3.11.09

CBN Report on Miracles

Miracles are breaking out in North America, and they come with a growing belief that any Christian can be used if he or she wants.

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2.11.09

A New Way to Cook a Turkey

I've never seen it done this way, but it looks like it really works! I want to try it!
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26.10.09

Fifty


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16.10.09

This might be the greatest introduction ever.


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14.10.09

The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

If you've ever worked as a contractor (construction, architect, sound, video, whatever) of any sort, this will be hilarious. I've you've worked with a contractor, it will still be funny. If you buy everything from retail shops, this may be confusing.


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8.9.09

Confessions

If you are involved with music or technology at church, you'll identify. If not, this may not make sense.

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14.8.09

If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers (Or consultants, or contractors)

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year.

Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices that you make.

Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: Get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.

Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area that they like the features this house has. I advise you to run up and look at my neighbor's house that he constructed last year. We like it a great deal. It has many features that we would also like in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the final cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often.

Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.

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10.8.09

Lightning Strike on Video


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29.7.09

Coolest Wedding Entrance Ever!


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16.7.09

An Intro to Compressors for Live Sound

A compressor or limiter is an automatic volume control. Learn about the functions and controls of compressors/limiters, plus get tips on setting up PA sound systems, in this free professional music video from an expert PA system designer.


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9.7.09

Office 2010 The Movie Doesn't Star Tom Cruise

Here's the trailer for Office 2010: The Movie, full of matrixy characters and missionimpossibly situations.

Thankfully it's just a promo and there won't be any Office 2010 movie. It was created for Microsoft by Dennis Liu, who also did the how to pretend you are working video. [Thanks Dennis]




Office Team Lead: Guys, we need something really exciting to make people excited about Office 2010.
Some Office Programmer Guy: Can we call Google to hint at ChromeOS to take the heat off of us when we launch on Monday?
OTL: Already done. We need a video.

SOPG: What should it include? A little run-through of the program? Sort of a screencast that folks can watch and understand and then maybe get excited about Office 2010? Maybe we can put some Feist in there? Make it really minimalistic?
OTL: No. We need an action movie.
SOPG: What?
OTL: We have a huge marketing budget and nothing to spend it on. Let’s hire
some dude to make a movie.
SOPG: But that won’t tell anyone anything about the product?
OTL: Who cares. We don’t need to sell Office anymore. People will just buy it without thinking. People are dumb.
SOPG: But what about Google Apps?
OTL: A red herring. They’re unusable. This is much better.
SOPG: Can I move onto the XBox team?
OTL: Soon. Soon.


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3.7.09

In Lieu of Fireworks, Chinese Villagers Hurl Molten Iron at a Wall

During the Lantern Festival last month, one village in China celebrated the same way they have for 500 years—by throwing molten iron at a wall to create showers of make-do fireworks.
The villagers of Nanchuan, China put on an hour-long performance each year called Da shu hua (beating the tree to produce flowers). The iron throwers are protected from all that molten metal by nothing more than a hat and a sheepskin coat. Is it dangerous? The throwers joked that it's not, as long as you're not afraid to die.

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23.6.09

Manny Marroquin's Mixing Techniques

Multi Platinum mixing engineer Manny Marroquin reveals his mixing techniques. In these samples, he contrasts Kanye West's "Stronger" with John Mayer's "I don't trust myself".


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22.6.09

Wonderful Country Western Song

If my nose was runnin' money.....

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Partly Cloudy

from Pixar


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20.6.09

XBox360 on a 160' screen!

The 72 x 160-foot LED wall at the center of the new Cowboys Stadium is certainly impressive enough when it's showing game highlights or concert footage, but no giant screen ever truly earns its credentials until it's been put to some real use: playing video games. Thankfully, Jonas Brothers video director Steve Fatone somehow pulled himself away from concert preparations to do just that earlier this week, and apparently became the first person to ever play Xbox 360 on the display in the process. The two certainly seem to be made for each other, although it looks like the controller can get a tad touchy if you stray too far while trying to play it.

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Tour Bus vs. SM58!

You've heard about road-testing mics? You've never heard it like this. Tour bus vs. SM58!

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17.6.09

Mackie's Mythbusters: Torture testing small mixers

Watch as the Mackie MixBusters pit the 802-VLZ3 against the competition in a no-holds-barred destruction challenge.



Of course, these are certainly not "real world" tests for most of the world. When shopping for mixers, I'm not necessarily planning for driving over the mixer with a big truck. I'm planning for clean inputs and outputs (which Mackie also has, as do its competitors) straitforward operation (ditto) and actual product availability (whoops!).

