Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fastest Car (flash)

Bugatti Veyron, the world's fastest car, top speed test to break 253 mph (rated PG).

Car Darts (flash)

Playing darts with cars (rated PG).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Canadian Meteor (flash)

Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada (rated PG).

10 Billion Video Views on YouTube in September

There were more than 10 billion views of video on YouTube in September. The most popular videos were watched as many times as any blockbuster movie. Many are mashups of existing video material

(from The New York Times). This is just on YouTube, there were many other views not on YouTube as well.

Epic Win: TSA blog

The Transportation Security Administration has a blog and a team behind it tasked with maintaining it. This is extraordinary: a government agency connecting with the public it serves in a direct way without the buffer of traditional media.

Yes, the TSA is being taken to task for various issues by various comments pointing out various issues, but the fact the communication channel has been opened is extraordinary in government in general, and even more so in the national security area.

It would be nice if the blog team responded to a few more comments directly, but the reality is that the complex world of a large organization, the law, politics, Congress and public opinion may mean that the blog team can not always post or reply candidly or quickly. There is still progress to be made.

This is a win because the TSA is doing something very American which few security forces of any nation in history have ever allowed: they are letting the public openly critique and complain on a forum they created and control.

These early efforts at transparency and public engagement can lead them to vast improvements, and I hope they continue in this direction. The efforts of the men and women of the TSA, a new agency, have been effectively guarding air traffic on both routine flights and special occasions (e.g., Katrina evacuation) for about seven years. With this social media dialog and other communication, perhaps the gulf between those securing the skies and the passengers flying them can be bridged leading to efficient, safe and convenient air travel.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Girl vs Car (flash)

Pedestrian hit by car, stands up smiling (rated PG-13).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Famous Failures (flash)

On persevering no matter how many times you have failed in life (rated PG).

Pet Hippo (flash)

A South African family has a hippo living in their house as a pet (rated PG).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Video Matters: YouTube Surpasses Yahoo as #2 Search Engine

ComScore's most U.S. search engine Rankings for August 2008 suggest that YouTube achieves a greater level of search traffic than Yahoo. If you were to consider YouTube's integrated search a regular search engine, you would have to hand Google the top two spots for search engine traffic. In combination, Google has about four times the search traffic of Yahoo and more than ten times the search traffic of Microsoft's MSN sites

(from TG Daily).

Bike Hero (flash)

Homage to Guitar Hero on a bicycle (rated PG).

Roomba Driver (flash)

Cat rides a Roomba (rated PG).

Ghost Town: Episode 1 (flash)

Jacob and Marley are in a drought and haven't seen any paranormal activity in months. That's until they see a news report about a kid who hasn't slept in 13 days. (rated PG).

Ghost Town on facebook

Monday, November 17, 2008

Roommate Alien Prank Goes Bad (flash)

Chad hates aliens, a lot (rated R).

Everytime - Mike Relm (flash)

Morning routine that rewinds to the not routine (rated R).

Epic Win: Hulu Support

After I posted about Hulu skipping, Hulu took note, and is effective and engaged enough to comment back. Their support person, Ilya Haykinson, commented with links to concise Hulu technical requirements and one of the more effective support request forms I've ever seen.

Hulu's monitoring of the blogosphere, prompt personal response and clear useful documentation keep me a fan, show they care, and get them this flattering blog post ;-). In his Keynote at NewTeeVee Live 08 Hulu CEO Jason Kilar says Hulu works to "Listen. Take action (quickly)." They do. This makes them the "brain-spray awesome quality" they want to be.

Facebook Changes Everything (flash)

Co-workers hardly working when the New Girl inspires them to use Facebook for evil (rated PG-13).

Not Gonna Click on Your Youtube (flash)

Viral music video of refusal to promote viral videos on YouTube (rated PG-13).

Friday, November 14, 2008

Stick Fight (flash)

Kung Fu stick figure fight with Pulp Fiction soundtrack (rated R).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Martix Runs Windows (flash)

If the movie matrix ran windows it would be less menacing and more scary (rated PG-13).

YouTube 'Good Video' Contest (flash)

The Onion News Network's story about YouTube offering a cash prize to the first user to upload a video with a shred of originality or artistic merit (rated PG-13).

Friday, November 7, 2008

Claymation Chess (flash)

Clay animation chess game (rated PG).

Blogger Feeds as Sitemaps with FeedBurner (and Google Webmaster Tools)

...if you have a site whose original feed redirects traffic to FeedBurner (for example, if you use Blogger redirection, or you use our FeedSmith plugin for WordPress), you will need to give Webmaster Tools the address of a feed that does not get redirected as a sitemap source.
For Blogger users, the following general feed URL format should always work:

http://mybloggerblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?redirect=false
For WordPress FeedSmith plugin users, use this URL format:

http://www.mywpblog.com/?feed=rss2
For other platforms, other feed URL variations that are not redirected are what you need to provide.

(from FeedBurner Forums).

CNN Hologram (flash)

Jessica Yellin as a hologram beamed into the studio (rated PG).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Did You Know? (flash)

The exponential growth of available information in our society and what might happen in the future (rated PG).