As the hype
builds for Michael Bay's latest
assault on the eyes and eardrums: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
, let's take a walk down memory lane to happier times: Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination. [more inside]
What does the yellow light mean?"
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
"Did you just kiss me?"
"I didn't think so.
" [more inside]
"It's an epic Urban Fantasy, a sci-fi thriller set Twenty Minutes into the Future, and a gritty crime-drama. And a tribute to William Shakespeare, where Puck, Oberon, Titania, and the Weird Sisters have prominent roles, and Macbeth kicks ass in a trenchcoat with a laser gun."
Plus, Star Trek
alums lend their voices to many regular characters and guest stars. On the eve of its 20th anniversary, Gargoyles
is now being offered legally on YouTube by Disney. [more inside]
Reddit's Slow TV
channel offers long videos of continuous coverage by fixed cameras on a subject or event from start to finish. Take train rides
, go the beach
, watch fireworks
, ride the Autobahn
, visit the aquarium
, check out a hot spring
at Yellowstone, fry up some bacon
or, tour the islands of Cat Ba near Ha Long Bay
in North Vietnam [more inside]
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts:
From 1958-1973, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (Previously on MeFi)
played live, educational concerts with the New York Philharmonic that were televised nationwide on CBS. Tapes of the broadcasts were eventually syndicated to 40 countries, introducing an entire generation of children to a wide range musical concepts, styles and composers. The first concert to air was "What Does Music Mean.
" [more inside]
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
On April 13, the Rijksmuseum
will reopen to the public after a renovation and makeover
that took five years longer than expected and went tens of millions of dollars over budget. The museum's most famous painting was also one of the last to be restored to its original location: Rembrandt's "The Night Watch"
. Sponsor ING Bank celebrated with a unique and special flashmob
. [more inside]
A life well lived.
On October 4, 1973, Josh Miele (4) was permanently blinded in an acid attack by his neighbor (pdf)
. 40 years later, Dr. Miele has worked for NASA on the Mars Rover project, he's helped develop "WearaBraille
", a virtual Braille keyboard interface, and has a new project launching this month: the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX)
, which will allow "sighted video viewers to seamlessly add audio description to DVDs as they watch.
" [more inside]
In seventh grade, after school let out, Humaira Mohammed Bachal opened her home in Thatta (Pakistan) to 10-12 friends who weren't allowed to go to school, and taught them what she was learning. By the time she was 16 and ready to take her 9th grade exams, (over her father's objections,) she and four other girls were teaching more than 100 students. Now, her sister Tahira, (age 18,) is principal of the school Humaira founded: with 22 teachers serving more than 1,000 kids in a Karachi slum (yt)
. All in a country where if you are a young girl in a rural area, you are unlikely ever to see the inside of a classroom, and advocating education for young girls can be life-threatening. [more inside]
This past August, producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects
) launched a new digital series: H+
. The premise: in the near future, 33% of humanity has retired their smartphones, tablets and computers in favor of an implanted computer system, H+
, which connects them directly to the internet 24/7. The story begins as a computer virus attacks the implants, killing billions. In intersecting storylines across four continents (told in part through flashbacks,) the series then unravels what happened, who caused it and why. [more inside]
In 2005, Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks produced a 6 episode miniseries that spanned the period of expansion of the United States into the American West, from 1825 to 1890. Through fictional and historical characters, the series used two primary symbols--the wagon wheel and the Lakota medicine wheel -- to join the story of two families: one Native American, one White settlers, as they witnessed many of the 19th century's pivotal historical milestones. The award-winning Into The West
can now be seen in its entirety on YouTube
. [more inside]
Late last month, after vocally anti-gay evangelical author and blogger Jonathan Merritt
's essay defending Chick-Fil-A
appeared in The Atlantic, Azariah Southworth outed Merritt on his blog.
with Merritt about his sexual orientation. Follow-up column from Southworth: Why I outed a Christian star
. [more inside]
In May, YouTube announced they would be hosting
a lineup of original video channels, in a possible attempt to compete with network and cable television. Among the new offerings was WIGS
, the (NSFW
) brainchild of director/producer/writers Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, of original, scripted dramatic series and short films exploring female characters. [more inside]
The female bandmembers of Chairlift
, Au Revoir Simone
, Class Actress
, and This Frontier Needs Heroes
get together with "an essentially revolving cast of indie Brooklyn sirens,
twice a year in a living room in Greenpoint to cover a single, classic song that they learn and arrange right before they perform. Calling themselves Girl Crisis
, the group covers a classic (mostly a capella
) from a male artist each Winter and a female artist each Summer. The performances are are filmed with a Super 8 camera, are not open to the public and exist only online. Their latest: Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End of Love"
. (Via) [more inside]
In the late 1970s the UK's Anglia Television ran a respected weekly documentary series: Science Report.
