty of glue.”

And that’s how all print setup was done from the 40s to the 90s. So complicated!

The Incredible Way This Man Moved Historic Home Across River

“You’ve never seen a moving day like this. A 4,000-square-foot house was transported upriver on a barge.”

Pretty amazing what people can do.

And there we go! Video’d up!

See you next week everybody!

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October 11th, 2019

Well happy Friday everybody!

And where I live, it’s a long weekend.

But never mind that, let’s get to the videooooos.

For whatever reason, cars played a big part in this week’s videos. It’s just the way it turned out.

Universal Machine

“Shot in the Arabian desert with a haunting backdrop of the Burj Khalifa, Universal Machine is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a gifted young girl must find a way to understand and overcome a violent encounter with a life-like android”

Really well executed.

The Self-Driving Race Car

“I got an email asking if I wanted to be driven around the most famous racetrack in Britain by an autonomous racing car. I wasn’t going to refuse that offer.”

From the ubiquitous Tom Scott.

Not run at full speed but still pretty cool.

1000 Abandoned Cars Found in Cave Mysteriously – Caverns Of Lost Souls

That’s a lot of cars! Wow.

This is located in Ceredigion, Wales.

BATMAN: A Story by Keaton Patti’s Bot

A video inspired by this tweet from comedian Keaton Patti.

I like it!

Have a happy Friday and a lovely (long?) weekend everybody!

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