Video plus lipsynching equals fun

You know those days when you come home to an empty house, having spent half the morning in a hospital gown and a doctor doing ultrasound scans on your testicles, and then half the afternoon trying to work your way through a pile of immediate website fixes before getting to the stuff that you promised someone in another unit that you’d finish in two days and that was three and a half weeks ago?

Well, this video is something akin to an antidote to those kind of days. According to this is “just a bunch of Americans mucking around and miming to Harvey Danger‘s ‘Flagpole Sitta’.”

But I think we all know that it’s more than that. This video embodies the hope of a new generation, it questions the fundamentals of western civilisation as we know it, it captures the Zeitgeist of … oh, just watch the video and make up your own mind.

It made me smile.

Google Maps Street View

Have you seen the new feature on Google Maps: Street View? It allows you to see a 360° high-resolution view of certain cities at street level. Currently the only cities available are in the USA (from West to East):

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Denver, CO
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY

Check out the video (imbedded above) on YouTube of the Google Maps Street View; it’s a very entertaining introduction, created by the fine folks at the Googleplex.

Closer to home

I’d love to see this implemented for St Andrews, so that we could use the information on the university website (will mash-ups be available for Street View too?); we currently use Google Maps on the University maps page.

Unfortunately, at the moment the ‘satellite’ view of St Andrews is very low quality on Google Maps.

Microsoft, however, are one step ahead and can provide Scotland’s oldest university with the following wonderful aerial views of St Andrews at Live Search Maps. (The postcode linked to, by the way, is where my office is.)

Battlefield 2 Top Gear remake

Here’s a YouTube video that brings together two of my favourite things: my favourite TV show (Top Gear) and my favourite PC game (Battlefield 2).

It’s a remake within the Battlefield 2 game environment of Jeremy Clarkson’s task to out-manoeuvre a British Army Challenger 2 tank. It lasts about 8 minutes.

(If you can’t view it embedded within this page then you may be able to watch it on the YouTube website.)

Popeye on Family Guy

On Friday night I returned from playing at Powerpoint, Edinburgh and sat up watching two episodes of Family Guy on TV.

This is one of the funniest clips I’ve ever seen. I was crying uncontrollably, with tears rolling down my cheeks. And in the cool light of day, I still find it incredibly funny.

(If you can’t view it here on the blog you may be able to view it on YouTube itself.)