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The Suwa Lake New Fireworks Contest

Each year two fireworks festivals are held at Suwa Lake in Nagano, Japan. The first, in August, is one of the largest in Japan. The second, in September, features a contest for the best new fireworks. Some of the effects are stunning: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A on Jul 5, 2015 - 12 comments

    Arguably more honest than some

    A lot of the “tent revival” footage throughout would be relatively unremarkable, except that you know the guy doesn’t really buy into one singular goddamned thing the he’s saying to the shouting crowds of gullible hayseeds and proto mega-churchers. You see how adept Gortner has become at getting people to hand over the “largest bill they have,” while behind the scenes we find him literally counting a pile of cash on a hotel room bed, shaking his head about how easy it is to get the money flowing.
    Dangerous Minds examines the bizarre story of Marjoe Gortner (previously), child preacher turned evangelist conman as depicted in the 1972 Oscar winning documentary Marjoe, now available at the Internet Archive.
    posted by MartinWisse on Jul 3, 2015 - 15 comments

    Nicole catches a body beatboxing

    Nicole battles her dad in beatboxing. He disputes the outcome of the first battle, so Nicole leaves no doubt in his mind after the second one. [more inside]
    posted by cashman on Jul 2, 2015 - 35 comments

    “Hasta la vista, baby.”

    Everything Wrong With The Terminator [YouTube] [Spoilers!] [duh..] via: CinemaSins [more inside]
    posted by Fizz on Jul 1, 2015 - 48 comments

    Only In Monroe --- July 2015

    LIVE FROM MONROE! IT'S STEPHEN COLBERT!
    posted by boo_radley on Jul 1, 2015 - 33 comments

    “SO DO I!!!!!”

    Why Disney Marriages Never Work: [SLYT] What happens after the credit roll is the truly depressing part.
    posted by Fizz on Jun 29, 2015 - 35 comments

    Quit shaking your eyes!

    The resonant frequency of googly eyes [more inside]
    posted by moonmilk on Jun 28, 2015 - 32 comments

    Action Man: Battlefield Casualties

    Action Man: Battlefield Casualties is a disturbing spoof toy commercial in a campaign by Veterans for Peace UK to raise the military recruitment age from 16 to 18. Warning: autoplaying video with graphic violence.
    posted by TheophileEscargot on Jun 24, 2015 - 18 comments

    Up close on various recording media

    Ever wonder what a record needle looks like as it travels down a groove? What about the surface of a DVD? Even if you haven't, you should still take a look (SLYT)
    posted by Hactar on Jun 16, 2015 - 15 comments

    The 'What's Underneath' Project

    StyleLikeU's "What's Underneath" Project features short videos of people from all walks of life slowly stripping down to their underwear, while giving revealing interviews intended to show that 'style is not the clothes one wears, but spirit, and comfort in one's skin.' Topics covered are as diverse as their subjects, and include beauty, fashion, disability, diseases and chronic conditions including albinism and cancer, career, gender, identity, body image/dysmorphia, abuse, miscarriage, etc. The majority of the subjects are women. Some videos may be NSFW. (Via)
    posted by zarq on Jun 15, 2015 - 3 comments

    "Never stop drawing, never stop dreaming."

    There are hundreds of instructional videos on YouTube, but if you ever wanted to learn how to draw some of your favorite characters, like Spongebob Squarepants and Mario, or build a Jurassic fort or a string art sun clock, then Character Corner and Forts and Crafts are places you could go.
    posted by Room 641-A on Jun 11, 2015 - 3 comments

    Weekly Transportation Webcasts

    Transportation Studies Weekly Seminar hosted by U.C. Davis.
    posted by aniola on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 comments

    Windmill Not Included

    Tilting the Streets of San Francisco (Via) [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Jun 11, 2015 - 19 comments

    “Doubt makes a man decent.”

    Harry Crews: Guilty As Charged [YouTube]
    Examines the life and work of Harry Crews. Appearances by James Dickey, Byron Crews, Maggie Powell, Johnny Fieber and William Schafer. Music by Frank Schaap and Byron Crews. Associate Producers: Robert Morris and Latelle Lafollette. Camera and Lighting by Mike Brower and Arthur Rouse. Edited by Tom Thurman and Mike Brower.
    Previously.
    posted by Fizz on Jun 9, 2015 - 10 comments

    3Blue1Brown: Reminding the world that math makes sense

    Understanding e to the pi i - "An intuitive explanation as to why e to the pi i equals -1 without a hint of calculus. This is not your usual Taylor series nonsense." (via via; reddit; previously) [more inside]
    posted by kliuless on Jun 6, 2015 - 28 comments

    A vast, merciless hell of permanent and immediate danger.

