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Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad

An absolutely astonishing demonstration of a vector drawing application from 1962.

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Infinite Mario AI

Incredible demo video from one of the entrants in the Super Mario AI competition. mentioned previously on Extra Future. See also: The project page, which explains the process behind the AI.

The developer says he’ll release the source code once the contest is over.

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Code Rush, A Documentary About the Beginning of the Mozilla Project, Now in Creative Commons

Thanks to the efforts of Andy Baio.

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William Shatner Performs Sarah Palin’s Speech as Poetry

A truly Shatnerian performance. There is music and everything. Glorious. Thank you, Conan.

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Auto-Tune the News #6

If you haven’t been watching these, you’ve been missing out.

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Ian Hickson on Codecs for

Mozilla won’t support H.264, Apple won’t support Ogg, Google will support both, and Microsoft won’t say. Doubt this will change anytime soon, which really makes me sad.

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Man Tears Car Apart With His Bare Hands, Sets It On Fire

In what can only be described as a historical reenactment of a Street Fighter bonus stage.

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Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version

One of the most insane videos of the 1980s gets the Literal treatment. Plenty of good moments, here. “What the effing crap?” indeed.

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The Vendor Client Relationship

This is how pretty much every major client I’ve ever had does things. It is a lot less funny when you are waiting on thousands instead of dozens of dollars.

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MPAA shows how to Video Record a TV set

This is, apparently, not a joke. What it is, is 4 minutes of some poor hired goon trying to pretend like this isn’t the biggest pain in the ass of thing to attempt. The video summary says:

At the DMCA 1201 hearings at the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, representatives from the MPAA showed a video demonstrating how users can videorecord a TV set. They argue this is an acceptable analog alternative to breaking copy protection on a DVD.

The mind reels.

via @siracusa

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Hausu (1977) “Killer Lampshade”

Stick with this clip. I think by friday it may still be high in the running for most batshit thing I’ve seen all week.

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Jason Scott’s Presentation on Platform Studies from Notacon 6

In short: Context is king. His central theme seems to be that simply looking at the rulesets of old games is missing the point. The platform itself informs the game to a huge degree.

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PBS Video on demand

This is fantastic. PBS, in honor of it’s 40th anniversary, is putting up tons of content onto it’s site, viewable on-demand. Including: American Masters, Frontline, and the biggest draw to me right now: Nova.

The problem: Like most video sites, it’s region-locked. Can’t be viewed outside the US. Shame.

by way of the blue

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Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Substance of Style”, Exploring the Influences of Wes Anderson

An essay with video annotation in five parts: Schulz, Welles, Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, J.D. Salinger and an Annotated video of the opening to The Royal Tenenbaums. See also: The House Next Door.

(via Kottke)

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Teaser Trailer for Mike Judge’s New Film: “Extract”

General release on September 4th. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. Let’s hope it doesn’t get stuck in Movie Hell like Idiocracy.

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I Just Saw You, What Are You Talking About?

One of my favorite clips from Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.