June 21st, 2019

Let’s hear it for Fridaaaaay!

Yeeeeeeah. And Summer (where I live.) And warm weather finally (where I live.)

And now: some videos (where I li– you get it!)

How Air Traffic Control Works

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Still among the most stressful daily jobs on earth.

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

“A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth’s beauty, fragility and disasters.”

Cleverly realized by Felix Dierich.

How This Guy Makes Amazing Mechanical Mirrors

“Interactive artist Daniel Rozin makes mechanical “mirrors” out of uncommon objects that mimic the viewer’s movements and form.”

More on his website. Very cool work here.

Making the rounds. I like it.

Gideon Irving – Woke Up Looking

“This video does not use CGI or green screen.”

“Find out how we did it here.”

Crazy execution! I love it. (The song I’m kinda “meh” about but still…)

Sent in by Ashy T.

Have a lovely longest Friday of the year! And a fantastic weekend.

See you next Friday.

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June 14th, 2019

Well well well, Friday.

As I live and breathe…

It’s video time! Let’s go…

CHROMA GALAXIES

“All visuals were created on paper with many different paints, fluids and pigments.”

Created by visual artist Roman De Giuli. His website is also worth a look.

Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

“Uncover the history of the witch hunts that swept through Europe and the American colonies from the 15th century until the 18th century.”

Boy oh boy people have been awful to each other for like…. ever.

The Game of Thrones Finale Rewritten with A.I.

“George R.R. Martin better start looking for a new gig, because Bran can do beautiful flip kicks now.”

From the minds of College Humor.

I liked it! So weird.

Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews

“Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.”

This is semi-making-the-rounds and definitely worth it.

Bonus Video!

The Evolution of Computer Speech

“More and more products seem to come out that make use of some form of a computer text-to-speech voice, with today’s voices sounding acceptably realistic. Even though speech-based products are fairly recent, the concept of electronically generating a voice has been around for nearly a century.”

I found this really fascinating.

And so there we are. Videos are done. Weekend can begin. Ahhhh

Have a great Friday everybody.

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June 7th, 2019

Friday people in the hooooouse!

Let’s get to it!

Hell Of A Week

“Mondays can be a drag. But imagine if everyday sucked. Well, that’s Roger’s life and… he’s having one hell of a week.”

Cleverly-drawn animated vengeance. Well done.

Making the rounds. Worth it.

Beauty Of Mathematics

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell

Pond Scum Under the Microscope – Pondlife, Episode #1

“We are surrounded by microscopic organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Follow Museum microbiologist Sally Warring as she reveals the invisible inhabitants of the green slime at the surface of a pond in Central Park.”

Produced by the American Museum of Natural History

Robot Koch – Manifold

“The title ‘Manifold’ stands for the multitude of shapes that organic life takes, ever changing and shifting, like countless variations of a bigger theme, alien life forms included.”

This sort of has a Mark Romanek feel to it from a visual perspective. I like it.

And those are this week’s Friday Videos!

Have a fantastic Friday and an excellent June weekend.

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May 31st, 2019

Happy Friday!

And congratulations on making it to June, 2019!

We now commence our Friday Videos transmission…

Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models

What a title! Just flows off the tongue… 😉

This is the deeper research that led to the widely reported “Mona Lisa” deep fake video that made the rounds in the past couple of weeks.

“Our work (and quite a few parallel works) will lead to the democratization of the certain special effects technologies. And the democratization of the technologies has always had negative effects.”

This fascinating (even though the narrator gets a little too technical here,) and we’re already awaiting the terrible effects of how it could be misused.

The IMAX of the 1890s | HOW TO SEE the First Movies

I honestly had NO IDEA this was a thing!

Basically 70mm prints from the 1890s! Most film was more narrow than 35mm film. So crazy.

The detail is astounding.

h/t: kottke.

