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.