Manuel (of the opposing team) recorded all their Volleyball matches using a little Geek Pro. They use them to analyze their matches, correct their mistakes, improve on their technique… or to make fun of each other. He sent me the video of last Thursday’s Championship match which was right around one hour long.
Because nobody wants to watch a one hour long video of mediocre amateur volleyball, I thought it’d be a good idea to edit out the significant dead time. But that’s a lot of tedious work, even for me.
Cleverly named after the 18th century fake chess playing machine; which I thought was a well known story but turns out I only know about it because of my odd childhood reading habits; Mechanical Turk is a service that allows you to set up jobs for someone else to do. It’s a great way for those who earn in US Dollars or Euros (but not British pounds!) to get people in China or India or some other low income country to do their menial tasks.
In any case, I uploaded the video to Dropbox and set up a gig, offering $5 to whoever does it.
Astronomers have figured out, among other things, how big the Universe is. Most people have no idea how they figured it out.
This video by the Royal Observatory Greenwich does a fantastical job of explaining it to mere mortals using no math but outstanding visualization. It’s so well made… you gotta watch it if you haven’t yet. Yes, even if you are one of my dear astronomer readers:
This was shown at a recent meeting at work and drew big laughs. No idea if people outside the tech industry find it as funny, but feel free to share your thoughts.
My summer intern may or may not identify.
This is a video of the line for the iPad 2 earlier today at the Apple Store The Domain. It was pretty insane. The video was taken at 4:40 PM, but a lot more people started arriving at 5:00 PM. They started running out of AT&T iPads first, then Verizon iPads, then plain old WiFi ones.
For those of you who are marveled by the engineering feats of mankind: This is a really neat video called Ascent – Commemorating Shuttle. It has about forty minutes of high quality video of a Space Shuttle takeoff narrated by a NASA engineer.
While Christmas posts are unusual on his blog, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to share this wonderful musical video of a girl jingling her bells. Click here to watch. And do try this at home, by all means.