August 10th, 2018

Hey look it’s Friday!

And Friday Videos.

And stuff.

Here we go!

Happy Friday!

How a Dutch Gangster was Betrayed by His Sister | The Backstory | The New Yorker

This is a crazy, harrowing story.

There is an accompanying long read as well.

Fire In Cardboard City

A very, very clever animated short film by New Zealander Phil Brough.

This is one of the most ingenious short animated films I’ve seen in ages.

JENKEM – Matt Tomasello AKA “Rodney Mullen on Bath Salts”

“Matt Tomasello already scarred skateboarders with his last Fancy Lad part, but this time he came back with even more bootleg board contraptions and deranged tricks to permanently ruin the activity altogether.”

It starts off simply enough, but then…. ?!?!?!!?

This is making the rounds but it’s also kind of bewildering. I like it.

Real-Life HUMAN Zoetrope

This was sent to me by so many subscribers that I think most of you probably already saw it, but here it is. 🙂

What’s a Zoetrope? Here’s a good primer from Pixar.

Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend.


August 3rd, 2018

Happy Friday!

And it’s August! But you knew that. 🙂

The 100 Best Tv Episodes Of The Century

The 100 Best Tv Episodes Of The Century

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This is maybe more of a multimedia installation than purely a “video” but here it is.

Definitely worth the deep dive. This is an impressive array of choices, and it includes some (to me) really unexpected features.

Inside The Rhapsody – Queen (Full Documentary)

This is from the Official Queen YouTube channel and goes really, really indepth on the writing, arranging, recording and mixing process for this iconic rock masterpiece.

GoPro Awards: Epic Cloud Cave Wingsuit in Fusion Overcapture

Wingsuit daredevils still blow my mind, but then you see this and think… how many tries did they have in capturing all of this?

So amazing.

Making the rounds.

Djent 2018

This is YouTube musician Jared Dines performing on an Ormsby “Djent”… instrument. It’s an 18-string (essentially) multi-guitar.

I mean good for him! 🙂 I can’t see this becoming a widespread trend. Some pretty creative performance ideas here.

Bonus Video!

Full Metal Jacket – AAAAAAAA (country song)

uhhhh… more like a dance floor stomper than a “country song.”

Short enough that I played it twice. Nicely done!

Ta daaaa! Friday Videos.

Have a great August weekend. I’ll see you in a week.


July 27th, 2018

Happy Friday!

It’s the last Friday of July 2018. Which is sad. But that still means one more month of Summer!

And we still have videos! Let’s go!

Canuck And I

“Meet Canuck – a wild crow who formed an unlikely bond with his human friend, Shawn.”

I love this story, which is oddly enough presented by Canadian cellular provider Telus.

It’s a bit over-long in my opinion. It’s show in neighborhoods I used to live in, and it’s a touching story.

How NYC plans to survive the next superstorm

“Sandy hit New York City almost six years ago and the city is still recovering. As storms grow even more frequent and severe, cities around the world are struggling to prepare themselves for the worst.”

It’s a lot of prepapration. A lot of new techniques to keep water out. All still unproven but they have to do something.

Top 10 Most Astonishing Electron Microscope Pics In The World

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Tiny Goats Visit River Otters

“Ruth and Sonia had an otter buddy experience.”

Tiny goats doing anything is already YouTube gold. But tiny goats AND otters = meltdown.

Sent in by Alexis S.

Bonus Video!

Dog concerto in A♭m

“Featuring Guitar Pro’s awesome MIDI clarinet and harpsichord sounds.”


And there you go! Friday video’d up!!

Have a great summer weekend everybody. See you in seven days.


July 20th, 2018

And we’re back.

It’s Friday!

And video time!

And go!

A new film by Peter Jackson

Jackson is restoring very old footage from World War I. The results are absolutely breathtaking.

The Commercials of David Lynch

This is an exhaustive compilation. Wow.

How NASA Engineers Use Origami To Design Future Spacecraft

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Pretty amazing that there are people whose job it is to fold expensive technology into very small spaces.

WORLD RECORD DOMINO CUBE – Paluten Tribute with 21,600 Dominoes

A minecraft-style cube made out of 21,600 dominoes.

The build took 32 hours, but crashes down in under 10 seconds.

And that’s what I’ve got!

I hope your Friday is wonderful.

See you next week folks.


July 13th, 2018

You did it!

Pat yourself on the back. It’s Friday!

Good Job!

And yeah sure it’s the 13th but big deal. Every day feels like the 13th am I right?

Here are some videos!

Lasvit Supernova by Petra Krausová

“Supernova” is a chandelier “installation” light sculpture that can manipulate itself into several really beautiful configurations.

It’s hard to get a sense of scale from this video but the thing is huge. (e.g.: this image)

More information here.

Lasvit has created several of these since their inception in 2007. Really beautiful work.

Sand Drawing Robot

“I finally did a test of the sand drawing robot, it worked beautifully. First time.”

What a neat little project!

Trump head squirrel feeder

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Crickets Chirping Slowed Down 800% (creepy)

It’s weird. I don’t find it creepy.

See also “God’s Cricket Chorus” which arranges several slowed down recordings of crickets. It sounds like a choir!

Not to be confused with this experiment which I find soothing.

Happy, Happy Friday everybody.

See you in a week.


July 6th, 2018

It’s definitely July!

And definitely Friday and time for videos.

And definitely hot!

Here we go…

“Joost Up Color” Big Spirograph In Progress by Mary Wagner

“Artist Mary Wagner draws with big Spirograph like gears that she designs and makes herself. Here she’s drawing “Joost Up Color” a multicolored figure that’s twenty inches in diameter.”

