I don’t often enjoy watching how-to videos, or watching people make things. There’s a whole host of this type of content, particularly on Instagram, and it tends to stress me out more than it inspires. I tend to find them sources of frustration and anxiety.
I’ve been returning to this bit from Dave Chapelle’s SNl monologue from last week. There’s a moment at the end that I thought was particularly spot-on, and worth sharing.
There isn’t much to this video. It’s just a snippet of the afternoon, standing on my front porch, as the leaves just seemed to pour down. A hint of fall, a signal of the cold to come.
A quiet, unassuming moment I felt worth capturing.
I don’t care that this is a commercial. Seeing this brought me no small amount of joy, and reminded me of the early Internet from maybe a decade ago. Just a lovely, lovely thing.
Lately, the videos I do are pretty quick – a few seconds here and there, maybe 30 seconds at the most. So it felt like a fun opportunity to take a longer video, and just watch Phineas and Daisy do their thing.
I’m reminded a bit of when Liz and I were in Amsterdam, and I took a long video of just street traffic. Because as a tourist, just watching the world go by is an amazing thing to behold. That’s true anywhere, honestly. Watching the world go by is an amazing experience anywhere. It’s just that we forget this fact until we travel, and remember it anew.
Well, those were nice plans but I never quite found the motivation. And instead, I found this video from Mark Rober. Who is definitely much smarter than I am, and who definitely has more motivation and follow-through.
I love how folks are finding ways to collaborate together, even though we’re all pretty far apart. Amidst all the dark news and numbers, it’s nice to have this sort of thing that reminds me of how great the Internet can be, sometimes.
I started re-watching The Wire recently, and have mostly made my way through the first season. It started off while I was browsing for something to watch, and one episode turned into two and three, and we were off to the races. Again.
“Olive: focused, relentless, tasting absolutely nothing…”
I’ve listened to this multiple times, and it still cracks me up each time. Davies is a great storyteller, and you can watch him read the audience… and see him start to cater his timing to Ryan Gosling, once he starts to see Gosling’s reactions.
Random moment where Liz and I realized Phineas was sleeping in the bunny maze. I was trying to be super quiet, and got a small bit of video where he seemed to be dreaming. Chewing on some delicious carrots, no doubt.
The phrase “melon buffet” now causes me to giggle a lot. It’s a silly premise, but with just one episode in… I’m finding myself wanting to see more. It strikes the right balance between silly and competitive for me.
Luke Palmer, from Rhino Stew, made this glorious connection. Let’s just say that his premise is that Charlie, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is actually Wilford, from Snowpiercer.
I remember playing this game with my old house mate Jim, back when we were undergrads in college. It still definitely evokes a particular feel and time for me, and it was fascinating to hear some of the history and technical details related to the game.