Here are my favorite videos, a new one each month!
Stupidity and/or corruption.
I always wondered about the computational aspects of the moon landing, and this video explains it beautifully.
Impressive student project, should be all over the news. Is this actually the first vehicle (of any type, but with a driver) doing 0-100 km/h in less than a second?
Not sure I am the target audience, but Yaeji is what I'm listening this summer. (Here is an older track with an actual video.)
The Map Men are back!
I participated in a panel (a "conversation") on the connection between generative artificial intelligence and modern art at Art Basel. That was a cool experience.
Here are George Michael and Morrissey, two of the biggest pop stars at the time, discussing a book on Joy Division. This setup does not translate well into 2023.
Here is the official interview of state-affiliated media BBC with Elon Musk. It's an enjoyable video, definitely recommended. But below is the bit the BBC conveniently did not include. Now that bit is hilarious.
Just three days before Credit Suisse was handed over to UBS, the infamous "Inside Paradeplatz" reported that the Credit Suisse head of IT Joanna Hannaford was given 6 Million Swiss Francs as a welcome bonus for her introduction to the board of Credit Suisse. Probably Ms. Hannaford deserves that, because she knows IT like nobody else? Checking her linkedin reveals that she indeed studied computer science, not just at one but at two universities: Anglia Ruskin University and Staffordshire University. Both universites are not among the top UK universities, not even by a long shot. Anglia Ruskin is in Cambridge (one may say it's "the other university" in Cambridge). Apparently royalty goes there to prevent being challenged (by a tough academic curriculum or by annoying commoners?). With Credit Suisse going down, Swiss taxpayers now pay the bonuses of royalty? (The video is lots of fun by the way, especially if you're curious about Swiss German.)
Just another episode in the fun and educational "Great Moments in Unintended Consequences" series.
It's Davos time again!! By 2023, it seems pretty obvious that Davos is a textbook Orwellian organization. So why does the media talk about Davos? Why does nobody boycott the Davos sponsors? And why are so many scientists attending Davos? If Davos asks you to attend, just say no! (The video below is a classic exchange with the head Davos guy from the Netherlands.)
Finishing the year with a popular music education video by Trash Theory.
Dave Chappelle was low on my list for people risking to getting cancelled. But here we are. Where does this end? With Jon Stewart? (Here is Jon's excellent response to Dave's bit.)
Flipping the Computational Thinking class, and as a result, we are producing tons of short videos. Here is the official Youtube channel. Below is a Halloween version of one of our videos. (And here is another one.)
Björk is simply stunning.
Alex G's new album is out. Some of the most excellent but understated songwriting we can have today.
Tons of fun videos at Foil Arms and Hog.
This video has aged well.
My first tape on repeat, and my first concert: Depeche Mode. RIP, Fletch.
Mr. Bean gets it.
The new album by Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul is so much fun. Every track is a banger. The whole album with lyrics can be found here.
The world would be a better place if no politician was allowed to stay in office for more than one term. It gets to their head, and as this video shows, so much more than just that. One of the best things in Switzerland is that the president is pretty much a random and unknown minister that changes every year. Switzerland should limit the term as minister to at most 7 years.
B99, the show our whole family could agree on.
I started this one video each month tradition in January 2010. You will find the early years here.