“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
“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
“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.
“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!
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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).”
“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”
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.