On the other hand, it's really fun to watch pro audio gear getting beaten up!!
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8.6.09

Raised From the Dead: Beheaded!

I know both the gentlemen who are telling this story. I know them to be trustworthy men. This really stretches me!

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5.6.09

Straight Talk to Men

This is the best video I've ever seen on men and women. (Skip the first 5 minutes of announcements.)


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4.6.09

David Crowder*Band's studio.

David Crowder*Band's studio. With David Crowder*Band's screwball sense of humor.

(If you're having difficulty seeing the video, click the title at the top of the page.)
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2.6.09

The Worship Team vs. Audio/Video Tech Team - Shocking Frustrations Finally Confessed

Have you ever thought about how tech people and musicians see each other? These secret interviews were recorded over the last several months. Names have been changed to protect any innocents.


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1.6.09

David Crowder*Band Rockumentary

Dude, you can't solo over the entire song.


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12.5.09

World Tech Update: Kindle, Robots, and Windows 7

World Tech Update: Kindle, Robots, and Windows 7
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7.5.09

A "Road Test" for Shure Mics

If driving over your mic isn't a "road test," I don't know what is! Flogging Molly helps test the SM58, SM86 & SM57. What a hoot!

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5.5.09

How Big are You?


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4.5.09

Star Trek meets Mythbusters.

Would that make Jamie & Adam into Trek Busters?


also courtesy Gizmodo.
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2.5.09

Please don't help me!

Thanks for taking me to the hospital, but....


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God does not make sense!

The things God says to do are not always logical. Some of His stuff is completely weird! He is who He is! and He's incredibly wise!


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29.4.09

Godzilla's Lost Cellphone

Or at least it looks like it!

You may already know that in Japan the mobile phone is so incredibly important it sometimes seems like nothing else matters to a population obsessed with staring into their handsets for hours on end. That somewhat overstated perception just got a boost with the discovery of what appears to be a giant cell phone shrine, ready to accept eager supplicants.

In reality this is just one of the stores for Japanese electronics dealer Bic Camera. What takes the building design from mere gimmick to clever tech totem is the fact that each button on the cell phone correctly identifies what you can find on the corresponding floor. Like many things in Japan, this building is at once incredibly cool, and just a little scary.

from Dvice.
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13.4.09

Japanese Game Show

I have not a single clue what they're saying, but what they're doing sure is funny.

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6.4.09

Rob wants to give you a High Five


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30.3.09

Completely Outrageous

This is completely outrageous. I love it.


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23.3.09

The Evils of Turkey Bowling!

Leslie Pool and Mercy Jones warn against turkey bowling. Will Leslie give in to the craze?


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17.3.09

The Year 2019 is Magic

Microsoft's five minute video on what the year 2019 will look like is pretty amazing. I want to live in this world. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. The clip was shown at Wharton Business Technology Conference and it's called 2019. My own enthusiasm aside, it looks like Microsoft's interpolating various research technologies like Surface and who-the-hell-knows-what else into showing surfaces that can be manipulated, electronic paper, crazy video cellphones, touchscreen/remote-control walls and amazing handheld wands. As Arthur C. Clarke says, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," and this shit is magic.


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16.3.09

Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee?

I don't think so. Chimp Ayumu touching numbers 1-9. Chimp in Japan is touching numbers 1-9 on a touchscreen with help of an very nice photographical memory!


Here's the ABC News report:

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11.3.09

Museum Dinosaur

Moving to weekly.


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9.3.09

Stairway to Heaven

This is from their reunion tour a couple of years ago.


Here's the original 1971 version:


And here's an interview with the boys from back in 1970:

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8.3.09

6 years old when he hurt his leg

"This man fell out of a tree when he was 6 years old and had been limping in constant pain for 41 years. Our team met him at a clinic in Cuenca, Ecuador and spent a good deal of time praying for him. By the end of it he was literally jogging in place and half dancing as all his pain had left."
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7.3.09

Mozart without a Musician

Technology is an amazing thing. This is a nice performance of Mozart, but no human beings were involved: computers read the sheet music, played the piece, imitated the piano, and provided the ambiance. You can hear some glitches near the end; I think the computer's page-turner was slow.

The producer says, "I bought a copy of the sheet music for this piece then input the notes into Sibelius. A MIDI file was then exported from Sibelius and imported into Reason. From there I added a couple of effects and tweaked the MIDI data a little bit. The pics are scanned copies of the sheet music set to a transparent Mozart background."

