Shortish linkdump tonight, mainly because I wanted to post the video at the end.
Six ways to get ahead this year — new years’ resolutions that makes sense for anyone working at a company. I try to do a few of these already, but more don’t hurt. And they’re not as smarmy as the “Is this good for the company?” banner in Office Space. Via The Consumerist.
Last, we’ve got the ever-equipmented Vincent Laforet, who’s currently using a mix of Canon and Red equipment (sometimes both) to shoot a surfing short. See some behind the scenes footage for more creative photo gear combinations.
OK — here’s the video. I’m a fan of Eddie Izzard and Dara O’Briain for smart stand-up comedy; tonight on Videosift, I find that they’ve been posting stand-up clips from Bill Bailey, who up till now I’ve only seen in clips from QI. (Go sign their petition to release the DVD in the US — want intelligent funnythings on TV please!). Play. Laugh. Enjoy.
Bill Bailey on “Acts of God” rental insurance clauses:
Consumerist had a *great* start to 2009; they were purchased from Gawker Media (who wasn’t giving them any love due to no company wanting to advertise on the site) by Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports. It makes sense, is absolutely great, and means more posts like this cheat sheet to strange food expiration date codes.
For the how-things-work people, here’s a video outlining how the Hibernia Atlantic repairs undersea fiber optic cables. I’d heard about fusion splicers before (they start at $20k and go up from there) which bond broken ends of fiber optic cables; I had no idea they were as automated as the one in this video! Via Reddit.
From the Life magazine archives on Google, this picture shows something interesting and possibly weird going on at a bowling alley. I can see Derek Flint participating in a sport like that.
And now, a video made possible with inexpensive editing and compositing software, and a man or few with lots of time on their hands, that reminds me of reading USEnet TV-show crossover humor fiction stories fifteen years ago(!?): Star Trek meets Doctor Who: The Christmas Special. Thank you, Reddit and Mind Grapes.