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4/30/2021

Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi is a free-walking robot that will make you believe in Groot: I don’t know if I’d go that far but it’s pretty damn sophisticated. { -->

Extreme autotomy and whole-body regeneration in photosynthetic sea slugs: two species of sea slug can shed their bodies (including heart) and regenerate them from their heads. Oh, don’t worry, there’s video…

3/12/2021

The Antikythera Mechanism: a series attempting to recreate the mysterious ancient Greek device. There’s also scholarly interest, of course.

Clash: this is jarring but fun. {via}

Mercedes-Benz Museum: this really gives a sense of the space—though it’s far too rapid to replace a visit—and I look forward to this becoming a thing that happens regularly. {via}

3/11/2021

Sweden Solar System: neat, seemingly organic representation of celestial bodies.

2/26/2021

deeptomcruise: fun deepfake videos that illustrate how terrible the future is going to be. Imagine if totalitarian regimes had these in the past! No need for show trials.

Mars Decoder Ring – Secret Message on NASA’s Perseverance Rover’s Parachute: fun Easter egg that will likely never be found in situ. I like the idea of “dare mighty things.”

Iceberger: surprisingly satisfying.

2/24/2021

Watch real video of Perseverance’s Mars landing: so moving and impressive.

2/21/2021

LEGO Colosseum: over nine thousand pieces.

2/19/2021

Monkeyball Masterclass: funny parody of those ads.

2/18/2021

5 to 9 by Dolly Parton: this is such a great commercial. It’s on brand, clever, and inspiring.

2/17/2021

‘Gorilla Glue girl’ Tessica Brown now has a full-time agent: oh, she’s not going to sue her way into riches—companies are going to pay her for her audience. I foresee future viral videos of her confusing tar for her mascara or a TidePod for some candy.

2/12/2021

The Princess Bride – Home Movie: whoa. {via}

2/10/2021

GORILLA GLUE HAIRDO
– I STILL CAN’T GET THIS GLUE OUT AFTER ER!!! – Might Be Time to Sue
: this cannot result in a settlement. This cannot result in a settlement.

2/5/2021

Delightful Acapella Versions of Familiar Jingles: this is some acapella that doesn’t annoy me.
[UPDATE: Brand new one today!]

1/29/2021

Pee-Wee Park: exquisitely-crafted trailer—seamless to my eye.

12/11/2020

Epic NPC Man: funny Web series about the life of a supporting cast in a fictional RPG. {via}

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.

9/25/2020

Steve Inman: he’s an MMA commentator that can’t work due to COVID-19 restrictions so he passes the time by providing color on MMA-worthy “protest” videos. His “Ludacris Cam” segment of this Cone Guy is a particularly inspired choice. Is there a Twitter Emmy?

9/11/2020

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

8/23/2020

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife: the same guy who did The Wave also painted this in 1814.

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.

Murphy Ladder: funny and makes me want one. {via}

6/20/2020

Gymnasts Try to Keep Up With Parkour Experts: parkour is so beautiful. The informality contrasts interestingly with the formal moves of gymnastics.

5/22/2020

Danger Zone – X-Wing Tribute: this works surprisingly well. {via}

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe 2020: it’s like a British Last Week Tonight. {via}

5/15/2020

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

5/13/2020

Out of Touch: solid satire.

5/1/2020

I Went to Hogwarts for Seven Years and Did Not Learn Math or Spelling, and Now I Can’t Get a Job: yes, the curriculum there lacks in many, many areas.

4/27/2020

Lamest edit wars – Wikipedia: so much effort about so little. It’s a microcosm of Wikipedia, if you think about it. {via}

4/24/2020

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

How Many Rubberbands Can Explode A Watermelon: a question I never knew I had until I found out about this video. {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}

3/27/2020

Covid 19 Protecting Your Family Dr Dave Price 3 22 2020: great reasonable video from a front-line practitioner in NYC.

3/10/2020

CAR vs. WORLD’S STRONGEST TRAMPOLINE- 150ft (45m) drop: it’s 10 seconds of footage expanded out to fifteen plus minutes but that 10 seconds is totally worth it! {via}

3/7/2020

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

2/27/2020

Official McDonald’s Clothing and Merchandise: the sesame seed socks are inspired!

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.

11/20/2019

Was a $280 million emerald destroyed in California wildfire? PG&E is dubious: and they are right to be!

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

Soviet Soldiers Dancing: Twitter delights, at times.

