You've probably seen dozens of those brand videos from big corporations, carefully designed to make you feel good about how wonderful the company is. This one is just like all the others, except that it's based on a satirical poem by Kendra Eash and made entirely of stock video footage (which you can buy from the company that made the video, which is rather meta).
That's all from us this week. Enjoy the fine weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.
If you've got some time to kill this weekend, try this web-based number-matching game, 2048. The goal is to move tiles left, right up and down while merging tiles with the same numbers to create the ultimate 2048 tile. (Based on personal experience, you might want more than a little time — it's quite addictive.)
This image looks like it comes from a video game...
... but in fact it's a real photo of a housing complex on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City, taken from a helicopter by photographer Oscar Ruiz. It's one of the most remarkable photographs I've seen in a while.
That's all for this week. Enjoy our other Friday posts, and we'll see you back here on Monday.
Europe's borders are changing again. This is big news, but you might be surprised to find out just how malleable the borders in Europe have been over the past 1000 years, as this timelapse map shows:
When I was in primary school, I used to think that borders were as fixed and unchanging as the lines in the atlas in the classroom. I still remember the day I completed Jordan Mechner's classic adventure game The Last Express. The closing credits, which show Europe's changing borders from 1914-1994, was an eye-opener for me.
Those changes have continued since.
That's all for this week — have a great weekend, and we'll see you on Monday.
Since we got some great news the other day, a happiness-filled Because it's Friday post is a must this week. This Pomplamoose remix of Pharrell William's Happy with Daft Punk's Get Lucky — featuring very clever use of a standard "beamer" video projector for the visual effects — fits the bill nicely.
In the video below from The Atlantic, the differences in the way US citizens describe or pronounce various things is illustrated in a series of phone calls (via Sullivan):
If you're wondering how your dialect fits in, you can try the New York Times Dialect Quiz. Answer 25 questions, and it will identify the 3 US cities that most closely match your dialect. I'm not a native US English speaker (I grew up in Australia, and spent many years in the UK before moving to the US West Coast in 2000), so I basically flunked the quiz. My words for a freshwater crayfish ("yabbie") or that area of grass by the road ("nature strip") weren't on the list, and so I got placed somewhere in southern Florida (which I guess is at least as far South as you can go!). Judging from the responses from some of my friends on Facebook, though, the quiz can be uncannily accurate if you were brought up in the US.
Available in pink (log-Normal distribution), yellow (chi-square distribution), light green (Normal distribution), baby blue (T-distribution), and lilac (uniform distribution). They're cute, they're educational, last longer than roses and much better for you for chocolates — and the patterns were created with R.
Have fun this Valentine's Day, and we'll be back on Monday.
You can see a couple of other clips here, here and here, and the entire film is playing at planetariums around the world. Which gives me something to do this weekend! Hope you enjoy yours — we'll be back on Monday.