Category: Video

“Nafurahi” translates to “Happy”

Pharrell Williams made his song “Happy” freely available to use and encouraged people all over the world to make their own videos for the song. Hundreds of groups have taken him up on the offer, but most are lip-dubs or dancing to the original recording.

This one is a full cover version in Swahili, liberally sprinkled with French, from the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The performers, from KivuYouth Entertainment, are awesome.

I have an abiding love for Afro-French rock. My favorite of the genre being Wock. And special thanks to Ursarodinia for finding this and passing it along.

V838 Light Echo — The Movie

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What caused this outburst of V838 Mon? For reasons unknown, star V838 Mon suddenly became one of the brightest stars in the entire Milky Way Galaxy. Then, just a few months later, it faded.

A stellar flash like this has never been seen before — supernovas and novas expel a tremendous amount of matter out into space. Although the V838 Mon flash appeared to expel some material into space, what is seen in the above eight-frame movie, interpolated for smoothness, is actually an outwardly moving light echo of the flash. The actual time-span of the above movie is from 2002, when the flash was first recorded, to 2006.

In a light echo, light from the flash is reflected by successively more distant ellipsoids in the complex array of ambient interstellar dust that already surrounded the star. Currently, the leading model for V838’s outburst was the orbital decay and subsequent merging of two relatively normal stars. V838 Mon lies about 20,000 light years away toward the constellation of Monoceros, while the largest light echo above spans about six light years in diameter.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

I love music videos

I love music videos!

That they were killed by opportunist schmucks making money from the lowest common denominator of entertainment – so-called reality TV – just makes their absence more painful.

I loved MTV from Day 1. I love every kind of real music, love cinema and video, hate what happened to MTV and VH1 when they were sold off for gigantor profits.

No one had the heart and the backbone to simply take their place when the creepy new owners wandered off into peddling the boring lives of meat puppets.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

Pundits’ Ukraine talking points ignore the real issues

Ukraine bites
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Mark Fiore is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and animator whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and dozens of other publications. He is an active member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, and has a website featuring his work.

Octopus hates paparazzi

The 56-year-old Warren Murray was diving off Bluefish Cove in Carmel, Calif., earlier this month, with his friend David Malvestuto, 34, when he apparently got a bit too close to an eight-foot-long octopus. The two divers were just trying to capture some of the coast’s remarkable underwater sea creatures on film, but this octopus didn’t appreciate the attention.

The octopus swam quickly toward Murray and latched onto his camera. But when the Redwood City resident started snapping pictures and the flash went off the tentacled creature quickly scooted away. Luckily, his diving partner Malvestutu captured the brief skirmish on video.

I can imagine the octopus complaining about gentrification of the neighborhood – what with fancy cameras and all.

My mate in Oz traded in his Tiger for a KTM

In motorcycle speak, that means he went from a Triumph motorcycle to one from KTM – with more power, advanced suspension. He can scare himself even easier, now.

The video reminds me much of the southern Rockies – especially here in the dry end in New Mexico.

Helmet camera is a Drift Ghost S.

When he’s not blogging about environmental and other political issues in Australia, he finds time to work for a living – and play outdoors. His blog is listed over there on the right of the page – Blog that should not be.