June 2nd, 2017

Welcome back Friday!

Oh and I see you brought June with you. Hi June!


Directed, strangely, by Kouhei Nakama.

This reminds me quite a bit of Cyriak, only more playful, less creepy.

FRACTAL – 4k StormLapse

“This collection of timelapses was gathered over the last six years. The project started out as wanting to be able to see the life-cycles of these storms, just for my own enjoyment and to increase my understanding of them. Over time, it morphed into an obsession with wanting to document as many photogenic supercells as I could, in as high a resolution as possible, as to be able to share with those who couldn’t see first hand the majestic beauty that comes alive in the skies above America’s Great Plains every Spring.”

From photographer Chad Cowan.

These are just teriffic.

Biologist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty – CRISPR

“CRISPR is a new area of biomedical science that enables gene editing and could be the key to eventually curing diseases like autism or cancer. WIRED has challenged biologist Neville Sanjana to explain this concept to 5 different people; a 7 year-old, a 14 year-old, a college student, a grad student and a CRISPR expert.”

This is actually not only a fascinating exercise in explaining complex topics to a range of audiences, but also highly informative of the ethical and biomedical impacts this burgeoning technology has introduced to the landscape. Really interesting conversations.

Max Cooper – Chromos

The title (and lack of description) doesn’t really describe what this is.

This article describes it as a visualization (and audio compilation) “inspired by the sound of your genetic material as it moves through cells.” Some of it is based on actual genetic / DNA data, though that’s as much as I can make out about it.

It’s also quite beautiful.

From the album of the same name, available now.

Suggested by Kim S.

Bonus Video!

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds

[self explanatory]

Yay! Videos!

On a Friday!

And it’s June!

I’ll see myself out. Have a great weekend!


May 26th, 2017

Friday again. Videos again!

Here goes…

Kung Fu Remix

The latest from Eclectic Method, who have appeared here before.

This has an old-school hip-hop vibe. I like it!

THE MAGIC MOMENT – Peter Dahmen The Amazing Paper Artist!

Peter Dahmen, ladies and gentlemen.

Some great work here. It all looks impossible but he shows you exactly how he creates these unique paper sculptures.

Fidget Spinners: The Toy That Changed America

A faux-documentary done in the style of Ken Burns.

Well done. 🙂

A Continuous Shape

“We spent 3 weeks working alongside Anna Rubincam a contemporary stone carver working in London as she carved a portrait from start to finish.”

So great!

Bonus Video!

Casting Remix with Ross Marquand

Some pretty great choices here. Worth it for the John Malkovich alone.

Fun fact: This is the guy who played Aaron on The Walking Dead. He’s great.

And there ya go! NOW you can have your weekend. Right?

Have a great evening everybody.


May 19th, 2017

It is Friday.

Let us begin.

A Taste of New York

“In September 2016 we visited this awesome city to try out some new time lapse stuff.

“It took us 10 days, a lot of burgers and one helicopter ride to produce this video. 10 days is very little time to discover this city of endless opportunities, so we hardly slept anything and shot day and night for this time lapse film. The city that never sleeps indeed!”

Created by FilmSpektakel.

Star Trek: Legacy

“A 22 minute Recut of ‘Star Trek-The Motion Picture’ set to Daft Punk’s modern original score for ‘Tron: Legacy’.”

This is a case where scoring can make allll the difference. 🙂

Girls on Film

“Officially known as color-timing control strips, these anonymous female film studio workers were affectionately dubbed “china girls” by the industry. The images in this show were meant only for use by the processing lab to match color tones in the associated film.”

Much more information here.


“In the year 1957 the cold war expands to space. The Soviet-Union sends Sputnik as the first manmade object into earth-orbit.

“2 years later Yuri Gagarin enters space as the first man in space. The so called ‘Space Race’ seems to be decided.

“But in 1961 President Kennedy promised to send American Astronauts to the moon.”

This is beautifully conceived (and making the rounds).

Bonus Video!

Potato House

“I have altered my house to dispense potatoes and potato products from various holes”

Yes. Yes he has.

And there we go.

Happy Friday everybody!


May 12th, 2017

Well would you look at that? For Pete’s sake it’s Friday!

Well don’t just sit there let’s look at the videos, holy Hannah!

[adjusts tie…]

Here we go.


“This is a companion piece to my Fall time-lapse from a few years ago. I wanted it to be the polar opposite of the first one. Not just the Fall vs Spring. But wide shots vs close ups, everything in focus vs shallow depth of field, very cuty vs one shot, contemporary music vs classical, static camera vs moving camera.”

For comparison, here is Fall.

His work is very accomplished. Great composition. Stillness. I love it.

