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10/16/2020

Charles Bridge Construction: 3D modeling of how the Charles Bridge in Prague was built from 1357 to 1402. Stunning, eye-opening animation.

9/11/2020

Smashed Mouths – All Star Deepfake Smashup: not perfect but pretty darn close. {via}

8/21/2020

The Flying Train (1902): this is amazing footage and such an inspiring view of alternative modes of transportation from the past. {via}

[UPDATE: Someone colorized and 60fps’d the footage and it adds in some missing realism.]

8/20/2020

Landing on the Melbourne Citadel in Microsoft Flight Simulator: the backstory on this is someone mistakenly entered “212” into OpenStreetMap instead of “2” for the number of stories that a building in Melbourne, Australia had. Apparently, the information in OSM is used to generate maps and landmarks in Microsoft Flight Simulator, which just released a new version, and the monstrosity in this video was the result.

[UPDATE (8/21/2020): And the Washington Monument looks less accurate. Found an article with more examples.]

7/31/2020

Vocodes: you can make your own David Attenborough voiceovers for your home movies now! {via}

SpongeBob Anime: wow. I’m not a fan of anime but this is an amazing effort. {via}

7/5/2020

How does ‘Hamilton,’ the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap’s master rhymes to blur musical lines?: very neat way to look at the complicated rhyme scheme of Hamilton and its influences.

5/15/2020

Unreal Engine 5 Revealed: this is nummy. {via}

4/24/2020

Barbie Of All Trades: in a different era, these would just be miniatures or dioramas. Still impressive! {via}

4/17/2020

ZoomerBackgrounds: oh, these are perfect!

4/14/2020

Engineering Vids: this is likely Just Another Aggregator but it is so compelling to watch.

4/10/2020

Project 88: a scene-by-scene, crowdsourced remake of Back to the Future 2 and here’s the result. {via}

3/7/2020

Disunited Nations Maps: excellent visualizations from an excellent geopolitical analyst.

2/24/2020

Gallium Metal 99.99% Pure 20 Grams: its melting point is 85° so it literally melts in your hand.

2/7/2020

SnowCrystals.com: wow, that is one passionate site. The guy literally wrote the book on snowflakes. This is the sort of thing that amazes me about the modern world: specialization is a wondrous thing! {via}

60 fps 4k version of 1896 movie from neural networks: very captivating. He describes the process in the YouTube description and has a colorized version as well.

@royalty_now_: what iconic faces from the past might look like today or in real life. They’re well crafted though obviously suspect.

10/21/2019

Rebel Alliance Life Insurance: yes, it’s a BYU sketch show but this is a solid premise and execution.

10/18/2019

Grouch: this is well done and funny.

8/30/2018

First Ever Life-Size and Drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Is a Pioneering Piece of Engineering and Design: very impressive and repairs would be very cheap.

8/23/2018

JustWatch: easy way to search for where a movie or TV show can be watched. {via}

6/22/2018

Office Classics – Classical Art in Modern Settings: sometimes Reddit is just wonderful.

6/16/2018

XM42-M Store: world’s most affordable flamethrower. I’m not sure who the target market is, though.

5/23/2018

Main Street Coalition: I sure hope this works because the progressive shareholder activism is aggressive and getting bigger.

5/10/2018

The RoboRoach Bundle: I had no idea this was so accessible. Read the ethics statement at the bottom for a laugh—it’s a freaking cockroach.

5/3/2018

Arrested Development – Star Wars with Ron Howard: nicely done!

4/30/2018

Zack Morris Is Trash: a bad guy on a bad show, but now definitively proven. (It’s also available on Amazon Prime Video, which is where I found it.)

4/20/2018

How to build a house alone: doesn’t look too difficult if you know what you’re doing. (I don’t have any idea what I’m doing.)

4/17/2018

The Cake Server: holy crap! I am in awe.

Trump vs Talking Heads: very well done.

Deluxe – My Game: simply amazing video by one of my favorite bands.

