I started making colourful stools for kids a couple of years ago in my spare time. Recently I was part of a project to film the process, and this is the result :). The link above goes to a short little teaser and some still photos, or you can go here for the whole video. [more inside]
OpenCV AI Game Show is a trivia show all about artificial intelligence and computer vision. 3 contestants go through 3 rounds of questions in different formats. In our pilot episode folks are playing for a charity of their choosing. It's sponsored by Intel, and I'm the showrunner / co-host. [more inside]
AI Jukebox is a fascinating project from OpenAI that uses cutting-edge neural neworks to perform all sorts of musical magic -- it can take a clip of a song and continue it in a new way, sing text lyrics in any artist's voice, make a song sound like it's being sung by someone else. My favorite? Tell it to generate music by an artist without any other info, and it will produce a gibberish song with nonsense lyrics... that still sounds 100% real and just like the actual singer or band with their unique style. You can hear instruments, melodies, sometimes an audience, the breathing of the lead singer -- but the whole thing is generated completely from scratch by the AI, not with samples or digital sounds. It's not flawless -- some of the songs ramble, with glitchy effects or a mutating voice. But these just add to the vibe, like it's from a dream or a parallel universe. I went through their database to find the best examples of these tracks from the most famous artists, then turned them into an audio quiz on Sporcle -- complete with AI-generated art of the artists I made to serve as hints in the second round. How many of the artists can you name? [more inside]
I made this video for my band, Bottlecap Mountain, and our new song, Kool. I play bass on the song, and did everything on the video. [more inside]
I have mapped, graphed, and sonified all of the single nucleotide genetic variants which were found in more than one person from human chromosome 22. Genomes were collected and sequenced by the Human Genome Diversity Project, the Simons Genome Diversity Project, and the 1,000 Genomes Project, and were dated by Wohns et al. in A unified genealogy of modern and ancient genomes. The end result is a 5 part, 42 hour video series. [more inside]
Violent Penguin was a shortlived educational European children's cartoon from the recent past (although the country of origin and original date of broadcast are unknown). Long thought lost, the complete first series has recently re-surfaced on youtube. Created by the popular children's author (and multi-instrumentalist) Toby Vok (best known for the children's classic Spiders Are Wonderful), Violent Penguin ran for seven very similar episodes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), in which the papercraft penguin interacted with plasticine people and taught them all various lessons in less than 30 seconds an episode. Alongside the seven episodes, there are two helpful compilation videos: The Complete Violent Penguin (all seven episodes all in a row), and The Concurrent Violent Penguin (all seven episodes all at once). [more inside]
Hi! This is a cover my over-60 amateur musician buddies and I (The Busted Bones) created using a small Zoom recorder... sent between us - quarantine style! [more inside]
More and more critical world events are documented by regular people with cell phones. I'm working to strengthen the verity of cell phone videos by augmenting them with corroborative data. [more inside]
and other titles await in my personal garden of video cutups, the SIR CASSETTE channel. [more inside]
Mrs. TheCoug enjoys to make videos of cool bugs she finds. A while back she suggested that we set them to music, and so that's what we did.
In 2006, in a MetaFilter thread about a person in Norway making a time-lapse of the woods behind their house, I said:
"One of these days I will do something similar where I live."Two months after that comment we bought our little house in the hills of Vermont, and I started playing with my own scenic webcam. [more inside]
A while back, I went looking for a TNG version of Deanna – not finding one, I obviously had to make one myself. [more inside]
My colleague and I co-host a monthly live literary show called Write Club, which pits writers against each other in timed bouts on opposing concepts. While we're all quarantined, we're continuing on with a series of video bouts. First installment is up now, with more to come in the weeks to follow. [more inside]
A gut-wrenching coming of age story of unlikely alliances, magic, daring escapes, young love, and crime sprees, all squeezed over 2400 baud modems. We're so proud to be finally releasing the entire 6-issue print and web comic Incredible Doom free for everyone to read online, no strings attached. We also made a new little video to give you an idea of what it's like. [more inside]
This is a teaser video (and so, basically, an ad, but I ask of you... what is an ad? ok fine) which I produced for my day job at Occipital, but I think it's mefi worthy because its the first animated render of this complexity-level I ever did pretty much from scratch (with a lot of help and camera work by my co-worker Karla). [more inside]
I made this tutorial about the phonotrope technique, a modern version of the Zoetrope. [more inside]
I contributed an article to the new issue of queer film journal Dirty Looks on Portia Manson/Gene Barnes, who produced six issues of the erotic queer zine Hippie Dick! in the early 90s, made experimental films like Mercury Rising, and died at the age of 31 in 1995 from AIDS-related meningitis. He was the subject of the tribute song R.I.P. by Bikini Kill. (Gene had attended Evergreen College at the time of the nascence of the riot grrrl movement.) [more inside]
At the PyGotham 2018 tech conference, Jason Owen and I presented "Python Grab Bag: A Set of Short Plays", inspired by the Neo-Futurists' show "The Infinite Wrench". The 40-minute video is up on YouTube and my blog post links to the script and slides, credits the crew and cast, deep-links to the specific timecodes for individual plays, and gives citations for the references we made. [more inside]
3350 days ago I posted to Metafilter Project a timelapse music video about the founding year of our little sheep farm in Vermont. Since then, the camera equipment has definitely improved ... and the videos have gotten significantly shorter.* Most importantly, the view is still awesome. [more inside]
Pyxxi and Pyka is a puppet series my partner and I make about twin monsters who go on various adventures that involve imagination! Pyxxi is brave and brash, and her brother Pyka is dreamy and shy. [more inside]
We just released our 5-minute-documentary about Frank Lukas who collected heaps of memories while getting to the very top in the BMX world today. Now we are telling his story in association with Carhartt. What makes the film special is the mixture of old analogue clips, high quality shots, projections and animations which is pretty unusual for a bike film. It is not just about BMX. It is about a man who followed his dream although there was only a really small chance of succeeding. It is about working one’s way up and not giving up despite all struggles.
