Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
Interactive video laser-pointer remote-control app for kitty fun. Watch the video.
It’s a gyrocopter. My father built one and flew around over my home town.
From Weburbanist, which provides the backstory as well. Stick with it all the way through: ends with a bang.
Apparently the dog is very timid and shy, too afraid of other dogs to have companionship.
Early mainframe computers (the IBM 1401, for example) were not so much fun as a modern laptop, but they did have their moments.
For example, the IBM 1401 emitted enough in the way of electromagnetic waves from the CPU at work, that you could hear music of a sort if you tuned a radio to the right frequency:
And the IBM 1403 printer had the type mounted on a rapidly moving loop of chain. When the hammers impacted the type to print, the resulting vibration of the chain could be heard, and it took little time for programmers to figure out how to make music by printing the right combination of characters. I first encountered it in Iowa City when Mr. Beetner had the printer play the Iowa Fight Song the Friday before a football game. (The next upgrade put the type on separate pieces that pushed each other around a track: a “print train” instead of a “print chain,” and thus the music died.)
For an explanation of the comments and the story behind the video, see this post.
All day yesterday I struggled to remember the name of the black singer—R&B, Doo-wop, Soul, etc.—who did such a fantastic rendition of “Danny Boy.” This morning I finally remembered: Mr. Entertainment, Jackie Wilson, who was felled in his prime at age 40 by a heart attack on stage. He lived 9 more years in a coma, finally dying in January 1984. Take a listen:
Watch the video in this post at Salon. (I don’t know how to embed Comedy Central videos in WordPress.)
Brian Patrick Fortune passes along this video:
At the Vimeo link:
Chris Goldmann grew up in South Africa’s veldt, hunting and fishing. He joined the South African Air Force and quickly became the preeminent ‘chopper-jock’, and in an illustrious career went on to become President Nelson Mandela’s pilot. Chris explores his adventures through his passion for knife-craft, his beautiful blades and handles are the distillation of a life’s passions. This is the story of a modern day man-of-action in his own words.
Take a look. It’s an NPR article with a few videos and a link to a longer list. I prefer the title I use to their title: 30-Something Everyday Tasks You Might Be Doing ‘Wrong’. That title seems to imply: “You stupid klutz.” Here’s one on peeling an egg:
The guy in the video has written a book: Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa. The book even has a promotional video.