December 23, 2007
Traveler IQ Challenge : quite addictive. first try : level 6 with 182,000 points. you?
December 21, 2007
going dark for the holidays :: have a wonderful week and a happy new year.
this holiday why not rat out someone who is cheating on their income taxes (as long as they earn over 200K a year), if you do, you can get up to 30% off of your income tax bill (reward is considered taxable income) :: the form, the rules :: oh my ::
Google Video has a collection of shows from Louis Theroux's excellent BBC series. From Nazis to Swingers to Black Supremacists, Theroux "tries to find the humanity" in the subcultures most find abhorrent ::
:: other topics include :: Brothels, Black Supremists, Vegas, Thai brides, Enlightenment, Survivalists, Porn, The most hated family in America, Hypnosis, Gangsta rap, and UFO hunters
Medical myths exposed as untrue :: from the BBC
yesterday i somehow spent an hour watching badminton videos, can't remember why, and i'm slightly worried that this is one of the signs of the apocalypse. What i love the most is the heavy tracks that accompany the trick shot videos as if perhaps that will make this slightly ridiculous, but very fun to play lawn game seem macho. An official site is called "Extreme Power Badminton". I predict 2008 will be the year of extreme power badminton ::
YouTube - Swiss Badminton Trickshots
YouTube - Badminton Tricks UK
YouTube - Badminton Tricks - By Adam and Dan
YouTube - Badminton freestyle
YouTube - Badminton Showboat 2
Extreme Power Badminton - The Best (Official Site)
its a wonderful internet :: a fun little holiday card from some such agency :: i like the little pop up book tabs
December 20, 2007
made this a while back, but still dust it off once a year ::carol maker
I'm sure many of you have already heard of MIT's Free OpenCourseWare Online Course Materials :: i'm a big fan of this project and have spent a good amount of time today browsing through the course materials ::
of the spliced together "found sound" one-man rhythm section videos out there, this is one of the best i've come across ::
More retro future gandering, this time a 1958 look at the highways of tomorrow ::
December 19, 2007
the vegetable orchestra, and a video to accompany it ::
a lovely scene from Truffaut's "Les Quatre Cents Coups", just the expressions on the children's faces makes it worth watching ::
click below for a clip from heita3 who seems to specialize in creating instruments out of vegetables.
December 18, 2007
Free ground shipping today with code ZEHOLIDAY07, which they tell me still will arrive for the holidays (call 1-800-381-0815 to make sure if its a necessity) ::
more designs in the shop, if you want a variation, email me and i will try and accommodate ::
Two clips from a bizarre cable access show from the 80's...i dunno, it cracked me up in its shear persistence :: also included a clip that i found searching for the term "what's your problem" from a more recent public access show which i found quite charming :: street interviews asking people what they wanted to be when they grew up and what they are doing now ::
this clip from a recent public access show entitled "what's your problem" showed up in related vids ::
they weren't so far off were they? :: spoof? ::
Gord and Zea keep us company :: Gift of the Card and In the Snow ::
December 17, 2007
I've been working on a Flickr Memory Game where you can use your own images on the fly:: very simple and in its early stages while i learn about the flickr API :: suggestions welcome, on all aspects of the game or imagined games of this sort.
another vintage film/show directed (and co-written by) by jim henson. nearly an hour long so watch it when you have a bit of time for an existentialist ride ::
December 16, 2007
one out of a series of one-man-band ukelele and melodica performances :: charming ::
December 14, 2007
a nice, tranquil animation based on a poem by w.c. williams ::
LibriVox provides free audio books from the public domain, and puts out a call to volunteers to read chapters. Will voices like Morgan Freeman's be put out of work? Chaucers's Canterbury Tales read by Ethel of New Jersey? We will see.
in the slo-mo vids of ordinary things category, this one offers a nice montage of, you guessed it, fire and water ::
below is a neat vid describing how the folks at digger created a talking character using the scribbler and a host of other applications :: the scribbler is one of the most-used mini creative apps on zefrank.com (beat out only by the flower maker ::
December 13, 2007
while i slug it out with my peers, please consider my shameless plug :: why not buy some lovely presents for someone special?
kirby at goodiebag.tv tells another nice little story ::
very weird and fun ::
December 12, 2007
Greg writes: "This ten-minute home video is called "How It All Ends," and is the result of hundreds of hours of research and production, stemming from an earlier video I produced, titled "The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See." ::
"The Most Terrifying Video", posted on the web six months ago, made a novel argument for taking action on global climate change, and has garnered over 4 million views on various websites. Reading the 6000+ comments on that video—most of them critical—allowed me to hone my argument, so that now it is—as far as I've been able to tell—undeniable. Repackaged in "How It All Ends," the argument is backed up by over 6 hours of "expansion pack" videos, anticipating and answering every single objection that I've been able to elicit from skeptics. Sounds impossible, yes. But then, I've been maniacally thorough."