John Leavitt talks at Drunk Education about ethical consumption under capitalism and a possible way forward.
This music video is for the song Make Do, which is track 1 on my forthcoming debut solo electronic music album, Beat Smoothie. [more inside]
This is a short and (I hope) fun video made with my kids' plush toys to advertise an on-going EU-supported (H2020) scientific project about livestock feeding and genetics called Feed-a-Gene. [more inside]
We’ll show you what your Blockbuster became, and explore the the retail spaces that remain. A bit of nostalgic naval gazing I’m proud to have helped put together.
Your team’s code review practices cause ripple effects far into the future. In this play, see several ways a single code review can go, then fast-forward and rewind to see the effects – on codebase and culture – of different code review approaches. Video recording of a 22-minute play about code review, mentorship, tech management, and regret. Premiered on October 6th, 2017 at PyGotham in New York City. Announcement blog post ("it's Run Lola Run but about code review") and wrapup post (audience responses included "I used to be that reviewer and I'm trying not to be anymore" and "I don't code at all but this is a marvelous management parable").
I wrote, narrated, scored, and illustrated (with pencil, micron pen, and watercolor) a short film about Plants: this one on the topic of air layering.
A fast cut of some of my personal and commercial animation projects from 2012 up to today. [more inside]
I got an old GoPro camera (mostly) working, so here is a a YouTube channel for anyone wanting to see how it is to ride a bicycle around southern Maine (the north-eastest of the northeast US). [more inside]
Coco and I eat year-old candy.
I made a video... thing, with loops and vocal improvisation and stuff. It's kind of funny. [more inside]
We think the past is immutable and the future is yet to be written. But is that an illusion? Einstein's special relativity suggests that it is, as I explain in this short animated video produced in collaboration with BBC Earth.
Also featuring: space invaders! 🚀🚀🚀
First in a new series. [more inside]
Also featuring: space invaders! 🚀🚀🚀
First in a new series. [more inside]
I figured it might be nice if there were a video for this holiday classic, and thought maybe you'd think so too. [more inside]
So I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe. [more inside]
I went thru a month of the top videos on YouTube and found some interesting things. [more inside]
A short film I threw together all slapdash of me riding my bike down the side of a mountain. [more inside]
A medical school music video parody of "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd. (These parody music videos are a thing at med schools right now, and mine is no exception.) Simultaneously kept me sane and drove me crazy while I was learning cardiology over the past few weeks. The lyrics are in the video description on the youtube page. If you have any familiarity with med school, pay attention to the details on screens and whiteboards in the video for additional jokes.
Like the title says I have a simple site that displays the current top trending video on youtube! [more inside]
Radical creative collective Hungry Bitches Productions (who I am super pleased to write for) are currently selling tickets for a three day concert run of our new musical, Americana. It's showing in Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and to promote the show, we have released a music video (linked above) and a single from the show (on spotify). If you live in London, please have a look and see if you want to come along. If you live elsewhere in the world, please enjoy some cool free music.
VGR2016 is an ongoing 5-way blog envisioned as half a way for a bunch of UK-based friends to keep up, half an excuse to replay and review old video games, and half World Domination. The third half is the charm. We also feature both Music and Opinions.
I made a short video about a woman in Vermont who does copper plate etching. [more inside]
Various people from all over the world, helping you to feel a little less stressed out. One song at a time. Think of this as a kind of curated, one-trick pony. [more inside]
Cultural Amnesia is group I've been in since 1980. We just released an album of new material (Bad Meditation) and released for download an EP that came out a few years ago of tracks from the early 80s (Still Hungry). And there are videos. And we redesigned the ancient website. [more inside]
Last year I submitted the work of a team of volunteer journalists at KBOO in Portland for several journalistic awards. While looking for places to submit work from that team, I discovered the means to apply for awards is very disjointed. Many links offering such opportunities are several years old, meaning in some cases, the organization is no longer making the offering. In other cases, the links are dead because the organization has folded. In still other cases, there is simply a message saying the organization is not taking applicants for the current year. [more inside]
A new take at "Getting Started with Android". Rather than yet-another-boring-screencast, we've interspersed it with a narrative story (involving zombies). [more inside]
Another bunch of videos from me. I like to cook, but not anything too complicated, so I started finding some recipes that only require 3 ingredients. Some are savory, some are sweet, none are especially complicated. < [more inside]
I love being a Life Coach, but blogging rarely seems to capture the excitement and passion of being able to talk to someone one on one or as a group. So I decided to start making videos! [more inside]
A handful of new puppety Media Show episodes for your entertainment, and possible use in helping friends, family, and students understand media and technology better: [more inside]
I created this show - the first video series from our media network MaximumFun.org. It's called Brian & Lindsay Will Totally Eat That, and I made two very nice young people eat all kinds of weird stuff and I'm very proud of it.
I am reenacting clips of the Swedish Chef cooking things. [more inside]