Paul McCartney Rabbit Hole: not into the Beatles or Sir Paul, but this is exceedingly well done. {via}

4/11/2018

Calvin County: I’m not a Calvin and Hobbes fan but I like the meshing of the styles. (Plus: Opus pisses himself.) {via}

4/5/2018

How It’s Made – Toilet Paper: mesmerizing. {via}

4/4/2018

eGenesis: a George Church company that’s working on growing virus-resistant human organs in pigs. (From an incredible interview he gave on a podcast.)

4/2/2018

AirFish 8: like a boat but without all that water drag. I’m amazed that it’s classified as a marine craft rather than an airplane. The corporate video is compelling.

3/29/2018

Introducing MARTY, Stanford’s self-driving, electric, drifting DeLorean: mmm, donuts. (More details here.)

3/26/2018

Lists of unsolved problems: this is a great survey of what we don’t know. (Or what we know we don’t know.)

3/22/2018

Train Buffs Are Traveling Cross-Country in Super Luxe Railcars Hitched to Amtrak Trains: they’re called “varnish” but I’d prefer to call them “rail yachts.” I can’t imagine preferring this over private jets though (and I’m definitely in the “train buff” category).

3/7/2018

The Politicization of the FBI: outstanding overview of the situation from a very-experienced source.

2/28/2018

Inching closer to a DNA-based file system: this is a fascinating glimpse at the future. The information storage density and self-replication ability of DNA makes it a compelling data storage platform.

2/8/2018

The Biggest Opportunity Everyone Is Missing In Self-Driving Cars: hear, hear!

2/6/2018

Britain’s Giant Airship: I’ve read his book and it is wonderful. The writing is so compelling.

2/5/2018

MetPublications: free digital versions of their publications back to 1964. I found this Frank Lloyd Wright one and another on the sculptor Bernini.

The Fascinating Company That Tears Cars Apart To Find Out Exactly How They’re Built: this is an astounding amount of work. (I found out about this company when they revealed some Tesla Model 3 build issues. On that front, I suspect that the quality issues are due to the rumored hand assembly.)

2/4/2018

Ass Is The Most Complicated Word In The English Language: this is absolutely hilarious. {via}

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle: this was presaged by the events in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Far from being a dead field, archaeology is going to have a boom soon just to deal with excavating the findings from LIDAR.

2/2/2018

Family fun with deepfakes: I particularly liked his closing paragraph imagining legitimate uses of the technology. (It’s so easy to think of the evil that can be done: Black Mirror‘s “Shut Up and Dance” episode but without having actually done the initial act.) {via}

1/23/2018

Map Showing Where Today’s Countries Would Be Located on Pangea: we’d still be having fights building the wall with Mauritania. {via}

#MeToo and the Taboo Topic of Nature: an informative perspective on the nature of gender. {via}

How McDonald’s Makes Its Fries: that explains why McDonald’s fries are so good and consistent. {via}

Rescue Drone Saves Two Boys from Drowning on Its First Day in Service=: sometimes you just need a good reminder of technology’s utility, especially if you’re a fan of Black Mirror. {via}

1/12/2018

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories: these sorts of windows into things you take for granted are wonderful. I could watch Dirty Jobs and How It’s Made all day.

1/11/2018

Off the Wall Response to Rebecca Bright: Mike Rowe is an impressive man and Ms. Bright is the quintessential leftist.

12/20/2017

Google Maps’s Moat: this is an impressive insight into Google’s mapping efforts. (It’s also impressive in its depth—I’d highly recommend looking at his other essays.)

11/22/2017

Hooked On The Past – Exploring the history of architecture: the proprietor recreates demolished buildings digitally, providing a valuable service. The recreation of the Paulson house, for example, is so much more vivid than the elevations I had seen previously.

Pumped for the Future –
Fueling Up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Visionary Gas Station
: I had heard of this project, but had never seen it.

11/10/2017

Netflix Genre List: tens of thousands of genres, including Goofy Deep Sea Movies. {via}

10/22/2016

Mike Rowe Wears Trump’s Robe, Fights a Drone, and Solves the Labor Shortage: such a compelling person and a wonderful interview.

10/10/2016

Your Life in Numbers: gives you a little perspective.

3/7/2016

Kitbashed: holy moly this is comprehensive. For just one example, look at this exploration of the Millennium Falcon. There is so much there for the film geek.

