Archive for the ‘videos’ tag
A really neat videos — probably more cool than instructive, unless you already understand more than I do about sorting theory — of various different ways computers can sort data.
Well, actually this video which is posted on YouTube some fifteen years after it was created around 1998, doesn’t have an nuclear explosions in the last 15 years. Still, I’m a sucker for maps and history, and this is a member of both of those sets. I learned that France did a lot of their nuclear testing in Africa, which I’d never thought of.
The poster’s description:
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998.
For your weekend enjoyment: a very determined mouse fights to get a very large cracker back from whence he came.
I’m not going to pretend that an old three minute clip from a late night comedian will change your life, but will it? Of course not. Still, it’s an interesting theory worth three minutes of your time.
I could explain this video, but I prefer the way Mr. Kottke did:
The video feels like a dream sequence in a movie, a movie where some evil wizard turns the boys of Dogtown into shadows.
Alternate title: Why Humans Would Lose the Robot Wars
Seriously, these things are impressive. Like, scary impressive. The presentation style is dry, but the last few demonstrations are awesome. (And again, a little disturbing.)
Holy cow this Kottke post is awesome! A very well made video, and a very interesting piece of relevant information that’s not in the video.
A two-minute diversion that just may teach you something you don’t know about the state that’s currently all over American news.
This essay, delivered as a video, is an uncommon idea explained with great clarity. I implore you to look past the from — someone monologuing to the camera for 15 minutes makes me very likely to turn away — and give her amazingly rare points a hearing.
I’m increasingly aware of how much I like random bits of non-conclusive pondering. It’s not that it’s better than a conclusion, it’s that it’s more interactive. In that spirit, I enjoyed Sam Anderson’s essay about reaction videos:
It’s no accident that all of this started on YouTube in 2007 — at a moment when, and in a place where, human experience was beginning very visibly to splinter. Watching thousands of people react identically to “2 Girls 1 Cup” (“Come on!” they invariably shout, and “Why!?”) feels like a comforting restoration of order and unity. Which means that the most disgusting and offensive video ever to go viral was ultimately, oddly, a force of togetherness.
That’s the collective noun for a group of starlings (a type of bird). This breathtaking video reminds me of something Reggie Watts was once quoted as saying (very last paragraph):
If you pay attention to the world, it’s an amazing place. If you don’t it’s whatever you think it is.
I don’t love this TEDx talk from Nick Crocker, but I like it. It does a good job bringing together most of my disparate thoughts about how you can successfully change your life, a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about in the last dozen months. Among other faults though, is that I currently bristle at any mention of “the marshmallow experiment” (though in fairness, Crocker talked about it better than many).
Sound advice. And addictive. Literally watched it 20 times.
(via Waxy Links)
My two favorites are from different parts of the text. One from palebluefilms — which uses the same audio as most videos this search yields — is about our significance, the one from thelostproductionsUS — that Gruber highlighted — is about our potential.