Archive for July, 2013

July 31, 2013

Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements

This book, written in 1896, is a fascinating example of human ingenuity and cleverness. We don’t normally associate technical innovation with the 1800s, but don’t forget that’s when machines and automation in factories really started to take off.

Inspired by the book, Matt Keveney created a companion site, where he is animating some of the examples.

Check out some of these examples and you’ll see why this is so cool.

Insane Tornado Footage

This is some of the most intense footage of a tornado I’ve ever seen. It’s *inside* the tornado.

Can you imagine sitting at your desk and looking out the window at the 1:20 mark?

July 24, 2013

I was told by AppleCare that I could walk in the store and get the part

This frustrated woman is now the inadvertent star of a budding viral video. (Hey, if she didn’t want the attention, she shouldn’t have started yelling.)

Well, no embarrassing viral video would be complete unless some schmuck creates a slowed-down version. Today, I am that schmuck.

Here’s the slowed-down version of “I was told by AppleCare that I could walk in the store and get the part.”

Badass First Person Russian Music Video is Badass

I wish they chose a different poster frame for this because the cheap boob shot seriously undermines the quality of the rest of the video.

In any case, check it out. Some of the most creative filmmaking I’ve ever seen.

From the group Biting Elbows

Biting Elbows – ‘Bad Motherfucker’ Official Music Video from Ilya Naishuller on Vimeo.

July 17, 2013

Game of Thrones Audition Tape

This is Rory McCann’s audition tape for Game of Thrones. When he says “Look at me!” at 1:00 you might actually shit yourself. Seriously, you think you won’t, but you will.

Via Reddit

One of The Most Powerful Musical Moments I Can Recall

I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” on and off the last few weeks. It’s clearly an intense album and not for everybody. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

But one moment in particular stands out to me as the most intense musical moment I’ve ever heard in any album.

To me this ranks right up there with Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar solo in “All Along the Watchtower” or the opening chord in “Hard Day’s Night”. It’s a pure adrenaline/seratonin shot down your spine.

The moment I’m talking about happens around 1:10 into the first song on the album, “On Sight” (embedded below). To demonstrate how much he “doesn’t give a fuck”, he playfully samples a melody-rich choir sample (“He’ll Give Us What We Really Need”, by the Holy Name of Mary Choral Family). It lasts for 8 measures, and when it ends your ears are jolted back into Kanye’s world – a dark dystopian modern chic Lamborghini of a song. The first time I heard it I got the chills. The first time my brother heard it he burst out laughing.

Whether it’s a funny moment or an artistic moment, it’s undeniably a moment, and a powerful one. That man is a crazy genius.

Я бы лучше взял для дачи дымоходы нержавеющие

July 15, 2013

Jack Handey’s New Book

Remember “Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey”? I always assumed he was a pseudonym for a group of SNL writers. But after reading this New York Times article about him and his new book, “The Stench of Honolulu” it looks like he’s the real deal.

And holy crap this novel looks hilarious. To me he’s like the original Rob Delaney – brutish, aloof, and shocking. Can’t wait to read this one.

July 11, 2013

Cutting Out a Candle in AfterEffects

Those mask guides look pretty cool as they dance around the flames. I had to manually adjust their position for each frame. It’s tedious work, but someone’s gotta do it.

Check out the final product on the homepage on August 9th.

Jacy Catlin is Funny

In addition to being one of the funniest people on Vine, commedian Jacy Catlin has a wonderfully disgusting and bizarre blog:

He posts drawings, videos, and even long-form stories. Here’s an excerpt from one, entitled “I Threw Shit at Everyone I Saw For a Day and Here’s What Happened

Each would start with me enjoying a bowl of Crispix, and I could be anywhere; on the subway, in a Subway, outside, sitting down, throwing up; whatever. There I would be, enjoying my Crispix, when BAM: first person I see, I take a shit and throw it at them. Then, here’s the kicker, and the part I thought Kellogg’s would really appreciate; I turn to the camera and say “Crispix”.

July 10, 2013

Embedding an Instagram Photo

Hot off the presses. You can now embed an Instagram photo into any web page. Just browse to any Instagram photo on, and click the little rectangle on its right side.

Here’s one of my favorite recent shots, taken in Long Island City.