April 12th, 2019

Oh hello there Friday!

It’s video time!

Here goes nothing…

DJ Cummerbund – Bird Parade

A real cavalcade of stars in this mashup. My Chemical Romance + Lynyrd Skynyrd + Elton John + several more

Cummerbund is a weird genius.

First Images of Black Holes!

Of all the coverage I saw these past few days regarding this historic first image of a black hole, this video describes the processes used to achieve it with the best detail and clarity.

Well done. Informative. Fascinating.

See also this great recap (seriously) from cosmologist Katie Mack. Some great insights.

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“default filename tv finds and plays youtube videos that were uploaded from the camera without edits to the filename.”

A bonkers site. People who just wanted to prove they can directly upload to YouTube with zero curation. So odd.

Your Face

One of several creative and hilarious “Plymptoons” created by Bill Plympton in the 1970s and 80s.

Bonus Video!

Anti-Drawing Machine

“The user will begin to draw on this ordinary paper – Until they find out the paper has a mind of its own!”

A goofy, hilarious quasi-invention from Soonho Kwon, a Design student at Carnegie Mellon University.

There we go! Easy!

Have a great, great Friday everybody!


April 5th, 2019

Welcome back Friday!

Finally here. Okay. Deep breaths…

Let’s go!!

Abandoned Skateboarding

“This is one of my favourite indoor places I’ve ever filmed. A big old wool factory in the middle of nowhere. Just wanted to keep this edit very simple and real. Just pure skateboarding, sound and a very nice looking location.”

Shot by Kristoffer Davidsson. Beautifully done.

Organ with reed pipes from paper

“This model is completely made of paper and cardboard, except of transparent plastic to view internals of pressure regulator.”

Note: honking noises!! Super interesting build though.

LET IT GO (Disney’s Frozen) on wine glasses, pots and pans

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A gadget maker’s worst nightmare…

“Creating a physical product is difficult, even without the added risk of someone stealing your idea.”

Exploring the complexities of people ripping off your original product idea once you finally produce it.

Sent along by Alison L.

Stan reinvents parking at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport

“For the first time in the world, Stanley Robotics’ outdoor automated robotic valet system, developed in partnership with Aéroports de Lyon, was presented in operation on Thursday, March 14.”

A pretty great idea. Since I live in Canada my first thought is: that little robot will not make it through snow very well. But still!

Have a great weekend everybody!


March 29th, 2019

That was pretty fast: no more March left! Huh.

But at least it’s video time!

Let’s get into it.


“Audio visual installation for public spaces, produced by Studio Joanie Lemercier.”

Light / animation projections into water vapor suspended in the air.

Holy cow this must be an incredible thing to witness in person. Beautifully done!

Rebirth: Introducing photorealism in UE4

UE4 = Unreal Engine 4, a game creation platform.

If you didn’t know this was 100% computer generated, would you be able to tell?

Amazing. Making the rounds.


“A short featuring John John Florence, titled “Space.” Shot on location between Western Australia and Hawaii.”

This is a mesmerizing, artful short film. It also contains surfing.

Let’s Dance, Let’s Shout (SHOUT!)

Jackson 5 + Ronnie James Dio = funkmetal.

It works pretty well actually. Nicely done.

That’s what I have for you. That’s it. I am a river to my people… 😉

See you next week everybody. Happy April!


March 22nd, 2019

Guys! It’s Friday!

And where I live: it’s finally warming up.

You know what that means: Video time!

Kyoto Tachibana High School Band Club Otosuji Shopping Street Parade

At 27 minutes, it’s a little longer than most, but I guarantee you will be entertained. Some excellent musicianship, and a ridiculous array of marching choreography.

Sent in by Tia T.

Inside Game of Thrones: A Story in Stunts

“Stunt Coordinator Rowley Irlam describes the work that goes into creating a ‘dynamic frame of action’ for every epic moment in the series.”

Holy crap no kidding. We take the CGI for granted so much that it’s easy to forget real live human beings are moving heaven and earth to perform these crazy stunts.

New season drops April 14th.

Where Hollywood Shoots All Its Plane Scenes

“Many of the most iconic plane and airport scenes were filmed in the same place — Air Hollywood, the LA production studio entirely dedicated to aviation.”

It’s more than just the plane interiors too (of which, of course, they have several.) They do departure lounges, luggage pick-up staging, gates, etc.

I never thought about any of this. What an interesting thing to be the best at.

The Best Baguette in Paris

“Each morning, under cover of darkness, Mahmoud M’seddi makes a special delivery to a distinguished Parisian address. As the 2018 winner of an elite competition to determine the city’s best baguette, he has the honor of baking fresh bread for President Emmanuel Macron.”

I make a lot of bread, and I approve this message.

Bonus Video!

Police Logs of Port Townsend

“Actual Police reports taken from Port Townsend and Jefferson County. Read by local residents. Animation by Michael McCurdy.”

These are gold.

There you go! Alllll video’d up!

Have a great weekend everybody, and Happy Spring!


March 15th, 2019

Well hellooooo Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Videos!

Let’s do this!

The Chemical Brothers – We’ve Got To Try

Directed by Ninian Doff, who is quite prolific in the music video world, and has worked with the Chemical Brothers previously.

Really just an incredible short film. One of the best things I’ve seen on YouTube in a while. So good.

Hiking Interactions

Posted by YouTuber “miel“,aka Miel Bredouw, this is a supercut of every interaction you’re likely to experience during a hike.

