February 26th, 2021

Happy Friday everybody!

And a fond farewell to February 2021. That was fast.

Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

With added soundtrack by Hans Zimmer.

OBVIOUSLY making the rounds but so, so good.

I Lost my Miss America Crown in SPACE

This is from

Xyla Foxlin (again) who is great.

Educational! Exciting! Space! Engineering! Fashion!

Super interesting statement on pageants as well.

You Give Love A Bad Rasputin (Bon Jovi\ Boney M.)

What a bizarre mashup!

Created by Shahar Varshal, who has created several other weird mashups.

Bonus Video!

Snow Trampoline on Skis towed by 245 HP Car | DD Squad

“YES – we put a TRAMPOLINE ON SKIS and towed it with a car across a snow-covered field!”

…For great justice?

And look at that! Friday Videos allll wrapped up!

I hope your Friday is excellent, and your weekend is calm and relaxing.

Stay safe out there everybody.


February 19th, 2021

Hello Fridayyyyyyy! [https://twitter.com/p_webs/status/1357893567729946626]

We did it again. Phew.

Here we go: videos!!


Depicting the formation of snowflakes under a microscope.

So beautiful.

Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part One) | WIRED

“Dialect coach Erik Singer takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America.”

There is also a part 2.

My Pet Rats Predict The Stock Market

This guy gave his pet rats $100 each to “invest” in the stock market.

This is where we are now. Crazy

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Remastered 4K 60 FPS)

This is weird.

With the recent spate of vintage film “remastering” using AI to increase the frame rate, THIS is not where I expected this tech to turn next.

And there we go! Friday is alllll video’d up.

Have a great weekend you guys.

See you in a week.


February 12th, 2021

Hey it’s Friday everybody!

I was actually super busy this week! It made it go by really quickly. I do not mind. Next week may be even busier. I am ready for it.

I recognize not everybody is busy right now. I’m just so thankful to have that going on.

Also it’s a long weekend where I live. (What’s that?)

Okay. Videos!

How Marvel Actually Makes Movies Years Before Filming | Movies Insider

“[Digital production company] The Third Floor is one of the world’s top visualization studios and has worked on 19 of the 23 installments in Marvel’s “Infinity Saga.” From previs and stuntvis to techvis and postvis, The Third Floor’s work on Marvel movies runs through the entire production process.”

Effectively these are fully virtualized, animated films, with live action overlaid into specific scenes.

I mean we all know this. But to see it laid out like this is fascinating. (And kind of depressing.)

Okra Soup with Michael Twitty

“This video is the first of a series that focuses on historic foods of the enslaved African community of North America.”

Brilliant! Looking forward to the rest.

How China Cloned Shanghai

“China has built a complete digital clone of its largest city covering almost 4,000 square kilometres – and it’s about to simulate events in the future with astonishing accuracy. See how the team brought Shanghai’s clone to life with Unreal Engine”

So crazy!

Note that today China stopped allowing BBC World News to broadcast in their country. Good times!

In the Blink of an Eye: Space in an Instant

“In the fraction of a second it takes to blink your eyes, thousands of stars will be born, hundreds will explode and die, millions of planets will form, and our universe will expand by half a million kilometers in diameter.”

Hang on hang on hang on…

You are still important. You still have meaning. I kind of hate these statistical “look how teenytiny we all are” statements.

It’s still fascinating.

On that cheery note! Happy Friday!

Hopefully see you next week. Stay safe, and warm, and as happy as you can.


February 5th, 2021

Happy Friday!

And welcome to February! We did it!!

One month down. Let’s do this!

Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds

These are fairly sharp minds in this short documentary.

Just lovely.

h/t: Kottke.

Take On Me in 20 Styles ft. Seth Everman

Elvis! Enya! Skid Row!

What a bizarre video. Definitely not background music. (And not in a good way.)

Sent in by Kelly M.

Building a Suspended LEGO Train

I never knew Lego had tracks. They apparently have a “roller coaster” set.

This is pretty fun.

Magnetic Accelerators | Magnetic Games

“These magnetic accelerators ,made with neodymium magnets, are really very powerful, the ball magnet has a high acceleration. On a larger scale they could become a weapon.”

No kidding!

Kind of fascinating.

Bonus Video!

Digg: Here Are All The 2021 Super Bowl Commercials Worth Watching

Digg: Here Are All The 2021 Super Bowl Commercials Worth Watching

“$183,000 per second”

I don’t have a vested interest in this year’s superbowl so this works.

