I’ve been away from the computer the entire weekend, and just happened to spot this tidbit today: Amazon is looking to delivery packages via autonomous drones. It looks very much like an April Fool’s joke, but the more I see… the more I think this is an actual thing.
When they were touring many years ago, Van Halen became infamous for having a specific request that no brown M&M’s were to be present backstage. Though I’ve heard the explanation before (and it’s a great one), this is the first time I’d heard David Lee Roth talk about it on camera.
The Record Breaker: Fascinating Documentary on Ashrita Furman, the Man With the Most Guinness World Records
At first, Furman comes off as incredibly eccentric. The types of records he pursues are sometimes silly (catching the most malt balls in your mouth, as an example). But as you learn more about how he grew up, and how he chose to live his life… the pursuit of records begins to make a little more sense.
This is another great GoPro helmet-cam video, featuring a rider tackling what looks like an insanely high (and narrow) race down sandstone ridges. A part of Red Bull Rampage, it looks like each participant gets to pick their own path down. Insanity.
I’m a big fan of Animaniacs, but though I’ve seen a lot of episodes… I just realized that I’ve by no means seen every one. I just came across this Pinky and the Brain clip via Boing Boing and it’s totally new to me. And it’s totally awesome.
A few days ago, I shared a video entitled Thru Tokyo, featuring a collection of sounds from various Tokyo-based musicians. One image in particular caught my attention – that of a man wearing a light-blue outfit, holding what seemed to be a musical note with a smiley face on the end of it.
This video was passed around at work, and I have to say – it’s absolutely mesmerizing. I don’t think I’m quite smart enough to grok all the different logic behind each algorithm, but this is something lovely to watch (and listen to).
I recognized Kumar Pallana from his role in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums, and learned he had appearances in other Wes Anderson films. But I had no idea about the remarkable and remarkably rich life Pallana led, prior to him being in films.
As a kid growing up in the 80′s with cable television, Time Bandits is one of those films that seemed to always be playing. I watched it so many times, there are still sections of the film that I feel I could quote verbatim, some 25+ years later.
I’m a fan of the series, thought it was always more about heartbreak than horror for me. Naturaly, one of my favorite episodes is “Time Enough at Last,” but there are so many great ones to choose from. Pretty hard to believe that this show aired over 50 years ago.
On watching this, I was reminded of all the other great helmet-cam videos I’ve seen. In particular, I kept thinking about the crazy urban downhill race Vaparaiso Cerro Abajo – which is a total must-watch if you haven’t seen it.
This was surprisingly mesmerizing (and tense). Reminded me very much of Super Off Road, and also of a bunch of bunny rabbits leaping – weirdly enough.
Created by Bot & Dolly (a design/engineering studio specializing in automation, robotics, and filmmaking), Box is an incredibly mesmerizing mixture of technology and robots. Using projection mapping, two flat surfaces are given the illusion of great depth.
“They have fancy models of attention, Posner’s trinity model of attention… For me, I like to think of it very simple, like a surveillance system. It’s kind of like you have all these fancy sensors, and inside your brain is a little security guard. For me, I like to call him Frank.”