“This moment can lead us back home. That’s our test.” TED-Ed and famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall offer up some serious food for thought, reminding us to take advantage of this brief moment in time where things have slowed down to look at what we have done to our world, and how we might do things better.
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Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.
Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and its spin-off The Brak Show were two of our faves from the early days of Adult Swim. Saad Rahman (aka “Sad Ramen“) and April Son are fans too, and they created this eccentric follow up to the series in which the crew gets separated by space and time, leading to a web of intrigue and mystery.
“Limit yourself to one sourdough bread recipe a day, and absolutely no YouTube videos.” After taking the first three months of quarantine creating exactly zero videos, Casually Explained is back to offer his guidance on how to be productive while telecommuting, and then gradually reacclimating to the outside world.
With the NPR offices temporarily off-limits, they’re continuing the Tiny Desk series with new episodes recorded at musicians’ homes. Here, MC Sa-Roc brings her smooth blend of hip hop, soul, social commentary, and spiritualism to bear, with a set of four poetic tracks loaded with meaningful messages. That’s Sol Messiah on DJ duties.
Engineer James Bruton is always building amazing things in his workshop. He recently got his hands on a LiDAR scanner unit which can enable 3D computer vision and capture navigational data. He used the device to guide a robot that looks for movement all around it, then turns to fire at what it detected. Demo starts at 17:54.
Back in 2017, artist Federico Tobon of wolfCat Workshop built a series of 29 tiny kinetic sculptures from wood, wire, and paper, each of which was brought to life by simply turning a crank. There are lots of nifty designs, but the walking man and the creature with spinning eyes at the end are our faves.
When we were kids, we had one of those wind-up toys that launched a flying propellor into the air. Aerospace engineer Tom Stanton wanted to see what he could do if he ramped up the energy by spinning up a larger (and more dangerous) version of the propellor flywheel using a motor.
The main difference between all of those irons you carry around in your golf bag is the loft angle of its metal wedge. Stuff Made Here managed to engineer a single, mechanical golf club that could replace of a whole bag of irons. The club can also automatically adjust based on desired distance in the middle of the swing.
The guys from 5MadMovieMakers love their Hot Wheels. They assembled a track with a 13 foot drop and a vertical ramp at its end to see how high they could launch the toy cars, and still land them on their wheels. We wonder how much higher you could go with a longer runway.
We’ve always wanted one of those fancy Eames lounge chairs, but the real ones are just too expensive. Wood Design shows us how it’s possible to build a similar piece of furniture yourself, with enough time, effort, and skill. We prefer the original’s swivel base, but this version looks more comfy, and is still an impressive build.
Frustrated with the hyperconnected world of smartphones, engineer Justine Haupt designed and built a custom cell phone that replaces the modern touchscreen with an old-fashioned rotary dial. She’s had so many requests from followers that she’s open-sourced the design and is offering a partial kit so you can build your own.
In April 2020, a shaky video made the rounds on the Internet that purported to be a gathering of unidentified flying objects moving above the surface of the Moon. Like many videos he’s seen, Captain Dissilusion questioned the clip’s legitimacy, and points out its numerous flaws.
“Now go out there, and be nobody!” Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s brash and insensitive neighbor Carl Brutananadilewski was invited by Adult Swim to give a commencement speech to the graduates of the Class of 2020. As expected, absolutely zero of his monologue is inspiring, sensible, or politically correct.
With his adamantium skeleton replaced, Wolverine is impervious to just about everything. But his underlying bone claws aren’t nearly as strong. Rather than actual bone, The Hacksmith made himself a set from steel and tried to break concrete with them. Test footage starts at 10:00. They’re pretty awesome for Fruit Ninja IRL.
The yellow machine you’re looking at is “Le Mécanophone,” otherwise known as a 1935 Citroën truck, equipped with 42 different car horns. But this thing doesn’t just beep, it’s basically a calliope on wheels. We want one of these just so we can honk at traffic all day long.
Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.
(Flashing images) The whole “Shrek, but…” meme has produced some rather silly videos, including GrayWalf’s edit, in which he managed to compress the entire film to just over 3 minutes by only including the parts where they made the sound “E.” It’s a nice quick way to get through the movie, and still get the main plot points.
Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.
Directors and writers seem to get most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking. But there are many other critical players required to create a quality movie, not the least of whom are film editors. Now You See It celebrates the work of Dede Allen and other influential women editors.
Music mashup master Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, he managed to combine the Motown sounds of The Isley Brother’s classic Shout! with the metal edge of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, giving frat boys a whole new kind of chant for their toga parties. Shoo-be-doo-wop-bop.
To celebrate Honda Australia’s sponsorship of LEGO Masters Australia, the car company commissioned artist Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught to build a detailed model of the famed Mount Panorama racing circuit. The 150,000 brick model took eight builders over 650 hours to construct, measures 11 ft by 6 ft, and has driveable R/C cars.
In the grand scheme of the meta, birds seem like they wouldn’t rank very highly, and parrots’ flamboyant looks are anything but stealthy. TierZoo explains how the colorful birds are quite capable of holding their own, thanks to their sharp claws and beaks, agility, and superior smarts.
If you work with computers regularly, you probably have a story about a time when you lost a bunch of work due to either a crash or a mistake. Tom Scott recounts a time that he made an irreversible rookie mistake that cost countless hours of work, and talks a bit about the importance of backups and undo/redo systems.
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