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10 cats enjoy an ice ball
posted by The Whelk on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 comments

People Are Scaring Their Cats with Cucumbers. They Shouldn’t.

A new viral trend reveals a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should beware. By Brian Clark Howard. SLNatGeo.
posted by valkane on Nov 18, 2015 - 212 comments

Triumph of the Will

From National Geographic YouTube channel: The Shaolin (Wushu) Temple Kung Fu Academy is the largest school of its kind in China. Footage was adapted from filmmaker Inigo Westmeier's 2012 documentary 'Dragon Girls' with music from Gener8tio featuring M.I.A. The Academy has a website.
posted by growabrain on Nov 18, 2015 - 10 comments

Basically, a chance to get wasted dancing feverishly

The Guča Tumpet Festival, also known as Драгачевски сабор, is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, in western Serbia. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 16, 2015 - 13 comments

Minnesota Burning Man

Drone video footage of the largest ice fishing tournament in the world from Gull Lake, Minnesota. (SLYT) There are over 20,000 holes in the ice and just as many anglers.
[more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 15, 2015 - 26 comments

Everybody needs a thneed

The Kesla 28RH is a machine that turns trees into logs. Very quickly. (SLYT)
posted by theodolite on Nov 14, 2015 - 77 comments

Make sure your tablet is in a secure place before pressing play

Videos for Cats To Watch Volume 1 - a playlist of 32 videos filled with birds and squirrels and suchlike. The latest one is 38 minutes long and features birds twittering about on a fence and a bench. Warning: my cat attempted to destroy my laptop keyboard.
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 2015 - 37 comments

Flash flood warning

Monster flash flood, August 30, 2015, Southern Utah: A massive thunderstorm stalled up this basin and dumped billions of gallons of water in around and hour and a half.
posted by growabrain on Nov 11, 2015 - 47 comments

Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world!

An anthem for a hero for our age. An anthem... for Rowsdower.
Also from the same guy, songs for The Pumaman and Mitchell, and Idiot Control Now. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 10, 2015 - 50 comments

His Noodly Appendage

"Spätzle are a kind of soft egg noodle found in the cuisines of southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Alsace and South Tyrol. Traditionally, Spätzle are made by scraping long, thin strips of dough off a wooden (sometimes wet) chopping board (Spätzlebrett) into boiling salted water where they cook until they rise to the surface... Spätzle typically accompany meat dishes prepared with an abundant sauce or gravy, such as Zwiebelrostbraten, Sauerbraten or Rouladen. In Hungary spätzle often are used in soup..." [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 10, 2015 - 70 comments

Never forget the tree from the first episode

After a successful kickstarter campaign, Muzzled the Musical has released it's promised three episodes (season one): episode 1, episode 2, episode 3. An epic saga of mean girl princesses and bloody musical warfare, starring Ashly Burch (of HAWP) and created by Matthew Mercer.
posted by Theta States on Nov 9, 2015 - 4 comments

Who do you mean by we?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - "The book delivers on its madly ambitious subtitle by in fact managing to cover key moments in the developmental history of humankind from the emergence of Homo Sapiens to today's developments in genetic engineering." Also btw, check out Harari on the myths we need to survive, re: fact/value distinctions and their interrelationships.
posted by kliuless on Nov 8, 2015 - 7 comments

Wildlife of Los Santos

Onto the Land (yt) - the latest in a series of Grand Theft Auto V nature documentaries in the style of David Attenborough.
posted by Artw on Nov 7, 2015 - 14 comments

Canada National Fillm Board: Wild Life (animation)

This animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man, sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for [polo and] badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context. [SLYT Canada NFB] [more inside]
posted by davidpriest.ca on Nov 5, 2015 - 11 comments

Open the door, Nate! What are you doing in there?

Nate is a 16 yr. old with calm demeanor and tolerance for ingesting peppers with very high Scoville scale. He started his Youtube review channel "snacksandsuch" 5 years ago with a spoon of Blair's Pure Death (Scoville Heat Units 35,000).
The videos are all similar in style: Here he is eating a Yellow 7 Pod cultivar (1M+SR). Here is his Chocolate Bhut Jolokia test, etc. He gets to taste the Naga Viper, the Trinidad moruga scorpion, Carolina Reaper, and many others. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 2, 2015 - 76 comments

“The aims of life are the best defense against death.”