Look at that! Videos! We did it!

Happy Friday everybody.

Stay safe. Stay positive. Stay warm.

We’re gonna get there!

See you next Friday.


January 29th, 2021

Holy cow, you guys: It’s Friday!

We made it! And it’s the last one of January 2021! Congratulations!

Video time! You’re welcome!

OMEGA MART — “Grand Opening”

This is a fake ad for what appears to be a fairly large-scale art installation created by a group called “Meow Wolf“.

They deepfaked Willie Nelson but intentionally didn’t do it super well. It’s a weird video. I like it!

There is also a pretty bizarre website for this project.

“Shopping increases brain smile”. (What?!)

Pee -wee Park – The Full Horror Trailer

“I’ve always wanted to make a complete trailer based on my full Jeep Chase Scene. The hard part was figuring out at least a small narrative – enough for it to hold its own as a movie trailer and not just be a series of VFX shots. I feel like it’s close enough! I’ve got more weird stuff to make…”

It is mind blowing how well this was edited!

Sent in by several subscribers. Wwwwwow.

Takashi Kokubo – Get at the Wave (1987) [Full Album]

This albumn was (no joke) commissioned by electronics company Sanyo to be included in the box of an air conditioner in 1987.

A soundtrack album for an air conditioner?! I love Japan.

This is a beautiful ambient work. It doesn’t sound particularly dated. But really I love the story.

Much more information on Mr. Kokubo here.

Green screening myself into shows to make them more realistic. Station 19 Edition

Funny but also factual.

From YouTuber “Fire Department Chronicles“.

There is an additional video. He’s great.

There we go. All set.

I hope your Friday is wonderful, and your weekend is even better.

Stay safe out there everybody!


January 22nd, 2021

Happy Friday!

We made it!

And of course we still have so far to go still.

But look! Videos!

ACT 1 – HAMILTON: An Animal Crossing Musical

Created by YouTuber “Cesar” aka Guitar_Knight14 [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCERaEwxxYGPNwBfvDuDnCeA] in the Nintendo game Animal Crossing.

This is a crazy accomplishment!

ProPublica: What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol

ProPublica: What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol

“Below is a collection of more than 500 videos that ProPublica determined were taken during the events of Jan. 6 and were relevant and newsworthy. Taken together, they provide one of the most comprehensive records of a dark event in American history through the eyes of those who took part.”

I mean holy crap.

You can either let them play sequentially or skip to any specific portion of the event.

This was only just two weeks ago. So insane.

Cloud Zoo

Cloud Zoo

Live stream your animal of choice from a variety of zoos offering live streams.

Great idea!!!

My go-to is always an Otter.

Building a Wigwam (Time Lapse)

What’s a Wigwam?

This is great.

Timelapses have the effect of glossing over the sheer effort these things can take. This build actually took as long as a few hours to build, but it’s squashed into a 5 minute timelapse.

Some great work.

And there we go! Allllll video’d up!

Happy Friday! And have an excellent weekend.


January 15th, 2021

Well hello Friday people!

We got back to Friday. Everybody okay?

This has already been one hell of a month. My god!

But we’re here, and I have some videos for all of us.

Let’s roll!

Storror Best Of Parkour POV Worldwide

“Storror”, as a parkour team, have several other videos all shot in POV that are seriously mind-blowing.

In over eight years (8 years!) of recording and editing these videos they haven’t had a major injury. Think about that as you watch these guys scramble across the buildings and rock formations they cover.

So amazing.

Bonobo : Cirrus

Created, as you might expect, by Cyriak.

Composed of numerous 1940s educational films.

Really well done.

Xyla Foxlin: I Made a Clear RGB Party Kayak!

Xyla Foxlin is an engineer and maker, and very energetic.

Also: not her first boat build

She’s great. Her channel is worth a look as well.

Mapping the videos of the Capitol building attack

Mapping the videos of the Capitol building attack

The crowdsourcing of large data that went on after this attack is nothing short of astonshing.

Bonus Video!

Every Single Scandinavian Crime Drama

Super brief, super correct. But obviously missing some of the great character chemistry in shows like The Bridge.

And that’s what I got. Okay? Videos, okay? Friday. Videos. Friday Videos alright?

Thanks for watching along with me.

Happy Friday! Stay safe!


