Monthly Archives: November 2011

I’ve heard Mars missions described as “hitting a bullseye on a target 100 Million miles away, with a 200 million dollar bullet.” Last Saturday, one of the most complicated scientific machines ever created began its journey to the red planet. If all goes according to plan, the Mars Science Laboratory, and its payload of the Curiosity Rover, will land within a 12 square mile target on August 5th, 2012 to begin searching for whether Mars could support life – either in the distant past or even perhaps the near future.

This is an artist’s rendition of how the MSL will land on Mars, as well as some of the highlights of the journey. If you ever wanted to see just how complicated it was to fire that 200 Million dollar bullet, this is a good place to start.

I say it all the time, but science is awesome!

If you’ve never heard of Bree Sharp, David Duchovny or the song David Duchovny (Why Won’t You Love Me): In 1999, singer/songwriter Bree Sharp penned a witty ode to America’s favorite alien-hunting FBI agent, as played by actor David Duchovny. That song was then transformed into the above cameo-ridden tribute, with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Whoopi Goldberg, KISS, and anyone else who might have happened to be on the Fox lot that day taking a moment to lip-sync their love for the X-Files star. It is one of the coolest nerd bootlegs ever, and someone has gone to the trouble of uploading a remastered version, and dear sir, we salute you.

If you’ve heard of Bree Sharp, David Duchovny, etc.: OMG you guys the David Duchovny video just got reposted in HD OMG OMG OMG! OMG.

On this fine Thanksgiving morning, I find myself elbow deep in pie filling while attempting to execute on a variety of tasty traditional sides. Though I love to cook, I do believe that my life would be a whole lot easier if desserts could just up and bake themselves. I might be a little bias in my excitement toward this concept, possibly because I’m a horrible baker due to my refusal to be precise or follow directions. But who wouldn’t wish to go to bed and have a beautiful batch of chocolate biscuits appear on the counter the next morning?  (via laughing squid)

Now that I got my usual “awesome video” rant out of the way, it’s time for thanks. Thanks for reading, following, and sharing Here’s Some Awesome. We hope you have a happy Turkey Day and don’t forget the Thanksgiving!

I feel I’ve made my love of mashups and remixes abundantly clear by this point, so it should come as no surprise that this week’s post remixes, art, sci-fi, movies, and a healthy dose of the surreal. But here’s another secret: I really love the movie A.I. – I know, I’m maybe the only one, but there’s something about that film that really hit he hard. The questions about the veracity of simulated and/or scripted responses to external stimuli, the inhumanity of humanity, the idea that our evolutionary successors might not be biological but technological – all of these were fascinating ideas to me, and have stuck in my mind every since.

So I’m excited that Pogo, one of the more innovative video remix musicians in the genre, decided to take on the film with a beautiful piece called Davyd. Whether or not you enjoyed the film, there’s a lot worth experiencing here. Pogo really captures a lot of the sweeter aspects of the film, preferring to utilize sounds from the first and third acts almost exclusively, while excluding the darker second act almost entirely.

This is one video best enjoyed via headphones. There’s just so much nuance and musical composition that really comes through with a more isolated soundscape. Either way, it’s a creative new spin on a familiar work of art, and I’m glad to have experienced it.

I try not to get sucked into the cute animal video du jour, but the above is neither cats nor puppies, so I’m bumping it into the category of awesome. Titled “Lovely Owl,” the video depicts owls of various attractiveness involved in a love triangle of sorts.

After you’re finished watching, I strongly suggest a quick visit to Hungover Owls, for some appropriate Friday hilarity.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

This is not awesome, and while I apologize for that, I feel it is important. So you’ll have to forgive me my transgression [edit: and the repost] and know that I’ll be back to my “posting science videos and TED talks” form next week. In the meantime, please watch the video above.

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

Later today Congress will vote on whether or not to effectively destroy the Internet to save an industry that refuses to adapt to the modern world. The Entertainment Industry has lobbied to have the power to shut down any website, anywhere in the world, should they decide it has anything at all to do with copyright infringement. This bill requires no trial – not even proof of infringement – just the word of one industry that their dying business model of artificial scarcity is more important than the future of global communication.

Websites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and even this very small, very nascent blog would become targets for censorship under the wording of this law, and could be blocked or immediately shut down without any recourse. For that matter, had this law been enacted, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube likely would never have existed in the first place, to say nothing of a thousand other smaller websites and startups.

According to the Entertainment Industry, the Internet has changed their business model, and must be destroyed. I, for one, don’t agree.

For more information, please visit the EFF, and if this sounds like something you’d like to fight, you can write Congress here or sign any number of petitions like this one.

Marcel (who’s partially a shell) is probably my favorite thing ever! The tiny googly-eyed shell creature reminds me of a mix of that annoying aunt who complains about everything and a little kid excited to show you how grown-up he is. Turns out these two personalities are the perfect combination of adorable and deadpan! Marcel makes me believe the pains of being so tiny in a way that compels me to hug him then buy him the cutest lint dog in the world.

If you haven’t seen the first Marcel, watch it here.

According to Io9, this music video is the theme song for a 2004 German Star Trek parody film in which “Kirk, Spock, and Scotty are all flamboyant Bavarian homosexuals.” Which is kind of offensive, I suppose. But the video itself is charming. My favorite part is all the bad CGI. And the clapping, of course. And the rapping! Oh yes. There’s rapping. It’s pretty magical, this music video. Enjoy.


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