September 15th, 2017

September is just cruising right along…

And now: some videos!

BINKBEATS – Little Nerves feat. Niels Broos

This videos was suggested to me by… YouTube!

These guys are great. I really enjoyed this track. It starts off pretty basically but it definitely progresses in interesting ways. Really great musical chemistry here.

There are several more such collaborations on the BINKBEATS channel but this one is still the stand-out for me.

iPhone X (parody)

“A $1000 Emoji Machine!”

Making the rounds. Sent in by Carla Y.

See also: “Notch Mode” 🙂 Hastily created after the demo.

30 Day Time-Lapse At Sea

Aboard a container ship.

Oddly soothing.

Wet Book Rescue

[self explanatory]

I knew it must be possible but it never crossed my mind exactly how.

Bonus Video!

Cassies Take a Tour of Agility Robotics

“No CG: 100% actual robots.”

More info on the Cassies bipedal autonomous robot here.

Have a lovely Friday, and a spectactular weekend.


September 8th, 2017

Welcome Friday. Great to see you again. Of course.

And it’s video time!

Drinking Coke From 1956

[self explanatory]

From the somewhat delightful Vimeo series “Don’t Put That In Your Mouth“.

Self-Playing Orchestra with 17 Instruments – Philipps Paganini

Also known as an “Orchestrion.”

This appears to be from ~1921 or so.

Beautiful. But also (sort of): what a racket! 🙂

Once Upon A Time In Pulp Fiction

A great, great mashup of Tarantino and Sergio Leone strictly via editing and score.

This Is a Generic Millennial Ad

“This Is a Generic Millennial Ad, created with And/Or studio, shows how easy it is to appeal to anyone born between 1980 and 2000. The good news? Thanks to social media, it’s easy to connect with this influential audience. The bad news? They hate spending money on things. (Except for maybe avocados.)”

Bonus Video!

ANVIL Vs. FRIDGE! Crazy 45m Drop Test!!!

(THREE exclamation points!)

Yup. These guys drop an anvil. On a fridge.

And other stuff. Basically dropping heavy things, on things, from a crane.

Gravity. It works!

And there we have it! Friday! Videoooooos! [echo]

Have a wonderful long weekend everybody.


September 1st, 2017

Happy Friday!

And welcome to the Friday Videos!

Radiohead – No Surprises (Piano Cover)

Performed by Josh Cohen. Really beautifully played.

Getting dressed in the 18th century

Getting dressed in the 18th century

“A lady gets dressed in the fashion of 18th century. She puts on her clothes, with help in a particular order, including, a shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes.”

The Story of Jon Burgerman

“Jon asked me to make photo’s for his new book It’s Great To Create. A few cool pic’s didn’t make it to the final print. So I thought I’d make a film with the leftovers.”

Whimsical. I like it!

Time Lapse of Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #797” | Blanton Museum of Art

“In February of 2014, the Blanton team was hard at work preparing to open “Converging Lines,” our exhibition celebrating the friendship between Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt.”

49 people, over 11 days, completed this.

Bonus Video!

“Dance For Your Life, Puny Human”

“An unfortunate oaf finds himself pitted against a sassy, dancing robot in a deadly dance off competition. Can this puny human out dance his robotic challenger to save his own life?”


And so happy Friday, and happy September everybody.

See you next week.


August 25th, 2017

Well here it is Friday already?

Let me make some lemonade now you just sit right here…


2017 Solar Eclipse

“Experiencing totality for the 2017 solar eclipse from the shores of Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, Monday Aug. 21, 2017.”

Of all the hundreds (thousands?) of videos of this week’s solar eclipse, this is the one I found to be most dramatic. It’s quite short (and a timelapse) but so beautiful, and dramatic, and still. (Well: except for the noisy kids. 🙂 )

An impressive Japanese Rube Goldberg machine

It runs for four minutes!

This is the most complicated, elegant solution I have ever seen. I wish I had this kind of time…

Sent in by Alison L.

