Posts Tagged "video"

Measuring Pi Using Pies

Every year, there seems to be one new video that ends up catching the public’s attention and defining “Pi Day.” This time around, my vote goes to YouTube user Numberphile, who’s created a fun video where he attempts to measure out pi using actual pies. Many of us probably thought about doing this, but he actually went out and did it. And probably got really full as a result:

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Balloon Bowls, by Maarten De Ceulaer

De Ceulaer was interested in using plaster as “an end material,” and not just something used for making moulds. He tested out this approach by filling a balloon with plaster, and ended up with a fairly useless object that had perfectly smooth sides.

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The Overview Effect: Astronauts Discuss the Profound Experience of Seeing Earth From Space

“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.”

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Finding Vivian Maier – Trailer

Living across the street from an auction house, John Maloof ended up purchasing a box full of negatives for $380. From there, he discovered the work of Vivian Maier and began trying to unravel who she was – her history, and her passion for photography.

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Crossroads and Contracts

This is a flashback scene from the 1986 movie Crossroads, starring Ralph Macchio. I remember seeing this movie a few times as a kid, mostly when it was on repeat on HBO. But I recall precious little of the film – beyond the fact that Steve Vai played the “bad” guitar player. It may have been another few years before I learned who Vai was (and before I decided to recreate his guitar in shop class).

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Apollo Robbins, Live Performance

Spotted this better quality video of Apollo Robbins in action, this time working his skills over on some of the Today Show crew. Even though you kind of know what he’s going to be doing, it’s still amazing to see how quickly he moves (and distracts everyone, viewers included, from what he’s actually doing).

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Playing Around with Vine: Documenting Your Life, Six Seconds at a Time

Recently acquired by Twitter, Vine lets you use your phone to record up to 6 seconds of video. But the interesting thing is that it doesn’t need to be a continuous six seconds. In fact, a great deal of the enjoyment comes from stitching together numerous shorter moments to tell a larger story. Think of Vine as the animated GIF’s older brother.

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Caribbean Cruise, Day 5: Aruba

Just outside the Aruba Ostrich Farm. We learned that the males have dark feathers, and the females have gray ones. Part of the tour involved an opportunity to walk up and feed the ostriches (using a bowl). We were warned that the ostriches liked shiny objects, and advised to remove jewelery and such.

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Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket Extraordinaire, Wants Your Attention

One of the first things that Robbins ever explained to me was his observation that the eye will follow an object moving in an arc without looking back to its point of origin, but that when an object is moving in a straight line the eye tends to return to the point of origin, the viewer’s attention snapping back as if it were a rubber band.

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Fireworks in Reverse

YouTube user jcltay has a nice video clip, showcasing the NYE fireworks display at Docklands, Melbourne in reverse. It’s got a slow, mesmerizing quality to it, that’s surprisingly satisfying to watch. A bit like watching the sky clean up after itself.

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The Difference Between Holland and the Netherlands

I found this video by C. G. P. Grey on the difference between Holland and the Netherlands pretty darn fantastic. It’s a very non-stop, face-paced kind of video (and reminded me a bit of Jay Smooth in its pace and humor), but does a great job of untangling the common mistakes people make about the Netherlands (the country) and its Provinces (North Holland and South Holland, in particular).

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