Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.
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Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.
It’s always fun to watch stuff tossed into an industrial shredder. In this clip by Gojzer, they load up a machine with all kinds of satisfying stuff, including ping pong balls, squeaky toys, light bulbs, and popcorn, and gooey blocks of gelatin. Those Coke bottles weren’t going down without a fight.
Sprice Machines enjoys building overly-complicated machines to perform simple tasks. In this case, he created a machine that takes nearly 3 minutes to toss a toy basketball through a hoop. Like most Rube Goldberg machines, this one took a bit of trial and error. If the NBA played this slowly, games would end with scores like 8-6.
Cyclist Gee Atherton takes on a seriously gnarly stretch of terrain in this short action clip. Located above the UK’s Dyfi Bike Park, the grassy ridge runs downhill from a 2,185-foot summit, with just a few feet of earth separating his bike from a steep drop-off to the left, while the hillside creates natural jump ramps along the way.
Guinness World Records looks back at some of the many bests that were achieved in a year that was otherwise one of the worst. From the longest legs on the planet to the world’s first retractable lightsaber to the longest dog conga line, there’s plenty to celebrate and enjoy in this awe-inspiring video compilation.
Water is critical to the survival of almost all living things. This fascinating time-lapse short film by Christian Stangl provides a close-up look at what happens to organics as they run out of moisture. Stangl captured the images using a combination of macro lenses and microscopes. View a selection of stills on Flickr.
If you’ve ever visited one of Disney’s theme parks, you have been tricked. The parks frequently employ an optical illusion known as forced perspective to make structures look bigger or smaller than they actually are. Art of Engineering explains the trickery and why our brains get so easily fooled by it.
(PG-13) 2020 might have been a rough year for the movies, but we still got a handful of releases, and it didn’t stop us from enjoying trailers throughout the year. Expert editor Sleepy Skunk is back with his annual mashup reel, incorporating the best and most dramatic moments from the year’s movie previews.
Drone pilot Shaggy FPV takes us on a ride through the mountains of Austria with breathtaking footage of the Dorfertal Valley he captured with his aerial photography rig. The reverse perspective offers a great sense of speed and changes things up a bit from the typical forward view.
“It’s going to take a bit of work for you to truly understand the depths of the stupidity…” Shane from Stuff Made Here decided his first attempt at a robot that gave haircuts wasn’t good enough, so he went back to the drawing board. The new version is a bit more versatile, accurate, and can carve patterns, sorta.
Head to the Pacific Northwest in this epic snowboarding film from KORUA Shapes. The black-and-white photography evokes quite the mood as boarders take to the slopes in the days before the pandemic lockdown. The title is based on the nickname for Washington state’s Ranier Beer, which served as lubricant for the cast and crew.
Do you have lots of gifts to wrap? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a machine that could measure and cut paper to exactly the right size? LEGO builder The Brick Wall made just the thing. Simply place a present on the box scanner, and the Mindstorms-controlled machine automatically unrolls the paper and cuts it to size.
What happens when you let artificial intelligence write a Christmas song? Musician Chase Holfelder wanted to find out, so he turned to the Jukebox neural network to create the lyrics, chord progression, and vocal melody of this tune, titled “Rudolph, the All-Gracious King.”
We might not be getting a Mandalorian holiday special any time soon, but if we ever do, we already have the theme song. AtinPiano’s mashup of Ludwig G?ransson’s epic Mando score with the Christmas classic Carol of the Bells would fill the bill perfectly. They previously gave The Imperial March the holiday treatment.
“Giant Minifig” is an oxymoron. The idea of LEGO’s little people is that they’re small enough for a LEGO-scale world. But Jason of Bourbon Moth Woodworking wanted to give his kid a supersized minifig for Christmas, so he fabricated a 2-foot-tall figure out of wood. LEGO sells a smaller wooden minifig, but it’s not as cool as Jason’s.
Burls Art makes guitars out of unusual materials. Having built instruments out of Himalayan salt and jawbreakers, this time he turned his attention to coffee. He built the body using several pounds of beans from Copper Coffee, bathed in clear epoxy. We love the copper accents in included on the finished guitar.
Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University shows off another brain-breaking optical illusion, taking home the prize of Best Illusion of 2020. While it looks like a simple design at first, the 3D Schr?der Staircase looks exactly the same right-side-up and upside-down, its left end looking taller than its right.
Director Peter Jackson has been working on a documentary about the legendary rock band The Beatles. It’s been delayed until August 2021, but Jackson has been kind enough to share a brief montage, much of which has been culled from more than 50 hours of never-before-seen footage of the Fab Four.
In this brief but highly satisfying video posted by Scott Galloway, a fox shows off exactly why they have a reputation for grace and intelligence, especially when it comes to hunting their prey. Watch as this little fella waits by a hole in the ice, then fishes out its meal like a champ.
Typically, when you play a song in a minor key, it just makes it sound all sad and somber. But when musicians Christopher Bill and John Romero changed the Christmas classic’s key and performed it on trumpets, it came out sounding like the music from a James Bond movie.
When you think of figure skating, Metallica isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Team USA ice dancers Oona and Gage Brown dispel that notion with this exceptionally precise performance choreographed to Nothing Else Matters, combining Metallica’s original metal ballad with a cover version by Marlisa.
2020 was a very strange year. So why not end it with a very strange video? For apparently no other reason than to prove it could be done, ljameswalters and VFX artist Chris Ume made it look like Lord of the Rings’ slimy Gollum is singing the Sinead O’Connor / Prince track Nothing Compares 2 U – with slightly revised lyrics.
If you want your paper airplanes to stay airborne for a long time, you could add motors to it, or you could watch this clip from Wired and paper airplane expert John Collins and learn a thing or two about the four main aerodynamic forces that that influence your folded paper’s flight.
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