And it’s funny.

Making the rounds. Worth it.

How Speech Synthesizers Work

A surprisingly in-depth examination of speech synthesis, going back quite a ways.

How To Drive A Car (Feat. VALUE SELECT)

From lunacy-inspired YouTubers “CrackerMilk“.

Their other videos are also worth a brief look (they’re all quite short.)

Sent in by Emma S.

And “That’s That,” as they say.

See you next week everybody. Stay dry out there!


March 8th, 2019

Happy Friday!

It’s been a busy month but by golly we made it to Friday y’all. (Y’all?!)

Video time!

Tiny Murder Scenes Come to Life in These Dioramas

“By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.”

“She” being Abigail Goldman, an investigator with the Las Vegas public defender’s office. Her Instagram is worth a look.

More info here.

The Worst Planet on Earth

“Trapped in the future after humanity has become extinct, Penny the astronaut attempts to find a way home alongside her new best friend, a useless wizard named Cola.”

Exec. produced by Sam Raimi!



From YouTuber Brandon Li

“I spent a month in Seoul and saw a city racing to the future. Here’s the film I made with the help of the great people I met along the way.”

How Music Was Made On Super Nintendo

aka: super complicated and full of restrictions.

A pretty great little explainer.

And that’s what I’ve got this March Friday afternoon.

Enjoy your (Spring Break?) weekend.


March 1st, 2019

It is Friday!

And hoooo boy do we have some videos.

Well: just, you know, five. But still! Friday!!

Here goes.

Tamburo Meccanico XXI – [Electro-mechanical rhythm machine]

Inspired by an invention from Leonardo da Vinci.

More information here.

How ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Was Animated

A pretty great breakdown of the technical tweaks that were devised to introduce certain emotional elements to characters in this quite-well-made filme.

From Movies Insider. Worth a look, especially if you’re an animation nerd.

My 4,566,300,000 Year Old Ring – crafted from a Swedish Meteorite

“Showing this ring to new people really is amazing. Some people freak out completely when told this story and rightfully so. It’s freaking 20 million years older than the earth!”

That’s four point five six billion years old.

This is beautifully done. I love it. And his attitude is great too.

Assyria vs Elam: The battle of Til Tuba

Presented by British Museum curator Gareth Brereton.

“The battle of Til Tuba reliefs are among some of the great masterpieces of ancient Assyrian art. The movement and details are truly stunning. That said, the scenes actually being depicted are anything but easy on the eye.”

A really excellent description of how these pieces should be viewed in order to appreciate the history they depict. I was especially blown away by Brereton’s discussion of the sequential nature of the imagery. This is well produced and interesting.

Bonus Video!

Juan Delcan: Golf Match

Discovered here.

Their Instagram is worth a follow for sure. Expertly animated and so, so fun.

That’s what I’ve got for you this week.

Have a great Friday and a safe, warm weekend.

See you next Friday!


February 22nd, 2019

Happy Friday!

Holy cow it’s the end of February! So fast. Crazy.

And where I live: it’s warming up again. (But for how long?)

Looks like we’re in for some videos. Let’s go!

How obsessive artists colorize old photos

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There have definitely been some excellent strides made in recent years. I’d love to see what they could do with early motion picture footage. Super challenging work, but looks amazing.

Inside Dominic West’s Castle Home

“In this episode of ‘Open Door,’ Dominic West takes us on a tour of Glin Castle, the Irish ancestral home of his wife Catherine FitzGerald’s family. The castle maintains its various period aesthetics, but with all the accoutrement of modern life. From the 10,000 year old Irish elk skull and antlers to the resident spirits and ghosts, Dominic and Catherine show us everything.”

I had never heard of “Open Door” before but I’ll be seeking more of these out. Delightful presentation.

Mortal kombat Acapella

From the decidedly odd “I Do Voices” Youtube channel.

I like it!

Food Play

A whimsical digital animation created by romanian animation house reactiv.

And that, as they say, is that.

Have a great Friday, and an even better (warm?) weekend.


February 15th, 2019

Welcome to Friday!

And the mid-February Friday Videos!

Let’s begin…

Aladdin – Street Rat Edition – TRAILER

A pretty excellently-animated fake trailer.


Second Home – Gunpowder Art – Montana Tribute

See also “How to draw with FIRE and invisible Ink“.

Clever! Dangerous!

Bad Lip Reading: “State of the Union”

Still so good.

Chemical Brothers: Got To Keep On

Directed by the master, Michel Gondry and his brother Olivier.

Fantastic, and a great track.

There we go! Friday Video’d Up!

Happy Friday everybody. See you next week.


February 8th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Videos.

Let’s get going…

Sheck Wes Didn’t Like Our Music Video, So We Made This

This is kind of petty but I’m glad it’s making the rounds.

1.7m views as of this writing.

Pay your people!

Sent in by many subscribers.

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“Skincare and opsec forever”

Created by YouTuber Addie W, each of her videos cover some kind of self-care routine and includes personal and online security tips that are – no joke – essential to know.

Really well done.

The YouTube account is only weeks old, but I’m following. (And my skin has never been more supple.)

New York Now and Then: 1870s & 1880s vs 2010s

This is very carefully composed. They got the photo angle exactly right on all of these. Really well done.


“Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse.”

Literally from the single-celled “zygote” to the larva of an alpine newt. (Ichthyosaura alpestris)

Beautifully done.

Much more info here.

There we go. Videos! On a Friday. At last!

Have a great weekend everybody.