Thursday, April 16, 2009

Videos of the Day

I'm going to post some videos up today, none of which have anything to do with each other.

This one (celebratory shout out to Naveen – (do you have a flag?)) is courtesy Eddie Izzard, and as you would expect is hilarious. On a related note, I will sheepishly admit that I’m quite keen to see the new (11th) Star Trek movie. Some of you Losties out there may be interested to note that it is being produced by two of the three creators of Lost, namely J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof.

This video sets out an true story that didn’t need its ‘American Idol’ style editing to make it inspiring. It’s the real deal, complete with mind numbing levels of dedication and love. Many thanks to Kamil for passing it on to me. You can read more about it here, but I'll include one choice quote from an old article:

"How's a guy whonever learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was six going tohaul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried. Now they'vedone 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. Itmust be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-o! ld stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy..."

This video (shout out to Srila) is a cool ass technology called ‘siftables’. I can't embed it but please click the link because it is a must see for everyone who reads this (but especially to technies and/or anyone interested in creative and intuitive techniques for education).

Then theres this. Clearly, the concept of jumping jacks doesn’t translate very well across cultures. Please do note how every individual has his own unique path to failure, resulting in collective chaos. My favourite is the guy who is standing second to last on the right.

Finally, another dose of British humour. I actually do not like Russell Brand (annoying and pompous), but I have to hand it to the guy. This clip made me laugh. Anyone who has ever managed to get past the massive page 3 boobs and actually read ‘The Sun’ should watch it.


bubs said...

Why the sheepishness? I am super-excited about the new Star Trek movie. The casting seems perfect, especially Sylar from Heroes as Spock, and Lindelof has never done anything that sucked.

Anonymous said...

Wow, This Dick and Rick Hoyt story is amazing.Unbelievable.They are the most inspirational people I have ever seen.I was literally in tears after watching the video.Completely touched my heart. Thanks NB.

AKS said...

@ bubs

Too right. And if the trailers are anything to go by, this movie's going to be a kick ass. This is exactly what the franchise needed (though to be fair, I personally thought Nemesis was pretty good - the only problem was that the cast was too old).

NB said...

For true star trek fans, I would recommend the following. It is gloriously lame.

sidrah said...

i highly recommend Russell Brand's interview at Fresh Air