For week nine of their year-long Dial-A-Song project (previously), They Might Be Giants present “I Can Help the Next in Line,” a song about waiting in line to be served, accompanied by a delightful music video directed by Arizona filmmaker Alex Italics, modeled on vintage disco-era album infomercials.
YouTube channel AmazingScience has modified its extremely simple electric train to include a portion in which the tiny locomotive runs outside of the coiled wire for a stretch. The simple components remain the same: two magnets, a battery, and a bunch of copper wire.
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Professional trick shot artist Steve Markle has released a new compilation video featuring some of the most creative pool trick shots that he has attempted in his career. Markle’s complete collection of impressive pool trick shot videos from previous years are available to view on YouTube.
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Stu in Tokyo, a British man living in Japan, condensed his busy 80-hour work week into an intense three-minute video. Stu works as a language teacher with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme, and says the first three months of the year are his “busy season” meaning long hours and little time for anything but work, sleep, and food.
January to the end of March is our ‘busy season’ at work, which means that for these 3 months, my life is basically like this…
There are definitely people in Tokyo who do this all year round in order to support their families. I couldn’t imagine having to do this if I had those kinds of responsibilities as well.
Big salutes to all you hard workers out there, winning bread for your loved ones!
Christoper Young captured some video of the Augmented Reality Sandbox, a project created by the UC Davis Department of Geology that utilizes a Microsoft Kinect to created a real-time interactive augmented reality map projected on a literal sandbox–which users can manipulate by moving around piles of sand.
The goal of this project was to develop a real-time integrated augmented reality system to physically create topography models which are then scanned into a computer in real time, and used as background for a variety of graphics effects and simulations. The final product is supposed to be self-contained to the point where it can be used as a hands-on exhibit in science museums with little supervision.
The Sandbox was inspired by video of a similar project created by Czech researchers.
Comedian and actor Mark David Christenson put on a tuxedo and walked around Hollywood on the night of the 87th Annual Academy Awards holding a fake Oscar to see how people would react. The video titled “FAKE OSCAR PRANK” shows Christenson interacting with strangers, many of whom seem very impressed by the fake award.
Christenson tests the limits of what he can get away with by having people believe he is an Oscar winner, and he uses his fake statue to get free drinks (including a large orange Gatorade), gain entry into exclusive Oscar parties, and at the end of the night he even manages to convince a valet to give him a car.
The Verge was given behind-the-scenes access to Project Loon (previously), Google’s extremely ambitious moonshot attempt to bring high-speed Internet access to underserved regions using high-altitude balloons. The project, which was given its unorthodox title due to its seemingly unprecedented nature, could also serve to provide access to communities hit by natural disaster.
There’s no weather in the stratosphere, which means if there’s a hurricane or a typhoon that knocks out power or internet connectivity to people on the ground, the balloons provide a very exciting way to let people immediately have connectivity 10 seconds after the natural disaster occurs.
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Boise, Idaho-based Brian Rich has shared a great mashup video of a baby goat who repeatedly says “what?” and Jules Winnfield’s (Samuel L. Jackson) deadly “say what again!” scene from Pulp Fiction, the classic 1994 black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Art in Island is an art museum located in a former Manila bus station that features a slew of paintings, many of which are in 3D, designed for interaction. Museum attendees are encouraged to climb into paintings and take photos of their interactions. Art in Island corporate secretary Blyth Cambaya explained the museum’s philosophy to Mashable.
Here, art paintings are not complete if you are not with them, if you don’t take pictures with them.
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We Happy Few is a video game by Compulsion Games about a group of folks attempting to escape an alternate version of 1960s England where everyone must be happy. Development on the game is still pretty early, but they’ll be showing off what they have at PAX East 2015 between March 6th and 8th.
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