Archive for video of the day

VOTD: New Year’s Celebrations – Fireworks Display

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on Saturday, 2 January 2010 by Deems

One of the photos in yesterday’s collection of photos from Boston.com’s Big Picture publication was of a fireworks display near Big Ben and the London Eye. Below is a awesome 9+ minute video of the fireworks display in London. [via Babis' Weblog]

For more fireworks displays from around the world, check here for more.

VOTD: Merry Christmas from Daichi

Posted in General with tags , , , on Wednesday, 23 December 2009 by Deems

As you may know, I’m a fan of beatboxing, and I’ve posted a couple videos of Daichi, Japanese Beatboxer, before.

Well, t’is the season, and he’s produced another video with a holiday message for everyone. [via BoingBoing]

VOTD: Demolition, Vegas Style

Posted in General with tags , , on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 by Deems

Now this is how you demolish a building! A lot of careful thought and planning goes into demolishing a building to ensure it comes down correctly, and safely. These guys did a little extra planning to make the event more enjoyable for the crowds. [via DCP]

VOTD: Adriano Celentano’s ‘English’ Music Video

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, 17 December 2009 by Deems

I saw an intriguing post in my daily feed from BoingBoing entitled “Gibberish rock song written by Italian composer to sound like English”.

It’s about a short skit called Prisencolinensinainciusol from Adriano Celentano‘s, an Italian actor, show. His idea behind the skit was to create a song with American English sounding lyrics to put across what American English songs sound like to non-English speaking people.

I listened to the song’s lyrics while doing something else and couldn’t quite remember what the words were, but I could have sworn they were in English. When I played the song again and listened more carefully as they lyrics were sung you could make out that some words sounded like English words, but were clearly not.

In 1970, an Italian man recorded a song long before disco and rap that is very close to both, and then an unnamed person choreographed it for a battalion of dancers in a hall of mirrors. If the results are really as miraculous as they seem right now, and I am not just talking myself into something, it is precisely because “Prisencolinensinainciusol” is such a loving presentation of silliness. Would any grown performer allow themselves this level of playfulness now? Wouldn’t a contemporary artist feel obliged add a tinge of irony or innuendo to make it clear that they were “knowing” and “sophisticated”? It’s not clear what would be gained by darkening this piece of cotton candy, or what more you could know about it: it is perfect as is. – source The New Yorker

If that’s not cool enough, think about this – this video clip is from his show from 1972 – that’s 37 years ago. Now take into account the disco/rap style of the music – quite the pioneer, don’t you think?

VOTD: Too late, Windows 7

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, 23 November 2009 by Deems

I got sent this by a friend and I’m sure a lot of people share the same sentiment. It’s a parody video by Tobuscus of OneRepublic’s “Apologize” [via Koukla]

VOTD: A wildlife photographer’s dream

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 by Deems

This has definitely got to be every wildlife photographer’s dream to not only be able to get these amazing shots but to also be a part of the wildlife, just like Paul Nicklen, photographer for National Geographic, has experienced. Take a look below as he describes his most amazing experience coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators, the leopard seal.

VOTD: Best Innovations of 2009

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 by Deems

 It’s interesting that all of the innovations in this clip from Time Magazine’s  Top 50 Innovations of 2009 are all geared towards a greener planet. How many of them do you recognize? Of those in the video, I only remember hearing about the Energy Meter.

You can read more about them here on Time’s website or click here for the actual list. [via CherryFlava]

VOTD: Shredding an accordion

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 by Deems

You’ve heard of and seen guys shredding various tunes on a guitar. Now, get ready to be blow away by a kid, called Aleksandr Hrustevich, who completely blows me away with his performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons movements, on an accordion, that’s right, an accordion! [via DCP]

Now, tell me you weren’t impressed by that? You can see some more of his talent via his YouTube channel.

VOTD: Speaking Piano

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Sunday, 11 October 2009 by Deems

You know some people look at a piece of art and say it “speaks” to them – could it be the case with music too? Apparently so since Austrian composer Peter Ablinger has made a talking mechanical piano. Take a look at the video below (it’s in German but if you leave annotations on they’ll act as subtitles). [via Crave]

VOTD: Man and Lion in harmony

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 by Deems

Baldricman just linked to this video on Facebook and I was completely blown away at the interaction bettween Kevin Richardson and this pack of lions.

From the YouTube post:

Kevin Richardson 34, met his first lion 11 years ago and was hooked. Kevin shows Sky’s Emma Hurd his pride of lions who he has hand-reared at his vast reserve in South Africa. The big cats treat him like one of the pride. As the gate swung open the three lions pounced. Powerful young males, within seconds they had wrestled the human intruder – Kevin Richardson – to the ground.

This reminds me of this heart-warming video of Christian the lion from so many years ago.

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