December 28th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Almost the New Year. Time for some videos! Let’s go…

Awesome LEGO Indiana Jones Boulder Scene with 6 Motors!

“Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon talks with Caleb Watson about his LEGO Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark scene in LEGO at BrickCon 2018.”

No stop-action animation here. He recreated the scene using motors and gravity.



“Jirí, who likes to decorate Easter Eggs in an engineering way including EggBot drawn stroboscopic patterns (Eggstatic) or a laser created temporal patterns in photochromic paint (Eggstatic 2), decided to move from eggs to balls this year.”

So basically: Zeotrope Xmas tree balls created using EggBot. (And a lot of careful design decisions.)

These are beautiful!

Wired: Watchmaker Breaks Down Swiss vs Japanese Made Watches

“Professional watchmaker Ryan Jewell breaks down two different Carpenter watches; one watch with Japanese movement and another with Swiss movement.”

Finger Machines

“This film started as a couple of explorative clips for Instagram, but for some reason I couldn’t stop making them and I demanded to know why.”

I find it oddly soothing. Creepy, but soothing.

Sent in by Tanya S.

And this concludes the Friday Videos for 2018!

Have a great weekend, and a Happy New Year!

See you next Friday.


December 21st, 2018

Welcome back to Fridaaaaaaaaaay!

And your Friday Videos. The last one before Christmas!

That was fast.

Here we go!

Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap

Ex-NASA engineer and maker Mark Rober was sick of having packages stolen from his front porch, so he over-engineered an absolutely incredible device that exacts some pretty fantastic revenge against the package thieves.

I hate that this has become such an epidemic. I hope these morons spend months cleaning up the glitter from their cars and homes. So good.

It’s making the rounds, but it definitely deserves the views. Repeatedly entertaining.

Die Hard | The Greatest Christmas Story

Just in time for the holidays comes this Christmas-centric re-cut of the trailer for Die Hard, from the actual studio that released the film.

Kind of a genius move.

Late 1890s – A Trip Through Paris, France (speed corrected w/ added sound)

There appear to be more and more of these. It’s astonishing the clarity and “presence” these short films have once they’ve been cleaned up and stabilized.

Sent in by Alyssa L.

Andrew Szydlo: 25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes

A TED Newcastle talk from this past November. Just a whirlwind of chemistry fundamentals at record speed. Super entertaining and informative.

Speaking of experiments…

Bonus Video!

Handheld Inverted Fire Tornado Bubble With A 66Mm Wand

What a strange, but still lovely hobby.

And this concludes the last Friday Videos before Christmas of 2018!

Thanks for playing along at home everybody. Have a fantastic Holiday!

See you next week.


December 14th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hooray! And welcome to the middle of December.

Here are your videos…

Duncan Cowles Adobe Stock Christmas Ad: Good Festive Memories

A fake Christmas ad made completely from stock footage.

Dryly funny. Well done!

Betamax Xmas

Betamax Xmas

Travel back in time to a basement color TV with a “clicker” remote and vintage xmas tv with ads.

Fun fact, I have created a raspberry pi device for my local bar that I fill with vintage tv shows and ad breaks that plays on a genuine 1970s 13” B&W TV. People are into it! This is the easier online version of that.

Walking Fifth Avenue, NYC during the Holidays 2018 from 42nd Street to Central Park

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YouTuber actionkid105 has posted several well paced, stabilized walks around New York for several weeks now. I find them kind of fascinating. They can be a good resource for seeing how the city looks season to season.

It’s a weird channel but I like it, and I’m definitely not alone.

My 70’s Vlog

“Using my Dad’s 8mm film camera, I set out to explore whether it would have been possible to vlog in the 1970’s.”

It’s kind of ridiculous, but overall a pretty successful experiment.

Making the rounds. I like it.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!


December 7th, 2018

Welcome to December Friday!

Over on the Friday Links I posted my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide. I can’t believe it’s already here. This year whizzed right by.

And now to the videos…

Giving Strangers A Christmas Morning

“I brought my living room to a street corner to share Christmas morning with strangers. We opened presents and shared their favorite Christmas memories. The holidays are not about presents, it’s about family!”

Or in this case, presents and family and a YouTube… stunt… thing.

Still a sweet idea.

Benedict Cumberbatch Teaches How to React to Bad Xmas Gifts

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A tiny promo for the new Grinch movie, which looks pretty good.

The 25 Best Films Of 2018: A Video Countdown

It’s that time again…

The City of the Future Is Already Here

“In central Arizona there exists an experimental town called Arcosanti. It’s built on the principles of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology to envision a city that works in tandem with the Earth’s resources. In this short documentary, The Atlantic goes inside this distinctive urban space to understand how Arcosanti plans to reconstruct how humans envision cities.”

I found this interesting.

Bonus Video!

Playing All My Guitar Pedals At Once

“Ever wonder what 37 guitar stomp boxes sound like when played at the same time? Today I answer that age old question.”

I won’t spoil it for you.

From YouTuber “samuraiguitarist”, a.k.a. “Steve” from Winnipeg.

Thanks for playing along at home.

Happy Holidays, and see you next week.