The Art of Witness by James Wood [The New Yorker] How Primo Levi survived.
“Primo Levi [wiki] did not consider it heroic to have survived eleven months in Auschwitz. Like other witnesses of the concentration camps, he lamented that the best had perished and the worst had survived. But we who have survived relatively little find it hard to believe him. How could it be anything but heroic to have entered Hell and not been swallowed up? To have witnessed it with such delicate lucidity, such reserves of irony and even equanimity? Our incomprehension and our admiration combine to simplify the writer into a needily sincere amalgam: hero, saint, witness, redeemer.”
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 comments

Obligatory Monty Python Reference Goes Here

Geekfilter: A series of video lectures on how Python works under the hood. (MLYT)
posted by JHarris on Oct 31, 2015 - 9 comments

Juggling Gentlemen - It's Business Time

3m55s of the most clever ball handling you will see all season.
posted by hippybear on Oct 29, 2015 - 28 comments

Behind the Bizaare and Tragic Story of Shaye St. John

"Shaye Saint John videos are the internet's answer to outsider art, and they've been flippantly relegated to just another thing in "that weird part of YouTube." There's no big artist reveal, no studio-backed film adaptation, no corporate sponsorship. She posted videos on YouTube, and then one day, she stopped."
[more inside] posted by anazgnos on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 comments

I envy you, being a librarian.

Down Cemetery Road (1964), from the BBC Monitor series, in which Larkin was interviewed by John Betjeman. - A casual conversation that halts and resumes in Larkinland. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Oct 27, 2015 - 3 comments

Indoor skydiving

How do you learn to keep your balance when skydiving? Take lessons in a wind tunnel
posted by growabrain on Oct 26, 2015 - 14 comments

Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans

Chuck Berry was born in 1926. Here he is performing Johnny B Goode: The date is April 14, 2014.
posted by growabrain on Oct 24, 2015 - 21 comments

whatever colors you have in your mind

To support their latest album the band Dawes recently held a competition in Paris where fans uploaded videos lip synching the lyrics to the songAll Your Favorite Bands"” for a chance to cover his/her favorite classic rock song with the group. The winner was a woman named Paloma, and her favorite classic rock song is Lay Lady Lay and here is their version.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 24, 2015 - 6 comments

Metal on inappropriate instruments

YouTube metal guitarist Rob Scallon covers Slayer's "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble", and "Angel of Death", and Metallica's "Battery", on banjo.
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 22, 2015 - 32 comments

You never see fear coming ‘til it swallows you whole

Half-heard whispers. A creaking door. A missed step. From Vertigo to Videodrome, the scariest movies exploit our greatest – and most basic – fears. Fear Itself - BBC Documentary (SLYT NSFW)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 19, 2015 - 7 comments

Cannons buried in flowers

Young pianists from around the world have gathered in Warsaw for the 17th International Chopin Competition, which is now in the second day of its final round, streaming live beginning in half an hour. Today, Eric Lu, Szymon Nehring, and Georgijs Osokins will enter the octagon Warsaw Philharmonic to interpret the piano concerto in E minor, op. 11. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Oct 19, 2015 - 10 comments

Hüsker Dü - top-shelf Land Speed Record-era live footage

Hüsker Dü were caught on tape on September 5, 1981 at the 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN, blazing through a familiar set they'd recorded weeks earlier for Land Speed Record. Set 1

The real surprise is when they returned to the stage later that night to showcase the slower, more melodic side of the band, complete with four unreleased tracks. Set 2. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Oct 16, 2015 - 17 comments

Supported by the McGarblin Group

It's 1983, time to watch Computer Show. There are only a couple of episodes uploaded to Youtube, but the first one features custom art work site Lumi, and the second explores Reddit. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Oct 14, 2015 - 23 comments

Real Mjǫllnir

A real-life version of Mjǫllnir, made with a bit of sufficiently advanced technology.
posted by jedicus on Oct 14, 2015 - 25 comments

Houston to Ground Control (SLYT)

Artist Tom Kucy raided the NASA Apollo Project Archive of photos to create a short film titled "Ground Control".
posted by msbutah on Oct 13, 2015 - 3 comments

All these thing, they're just disappointing compared to you

John Grant [previously] has a new album coming out soon, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. He released the lead video, Disappointing [NSFW], a while back, but it might have flown under your radar. It certainly did mine.
posted by hippybear on Oct 13, 2015 - 17 comments

Artisans

Here's a 5 min. Youtube clip with some tile makers and brick layers creating ceramic art with oriental motifs & Arabic music in the background
posted by growabrain on Oct 12, 2015 - 15 comments

Revontulet

In real time: the Northern Lights over Tromsø, Norway, earlier this month. Also on Vimeo.
posted by Wordshore on Oct 11, 2015 - 13 comments

Diamond Dogs

Mining diamonds from the street. (SLYT)
posted by loquacious on Oct 4, 2015 - 7 comments

Gourmet plating

60 Second Tasting Menu. Now that Eater is part of a $850M media org, they have rebundled their site's video offerings.
posted by growabrain on Oct 4, 2015 - 50 comments

You used to call me on my cell phone ...

