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The Air Handshake

You’ll laugh at Gary Neal here and his attempt to shake hands with the air, but I commend his dedication and focus to this sacred act. Without the post-free-throw hand shake, where would we be?

For a more in depth look at the impact of a botched handshake, I implore you to watch this video about the most awkward handshake of all time. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn something about yourself. In the words of Tom Hanneman, the long-time Timberwolves broadcaster, “Without question, this [handshake] is the worst thing I have ever seen.”

Fast Motion in Slow Motion

Graeme Taylor captures the world using a high-speed video camera on a fast-moving train. The results are really striking. It reminds of my favorite scene from Megamind where Metro Man moves so fast through the city that time seemingly stops. For this ability alone, I would seriously consider lightning speed as my super power.

Graeme explains his own super power:

In all my slow-motion work so far, I’ve used a static camera to capture a high-speed event. But, I wondered, what would happen if the camera was the fast-moving object? For instance, if you use a 210fps camera at 35mph, on playback at 30fps it’ll seem to the observer that they’re moving at walking pace- but everything observed will be operating at 1/7th speed.

"The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire, Directed by Spike Jonze

One of my favorite videos of the year. I’m glad that it’s still commercially viable to make music videos, otherwise we’d miss out on stuf like this. [via Ze]

Kilian Martin: A Skate Regeneration

I think Kottke is on a skateboarding video hiatus, which means someone has to fill in the blanks. Also, this guy’s balance is unbelievable. It seems pretend.

A Tiny Pie Catapult

Please, please, please tell me this is real. It’s amazing to think someone made 3mm wide pies and a catapult just so they could fling them at bees. Relatedly, a mini-canon that shoots real bullets. [via kottke]

Imaginary Forces Considers the Desk

This is a video showcasing how people work at and interact with their desks. It makes Sippey wonder if Massimo Vignelli has a power supply intern. And when I hear Alice Twemlow say that “…the desk becomes more of a state of mind than an actual physical place” in the futue, I can’t help but think of Jack’s great article on habit fields.

Consider the desk in your office. Maybe it reminds you of when you opened the box and put the pieces together. Or maybe it recalls your first day at work, when your colleague showed you where you would sit. The desk, the computer on top of it, the chair you sit in, and the space they comprise are all repositories for memory. But these things don’t just store our memories; they store our behaviors too. The sum of these stored behaviors is an object’s habit field, and merely being around it compels our bodies and minds to act in certain ways.

Banksy Does the Simpsons Opening

Probably the weirdest opening the show has done. And as Wooster Collective suggested, this must have been “one of the most closely guarded secrets in TV history.”

Jay Smooth's Send-Up of Christine O'Donnell

I feel bad giving her any more exposure, but this giggled my tickle bone. [via Cynical-C]

Hi Sally

Sally Menke, a film editor who was a close collaborator with Quentin Tarantino, was found dead today in LA. Dave Itzkoff wrote about her passing and her contributions to the film community.

This video is an extra from the Inglorious Bastards DVD. Tarantino liked when people would say to Sally before, during or after takes. It’s certainly no retrospective, but a sign she was well loved. [via Neven]

Head & Shoulders Troy Polamalu Commercial

This is my favorite commercial on TV right now. On the other hand, the companion website is pretty dumb. They’ve got the spirit of the Old Spice source material, but when it comes to a continuation on the web, it didn’t work. On the other hand, the Old Spice Twitter responses did work.

Obsessives: Soda Pop

No, this is not a video about me, but instead about John Nese, the owner of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, a shop in LA. They have over 500 different types of soda. I was happy to hear that one of his favorite diet sodas (and he hates diet soda) is Sprecher. Looking forward to checking this out in person when I go to LA next month.

Seabird: A Phone Concept from Mozilla

This is a community-driven concept driven by Mozilla and designed by Billy May. There are a lot of interesting features (and a few that are not so interesting), but I’m concerned it would end up being like Firefox — a product that has a lot of great features but has serious performance issues. John Gruber summarized an article about Apple’s detail-oriented design the other day and the point is apt here.

It’s that simple: Apple cares about details that no other company cares about, and these details matter.

While this phone has a laundry-list of features people would love, it’s just a piece of art until someone turns it into a tool.

[via @DidYouSayGil]

Slow Motion Beer Commercial

Generally, I dislike beer commercials. Generally, I think slo-mo is so-so. This is funny. [via lonelysandwich]

IDEO's Future of the Book

Posted September 22, 2010

Ideo considers three aspects of the digital book’s future. It’s a nicely done video and it takes some features I looked at in my Multi-Layered iPad talk to a whole new world (a dazzling place, for you and me). Below is the video and some interesting points about each of the interfaces.


  • It provides a view into what your friends and other important people think about the content you’re reading.
  • I like how easy it is to scan through a book and find passages that are important. These would be a great research tool.
  • Showing debates that started from a particular passage is interesting. It’d be nice if you could actually respond to the discussion inside the app. Bringing in outside content is a great start, but no one has built a reader that lets you discuss the media inside the app.


  • It’s designed to show you what your colleagues, or social network, are reading.
  • In theory, you can have a discussion about something inside the app, but you’re not actually reading the app here (I think), so it’s still not a direct link between consuming and creating.


  • It turns the written word into a game.
  • For example, if you’re in the right location or if you tap on your device with a secret code. It sounds like Condé Naste and Activate’s Gourmet Live might be the first real app to attempt this.
  • The idea of contributing to a story is pretty cool. I’d love to see my friend’s version of a particular passage or see a photo of my own house instead of a generic one when I’m reading a scary story.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret

This is the pilot for a new show that premieres on IFC on October 1st, but you can watch it on Hulu through the end of the month, then you’ll have to watch it on your T.V. set.

It’s pretty hilarious. It stars David Cross and Will Arnet. There is swearing. The episode is set in England. It features an energy drink called Thunder Muscle. You should watch it.

Stairway to Heaven: Climbing a 1768 ft. Tower

I cannot believe people do this for a living.

Adam Atomic talks Canabalt

Adam Saltsman is interviewed by Indie Game: The Movie and there are some fun tidbits about the making of the game. Here’s a direct link to the video.

Cee Lo Says Fuck You

In my version of The Blind Side, Cee Lo Green is adopted by my Jewish parents in our Chicago suburb, grows up to be a phenomenal musician and protects me, his adopted brother, vociferously. Also, this song is so amazing; can’t wait for his new album. [via @tdominey]

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Posted August 19, 2010

My friend, @michaelbeno retweeted a tweet that said I had to watch this. I did. I did not regret it. You should too.

An Unbelievable Catch

Posted August 5, 2010

This is a catch by an outfielder from the Hiroshima Toyo Carps, the team I went to see in Japan two weeks ago. Only if he jumped into the stands, ran up to the top row and caught the ball doing a back flip would this be more impressive. [via Buzzfeed]

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