Category Archives: Video
“America’s long journey as a stable democracy appears to be genuinely in doubt”
I love one-shots
Side-by-side of a single shot sequence in the TV show Kidding and how it was made. Beautifully choreographed.
Banana equivalent dose
Today I learned that the “banana equivalent dose” is a way of comparing the relative level of radiation exposure of different activities. For example, a dental x-ray is the equivalent of eating 50 bananas. A transatlantic flight is like eating 800 bananas.
A lethal dose of radiation is equivalent to 35 million bananas. Which is funny, because it only takes consuming about 200 bananas to die of potassium poisoning.
The video is enjoyable, and (spoiler) it also happens to be a performance of 4’33”, so you get a two-for-one. You’re welcome.
Every Wes Anderson Movie
This Is Water
This excerpt from a commencement speech by David Foster Wallace always stops me cold and forces me to reconsider my perspective. He discusses the mundanity of adult life and the ways in which our conscious choices about how we perceive the world around us shape how we find meaning. See also: Tim Urban on empathy.
How to Age Gracefully
People of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts in this WireTap farewell video, from CBC Radio One. Poignant and well done.
The Fallen of World War II
This is a gobsmackingly incredible visual exploration of deaths related to World War II and other conflicts. You’ll start watching and it just keeps getting more insane, and you can’t stop until the end. Well worth the 18 minute run time. I thought I understood the scale of the conflict — to the extent anyone can — but I had no idea.
Video Tour of the International Space Station by astronaut Sunita Williams
The departing commander of the ISS provides this awesome comprehensive tour of the station. Its interesting to see how every inch of space in all three dimensions is utilized, as well as just how big the station is.
The story of Keep Calm and Carry On
Auto-tune the Physics
I find this brief auto-tuned overview of quantum theory strangely compelling.
A possible augmented future
I’ve been advocated augmented reality — the idea of overlaying information on our world using technology — for over a decade. But the potential augmented future portrayed in this short film is a frightening exploration of what AR might bring. The simple act of brewing a cup of tea becomes an exercise in sensory overload.
She broke the wizarding rules…and changed their lives!
A Hogwards alum struggles to connect with her inner-city wizard students in Dangerous Wands. College Humor at its best.
Where were you when the Death Star fell?
I’ve read the engineering reports, and I say it was an inside job.
Web Site Story
CollegeHumor’s take on the classic, updated for the internet age.
The most thorough test of a car ever undertaken on British television
Top Gear takes on the Ford Fiesta, and discovers it is quite versatile. Even when being chased by baddies in a Corvette through an indoor mall. But that’s nothing compared to the final test.
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement
J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement address is now available in QuickTime, MP3, and text formats.