I’ve recently got into Twitter, after having an account sitting unused for around 5 years and in that time some rather interesting, but slightly quirky videos have wandered past my twitter feed.
The Christmas Almost Number 1
First of all, a great candidate for a Christmas #1, but unfortunately they didn’t make it. They should have done. Funny, slightly tongue in cheek, a little humble, and musically very accomplished, is “Christmas Gets Worse Every Year” by ‘The Other Guys’ – 12 students from St Andrew’s University, in Scotland. See it for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YvZn1hgIvo
Thanks to the QI Elves (@qikipedia) for that one.
A Pale Blue Animation
This is a nice animation to accompany Carl Sagan’s monologue ‘A Pale Blue Dot’, itself inspired by the most distant photograph taken of Earth – a photograph from Voyager 1 from a distance of almost 4 billion miles away . A thought provoking, perspective giving monologue with a slick animation to nicely drive home the meaning. See it here: http://vimeo.com/51960515
A Father-Daughter Yearly Pilgrimage
This is a nice story – every year Steve Addis takes his daughter to the same street corner in New York and takes a photo of him holding her. Something that started when she was a year old. This is a TED talk he shares his 15 most treasured photos from doing this, and the experience of getting a random stranger to take their picture – and how no-one has ever declined. See it here: www.ted.com/talks/steven_addis_a_father_daughter_bond_one_photo_at_a_time.htm
I can’t remember where I first saw that one retweeted, but now I subscribe to TED Talks (@tedtalks) to make sure I don’t miss any more.
Don’t Assume Anything
This is another one that I saw courtesy of a retween from someone and then followed up. It took me to the site of Richard Wiseman, that contains a number of very well done videos that challenge your views of the world – this is a particularly nice optical illusion. See it here: http://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/do-you-make-assumptions/
Now I follow Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman) too.
The Boy and His Robot
This is a lovely tale about a boy and is robot companion. It combines the imaginary with the real, an idea of a fantasy future with the here-and-now and love, hate and dependency. You might be tempted to click back after a couple of minutes to whatever you were doing before, but don’t – I thoroughly recommend watching the full 12 minutes. Its sensitively surprising. See it here: http://io9.com/5970839/a-lovely-short-film-about-a-boy-and-the-robot-he-cant-get-rid-of
Thanks to IO9 (@io9) for that one.
So a very interesting first few weeks on twitter – long may it continue.