Thursday Comic Relief

Maybe weather forecasts should always be like this. Jeremy Paxman does the weather on UK nightly program, Newsnight. 

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Kathy Weppner poses with her campaign staff: 

OK Go with incredible optical illusions: 

 

Mick Jagger & David Bowie’s odd video for “Dancin’ in the Streets”, which aired during Live Aid in 1985, excerpts from which are now presented without music: 

Just so you know, if you’re out in public, no one needs your permission to record video of you. 

In Rally, the co-driver calls out pacenotes to the driver, advising him of what’s coming up, letting the driver go as fast as possible. But come on, Samir, you’re breaking the car!

Finally, Philosopher Football (as in soccer), from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Here, Germany v. Greece. 

It’s a funny skit, but the genius of Python is this: 

The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside. 

The AV Daily Christmas Special

It’s the Thursday before Christmas. Let’s watch TV. 

Here’s Mitt Romney the moment he lost the 2012 election. To quote Peggy Noonan, “savor“. 

I Ken Lee if living is without you. 

This trailer is simply incredible. 

In some countries, they applaud when the plane lands because it landed. We in the first world are far too jaded for that, but once in a while it’s completely justified. 

In Russia, the roads are often lawless hellholes populated by aggressive and reckless drivers. In order to help them prove their lack of fault in the event of an accident, most drivers have mounted an automatic digital dashcam to record every second of their drive. If there’s an accident, you’ll have video proof of how it happened, assuming it happened up ahead. Usually, Russian dashcam videos show horrible crashes or dreadfully violent exchanges. So, here is a compilation of dashcam videos showing the brighter side of motoring in Mother Russia. 

The Nurburgring Nordschliefe is a wondrous place where you can pay a toll and take your car on one of the most famous racing roads in the world. Some people fare better than others. 

Oh, and here are some of the bad Russian dashcam videos: 

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Friday Videos

It’s Friday. Have a good one. 

Here is how you race a car: 

Here’s what Canalside looks like: 

Here’s what it looks like to land a huge aircraft in heavy crosswinds: 

Here’s what it would look like if you rode a solid rocket booster with the Space Shuttle: 

Here’s police response times in Detroit: 

Here’s Lou Reed with Gorillaz: 

Here is Warsaw commemorating the 1944 Warsaw Uprising

Here’s a pilot’s eye view: 

 

Friday Videos

Here are some videos I favorited recently on YouTube.  

Last week, I had this song in my head for no reason whatsoever. I thought this rendition from 1994 – just a year before Jerry Garcia’s death – was particularly good. 

 

Check out this French guy “EKLIPS” beat boxing:

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot. Watch this incredible compilation video done by a pilot for a Brazilian airline. I love how the newer Airbus aircraft have a joystick controller, and the panoramas of Rio de Janeiro are breathtaking.

This man witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and went on a game show in 1956 to talk about it. This is the sort of real-life time travel described in this article.

I’m not a huge fan of Bob Dylan as a performer, but he is a great songwriter. Here’s another video from the Dead performing “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. It’s a favorite of mine.