July 19th, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

Vanity Fair: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob) Improvises 5 New Cartoon Voices

“Watch as Tom Kenny seamlessly improvises 5 random cartoon characters that he has never seen before.”

Tom Kenny, most notable for voicing Spongebob Squarepants, but also previously from Mr. Show. The man is a gem.

My Hyper Day

“Last summer I’ve learned advanced hyperlapse method. It’s kind of my technical demo of what can be achieved only with a tripod.”

A uniquely shot video. I love it.

“Unpickable” Europa Disc Padlock Picked FAST (Model P-370)

It turns out Youtube is a veritable gold mine of lockpicking videos. Huh! Interesting…

I made the worst ever 1-1 remake in Mario Maker 2

Making the rounds. Gives me a stomach ache. Yikes.

Well that concludes this week’s Friday Videos.

See you next week everybody!


July 12th, 2019

Holy Gebus look at that: It’s FRIDAY!

So fast. And where I am: it’s hot!

Let’s get going…

Pizza Hut Training Video 1988

“***I was the single camera operator for this instructional video series from 1987-88, that was produced in a Chicagoland area, industrial test kitchen for Pizza Hut/PepsiCo.. Original recording on 3/4 inch U-Matic videotape.”

This is gold.

See also: First Betamax – Salesman Training Video 1977 (Making the rounds.)

We made all 78 Breath of the Wild recipes in one day

As in: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

“Link needs to eat in order to gain hearts, but are his recipes any good? Brian David Gilbert teams up with Eater’s Adam Moussa to discover which of Breath of the Wild’s 78 recipes are tasty and how many hearts they should actually restore.”

Note: nearly 32 minutes, but entertaining. Yikes!

The World’s Most Popular Algorithm: SHA 256 and Bitcoin

“No one on Earth knows how to reverse the SHA-256 hash function. Yet it’s really easy to compute one-way. You could make billions of dollars if you solved this mathematics problem.”

Welll….. “billions” of dollars if you knew how to make bitcoin liquid. Still!

Let’s wait four more years and see if Quantum computing has any effect on this.

The Problem Solving of Filmmaking

“A short video expanding on something I talk about on the Shazam commentary track (Shazam is now available on digital and if you buy the iTunes version you get a commentary track along with the other extras).”

Created by David F. Sandberg.

And there we go!

Thanks for playing along at home everybody.

See you in a week.


July 5th, 2019

Welcome back everybody!

Let’s get to the videos – go go GO!!!

The Internet As It Was In 1996

“Transferred from a VHS video tape, this 1996 video shows how to use a PC and how to use the PC to access the new ‘world wide web.'”

Moon Mini-Rover Engineer

“After a decades-long lull, interest in the moon is back — this time led by startups, including Tokyo-based ispace Inc., which is hoping to land two of its miniature rovers on the lunar surface in 2021.”

Such an interesting array of private interests doing this work. I find it interesting.

Saul Bass’s Movie Posters

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Presented in poster orientation too.

The Brain and You

“…Host Perry Reed discusses the mental health of the president and the Dunning-Kruger effect, the psychology of people who lack the self-awareness to see their own lack of self-awareness.”

This is also a podcast. Interesting!

And that’s what I’ve got this week.

Enjoy your (possibly very hot) weekend!


June 28th, 2019


So glad it’s here again. Phew. And it’s HOT outside!

Let’s begin…

Looney Tunes Cartoons: Dynamite Dance

This is a new (!) cartoon from Warner Bros.

It’s short, it’s fast, and it’s utterly insane.


Visual Engineering – How Commercials Are Made

“Visual Engineering, is the marriage between photography, cinematography, and cutting edge modern technologies, in order to create never-before seen imagery.”

I went down a rabbit hole this past weekend after seeing an Instagram post from Steve Giralt. Which in turn led me to this video.

And as of today these are everywhere, so I’m definitely not the only one. 🙂

The weird, extremely precise inventions that this guy makes to shoot a single shot for a 30 second spot are frankly mind-blowing.

Dubai Creek Tower: Building the World’s Tallest Structure

“Rising to a height of 1.3 kilometres, Dubai Creek Tower is set to become the tallest man-made structure in history.”

Kilometres! Yikes.

Sent in by Tia T.

Surgical Resident Breaks Down 36 More Medical Scenes From Film & TV

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Some really good descriptions here. Interesting

Also: she’s funny!

And so there we are! Friday, with Videos. Friday Videos!

Have an excellent (long?) weekend.


June 21st, 2019

Let’s hear it for Fridaaaaay!

Yeeeeeeah. And Summer (where I live.) And warm weather finally (where I live.)

And now: some videos (where I li– you get it!)

How Air Traffic Control Works

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Still among the most stressful daily jobs on earth.

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

“A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth’s beauty, fragility and disasters.”

Cleverly realized by Felix Dierich.

