Archive for the ‘web’ Category

modern life

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

It’s so challenging. Here are some clips of As Seen On TV ads, showing just how tough it is to live in the modern world. Kind of amusing, but kind of depressing too, when you think of all the real challenges going on (have I lost my sense of humor?):

one take

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Another post on amazing one-take videos – this one from the band OK Go. For full effect, watch it in HD (update the control at the bottom right of the YouTube window) and watch it right to the end. The cheering is completely uplifting:

old spice

Friday, February 19th, 2010

There have been some excellent commercials for Old Spice lately – I love them (although I haven’t quite gotten into the product itself). Here they are, for your enjoyment.

My favorite is this one:


And finally:

And if you have plenty time to spare, here’s an interview with the creators of that last one, where they explain how low-tech it was to make:

There are a few more at the Old Spice YouTube Channel. Hope you like them too.

minneapolis in winter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A nice video from local writer James Lileks’ blog today, a montage of downtown Minneapolis on a winter’s day. Lots of skyways and office buildings – enjoy:


Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Great video of Bobby McFerrin using hopping and the pentatonic scale to demonstrate the power of expectations, and how this works no matter where in the world he does this:

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

the view from my window

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

One of my favorite blogs, The Daily Dish, written by Andrew Sullivan, runs a feature called The View from Your Window. I always thought it would be cool to have one of my views published – they do some pretty cool views, and it’s also one of the top five most-read single-author blogs (here are their stats)

At the end of last week I sent in what I thought was a pretty nice shot of the view from my office window in the early evening, and today they published it. I think it looks pretty nice. They don’t ever publish contributors’ names, for photos or feedback, but it’s nice to have some anonymous fame.

octopus watch

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

An amazing story from nature about octopuses which grab and use coconut shells to make shelters. From my days at university I knew that octopuses are known to be very intelligent, but this is particularly smart.

oi, muppets

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

OK I haven’t posted in ages and ages. And here’s not much of a post, but at least it features totally classic music. I’m not sure if I love it or hate it, but it’s worth watching – these muppets rock:

what stormtroopers do on their day off

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

This list of photos is sheer genius.

mind bullets

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Here’s a great post from 10 fascinating cases of mind control. It’s not for the squeamish – generally the examples are parasites who alter the behavior of their hosts in order to increase their likelihood of being passed on to a new host, and in most cases the hosts are insects. So it’s all a bit creepy.

I’m pretty amazed at how this works, and of course it raises questions about how these behavior-altering behaviors came about. It seems very complex for natural selection (until you think that there were billions of years, and therefore tens of billions of generations for this to happen) or if you prefer the designer theories you have to consider that anyone who would come up with these kinds of designs has to be some kind of sick maniac.