March 27th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And it’s the last one of March. We made it. Phew!

And I really do hope it’s actually “Happy”.

It’s video time you guyyyyyssss…

Diemut Strebe: The Prayer

This… thing… sings and / or recites a “prayer” created completely from scratch by an Artificial Intelligence model.

Created by Diemut Strebe. A lot more information here.

Chinese father creates “Death Stranding” suit to protect baby from coronavirus

Death Stranding is a fairly popular game for the Playstation 4.

This is actually admirable. Beautifully crafted.

The Foster Portfolio

“Based on the original short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Foster Portfolio is an offbeat, mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange, double life.”

Created by Director Danielle Katvan

Beautifully realized. Also I love Vonnegut.

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

“Driving through San Francisco during the pandemic is jaw dropping. Thankfully few people are outside (I wasn’t even close to a person), but seeing the shops boarded up is tough to see. I made sure the drone wasn’t a nuisance to anyone while shooting this short documentary of this…very weird time in San Francisco.”

Sent in by Alexis S.

We’re going to get through this.

And that’s what I’ve got for you.

Please stay safe. We can get through this. We can.

Happy Friday.


March 20th, 2020

We made it! So far so good. Friday. Spring!

Positives. Right?

And I have some videos for you! Let’s gooooooo…

The Best Way to Face Difficult Times

“Life is – it goes without saying – for the most part a tragic affair. But being clear-eyed about the horror shouldn’t prevent us from taking great pleasure in the things that go right; we can laugh on our way to the gallows.”

Self explanatory.

Cats And Domino

[self explanatory]


Suggested by Ziya T.

Relevant karate for 2020

Basically solving the “how do I do ‘x’ without using my hands?”

Funny. Well done!

SLAY-52s – “Raining Lobsters”

Yes. It’s a mashup between the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and Slayer’s “Reign in Blood”.

It’s weird! But perfectly matched.

And that is what I have this week.

Hang in there people. We’re all in this together.

See you hopefully in a week.


March 13th, 2019

Welcome back to Friday… the 13th!!

And your latest edition of the Friday Videos.

This has been a crazy week. We could all use a break. Let’s go…

Pamela Adlon (Bobby from ‘King of the Hill’) Improvises 8 New Cartoon Voices | Vanity Fair

“Pamela Adlon tries her hand at improvising the voices of 8 random cartoon characters that she has never seen before. Using a similar technique she used for Bobby (King of the Hill), Spinelli (Recess), and Lucky (101 Dalmatians), Pamela brings these characters to life.”

I find this process fascinating.

See also “Tom Kenny (SpongeBob) Improvises 5 New Cartoon Voices

Lego Technic Liebherr LTM 11200 Crane Details MOC by Jeroen Ottens

It includes full instructions.

This is huge!

Former Cult Member Hears Music For The First Time

Note: NOT a documentary.

“A former cult member is invited to a journalistic experiment: to hear music for the first time. You won’t believe her reaction.”

From a blog entry about this video:

“What is so entertaining about this Sundance 2020 film is that as the plot increases in absurdity, its characters become more familiar to us. In short, the longer the short goes on, the harder the laughs come. Those who create and/or watch documentaries may be laughing (or crying) the hardest. “

Time Travel Instruction Video (1980s)

[Note: not really from the 1980s.]

Created by SquirrelMonkey who have done a bunch of “what if X was created in the 1980s?” videos.

It’s pretty well done, and cleverly “aged” video.

And there we go. Videos. Friday. Friday Videos.

Stay safe and try to relax this weekend.


March 6th, 2020

It is Friday!

And it is video time.

0107 – b moll

“The city is made up of much life, light.

“There is loneliness in the city where self-existence is buried.

“However, it also feels bright and lively.

“Each light affects the activities of the city, and the city is transformed by a lot of light.”

A beautiful, meditative short film from Director Hiroshi Kondo.

Spying On The Scammers | BBC Stories

“Millions of people fall victim to scams every year.

“Many are run from criminal call centres, where teams of fraudsters operate around the clock.

“An online vigilante, who goes by the name ‘Jim Browning’, decided to do something about it. He hacked into a call centre in India where scammers target victims around the world.”

This is excellent. The full episode aired on BBC on March 4th, 2020.

The VHS Guys

“Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting old VHS tapes in 1991 after stumbling across a hilariously hokey McDonald’s training video entitled, ‘Inside and Outside Custodial Duties.’ Since 2004 they’ve hosted Found Footage Festival events all over North America, showcasing the impressive collection of strange and outrageous videos they’ve accumulated.”

This made me actually laugh out loud. Some insane titles here.

202 way sequential world record skydive

2 point(almost 3) 202 person sequential world record skydive at Perris Valley

It made the rounds.

ABC News story here.

There we go! Short and sweet.

Enjoy your hopefully temperate, calm weekend.

See you next Friday!


February 28th, 2020

Welcome to the final February Friday, folks.

And now: the videos…

Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland in Back to the future – This is heavy! [ deepfake ]

This is extremely impressive.

