Video celebration post

Remember the video test post? Really? Well, it was right here just a few days ago. You might want to see a doctor about that memory of yours. Maybe write that down, hey?

The video test post showed that my existing way of putting videos on the blog was no longer working. I had already found an alternative method, though, so all was not lost. Hope for the future.
But that didn’t help much with the issue that every Youtube video I’d ever put on 6000 miles… was broken. That’s quite a lot of videos.

Then, a WordPress update (to 4.6) and (not) suddenly, everything was back to normal. All the links were mended, all the videos work again. This calls for a celebration – a video celebration. I found this one, just waiting to be posted:

I’ve used to old method to put this on here. I guess I’m now at a bit of crossroads as to where to go now with regards to posting videos. The old method (it’s called “EasyTube”, for the purists) has worked really well for years, aside from the last week or so, but is less futureproofed than the native WordPress method. The native WordPress method, however, is less flexible regarding size and positioning of the video.

So, swings, and indeed, roundabouts.

P.S. I am no longer Grolsch bottles.

The Karate One

Although I enjoy the mainly puerile twice weekly Fail Army videos, I feel that my audience is generally too highbrow to share the fun. (There are exceptions obviously, Bloubergman.)

Just from time to time though, forget the high standards of the blog and its readership: there’s something that needs to be shared.
The Karate One from FA’s latest offering is one such:

If you just want to get there quickly (it’s just over a minute in), use this link, but whatever you do, do watch it.

The slo-mo, the arm in the sleeve, the face, the face!

*dry heave*

Arrow man

This is impressive. Very, very impressive.

I like watching things in slow motion: you see details that you’d never previously considered; you can see what’s actually happening.

Byron Ferguson obviously has an amazing talent – his brain and body working almost robotically to detect his target, calculate its trajectory, then aim and fire an arrow from an old-fashioned, homemade bow in milliseconds – but I’m not sure how impressed I would be if I was to go to one of his shows. In real time, and without the close-up shot, there’s a certain degree of optical dexterity and even trust required to see and believe what Byron does.

That’s not to suggest that what he does isn’t incredible. It really is. But for me, the camerawork and the images it produces are even more amazing.

Slo-mo bang bang

This is great. And strangely relaxing.

Behold slo-mo footage of guns being fired underwater – at 27,000 frames per second.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t look away. Mesmerising.

More detail and other slo-mo vids here.

Cocktail Hour

“Dave Molotov invented the frisbee.”

Well, thank goodness for his brother Frank then…

It’s always the most dangerous things that are the prettiest, isn’t it?

Ebola virus is a good case in point, and I wouldn’t throw a bottle of that at a wall either.