Category Archives: youtube

The significance of cloud computing, as explained by the great Stephen Fry (@stephenfry)

This is a really well done video on the importance of cloud computing. It’s 5 minutes long, and well worth it.

Obviously, I would argue that your best bet for Cloud Computing services is from the company I work for, but otherwise I highly recommend this.

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Eyes on the Prize: the complete documentary, on YouTube

As mentioned on Kottke, it appears that the entire documentary Eyes On The Prize is now on YouTube. You can find it here: Eyes On The Prize – YouTube.

For those of you unfamiliar with this documentary, it was, to quote Wikipedia, “… an American television series and 14-hour documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States….”. That’s an understatement. It’s a great production about a great event in world history.

Highly recommended.

Bill Gates Last Day at Microsoft

When you are Bill Gates, you can get some PRETTY powerful people to show up in a spoof video of you. The video is funny, but the underlying message is: hey, I am Bill Gates, and look who I can get to show up.

Watch and see:

YouTube – Bill Gates’ Last Day at Microsoft – CES 2008

How to pick locks

I stumbled across this demo of how to pick a master lock #175. There are alot of these videos! If your lock is in one of them, you should get rid of it.

That said, it is impressive to see some of these videos. It’s hackers for hardware.

YouTube – How to pick a Master Lock #175 with a paper clip…

YouTube and Music: Pavorotti and James Brown

I really enjoy Pavorotti and James Brown’s singing. While not everyone will like the idea of singing together, I do, and if you do too, check this out:

Stephen Hawking on the Simpsons…Squared.

Stephen Hawking – who appeared on the Simpsons – talks about being on the Simpsons.

First Star Trek, then the Simpsons: Hawking gets on all the best shows. :)

Commoncraft explains Web 2.0 very well

The good folks @ do a great job of presenting information on Web 2.0. They have presentations on RSS, wikis, blogs, social networking, and other topics. If you want a nice example of how to explain this information, go to their site:

Common Craft – In Plain English

P.S. Here is a YouTube version of one of their presentations.

Man of Constant Sorrow, from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

I love this movie: great direction, story, actors, and without a doubt, great music.

As the actor says: that’s some mighty fine pickin’ and a singin’!

You can find out more about the movie here

Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in Second Life

Robbie Dingo has produced this fantastic video using Machinima software and Second Life to recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. It is impressive.

Thanks to Aaron Kim to pointing this out!

Civil Rights in the Middle East

I came across this site when reading about Facebook being banned in Iran. There are a number of other articles on the site talking about persecution of bloggers and others pursuing free speech and civil rights in the Middle East. See more at
The C.R.I.M.E. Report – August 29, 2007.
As I was click on the links, I came across this clip of dress code enforcement on Iranian women:

and here is a woman beating the crap out of another woman who looks like she was trying to attempt the same thing

Doo Wop / Hip Hop – Lauren Hill / Amy Winehouse

The incredibly beautiful and talented Lauren Hill juxtaposes Doo Wop and Hip Hop wonderfully in “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, and the video drives that point home. (Great tune – great video). See: YouTube – Doo Wop

P.S. It’s not that old a song, but already it is shaping up to be classic, as can be seen in this live version performed by Amy Winehouse:

P.S.S. I know, I post alot on Amy W…..what can I say…she’s great.

YouTube gets politicians in trouble around the globe…this time in Iran

FP has the story of how YouTube is making life difficult for Iranian politicians. Clearly no politician is safe anywhere these days. And this is not a bad thing. See:

Mohammed Khatami’s macaca moment | FP Passport

P.S. Some of you might think: whoa! what did I miss? Read the article in FP for the details. (It’s all relative.)

Making fun on beauty queens, the importance of context and the new propaganda

I have seen this clip on a number of sites recently:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww]

While I agree her answer is poor, I think everything has to do with context. Anyone asked such a question might have a tough time answering it without saying something obvious (and negative) like: the US education system is lacking. Or the people who can the survey did a poor job. Plus you are on stage, you have a set period of time to answer it, and some of the questions you may have been preparing to answer don’t come up.

So why the popularity of the clip? I think it is because of the context. I think it allows people to vent such things as envy or disgust or anger at the Miss USA pageant, and to do so in a simple way: displaying the clip.

One of the dark sides of Web 2.0 is the ability for anyone to create propaganda. Now this clip is a fairly benign example, but it is part of a recent trend of people trying to shape political messages and spread them via YouTube and other means. Just recently it was about using YouTube to expose the truth. Now it will be about using YouTube to shape the truth.

Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington Take the A Train

Why is YouTube freakin’ great?! Because you can see Billy Strayhorn play his “Take the A Train” with Duke Ellington and his orchestra anytime you please.

The brilliant Women in Film

From the brilliant eggman913, who brought us Women in Art, comes Women In Film

Wonderful.