Yuasa Town: The Birthplace of Soy Sauce

“Yuasa, a small coastal town in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, is a fishing port and the producer of one of Japan’s most well known mandarin oranges, the Arida mikan. But a stroll through the traditional streets, including the only stretch of the famous Kumano Kodo pilgrim route that runs through the center of a town, takes you back to an age before westernization, when Yuasa was a vibrant hub of gastronomy in Japan. For it was here, in the 13th century, that soy sauce as we know it was first established and produced, and even now the streets are rich with the smells of fermenting soy sauce, still produced exactly the same way it was more than 750 years ago.”

Love it.

Willy wonka on saxophone and drums

A live interpretation of dialogue via jazz instrumental.

Much like harmonizator, but a lot more fierce with the drums and sax.

LEGO Printer

“This is a printer built using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set (31313). It uses a gel pen to draw text at different sizes and the EV3 logo, but I plan to expand it in the future to print more things, as well as process input to print on demand.”

Technically this is a “plotter”, but either way: fantastic!

Bonus Video!

Musicless Music Video: a-ha – Take On Me

This sort of reminds me of the movie Delicatessen for the way the characters non-verbally express themselves. (And / or several old NFB animated shorts.)

Great stuff.

And there they are. Look at them! Your Friday Videos! 🙂

We’ll be back next week. In the meantime have a great weekend!


May 5th, 2017

Hello and welcome.

We’re happy to see you.

And show you these… videos…

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friend

Youtubers “Palette-Swap Ninja” ladies and gentlemen.

Take Beatles Sgt. Pepper songs, rewrite them to exist in the Star Wars universe, then cut together videos using Star Wars footage. This (and all the other videos in this series) is making the rounds and for very good reason.

There’s one for each track of the album. Think about how long this took to accomplish!

Nerd note: Legally, this is “fair use” since it falls under both parody and also reinterpretation, but Disney / Lucasfilm / lawyers will probably still pull it down, so enjoy while you can.

[Hat tip: kottke]

Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings

“With the recent events that have happened in society, it has really taken a toll on me mentally/emotionally. My heart is hurting and there’s nothing I can really say. So since music is the thing I know best I figured I’d just play.”

Performed, eloquently, by “ThatCelloGuy“, aka Cremaine Booker.

I have always loved this piece and his arrangement here is sublime.

Mr. Booker is an accomplished musician and is mid-blowing-up on Youtube and elsewhere. Definitely worth a deeper dive.

Hand engraving from start to finish Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

From engraver Shaun Hughes. This is long, and indepth, and features opera overtures as the backing music, but holy crap: the detail and the creativity of this work is mind-blowing.

Amazing Roller Coaster Model Shooting Star

Roller coaster model being built for Entertrainment Junction in West Chester, OH. Part of a 1/2″ scale model of the old Coney Island amusement park once located near Cincinnati, OH on the Ohio River.

Created by YouTuber Adam Throgmorton.

There are also 2 longer videos that show this setup in greater detail.

Bonus Video!

Lecaudé – Circles

Elliot Schulz creates turntable slipmats which feature zeotrope animations. He’s made a few custom ones for specific musical artists. More info here.

These are wonderful.

Well that about wraps it up for this week’s Friday Videos.

Get out there and do something creative! And Happy Friday!


April 28th, 2017

Welcome to Friday!

And to your Friday Links!

And almost to May!

Here we go…

Eleanor Rigby Trap Tap

Performed expertly by Las-Vegas-based musician Charles Rangel who definitely has other worthy performances.

Nicely done.

Sent in by Ana S.-F.

La Chica: Be Able

A really intricatlely conceived music video. Beautifully realized.

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

“Visual effects artists are responsible for some of the most iconic moments in movie history. The top 10 highest grossing films of 2016 all contained computer generated imagery. But while Hollywood’s profits grow, visual effects artists struggle for fair pay, representation and recognition beyond the most prestigious award in film — an Oscar.”

A must-watch, in my opinion. Some massively talented people are being worked to death by these companies.

Train vs. Robot – Main Application

Mechanical engineering student Christian Schürch created this application / demonstration and it’s making the rounds. This is the robot he wrote the program for. Pretty amazing.

Slightly more information (and ten minutes of this looping track reconstruction) available here.

Bonus Video!

A Girl Obsessed With Sloths Gets Surprised With A Sloth

Meet Stephanie, who really, really, really loves sloths.

This video is gold.

[See also: Kristin Bell on Ellen c. 2012.]

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you again next week (next month!)


April 21st, 2017

Well well well… if it isn’t Friday!

Okay video time GO!

How I Made My Own iPhone – in China

“I built a like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB entirely from parts I bought in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei. And it works!”

This is a short documentary by Scotty Allen from Strange Parts and it is a little mind-blowing.

In a reddit thread covering this video he mentioned that overall it cost approx. $300 USD.

I’ve Got Faith ~ Canine Freestyle Routine

A well rehearsed dog and person do a pretty great dance routine to this Stevie Wonder / Ariana Grande song. So good!