2/24/2016

Atlas, The Next Generation: wow, but that guy’s a real jerk at 1’30”. Geesh.

2/22/2016

Ancient Rome: HBO’s Rome brought ancient Rome to life more, for me. But this is very captivating still. {via}

2/16/2016

Space Tourism Posters @NASAJPL: something tells me NASA isn’t the one to get us to this future, but they are beautiful.

2/12/2016

OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out: if only I liked their music.

2/5/2016

Frinkiac: wow. This is a very well done Simpsons quote search engine.

2/2/2016

What’s Wrong With Craig Venter?: an amazing life and ambition.

2/1/2016

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy: very thorough.

1/6/2016

Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS): this is a cool technology.

1/2/2016

VertiGo – A Wall-Climbing Robot including Ground-Wall Transition: what an innovative approach to climbing a wall. I would’ve expected some sort of sticky wheels. {via}

12/30/2015

Faraday Future: gah, so tantalizing and mysterious. I want to know more! (Watch the film and wait for CES, I guess.)

12/21/2015

Unheard of Instruments in the Saxophone Family: there sure was a lot of saxophone innovation in the 1920s.

12/9/2015

The $75,000 problem for self-driving cars is going away: this is an amazing advance.

11/11/2015

Later That Same Life: this is a great idea and well-executed. {via}

10/12/2015

Lightest. Metal. Ever.: like aerogel, but metal. Material science is amazing! {via}

9/9/2015

The Tardigrade – Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’: so weird yet captivating. Here’s some video of them moving under a microscope. {via}

8/28/2015

Showerthoughts: these beat anything from Neil deGrasse Tyson. {via}

8/14/2015

The Incredible Chemistry Set: $600 for the whole kit and kaboodle seems awfully high but I like the idea a lot. {via}

8/12/2015

Casa Brutale: very stark but utterly lovely. {via}

8/10/2015

How to Remove a Stain: I’m sure there’s an easier way, but this one seems to work.

8/5/2015

This is the Most 3D GIF to Ever 3D: whoa. Here’s more. {via}

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t): I am shocked at how much mundane parts of films (and TV shows) are touched up by computer graphics. {via}

8/2/2015

The Weird Origin Story of the World’s Most Viral Scooter: only $595?! so tempting… {via}

7/22/2015

Web Design – The First 100 Years: this feels important in a way that I can’t quite elaborate. Same as this conversation.

The University of Michigan opened an ultra-realistic testing site for futuristic cars: this is so cool and I hope it actually helps with the development of self-driving cars. (I fear that it’s not “real world” enough.) It seems like Detroit could’ve provided a much larger, more realistic setting for a lot less. {via}

7/17/2015

Bloom County 2015: I am thrilled to be reading it again. I just wish it wasn’t through Facebook, which makes it harder to follow along.

7/16/2015

Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect: surprising, indeed. More about the rotor ship, which is fascinating.

Comic Con the Musical: Whitney Avalon is amazing! Check out her Princess Rap Battles after this one.

Cup of Brown Joy: tea-themed rap that’s part of something called “chap-hop,” which apparently exists. Another example is “Just Like a Chap”. {via}

12/2/2014

Every Frame a Painting – How to Do Action Comedy: I appreciate the effort Jackie Chan puts into his movies, but this video emphasizes and revels in it.

ASCIIcam: this is really slick.

10/12/2014

Weird Phenomena (with Explanations): nature’s pretty strange, I’ve got to say.

9/4/2014

Buttolph Collection of Menus: they’ve digitized over 17,000 menus ranging from the 1840s to today. The navigation is pretty flaky but here is breakfast, lunch, and dinner from an 1899 Fred Harvey dining car.

8/9/2014

How Does Google Work?: pretty sweet overview of how complex the effort to produce the results for a Google search.

8/1/2014

The Beach Vault: brilliant. This is one of the many, many reasons I hate going to the beach.

7/15/2014

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes: oh yeah! New stuff from his new album Mandatory Fun.

7/11/2014

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer: just in time as I try to solve my own Wi-Fi issues.

7/9/2014

First Moon Party: absolutely hilarious

7/8/2014

This is Shanghai: what an incredible video!

7/7/2014

Big Ass Solutions: makers of the Big Ass Fan. Love it!