Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Video Round-Up: January 19, 2016

In one universe, The Doctor has his memory wiped to hide from a family of aliens. In another, Barty Crouch Jr. shows goes berserk. Or is it all the same universe?

Alan Rickman Narrates a Tortoise Slowly Consuming a Strawberry - Aside from being a wonderful actor, Alan Rickman was very passionate and vocal about worthwhile causes in which he truly believed. Such causes include Save the Children and the Refugee Council, both of whom are working with One Click Giving, an organization that creates videos for good causes. The latest video features a tortoise slowly consuming a strawberry with the distinctive voice of the the late actor in the background asking viewers to simply watch and share the video. This was one of Rickman’s last public projects before his untimely death

BB-8 Helps Industrial Light & Magic Accept Genius Award - The Critics Choice Awards were televised live for the first time ever. While the event wasn’t quite as star-studded as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the festivities were hosted by comedian and Cloverfield star T.J. Miller with some of his trademark wackiness, everyone seemed to be having a good time, and Mad Max: Fury Road took home a bunch of awards. But one special award was handed out to Industrial Light & Magic, and a special guest from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on hand to help out.

A Classical Music Mashup of 57 Popular Songs by 33 Composers - Grant Woolard has created a lovely classical music mashup featuring 57 popular songs by 33 composers.

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake Demonstrates How to Brew Coffee - ESA astronaut Tim Peake demonstrates how he brews a cup of coffee on the International Space Station.

The Evolution of Swearing in Movies -  Movie Munchies put together this humorous and interesting video of the first utterances of curse words in films, starting with "damn" in 1929.

Injecting Ink Into A Fertilized Egg Yolk - Ink injection into yolk sac artery of 72 hour-old chick embryo to visualize the beating heart and the vasculature.  Winner of the  2011 Nikon Small World in Motion.

Patton Oswalt Talks About the Finer Points of My Little Pony - As young Patton was obsessed with "Star Wars," so is his daughter with the various magic horses of Equestria.  He also tells O’Brien about the differences between the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens.

Saving Private Ryan Reimagined as a Quentin Tarantino Film - Mashable Watercooler imagines what the war drama Saving Private Ryan would be like as a Quentin Tarantino Film.

The Science of Internet Trolls - AsapSCIENCE takes a look at the ubiquitous, almost universally despised internet troll and attempts to explain through science why these people act the way they do. It mostly has to do with the “dark traits” of narcissism, psychopathy and the “everyday sadism” that increases with anonymity.

Star Wars Rebels Trailer Reveals Connection to The Force Awakens - The second half of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels starts back up this Wednesday, and the new trailer reveals all sorts of new details to excite fans of the series and Star Wars as a whole.  Plus, there’s a huge connection to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the form of a green bladed (and better working) version of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Keep in mind that Ren’s saber was “based on an ancient design” according to Lucasfilm Canon Master Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

Why Crosswalks Don’t Always Make Things Safer - Tom Scott visits the Abby Road crossing to explain why crosswalks don’t always make things safer.

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