How to visit 171 Starbucks in 24 hours in Manhattan

Apparently Manhattan has 171 Starbucks in it, and this man decided to try something in EVERY one in less than 24 hours. Not something smart people I know would do, but interesting to watch…see
YouTube – 171 Starbucks

It’s a sad and beautiful world, indeed

The next time you are in a (good) video store, try and rent “Down by Law”. It is smart and funny and very cool. It’s been ages since I have seen it, but it still has stayed with me all this time. It has great lines , great scenes and great music. Check out the trailer for a taste:

YouTube – Down By Law – Theatrical Trailer

A Hard Day’s Night of the Living Dead

What do you get when you cross The Beatles with Zombies? (Well, Beatlemania, yes…but…). You get this fantastic mashup! See:

A Hard Day’s Night of the Living Dead

The maps of our world that we live in

My friend Alina sent this very intriguing video, which manages to capture the interconnectiveness of the world. It ‘s related to DaDa, but without the irrationalism (perhaps).

Check out:

YouTube – Royksopp – “Remind Me”

More G.B.

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

Who is Gnarls Barkley?

Well, this mockumentary explains it all.

Early 70s music comes back

If you need any proof that (good) 70s music is coming back, check out Amy Winehouse

Or the superb Gnarls Barkley, who not only have great videos, but one of the best albums in a long time in St. Elsewhere.

Sex and the News

It is interesting that on Reuters web site, there is this article

Risque EU defends Internet orgasm clip

with a link to the YouTube video from the EU (it is not explicit, but it is NSFW).

The same article more or less on CNN.com:

Orgasm clip spices up EU meeting

has an image of the video but not a URL link to it.

I guess the software that CNN uses to make their web pages wasn’t working properly. :)

Here it is:

judge for yourself.

How to paint the Mona Lisa using MS Paint!

You might think: that is insane?! MS Paint. The same MS Paint on my Windows machine that’s hasn’t changed since 1985!

Watch the video. It is amazing. I think Leonardo would approve.

Such Great Heights or The Genius of the Postal Service

I have been impressed by this song and the video that goes with it (there is a yearning in the woman’s eyes, and a symbolic Victorian suppressed sexuality to it, I think): YouTube – the postal service – such great height

How great is the video? Well, Apple, who has known to make pretty good commercials, thought it was good enough to steal. The proof is here:

YouTube – Apple – Intel vs. Postal Service

While the video is great, the song is superb too. Here are too very different versions, showing the potential of the song:

Iron and Wine’s Version

Ben Fold’s Version

The hilariously brilliant Ken Robinson on Education

What I find remarkable about this talk by Ken Robinson is how it manages to be insightful and very funny. You can watch it just for the humour and have a good laugh. But like any TED talk, you will also gain alot by the ideas presented. Goto YouTube and see:

Do schools today kill creativity? (Ken Robinson, TEDTalks)

It’s also a Master class in how to present.

An awesome, terrifying, beauty

When I watch this video, I feel like two different parts of my brain are working at the same time: one part comprehending the beauty and another comprehending the terrifying content. See it yourself:

Holy calamari!

Admit it: you want it!

Not calamari! The iPhone! :) (Ok…some calamari would be good , too.)

Apple iPhone Ad: Calamari

I know I know, it’s still a computer and it will hang up and crash and all that stuff….anyway….see for yourself.

You’ve got a face with a view

I have a tremendous personal fondness for this song in this movie. But it is a great video nonetheless. From the great Jonathan Demme / Talking Heads film, Stop Making Sense, here is
The Talking Heads with This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) Live

Hang in there for the wonderfully dance part with David Byrne and the lamp. I have a lamp like this, and I think of him whenever I see it.

Code Monkey AND WoW

There is almost a genre of small films based around World of Warcraft! LOL. This was shown at a conference I attended recently. It is a song that will have appeal to software developers everywhere:

World of warcraft – Code Monkey song

On the artifice of beauty

Two striking videos on this subject matter, including the famous Dove Evolution ad. The first one, Doll Face, is longer, but it is worth watching.

YouTube – Doll Face

YouTube – dove evolution

Women in Art

This video is an astounding compilation of women represented in famous paintings. Each image transmogrifies into the next in a seamless way as if to suggest that all of western painting is a continuous work. You have to see it.

Women In Art

One thing that it made me think of is the actual women who model for the painters, as opposed to the painters and the paintings themselves. The ability of it to do this is remarkable.

One more reason why YouTube is great.

Ella or the wonders of YouTube

Now that American Idol is over ;) perhaps I can interest you in Ella singing “Stomping at the Savoy”, in the UK in 1961. (With Oscar Peterson on piano!!) My favourite version is her singing it with Louis, but this version is a scorcher.

See:

In case you forget…a video on how to use a telephone

This video is amazing. Made 80 years ago, it is meant for people who have never used the telephone before. While it is fun to watch in itself — I love the MMMMMs coming out of the woman’s head! — it also reminds us how quickly we adapt and absorb new technology.

YouTube – How to Use the Dial Telephone (PT&T/AT&T, 1927)

Giovanni Sollima – Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) PART 1

Why is YouTube great? Here’s one reason, this beautiful and fascinating video of a wonderful cello piece: Giovanni Sollima – Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) PART 1