Jun. 29th, 2012

Not only is it Friday (yay!) but it’s also, where I am, and where many of you are, a long weekend. (YAY!)

But mostly: it’s Friday! And that means: Videos.

» Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

“Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.”
This is really going to (attempt to) happen on Aug. 5th at 10pm Pacific. Crazy.

» University of Toronto: Canadian Ivy Goes Gospel

University of Toronto: Canadian Ivy Goes Gospel

“After 6 distinguished years, the Honourable David R. Peterson’s term as Chancellor of the University of Toronto will come to an end on June 30, 2012. Students from the Faculty of Music surprised him at his final Convocation ceremony with a flashmob tribute sung to the tune of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’.”
This is such a cool story too. (source)
Sent in by Alison G.

» unnamed soundsculpture

unnamed soundsculpture

“The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating a moving sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For our work we asked a dancer to visualize a musical piece (Kreukeltape by Machinenfabriek) as closely as possible by movements of her body.”
I am loving the artistic uses of the Kinect. Some really mind-blowing visual art is coming from this. Fantastic.

» Sorkinisms – A Supercut

Sorkinisms - A Supercut

“This video is a tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin: the recycled dialogue, recurring phrases, and familiar plot lines.”
Given that his newest show, The Newsroom, debuted on Sunday, this is semi-topical.
Sent in by several subscribers.

Bonus Video:

» Spider-Man 1969 fan film

Spider-Man 1969 fan film

“The first ever documented Spider-Man fan film, and the first (unofficial) live action appearance of Spider-Man from 1969!”
Maybe skip the $200M version coming out and just see this instead. 😉

Enjoy your (hopefully long) weekend everybody. Summer is here!