    Our friends, the ribbon worms, have made another appearance in southeast Asia. (warning: kind of gross) Nemertea previously.
    posted by theodolite on Jun 5, 2015 - 17 comments

    Good Grief!

    "Thank you dear sister, greatest of all sisters, without whom I'd never survive."
    The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show aired on Saturday mornings on the CBS network from 1983 - 1986. Only 18 episodes were ever produced. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Jun 2, 2015 - 26 comments

    A café setting that makes birds relatable, like they're in a soap opera

    "When it really hit me that Piip Show wasn't happening again this year, that really gave me the push to set this up." Visit Junco's Pub: Tiniest Pub in Newfoundland (live stream), from Mefi's own stokast - see full project description on MeFi Projects; FAQ.
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 30, 2015 - 10 comments

    Love Me Chicken Tender

    Cockatoo loves Elvis. Other Cockatoo does not.
    posted by The Whelk on May 30, 2015 - 41 comments

    Filming everyday life near the end of the Soviet Union

    Former TV cameraman Rick Suddeth has posted numerous videos of everyday life in the former Soviet Union in the 1980s and early 1990s. These are mostly raw footage or lightly edited, some are silent. Moscow traffic ca. 1986. Moscow grocery store ca. 1990. Universam Department Store, Moscow, 1990. Queuing for wine at a state liquor store. In the Cosmos Night Club. [more inside]
    posted by Rumple on May 29, 2015 - 18 comments

    Not for those obsessed with fingerprints on screens

    Neat music video for Golden Touch by J-Pop queen Namie Amuro. Keep your finger in the center!
    posted by numaner on May 28, 2015 - 11 comments

    A Game of Clones: Video Game Litigation Illustrated

    Eric Adler of the Adler Vermillion law firm and the Legal Hackers group dives into the odd nuances of copyright laws as applied to video games.
    posted by boo_radley on May 27, 2015 - 15 comments

    On your mark

    Hayao Miyazaki's - On Your Mark "In 1994, Hayao Miyazaki took a break from writing the script for Princess Mononoke to work on this music video from Japnese pop duo Chage & Aska" [via]
    posted by dhruva on May 27, 2015 - 16 comments

    In nekoatsume something like this would cost at least 40 gold sardines.

    Catgrid. A grid of cats.
    posted by phunniemee on May 26, 2015 - 33 comments

    "Piglet, put that pepper down." "Nnyyyyuuaahhhgggggggg!"

    Little tough guy pizza thief.
    posted by phunniemee on May 21, 2015 - 27 comments

    Tortoises Try Tiny Pancakes (as classical music plays)

    Reviews are mixed. [more inside]
    posted by Going To Maine on May 21, 2015 - 22 comments

    A board stretcher, hammer grease, and a gallon of striped paint!

    Crazy Way To Paint Patterns On 3-D Objects Is Like A Cartoon Come To Life
    posted by Joe in Australia on May 17, 2015 - 16 comments

    YouTube Musicians Are Doing It For Themselves

    It started with Scopitones in bars, then people Wanted Their MTV or watched Friday Night Videos or let their videos Pop Up. The common thread? All that production and distribution took giant piles of money that generally could only come from Big Labels. Then came the march of technology: mp3, mpg, h.264, iTunes, Garage Band, Final Cut, dSLR, and all the rest. Now, not content to just share self-made mp3 audio, the current batch of YouTube musicians are making ever more elaborate music videos, and growing a big audience, without a major label in sight.
    posted by LastOfHisKind on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

    Bid on YOUR waste profile!

    Get ready to have your insides disrupted by SmartPipe, the Venmo of pipes! (adult swim, 11:01)
    posted by The Whelk on May 16, 2015 - 22 comments

    I want to ride my cat-cycle

    Taking your cats on a trip from Amsterdam to London isn't that uncommon, but it is if you do it on by bike, specifically a converted cat friendly bakfiets, all to promote your cat orientated company.
    posted by MartinWisse on May 14, 2015 - 12 comments

    Or is it a tiny curator?

    What is an octobass?, you may have wondered. The answer: It is a ridiculously huge bass.
    posted by theodolite on May 13, 2015 - 29 comments

    (Not even a single piece was left!)

    Would you like to watch two cats eat twenty fish in thirty minutes? Okay.
    posted by moonmilk on May 9, 2015 - 36 comments

    I'lllll gehhhht yoouuuu Corrrrrgiiiiii

    Corgi puppies in slo-mo. [SLYT]
    posted by Room 641-A on May 8, 2015 - 23 comments

    She really is a basic queen, Miss Belle...

