May 17th, 2019

Welcome to Friday!

Phewwww Mid-May too. I’ll take it.

Here are some videos!

Michel Julienne – One Of The Best Car Stunt Reels I’ve Ever Seen!!!

“Michel JULIENNE, an amazing vehicle Stunt Coordinator from France, has done more than 700 movies since his debut 1974 in “Fear of the city” with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

“I was lucky enough to meet him for my book “Stunning Stunts”. A collection of the funniest work stories from the most famous and diverse stunt people worldwide.”

From YouTuber Melanie Benna.

Some CRAZY stunts here.

Nirvana vs Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit up

From YouTuber Thriftshop XL

Weird.

Does not top my favorite Nirvana mashup, but it’s okay.

Will Bananas work as Engine Oil? Let’s find out!

“Is it a myth that bananas were once used successfully as engine oil by JC Baudot and Jacques Seguela in their Citroën 2CV as they crossed the Atacama desert in 1959? Let’s find out! We’ll run several tests to include a 30-minute engine run with banana “BW-30” as engine oil to see if the engine will survive.”

Is this really the extremes we’re going to now? 😉

LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9

“tracking the blue and red balls.

running at 1.0 balls/sec

500 balls

size : 1.5m×6.5m

path length : 31m

construction time : 600 hours”

Yikes!

That is all! As you were…

Happy Friday!

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May 10th, 2019

Well hello Friday people!

Here we are: Friday again, and time for Videos!

THE ARCTIC

“THE ARCTIC began in October 2018 and lasted for about seven months. It records the crystallization processes of different salts. During this period, we explored various forms of the crystals and their wonderful growth patterns. Most of the footage was captured by time-lapse photography.”

Beautiful.

Supernova – Art film by Maxim Zhestkov

“Everything around and inside us was conceived in a huge explosion of a star billions of years ago… and, probably, recycled from other matrices myriad times. In this eternal carousel of matter, particles gather, form complicated structures and then burst into all directions fusing atoms together and producing new elements and points of view, new colours and patterns of perception.”

Completely rendered in cgi.

He has several other videos which may also interest you.

Inside a scam call center

“These guys are a particularly nasty group from Kolkata in India. They run a refund scam and this video shows what their call center looks like, how they operate, who and where they are. I’ve sent a link to the unblurred version of this video to the Kolkata Cyber Police (for all the good that it will do).”

Rhysonic Live at Sofar Sounds, Wellington, April 2019

“Thanks to Sofar Sounds for inviting me to perform 🙂 This is the first show I have done with the new Rhysonic Wheel which I have been building in my garage for the last year or so.”

What a whimsical musical invention.

Much more info at the Rhysonic Facebook Page.

He creates a pretty dream-like sound. I love it.

And that wraps it up for another Friday of special videos.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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May 3rd, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

First Friday in May 2019 and already here are your Friday Videos!

Let’s roll…

Seeing Inside the Sun

“Dr. Robert Stein, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State Universe has long envisioned a day when he could use supercomputer programs to ‘see’ through the roiling surface of the sun and glimpse its dynamic interior”

The visualizations here are stunning.

Behind the Scenes of 911 Calls

“Inside an emergency dispatch center in San Francisco, 911 operators navigate the daily stresses of their job.”

This is 100% not a job I could do.

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What a beautifully rendered short animated film!

Suggested by Lauren M.

Floyd Lloyd Rocks!

“My name is Floyd Lloyd, and I live in Austin, Texas, and for some reason back in 2000 I ran into Nick Nolte at the Sundance Film Festival, and I asked him to say Floyd Lloyd Rocks. He was hilarious, and I just began to wonder how many more celebs I could get to say it.”

18 years of celebrities saying it at Sundance. Amazing.

Making the rounds. I found it entertaining.

This concludes our video processing for today.

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!

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April 26th, 2019

Hooray for Friday!