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6.3.09

Tiniest Jet

BD-5 The smallest jet plane ever made. Crew: one, pilot

Length: 12 ft to 13.5 ft w/stretch kits (3.88 m to 4.11 m)
Wingspan: 14 ft to 21 ft 6 in (4.26 m to 6.55 m)
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Empty weight: 358 lb and up (178 kg)
Loaded weight: 700 lb to 1100 lb (340 kg to 530 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1100 lb (530 kg)
Maximum speed: 300+ mph (500 km/h)
jet Range: 300+ miles (500 km)
jet Service ceiling: 23,000 ft (7,010 m)
Rate of climb: 4,000 ft/min (1,219 m/min)

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5.3.09

Personal Amphibious Airplane

It runs on unleaded gas, gets better gas mileage than many cars on the road. It can take off from and land on water or land. It fits on a trailer. I want one!

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4.3.09

Video Mapping

Monumental Video Mapping on 3d Object. This is all done with a projector, folks. 

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3.3.09

Ottowa, We Have A Problem, Eh?


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2.3.09

How Many Things Can Go Wrong?


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1.3.09

The Motorized Bathtub

... on the streets of London, no less!

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28.2.09

The Impossible Piggyback Flip


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27.2.09

A Bomb in the Lake

I hear that a small explosion in the lake will stun of the fish so you can catch them easier.... No, I think this is the government's version of that.


And as long as we're admiring our government in action. .. ..

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25.2.09

Save the Antelope

savetheantelope

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24.2.09

Invisible in the Mirror

Isn't it vampires who cast no reflection? What does that say about these folks?

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23.2.09

The Cat Solves The Printer Problems

Don't tell me you've never felt this way!

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22.2.09

Mr Monkey doesn't like Mr Owl

Marlin Perkin and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

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21.2.09

Bicyclist reaches 107 MPH

... but he might want to build a stronger bicycle next time. . .
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20.2.09

Music with Water Glasses

This is an amazing duet with glasses partly full of water. This was actually a short film for MTV, with two glass harps. The song they play is No Limit by 2 Unlimited.

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19.2.09

R2-D2 Line Dancing

A whole flock of R2-D2 robots dancing together. They even provide their own music.
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18.2.09

12 Year Old Perspective

This is a speech by a 12-year-old for her sixth grade class. I am incredibly impressed with her poise, her perspective, and her presentation.

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17.2.09

Fireball Tennis

No, this doesn't look safe. Yes it does look like fun. For maybe five minutes. No these guys can't play tennis worth beans.

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16.2.09

Robot Solves Rubik's Cube


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14.2.09

A Quick Change

I'm impressed!



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13.2.09

Making HotDogs.

I'm not sure whether this makes me feel better, or if I'm never going to be comfortable with hot dogs again.

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12.2.09

My Personal Hovercraft

My wife got me a new commuter rig this week.

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11.2.09

This lady's not so bright...


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10.2.09

Who Needs A Treadmill?


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9.2.09

How Observant Are You?

Can you figure this one out before the detective makes his accusation?


OK. How about this one?
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8.2.09

Do you like to laugh?

At the Comedy Barn, they picked some volunteers they thought were funny. They had no idea.
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7.2.09

Combine Sumo and Soccer

and what do you get? A commercial for a carbonated beverage, of course.


And as long as we're doing stupid, soccer-related carbonated beverage commercials, here's another.

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5.2.09

Do YOU like Spam?

Would you like some Spam?

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4.2.09

The Job Market is Getting Tough

Here's a lesson in how it works nowadays.
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3.2.09

Something Fishy!

This New Christian Fad is sweeping the nation!

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2.2.09

The Most Dedicated Radio Announcer In the World

This guy is amazing. The studio's burning down around his ears, and he just keeps delivering the news!

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1.2.09

The Eating Machine

These guys will eat anything.


But they don't always win.

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31.1.09

Wet Bloopers

I know this is the middle of winter. Look at what you could be doing!!

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30.1.09

The End of a Boeing

This is a Boeing 720b at the very end of its life. It's pretty sad in a way. . .

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29.1.09

John Deere Walking Tractor

It's not fast, but it can go anywhere! 



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27.1.09

3D Video Projector

This is a projected image!

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26.1.09

Aquarium Toilet

I don't know that I could actually get anything done here.

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25.1.09

Shotgun Machine Gun (with Mini Grenades!)

I know this is built for the military. I still think it would do a fine job on the recycling too!


And how about with these shells? 


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24.1.09

Bowling on the Wii

This may not be the best way to use the bowling game on the Wii. 

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23.1.09

The Three Redneck Tenors

I can't imagine any introduction to this making sense. 

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22.1.09

Set Up For Google Street View

Street With A View introduces fiction, both subtle and spectacular, into the doppelganger world of Google Street View.

On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburghs Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more... 

Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform. This first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View made its debut on the web in November of 2008.