January 8th, 2021

Happy Friday!

That was fast. What an insane, insane week.

But we made it! It’s Friday! And I have some videos for us all…

An album in the style of The Beatles, generated by OpenAI Jukebox

OpenAI Jukebox is a pretty amazing little… “thing”. I added this to the Friday links over a year ago now. Super interesting. This particular compendium is interesting in that it focuses on a very specific period of the Beatles musical output. It’s vague, lyrically, but it definitely sounds “like the Beatles.”

There’s an older, shorter one which is also pretty interesting called “The Yellow Album“.

The Girls of Guanabara

“This film features an all-female group of skateboarders and represents an important part of our purpose as a longboard school – to make skateboarding inclusive for all.

“We witness incredible longboard dancing manoeuvres combined with a level of flow and style that few male or female skateboarders in the world can muster.”

h/t: Kottke.

From Rotterdam to Amsterdam in 10 minutes: a 4k sailing timelapse

[self explanatory]

Beautifully shot.

The invention of the GoPro camera really has transformed how we document things. I find that so interesting.

The Mindfulness of the Jellyfish | Life Cycles

“Did you know jellyfish are the oldest living animals with multiple organs? They have been on earth for over 500 million years, and live in waters all around the world.”

A quick little documentary on jellyfish. Beautifully shot.


Friday Videos: Done!

Have a great weekend. Stay safe!

See you next week.


January 1st, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

And congratulations for making it here. What a terrible year 2020 was.

We’re obviously not out of the woods just yet but it’s good to be on this side of that year. I hope you are all well on this New Year’s Day.

It’s video time!

How to make a wooden camera, and how to use it. (re-cut)

“This is a quick version of my camera building video. I have also added how I take photographs with these wooden cameras.”

This is made by carpenter and vintage camera expert Dieter Schneider. It’s basically an 1800’s era glass plate camera. There is a much longer build video as well.

What an incredible piece of work this is.

Physics Teacher Explains Tensegrity Sculptures with LEGO

That teacher being Lewis Matheson.

Here is what a tensegrity table is.

Five Minutes of Pink Oyster Mushroom Playing Modular Synthesizer

“Electrical resistance is measure by passing a small current through the mushrooms similar to a lie detector test. The changes in resistance are then converted into control signals which determine the rhythm, pitch, timbre and effects parameters of the modular synthesizer. “


A weird little mashup of Star Wars and North by Northwest.

There is a part II.

Funny. Weird.

And so there we go! Friday Videos! The first one of 2021! Yay!

Stay safe everybody. Welcome to the new year. See you next Friday!


December 25th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And Merrrrry Christmas of course!

Can you believe it? So crazy! It’s Christmas!!

And! It’s video time. Let’s go!

Why Almost All Christmas Music Is From the 1940s and 1950s – Cheddar Explains

Ali Larkin does a medium dive into this question. They start with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and progress from there.

Worth a look!

2020 Movie Trailer Mashup

Believe it or not, there were movies released in 2020!

Short little mashup but it’s well done.

The Beatles: Get Back – A Sneak Peek from Peter Jackson

“Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson has released an exclusive sneak peek of his upcoming documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” for fans everywhere to enjoy. The 5-minute special look is available to fans worldwide on TheBeatles.com and streaming on Disney+.”

Did you know that Peter Jackson was making a new documentary about the recording of the final Beatles album?

I sure did not!

It’s not my favorite album of theirs by a long shot, but the man has exclusive access to 54 hours (!) of footage shot during the recordings.

This snippet certainly looks more fun and upbeat than the notorious Let It Be documentary originally released.

Making the rounds and deservedly so.

Also: it really makes me miss John Lennon so much more.

“Nothing Else Matters” – Oona BROWN & Gage BROWN skate to @Metallica & @Marlisa

“Oona and Gage Brown are Team USA Ice Dancers. We filmed their 2020-21 Free Dance in Bryant Park’s Winter Village ice rink at 6:45 in the morning over the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you to their coach Joel Dear for helping to organize.”

The arrangement makes it seem like the song was written by Enya. 🙂

An interesting choice for a figure skating routine.

Next: Do “Master of Puppets”!

Well there we go: Friday Videos! All done!

I hope your Friday, and your Christmas, and your Holidays, are all fantastic.

Thanks for following along all year. We’re going to get through this. What a terrible year.

See you next week I sure hope.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Friday!