Video of the Day

Video of the Day: Playing With Time

Your mother always told you not to play with your — er, time? Well, she shouldn’t have. “Clock DJ,” a short multi-media project from the Musikame team is what the creators call a “modern view” of the concept of playing with time, in which time is the turntable and we are the DJs. It’s a cute concept to be sure, but the joy here is in the execution, all patterns and lights and swift transitions. Watch the very short but very satisfying video after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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Video of the Day: Creative Thinking

Creativity is a wonderful thing, but like anything else, it can go too far. For instance, when you find yourself rolling a human heart in gold glitter, that’s one of the signs. Or maybe when everyone looks like a puppet. If your creativity levels are off balance this morning, this kind of silly, completely bizarre video, ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared,’ by London-based art collective This Is It will get you thinking straight, even if it leaves your head spinning a little bit. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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Video of the Day: The Psychology Behind the Sets of ‘The Shining’

What does the Overlook Hotel from The Shining have to do with the work of MC Escher? According to an interesting theory put forth by Rob Ager, Stanley Kubrick may have borrowed some of the famed graphic artist’s spatial pattern concepts to help disorient his viewers with an impossible set design. Or maybe these architectural inconsistencies are simply continuity errors. Decide for yourself after Ager puts forth his ideas in the clips after the jump. … Read More

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Video of the Day: A Visit to ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ House

In a recent installment of their fantastic “Pop Pilgrims” series, the Onion’s A.V. Club ventures to the house that Royal Tenenbaum bought in the winter of his 35th year, aka the gorgeous Harlem brownstone on Convent Avenue at 144th Street where Wes Anderson shot The Royal Tenenbaums. Among the interesting tidbits that are revealed: Anderson actually picked the location before he’d even written the script, and then came up with the idea of three Tenenbaum child prodigies, each living on their own floor, after seeing its amazing interiors. Click through for additional scoops on the creation of Anderson’s “fictional New York” in the clip. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Tour an Abandoned Rocket Factory

It’s been way too long since we indulged in our obsession with abandoned spaces, but now we return to our pet topic with a real doozy. As Maggie Koerth-Baker over at Boing Boing explains, “In 1963, a company called Aerojet built a rocket factory in the Everglades, hoping to win the contract to build the rockets that would send the Apollo missions to the moon. In the process, they built the world’s largest solid fuel rocket. When they lost the contract, the site was left to rot.” Click through to take a video tour of the creepy ruins as they are today. … Read More

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Video of the Day: ‘The Office’ Recut as a Classic Sitcom

If you’ve ever wondered what The Office would have looked like if it had been released back in the ’80s, long before single-camera sitcoms dominated the TV landscape, YouTube user benny2700 has recut some scenes and added a laugh track, and surprisingly, the results aren’t half bad. Fair warning: We might find this clip 100 percent more entertaining thanks to the inexplicable inclusion of the Family Matters theme song. Click through to see it for yourself. … Read More

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Video of the Day: 24 Hours of Neon

When we hear “Vegas” we think of many things, but the word pretty isn’t usually one of them. Philip Bloom’s time-lapse video of the City of Sin — which was shot entirely from his hotel balcony — gives us an entirely fresh viewpoint. Thanks to his use of tonemapped images (which Bloom explains in this behind the scenes video), the over-the-top architecture of The Strip gets a bit of a face-lift; while the cityscape still looks surreal, buildings that were once a bit gauche are transformed into something more understated. Even the Miracle Mile Shops look good. Click through to check it out. … Read More

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Video of the Day: San Francisco Rendered in 100,000 Toothpicks

Artist Scott Weaver’s Rolling Through the Bay, a toothpick Rube Goldberg machine of San Francisco, is made from over 100,000 toothpicks and took him 35 years to complete. Multiple ball runs allow the viewer to go on “tours” of different parts of the city while hitting up major landmarks — from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Ferry Building to the Bay Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts. “I don’t have the world record,” says Weaver. “There are two or three people [with machines] that are larger than mine, but none of them have a function, or a kinetic aspect.” Click through, and prepare to be dazzled. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Jack Donaghy as a Superhero

Tonight marks 30 Rock’s 100th episode(!), and to celebrate this fact NBC is releasing three animated webisodes based on the show. Click through to check out the first in the series, which features Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy as an executive with secret super powers that he must use to time travel in a battle with his old friend Brian Williams over some frozen yogurt. As he explains, “If I don’t have frozen yogurt, how am I supposed to spend my Friday afternoon listening to Vince Lombardi speeches and eating frozen yogurt?” Seriously. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Symmetry

The creative talents at LA production company Everynone (who we previously featured for their fantastic short film “Words”) are back with a new clip that explores the unlikely symmetry between everyday things and events. In most cases, we find the visual couplings oddly soothing; in a few, the juxtaposition is downright moving. Click through to check out “Symmetry” now. … Read More

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