May 1st, 2020

Welcome… to Friiiiday!

I know it just feels like “Day”, but it is “Friday”. 🙂 I still like it. Hopefully you do too.

And besides: videos!

Let’s go!

I Followed a Bob Ross Tutorial using 3D Graphics (again!)

“I followed another Bob Ross painting tutorial using CGI with Blender 3D!”

(First attempt can be found here.)

The Secret History of the Moon

“This video takes you back 4.5 billion years to witness the dramatic ways which the moon could have formed, according to the latest mind-blowing theories. By reading the clues written in Moon rocks, we are closer than ever to knowing its full story. But the Moon still holds its secrets close. What else is it hiding?”

“Featuring the voice of Dr. Sarah T. Stewart”

Just beautiful. Engrossing.

AMI F120 Jukebox controlled by Raspberry Pi

An impressive little hack from maker and youtuber “revnhoj”, who created a web interface for the selection of individual songs from a physical record-playing jukebox originally created in 1954.

The Goonies Are Back!! | Reunited Apart with Josh Gad

“Josh Gad goes on a modern day treasure hunt to reunite the cast of the iconic 1985 movie The Goonies! Join them, and some very special guests, as they go down memory lane and bring their characters back to life, all in the name of charity, on Episode One of ‘Reunited Apart.'”

This is just… awesome.

These have been your Friday Videos.

Thanks for following along at home folks.

See you next week!

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April 24th, 2020

Happy Friday!

Yes, it is Friday. 🙂 I keep discovering many people just can’t keep track. Which is… I guess how things are going now.

And it’s the last Friday in April. (Yes… it’s still April.)

OK let’s go!

John Mulaney Has Become the Muse of TikTok’s Makeup Artists

John Mulaney Has Become the Muse of TikTok’s Makeup Artists

(weirdly: self explanatory)

TikTok makeup artists for some reason have taken up the habit of lipsyncing to comedy segments by John Mulaney.

That’s it. That’s what this is.

It’s so specific and weird, but I love it.

Messages From Quarantine

“In the age of coronavirus, the only way you can see Milan is to fly through it. By Niccolò Natali and Nikola Lorenzin.”

Beautifully shot, using a drone.

Blade Runner: The Lost Cut

This is making the rounds and I support it. A super mash-up of Blade Runner, The Blues Brothers, The French Connection, The Jerk and several, several other films.

It’s crazy. But it mostly also works. So weird.

Cessna 172 Home Flight Simulator | Xplane 11

“My home built flight simulator cockpit running Xplane 11. Total cost of this project was around $6000-$7000.”

This is NUTS!

And I mean that in only positive ways.

And there we go. Friday Videooooooos!

Hooray.

Have a lovely last weekend of April everybody.

See you next week!

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April 17th, 2020

Fridaaaaaaay!

It still excited me.

Hopefully your week was good. Welcome!

And now: Videos!

Dancing in the Movies – 21st Century Edition

“With everything going on I thought it was a good time for this tribute to some iconic and some of my favorite movie dances scenes from 2000-2020.”

From YouTuber Robert Jones.

Pattycake Is Super Intense Now – Making Fun with Akilah and Milana

Milana Vayntrub and Akilah Hughes ladies and gentlemen.

INTENSE!

Clearly shot well before… [gesturing] all of this…

Sent along by Kate S.

The Slows

“In an enlightened future where humans no longer need to procreate, one woman risks her life to investigate the mystery of motherhood.”

Really beautifully shot and edited.

BBC weatherman closes out forecast with amazing drum cover of outro music

“This is the moment Welsh BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans closes out his forecast with an amazing drum cover of the BBC’s iconic outro music.”

The BBC news theme music has come up a few times in the past few weeks and I am here for it.

Well there we go.

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

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April 10th, 2020

Happy Friday!

Hopefully you’re all still there, still keeping your chins up, etc.

It’s apparently something called “Easter” this weekend. Hm!

It’s video time…

Family Lockdown Boogie

It reminds me a bit of the Scissor Sisters.

This is funny. Making the rounds. Worth every second.