Repairing Willie Nelson’s Trigger

“Willie Nelson’s guitar, “Trigger,” is in for repairs at Erlewine Guitars in Austin, Texas. Mark Erlewine shares a closeup look at the famous hole in the top. Mark’s been Trigger’s caretaker for ages, and he gives us the inside scoop on Trigger’s history.”

That is one well-traveled guitar! (Related: wiki link. Worth a deep dive.)

33,600 piece jigsaw puzzle time lapse

[self explanatory]

Elapsed time: 9 months.

I wish I had that kind of time!

Bonus Video!

Y40 jump: Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world

“On a single breath of air, Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world in Italy: Y40. The action is filmed on breath hold by his wife Julie Gautier.”

So: try to watch this video and *not* hold your breath. 🙂

All done! Thanks for watching along at home. (Or work, I guess.)

Happy Friday! See you next week.


August 18th, 2017

We made it everybody!

Friday! Huzzaaaah!

And now: some videos.

Helium Beer Test | Short Version with English Subtitles

Yes. There is a beer that’s carbonated using Helium. (“heliumated?”)

And this video, hoooo boy, is funny!

How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer

“We provide you with the winning formula that turns any trailer into the blockbuster smash hit of the season it was meant to be.”

Presented by Auralnauts, who have been featured here before.

Making the rounds (ish.)

Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio

There have been a few stories and videos making the rounds lately about the technology used to fabricate video or audio of fake statements.

This is the most impressive one in my opinion. It can generate video based solely on audio source alone. I’d say it’s something like 90% accurate looking. In a few years this could be a really interesting tool, specifically in film post production.

Milky Shot

This was described to me by a few people as “a commercial” but it’s not. I guess it is…? It promotes “Strauss”, makers of the “Milky” line of dairy confections.

A weird, weird little film.

Bonus Video!

Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk

Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk

[self explanatory]

I wish there were a translator for what this bird is thinking in this video. Hilarious.

And there you go! Your Friday, alllll video’d up!

See you all in seven days.


August 11th, 2017

It is Friday once again!

Did this week go fast for you? No? Just me? Anybody? No?

To the videos!!

Ants in my Eyes Johnson w/drums

Another great drum interpretation of a non-musical work, which also seems to lend it musical qualities! Really cleverly executed. This guy has pretty amazing chops as well.

Also: I love Rick and Morty. (Which this clip is from.)

Before You See DUNKIRK: How To Play A Giant 70mm IMAX Film

“Learn how the 70mm IMAX film projection system works. Think all they do is put in a DVD and press play? Think again.”

Seriously! I was unaware of how long the threading process is for this ginormous projector system.

Anime Baseball

Provided with zero context. Created by Corridor Digital.

I like!

What if Michael Bay made Waffles?

“#FoodFilms reimagines recipe videos in the style of famous directors.”

Pretty great. 🙂

Bonus Video!

Frogs watching TV

[self explanatory]

Starting to make the rounds.

My cat doesn’t understand there are moving images on the screen. No idea why. Frogs > my cat.

And there you go! Happy Friday!

See you next week Friday peeps.


August 4th, 2017


Already. And it’s Friday of course!

Who’s ready for some videos? Yes you are!

The Real Life Wiseguy Behind Goodfellas

An interview with Henry Hill, the real wiseguy from the book that inspired the movie Goodfellas. Some great interviews with the actors and others about the casting process.

Major Lazer: Know No Better

Major Lazer: Know No Better

An interactive video for Major Lazer’s new single. You simply click the screen to see the dream version or reality version.

A fun video!

Ancestor of Castella, Kasdos

a.k.a.: Castella Sponge Cake.

More info here. They look great!

h/t: The Kid Should See This.

3D printing a home for under $10,000

“This is the first residential house 3D-printed onsite with a mobile printer. It only took 24 hours and costs $10,134.”

Much more info here.

Bonus Video!

Operator Toll Dialing Instructions – 1949 Educational Documentary

“Bell System instructional film for telephone operators, showing how to perform dialing operations.”

