Thursday, June 30

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? - Petrea King

Recognize Immigrant Credentials - 3 TV Spots

I went to get a bank loan a few years ago and the consultant I spoke with was from Jordan and he was a certified lawyer. His wife was as well an educated professional and their credentials didn't transfer well into the Canadian system and they decided to get new jobs instead of going through the years of redundant training they would have to in order to be certified in Canada.
He did not seem very happy about this and I don't blame him.

Wednesday, June 29

Choice/Options and Happiness

Right now I'm in the process of purchasing a smart phone and I've been waffling between an Android and an iPhone. This video sums up my feelings perfectly. No matter what I choose I won't be happy.

EDIT: I purchased an Android and I'm fairly happy.

FC Baar vs. FC Sempach: Joonas Jokinen Shoots A Penalty Shot

Just A Man Ironing A Shirt.

There's an efficiency and exactness to his movements that suggest muscle memory. He has likely ironed 10,000 shirts. I could watch this video a lot and never get bored.

Monday, June 27

How Green IS Your Internet?

How Green Is Your Internet? from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

David Lynch on iPhone

"United Artists co-founder Mary Pickford once famously declared, 'Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.'"
I feel like David Lynch has similar opinions of watching movies on a phone.
Via - Gawker

Re: David Lynch on iPhone

16: Moments

5-Second Films

Website: 5-Second Films

The rules are simple: 2 seconds of beginning titles, 5 seconds of film, 1 second of end titles.

Late for Work from 5-Second Films on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 26

Nitroglycerine Detonation Filmed in Slo-Mo - Explosions: How We Shook th...

The Oomphalapompatronium

EDIT: I went to the website advertised at the end of this video and have liked what I found. This man puts an entertaining show.

Milton Friedman - Why Drugs Should Be Legalized

Economists look at the world with different eyes.


I used to get gyroscopes in my stocking at Christmas. I don't want to say "used to get" like I received lots of them, but I do recall there being a few kicking around the bin of old toys.
I think I appreciate them more now that I know the science behind them. When I was a kid I was just angry that they weren't Ninja Turtles.

Saturday, June 25

Live The Language - Paris

The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

The effectiveness of placebos is a good argument for the legitimacy of holistic and other forms of non-traditional medicine because they prove that a person can get better with nothing more than belief.

The Dalai Lama Walks Into A Pizza Shop...

What I like about this interviewer is that when presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity he seized it. He didn't worry about reactions or embarrassment in the moment. He just knew that this was the right time to tell this joke.
This is how you take risks in life.

Friday, June 24

Urban Fashion Explained

I thought this style came with the same sense of sheer impracticality that I suppose most fashions come with.
But now I know otherwise.

via Shoop That


Thursday, June 23

Paralyzed Student Austin Whitney Walks at Graduation: Explained

Robotic Exoskeleton??? Now this is the future I was promised.

tUnE-yArDs - Bizness

This video starts off in the classroom. It does not end in the classroom.

Microwave Ivory Soap - Cool Science Experiment

ISPCC - I Can't Wait Until I Grow Up

This is a PSA for Children's Rights.
Working in the field of education and recreation it is unfortunately not uncommon to come across children who you suspect may not have an ideal or even safe home life.

Wednesday, June 22

War On Terror

Ray Bartkus

Children Full Of Life

"In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. Capturing the intimate moments of the students' laughter and tears, the film explores one teacher's approach to allowing children the opportunity to discover the value of sharing powerful emotions. Classroom discussions include difficult issues such as the death of a parent or being the victim of bullying. In this "school of life," the simple message is learning to look after one another."


Tuesday, June 21

Daily Levitation

Website: Daily Levitation

A website devoted to those who levitate.

Hooray For Earth - True Loves

It would be really interesting to use this video as the starting point for characters or plot for a written story. Who are these people?
Possibilities = endless.

3-Way Street

Can't bikes and cars and people JUST GET ALONG????

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 19

Ron Gutman: The Hidden Power of Smiling

My class voted me Best Smile - J.L. Ilsley HIgh School Class of 1999

This is what it's been doing for me.

The Power Of Music

This story, of war and music, is beautiful.

The Power of Music from Life File Videos on Vimeo.

29 Ways To Stay Creative


Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

"Often, the most inspiring and beautiful creations come about as the result of a juxtaposition between the classical and the modern, the old and the new. Such is the case in this video, which was filmed by director Spike Jonze, that captures Los Angeles street dancer Lil Buck as he performs an amazing interpretation of “The Dying Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with a live musical accompaniment by the award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma."
Via HypeBeast

Canadian Olympic Team Brand

This video looks at the brand marketing behind Canada's Olympic Team.

The Canadian Olympic Team Brand from Canadian Olympic Team on Vimeo.

Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

Friday, June 17

Did you hear a click?

Rita and Frank try to take a still photo to email to friends for Frank's 84th Birthday on their new Mac.

via Devour

Movie Phone Hang Ups

I realize that there are certain conventions that exist in the fictional movie world that don't always mirror what occurs in the real world, and most often I'm sure these differences are for some logical reason that affects the viewing experience for the better. But since viewing this clip I've tried to take note of wether movie and TV characters say goodbye over the phone and it really doesn't happen that often. How did this begin? Why does it make sense? It's omitting a piece of dialogue that would take less than a second to deliver!
For all its ridiculousness however, I hadn't even noticed until it was brought to my attention.

EDIT: Here's an interesting blog post on just this subject.

The Times They Are A Changin

This is not untrue....

The Sartorialist

Website: The Sartorialist

Dear Photograph

Website: Dear Photograph

This tumblr blog posts pictures of old photographs against the same backdrop BUT IN THE FUTURE. It's a quirky and nostalgic concept that looks pretty rad.

Thursday, June 16

Wednesday, June 15

Tanya Davis - Poem / Poème

Tanya Davis is Halifax, Nova Scotia's poet laureate. This commissioned poem was delivered at the beginning of the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.

Tuesday, June 14

The United States Of America

You know, I've always felt bad for those other states. Whatever their names are.

Tor Weeks

Tor Weeks

Japan Tsunami

I suppose what amazes me the most about this video isn't the sheer power and quantity of water that envelopes this space in under 10 minutes, it's how steady the videographer manages to keep the camera under the circumstance of impending doom.

Monday, June 13

Beef Cuts Of CO2

I eat too much beef.

Music and Life

"In music one doesn't make the end of the composition the point of the composition."

Bike Lanes

My bike was stolen today. I had it locked to a pole and someone must have cut the lock. I'm upset.

Saturday, June 11

How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept That He Wants Them Around?

Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) says a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment is largely about religion.

Friday, June 10

You Have No Idea How Wrong You Are

"There are a lot more ways to be wrong than there are ways to be right.Yet somehow, many of us think that we are probably right most of the time."

In this half hour presentation it becomes clear that I'm likely wrong about:

-My beliefs
-My emotions
-Why I believe/feel them
-When I change my mind
-Why I change my mind
-The accuracy of my perceptions
-The accuracy of my self evaluations

I thought I was doing so well...

Monday, June 6

Wednesday, June 1