Van Cleef & Arpels Automate Fée Ondine

“On the occasion of the SIHH 2017, Van Cleef & Arpels is delighted to unveil its first Extraordinary Object: the Automate Fée Ondine.”

A great deal more information here.

How to wind and use it here.

Tesla Ventilator

“Engineering update on the Tesla ventilator”

Obviously making the rounds. This is impressive. A super interesting re-purposing of existing hardware.

The comments section is worth a look (for a change.)

Sent in by many, many subscribers.

This Video Has 6,306,230 Views

When I was going to add this video a few days ago, its title said it had just over 3 million views. By the time you receive my email, it’ll be higher still. It’s a great little trick.

It’s a clever device, and it’s making the rounds, and this guy (Tom Scott) has NUMEROUS super high-view videos on YouTube — but he explains how API’s work here, and it’s engrossing, and smart, and a fun little video.

And that’s that! Friday Videos! Sorted! Just in time for Easter!

Thanks for watching along at home everybody.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Call someone!

See you next week everybody.

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April 3rd, 2020

Fridayyyyy!

It’s here! At last. I know for many people it doesn’t feel like it.

And I have a few videos! Let’s dig in…

How round is your circle?!

“This is a compilation of videos from my book, “How Round is Your Circle?”. More information is available from www.howround.com”

A weird bunch of contraptions that show how non-round things can act like round / spherical things.

Pretty interesting. Zero further information in the video itself.

Concatenation

A ton of stock footage all linked together extremely cleverly.

This made my day. So well done.

ghostCRASH

Real 2-car collisions where one of the cars has been digitally removed.

No further information.

Created by Donato Sansone.

As Above

“As Above was made of one single shot filmed on the 8mm2 (0.3 square inch) surface of a chemical reaction.

“The environment in which we live, is at the constant mercy of the ever changing flow of planets, stars and galaxies… As well as the composition of the microscopic world.”

Brilliantly shot by filmmaker Roman Hill.

Ta daaaa!

Videos! On a Friday.

Hang in there everybody. One day at a time.

Hopefully see you again next week.

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March 27th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And it’s the last one of March. We made it. Phew!

And I really do hope it’s actually “Happy”.

It’s video time you guyyyyyssss…

Diemut Strebe: The Prayer

This… thing… sings and / or recites a “prayer” created completely from scratch by an Artificial Intelligence model.

Created by Diemut Strebe. A lot more information here.

Chinese father creates “Death Stranding” suit to protect baby from coronavirus

Death Stranding is a fairly popular game for the Playstation 4.

This is actually admirable. Beautifully crafted.

The Foster Portfolio

“Based on the original short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Foster Portfolio is an offbeat, mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange, double life.”

Created by Director Danielle Katvan

Beautifully realized. Also I love Vonnegut.

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

“Driving through San Francisco during the pandemic is jaw dropping. Thankfully few people are outside (I wasn’t even close to a person), but seeing the shops boarded up is tough to see. I made sure the drone wasn’t a nuisance to anyone while shooting this short documentary of this…very weird time in San Francisco.”

Sent in by Alexis S.

We’re going to get through this.

And that’s what I’ve got for you.

Please stay safe. We can get through this. We can.

Happy Friday.

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March 20th, 2020

We made it! So far so good. Friday. Spring!

Positives. Right?

And I have some videos for you! Let’s gooooooo…

The Best Way to Face Difficult Times

“Life is – it goes without saying – for the most part a tragic affair. But being clear-eyed about the horror shouldn’t prevent us from taking great pleasure in the things that go right; we can laugh on our way to the gallows.”

Self explanatory.

Cats And Domino

[self explanatory]

Funny!

Suggested by Ziya T.

Relevant karate for 2020

Basically solving the “how do I do ‘x’ without using my hands?”

Funny. Well done!

SLAY-52s – “Raining Lobsters”

Yes. It’s a mashup between the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and Slayer’s “Reign in Blood”.

It’s weird! But perfectly matched.

And that is what I have this week.

Hang in there people. We’re all in this together.

See you hopefully in a week.

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March 13th, 2019

Welcome back to Friday… the 13th!!

