Posts Tagged: ‘videos’

I’ll keep this short and sweet. You love Halloween. You love a little hip-hop in your life. So here are a handful of suitably seasonal rap videos. The first one, brought to my attention by DJ Food via Twitter, is a fantastic A-Z collection of movie monsters by Mister Jason. It’s a sweet jam and there’s a LOT of legitimate monster love in it.

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One of my favorite TV shows right now is “Leverage.” And one of my favorite running gags on “Leverage” is a joke I don’t think it’s touched on in a while. Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane, also of “Angel” and a bunch of stuff I’ve never watched) will describe something that’s going on. He’ll spot a specific detail — the kind of gun being used, the backgrounds of the hired bodyguards. One of the others in the “Leverage” version of the Scooby Gang will say, “How do you know X is Y?” Eliot’s answer: “It’s a really distinctive [whatever it is].” The gun had a very distinctive “crack” when it fired. The bodyguards had very distinctive haircuts. You get the idea.

I went to YouTube to see whether some ingenious person had put together a montage of all of Eliot’s “very distinctive” whatevers. No luck. Nor has anybody made a video of every time he tells somebody, “You have a tell.”

There are plenty of other “all-of-the-times-X-happens” videos, though. So I thought I’d share. I’d start with a few from “The Wire,” but they’re all NSFW, so here are some substitutes instead.

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Last week we looked at a piece of software that could find and remove logos in any piece of video. Today we have a piece of software that can find human beings and modify things like their height, width and muscularity. Obviously this will start affecting Hollywood films almost immediately, but the home video market […]

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The software described in the following video is fascinating because it can recognize and mask logos that it finds in videos. But it is also fascinating for what it implies – if a piece of software can “see” and “recognize” logos, it should not be long before it can “see” and “recognize” other things. For […]

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One thing that I learned while hosting the show Factory Floor is that making a good TV show is a lot harder than it looks (see this post for a perspective). But what if you are not shooting for broadcast quality? What if, for example, you want to create a good YouTube video? In particular, […]

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I’m a nerd who loves music, which means “A Glorious Dawn,” the video created with pitch-corrected clips from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” is one of those things on the Internet that seems to have been made just for me. So when I saw that the video had blossomed into a whole project called The Symphony of Science, I jumped at the chance to ask Boswell for an interview. He graciously agreed.

Today would have been Sagan’s 75th birthday — a perfect time take a look at how this project came to be and what’s coming up in the Symphony’s future. If you haven’t seen “A Glorious Dawn” or “We Are All Connected,” I highly recommend them — they’re embedded in this post as well.

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This past Saturday, geeky music fans in Chicago had a choice. They Might Be Giants was playing at Vic Theatre, as part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Flood.” (Rolling Stone has a great track-by-track retrospective about the album, which is ironic since the magazine panned it back in 1990.) TMBG has been touring most of the U.S. (except for Atlanta) and playing “Flood” from beginning to end, and the Chicago stop was scheduled for Oct. 10.

On the same night, Jonathan Coulton was scheduled to play his own show, along with Paul and Storm, at Park West. JoCo noticed the gigs’ overlap back in August and, knowing how many geeky people are fans of some combination of TMBG, JoCo and Paul and Storm, joked that he might have to play “Flood,” too.

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In May of this year, Stephen Torrence and cohorts wound up performing his sign language interpretation of the song “First of May” onstage with Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm. (It’s a song about springtime, and, in case you missed yesterday’s post and aren’t a JoCo fan, it’s not safe for work.) Stephen describes the performance as “one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had.”

Stephen didn’t start out making videos with the idea of becoming e-famous, though. His first ASL video, for “Still Alive,” was the result of a project for an ASL class at Texas Tech. He decided to put the song on YouTube and, in his words, “It snowballed from there.”

When I got in touch with Stephen, he suggested a video interview, since sign language is such a visual medium. I recorded the interview using iChat and a MacBook Pro, and our intrepid video team has scissored out the best parts into two videos.

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This summer, a broken knee prompted me to spend a whole lot of time on the couch with my laptop. That’s how, one weekend morning while trying to alleviate my boredom with some Jonathan Coulton-inspired machinima, I stumbled across something delightful on YouTube. It was a sign language video of “First of May,” the NS-est of all potentially NSFW Jonathan Coulton songs.

But that wasn’t the most delightful part — the most delightful part was that there were more.

I caught up with Stephen Torrence, who created these videos, last week for a FanStuff interview. He reminds me of Charlie Ross of One Man Star Wars fame — both of them are smart, creative and funny, and they have more interesting things to say than I have room to print. So, I’m splitting my interview with Stephen up into two posts. Today’s post is the “why” part of my talk with Stephen, and tomorrow’s is the “how.”

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