All of this is performed by computers and network systems today.

Enjoy the rest of your fabulous Friday everybody!


July 28th, 2017

Welcome back, Friday!

And farewell to July 2017. (snif!)

Videos! We got ’em.

Bec Hill translates “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Edith Piaf)

“Need a beeeer… for my faaaaace…” Hilarious. Cleverly illustrated as well.

Bec Hill is an Australian YouTuber, and quite funny.

10 Songs You’ve Heard and Don’t Know the Name Of

[self explanatory]

Entertainingly presented by Brasilian YouTuber Vinheteiro. His other videos are also worth a peek. Very talented.

See an Apocalyptic World Envisioned in Miniature

“Nix + Gerber, the duo of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, are miniature diorama artists who have collaborated for 14 years. They specialize in creating post-mankind settings, where buildings are crumbling and ‘nature takes back some of the spaces.’ In this wonderful and fun artist profile short documentary by filmmaking duo The Drawing Room, we meet these two compelling artists with a keen eye for the details that makes their art come to life.”

The incredible attention to detail in this work is breathtaking. Beautifully done. And they seem like pretty cool people too!

You Know it’s a Christopher Nolan Film IF…

Sort of self explanatory. Created by ScreenPrism in the wake of Dunkirk 1st week promotion (it’s good! You should see it!)

A very in-depth overview of many, many aspects of what Christopher Nolan does when creating his stories, characters and shots. Really well made.

Bonus Video!

Full circle Rainbow

“A huge full circle rainbow was shot in the cabin of a crane in St Petersburg, Russia while construction crews work on the Lakhta Center skyscraper (462 m).”

This is a first for me. I’ve seen double rainbows. Never this. Pretty cool!

Have a great Friday, and an awesome final July weekend!


July 21st, 2017

Friiiiii [inhale] Dayyyyy!


And videos! Together at last!

Un albero un anno – One tree one year

“A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes.

“Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlife of the Apennines.

“What you see here is just a small part of this incredible experience.”

Making the rounds, and beautiful.

Détour — A film by Michel Gondry

“Discover Détour, a film by Michel Gondry shot on iPhone. Follow the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner.”

I still love Gondry’s visual style. Shot on an iPhone! (Though I suppose that isn’t such a big deal, the iPhone has a great camera in it.)

“Raiders of the lost Darth”. Movie Mashup.

A great mix of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters, etc. Nicely done. Hurry before the lawyers cease and desist this one.

Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world (Official)

This route runs through several destinations in South Africa. It looks really decadent and wonderful. (And, yes, slow, but still!)

Bonus Video!

Keaton Music Typewriter Demo

This was a device from 1936 (this video shows one from 1953,) which would allow the user to print out sheet music, one note, rest, clef at a time.

More info here.

You made it! We made it! Friday!

Enjoy your weekend everybody.


July 14th, 2017

Who’s ready for some Friday Videos???

Yes you are! Yes you are!

Here we go

hi, i’m steve

An odd little animated short created by Bill Wurtz

UW researchers create realistic video from audio files alone

“In this example, the team created realistic videos of Obama speaking in the White House, using the audio file from a television talk show and during an interview decades ago.”

This is mind-blowing.

More info here. White paper on this research here.

MNSTWNSS (Two.H & Hiss) | Untitled

“Enjoy the Vice Grand Beatbox Battle Champ with his fresh new beats after his two year military break where he could bring his entire style to a whole new level.”

Beatbox battles. Now a thing. 🙂

Pretty great though!

Animal watching – Video installation on trees by Maizz Visual

“Video Installation presented at Marvin Festival 2017 which transformed the trees of Parque España, Mexico City, into huge 3D animal motion faces.”

Haunting and beautiful.

Bonus Video!

Lego Zoetrope Mechanical Animation Device

Brilliant! How has nobody thought to do this before?

And there you go!

Have a great, hot, enjoyable July weekend.