Archive for the ‘videos’ Category

Window Seat on a Model Train

July 26, 2021

Jason Shron built a replica of a passenger train car in his basement, and found a way to simulate a train ride by strapping a tiny video camera to his model railway.”

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“A Tiny Video Camera Lets This Train Enthusiast Ride Along on His Incredibly Detailed Model Railroad,” Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo

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Hey Alexa, what are you doing with those recordings of me?

July 23, 2021

Do you have a smart speaker? At least 20% of U.S. households do. Those speakers are recording you and yours all the time. What happens to those files?

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Pegasus

July 22, 2021

Pegasus spyware can bypass your cellphone’s security and access your emails, messages, GPS location, photos, video, and even turn on your phone’s microphone. Manufacturer NSO Group has sold Pegasus to some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. These clients have used to spy on journalists, world figures, and human rights groups. Read about The Guardian‘s extensive investigation.

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The Chinatown Aesthetic

July 20, 2021

The architecture of “Chinatowns” around the world have a similar style that can be traced back to the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster

July 19, 2021

Commercial airline flights today take longer than the same routes in the 1960s. Why? The same reason your morning commute takes longer: traffic congestion. A video by Sam Denby of Wendover Productions.

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The Bookshop

July 16, 2021

“The Bookshop,” a 1967 sketch featuring John Cleese and Marty Feldman from At Last the 1948 Show.The show got its title as a joke on how long it took BBC TV commissioners to nake programming decisions.

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Music for Truckers: The 1970s

July 15, 2021

Estelle Caswell of Vox outlines trucker country music with country and folk music scholars Travis Stimeling and Nate Gibson. The video starts at a strange on-ramp, but soon gets up to cruising speed. Would have welcomed more discussion of clear channel AM radio stations and their overnight shows for long haul truckers, but a video that long might have exceeded drivers’ hourly limits.

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Lighthouse Lenses

July 14, 2021

Augustin-Jean Fresnel invented a lens that helped lighthouses prevent more shipwrecks. A  Vox video by Phil Edwards.

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Pizzly Bears

July 13, 2021

As their ice sheet hunting grounds melt due to global warming, polar bears are moving inland, and mating with the grizzly bears that live there.

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“Polar Bear-Grizzly Hybrids, Aka Pizzly Bears, May Be Growing More Common Due to Climate Crisis,” Alyse Stanley, Earther

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How High Is Mount Everest?

July 12, 2021

The Himalayas are getting taller. Here’s why. A Vox video by

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