Viral Video Vendredi – Sept 16, 2011

I find ‘sport’ fascinating.  Born and raised in Canada, I see fans who are very passionate about Ice Hockey on a regular basis.  When I was traveling, I saw several examples of countries that take pride in a national sport.  India was absolutely in love with Cricket (which I find astounding from a British cultural standpoint and how kids with nearly no possessions still find a way to get a cricket bat and a tennis ball.)   In Ireland, it felt like everyone was talking about Hurling, and in New Zealand, images of the All-Blacks seemed to be everywhere.  The Rugby World Cup started this past week in New Zealand and Canada beat Tonga to start pool play, I’m not sure they will win another match.

What I find most interesting about sports, specifically spectator sports, is how attached a fan base can connect to the team that represents their city or their country.  These men (and occasionally women) are modern day gladiators who compete on our behalf.  The greatest of these athletes may get showered with Fame and Wealth.  There are many who are admired as heroes even though they don’t actually do anything that could be considered heroic (unless you count exceptional hand-eye coordination and thousands of hours of repetition to be worthy of teenagers treating these men as idols.)

That said, the video that ESPN put together for their ‘sports century’ is so fantastically well done that the music used to accompany the clips and the emotions on display in the video taps into what feels like some primal place and really connects me to a shared (primarily North American) experience.

Yes the video is over 10 years old, but the champions will always be remembered as champions (well, most of them anyway).

Viral Video Vendredi – September 9, 2011

It’s video Friday again; and this time, it’s the Funkasaurus Rex edition:

All three videos are from the band the Black Keys 2010 album “Brothers”.  I was first introduced to the band in the summer of 2007 when the two piece sounded HUGE at Lollapalooza.  The band certainly takes their music seriously, but they have lots of fun with their Videos.  Up first is a video for the song “Tighten Up” from Brothers that was released a few months before the ‘official‘ (but also funny) video came out:

Frank the Funkasaurus Rex really liked pushing the album, so he got a bigger budget for his next video showcasing the song Next Girl:

Frank was unfortunately relegated to a non-dancing cameo role in my favorite music video from the past 12 months, Howlin’ For You.  The video premiered on IMDB as the trailer for the film of the same name, but has since made it over to the YouTube.  I can’t believe that Foo Fighters beat out this video at the MTV VMA’s this year; behold it, in its awesomeness:


Hopefully, I’ll get around to actually adding something to this blog other than linking to videos in the coming year.

Viral Video Vendredi – September 2, 2011

Let’s see if I can pull off a weekly feature on this site.  The plan is to give you wonderful folks something to waste time with each Friday.

I’m not usually going to link to something that is currently viral; instead I’m going to pull from the past videos that went viral ages ago or that I think should have gone viral, simply because I think they are awesome.

The first two are fascinating TED talks all about choice.  First is Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent talk about Spaghetti Sauce:

Malcolm looks like an AWESOME public speaker from this talk, but he works really, really hard to look that comfortable.  He rehearses each talk dozens of times before giving it, and you can tell where he is ad-libbing at the start, with far more pauses, and then settles into the story he has rehearsed over and over again.

To provide the next piece of information on choice I offer Barry Schwartz on the Paradox of Choice:

Next week, perhaps some music videos…