Jun. 29th, 2012

Not only is it Friday (yay!) but it’s also, where I am, and where many of you are, a long weekend. (YAY!)

But mostly: it’s Friday! And that means: Videos.

» Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

“Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.”
This is really going to (attempt to) happen on Aug. 5th at 10pm Pacific. Crazy.

» University of Toronto: Canadian Ivy Goes Gospel

University of Toronto: Canadian Ivy Goes Gospel

“After 6 distinguished years, the Honourable David R. Peterson’s term as Chancellor of the University of Toronto will come to an end on June 30, 2012. Students from the Faculty of Music surprised him at his final Convocation ceremony with a flashmob tribute sung to the tune of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’.”
This is such a cool story too. (source)
Sent in by Alison G.

» unnamed soundsculpture

unnamed soundsculpture

“The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating a moving sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For our work we asked a dancer to visualize a musical piece (Kreukeltape by Machinenfabriek) as closely as possible by movements of her body.”
I am loving the artistic uses of the Kinect. Some really mind-blowing visual art is coming from this. Fantastic.

» Sorkinisms – A Supercut

Sorkinisms - A Supercut

“This video is a tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin: the recycled dialogue, recurring phrases, and familiar plot lines.”
Given that his newest show, The Newsroom, debuted on Sunday, this is semi-topical.
Sent in by several subscribers.

Bonus Video:

» Spider-Man 1969 fan film

Spider-Man 1969 fan film

“The first ever documented Spider-Man fan film, and the first (unofficial) live action appearance of Spider-Man from 1969!”
Maybe skip the $200M version coming out and just see this instead. 😉

Enjoy your (hopefully long) weekend everybody. Summer is here!


Jun. 22nd, 2012

The first Friday of Summer 2012. Ahhhhh…

Time for some videos, Yes?

» Bill Murray’s Hall of Fame Speech for the Sally League in full

Bill Murray's Hall of Fame Speech for the Sally League in full

“Bill Murray, the Charleston RiverDogs’ co-owner and Director of Fun, was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame on Tuesday.”
His acceptance speech is full of win. Fantastic.

» Lead Breakfast (‘Pulp Fiction’ Remix)

Lead Breakfast ('Pulp Fiction' Remix)

Another fantastic edit / mix from POGO.

» Clouds: beta

Clouds: beta

“Clouds is a computational documentary featuring hackers and media artists in dialogue about code, culture and the future of visualization.” Looks amazing! Sent along by Jennidub.

» Breakdown | – HORIZON –

Breakdown | - HORIZON -

An amazing time-compressed video of the creation of a landscape image from scratch. Really beautiful.

Bonus Video:

» Reel-to-reel played through iPod Touch and Square Reader

Reel-to-reel played through iPod Touch and Square Reader

One of those “because they can” moments. I find it interesting.

There we go!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday everybody.


Jun. 15th, 2012

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through June? I can’t. Yikes.

But Friday has arrived. So there’s that. Which is nice.

» The Art of Making, Alma Flamenco

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenco

A beautifully shot montage of the construction of a single flamenco guitar. Really wonderfully shot.

» JB Fanvideo

JB Fanvideo

This is a response to a Justin Bieber tribute contest. Yes she is off key. I do not care. One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.

» Dream


“This is a short movie made for fun at Vaya Studio.”

» 1939 World Series color footage

1939 World Series color footage

The Yankees and the Reds, in colour!
Sent along by Mike T.

Bonus Video:

» The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project

“This time-lapse production has been a wild and exhilarating ride, with a lot of physical work lugging my 120-130 pounds of gear around all of Manhattan. I bent (broke) some laws and made a ton of friends.”
Yes, it’s yet another time-lapse video in HD, but the challenges of getting the kinds of shots this guy got cannot be understated. Really beautifully done.

Happy Friday everybody!


Jun. 8th, 2012

Ahhhhhh… Friday! Crisp and cool and refreshing.

Or really hot, depending.

Here we go…

» Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

Welll…. “singing” is up for debate.
See also: Sexy And I Know It. All created by YouTube member baracksdubs.

» The Ventriloquist

The Ventriloquist

A moving short film starring Kevin Spacey, written and directed by Benjamin Leavitt.

» WTF flat ground tricks (1000 fps slow motion)

WTF flat ground tricks (1000 fps slow motion)

Some talented skateboarders at 1000 frames per second. Beautiful.
Sent in by Kevin K.

» Blind Self Portrait

Blind Self Portrait

“While the visitor keeps their eyes shut, a moving platform guides a pen in their hand to draw a self-portrait, using computer vision to track their face and generate a line drawing. The result is a machine-aided drawing, a self-portrait you could never draw.”
This is on display in Brooklyn, NY at NYC Resistor, a really interesting hacker / artist collective.

Bonus Video:

» Ant Ballet

Ant Ballet

“This video was filmed in Barcelona in August 2011. It shows the first public testing of the Ant Ballet Machine.”
I know what you’re thinking: “at last!”

And there you have it. Friday Videos!

Happy Friday everybody.


Jun. 1st, 2012

Welcome to June…

And your Friday Videos!

» Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal

Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal

This one has already exploded, but for the handful of people who haven’t already seen this video, you should. You really should.
Sent in by many, many subscribers. Well done.

» Batteries not Included

Batteries not Included

From Archive.org’s fantastic “Classic TV Commercials” archive, this is nearly an hour of toy and game TV ads from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Enjoy!

» Keloid Trailer

Keloid Trailer

“Eliezer S. Yudkowsky* wrote about an experiment which had to do with Artificial Intelligence. In a near future, man will have given birth to machines that are able to rewrite their codes, to improve themselves, and, why not, to dispense with them.”
This looks interesting.

» The Caketrope of BURTON’s Team

The Caketrope of BURTON's Team

Caketrope = “cake” plus “zoetrope“. It animates some key iconic images from much of Tim Burton’s animated works.
… Oh and it’s a cake! A cake!!!

» Peter Brings the Shadow to Life

Peter Brings the Shadow to Life

Sent in by Alison L.

I hope your first weekend of the month of June is spectacular.

Happy Friday!