U2 – With Or Without You – Luca Stricagnoli

One man, three guitar necks, one very large arrangement.

His channel features numerous other covers.

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides

Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides

“Elegy: GTA USA Gun Homicides is a self playing version of GTA (Grand Theft Auto.) The project is basically a game as a data visualizer – a daily reenactment of the total number of USA gun homicides since January 1st, 2018. The project works from a daily update of gun homicides as scraped from []”

It restarts every day at midnight. I viewed this at 2:15pm and it appeared to have been done for its day. Your mileage may vary. It depends on how quickly it gets through the list.

A weird, harrowing project.

RimbaTubes: Daft Punk Medley

“A medley of Daft Songs played on the RimbaTubes and a plethora of other instruments by my Snubby J clones!”

This took some effort. Crazy.

And: now I know what “rimbatubes” are. 🙂

Bonus Video!

The Overlook Hotel Classic Horror Mashup. AMDS Films. Movie Mashup VO

“Hello, here is my brand new mashup movie, it’s a reflection on the horror movies and novelists who officiate in this genre, including Stephen King, but it’s still distracting, I hope you’ll enjoy this new experience. :)”

Editing = interesting recontextualization.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, everybody!

See you next week.


June 29th, 2018

Welcome to the final Friday of June 2018.

We made it! And where I live, not only is it a long weekend, but also scorchingly hot.

And now: the videos!

Paper Planes but every time there’s a gun shot it’s a musket

Note: now the song is 12 minutes long. 🙂

Making the rounds. Sent in by Alicia S.

A Brief History of Paramount Pictures

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Design, Modeling and Control of Aerial Robot DRAGON

In a nutshell: mimicking the movement of a Chinese parade dragon via purely autonomous mechanical means.

It’s beautiful!

Magic For Cats

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Despite the totally unnecessary top hat, I enjoyed this.

Sent in by Christine T.

Bonus Video!

G-Flip: About You

G-Flip = Georgia Flipo, a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter.

The video is quite glitchy but the work here is excellent.

There we go. Videos! And Friday! Together at last!

Have a great (long? scorching?) weekend.


June 22nd, 2018

Well well well… Friday’s back again.

Hooray! (Right?)

Video time!!

The Dirty Car Artist – Scott Wade

“Scott Wade has been called the “da Vinci of Dust,” the “Michelangelo of Mud,” but he prefers the “Dirty Car Artist.” After years of experimentation, he’s perfected the techniques he now uses to transform filthy cars into mobile art galleries.”

There is, of course, a website.

His work really is pretty good.

Hacker Breaks Down ‘Ocean’s 8’ Hacking Scenes

A pretty straightforward walk-through of the terminology and the techniques implied in the new Oceans film.

Rihanna as hacker = win.

Presented by Samy Kamkar who to date has not released or recorded a multi-week #1 single of the summer… 😉

How to make a Renaissance sugar sculpture

“Want to add some punch to your dinner parties? Or make a political statement at Sunday lunch? In this final recipe video of the Pleasant Vices series Tasha demonstrates how to make a sugar sculpture to adorn your table.”

Pretty great.

Very old cookbooks included these instructions. Plus other extravagant decorative touches like meringue swans.

People had way more time when there was no TV.

CYBORG Cyber Spin at Six Flags Great Adventure

I would go on this. What a crazy contraption!

Also: I would probably yack. But still! $15 well spent, yes?

That’s what I got. All video’d up.

Have a great weekend everybody. Summer’s here! Let’s get out there!!

See you next week.


June 15th, 2018

We’re at the halfway point of June, and the final Friday before Summer.

We can do this!

It’s also video time…

LEGO Car Factory (red car)

A mostly modular, fully automated car assembly line made completely out of Lego.


Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones

“I decided on making waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable.

“By making a man-powered machine that creates scarfs in 5 minutes.”

Pretty great. The expressions on the peoples’ faces when they create their own scarf is kinda great.

Making-of gallery here.

KITKAT Online Factory Tour

This is actually a four part video playlist that tours the KitKat factory in Kasumigaura, Japan.

The Japanese really, really love KitKat, and make a bizarre range of flavors of them including Green Tea.

How to Make Donuts Vending Machine from Cardboard

No joke. A functional donut vending machine. Using the correct coins and everything. From cardboard.


Bonus Video!

Cat Explorer

A 3D VR demo that examines the insides of a cartoon cat.

Pretty well done! Created by Leap Motion, who have been making strides in the VR space for a while.

Note: may seem gross to some people. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited.

Have a lovely weekend everybody.


June 8th, 2018

It is, once again, Friday.

At last.

And it’s video time! Here we go…

Europe in March, 1939 Color Home Movies

Footage taken from a 1939 cruise on the SS Normandie. Not much else is known.

It’s super clear! Kind of amazing.

Smooth Criminal But Every Other Beat is Missing

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What a weird concept. It sounds vaguely experimental. And decidedly is a “march” now.

See also Toto’s Africa with the same treatment.

Robert DeLong – Favorite Color Is Blue ft. K.Flay

An odd song but I like it, and a really glitchy, 80’s inspired video.

Well done.

shin shinrashinge

An action scene created with paper and pencil, and an iphone.

Pretty well done!

The only description text in Japanese translates to “It is a shot”. And… yeah I guess it is. 🙂

And there we go! Friday! And Videos! And Friday Videos!

Have a great, great weekend.