December 7th, 2018

Welcome to December Friday!

Over on the Friday Links I posted my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide. I can’t believe it’s already here. This year whizzed right by.

And now to the videos…

Giving Strangers A Christmas Morning

“I brought my living room to a street corner to share Christmas morning with strangers. We opened presents and shared their favorite Christmas memories. The holidays are not about presents, it’s about family!”

Or in this case, presents and family and a YouTube… stunt… thing.

Still a sweet idea.

Benedict Cumberbatch Teaches How to React to Bad Xmas Gifts

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A tiny promo for the new Grinch movie, which looks pretty good.

The 25 Best Films Of 2018: A Video Countdown

It’s that time again…

The City of the Future Is Already Here

“In central Arizona there exists an experimental town called Arcosanti. It’s built on the principles of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology to envision a city that works in tandem with the Earth’s resources. In this short documentary, The Atlantic goes inside this distinctive urban space to understand how Arcosanti plans to reconstruct how humans envision cities.”

I found this interesting.

Bonus Video!

Playing All My Guitar Pedals At Once

“Ever wonder what 37 guitar stomp boxes sound like when played at the same time? Today I answer that age old question.”

I won’t spoil it for you.

From YouTuber “samuraiguitarist”, a.k.a. “Steve” from Winnipeg.

Thanks for playing along at home.

Happy Holidays, and see you next week.


November 30th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And there goes November. Crazy.

Here are your Friday Videos!

Winter Night Longboard

“Third and final part of the triptych “Surfing the city”, three cruisings around Madrid in longboard. A winter’s night skating…”

Super fun!

An old one but new to me.

Space Station 20th: longest continuous timelapse from space

“Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 November 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home.”

Making the rounds. Worth it.

Also: The InSight probe successfully and safely landed on Mars this week.

Sound in Hanna-Barbera

These cartoons gave rise to a pretty impressive sound effects collection that was used for many years after these cartoons were no longer in syndication.

This is great.

The Secret Record Label Within Waffle House

“While you’re chowing down on pecan waffles and grits, you might be treated to a sweet sweet serenade all about waffles, eggs or even raisin toast. The beloved restaurant chain has its own record label that creates songs unique to the Waffle House experience. Waffle Records has been releasing jams like “Cooking Up Your Order” and “Special Lady at the Waffle House” available at Waffle House jukeboxes across the U.S.”

I mean… they have their own line of merch as well.

Bonus Video!

Two Hundred and Seventy

270 white plastic garbage bags inflate and deflate in a sequential, very specific way.

Created by artist Nils Voelker.

Oddly calming…

It’s the end of November. Treat yourself. Only one month left in 2018. We’re almost through…

Have a great weekend everybody.


November 23rd, 2018

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to my American subscribers.

It’s Friday! And it’s Video time!

Let’s go…

Having Thanksgiving Dinner with North Koreans

“In this video North Korean defectors try a special Thanksgiving meal prepped by chef Ryan Phillips of Ryan Smokehouse in Seoul.”

If you want an example of gratitude, this is a good one.

The Chemical Brothers – Free Yourself

Directed by DOM&NIC.

20 years later they’re still making visually compelling music videos.


“Everyone knows the black and white photo of the Amsterdam canal with red bicycle from the IKEA ‘Vilshult’ series. The documentary ‘Vilshult’ tells the exceptional story behind IKEA’s famous Amsterdam poster.”

Make sure to use the closed captioning. It’s well translated.

Eric Chien 2018 Fism Grand Prix Act -Ribbon-

FISM stands for “Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques” (The International Society of Magic.)

This performance is really, really mind-blowing.

I feel certain the table is the real trick here.

It’s making the rounds and it’s worth every second.

Egg Breaking Machine with Egg Loader Machine – SANOVO OptiBreaker with OptiLoader


What a beast of a machine. It’s sort of hypnotic to watch.

Have a great (long) weekend everybody. Stay warm and be nice to each other.


November 16th, 2018

It’s Friday! And we’re mid-way through November.

That was fast. Yikes.

It’s video time!

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves. – Marcel Proust


A fun little song and video. Part Devo, part Kraftwerk, part OK GO. Fun, melodic guitar pop with a weirdly mechanical delivery on the video.

I like.

More at the band’s website.

MK: Back and Forth

The main character in this dance music video is afflicted with non-stop groove. It’s hilarious and quite intricately shot.

You can purchase the track here.

The Big Island

“This video chronicles a short journey through the various terrains and astonishing landscapes of Hawai’i, one million years in the making.”

This video is extremely well shot and edited. So short, which makes it re-watchable.

Well done.

Drawing of a fried egg – How to draw 3D Art

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By artist and frequent YouTuber Marcello Barenghi. Really beautiful work.

Happy Friday everybody. Have a great weekend.


November 9th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Links.

Let’s go!

Unlimited Rice Pudding

Despite the weird title (which is explained in the video) this is an acerbic, funny, insightful video about how to prepare for time travel for the express purpose of being treated as a god. It’s dark, but also did I mention funny?

Created by YouTuber exurb1a, whose other videos are worth a look also. Well done.

Le gardien du temple – Toulouse acte2 scene1 : “Le réveil d’Astérion”

The Guardian Of The Temple is the latest show put together by an art troupe known as “La Machine” This is an operatic interpretation of the myth of Ariadne and is highlighted by a functional robotic Minotaur.

It’s really something. Beautifully conceived, epic in scale, lots of fire. Everything!

h/t Colossal.

