Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Temporal distortion

Tonight's time lapse video (try watching in full-screen mode):

From the video's description:
What you see is real, but you can't see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of thousands of 20-30 second exposures, edited together to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn't normally see them.

In the opening "Dakotalapse" title shot, you see bands of red and green moving across the sky. After asking several Astronomers, they are possible noctilucent clouds, airglow or faint Aurora. I never got a definite answer to what it is. You can also see the red and green bands in other shots.

At :53 and 2:17 seconds into the video you see a Meteor with a Persistent Train. Which is ionizing gases, which lasted over a half hour in the cameras frame. Phil Plait wrote an article about the phenomena here blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/10/02/a-meteors-lingering-tale/
There is a second Meteor with a much shorter persistent train at 2:51 in the video. This one wasn't backlit by the moon like the first, and moves out of the frame quickly.

The Aurora were shot in central South Dakota in September 2011 and near Madison, Wisconsin on October 25, 2011.

Watch for two Deer at 1:27

Most of the video was shot near the White River in central South Dakota during September and October 2011, there are other shots from Arches National Park in Utah, and Canyon of the Ancients area of Colorado during June 2011. ...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Heavy machinery, delicate work

Tonight's deft excavator operator:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

How it's made, wheel edition

Tonight's how-it's-made video - steel racing wheels:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude mashup - Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls + The Beatles' Come Together:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Iron, wrought

Tonight's wrought iron video:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Finger artist

Tonight's nimble-fingered artist:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Chris Thile and How to Grow a Band From the Ground performs at the 2007 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fishing under ice

Tonight's upside down video, from under the ice at Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland (try watching full screen):

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The joy of books

Tonight's animated bookstore - filmed at the Type Bookstore in Toronto:

Friday, February 17, 2012


Tonight's Lionel Richie song, movie collage version:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Federer trick shot redux

Tonight's don't-try-this-at-home video - Andy Murray and James Corden, of the UK TV show A League of Their Own, attempts to recreate Roger Federer's William Tell trick shot:

Here's the original Roger Federer video:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Robot meets Rubik's Cube

Tonight's robotics video - an automated Rubik's Cube solver sets a new Guinness World Record:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Celtic Woman performs Ave Maria:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fast hotel

Tonight's quick construction project - building a 30-story hotel in 360 hours using pre-fabricated materials:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Word as image

Tonight's lexicographical video:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Machete slingshot

Tonight's machete slingshot:

Friday, February 10, 2012

A real page turner

Tonight's Rube Goldberg page-turning contraption:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another blond public school graduate

Tonight's blond humor:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

When bungee cords fail

Tonight's reason not to go bungee jumping - an Australian woman goes bungee jumping near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe:

Raw footage (language NSFW):

Luckily she survived - here she is in an interview about the fall:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spray on clothing

Tonight's aerosol fashion:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Close calls

Tonight's close calls:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Superbowl car ads

Tonight's look at some Superbowl ads, automotive edition:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Florence and the Machine's Cosmic Love:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Pyro Board

Tonight's musical flames:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A short history of the modern calendar

Tonight's history video: