Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013
is a groundbreaking simulator taking place in the incredible world of Robot Vacuum cleaners, with additional 2-player duel mode [more inside]
"Like nailing jelly to kittens."
- Unloved, hugely delayed and plagued by bugs, GTA
almost didn't see the light of day. This is the story of how a small team of developers at DMA Design saw their vision through and kickstarted a gaming revolution.
X inactivation is a type of gene dosage compensation. In humans, the sex chromosomes X and Y determine the sex of an individual - females have two X chromosomes (XX), males have one X and one Y chromosome (XY). All of the genes on the Y chromosome are required in male development, while the genes on the X chromosome are needed for both male and female development. Because females receive two X chromosomes, they inherit two copies of many of the genes that are needed for normal function. Extra copies of genes or chromosomes can affect normal development. An example is Down's syndrome, which is caused by an extra copy of part or all of chromosome 21. In female mammals, a process called X inactivation has evolved to compensate for the extra X chromosome. In X inactivation, each cell 'switches off' one of its X chromosomes, chosen at random, to ensure the correct number of genes are expressed, and to prevent abnormal development.
Here is a helpful eleven minute description of what it is and why it's important by Etsuko Uno and metafilter's own Drew Berry in a fucking gorgeous Goodsell-esque 3D animation. [more inside]
is a film artist
who eschews computer effects and 3D modeling for capturing the dreamlike beauty of real objects. CYMATICS
is her latest work, using lycopodium powder
, a speaker, and macro photography. Other works include SILK
. Recommended with headphones and in full-screen mode.
"Gentlemen: I have a story that may be of interest to you. It is not widely known who invented the circuitry concept for the automatic sequential performance of musical pitches - now well known as a sequencer. I, however, do know who the inventor was - for it was I who first conceived and built the sequencer.
" This is the opening to an undated, unaddressed letter, found in Raymond Scott's personal papers (yes, the same fellow whose kooky soundtracks scored everything
from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren & Stimpy, The Simpson
, and Animaniacs
). You can read the rest of Scott's letter
, along with Bob Moog's recollections of visiting Raymond's electronics laboratory in the mid-1950s. Or you could jump ahead to the mid-1960s, when Jim Henson was in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was working on a variety of odd projects after a successful run with Sam and Friends, but before he it it big with Sesame Street. It was at this point that he teamed up with Scott on a few short, experimental films
. [more inside]
"And then one day you find ten years have got behind you..."
It's a long slow five minutes, and you don't even know it's happening, but it is. Slowly but surely, the inevitable march of aging happens before your very eyes. Don't skip ahead, just let it unfold.
Ben Barrett-Forrest offers a paper animation History of Typography
is a 2006 video by Catherine Ross
featuring horizontally scrolling, looping hand gestures from Three's Company
paired with looping, spontaneously composed trumpet flourishes by Taylor Haskins
As soon as it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman
in the sequel to the Superman reboot, twitter-ers were a-flutter with jokes and bemoaning the choice
, and YouTube user started putting together a Man of Steel 2 Comic Con Teaser Trailer
, in the style of the original Comic Con MOS audience recording
. YouTube user soylentbrak1
, aka "Steve," recently released a slightly longer, cleaner version
of his fan-made trailer, pulling from 20 different video sources, including features of the rumored role of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor
. If you like that sort of thing, soylentbrak1 also made a Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
and over 100 other short clips in tribute to films, franchises, and dreams of what could be.
Do you like history? Do you like drunk people? If you answered yes to these two questions, you may like Drunk History, where you get to see what happens when a drunk historian explains what happened. The original web series was previously
discussed twice on metafilter.
Now there's more: [more inside]
, a.k.a. the most patient cat in the world. [previously]
"Video footage of the little artist at work recently surfaced
. It was uploaded to YouTube by MarineStation Amami, a hotel and dive center that assisted Yoji Okata and NHK in producing the video segment that aired last year. Of note, watch at around 1:20 when the fish takes a small shell in his mouth and plants it in the sculpture. Scientists believe that the shells are filled with vital nutrients and this is the soon-to-be-father’s way of preparing nourishment for the babies." UPDATE [Aug 26, 2013] [more inside]
It's time for MIND YOUR MANNERS with BILLY QUAN
, a recurring spoof on martial arts movies from classic Seattle sketch comedy group Almost Live! Today's episode:
, 8 BALL
ENTER THE BOWLER
, NEW YEAR
, FIVE IRON
Remember kids, BE LIKE BILLY. BEHAVE YOURSELF!
A clip of the Edsel Show
(Oct 1957) is the oldest surviving broadcast video recorded electronically to videotape, a turning point in an era where TV shows were preserved on film
(Feb 1958) and kinescope
(Sep 1960). Kinescope was achieved by training a film camera on a television monitor, showing camera cuts just as the audience at home would see it. Some studios were able to
print video directly onto the film
(Feb 1956) with great results, achieving something close to video. The year 1958 saw the earliest surviving color video clips, such as an address by President Eisenhower
(May 1958), An Evening With Fred Astaire
(Oct 1958, restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive), and Dinah Shore
(Nov 1958). [more inside]
Dreams are real
[YT, 3:01, cats]
From the nearly-forgotten 80s educational show Vegetable Soup
, Woody the Spoon tells you how to make gohan, Japanese-style rice
. If Woody's voice sounds a little familiar, it's because he's voiced by Bette Midler.
New Policy on Drones. Black Rock City Drones that is.
And a very cheery and relaxation-inducing 5-minute video
shot with such an UAV (Unmanned aerial Vehicle). Floating around the Burning Man
playa. [more inside]
Scott Hanselman talks about productivity.
On information overload; prioritising and how we can be more effective. (Video)
How airplanes pulling banners take off.
(With wonderful MSPaint style illustrations.) Short video showing how it's done
. You can hire companies to fly most any banner, of course
. The pickup move is risky, so some types of banners can be directly taken off with
, because of wheels (that from Wikipedia
Stunt women Jessie Graff and Tree O'Toole recreate an epic live-action version
of Family Guy's original
epic chicken fight. (SLYT)
The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella
","Hot n Cold
","Call Me Maybe
", "Tik Tok
", and "Poker Face
While we've discussed it before
, the link was removed but YouTube's new content guidelines have allowed it to be re-uploaded. In 2001, photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle
directed a video to be shown before Heatherette's first runway show and MAC cosmetics in-store video. Starring Amanda Lepore, the 6 minute video is a bizarre gunshot of pink lipstick, gay cowboys, 80s pop music, and constant full frontal nudity. YouTube
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Stephen Colbert holds dance party after Daft Punk pulled from show
- Comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert makes no secret his love of music on his late-night program The Colbert Report. But after a contractual conflict that scuttled a guest appearance by Daft Punk, Colbert unleashed his ire onto MTV and his parent company Viacom.
Colbert Dances to Daft Punk's Get Lucky
(direct link to video)
I played this song to my Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll class in Caboolture, and it sure attracted some extreme (negative) reactions. “This is shit,” was the common consensus… all except me and this one girl sitting at the back who the previous week had revealed herself to be a Royal Headache fan and was sitting there with her jaw dropping, like me. It was the first time she’d heard it too. “I’m going to be buying the album tomorrow,” she said. More hardcore than Throbbing Gristle, more extreme than most ‘extreme’ punk hardcore and metal hardcore I’ve heard, and… wait. The video to ‘Stupid Hoe’ has been watched by 71 million people? What the fuck is going on? The alternative and underground is getting seriously left behind by this wanton and determined deconstruction of sound happening within the ‘mainstream’.
— Everett True [more inside]