Grouch: this is well done and funny.

10/15/2019

Urban BASEjumping – Fifty In Five: what would possess someone to do this? Look at all the close calls with street poles, for starters. Just do drugs, for crying out loud.

9/11/2018

Brand New Roman: your text in rendered using logo letters. {via}

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.

8/24/2018

Everybody Dance Now: this is so impressive to me given that it’s just using statistical analysis at its core. {via}

8/23/2018

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

7/19/2018

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K: 8 rounds per second! Boy this looks like a lot of fun.

6/22/2018

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

6/18/2018

The Latest Private Jet Amenity Is a Theme Party for Your Children: for when iPads have lost their luster, I suppose. I am trying to not reflexively balk, but it’s tough.

6/16/2018

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

6/14/2018

Can today’s cars drive themselves?: this is about Tesla but this is an inherent flaw in automated systems that still require human interventions.

6/7/2018

A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce: that is a nice ship. The crew is always the one that suffers in a divorce.

6/1/2018

Injuries at annual cheese-rolling contest in UK: this is such a ludicrous event—and it’s apparently been going on for centuries. Google Street View goes to the top of Cooper’s Hill.

5/31/2018

Incredibles Super-Home: *rolls eyes*.

5/26/2018

Gravity Industries: lots of questions about the jet suit specifications but this is damn impressive nonetheless!

5/24/2018

MousePoint: stupid, pointless but compelling.

5/23/2018

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

5/17/2018

WebGL Lathe Workshop: I think I’m ready to work in a machine shop now.

5/14/2018

BNSF Head On Collision Kismet CA: that is so hard to watch because you know what’s coming. It looks like someone from the other train disembarks at 0:28, but that seems like the worst place to be.

5/11/2018

Mothers Day: so disgusting and needlessly divisive.

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.

; DROP TABLE “COMPANIES”;– LTD – Overview: classic joke, excellent IT consultancy name.

5/9/2018

My hovercraft is full of eels in many languages: if you need this phrase, you’ll probably need it in multiple languages.

5/8/2018

Heaps legit links: this is a funny idea, though no one will ever click on your URL even if it’s perfectly safe. For example, Google -> click.on.this.verylegit.link/pcspeedup=116crackedspeedu.sh.html.pdf.

5/7/2018

EUC contest 2016: very impressive! {via}

5/4/2018

1999 Toyota Corolla – Fine AF: I kind of want to buy it. (I owned its 1993 predecessor.)

5/3/2018

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

Snooty dog owners hijacked NYC park for ‘private’ kennel club: New York values run up against New York values.

5/2/2018

Interrogating Zuckerberg: these must be so much fun to make.

United States Returns Thousands of Ancient Artifacts To Iraq: the other important Hobby Lobby case.

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.)

Sorry but someone has to say it – Chip and Joanna Gaines do NOT put family first: I, too, don’t see how they can do all the things they do and prioritize family. I suppose we’ll have to wait for their children’s tell-all books to find out for sure.

4/24/2018

Crazy Rich Asians Trailer: this looks decent and explicitly ready-made for the Chinese market.

4/23/2018

Juicero, Cold Press Juicer for Rich Weirdos: funny teardown.

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.)

4/19/2018

Space Auction: bunk of NASA junk. These might be worth buying just to dare that one guy to eat them, you know that guy. [UPDATE: This one’s good for long trips.]

4/18/2018

Buy Elon Musk a Couch: has raised ~6x goal in two days to buy furniture for a billionaire. (I’m not normally judgmental about how people spend their money, but come on!)

4/17/2018

A Song of Vanilla Ice and Fire: well-crafted version of Ice Ice Baby using Game of Thrones footage.

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}

4/13/2018

Montville Schools’ Failure To Report ‘Fight Club’ Activity ‘Egregious’: in his defense, the teacher didn’t leave a sub plan for him to follow.

4/11/2018

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list: isn’t that thwarting natural selection? This thing obviously can’t hack it.

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

4/10/2018

Scott Frederick Wegener charged with making, blowing up improvised explosive devices in Fort Pierce: to be fair, the neighbor did steal his BB gun. Who wouldn’t make an IED to put under the thief’s house or at least try to blow up his chickens.

Items Found During #WeaponSweep: look at all the rope that can’t get cut now thanks to the London police. Phew! (In other news: if you may have committed a crime, manage to escape, and are close enough, they can now spray you so they can maybe find you later.)

4/5/2018

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