It’s getting nicer outside. But don’t go outside just yet. There are videos to watch first…

OCTAVE

“By reordering and distorting time ‘OCTAVE’ is an exploration of the frenetic architecture, rhythm and geometry of Hong Kong. Filmed from a moving vehicle, the film utilises motion and time to create a seamless evolving architectural canvas, viewing the urban environment from a unique perspective.”

Produced by James Medcraft, who has also written a breakdown of how it was shot, including a few behind-the-scenes short videos.

Beautifully executed.

Shaolin Kung Fu Training: Spectacular Display Caught From Satellite

Part of the BBC show “Earth From Space.”

The title is a little misleading. To be clear: not all of this is satellite footage. A great deal of it is drone photography.

But still!

Making the rounds and worth every second.

Hidden Details of the New York Public Library

“Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these expert reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the Milstein Division, the map collection, the book train and more.”

Produced by Architectural Digest. This is an engrossing short documentary.

The Hummingbird Whisperer

A very short film about UCLA assistant researcher Melanie Barboni and her insights into Hummingbird behaviors.

Great story available here.

Bonus Video!

FITNESS ZONE

“MOVE ZONE! a fitness tape to get your decaying flesh form in HOT SHAPE. Made for Game Show, A group show in Berlin on the 2nd of December 2017 ft.”

Posted by Vimeo member Jack Sachs, whose other videos are also worth a look.

We made it you guys!

Friday! And videos! We did it!!

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!

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April 19th, 2019

Welcome to your Friday Videos!

It’s a long weekend so let’s whip through these!!

A Song of Vanilla Ice and Fire – Swedemason

Ice Ice Baby as “performed” by the cast of Game of Thrones.

“Commissioned by Sky Atlantic to promote the 7th series of Game of Thrones.”

Impressive!

NSU tunnel after A&T game.

One of the most precise, energetic and entertaining drum line videos I have ever seen in my life.

Venice Backstage. How does Venice work?

“Venice is not just a stage set. It is also a city with a resident population, which has productive activities, transportation and services. But how does the “Venice system” work? How do the tides in the lagoon behave?”

A really informative, fascinating shoert documentary.

Sent along by Emma S.

The Amazing Rainbow Spiral (12,000 Dominoes)

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Dominoes are so much work, for such a short event. But so amazing.

And that’s it!

Have a great Friday and a Happy Easter everybody!

See you in seven days.

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April 12th, 2019

Oh hello there Friday!

It’s video time!

Here goes nothing…

DJ Cummerbund – Bird Parade

A real cavalcade of stars in this mashup. My Chemical Romance + Lynyrd Skynyrd + Elton John + several more

Cummerbund is a weird genius.

First Images of Black Holes!

Of all the coverage I saw these past few days regarding this historic first image of a black hole, this video describes the processes used to achieve it with the best detail and clarity.

Well done. Informative. Fascinating.

See also this great recap (seriously) from cosmologist Katie Mack. Some great insights.

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A bonkers site. People who just wanted to prove they can directly upload to YouTube with zero curation. So odd.

Your Face

One of several creative and hilarious “Plymptoons” created by Bill Plympton in the 1970s and 80s.

Bonus Video!

Anti-Drawing Machine

“The user will begin to draw on this ordinary paper – Until they find out the paper has a mind of its own!”

A goofy, hilarious quasi-invention from Soonho Kwon, a Design student at Carnegie Mellon University.

There we go! Easy!

Have a great, great Friday everybody!

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April 5th, 2019

Welcome back Friday!

Finally here. Okay. Deep breaths…

Let’s go!!

Abandoned Skateboarding

“This is one of my favourite indoor places I’ve ever filmed. A big old wool factory in the middle of nowhere. Just wanted to keep this edit very simple and real. Just pure skateboarding, sound and a very nice looking location.”

Shot by Kristoffer Davidsson. Beautifully done.

Organ with reed pipes from paper

“This model is completely made of paper and cardboard, except of transparent plastic to view internals of pressure regulator.”

Note: honking noises!! Super interesting build though.

LET IT GO (Disney’s Frozen) on wine glasses, pots and pans

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Talent!