December 11, 2007
i love this. perfect execution right on the line of idiotic and genius.
Bong Bong a Sequel
keeping you company is a bit stalled at the moment :: my apologies :: keep sending me links!
a memory of the best sort of naive idealism ::
less waiting time in purgatory!
with Monsieur Roy ::
December 7, 2007
i love how he looks a bit constipated while clapping, and the numbers clip is a nice tour of cinema ::
This guy is my hero :: a chronicle created by the astronaut we saw in the bubbles clip detailing his experiences in space. He's great, and many of the sections have video attached. here's a collection of videos that he made on Saturday mornings (i have to wonder how one tracks what day it is when you are orbiting the earth- reference point? Standard Space Time?)
this is regarding twitter and creating a feed out of "replies":: read on if you are a huge nerd ::
here's the deal : Joshua Rothhaas has a project called Twitter / 140story where he is posting a new story each day that is exactly the length of the max twitter input. what i Joshua and i would like to try is a communal version of the project where a single story is written in a short period of time by teams of twitter users. Josh had the idea of using "replies" but we can't figure out how to create a single feed that way...any suggestions?
below is a part of our communication ::
"Well, do we want people to be able to use their current twitter account?
because if people where willing to sign up for a second one for story
telling we could create blog and just publish everyones RSS and then the
only monitoring we will have to do is to delete the post that aren't
following what ever set of rules we decide on. But if we want people to
use their current account then this wont work because there will be to
Ok, Idea. when people start their post with @accountname (eg. @140story)
it shows up in a section of your account called "replies" I am having
trouble figuring it out, but if we could figure out how to publish the
"replies" feed of the account then anyone who wants to participate
simple starts their post with @ze or @story or @1 or what ever we name
the account. But I have no idea how to figure out the replies rss. its
not as easy as simply finding the main accounts public time line rss.
Then, if its possible (i have no idea) publish this feed to a community
editable wiki and everyone else can pull out what doesn't jive with the
concept. - more work to implement, no work to monitor.
Those idea's are applied toward triyng to make some on going continuous
story. A group based competition could be pretty cool too. Could set it
up possibly in such a way that people volunteer to be put in groups of
what ever size. then at a set time (over an hour or a day or what ever)
they each get to submit one post to their groups story. the group with
the best story is declared victor? I personally prefer an ongoing post
by post story if we can get one to work.
oh oh, another idea - we set up an account and people send direct
messeges to the account (same character limit) or @'s the account if we
can figure out the reply's rss thing and then tell people to send a
chunk of story 140 characters long and then we can post the chunks to a
wiki type page and the sub pages of the wiki could be people arrangments
of the available chunks of story"
December 6, 2007
i could watch this stuff all day :: where the f*** were the pop rocks????
a very nice collage video
on lists :: i like this guy kirby ::
December 5, 2007
really well done, funny, clever, probably true ::
Joshua Rothhaas writes "I started a little twitter experiment. I will be "micro
blogging" at least one new fiction story every day that is exactly 140
characters long (the Twitter character post limit) no more no less. I
have made a self promise to do at least one a day for a month and if
even a few people start reading it, I will probably go longer."
a very popular video that has only know come to my attention ::
the parody and the original ::
fairly disturbing footage from iraq ::
December 4, 2007
a book review from meghan and michael on term papers ::
best to think about it a bit early :: here's mine ::
I've already started this one, but it will apply to all of next year. I call it Three Things. Each day I will try my best to do three things. One thing to benefit my health, one thing to make money, and one thing that is a creative expression. There is no upper or lower limit on the scale of these things. They can be small : taking a multi vitamin for health, writing down an idea for an idea in a notebook, signing up for Google Adsense, or they can be bigger : working out for an hour, making a video, creating an online store for merchandise. The only rule is that they can't overlap, a single activity can only fill the requirement of one category.
What are your resolutions?
December 3, 2007
you can steal it or buy it ::
:: either way, please enjoy it
December 1, 2007
this is what i want for christmas :: would also like a walking, car and skateboard version ::
quite a fun commercial, and the "making of" spoof is quite fun as well ::
the "making of" ::