June 1st, 2018

Happy Friday! Happy June. Happy almost Summer.

Video time!!

KEYSCAPE – Greg Phillinganes: Electric Piano Hits!

This video is one of a series that demo keyboard emulation software made by SpectraSonics.

But this particular one features Greg Phillinganes, who has sessioned on more #1’s from the 70s, 80s and 90s than nearly anyone. His range is incredible. Plus: he’s funny.

STAR WARS 4.7: Skywalker vs Starkiller. Movie Mashup.

Combining footage from the first Star Wars and newer ones to create an epic dogfight sequence.

Editing. It’s a thing!

While Darwin Sleeps

“More than three thousand insects appear in this film each for a single frame. As the colours glow and change across their bodies and wings it seems that the genetic programme of millions of years is taking place in a few minutes.”

Beautifully shot. Meditative.

Ink – Written by Hand

“Not long ago, handwriting was taken for granted as something anyone could generally do well. Today, children are taught how to type on tablets – putting pen to paper is an afterthought.”

This is calligrapher / photographer Tanja Tiziana, from Toronto.

Hipsters and their old timey pen-and-ink skills… 😉

Beautiful work.

That’s what I’ve got.

Happy Friday folks!

Have a great weekend.


May 25th, 2017

Welcome to Friday again!

Hopefully it is seasonably warm where you are.

It’s time for Friday Videos!

Neo Hides from Lumbergh

A pretty funny mashup of The Matrix and Office Space.

A Visual History of Light

Created by The Atlantic and animated by Atthar Mirza.

A beautiful video essay on human discovery and use of light.

The 50 State Nightmares

By Neil Cicierega.

“Colorado: You find a tiny dead human body inside a vacuum bag.”

Funny / Odd, which is to be expected.

Inside A Warehouse Where Thousands Of Robots Pack Groceries

This is a real warehouse for the UK online grocer Ocado.

It’s not a super informative video but it’s fascinating (even soothing?) to watch.

Only in the UK, for now.

And that’s that!

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

See you in a week.


May 18th, 2018

Heyyyy youuuuu guyyyyyyys!

Welcome to Friday.

Video time go go go let’s go…


Bill McKlintock mashes up two massive rock hits into one… hit?

I liked it.

Sent in by Jennifer R.

History of The Universe in 13,799 Dominoes

“If you set up a row of dominoes as a timeline of history from the Big Bang to now, and had each domino represent 1 million years it would stretch over 300 meters long. I know because thats what I did for this video. The universe is very old.”

Fantastic! And pretty complicated. I wonder how many takes this took.

GoPro Hero4 in a Cannon Ball

“The Cannon Project – 7th Grade Science Fair Project. What does a girl do? Lets mount a GoPro to a Bowling Ball and send it flying. ”

Cheap video technology leads to some interesting experimentation. I love the number of high schools that have launched gopros into orbit (for example.) This is a new one though. Just great.

Note: spinning camera. Don’t hurl.

From Egg to Frog in 7 Weeks!

“The development of Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) eggs to froglets in 49 days, just 7 weeks!”

Some extremely patient camera work and editing here.

And there we go! Friday plus videos equals love, right?

Have a great Friday, and enjoy your weekend!


May 11th, 2018

Happy Friday!

What a week. (I dunno about you.)

I am super glad it’s Friday, and time for videos!

Bergen Street Sign Shop

“MTA New York City Transit’s Bergen Street Sign Shop creates 99,000 signs for the subway system every year.”

Lego Soap Bubbles Generator

[self explanatory]

A great idea. 🙂

Pilot Steps onto Moving Ship

In Hailuoto, Finland. In icy waters. Using nothing but a ladder and incredible balance and timing.


Simone Giertz: Why you should make useless things

Simone got some awful, awful, news in the past couple of weeks. Then she gave this TED talk.

I have nothing but massive respect for this woman. So good.

And these have been your Friday Videos!

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend.

See you next week.


May 4th, 2018

We arrive again at Friday.

Great to be back. Hopefully your day is going well.

Here are some videos!

Arrested Development: Star Wars with Ron Howard! | The Star Wars Show

“Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard narrates the story of Star Wars: A New Hope, Arrested Development style, in this sketch from The Star Wars Show.”

I really enjoyed this.

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer [Emotion Picture]

“*EMOTION PICTURE (definition): a narrative film and accompanying musical album”

It’s Janelle Monae’s new album! In long-form video.

This is ambitious. This collection is already one of my favorite of the year.


Elton John Oven Manual Song

From September 1997, on Britain’s ITV program “An Audience With”.

More info here.

How a TV show gets made

A quick primer from Vox. Really well explained.

Bonus Video!

NASA ScienceCasts: New Science from Jupiter

I love these probe missions. They’re always toiling away in the background, and the science they’re uncovering every year is fascinating (to me.)

Happy Friday everybody!

See you next week. Enjoy your weekend.


April 27th, 2018

Well helloooooo Friday!

It is video time. Let’s go let’s go let’s go.

Ride A Bike 2018

“This an unbranded PSA for bike advocates and enthusiasts, content designed for anyone and everyone to share, remix, or tailor for their own purposes to promote cycling and transportation choices in their communities.”

It’s also a pretty bang-up job of editing.