A gadget maker’s worst nightmare…

“Creating a physical product is difficult, even without the added risk of someone stealing your idea.”

Exploring the complexities of people ripping off your original product idea once you finally produce it.

Sent along by Alison L.

Stan reinvents parking at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport

“For the first time in the world, Stanley Robotics’ outdoor automated robotic valet system, developed in partnership with Aéroports de Lyon, was presented in operation on Thursday, March 14.”

A pretty great idea. Since I live in Canada my first thought is: that little robot will not make it through snow very well. But still!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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March 29th, 2019

That was pretty fast: no more March left! Huh.

But at least it’s video time!

Let’s get into it.

Constellations

“Audio visual installation for public spaces, produced by Studio Joanie Lemercier.”

Light / animation projections into water vapor suspended in the air.

Holy cow this must be an incredible thing to witness in person. Beautifully done!

Rebirth: Introducing photorealism in UE4

UE4 = Unreal Engine 4, a game creation platform.

If you didn’t know this was 100% computer generated, would you be able to tell?

Amazing. Making the rounds.

Space

“A short featuring John John Florence, titled “Space.” Shot on location between Western Australia and Hawaii.”

This is a mesmerizing, artful short film. It also contains surfing.

Let’s Dance, Let’s Shout (SHOUT!)

Jackson 5 + Ronnie James Dio = funkmetal.

It works pretty well actually. Nicely done.

That’s what I have for you. That’s it. I am a river to my people… 😉

See you next week everybody. Happy April!

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March 22nd, 2019

Guys! It’s Friday!

And where I live: it’s finally warming up.

You know what that means: Video time!

Kyoto Tachibana High School Band Club Otosuji Shopping Street Parade

At 27 minutes, it’s a little longer than most, but I guarantee you will be entertained. Some excellent musicianship, and a ridiculous array of marching choreography.

Sent in by Tia T.

Inside Game of Thrones: A Story in Stunts

“Stunt Coordinator Rowley Irlam describes the work that goes into creating a ‘dynamic frame of action’ for every epic moment in the series.”

Holy crap no kidding. We take the CGI for granted so much that it’s easy to forget real live human beings are moving heaven and earth to perform these crazy stunts.

New season drops April 14th.

Where Hollywood Shoots All Its Plane Scenes

“Many of the most iconic plane and airport scenes were filmed in the same place — Air Hollywood, the LA production studio entirely dedicated to aviation.”

It’s more than just the plane interiors too (of which, of course, they have several.) They do departure lounges, luggage pick-up staging, gates, etc.

I never thought about any of this. What an interesting thing to be the best at.

The Best Baguette in Paris

“Each morning, under cover of darkness, Mahmoud M’seddi makes a special delivery to a distinguished Parisian address. As the 2018 winner of an elite competition to determine the city’s best baguette, he has the honor of baking fresh bread for President Emmanuel Macron.”

I make a lot of bread, and I approve this message.

Bonus Video!

Police Logs of Port Townsend

“Actual Police reports taken from Port Townsend and Jefferson County. Read by local residents. Animation by Michael McCurdy.”

These are gold.

There you go! Alllll video’d up!

Have a great weekend everybody, and Happy Spring!

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March 15th, 2019

Well hellooooo Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Videos!

Let’s do this!

The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got To Try

Directed by Ninian Doff, who is quite prolific in the music video world, and has worked with the Chemical Brothers previously.

Really just an incredible short film. One of the best things I’ve seen on YouTube in a while. So good.

Hiking Interactions

Posted by YouTuber “miel“,aka Miel Bredouw, this is a supercut of every interaction you’re likely to experience during a hike.

And it’s funny.

Making the rounds. Worth it.

How Speech Synthesizers Work

A surprisingly in-depth examination of speech synthesis, going back quite a ways.

How To Drive A Car (Feat. VALUE SELECT)

From lunacy-inspired YouTubers “CrackerMilk“.

Their other videos are also worth a brief look (they’re all quite short.)

Sent in by Emma S.

And “That’s That,” as they say.

See you next week everybody. Stay dry out there!

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