You know how when you put some water onto a hot pan, and it forms those little droplets that bounce around before disappearing? That’s apparently called the Leidenfrost effect, and if you want to see it filmed at 3,000 frames per second, this is the post for you. Enjoy. [Pop Sci]
Here’s Mark Wahlberg’s Oscar reel, where he points out that he is the titular guy in “The Fighter.” Not you, not you and certainly not you, Justin Timberlake.
This is basically the best thing ever. Google has launched Teach Parents Tech, a site featuring 50 how-to videos that explain the basic technological questions your parents always ask you. On the one hand, it’s an extremely useful tool and a shortcut for people who need a quick explanation for how to do something with their computer. On the other hand, if I send this to my mom, I’ve admitted failure in my 482 attempts to teach her how to chat online. Still, this is excellent.
If you liked “Inception” but were confused by the rules concerning how time moved in the various dream levels, you are in luck! This video breaks it down and shows these things side-by-side. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this will ruin the entire thing for you, so just wait a day and see it tomorrow when it hits DVD.
I’m a sucker for any time-lapse video. Is it because they say something about the ineffable nature of the human condition, that innate knowledge that life is moving faster than we can understand, and it was doing this before us and will certainly keep on chugging after we’re gone? Or is it because they are pretty, short and sum things up perfectly for someone like me, with the attention span of a hamster? Whichever. Flower!
Seven years after his death, Johnny Cash remains a strong and vivid musical presence. If you enjoy the Man in Black, check out this awesomeness: The Johnny Cash Project produced a crowdsourced music video for “Ain’t No Grave,” made up of visual images and organized by the guy behind that HTML5 Arcade Fire video for “The Wilderness Downtown.” Watch (click here for a bigger version):
This video from Prague is long, but very, very cool. [Kottke]