September 28th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday everybody! We made it. Phew!

And now some videos!

Self Solving Rubik’s Cube

Holy crap. Self explanatory.

Making the rounds, and for good reason.

Mind Control Made Easy by Carey Burtt

“Or: How to become a cult leader”

A short, probably effective documentary film with a bit of sarcasm. But this sounds entirely possible.


Stupid Qubit – Quantum Computing for the Clueless (episode 001)

“What the photonic muck is a quantum computer?”

It’s funny. It’s educational. It makes a super challenging topic like quantum computing slightly more understandable.

I like this!

Exploring Abandoned Tunnels in Philadelphia

“Philadelphia is steeped in the rusted history of the Industrial Revolution; a city where abandoned factories and warehouses line former rail corridors that once served as the lifeblood of the 19th century American economy.”

I love this stuff. Speaking of which I recommend the Seattle underground tour also. So interesting.

That’s all I’ve got this week. I hope your weekend is fantastic.


September 21st, 2018

Happy Friday!

It’s the first Friday of Autumn 2018!

And it’s also video time. Here we go…

Everybody Dance Now

“This paper presents a simple method for ‘do as I do’ motion transfer: given a source video of a person dancing we can transfer that performance to a novel (amateur) target after only a few minutes of the target subject performing standard moves.”

Code base to do this is here.

Created by 4 researchers at UC Berkeley. What a great use of this technology!

A clearer description is here.

Ship traffic in MiWuLa – RC – micro models in their elements

“In the Miniaturwunderland Hamburg, you can not only observe beautiful landscapes, planes taking off and landing, trains and vehicles, but from time to time also very detailed RC ships in the appropriate scale.”

That museum sounds interesting as well.

Verge Science: We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

“This week, we meet the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication.”

I love foxes, and for a long time wondered about how “tame-able” they would be. Turns out: something like 70%. But they would be very, very different from dogs.

Perhaps in another hundred-thousand years though…

if modern internet companies existed in 1970s – early 1990s

…complete with VHS scan-lines.

Really well done.

There you go everybody! All video’d up.

Have a stupendous weekend.


September 14th, 2018

It! Is! Friday!

And now we have some videos to look at. Yay!

GALAXIES VOL. III: Voyage To The Core

“Being fascinated by the core since I started astrophotography where it was barely visible (Denmark), I started looking for the best places in the northern hemisphere where I could get a clear view.”

These shots are fantastic!

ブレイカー」BREAKER /// Cyberpunk Short Film

“In tomorrow’s Tokyo, the technologically-enhanced body of a young mercenary hacker is overrun by a sentient data weapon. ”

This is extremely well made. Wow. Visually stunning.


“Moments of lost self-control.

“This is my first-year film at the Royal College of Art.”

Talented animator Anna Mantzaris created this charming very short film. So good. Making the rounds.

Toy Story 3 IRL Trailer

“For way too many years now, my brother and I (with the support of our awesome family and friends) have been working on a shot-for-shot recreation of Toy Story 3.”

What a crazy project!

h/t: kottke

Bonus Video!

Open a Lock with a Paper Clip

Sure. Do that. Just… make sure it’s *your* lock. 🙂

Have a happy, safe, dry Friday. See you next week.


September 7th, 2018

It’s the first Friday in September.

Let’s get out there and video!!

Feng E plays Classical Gas in the park

Feng E is a ukulele player. He’s 11 years old. He’s from Taiwan. He plays (no joke) like a bona fide master. He also plays guitar.

His whole channel is worth a look.

Just a dynamite performer.

Chilly Wonka

“If willy wonka was into chill-hop.”

I thought I already included this a couple weeks ago but I had not. This track is fantastic. An excellent “Pogo”-like recreation.

We Became McDonalds Poster Models

Jevh M and his friends noticed a blank wall at their neighborhood McDonald’s, and lamented that asians were not represented on any of the existing posters in the restaurant. So they created their own posted and hung it up. As of this writing it’s still there several weeks later.

This tweet about it went viral in the past week. So good.

Tom Clancy’s Jim Ryan

“Up-and-coming CIA analyst and paper salesman Jim Ryan (John Krasinski) is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time, launching him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorist, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson).”

A Jack Ryan / The Office mashup

I like it!

Bonus Video!

Why do Supermarket Eggs look Perfect? | Earth Lab

A topic I never thought about, because I’ve never really seen a wide variety of freshly-laid eggs before.

I found it interesting!

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you in a week everybody.


August 31st, 2018

Hey now!

That looks like a Friday to me!

And now it’s time for some videos.

Jane Zhang – Dust My Shoulders Off (Official Video)

A really well-produced video that places the singer inside numerous works of fine art.

So good!

Nick Kroll Enters The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

Awesome. 🙂 Nick Kroll is funny!

The Producers

“This film was shot in Burgundy, France in collaboration with The Cook’s Atelier in celebration of the artisan food producers and the international movement in support of local farmers and sustainable food.”

I’ll say it was. Beautifully produced. (Get it?)

Rufus Tower

“A present for my cat ‘Rufus’. He began to resent me due to painful ear drops to fix an infection. I would return from work and he would run from me! Now the ears are better I wanted to do something to show my gratitude for his putting up with my torture.”

So he built a multi-story connected box tunnel wall.

Bonus Video!

Arms Sales: USA vs Russia

“The underlying data comes from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV.”

Note that “TIV” values are “expressed in millions” usually. (source)

What a depressing, relentless short video.

Thanks for playing along at home, everybody.

Have a great Friday and a lovely (long?) weekend.


August 24th, 2018

Hello Friday everybodies.

It is video time again.

Let us go.

half•alive – still feel

Some stellar choreography here. Also a great, straightforward pop song. Nicely done.

Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation with Jarvis Cocker at LIPA

“Paul returned to his old school in Liverpool, now LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) on Wednesday 25th July for an intimate hour long Q&A and conversation session with Jarvis Cocker and LIPA students to discuss his new album ‘Egypt Station’.”

I am featuring this interview because it’s the first time I’ve actually ever heard McCartney talk about current, contemporary music, and his overall songwriting approach. He also talks about the use of some newer digital tools in the songwriting and recording process. This is a great interview in my opinion.

Also: he likes Kendrick Lamar!

It’s long. It’s worth it.

Moonlight (Clair de Lune)

Captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in high definition, and set to the iconic piano suite by Claude Debussy. It was his birthday this week!

Really lovely.

Will Arnett Teaches You Canadian Slang | Vanity Fair

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I love everything about this.

That’s all I’ve got this week.

Have a great weekend and see you next time.


August 17th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And where I am right now: it’s hot!

It’s video time…

Artist Tattoos Portraits In Computer Code

This is Cyprus-based tattoo artist Andres Vrontis, creating, basically “ASCII art” tattoos on people’s bodies.

The meticulous nature of this is impressive.

More info here.

The Tables

“A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.”

A great little short documentary. Nicely done.

Whack World

Tierra Whack and filmmakers Thibaut Duverneix and Mathieu Léger create a mini-concept-album… film… thing, consisting of 15 songs that last a minute each.

Available for purchase here.

There’s Waldo is a robot that finds Waldo

Short but sweet. Making the rounds. Awkwardly funny.

And that’s that! Woo! We did it! Videos! On a Friday! U! S! A!

Have a great weekend everybody.


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.