Monday, 30 June 2014

Record Jump

Did you play with Hot Wheels as a kid? I did and I'm sure I'm not alone. But how about this for a setup. Breaking the world record for the longest car jump in a four-wheeled vehicle at the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th 2011. Watch as the Yellow Driver, Tanner Foust, drops 10 stories down 90 feet of orange track and soars 332 feet through the air.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Speed Boil

On the various bushcraft courses I have taken part in, we are taught how to build a fire. The best and most efficient techniques, what materials are good and which are bad, lighting in various ways etc. But I have never seen anything like this. I have no information on the video. It looks to be some kind of challenge to get water boiling as quickly as possible. A lumberjack competition perhaps? What I can say is that these guys are very slick and very impressive.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Live Cyber Warfare

We often hear that the next great war will be fought in cyberspace rather than in the "real world" but is it already being waged? Under normal circumstances, the goings on of darknets, hackers and cyber-criminals is invisible to the average user. Now though a security company has produced a fascinating geographic map that shows you global hacking attempts in real-time and it doesn't need studying for very long before a distinct pattern of China v USA emerges.

The real-time map is maintained by the Norse security company and it shows who’s hacking who and what attack vectors are being used. Norse maintain a series of honeypots to collect the data and often capture fully coordinated attacks against a single target. View the map here. More information on how the data is collected can be found here.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Seal of Approval

Regular readers of e-clecticism will know that I post a lot of videos. Some are funny, some are astonishing, some are educational. But every now and then I come across one that just makes you smile. I have watched this one several times now and it never fails to bring me joy.

Some divers took GoPro cameras with them when they dove off the Farne Islands and hit the jackpot with some very inquisitive seal pups.

Seal of Approval from Jason Neilus on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

You Spin Me...

Progressive (Photo credit: CarbonNYC)
I'm sure you don't think about the fact that the earth is spinning very often do you? Like for me, it is a fact that gets lost in the day to day of our lives but if you stop and consider it, you'll realise that it is very important that it keeps going. The disasters that would befall us are immense but more than that...We would gain weight! Vsauce, as usual, explain everything.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Silver Screen Selfie

Another pointless video that makes me chuckle. A montage of movies that makes famous characters look like they're taking selfies as they go about the scene. Perhaps a nod to how we love to self-document every event in our lives or maybe just a laugh. Either way, enjoy!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Quick Draw

I really wish I was good at drawing, but more specifically like this. Using marker pens to create a simple yet beautiful design and sped up with an iPhone.

dailydraw timelapse 5 from elfandiary on Vimeo.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Musicless Video

This maybe the greatest video I have ever posted and I defy you to not laugh. I have posted some a-capella videos before but how about a music video with no music! This is Mick Jagger and David Bowie not singing their 80's hit, Dancing In The Streets. Thanks to Roo for suggesting it.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Whole Lotta Drums

English: John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
English: John Bonham - Led Zeppelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With the proliferation of rock band video games and isolated tracks posted to Youtube at the moment there is plenty of opportunity for us to listen to the nuances of drum grooves we may feel we know by heart, such as John Bonham’s driving beat behind Led Zeppelin’sWhole Lotta Love". Back when this was recorded the drum track was all about feeling. As a result of the recording techniques of the time, drum tracks tended to sound like a single instrument since they were recorded with only two or three mics capturing the space around the kit, rather than the sound of individual pieces. With that in mind you realise this is just an astonishing moment in music history.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Samurai In Brazil

With the World Cup in full swing, it would be remiss of me not to post something with a connection. A Japanese Samurai visits Brazil and and schools the locals in freestyle skills. A commercial for noodles featuring Japan's freestyle champion, Kotaro Tokuda.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Portal: Terminal Velocity

Film-maker Jason Craft undertook a big complicated project and nailed it. This is his interpretation of what a real Portal gun would be like if one existed. Based on the video game, Portal. He tried to match the game as close as possible. Consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection, you can see a side-by-side comparison of the real footage and the final composite below the first video.

Portal: Terminal Velocity from Jason Craft on Vimeo.

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Snowy Sequoia

For the cover of the December 2012 edition of National Geographic, photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols and his team wanted to capture a complete image of the 3000 year old giant tree, "The President". A feat that that had never been managed before due to the massive size of this wonderful tree. It took them 32 days and a mosaic of 126 images but they finally got it. Below the final photo (which you can click to enlarge) is a video of them in action.

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Friday, 6 June 2014

Resource Furniture

Ron Barth, President of Resource Furniture­, demonstrates and explains their amazing line of Italian-designed space-savers. Some of these are genius. A big thanks to Al for pointing this one out to me.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

What Will I Draw?

A regular feature of Mary Doodles is producing art from some randomly drawn lines. She says it usually takes her around 10-15 minutes to get inspired. I'm sure you'll agree it is worth the wait. :-)

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014


Lee Thompson, who owns a travel company, made full use of the rare opportunity given to him to climb to the top of the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro. Mr Thompson spent 25 minutes climbing the 130-foot statue and had to navigate dangerous narrow steps to get to the peak. You can see his pictures here.

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Jedi Performance

A Swedish street musician by the name of Anders Flanderz takes the prize for the craziest, yet coolest, rendition of the Star Wars theme I have ever heard. Anders is clearly strong with the force and you can find his one man band on the streets of Stockholm.

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