May 31st, 2019

Happy Friday!

And congratulations on making it to June, 2019!

We now commence our Friday Videos transmission…

Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models

What a title! Just flows off the tongue… 😉

This is the deeper research that led to the widely reported “Mona Lisa” deep fake video that made the rounds in the past couple of weeks.

“Our work (and quite a few parallel works) will lead to the democratization of the certain special effects technologies. And the democratization of the technologies has always had negative effects.”

This fascinating (even though the narrator gets a little too technical here,) and we’re already awaiting the terrible effects of how it could be misused.

The IMAX of the 1890s | HOW TO SEE the First Movies

I honestly had NO IDEA this was a thing!

Basically 70mm prints from the 1890s! Most film was more narrow than 35mm film. So crazy.

The detail is astounding.

h/t: kottke.

Fritz Learns to Catch Compilation #1

“We’ve compiled some of the highs and lows of Fritz’s quest to learn how to catch food. Sit back and enjoy a little ride through memory lane as Fritz is introduced to a steak, a strawberry, a chimichanga, a meatball, and more.”

Note. I am late to this particular party. It’s still pretty great.

Raised off the Grid: Meet the 17-Year Old Living in the Wilderness

“On a remote homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 17-year-old Maddie Roark spent her childhood learning how to camp, shoot and hunt. With college on the horizon, she’s returning to the wilderness to reset; as she preps for a 6 month solo hike on the Appalachian Trail.”

Actually a really fascinating report from Vice News.

That is what I’ve got this week.

Happy Friday, welcome to June, and have a fantastic weekend!


May 24th, 2019

Friday! Friday! Friday!

All day!

And now it’s video time…

Darth Vader is Coming to America HD

Darth Vader, in Star Wars, but saying lines from “Coming To America” (both roles performed by James Earl Jones.)

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun

“NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.”

A quick explainer from the New York Times.

More info, of course, at the NASA website.

A Homemade Meal . . . From a Vending Machine

“Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine selling tantalizing homemade meals. Even better? The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm. In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.”

Not what I expected. What an adorable, interesting short video.


“Earth is an amazing place, full of incredible things. But being human, sometimes we tend to forget how awesome our planet really is.”

Also: “Created for Alien use only.” I love that.

This concludes our Friday Videos for this week.

Have a fantastic (long?) weekend everybody.


May 17th, 2019

Welcome to Friday!

Phewwww Mid-May too. I’ll take it.

Here are some videos!

Michel Julienne – One Of The Best Car Stunt Reels I’ve Ever Seen!!!

“Michel JULIENNE, an amazing vehicle Stunt Coordinator from France, has done more than 700 movies since his debut 1974 in “Fear of the city” with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

“I was lucky enough to meet him for my book “Stunning Stunts”. A collection of the funniest work stories from the most famous and diverse stunt people worldwide.”

From YouTuber Melanie Benna.

Some CRAZY stunts here.

Nirvana vs Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit up

From YouTuber Thriftshop XL


Does not top my favorite Nirvana mashup, but it’s okay.

Will Bananas work as Engine Oil? Let’s find out!

“Is it a myth that bananas were once used successfully as engine oil by JC Baudot and Jacques Seguela in their Citroën 2CV as they crossed the Atacama desert in 1959? Let’s find out! We’ll run several tests to include a 30-minute engine run with banana “BW-30” as engine oil to see if the engine will survive.”

Is this really the extremes we’re going to now? 😉

LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Layout 2012.9

“tracking the blue and red balls.

running at 1.0 balls/sec

500 balls

size : 1.5m×6.5m

path length : 31m

construction time : 600 hours”


That is all! As you were…

Happy Friday!


May 10th, 2019

Well hello Friday people!

Here we are: Friday again, and time for Videos!


“THE ARCTIC began in October 2018 and lasted for about seven months. It records the crystallization processes of different salts. During this period, we explored various forms of the crystals and their wonderful growth patterns. Most of the footage was captured by time-lapse photography.”


Supernova – Art film by Maxim Zhestkov

“Everything around and inside us was conceived in a huge explosion of a star billions of years ago… and, probably, recycled from other matrices myriad times. In this eternal carousel of matter, particles gather, form complicated structures and then burst into all directions fusing atoms together and producing new elements and points of view, new colours and patterns of perception.”

Completely rendered in cgi.

He has several other videos which may also interest you.

Inside a scam call center

“These guys are a particularly nasty group from Kolkata in India. They run a refund scam and this video shows what their call center looks like, how they operate, who and where they are. I’ve sent a link to the unblurred version of this video to the Kolkata Cyber Police (for all the good that it will do).”

Rhysonic Live at Sofar Sounds, Wellington, April 2019

“Thanks to Sofar Sounds for inviting me to perform 🙂 This is the first show I have done with the new Rhysonic Wheel which I have been building in my garage for the last year or so.”

What a whimsical musical invention.

Much more info at the Rhysonic Facebook Page.

He creates a pretty dream-like sound. I love it.

And that wraps it up for another Friday of special videos.

Have a great weekend everybody!


May 3rd, 2019

Happy Friday everybody!

First Friday in May 2019 and already here are your Friday Videos!

Let’s roll…

Seeing Inside the Sun

“Dr. Robert Stein, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State Universe has long envisioned a day when he could use supercomputer programs to ‘see’ through the roiling surface of the sun and glimpse its dynamic interior”

The visualizations here are stunning.

Behind the Scenes of 911 Calls

“Inside an emergency dispatch center in San Francisco, 911 operators navigate the daily stresses of their job.”

This is 100% not a job I could do.


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What a beautifully rendered short animated film!

Suggested by Lauren M.

Floyd Lloyd Rocks!

“My name is Floyd Lloyd, and I live in Austin, Texas, and for some reason back in 2000 I ran into Nick Nolte at the Sundance Film Festival, and I asked him to say Floyd Lloyd Rocks. He was hilarious, and I just began to wonder how many more celebs I could get to say it.”

18 years of celebrities saying it at Sundance. Amazing.

Making the rounds. I found it entertaining.

This concludes our video processing for today.

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!