Archive for the ‘Worth Watching’ category

#  I dare you to watch this entire video →

June 30th, 2014 at 13:44 // In Worth Watching 

I dare you to watch this entire video. It’s neat, I promise:

#  My Mom’s Motorcycle →

June 5th, 2014 at 11:00 // In Worth Watching 

A nice little story about a boy, his motorcycle, his grandfathers, and his mother:

(via Kottke)

#  Hubble Ultra Deep Field Explanation →

June 4th, 2014 at 11:02 // In Worth Watching 

It’s an astronomy story I knew before, but this presentation is good enough and awe-inspiring enough to share:

#  The Fire Lab →

May 29th, 2014 at 9:00 // In Worth Watching 

My first reaction was — no way these people are getting paid to do this! A really neat little artful 8-minute video from The Atlantic about the US Forest Service’s Fire Lab.

Bonus: the lab’s site is online at

(via Kottke)

#  Battling Bad Science →

May 12th, 2014 at 11:00 // In Worth Watching 

The ways in which science — especially around health and nutrition — is abused is a bit of an old saw here: see the sensible science skepticism tag. So when I heard this talk from Ben Goldacre which I’d never linked, I knew I had to even though it’s quite old. Worth a watch for sure. (The talk I did link is great too.)

(via a recent rerun of On The Media)

#  How Walmart Spread →

April 15th, 2014 at 10:14 // In Worth Watching 

This isn’t new by a long stretch, but it’s an awesome map: animating the spread of Walmart in its growth out of Arkansas and across the US. It cuts off in 2010, and inspired an animated GIF made with Excel. (!?) The GIF is below:


I looked this up in part because of a recent post from Shane Parrish which quote’s Sam Walton’s explanation of their strategy:

We figured we had to build our stores so that our distribution centers, or warehouses, could take care of them, but also so those stores could be controlled. We wanted them within reach of our district managers, and of ourselves here in Bentonville, so we could get out there and look after them. Each store had to be within a day’s drive of a distribution center.

We saturated northwest Arkansas. We saturated Oklahoma. We saturated Missouri. We went from Neosho to Joplin, to Monett and Aurora, to Nevada and Belton, to Harrisonville, and then on to Fort Scott and Olathe in Kansas —and so on.

#  “Slomo” →

April 9th, 2014 at 10:15 // In Worth Watching 

Charming little video about a old man who’s living a nice simple life as the most recognized face on San Diego’s Pacific Beach.

#  Surprise! Science! →

March 25th, 2014 at 15:59 // In Worth Watching 

The most lasting thing I took away from the news of the discovery that gravity waves exist — still an idea I’m not sure I fully comprehend — is Jason Kottke’s enthusiasm for this video in which the creator of gravity waves theory discovers it has been discovered:

The commentary Jason has added, about what exactly the revealing scientist is saying, is great too:

Many people have asked what Kuo is saying to Linde on the doorstep. Let’s start with “5 sigma”. The statistical measure of standard deviation (represented by the Greek letter sigma) is an indication of how sure scientists are of their results. (It has a more technical meaning than that, but we’re not taking a statistics course here.) A “5 sigma” level of standard deviation indicates 99.99994% certainty of the result…or a 0.00006% chance of a statistical fluctuation. That’s a 1 in 3.5 million chance. This is the standard particle physicists use for declaring the discovery of a new particle.

#  The Weight of Mountains

March 14th, 2014 at 12:05 // In Worth Watching 

A short video explaining the basic geology of mountains with some beautiful photography. Watch it with HD on:

(via kottke)

#  “The Entire Internet in Five Minutes” →

March 6th, 2014 at 11:32 // In Worth Watching 

Jeremy Bowers explains the entire internet in five minutes. Well tries. But it’s still pretty awesome and educational.

It unfortunately seems that his 30 minute version of the talk wasn’t recorded, but I did manage to find you his slide deck.

(via Stellar Interesting)