April 28th, 2017

Welcome to Friday!

And to your Friday Links!

And almost to May!

Here we go…

Eleanor Rigby Trap Tap

Performed expertly by Las-Vegas-based musician Charles Rangel who definitely has other worthy performances.

Nicely done.

Sent in by Ana S.-F.

La Chica: Be Able

A really intricatlely conceived music video. Beautifully realized.

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

“Visual effects artists are responsible for some of the most iconic moments in movie history. The top 10 highest grossing films of 2016 all contained computer generated imagery. But while Hollywood’s profits grow, visual effects artists struggle for fair pay, representation and recognition beyond the most prestigious award in film — an Oscar.”

A must-watch, in my opinion. Some massively talented people are being worked to death by these companies.

Train vs. Robot – Main Application

Mechanical engineering student Christian Schürch created this application / demonstration and it’s making the rounds. This is the robot he wrote the program for. Pretty amazing.

Slightly more information (and ten minutes of this looping track reconstruction) available here.

Bonus Video!

A Girl Obsessed With Sloths Gets Surprised With A Sloth

Meet Stephanie, who really, really, really loves sloths.

This video is gold.

[See also: Kristin Bell on Ellen c. 2012.]

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you again next week (next month!)


April 21st, 2017

Well well well… if it isn’t Friday!

Okay video time GO!

How I Made My Own iPhone – in China

“I built a like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB entirely from parts I bought in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei. And it works!”

This is a short documentary by Scotty Allen from Strange Parts and it is a little mind-blowing.

In a reddit thread covering this video he mentioned that overall it cost approx. $300 USD.

I’ve Got Faith ~ Canine Freestyle Routine

A well rehearsed dog and person do a pretty great dance routine to this Stevie Wonder / Ariana Grande song. So good!

Each Tree is its Own Adventure | bioGraphic

“UC Berkeley forest ecologist Wendy Baxter describes the synthesis of athleticism and science involved in her studies of the impacts of climate change on California’s giant sequoias, the world’s largest trees. Baxter and her colleagues conduct their research at the tops of these forest monarchs, some of which stretch nearly 300 feet above the forest floor.”

Caution: heights. A great tiny documentary. More info here.

Google Earth’s Incredible 3D Imagery, Explained

“Google Earth is the most photorealistic, digital version of our planet. But how?! Where do the images come from? How are they they put together? And how often are they updated?”

So good. What a collossal undertaking. And so many people use it every day! For free!

Bonus Video!
SATANIC ENERGY DRINK Transcribed and Harmonised

“Speech transcription” via guitar, with added chord changes.

By YouTuber jackweir85, who definitely has a variety of musically investigative videos.

This is… amazing! It definitely takes some talent. I like! (Also: that lady is nuts!)

See also: Publio Delgado (previously on the Friday Videos.)

You are now ready for your weekend, which will be awesome (of course it will!)

See you next week, everybody!


April 14th, 2017

Friday! Yesssss.

And it’s video time!

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe (Full Montage)

“This video is a montage of an 18-video canoe building series I spent 8 months making in 2016.”

Wow this is so much amazing work.

New York City in 1993 in HD – DTheater DVHS Demo Tape

“Captured from a D-Theater HD DVHS Demo Tape by Techmoan

I know: what the hell is D-Theater? WikiPedia says it was “a digital video recording format developed by JVC” (and others) which was really the first to allow high-definition video recording and playback.

This is great!

Revology Cars Reproduction 1966 Mustang – Coyote powered

Revology is a company that manufactures “brand new” 1966 Mustangs. They licensed the metal stampers from Ford, and engaged a lot of manufacturers to create the custom parts needed, and now for a price you can buy a spankin’ new 1966 Mustang. It’s a crazy idea but I kind of love it.

Ghost In The Shell – Reel

Created by Ash Thorp (one single person…?)

He’s also done cgi effects and direction work for a bunch of other movies. His work is pretty amazing.

Bonus Video!

The World’s Only Scaled Mammal Is ADORABLE

“There’s no mammal in the world quite like the tree pangolin. Covered in reptilian-like scales that protect it from predators in the wild, the pangolin will curl into a ball when threatened.”

Pangolins! Who knew? (I did not.)

And these have been your Friday Videos!

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody.


April 7th, 2017

Friday is back, and it’s cleanin’ up the streets…

Wait. No that’s a crappy action film teaser.

This!… is your Friday Videos!


“A first impression of Los Angeles as a struggling waiter in a world of wealth and coldness. I made this film to remember those times.”

From director Josh Shaffner.

Really beautifully rendered. I love this.

INORI (Prayer)

“Super High Speed Face Mapping (1000fps)”

Created by Nobumichi Asai at W0W.

I have included videos for this kind of tech a few years ago, and that was largely it. But this… this is fantastic. 🙂

It looks very dramatic. I wonder if they can pull this stuff off live yet. Just beautiful.

The Apple 1 Computer

A 2 minute video of an original Apple I computer being unpacked, plugged in, booted up and running a program. Recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This one was on loan to the museum from Glenn and Shannon Dellimore. They bought it for $365,000. (!)

These are very rare, and not all of them are in functioning condition. Kind of crazy.

If you want to see what it’s like to run one, there is an Apple I emulator written in JavaScript.

h/t kottke

Can You Control a Person With Electricity? (Real Life QWOP)

Remember QWOP? I still play this.

Well this guy decided to create (as much as possible) a physical device that would control a person’s arms and legs in the same way.

It’s crazy!

And of course: hilarious.

And those are your Friday Videos for April 7th. 🙂

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend.