December 21st, 2021

Happy Friday everybody!

And it is the LAST Friday of this miserable year. Congratulations. We made it (so far.)

I only have three videos this week just because holidays etc.

I hope you’re all doing as well as possible.

Here we go!

Putting a Gigantic Rocket Motor In a Christmas Tree

Xyla works with several actual rocket scientists to launch a christmas tree several dozen feet into the air.

Because Christmas!

It’s actually quite thrilling. She’s fantastic.

Another Boring Day With Dave Simpson

“My right hand is doing the bass strings, my left hand is doing the guitar fretboard.” (and vice versa)

Especially as they hit the solo that is… crrrrrazy.

Well done!

1900s Antique Telephone Restoration

I know this may not be for everybody, but the sheer amount of technical knowledge required to put this thing together again is kind of amazing.

Huzzah! Friday Videos! Now completed for 2021! Whuhoooo!!

Happy New Year everybody. See you next week.


December 24th, 2021

Welcome back to Friday!

Sadly I ran out of time, and so we only have a tiny list of videos this week. But also: It’s Christmas! So… yeah.

I hope you are all doing well.

Let’s go!

“All I Want For Christmas…”

The Mariah Carey Christmas hit, slapped together using snippets from Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


EXPLODING Glitter Bomb 4.0 vs. Package Thieves

Yup, Mark Rober is back at it again.


Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg breaks down Math films & TV shows

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I find this stuff interesting. They’re not all bad at it, and when they’re good at it, it’s interesting the choices that they made.

And… there we go!

Apologies for such a short edition, but I am off, and trying to enjoy the xmas season (which is asking a lot this year.)

Merry Christmas! And Happy Friday!

See you next week everybody!


December 17th, 2021

Well hello Friday!

We made it you guys!

And it’s the last Friday in North American Autumn. So many accomplishments!

And now it’s also video time…

This Is A Film About The James Webb Space Telescope

“The James Webb Space Telescope is about to be LAUNCHED INTO SPACE. Once it’s there, it will see much farther into the depths of the universe than we have ever seen before, giving us a look at what’s happened out there billions of year ago!”

It was supposed to launch on Saturday morning but may be delayed again due to some technical issues.

Assuming its launch and deployment are successful, It’s going to be an incredible device in the coming decades.

Why Was ‘The Exorcist’ So Scary to Audiences of 1973? (No Spoilers)

“… Just how extreme did people react, and why was ‘The Exorcist’ so scary to the audiences of 1973?”

This is from the perspective of CinemaTyler a burgeoning YouTube film aficionado who explores this question from the perspective of: it’s always been a classic. How was it perceived on day 1?

It’s interesting!

How did the Enigma Machine work?

“Let’s use 3D animation to go inside the Enigma Machine!”

Just keep in mind: this tech was invented in the late 1930s, and led to the first major computing efforts in the early 1940s to decrypt the messages. Insane.

Keeping A Grocery Store Lobster As A Pet

“What is it like to buy a Lobster from the grocery store seafood section and keep it in a saltwater aquarium at home as a pet? This video shows you just how this went.”

Weird! But also super interesting.

Well Happy Friday! And have a fantastic weekend everybody.

Happy Holidays! See you in a week.


December 10th, 2021

Happy Friday!

Merry Christmas!

Over at the Friday Links, I posted my annual Christmas Giving Guide, so please feel free to check that out. (Also: there are Friday Links there!)

It is Friday Video Time!

Guessing The Colors of Scented Markers

“Tommy Edison, who was born blind, takes the challenge of trying to guess the color of nine different Mr. Sketch Scented Markers.”

An odd little video.

Sent along by Kate S.

Anyone Can Be a Math Person Once They Know the Best Learning Techniques

“Po-Shen Loh is a Hertz Foundation Fellow and Carnegie Mellon mathematics professor who thinks that history is a much harder subject than math. Do you agree? Well, your position on that might change before and after this video.”

I found this super interesting.

Coolest Concert Ever? Hear Ice Instruments Play Beautiful Music

“Introduced by American ice sculptor Tim Linhart, musicians play hand-carved ice instruments inside a glowing igloo concert hall.”


Beggin’ – Frankie Valli video re-mix

A weird, yet somehow more accessible video from weirdo Cyriak.

And there we go! Christmas season Friday Videos for yyyyyoooouuuu!

Happy Friday! Have an excellent weekend.


December 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the first Friday in December! 2021

Yeah, we made it to December! Just like that!

And the holiday season is well underway. Happy Holidays!

Video time let’s goooooo!

Growing Red Bell Pepper Time Lapse – Seed To Fruit in 115 Days

Another gorgeous long time-lapse from “BoxLapse

Mantis – Two Tonne Turbo Diesel Hexapod Walking Machine

“After four years intensive R&D, inspiration, design and build, Micromagic Systems is proud to unveil Mantis — the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.”

What a wildly inefficient vehicle. Still cool but… slow, somewhat clunky, probably a hassle to operate.

I still like it.

Being Canadian, I of course want to see if it can handle snow at all.


Man VS Machine: Who Plays Table Tennis Better?

From Two Minute Papers. (Yes, there is a white paper about this research.)

Making Lego Car CLIMB More Obstacles

“Add a second adjustable joint to the climber to make it surpass more complex obstacles.”

This just looks like it should not be possible, but here it is.


Making the rounds. Kind of astonishing.

Ta-daaaa! Friday Videos all wrapped up for another week.

Have a happy Friday and a fantastic weekend.

See you next week.