Fritz Learns to Catch Compilation #1

“We’ve compiled some of the highs and lows of Fritz’s quest to learn how to catch food. Sit back and enjoy a little ride through memory lane as Fritz is introduced to a steak, a strawberry, a chimichanga, a meatball, and more.”

Note. I am late to this particular party. It’s still pretty great.

Raised off the Grid: Meet the 17-Year Old Living in the Wilderness

“On a remote homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 17-year-old Maddie Roark spent her childhood learning how to camp, shoot and hunt. With college on the horizon, she’s returning to the wilderness to reset; as she preps for a 6 month solo hike on the Appalachian Trail.”

Actually a really fascinating report from Vice News.

That is what I’ve got this week.

Happy Friday, welcome to June, and have a fantastic weekend!

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May 24th, 2019

Friday! Friday! Friday!

All day!

And now it’s video time…

Darth Vader is Coming to America HD

Darth Vader, in Star Wars, but saying lines from “Coming To America” (both roles performed by James Earl Jones.)

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

“NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.”

A quick explainer from the New York Times.

More info, of course, at the NASA website.

A Homemade Meal . . . From a Vending Machine

“Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine selling tantalizing homemade meals. Even better? The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm. In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.”

Not what I expected. What an adorable, interesting short video.

VISIT EARTH – Episode 1 – NATURE

“Earth is an amazing place, full of incredible things. But being human, sometimes we tend to forget how awesome our planet really is.”

Also: “Created for Alien use only.” I love that.

This concludes our Friday Videos for this week.

Have a fantastic (long?) weekend everybody.

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May 17th, 2019

Welcome to Friday!

Phewwww Mid-May too. I’ll take it.

Here are some videos!

Michel Julienne – One Of The Best Car Stunt Reels I’ve Ever Seen!!!

“Michel JULIENNE, an amazing vehicle Stunt Coordinator from France, has done more than 700 movies since his debut 1974 in “Fear of the city” with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

“I was lucky enough to meet him for my book “Stunning Stunts”. A collection of the funniest work stories from the most famous and diverse stunt people worldwide.”

From YouTuber Melanie Benna.

Some CRAZY stunts here.

Nirvana vs Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit up

From YouTuber Thriftshop XL

Weird.

Does not top my favorite Nirvana mashup, but it’s okay.

Will Bananas work as Engine Oil? Let’s find out!

“Is it a myth that bananas were once used successfully as engine oil by JC Baudot and Jacques Seguela in their Citroën 2CV as they crossed the Atacama desert in 1959? Let’s find out! We’ll run several tests to include a 30-minute engine run with banana “BW-30” as engine oil to see if the engine will survive.”

Is this really the extremes we’re going to now? 😉

LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9

“tracking the blue and red balls.

running at 1.0 balls/sec

500 balls

size : 1.5m×6.5m

path length : 31m

construction time : 600 hours”

Yikes!

That is all! As you were…

Happy Friday!

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May 10th, 2019

Well hello Friday people!

Here we are: Friday again, and time for Videos!

THE ARCTIC

“THE ARCTIC began in October 2018 and lasted for about seven months. It records the crystallization processes of different salts. During this period, we explored various forms of the crystals and their wonderful growth patterns. Most of the footage was captured by time-lapse photography.”

Beautiful.

Supernova – Art film by Maxim Zhestkov

“Everything around and inside us was conceived in a huge explosion of a star billions of years ago… and, probably, recycled from other matrices myriad times. In this eternal carousel of matter, particles gather, form complicated structures and then burst into all directions fusing atoms together and producing new elements and points of view, new colours and patterns of perception.”

Completely rendered in cgi.

He has several other videos which may also interest you.

Inside a scam call center

“These guys are a particularly nasty group from Kolkata in India. They run a refund scam and this video shows what their call center looks like, how they operate, who and where they are. I’ve sent a link to the unblurred version of this video to the Kolkata Cyber Police (for all the good that it will do).”