But when the show was cancelled in 1977, the producers decided to channel Orson Welles in their final episode. The result was Alternative 3
. Over the course of the hour, the audience would learn that a Science Report
investigation into the UK "brain drain" had uncovered shocking revelations: man-made pollution had resulted in catastrophic climate change, the Earth would soon be rendered uninhabitable, and a secret American / Soviet joint plan was in place to establish colonies on the Moon and Mars. The show ended with footage of a US/Soviet Mars landing from May 22, 1962. After Alternative 3 aired, thousands of panicked viewers phoned the production company and demanded to know how long they had left to change planets. [more inside]
John Cage Unbound, A Living Archive
is a multimedia exhibition created by the New York Public Library documenting their collection of videos
, original notes and manuscripts
of contemporary American composer and music theorist John Cage
(1912-1992). "Cage believed that, following his detailed directions, anyone could make music from any kind of instrument" so the NYPL is asking visitors how they would bring his music to life, by submitting videos of their own interpretations of Cage’s work for possible inclusion in the archive. For more extensive collections of John Cage resources, see: WNYC: A John Cage Web Reliquary
and Josh Rosen's fan page
. [more inside]
Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, where man fought machines—and machines won. Bio-Dreads — monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors... and digitize them!
In 1987, before he created Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski was a writer for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
, a live-action sci-fi show for kids. 24 episodes were produced. Straczynski wrote or co-wrote 14 of them, including multi-episode plot arcs. A line of interactive toys
brought the battle into kids’ living rooms, and Captain Power
was also one of the very first shows on television to feature computer animation in every episode. But in an attempt to appeal to both children and the adults who watched with them, the campy show included some concepts and scenes critics deemed too violent for children and lasted only a single season in syndication. The full run of the show has now been uploaded to Youtube. [more inside]
"My daughter thought it would be funny/rebellious/cool to post on her Facebook wall just how upset she was and how unfair her life here is; how we work her too hard with chores, never pay her for chores, and just in general make her life difficult. She chose to share this with the entire world on Facebook and block her parents from seeing it. Well, umm... she failed. As of the end of this video, she won't have to worry anymore about posting inappropriate things on Facebook...
" (youtube video, contains cursing) Background
. Original thread on Facebook.
This is My Story: Part One
, Part Two
. (youtube videos)
Ben Breedlove passed away on December 25, 2011
. (Last link contains autoplaying video) [more inside]
On November 22, 2011, TEDxBrussels held an all day event whose theme was: "A Day in the Deep Future
." Speakers were asked to try and contemplate what life will be like for mankind in 50 years
. [more inside]
The 2011 Portfolio
(slyt.) Clips from 166 of this year's films, combined into one video trailer. How many can you name? (Via)
Like a "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades. Wearing an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit, he searches the ocean floor and keeps a huge collection of marine salvage (including antique cannon balls, 'bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear') in a shipping container "museum" at a British marina.
Ray: A Life Underwater: Vimeo
. (A short film documentary.) [more inside]
GQ: Teats Out: An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of "The Dana Carvey Show." "Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert. Louis C.K. Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel. Some of comedy's greatest minds got one of their biggest breaks on the short-lived but much-loved "The Dana Carvey Show." Fifteen years later, in this exclusive oral history, the players recount the brief but fertile life of a truly unusual show"
, all eight episodes of which are available on Hulu
. (Previously) [more inside]
(Vimeo) A short, animated film in French with English subtitles. Also on YouTube
and DailyMotion [more inside]
The Soundworks Collection
gives a behind-the-scenes look into the work of talented sound teams working on feature films
, soundtrack scoring
, and video games
with a compilation of exclusive interviews, awards shows / event panel coverage
and sound stage / studio room videos. Vimeo Channel
. YouTube Channel
. [more inside]
Global Slacker (One Day)
(YouTube: One couple's drive across two continents, from Chengdu to Capetown. A
compilation video.) Main Site
) [more inside]
Meet Doctor Doom
"Forty years ago, with his band Pentagram, Bobby Liebling invented a style of fiendishly heavy metal that hardly anyone heard. He spent the ensuing decades in a haze of hard drugs and big trouble. (5 arrests, 35 detoxes, more than 200 hospital visits.) Now, with the genre he spawned on the rise and a young wife and baby boy in tow, Liebling is feeling the first rumblings of success. Here's where things start to get weird." [more inside]
A Day Made of Glass.
(A vision of the near-future from the makers of Gorilla Glass
.) [more inside]
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody
: Parts: 1
. (From BBC Three.)
Oh, and... [more inside]