First Disclosure & Sam Smith covered Drake's latest hit Hotline Bling. Now we may have the definitive interpretation by Erykah Badu [more inside]
posted by JoeBlubaugh on Oct 2, 2015 - 14 comments

If we do not find new images, we will perish

"The Fall" is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh. The opening title sequence is the "perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision." Ebert described the movie as "a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. Tarsem... has made a movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. " [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 2, 2015 - 39 comments

“I like the half-rhyme. I like 'greatest' & 'played with'. That's good.”

Salman Rushdie Reads Drake Lyrics. [YouTube]
Salman Rushdie's a 68-year-old award-winning novelist but he can also spit bars — Drake's bars. In this clip from Exhibitionists, a new CBC Arts series premiering Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:30pm, watch Rushdie read selected lyrics from hip hop icon Drake.
posted by Fizz on Oct 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Song name?

It's Sandstorm all the way down: accordion quintet, toy trumpet, Minecraft, floppy drives, kazoo, Mario paint, slowed down, tin whistle, marimba.
posted by jedicus on Sep 30, 2015 - 40 comments

A lesson in value

Why You Should Buy An Acrylic Water Pipe
posted by josher71 on Sep 29, 2015 - 59 comments

DragonCon Cosplay Party

A music video showcasing some of the awesome cosplay at DragonCon 2015. Part 2, Part 3.
posted by cozenedindigo on Sep 29, 2015 - 16 comments

The Red Eyed Lord

lyre-of-ur.com is a somewhat rustic website dedicated to a playable reproduction of the world's oldest string instrument. You can hear it accompanying a set of silver pipes and a short recitation from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Don't miss the fan poetry on the informative history page. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 comments

You Suck At Cooking

A cooking channel with a twist... [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 28, 2015 - 32 comments

SPIKE JONES!!! (gunshot, slide whistle)

Here's a full Spike Jones special from 1952. Here's another one. Here is a short series of clips with his costars talking about Spike Jones and Live TV. Also from the Spike Jones Show: Tchaikovsky - Poet and Peasant Overture - I'm Going To Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter - 12th Street Rag (featuring the bottom half of Elvis) - Flight of the Bumblebee - That Old Black Magic - The Black And Blue Danube - The Shiek of Araby (warning: a bit culturally insensitive) - Clink! Clink! Another Drink - the "All Girl Band" Medley - Hits Medley (with Jim Backus at the start!) - and their famous version of Cocktails For Two. There's plenty more among the uploads from YouTube user SpikeJonesEstate. A documentary, The Spike Jones Story - Part 2. The best of Spike Jones. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 27, 2015 - 24 comments

I Presume You Mean Computers And So Forth?

"I found this collection of outtakes in my archive. I shot these interviews on the streets of New York in the late 70s when I was doing a documentary on the coming of the information age." - Man on the street interviews with New Yorkers in 1979 about science, technology, corporate influence, computers, and paperwork. (SLYT 5:45)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 23, 2015 - 17 comments

Don't you just hate things?

"The Disgustings" (12:12 ) is a short film starring Drew Droege and written, directed and starring Jordan Firstman. It's about two gay men living in Los Angeles who just happen to be completely, utterly awful. The Disgustings return in "Save The Date." (5:45)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 22, 2015 - 14 comments

"Occasionally, we find that an invited guest is insane . . . "

Cormac McCarthy just did a short video on behalf of the Santa Fe Institute explaining why you should join their enterprise.
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 20, 2015 - 6 comments

Architecture Daily Sketches

How to draw buildings, trees and people.
posted by andrewcooke on Sep 20, 2015 - 7 comments

The Death of Baby Diego

Evan Puschak, aka The Nerdwriter, watches Children of Men and asks us to not ignore the background [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 19, 2015 - 49 comments

North America: timelapse in 4K

An 8:44 long timelapse in 4K resolution on Vimeo and YouTube. Includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, Banff, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Acadia, Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Arches, Mount Rainier, Mount Revelstoke and Zion. Also Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, St. Louis, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Plus Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, Toronto, Boston, Calgary, Springdale, Three Rivers, Pagosa Springs, Swift Current, New York, Niagara Falls, Lake Palourde, Keene Lake, Horseshoe Bend, White Mountains, Hobson and the Mississippi River. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 19, 2015 - 17 comments

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