Rhysonic Live at Sofar Sounds, Wellington, April 2019

“Thanks to Sofar Sounds for inviting me to perform 🙂 This is the first show I have done with the new Rhysonic Wheel which I have been building in my garage for the last year or so.”

What a whimsical musical invention.

Much more info at the Rhysonic Facebook Page.

He creates a pretty dream-like sound. I love it.

And that wraps it up for another Friday of special videos.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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May 3rd, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

First Friday in May 2019 and already here are your Friday Videos!

Let’s roll…

Seeing Inside the Sun

“Dr. Robert Stein, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State Universe has long envisioned a day when he could use supercomputer programs to ‘see’ through the roiling surface of the sun and glimpse its dynamic interior”

The visualizations here are stunning.

Behind the Scenes of 911 Calls

“Inside an emergency dispatch center in San Francisco, 911 operators navigate the daily stresses of their job.”

This is 100% not a job I could do.

Service

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What a beautifully rendered short animated film!

Suggested by Lauren M.

Floyd Lloyd Rocks!

“My name is Floyd Lloyd, and I live in Austin, Texas, and for some reason back in 2000 I ran into Nick Nolte at the Sundance Film Festival, and I asked him to say Floyd Lloyd Rocks. He was hilarious, and I just began to wonder how many more celebs I could get to say it.”

18 years of celebrities saying it at Sundance. Amazing.

Making the rounds. I found it entertaining.

This concludes our video processing for today.

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!

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April 26th, 2019

Hooray for Friday!

It’s getting nicer outside. But don’t go outside just yet. There are videos to watch first…

OCTAVE

“By reordering and distorting time ‘OCTAVE’ is an exploration of the frenetic architecture, rhythm and geometry of Hong Kong. Filmed from a moving vehicle, the film utilises motion and time to create a seamless evolving architectural canvas, viewing the urban environment from a unique perspective.”

Produced by James Medcraft, who has also written a breakdown of how it was shot, including a few behind-the-scenes short videos.

Beautifully executed.

Shaolin Kung Fu Training: Spectacular Display Caught From Satellite

Part of the BBC show “Earth From Space.”

The title is a little misleading. To be clear: not all of this is satellite footage. A great deal of it is drone photography.

But still!

Making the rounds and worth every second.

Hidden Details of the New York Public Library

“Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these expert reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the Milstein Division, the map collection, the book train and more.”

Produced by Architectural Digest. This is an engrossing short documentary.

The Hummingbird Whisperer

A very short film about UCLA assistant researcher Melanie Barboni and her insights into Hummingbird behaviors.

Great story available here.

Bonus Video!

FITNESS ZONE

“MOVE ZONE! a fitness tape to get your decaying flesh form in HOT SHAPE. Made for Game Show, A group show in Berlin on the 2nd of December 2017 ft.”

Posted by Vimeo member Jack Sachs, whose other videos are also worth a look.

We made it you guys!

Friday! And videos! We did it!!

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!

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April 19th, 2019

Welcome to your Friday Videos!

It’s a long weekend so let’s whip through these!!

A Song of Vanilla Ice and Fire – Swedemason

Ice Ice Baby as “performed” by the cast of Game of Thrones.

“Commissioned by Sky Atlantic to promote the 7th series of Game of Thrones.”

Impressive!

NSU tunnel after A&T game.

One of the most precise, energetic and entertaining drum line videos I have ever seen in my life.

Venice Backstage. How does Venice work?

“Venice is not just a stage set. It is also a city with a resident population, which has productive activities, transportation and services. But how does the “Venice system” work? How do the tides in the lagoon behave?”

A really informative, fascinating shoert documentary.

Sent along by Emma S.

The Amazing Rainbow Spiral (12,000 Dominoes)

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Dominoes are so much work, for such a short event. But so amazing.

And that’s it!

Have a great Friday and a Happy Easter everybody!

See you in seven days.

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