    Three years after Beauty and the Beat, Todrick Hall takes Belle to the gayborhood, where she runs into RuPaul, Lance Bass, Frankie Grande, and many others.
    posted by schmod on May 7, 2015 - 7 comments

    The Wonder Of The Age

    The Edison Talking Doll is just what it sounds like: a doll, with a small phonograph in its body, mass-produced by Thomas Edison’s lab in the 1890s -- and it … shrieks. It’s like an unearthly Carol Kane screaming in a wind tunnel, trapped in the body of a lifeless totem. Listen at your own risk. Even more Edison Talking Doll recordings.
    posted by The Whelk on May 6, 2015 - 32 comments

    In which a bee stings a pianist's hand and all musical hell breaks loose

    "Alfonso Muskedunder", an animated video by Bendik Kaltenborn and Espen Friberg for the song by Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer Todd Terje. A '60s jazz influenced (yes that's 7/8 time) hodge-podge with 4 additional remixes (soundcloud) and a 'shortreel' of animated outtakes, it's the latest addition to a series of oddball-character-themed singles: "Inspector Norse", "Delorean Dynamite" and "Leisure Suit Preben".
    posted by oneswellfoop on May 5, 2015 - 16 comments

    Not the usual ship sails.

    In keeping with sweet music videos evening here on Metafilter, please take a moment to appreciate the sheer number of hours and sore thumbs it must have taken to make Son Lux's new video for Change is Everything.
    posted by Lutoslawski on May 5, 2015 - 11 comments

    "It’s a song that circles round and around"

    Calexico - "Falling From The Sky" [YouTube] Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson. Featuring José González.
    posted by Fizz on May 5, 2015 - 5 comments

    Welcome to this evolving collection.

    Transgender Lives: Your Stories (NYT). As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community.
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 4, 2015 - 2 comments

    The one where Buck learns you can't bark away the hicupps

    Buck is an 8-week old puppy and he has the hiccups. [SLYT]
    posted by Room 641-A on May 1, 2015 - 19 comments

    Nyaaaaaaaaarm.

    Frankie is a sphynx (hairless) cat. She enjoys treats. Sometimes she is cold and needs a sweater. (MLYT, turn up the volume) [more inside]
    posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 28, 2015 - 12 comments

    "I'm not one of those who will ever say to you 'No regrets.'"

    Kate Mulgrew tells the Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens about giving her daughter up for adoption and reconnecting 20 years later (Video). [more inside]
    posted by Pater Aletheias on Apr 25, 2015 - 13 comments

    Gotta move for the camera, lady

    American Reflexxx is a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in South Carolina. Alli Coates filmed performance artist Signe Pierce as she strutted down a busy oceanside street in stripper garb and a reflective mask. The results are horrifying.
    posted by floatboth on Apr 22, 2015 - 35 comments

    Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow

    The 1964 NYC World's Fair. Period photos. Then and now. What remains. Video of the Futurama II ride. Stock footage at the Fair. NBC's ' A World's Fair Diary'.
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 21, 2015 - 35 comments

    Jawbreaker Broken

    What happens when you put a red hot ball of nickel on a huge novelty jawbreaker (Red hot nickel ball previously)
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 18, 2015 - 117 comments

    Brought to you by the Wikipedia "random article" button

    Czech competitive firefighting (known as požární sport) involves such events as the obstacle course and the tower climb, but none is more prestigious (nor thrilling) than the famous hose race.
    posted by theodolite on Apr 18, 2015 - 8 comments

    She's the minister for men

    The Minister for Men: a web series by Gretel Killeen. As background, it probably helps to know that Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, appointed himself the Minister for Women. But the series is entertaining even without a background knowledge of Australian politics. [more inside]
    posted by lollusc on Apr 18, 2015 - 12 comments

    How did you find out about my vibrations!?

    Remember when Captain America had a district attorney alter-ego named Grant Gardner? And he fought The Purple Death Scarab? No? Then you might need to rewatch the original 1944 Captain American Republic Serials! Bonus: The (deservedly) short lived Captain America Cartoon 1966
    posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2015 - 24 comments

    Museum Dance Off 2

    Museum Dance Off 2. 28 participating museums have created videos showcasing their staff/interns/volunteers etc. dancing and lip-syncing to their melody of choice. Voting begins on April 20 and runs through April 29, with several museum dance videos highlighted each day, out of which viewers choose one favorite. Those favorites will ultimately battle it out in the next rounds, until only one is left standing. Anyone can vote, from anywhere in the world. Voting rules and videos are at the main link. Here is the official trailer. Smithsonian Magazine article on the competition.
    posted by gudrun on Apr 16, 2015 - 3 comments

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