As RedHeadedGirl has said, there’s a pretty fierce, thousands-of-years-old rivalry between Norway and Sweden. Looking specifically at the musical exports of Norway in the past few years, we have Ylvis and What Does the Fox Say, which is almost a requirement at any dance party for children under 15 at this point. And there’s Nico and Vinz, also of Norway, who I really like and who got me to thinking I owed all Norwegians a … Continue reading Friday Videos Love Sweden
From Lysa comes this amazing video that shows what sound looks like in various media: Cymatics by Nigel Stanford. There’s also an entire behind-the-scenes post where the equipment and the experiments in the video are explained. As Stanford explains, cymatics is “the science of visualizing audio frequencies,” and the equipment they used is really freaking neat. I hope your weekend is filled with fascinating and wondrous things that make your brain happy.
This is a bit of a long Friday Video at over 7 minutes, and it’s in Japanese with English subtitles, but it’s terrific. Fix yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy. This one comes from Castiron, who wrote: Hebocon – in spite of the name, not a Jewish SF convention but rather a Japanese robot-building contest for people who are crap at building robots. The parts you want to pay attention to, aside from the gleeful … Continue reading Friday Videos Like Sweeping Foes with the Dust Pan
PBS Digital Studios animated a never-before-heard interview from 1991 featuring Lawrence Grobel asking Robin Williams about the future, birth, funny faces, comic inspiration, and resolutions. It’s funny and touching and sad (I wish they’d have subtitled it because some of the audio is kind of muddy) but I found it inspiring. I hope your weekend makes you laugh, too.
These are commercials for Friskies wet cat food. The commercial part is understated and overshadowed by the dialogue that I don’t even care that it’s a commercial. Enjoy. They made me laugh (and sniffle) so hard I had tears in my eyes and salt spots on my glasses. I hope your weekend makes you laugh at all the right times.
Anna Richland forwarded me a link to a long video of Rube Goldberg machines built for a Japanese children’s show called Pythagoras Switch. I didn’t want to embed an 18 minute video – that’s like asking you to get caught at work not working, right? But they are SO COOL. So here’s a short one: And, should you feel like feeding your eyes and brain clever visual candy, here’s the link from Anna, which showcases … Continue reading Friday Videos Like Pythagoras Switch
From Elyse, via Geeks are Sexy, via io9 comes this short animated film (~2 minutes) about teddybears battling monsters under the bed: Even the storyboards are fascinating: Storyboards from Tyler Novo on Vimeo. I hope your weekend is filled with friends who take care of you, and really, really good sleep.
Two videos this week, one that's pretty and one that made me laugh. First: Mario Cat! What does Mario's cat do when he's away? Have a look. Link! And second, here is some time lapse of Norway because it's kind of unreal how beautiful it is: Link! I hope your weekend is beautiful with just the right amount of leveling up and laughing.
A long time ago, in college, I took a course on the History of the English Language. Of all the over priced textbooks I bought, that and my Riverside Shakespeare were the ones I still have, four moves and many states later. The history of language in general (I also read a biography of Yiddish, which was also really fascinating) is pretty amazing, and English is a weird language, too. It has among the largest … Continue reading Friday Videos Love the History of English
Via my personal Facebook feed, which is usually full of people playing Candy Crush and posting ridiculously adorable pictures of their ridiculously adorable children (or posting some screed that ends with “most of you won't share this,” passive aggression, because, yes, sharing something on Facebook makes a sizable difference in improving whatever it is you're ranting about except not at all) (not that I'm bitter), comes this video that took all my bitter crankiness away … Continue reading Friday Videos Like Animation
I heard this on the radio while driving home and stayed in my car to hear the rest of the song. I was hooked from the part about how she hates the way her bikini top chafes. This is Girl in a Country Song by Maddie and Tae: Link! I love how many subtle (and not subtle) musical callbacks to other songs are hidden in the melody and the lyrics. I hope your weekend is full … Continue reading Friday Videos Like Maddie and Tae
Via Tumblr comes this video that made me laugh so freaking hard. The filmmaker, Julieta Colas, has this to say about it: This is my classical animation film. It’s about a guy who has to get out of the shower multiple times to answer the phone. Basically, I said “if I’m going to have to draw the same thing every day for the next 4 months, I might as well make it something I want … Continue reading Friday Videos Promise Not to Call You
I read somewhere on the internet (so it MUST be TRUE) that cats vocalize at humans, and not so much at each other. But this video seems to be proving that wrong: Link! I kind of want subtitles. Like one cat is probably saying, “Look, you know about that You Tube thing? That's where we'll end up. Famous and going on tour after that. Weekday keggers when The Lady isn't home are so over for … Continue reading Friday Videos Like Talking Cats
Penis Museum! From Gry, our Norwegian Friday Videos Correspondent, comes this trailer for a documentary. Or, dic-umentary. Featuring all the best of America. Or, one American, anyway. Link! I hope your weekend is unforgettable. And if you want to watch this documentary to make it more unforgettable, you can stream it online. Enjoy!