The Filmmaker’s Voice: 2001: A Space Odyssey

“Kubrick took care to fashion every detail––the cast, sets, costumes, special effects, cinematography, lighting, opticals, miniatures, mimes in ape-suits––to produce visuals and sounds the viewer had never experienced before. And with such bold experiments come mixed reactions.”

“Wizard of Oz” Homecoming Assembly

It’s kind of FRANTIC how high-energy this performance is but it’s definitely entertaining.

Hip-hop choreography galore. Super well done.

We have arrived at the end.

I hope your weekend is fantastic.

See you next time around.


November 2nd, 2018

Heyyyyy November!

Happy Friday!

It’s video time!

The Magic Moment

“The amazing paper engineer Peter Dahmen from Dortmund, Germany creates magical moving three-dimensional objects from only paper. He has turned his passion for paper engineering and pop-up cards into a full time career.”

These are stunning creations. Really beautiful.

CMYK Portraits

“CMYK Portraits drawn using an AxiDraw & Staedtler Triplus Rollerball Pens”

Learn more about the (expensive but super cool) AxiDraw here. (And I covet it.)

Moving Parts

A collection of micro-animated objects in one short video.

Created by animator Andrew B. Myers.

Quite detailed and intricate.

Cyriak: RIP

He’s back!

This is not Cyriak’s first appearance on the Friday Videos. So good.

And that’s what I have for you.

Please join me next week when I…. provide more videos to look at!

Happy Friday.


October 26th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Welcome to the Hallowe’en edition of the Friday Videos!

Let’s get started…

Banjo Guy Ollie: Silent Hill – Opening Theme cover

This guy covers horror movie themes, but using traditional bluegrass instrumentation.

Kind of weird. Happy Hallowe’en!

This Prop Master’s Work Is Hidden in Plain Sight

“From handwritten letters to driver’s licenses, each piece is custom made and thoughtfully imbued with backstory.”

What a fascinating, specific form of prop making.

The Birch

“He who breaks me shall come undone…”

A very short horror film to start your Hallowe’en right.

Created by Crypt TV who have several more, if that’s your thing.

Max Cooper – Platonic

“The idea for the Platonic video came from the thought of just how much is going on in one single day.”

Beautifully shot, and cleverly executed.

Bonus Video!

Harriet the Singing Donkey ‘Serenades’ Passerby

She sounds a little bit like a theramin!

There we go! Ready for Hallowe’en now.

Stay safe out there, and see you next week.


October 19th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday everybody!

We made it. Good job!

Video time!

Chinese Tea Art – AUBO i5 Dual-Arm Robot

This industrial robot carefully brews and prepares tea in a traditional Chinese way.

It’s mesmerizing to watch.

Racoon Demonstrates Problem Solving Skills | Earth Unplugged

“Racoons are as clever as monkeys… so what puzzles can Rascal tha racoon solve to get to a tasty treat?”

From BBC Earth.

Speaking as a resident of a raccoon-infested city, these are definitely very clever, self-sufficient animals.

Kraftwerk – Roboter – Lemmchen Grundschule

Translation: Kraftwerk’s 1979 single “We Are The Robots” (“Die Roboter”) performed by students of the primary school in Lemmchen, Germany

(Original for comparison…)


McBain (The Full Movie, High Quality)

The full McBain movie hidden in The Simpsons in high quality.

The original, at definitely lower resolution, can be found here.

See also: The Itchy and Scratchy Show – All Episodes.

Bonus Video!

British Chef Creates Amazing ‘Unappetizing’ Desserts

Cigarette butts (made of fondant) in an ashtray (containing cocoa “ashes”), a soapy sponge (made of cake), a mouldy orange (which is actually orange parfait with meringue dust.)

The chef is Ben Churchill (aka “The Food Illusionist”) and he’s quite talented.

More info here.

Have a lovely Friday and a fantastic – hopefully warm – weekend.


October 12th, 2018

Happy Friday!

It’s video time again!

Let’s Play – Super Mario Bros. LIVE w/FULL ORCHESTRA! (ep.1)

“The entire first two worlds of gameplay from Super Mario Bros. for the NES with music accompanied LIVE by a full sized jazz big band, orchestra, and choir!”


Pickle Rick Outtakes | Rick and Morty | Adult Swim

“Enjoy this extended clip of Justin Roiland struggling to keep it together.”

The fact that they had all these outtakes and then *animated* them is kind of why I love this show so much.

A Day in Pompeii – Full-length animation

Created by ZeroOne Animation in Melbourne, Australia.

Very well done.

Lego Breakfast Machine

It’s not quick, and it’s not extremely precise, but what a great little project.

And that’s what I’ve got for you this week.

Have a happy Friday, and a lovely weekend.


October 5th, 2018

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Yup. It’s that weekend. You knew that though, right?


And now it’s Video time!

2018 Small World In Motion Competition

2018 Small World In Motion Competition

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Some really beautiful, incredible imagery here.

Bohemian Rhapsody In Blue

A pretty great piano mashup of the seminal Queen single, and the Gershwin tune.

Posted on the Postmodern Jukebox channel. The pianist is Scott Bradlee. Really well done.

Commodore 64 left outside for over a decade! Could it still work??

“I was given a Commodore 64C that had been left outside for a decade or more in rural Oregon. It dealt with everything mother nature could throw at it while it sat outside. Could this machine possibly still work?”

I won’t spoil it for you. It’s pretty nerdy of course.

Sent in by Matt L.

Eminem as a Talking Heads song

The melody and clipped vocal delivery really sell this one.

Bonus Video!

Yikes… This Guy Showed Up To A Karaoke Bar To Sing ‘Tequila’

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It looks like part of a Ted talk maybe?

And that’s what I’ve got this October Friday.

Have a lovely (long) weekend everybody!