This is a great video about the James Webb telescope, but my favorite part is the statement that you have to Increase the Awesome. I agree.
I continue to be amazed by what people have managed to build off the Kinect with open drivers in the last month. Recreating the scene from Big is right up there.
Ok, it’s time, gentle readers, to go directly to Youtube and start watching James Burke’s Connections. This is brilliant stuff, wonderfully written, and something everyone should watch. The first series is by far the best, before Discovery got their hands on it, but the other stuff is worth while as well.
The entire thing has now been cut up into 10 minute segments, and put into playlists, and made easy to consume. You have no excuses any more.
Take two of my favorite movies, slam them together, and here’s what you get:
From the youtube blog:
For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately “roughed up” the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko’s to upload clips from computers that couldn’t be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as the president of Comedy Central and the head of MTV Networks felt “very strongly” that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube.
Viacom’s efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.
This is so absurd you’d be hard to come up with a better “who’s on first” plan yourself.