Category Archives: Video

A lo-fi short by Mattias Pilhede and Sai Cheung featuring the philosophical ponderings of a spaceship’s door control system (something first considered by Douglas Adams) To wit:

In the far distant future, ships have Swedish accents because they are bought at IKEA.

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A rather pleasing paint-on-glass animation written and directed by Carol Freeman, comprised of 4,300 paintings created by a team of mainly female artists at Paper Panther Productions in Dublin. To wit:

…the story of a young whale, struggling to find its voice, who finds a caged bird that is the sole survivor of a shipwreck

And here’s how they made it.

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The annual British Lawn Mower Racing Association 12 hour race.

Ride-on, or die. To wit:

As usual, the teams will line up in a traditional Le Mans grid formation with the drivers running to their machines at the start. The teams of three drivers (male and female) compete throughout the night at speeds approaching 50 mph — and without any form of suspension other than a padded seat…

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Ever get the feeling that things are not as they should be?

Here’s German educational design studio Kurzgesagt with the cure. To wit:

In this video we want to talk about one of the strongest predictors of how happy people are, how easily they make friends and how good they are at dealing with hardship. An antidote against dissatisfaction so to speak: Gratitude. 

Previously: Space Catapult

An outstanding short animated in minimalist pen and ink by Randall Christopher telling the story of the chase and final capture in 1960 of Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann by the Mossad agent Zvi Aharoni.

The (dramatically) dry reality of a dogged manhunt turned into a spy thriller.

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