Each Tree is its Own Adventure | bioGraphic

“UC Berkeley forest ecologist Wendy Baxter describes the synthesis of athleticism and science involved in her studies of the impacts of climate change on California’s giant sequoias, the world’s largest trees. Baxter and her colleagues conduct their research at the tops of these forest monarchs, some of which stretch nearly 300 feet above the forest floor.”

Caution: heights. A great tiny documentary. More info here.

Google Earth’s Incredible 3D Imagery, Explained

“Google Earth is the most photorealistic, digital version of our planet. But how?! Where do the images come from? How are they they put together? And how often are they updated?”

So good. What a collossal undertaking. And so many people use it every day! For free!

Bonus Video!
SATANIC ENERGY DRINK Transcribed and Harmonised

“Speech transcription” via guitar, with added chord changes.

By YouTuber jackweir85, who definitely has a variety of musically investigative videos.

This is… amazing! It definitely takes some talent. I like! (Also: that lady is nuts!)

See also: Publio Delgado (previously on the Friday Videos.)

You are now ready for your weekend, which will be awesome (of course it will!)

See you next week, everybody!


April 14th, 2017

Friday! Yesssss.

And it’s video time!

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe (Full Montage)

“This video is a montage of an 18-video canoe building series I spent 8 months making in 2016.”

Wow this is so much amazing work.

New York City in 1993 in HD – DTheater DVHS Demo Tape

“Captured from a D-Theater HD DVHS Demo Tape by Techmoan

I know: what the hell is D-Theater? WikiPedia says it was “a digital video recording format developed by JVC” (and others) which was really the first to allow high-definition video recording and playback.

This is great!

Revology Cars Reproduction 1966 Mustang – Coyote powered

Revology is a company that manufactures “brand new” 1966 Mustangs. They licensed the metal stampers from Ford, and engaged a lot of manufacturers to create the custom parts needed, and now for a price you can buy a spankin’ new 1966 Mustang. It’s a crazy idea but I kind of love it.

Ghost In The Shell – Reel

Created by Ash Thorp (one single person…?)

He’s also done cgi effects and direction work for a bunch of other movies. His work is pretty amazing.

Bonus Video!

The World’s Only Scaled Mammal Is ADORABLE

“There’s no mammal in the world quite like the tree pangolin. Covered in reptilian-like scales that protect it from predators in the wild, the pangolin will curl into a ball when threatened.”

Pangolins! Who knew? (I did not.)

And these have been your Friday Videos!

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody.


April 7th, 2017

Friday is back, and it’s cleanin’ up the streets…

Wait. No that’s a crappy action film teaser.

This!… is your Friday Videos!


“A first impression of Los Angeles as a struggling waiter in a world of wealth and coldness. I made this film to remember those times.”

From director Josh Shaffner.

Really beautifully rendered. I love this.

INORI (Prayer)

“Super High Speed Face Mapping (1000fps)”

Created by Nobumichi Asai at W0W.

I have included videos for this kind of tech a few years ago, and that was largely it. But this… this is fantastic. 🙂

It looks very dramatic. I wonder if they can pull this stuff off live yet. Just beautiful.

The Apple 1 Computer

A 2 minute video of an original Apple I computer being unpacked, plugged in, booted up and running a program. Recorded at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This one was on loan to the museum from Glenn and Shannon Dellimore. They bought it for $365,000. (!)

These are very rare, and not all of them are in functioning condition. Kind of crazy.

If you want to see what it’s like to run one, there is an Apple I emulator written in JavaScript.

h/t kottke

Can You Control a Person With Electricity? (Real Life QWOP)

Remember QWOP? I still play this.

Well this guy decided to create (as much as possible) a physical device that would control a person’s arms and legs in the same way.

It’s crazy!

And of course: hilarious.

And those are your Friday Videos for April 7th. 🙂

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend.


March 31st, 2017

Hey welcome back Friday Folks!

It is time… for your videos.

The Most Beautiful Black and White Shots in Movie History

[self explanatory]

I’m not sure I’m a fan of the song (especially its pairing with this montage) so I play it muted.

But it sure is beautiful.

(Not Another Lame) Fight Song by Kawehi

This is making the rounds (and she has other very popular videos as well.) This is a one-man-band setup being run while walking calmly through pedestrian traffic. And the song is pretty excellent too. Nicely done!

Sent in by many, many subscribers.

The Academy Where Butlers Are Born

“Learning to serve as a certified butler is both a skill and an art, and the world’s most elite butlers come from one place: The International Butler Academy in Simpelveld, Netherlands.”

I had no idea. But now we know.

Rayna meets a “robot”

(Shhh… it’s actually a water heater.)

Deffffinitely making the rounds and I do not care. 🙂

And that’s what I got.

Happy Friday everybody!