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]
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]
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]
John Leavitt talks at Drunk Education about ethical consumption under capitalism and a possible way forward.
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]
I went thru a month of the top videos on YouTube and found some interesting things. [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]
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]
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]
George is here to tell you that you are a good person, and has some tips to share about good self-esteem. He's also a little black cat. Remember: Be like cat. Be good to self. [more inside]
A birdfeeder that looks like a Newfoundland pub, streaming live on the Internet. Inspired by the amazing and delightful Piip Show from slow-TV masters, NRK. [more inside]
Most every camera or mobile device uses some kind of default naming convention (iPhone: IMG_1234.MOV, GoPro: GOPR1234.MP4). This site searches YouTube for those default file names, and serves up videos that have a low number of views. Because these videos still retain their default file names as titles, it's unlikely that they've shown up in any searches. And it's very likely these videos haven't been seen by all that many people. [more inside]
"Call me young snapchat / Selfiedor Dali / I'm the MVP of this JPG game" Five Thousand Selfies is comprised of 5000+ faces flickering by at 10 FPS. Might induce seizures. [more inside]
This is the YouTube playlist to turn to if you want to say WTF over and over again, or inflict WTF upon other people. Concentrated weirdness, painstakingly curated to move fast and be completely inexplicable. Best experienced on Shuffle, and in small doses. Many clips salvaged from folks' old MeFi posts and comments! But really, heed the warning in the title, this can alter your brain chemistry if not handled with care.
Sometimes I take videos of my dog doing weird dog things. They amuse me, so far they have a good track record of amusing others, and maybe they will amuse you, too. Enjoy! [more inside]
I decided to put together a little video in support of the petition against the UK badger cull. [more inside]
A performance based on the sounds of industrial shredding, accompanied by a video of things being shredded. [more inside]
Funded by a $1,000 grant from the Chicago Awesome Foundation, A Poem From Us is kicking off National Poetry Month by inviting people to share a favorite poem via YouTube or Vimeo. The one rule for the project: the poem you read cannot be your own. [more inside]
My friends and I enjoy sharing videos we like on facebook and stumbleupon but wanted something more self-contained, so decided to build a website, inspired by sites like devour and bestofyoutube. Whilst the idea may not be original, I think that the quality and range of what we cover makes us stand out. As well as including new finds the site aims to archive interesting videos, with the aim of being the most comprehensive collection of what we like online (+ with the hope that other people will find the site useful as well). We tend to feature a wide range of stuff but generally avoid adverts, videos of kittens or people falling over. Many thanks to the MeFites who have posted links to videos that have been put on the site. C+C welcome as well as suggestions for videos that should be added.
An attempt at a short film version of a story I wrote for a class on Critical Perspectives in Children's Literature. [more inside]
Here is my video offering solutions to the global food crisis as part of a submission for the international Thought For Food challenge. Possible NSFW if your boss can't abide a male nipple. [more inside]
Automagically create audio/video playlists of upcoming shows & whatever else. Basically, a mashup of eventful.com and youtube that creates playlists so you can see/here what artists are coming (plus a simple text search). [more inside]
This thing converts episodes of ABC TV's music video program, rage, into excruciatingly minimalist youtube playlists.
SLAMVYT - Single Link Ambient Music Video YouTube. [more inside]