Research at NVIDIA: AI Reconstructs Photos with Realistic Results

This is honestly an incredible demonstration. AI used to create features that are completely lost in a photograph. Or bits you don’t want there, replacing them naturally with what’s “behind” them.


It’s making the rounds.

RockyByun Balancing -making a square with bottles on the shaking frame

You know… “as one does”…

What an odd skill to have. I found this to be mesmerizing, and a little nausea-inducing. Pretty clever.

Sent in by Alison L.

Grocery Clerk Shows Cat Cuts of Meat at Deli Counter

This guy is far more choosy than my cat.


And there we go. Friday is all video’d up!

I hope your weekend is warm, and sunny, and good.

See you next week.


April 20th, 2018

It is Friday and there is nothing we can do about it. 🙂

Welcome! It’s time for your weekly video dosage.

Let’s begin…

Musicless Musicvideo / JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – Say Something

I love these. This is also part-“shred”.


Sent in by Alison L.

Can this robot build an IKEA chair faster than you?

[self explantory]

A great idea!

1911 – A Trip Through New York City (speed corrected w/ added sound)

I wish more people had done this way, way earlier with very old silent footage. It changes completely how I perceive this film. People move like real people instead of the old-timey super-fast speed these have always been shown at.

It’s a lot of just “ordinary” footage, but at normal speed and with some clever sound effects editing, it really comes alive.

Now who’s going to colourize it? 😉

Seinfeld but instead of Jerry it’s Barry B. Benson

Barry being the lead character in Seinfeld’s 2007 animated feature “Bee Movie”.

Think of the effort this took.


Bonus Video!

1.000.000 Frames / Candice Drouet

One million individual frames from a variety of films.

Kind of fun to randomly pause.

Sent in by Emma S.

And there you have it. Friday Videos.

I hope your Friday is excellent, and warm, and relaxing.

See you in a week.


April 13th, 2018

Happy Friday! The thirteenth!

Tour of the Moon in 4K

Tour of the Moon in 4K

“…thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.”

Some great footage and analysis here. Sent along by many, many subscribers.

This virtual stuntman could improve video game physics

This virtual stuntman could improve video game physics

“It can kick. Punch. And even flip.

“UC Berkeley researchers created a virtual stuntman

“that could make computer animated characters more lifelike.”

So fascinating. I love the segment where they show it trying to practise. It made me spit water. 🙂

Much more information here.

Couch Wisdom: Questlove on J Dilla’s sampling technique

Couch Wisdom: Questlove on J Dilla's sampling technique

This segment just covers a tiny, tiny portion of beats created by Dilla. If you’re a fan, or a beats nerd, the full interview is 2 hours and I recommend it.

Never Just A Car

Never Just A Car

“Cars are everywhere in the movies. Why are filmmakers so obsessed with automobiles?”

Sort of making the rounds. It’s an interesting little piece about the choices and motivations for putting a specific car in a specific scene.

Thanks for watching along at home, Friday peoples!

Have a lovely weekend!


April 6th, 2018

Welcome…. To your Friday Videos.

Join usss…

Spaxels Lightpainting

“The Ars Electronica Futurelab is experimenting with long-time-exposure shots to create 3d-Models and animations in the sky.”

This must have taken some crazy planning and coordination. Well done.

This Artist Makes Incredible Sculptures Out of Fabric

“From Bergdorf Goodman and Givenchy to Sotheby’s — and across much of the internet — artist Benjamin Shine’s ethereal work with tulle has made him perhaps the foremost fabric sculptor in practice today.”

… I mean, I guess I just don’t *know* any other “fabric sculptors”… so… I guess… cool?

All kidding aside: this is beautiful work.

I’m Back® pro. Low cost 35mm digital Back by Samuel Mello Medeiros

This is a device you can use with your analog / film 35mm camera. It’s powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero, and allows your old film camera to take digital still photos.

What a great idea!

There have been pro-market “camera backs” for years but they all cost thousands of dollars. This one is around $300.

iPad Spirograph : LEGO Technic

YouTuber and apparently talented innovator Yoshihito Isogawa created this amazing contraption from Lego that draws geometric designs on an iPad screen.

Philcraft Penny Steam Engine

“Made by Phil Gravett in the UK, mounted on a 1962 penny.”

Because he can. 🙂 Pretty amazing. Unnecessary, but still amazing.

Thanks for playing along at home.

See you again next week.


March 30th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Galen Hartley builds a violin

As you probably know, I like this kind of thing. Meticulous, painstakingly difficult handmade items. This one is great. But additionally: I like the narration.

Great work here.

My Indiana Muse (trailer 1)

“Through an unconventional sequence of events, artist Robert Townsend discovers his kodachrome muse and embarks on an ambitious and emotional project that will take more than a decade to complete.”

I think I definitely need to check this out. It’s currently prepping to play quite a few film festivals.

A-ha – Take On Me (Alexandr Misko) (Fingerstyle Guitar)

[self explanatory]

A really inventive performance

See also: Billy Jean.

See also also Luca Stricagnoli.

Sent in by Emma S.

Kanye West as a Tame Impala Song

From SuperDeluxe.

This is dynamite.

That’s all I got this week. I hope your (long?) weekend is fantastic.

See you again in seven days!