An incredible cast of real-life characters contributed their time, energy and talents to creating pseudo-street life on Sampsonia Way. Please check out the scene breakdown and the participant page to learn more about the artists, groups and participants that made Street with a View possible.


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21.1.09

Lecture Hall Song and Dance

A student stands up in the middle of class and starts brilliantly singing a broadway style musical.
Even the Professor (James Valentini) was laughing at this!!!!


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20.1.09

Beethoven's Syncronized Bickering

No cue cards, no teleprompters, and no second takes--legendary funnyman Sid Caesar pioneered live television sketch comedy with his 1950s sitcoms Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. This classic sketch is "Argument to Beethoven's 5th," Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray play a married couple in a argument with pantomimed action and the dialogue is classic music.Enjoy!

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19.1.09

2000 Year Old Clock & Calendar

I’m sure most of you know at least something about the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism that was found at the bottom of the sea in 1901 near the island of Antikythera (from where the device took its name) and is estimated to have been built between 150-100 BC by an unknown builder. Famed for its mysterious and significantly advanced gear mechanism and complex build the Antikythera Mechanism was eventually found to be a computing calender and clock of sorts for the planets. Which may have been useful to sailors as would be evidenced by why the device was found among the carcass of a sunken ship.

Fast forward to the modern age and we find curator Michael Wright with the first fully functional working model of the Antikythera Mechanism in the World. To imagine that such advanced and complex machines were being built so long ago has fascinated and helped reshape ancient history and knowledge. The mystery concerning this device has increased as archaeologists and scientists wonder why they have only found this sole machine in the past century and why there is no recorded information regarding its creator.


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18.1.09

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

Can you name all the movies?


TRANSCRIPT:
Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won't go by in your life you won't regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I'm not going home. We've come too far! And I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails... but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I'm not saying it's going to be easy. You're going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that's fine, we'll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That's how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you've got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You're like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death... that's the Chicago Way! Who's with me? Clap! Clap! Don't let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let's fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our Independence Day!

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17.1.09

R C Helicopter with .45 Caliber Handgun


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16.1.09

Brilliant Defense

Here we present a squid with the IQ of a pumpkin who's fighting a ticket. He loses in court and then wipes out in courthouse parking lot. Such an impressive specimen.

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15.1.09

Arenas blowing up.

This is the end of the Kingdome in Seattle.
(It wasn't even fully paid for!)


Here's Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium


Market Square Arena in Indianapolis


Veteran's Field in Philadelphia


Cincinatti's Riverfront Stadium


Three Rivers in Pittsburg


(I didn't realize that we'd blown up so many gazillion dollar stadiums!)
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Get a Grip on Yourself


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14.1.09

German 3-wheeler

This looks like so much fun it should be illegal.

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13.1.09

Unlikely Buddies


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12.1.09

The All New MacBook Wheel!

This new computer is amazing! I simply must not have one!


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11.1.09

Petawatt Laser

Assembly of the current world's most powerful laser, the OMEGA EP at the Univ. of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The laser is capable of producing pulses of light in excess of 1 Petawatt (10^15 watts) for laser fusion research.

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10.1.09

How Shaolin Monks Get Their Tattoos


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9.1.09

Musical Vegetables

How about playing Clarinet with a Carrot, or Christmas Carols with some Broccoli? It looks to me like the broccoli is stuffed with a carrot, so I guess the real lesson here is that carrots are the most musical vegetable around.





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8.1.09

How NOT to pass your driving test


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7.1.09

A Very Strange Cellist

You’ve probably always thought a cello was a pretty staid instrument. And you would be right, unless the cello was in the hands of Lindsay Mac.




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6.1.09

Airplanes Flying Sideways!

Crosswinds landings. I’m impressed!



OK, so they show off a little towards the end. Here's a "simpler" landing:

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5.1.09

Tarantella

This is a good sized spider.


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4.1.09

The Boxing Fan

My father-in-law was a boxing fan. Sometimes when he was watching, you’d catch him taking a swing at the guy on the TV without knowing it.

Here’s a whole nother kind of boxing fan.

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3.1.09

Prickly Cuteness Overload

This baby porcupine (also called porcupet) eats a banana. You'll hear tiny squeaks--those are hiccups!

His mother was killed when she was hit by a car and he was cared for by licensed wildlife rehabilitator Gail Buhl. He was orphaned and imprinted on humans and is now living at a nature center in northern Minnesota.


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2.1.09

Validation

You have a ticket from the parking lot. Do you need validation?
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1.1.09

Prodigies Galore!

I’ve been watching a trend developing: there are more and more kids that are unnaturally brilliant in their own field. Here are some examples.




















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