It looks like they were actually in the movie. So crazy.

Definitely making the rounds, but outstanding, so here it is.

He is shooting a 30 Year Timelapse of New York

“He” being Joe DiGiovanna, using a custom-created setup that’s pretty ingenious.

I think it’s a little obsessive but still super interesting.

[4k, 60 fps] A Trip Through New York City in 1911

“Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America.”

It’s not completely perfect – especially the colourization – but it is impressive. I love the long shots where you can make out individual cars and horse carriages in the distance.

Created by Denis Shiryaev.

A few weeks ago he released this neural network restoration of one of the earliest pieces of motion picture ever created. He’s done others as well.

This is incredible work.

What an interesting time for film restoration.

Food History: Ramen

“The history of ramen features cameos from The Yakuza crime syndicate, the U.S. Army, and a businessman who turned a simple idea into a worldwide convenience food. Ramen is so much more than a cheap and filling meal.”

From Mental Floss, who I usually don’t like this much.

Suggested by Kate S. (who loooOoOoOoOoves ramen.)

And that’s that! All Friday Video’d up!!

See you next week / month. Happy Friday!


February 21st, 2020

Fridays, amirite?

We’re heeeere! Yay.

Looks like it’s video o’clock! Here we go.

Mongolian sinew backed bow

A silent, thoughtful short film on how to make a traditional Mongolean composite bow by hand.

Hard work. Very old technique. Amazing.

Holy SH*T!!! I made my own cheese at home

A very indepth documentary by Pro Home Cooks.

I won’t be tackling this anytime soon but he makes the process look super interesting. Tons of other cooking and baking projects on that channel. Worth a look.

Hacking my arm prosthesis to output CV so that it plugs into my synth: Thought-controlled music!

“Together with Chrisi from KOMA Elektronik and my husband Daniel, I am in the process of building a device (the “SynLimb”) that attaches to my arm prosthesis instead of the prosthetic hand. The SynLimb converts the electrode signals that my prosthesis picks up from my residual limb into control voltages (CV) for controlling my modular synthesizer.”

What a crazy era this is! Amazing project.

Scientology Magazine Reviewed

“My friend Matthew gave me this Scientology member magazine. Here’s my review.”

It’s basically a giant ad for how “great” Scientology is. Yikes.

Carrie Poppy hosts a podcast called “Oh No Ross And Carrie” which investigates cults and belief systems. They did an eight episode investigation (Part 1 here) into Scientology in which they actually joined it and then reported on all of their training, and fees, and more fees.

It is interesting and they are both super entertaining.

Have an excellent weekend.


February 14th, 2020

Welcome back to Friday!

This week’s collection is short but sweet.

Here goes.

acorn underground to oak seedling time lapse filmed over 8 months

“I filmed this acorn to oak seedling in my studio over an 8 month period.

“I used Nikon cameras with studio flash”

Mr. Bromhall has many, many more videos like this.


“Tokyo/Glow follows the nighttime journey of an illuminated man from a crosswalk sign as he embarks on an adventure through the streets of Tokyo. Shot on location throughout Tokyo using thousands of individual digital stills, the short film features original music by indie rock band Kidstreet…”

While You Were Sleeping

“A short film exploring the longevity and limitations of artificial intelligence, and the loneliness of deep space.”

Written & animated by Charlie Stewart

How Single Cats Are Spending Valentine’s Day

“These unattached cats don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day. Let’s see how they choose to spend the day instead.”

I hope your (long?) weekend is fantastic.

Happy Friday! Happy Mid-February!


February 7th, 2020

Happy Friday!

We made it! Phew.

I dunno about you, but I definitely need a weekend this week.

Let’s begin…

The New Bar where AI Robot makes alcohol @Ikebukuro Japan YOROH no Taki

Order and get a printed QR code.

Put the code in the “bartender’s” scanner.

Watch as it rapidly mixes or pours your drink.

It includes a tablet that produces facial expressions and engages in small talk while mixing the drink.

Created by QBIT Robotics.

Reuters reported on this here.

Music Synchronized Roller Coaster (Front Seat POV)

“I’ve synchronized Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to the full length of a Roller Coaster. The coaster twists and turns with the music, as well as triggering special effects that match the beat.”

A CG creation from DoodleChaos who has been featured here before — and has also used Tchaikovsky’s music in his previous videos.

Tessa Violet – I Like (the idea of) You

“The music video for Tessa Violet’s single I Like (the idea) Of You. a dancing homage to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”, released in February 1966. We stan.”

This is delightful, and very technically choreographed.

Sent in by Alexis S.

Creep by Radiohead but Using Google Autocomplete Results for Lyrics

“When are we going to Mars / Could you not meme / You’re just like your father / Your skin isn’t paper…”

Ssssort of funny.

It reminds me – conceptually – of the iOs Autocomplete Song (from 2014.) (Also previously featured here.)

Still fun!

Well have a happy Friday and an excellent weekend everybody.

See you on Friday!


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.