And your latest edition of the Friday Videos.

This has been a crazy week. We could all use a break. Let’s go…

Pamela Adlon (Bobby from ‘King of the Hill’) Improvises 8 New Cartoon Voices | Vanity Fair

“Pamela Adlon tries her hand at improvising the voices of 8 random cartoon characters that she has never seen before. Using a similar technique she used for Bobby (King of the Hill), Spinelli (Recess), and Lucky (101 Dalmatians), Pamela brings these characters to life.”

I find this process fascinating.

See also “Tom Kenny (SpongeBob) Improvises 5 New Cartoon Voices

Lego Technic Liebherr LTM 11200 Crane Details MOC by Jeroen Ottens

It includes full instructions.

This is huge!

Former Cult Member Hears Music For The First Time

Note: NOT a documentary.

“A former cult member is invited to a journalistic experiment: to hear music for the first time. You won’t believe her reaction.”

From a blog entry about this video:

“What is so entertaining about this Sundance 2020 film is that as the plot increases in absurdity, its characters become more familiar to us. In short, the longer the short goes on, the harder the laughs come. Those who create and/or watch documentaries may be laughing (or crying) the hardest. “

Time Travel Instruction Video (1980s)

[Note: not really from the 1980s.]

Created by SquirrelMonkey who have done a bunch of “what if X was created in the 1980s?” videos.

It’s pretty well done, and cleverly “aged” video.

And there we go. Videos. Friday. Friday Videos.

Stay safe and try to relax this weekend.

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March 6th, 2020

It is Friday!

And it is video time.

0107 – b moll

“The city is made up of much life, light.

“There is loneliness in the city where self-existence is buried.

“However, it also feels bright and lively.

“Each light affects the activities of the city, and the city is transformed by a lot of light.”

A beautiful, meditative short film from Director Hiroshi Kondo.

Spying On The Scammers | BBC Stories

“Millions of people fall victim to scams every year.

“Many are run from criminal call centres, where teams of fraudsters operate around the clock.

“An online vigilante, who goes by the name ‘Jim Browning’, decided to do something about it. He hacked into a call centre in India where scammers target victims around the world.”

This is excellent. The full episode aired on BBC on March 4th, 2020.

The VHS Guys

“Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting old VHS tapes in 1991 after stumbling across a hilariously hokey McDonald’s training video entitled, ‘Inside and Outside Custodial Duties.’ Since 2004 they’ve hosted Found Footage Festival events all over North America, showcasing the impressive collection of strange and outrageous videos they’ve accumulated.”

This made me actually laugh out loud. Some insane titles here.

202 way sequential world record skydive

2 point(almost 3) 202 person sequential world record skydive at Perris Valley

It made the rounds.

ABC News story here.

There we go! Short and sweet.

Enjoy your hopefully temperate, calm weekend.

See you next Friday!

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February 28th, 2020

Welcome to the final February Friday, folks.

And now: the videos…

Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland in Back to the future – This is heavy! [ deepfake ]

This is extremely impressive.

It looks like they were actually in the movie. So crazy.

Definitely making the rounds, but outstanding, so here it is.

He is shooting a 30 Year Timelapse of New York

“He” being Joe DiGiovanna, using a custom-created setup that’s pretty ingenious.

I think it’s a little obsessive but still super interesting.

[4k, 60 fps] A Trip Through New York City in 1911

“Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America.”

It’s not completely perfect – especially the colourization – but it is impressive. I love the long shots where you can make out individual cars and horse carriages in the distance.

Created by Denis Shiryaev.

A few weeks ago he released this neural network restoration of one of the earliest pieces of motion picture ever created. He’s done others as well.

This is incredible work.

What an interesting time for film restoration.

Food History: Ramen

“The history of ramen features cameos from The Yakuza crime syndicate, the U.S. Army, and a businessman who turned a simple idea into a worldwide convenience food. Ramen is so much more than a cheap and filling meal.”

From Mental Floss, who I usually don’t like this much.

Suggested by Kate S. (who loooOoOoOoOoves ramen.)

And that’s that! All Friday Video’d up!!

See you next week / month. Happy Friday!

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