January 25th, 2019

It’s Friday everybody!

And tiiiiime for videos! Here we go.

MIB: Men In Blues

A delightful film trailer mashup.


“A stop-motion film ten years in the making, ‘Fabricated’ is a journey through an alien world which was once our own.”

Directed by Brett Foxwell. Some impressive work here.

Silent: A Short Film

“The story follows two street performers who dream of bringing their ‘Picture and Sound Show’ to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound to find the audience they always wanted.”

Beautifully executed.

10 Facts About Peanut Butter


Sent in by Sarah L. (who loves peanut butter!)

Have a great Friday and safe, relaxing weekend.

See you in a week.


January 18th, 2019

Welcome back to your Friday Videos everybody!

All set? Sitting comfortably? Good! Let’s begin…

Raining Blood – Slayer cover

From YouTubers and overall fun young musicians “Audrey and Kate” from Japan (nobody mentions which city.) You can also follow them on Twitter.

They learned how to play music by getting good at the XBox game “Rocksmith”.

This definitely made the rounds but is so, so worth it.

BMX But Not As You Know It | Home w/ Tim Knoll

“Tim Knoll’s incredible style of street riding has turned heads since he hit the consciousness of the BMX community at the start of this decade.”

Jesus, no kidding. Part BMX freestyle, part parkour.

Miley Cyrus with Temple of the Dog: Say Hello 2 Heaven

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Cyrus can sing. No question.

A great performance.


“My focus lay in key-frame animation to mimic the intricate movements of a hand.”

Created by Jesper Lindborg. Well done.

There it is. Another Friday Videos in the log books.

Have a lovely Friday.


January 11th, 2019

Happy Friday!

It’s definitely cold where I live. Good thing we have these videos to keep us warm (with our hot chocolate… mmmmm…)

This is a 75% dog-filled Friday Videos, just fyi. It wasn’t planned. It’s just how it worked out.

To the (dog) Videos!

The History Behind Italy’s Ancient City of Glass

“For over a thousand years, the island of Murano—just outside Venice, Italy—has been known throughout the world for their exquisite glass manufacturing.”

Glass art is always amazing to me. It’s such a complex process, and super dangerous. Super great results.

my dog only responds to Harry Potter spells.

“I taught my puppy Remus dog tricks in the form of Harry Potter spells. Because of course I did.”

From the delightful Brizzy Voices.

Adoption Entrance Dance

“We get really excited about adoptions here at Nevada Humane Society, so we decided to put our spin on the famous JK Wedding Entrance Dance.”

Posted by the Nevada Humane Society, who seem like a swell bunch of humans.

WeRateDogs: The Dogs Of 2018

“Thank you to the greatest community out there.”

If you don’t already follow WeRateDogs on Twitter, you probably should. So good.

Bonus Video!

blank vhs covers were kinda beautiful

Lovingly animated by cryptic YouTuber 4096, whose other videos are also quite charming. Well done.

Have an excellent Friday everybody.

See you next week.


January 4th, 2019

It is January! Already. So fast.

And of course Friday, and time for some videos let’s go okay.

Studio Zimoun

Studio Zimoun

This artist / group creates large-room sound installations using a large number of small DC motors attached to some form of percussive point that strikes or manipulates an object to cause a room-sized audio environment.

The videos here don’t really get across what this probably sounds like in person, in terms of scale and room size, but they’re super interesting, and meticulously crafted.

h/t kottke.

Forged and Filed

A very, very intricate puzzle box.

How he even came up with the initial design is amazing to me.

Somewhat making the rounds.

In a Nutshell

“From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.”

Beautifully conceived and animated.

Coach Hop – I Like Taylor Swift

“A motion design collaboration between Laurence Honderick and The Dink (AKA Sam Humphries).”

A fun, creative music video, with an okay song.

Sent in by Tessa H.

And that’s the first Friday Videos of 2019!

Thanks for playing along at home, and see you next week.


December 28th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Almost the New Year. Time for some videos! Let’s go…

Awesome LEGO Indiana Jones Boulder Scene with 6 Motors!

“Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon talks with Caleb Watson about his LEGO Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark scene in LEGO at BrickCon 2018.”

No stop-action animation here. He recreated the scene using motors and gravity.



“Jirí, who likes to decorate Easter Eggs in an engineering way including EggBot drawn stroboscopic patterns (Eggstatic) or a laser created temporal patterns in photochromic paint (Eggstatic 2), decided to move from eggs to balls this year.”

So basically: Zeotrope Xmas tree balls created using EggBot. (And a lot of careful design decisions.)

These are beautiful!

Wired: Watchmaker Breaks Down Swiss vs Japanese Made Watches

“Professional watchmaker Ryan Jewell breaks down two different Carpenter watches; one watch with Japanese movement and another with Swiss movement.”

Finger Machines

“This film started as a couple of explorative clips for Instagram, but for some reason I couldn’t stop making them and I demanded to know why.”

I find it oddly soothing. Creepy, but soothing.

Sent in by Tanya S.

And this concludes the Friday Videos for 2018!

Have a great weekend, and a Happy New Year!

See you next Friday.


December 21st, 2018

Welcome back to Fridaaaaaaaaaay!

And your Friday Videos. The last one before Christmas!

That was fast.

Here we go!

Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap

Ex-NASA engineer and maker Mark Rober was sick of having packages stolen from his front porch, so he over-engineered an absolutely incredible device that exacts some pretty fantastic revenge against the package thieves.

I hate that this has become such an epidemic. I hope these morons spend months cleaning up the glitter from their cars and homes. So good.

It’s making the rounds, but it definitely deserves the views. Repeatedly entertaining.

Die Hard | The Greatest Christmas Story

Just in time for the holidays comes this Christmas-centric re-cut of the trailer for Die Hard, from the actual studio that released the film.

Kind of a genius move.

Late 1890s – A Trip Through Paris, France (speed corrected w/ added sound)

There appear to be more and more of these. It’s astonishing the clarity and “presence” these short films have once they’ve been cleaned up and stabilized.

Sent in by Alyssa L.

Andrew Szydlo: 25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes

A TED Newcastle talk from this past November. Just a whirlwind of chemistry fundamentals at record speed. Super entertaining and informative.

Speaking of experiments…

Bonus Video!

Handheld Inverted Fire Tornado Bubble With A 66Mm Wand

What a strange, but still lovely hobby.

And this concludes the last Friday Videos before Christmas of 2018!

Thanks for playing along at home everybody. Have a fantastic Holiday!

See you next week.


December 14th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hooray! And welcome to the middle of December.

Here are your videos…

Duncan Cowles Adobe Stock Christmas Ad: Good Festive Memories

A fake Christmas ad made completely from stock footage.

Dryly funny. Well done!

Betamax Xmas

Betamax Xmas

Travel back in time to a basement color TV with a “clicker” remote and vintage xmas tv with ads.

Fun fact, I have created a raspberry pi device for my local bar that I fill with vintage tv shows and ad breaks that plays on a genuine 1970s 13” B&W TV. People are into it! This is the easier online version of that.

Walking Fifth Avenue, NYC during the Holidays 2018 from 42nd Street to Central Park

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YouTuber actionkid105 has posted several well paced, stabilized walks around New York for several weeks now. I find them kind of fascinating. They can be a good resource for seeing how the city looks season to season.

It’s a weird channel but I like it, and I’m definitely not alone.

My 70’s Vlog

“Using my Dad’s 8mm film camera, I set out to explore whether it would have been possible to vlog in the 1970’s.”

It’s kind of ridiculous, but overall a pretty successful experiment.

Making the rounds. I like it.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!


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.