How This Guy Makes Amazing Mechanical Mirrors

“Interactive artist Daniel Rozin makes mechanical “mirrors” out of uncommon objects that mimic the viewer’s movements and form.”

More on his website. Very cool work here.

Making the rounds. I like it.

Gideon Irving – Woke Up Looking

“This video does not use CGI or green screen.”

“Find out how we did it here.”

Crazy execution! I love it. (The song I’m kinda “meh” about but still…)

Sent in by Ashy T.

Have a lovely longest Friday of the year! And a fantastic weekend.

See you next Friday.


June 14th, 2019

Well well well, Friday.

As I live and breathe…

It’s video time! Let’s go…


“All visuals were created on paper with many different paints, fluids and pigments.”

Created by visual artist Roman De Giuli. His website is also worth a look.

Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

“Uncover the history of the witch hunts that swept through Europe and the American colonies from the 15th century until the 18th century.”

Boy oh boy people have been awful to each other for like…. ever.

The Game of Thrones Finale Rewritten with A.I.

“George R.R. Martin better start looking for a new gig, because Bran can do beautiful flip kicks now.”

From the minds of College Humor.

I liked it! So weird.

Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews

“Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.”

This is semi-making-the-rounds and definitely worth it.

Bonus Video!

The Evolution of Computer Speech

“More and more products seem to come out that make use of some form of a computer text-to-speech voice, with today’s voices sounding acceptably realistic. Even though speech-based products are fairly recent, the concept of electronically generating a voice has been around for nearly a century.”

I found this really fascinating.

And so there we are. Videos are done. Weekend can begin. Ahhhh

Have a great Friday everybody.


June 7th, 2019

Friday people in the hooooouse!

Let’s get to it!

Hell Of A Week

“Mondays can be a drag. But imagine if everyday sucked. Well, that’s Roger’s life and… he’s having one hell of a week.”

Cleverly-drawn animated vengeance. Well done.

Making the rounds. Worth it.

Beauty Of Mathematics

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell

Pond Scum Under the Microscope – Pondlife, Episode #1

“We are surrounded by microscopic organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Follow Museum microbiologist Sally Warring as she reveals the invisible inhabitants of the green slime at the surface of a pond in Central Park.”

Produced by the American Museum of Natural History

Robot Koch – Manifold

“The title ‘Manifold’ stands for the multitude of shapes that organic life takes, ever changing and shifting, like countless variations of a bigger theme, alien life forms included.”

This sort of has a Mark Romanek feel to it from a visual perspective. I like it.

And those are this week’s Friday Videos!

Have a fantastic Friday and an excellent June weekend.


May 31st, 2019

Happy Friday!

And congratulations on making it to June, 2019!

We now commence our Friday Videos transmission…

Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models

What a title! Just flows off the tongue… 😉

This is the deeper research that led to the widely reported “Mona Lisa” deep fake video that made the rounds in the past couple of weeks.

“Our work (and quite a few parallel works) will lead to the democratization of the certain special effects technologies. And the democratization of the technologies has always had negative effects.”

This fascinating (even though the narrator gets a little too technical here,) and we’re already awaiting the terrible effects of how it could be misused.

The IMAX of the 1890s | HOW TO SEE the First Movies

I honestly had NO IDEA this was a thing!

Basically 70mm prints from the 1890s! Most film was more narrow than 35mm film. So crazy.

The detail is astounding.

h/t: kottke.

Fritz Learns to Catch Compilation #1

“We’ve compiled some of the highs and lows of Fritz’s quest to learn how to catch food. Sit back and enjoy a little ride through memory lane as Fritz is introduced to a steak, a strawberry, a chimichanga, a meatball, and more.”

Note. I am late to this particular party. It’s still pretty great.

Raised off the Grid: Meet the 17-Year Old Living in the Wilderness

“On a remote homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 17-year-old Maddie Roark spent her childhood learning how to camp, shoot and hunt. With college on the horizon, she’s returning to the wilderness to reset; as she preps for a 6 month solo hike on the Appalachian Trail.”

Actually a really fascinating report from Vice News.

That is what I’ve got this week.

Happy Friday, welcome to June, and have a fantastic weekend!


May 24th, 2019

Friday! Friday! Friday!

All day!

And now it’s video time…

Darth Vader is Coming to America HD

Darth Vader, in Star Wars, but saying lines from “Coming To America” (both roles performed by James Earl Jones.)

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

“NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.”

A quick explainer from the New York Times.

More info, of course, at the NASA website.

A Homemade Meal . . . From a Vending Machine

“Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine selling tantalizing homemade meals. Even better? The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm. In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.”

Not what I expected. What an adorable, interesting short video.


“Earth is an amazing place, full of incredible things. But being human, sometimes we tend to forget how awesome our planet really is.”

Also: “Created for Alien use only.” I love that.

This concludes our Friday Videos for this week.

Have a fantastic (long?) weekend everybody.


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


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”


That is all! As you were…

Happy Friday!