Vi Hart Makes a Video about Makeing a Video about How She Makes Her Videos

I’ve shared a few of Vi Hart’s videos before, they are a gift to anyone who wants to make math fun because they are fun and about math. She made a documentary with ebstudioslive about how she makes he videos then she made a video about how he made that video, and all her other videos.

Recursion is fun…

Kid’s Reaction to Empire Strikes Back Reveal is Amusing…

I don’t remember a time before I knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, in fact even though I watched Empire when I was pretty young I’m fairly sure someone spoiled it for me before I saw the film.

There are so many films I’d love to watch again without knowing what I now know about them.

Interestingly for some reason Luke’s paternal revelation affected me when I was a kid, for some reason I thought that the villain in every children’s TV show was the father of the hero. Megatron was Optimus Primes Father, Skeletor was He-Man’s father etc… That was weird…

Via Topless Robot.

It started with the Desert…


I’ve seen this video and had to suffer it now you too must… Apparently in 1992 a Pakistani band were commissioned to write a song for Saudi Arabia’s national day (The 23rd of September). This abomination of a video is apparently the only surviving recording of it… It’s been put on youtube and it looks like it was captured of a seriously screwed video tape.

The Logo in the top left corner is the logo of the state run English television station “Saudi 2”, often referred to as Ghaseb Ithneen, which translates roughly to Forced Two, because it’s the only TV channel you can receive anywhere in the country, this is less the case nowadays due to the wide spread adoption of satellite TV.

Satellite TV is quite controversial in Saudi as there is no control over what is on it, and it’s seen by some to be a corrupting influence on the people. Every now and then some religious leader will put out a fatwa stating that they are an abomination and some crazy people in rural areas will go out and shoot people satellite dishes with shotguns. This doesn’t happen in more westernized areas, my dad for instance has 4 dishes up on the roof…

The lyrics are apparently:

Started with the desert (x2)

Came from the desert (x2)

Came in September (x4)

Life was so difficult nothing in the desert, suddenly with the help of God lfie became much better, proudly attracted by wisdom of the founder (x4)

History to remember desert life was harder, King Saud, Faisal, Khalid and Fahad, together stronger they are the maker (x4)

Make with the desert (x2)

Rise in the desert. divided in th desert, start in September (x4)

Life began in desert (x8)

King Abdul-Aziz (x4)

“Hey this is the song Saudi Arabia, sing the song with us, HEEEYYY OYEE!!!”, Malik Fahad Bin Abdul-Aziz Al- Sauuuddddd, day by day they build up (x2)

Time to time they prosper (x2)

Resided together (x4)

No office were in desert no park were in desert no roads were in desert no cars were in desert (x2)

The flower the water the park in the desert (x4)

Students were zero now they are the million hospitals were zero now they are the hundred (x2)

Pleasure and prosper with guidance of the leader (x2)

King Fahad King Fahad the leader of the nation (x2)

Oil reserve are here (x2)

Gold reserve are here (x2)

LOVE Saudi Arab (x4)

King Fahad is the thinker (x4)

King Fahad is the leader (x4)

We LOVE King Fahad (x4)

Clifford Stoll 18 Minute TED Talk


This guy is my hero, I remember reading The Cuckoo’s Egg in high school, a true story written by him about how he caught a KGB agent hacking into the department of defence network using an Apple Mac back before there was a internet, and feeling inspired.

He has a wonderful mind and has some good things to say here, he’s also by the looks of things completely nuts, I can’t believe that after all this time (It must be 15 or so years since I read his book) I’ve put a face to the name…

Inability to sit still.

I find it milldly amusing that two stumbles in a row stumbled upon gave me something to do with not being able to sit still. Especially when I’m feeling like I’d rather be running around the house than, doing work.

The first a quote by Blaise Pascal:

“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room.”

And the second a video by Keith Schofieled about drugs.
The video is actually a music video of a song called “I can’t sit still” by Wintergreen with the method of synthesizing a number of mind altering substances using household ingredients, you can find the original video here.
As a T-Totaler I’m don’t really condone drug use, but I find it interesting that despite the amount of legislation there is out there on this kind of stuff that it’s that easy to do.
Do not try this at home, you might kill yourself if you get it wrong.
Video after the break… (Warning it autoplays, I’ve tried to get it not to)
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