January 31st, 2020

We have arrived at Friday.

And it’s the last one of January 2020.

Look at that!

Ready? Okay!

Country Roads but it’s CYBERPUNK/INDUSTRIAL/SCI-FI wtf

“What if John Denver came from a different universe to bring us some electro cyberpunk industrial synthwave sci-fi futuristic metal vibes?

“Enjoy this experience.”

Performed and visualized by the Melodicka Bros.


Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot!

“Adam welcomes a new member to the Tested family: Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot! All throughout this year, Adam will be conducting builds and projects with Spot, integrating it into the workshop and taking it on adventures in the field. The first thing to do is test Spot’s capabilities at an outdoor training course! Our Year with Spot commences!”

Roulette GBC LEGO

“100% LEGO version of a Roulette wheel with full set of 37 numbers (European style). This Great Ball Contraption module is a buffer at the start of a full GBC circuit dispensing two balls per two seconds.”

I find this stuff super interesting. Lego has become this fundamental “proof of concept” toy now. So weird.


“An old cowboy movie remade with visual effects!”

“A cyborg sherriff faces killer androids at high noon!”

The “old cowboy movie” being 1952’s “High Noon”.

This was created by Thor Hammerman, quite some time ago. Well done!

Ta daaaaa! You have completed the Friday Videos!

Thanks for playing along at home everybody.

See you next week.


January 24th, 2020

Happy Friday!

Nearly the end of January already. Ridiculous.

Ready for some videos? Yeah you are!!

Magic Angle Sculpture made of Lego®: Dragon Butterfly Jet

Created by John V. Muntean, who does not solely use Lego for his sculptures.

Jaquet Droz The Writer Automaton From 1774 In Action

“One of three surviving automata from the 18th century built by Jaquet Droz, this is “The Writer” and is the most famous machine. The Writer was the inspiration for the movie Hugo, and still works today.”

A lot more engrossing information here and here.

My favorite line: “He uses a goose feather to write, which he inks from time to time, including a shake of the wrist to prevent ink from spilling. His eyes follow the text being written, and his head moves when he takes some ink.”

So crazy.

Sanderson Orrery

“This video was produced for a private collector who wanted to show the functionality of a new piece that had entered their collection: ‘The Sanderson Orrery'”

Created by Jeff Chow.

An “orrery” is a model of the solar system, and it’s not always powered.

This one is immensely complicated.

Baby Ryan “Sings” Thunderstruck

It’s not what you think…

“I recorded my son making baby noises, figured out the notes he made, and arranged them into ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC”

Not really the baby “singing”, but still mega-impressive.

And that’s that! Friday: Videos!

Have an excellent, relaxing, warm and dry weekend.


January 17th, 2020

We made it! Whuhoooooo!

Happy Friday!

Here are your Friday Videos…

ABBA Dancing Queen on a 100 year old organ

Created by Alexey Rom who creates suctom-made paper scrolls for this automated instrument, which is known as a “Hooghuys Organ” – or “Dance Organ”.

Making the rounds.

The English Language in 67 Accents & Random Voices

“Brought to you by Jake Wardle. My third big accents video!”

He’s good! Exceptional range.

Turn Of Mind

“Intrigued by a deep connection with nature, Patagonia ambassador Nicholas Wolken spent time in the Swiss mountains with his splitboard, good friends and an open mind. He shares his story in Patagonia’s new film: Turn of Mind.”

Typologies of New York City: A Crowdsourced Hyperlapse

“Classics are classic for a reason. We’ve all taken these photos. What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day? Eventually we’ll piece those photos and videos together to be able to see the entire history of a location from every possible angle.”

A super interesting project.

Bonus Video!

Ice kart CZ 250cc

“Winter kart. The first ice of 2018. Onboard Gennadiy Novichkov cz250”

This looks like an absolute blast!

And that’s that! Allll Friday’d up.

See you next week, and have a great weekend.


January 10th, 2020

Welcome, at last, to Friday.

I hope everybody is doing okay after what has been a troubling, very difficult week.

Here are some videos to take your mind off of [gestures everywhere] everything…

The Mandalorian – Spaghetti Western Trailer

This is brilliantly executed! Very well done.

VFX Artist Reveals the True Scale of Atoms

“Wren uses VFX magic to show you how small the Universe gets… spoilers: really really small.”

I was hesitant to include this video due to how aggressively they push you to watch every other video they’ve ever made, but it’s a pretty good video. (Also: Making the rounds)

CYKLE | A Collection Of Short Stories

“This series has been made around the idea that nature is able to generate new organic forms and patterns which are not regulated by our physical world.”

Some beautiful, abstract-ish computer effects.

Created by Fabian Aerts.

If Portal 2 was a Rhythm Game (Synchronized Music Map)

“After months of work I’m finally done. The native Portal 2 map editor didn’t allow enough precision for me to synchronize to the music, so I learned how to use Valve’s Hammer editor for this project.”

I still love this game. What a great little (little?!) hack.

Bonus Video!

14 – 1800 Rpm. Spin GoPro Camera in Lathe.

An interesting intersection of speedy rotation versus maximum frame-rate.

I love that these things are so durable. Crazy.

Have a great Friday, and an excellent weekend.


January 3rd, 2020

Happy New Year!

And Happy Friday!

We made it you guyyyysss!!!

Let’s go. Video time!

How Dutch Gouda Is Made At A 100-Year-Old Family Farm

“Every year, 650 million kilos of Gouda cheese is produced in the Netherlands. Most of it is produced industrially, using pasteurized milk, but there are 280 farmers across the country still making raw-milk boerenkaas, or farmer’s cheese.”

Jacob Collier – Moon River

“Hundreds upon hundreds of Jacob Colliers join together in harmony to bring you an acapella rendition of Moon River, composed by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer in 1960.”

Mr. Collier has been appearing in my YouTube suggestions for a while now, and he’s definitely a super talented vocalist and (specifically) vocal arranger. Overall musician too.

I’m definitely not alone. The guy gets millions of views. He’s an interesting talent and I liked this interpretation of this iconic song.

Deep Fake Comparison – Deeper metrics of Christmas by Jim Meskimen

I’m a bit late with this one. It’s another deepfake + impressionist mashup, but with interesting transitions.

He’s okay!

Tie Fighter Sculpture that YOU can make at home! (Easy Wood Diy Project)

“Follow along with me as I make a wooden tie fighter from scratch. This is a really fun project that you can do at home! No power tools or shop space needed for this one.”

Actually very fun to watch.

Also: safety first!

Bonus Video!


Adult Swim is weird, in the best possible way.

That’s what I’ve got. Happy New Year!

See you next Friday.