Darius Kazemi Discusses the Lottery of Creative Success at the 2014 XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon

Darius Kazemi discussed the lottery of creative success at the 2014 XOXO festival (previously) in Portland, Oregon back in September. The talk starts off as a parody of talks typically given at these kind of festivals before discussing the inherent luck involved. Kazemi creates, in his own words, “Weird Internet Stuff,” and only a select few of his many projects have achieved measurable success despite the relatively similar amount of work put into each.

A Detailed Analysis of the Tutorial Mechanics in the Video Game ‘Portal’

Game designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons analyzes the tutorial mechanics from the video game Portal in a video narrated by Daniel Floyd. The analysis is part of the Design Club series by the folks at Extra Credits (see previously).

How does Portal teach an entirely unfamiliar mechanic in a way that feels simple and natural? Game Designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons walks through the very first levels.

John Oliver Unveils Stock Footage of the Supreme Court as Animals With Fake Paws on ‘Last Week Tonight’

Host John Oliver unveiled stock footage of the Supreme Court of the United States as animals with fake paws on a recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (see previously). Television coverage of the Supreme Court is extremely dull thanks to a ban on video recording, Oliver argues. So the team at Last Week Tonight created their own stock footage of the Supreme Court as animals (mostly dogs) with fake paws so that anyone can use the audio recordings of the oral arguments from the Supreme Court to create their own videos.

Cameras aren’t allowed in the Supreme Court, so most coverage of our most important cases looks like garbage.