Remember Merton, the chat roulette improv musician? I checked his youtube page today to see if there were any new videos (lo and behold, he uploaded one a few weeks ago I hadn't seen), and I eventually watched the older ones again.
I remember the first one was really amazing because it was both funny and touching to see how people reacted. I recall when the random woman requests "fireflies" that she almost looked like she was going to cry, and it brought out an emotional response from me while watching it the first few times. There's something amazing about making someone laugh and almost cry in the span of a minute that makes you an instant fan of their work.
What's weird is that if you watch the original video today, you'll see that woman is now a giant blur. You don't get any emotional connection that was there. Later in the video a guy in a backwards ballcap is kind of made fun of and he's now blurry too.
I understand the need for privacy and it's not like the guy behind these videos got model releases from everyone, but it's sad to see a major internet meme take a hit by blurring a really touching scene in what was otherwise an innocuous appearance by a random person.
I've never watched Judge Joe Brown before, but this clip is great for the unexpected deep photography knowledge he drops on the defendant ("Where was your Canon 1D? You expect to get decent handheld shots with a 18-55 kit lens?! Where was your 28-70mm?). via hchamp
I stumbled across Chinese Hammer tonight and fell in love with it for a thousand reasons. Just the thought of someone halfway around the world mimicking a video from 1989 in a move-for-move remake. Also, the mom on the couch crocheting, oblivious to the awesome dancing. Then I posted it to MetaFilter only to find there’s a such thing as YouTube Doubler to play them side by side.
I didn’t know half the delegates are voted on in less than a week. I mean, I knew a lot of races were happening at once, but half the delegates? That’s a quasi-election day right there. This video should help you decide: