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Snag Films

Snag Films is “committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers.” Snag Films allows you to watch full-length documentary films for free and to “snag” a film (to embed, essentially) to put it anywhere on the web. Snag films is up to around 500 films and counting.

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Theremug: Kyle McDonald turns a mug of tea into a Theremin


Theremug from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

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TED Talks, Philip Zimbardo

Video: Philip Zimbardo: How ordinary people become monsters … or heroes

Philip Zimbardo knows what evil looks like. After serving as an expert witness during the Abu Ghraib trials, he wrote The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. From Nazi comic books to the tactics of used-car salesmen, he explores a wealth of sources in trying to explain the psychology of evil.

A past president of the American Psychological Association and a professor emeritus at Stanford, Zimbardo retired in 2008 from lecturing, after 50 years of teaching his legendary introductory course in psychology. In addition to his work on evil and heroism, Zimbardo recently published The Time Paradox, exploring different cultural and personal perspectives on time.

Still well-known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment, Zimbardo in his new research looks at the psychology of heroism. He asks, “What pushes some people to become perpetrators of evil, while others act heroically on behalf of those in need?”

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Common Craft

One of my new year resolutions is to take notice of the things I come across on the web which are simply too good not to share, even if I myself don’t have anything to add to the conversation. Common Craft is one of those things. I think of them a little like the YouTube lovechild of Malcolm Gladwell and Bob Vila. They specialize in elegantly straight-forward video explanations of web phenomena and tools. The dynamic duo behind Common Craft, Lee and Sachi LeFever, recently stopped doing client-videos-for-hire to concentrate on educational rather than promotional content and license their educational content to others.

Visit Common Craft

Here’s a highlight reel:

Video: RSS in Plain English

Video: Wikis in Plain English

Video: Social Networking in Plain English

Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Video: Blogs in Plain English

Video: Twitter in Plain English

Video: Podcasting in Plain English

Video: Social Media in Plain English

Video: Electing a US President in Plain English

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Video: Dog Makes Off with Christmas Bone from Grocery Store

Video: Dog Robs Store for Bone On Christmas(Dog Steals a Bone)

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Charlie Rose Interviews Malcolm Gladwell on Outliers

Video: Charlie Rose interviews Malcolm Gladwell, who recently published the book Outliers

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Townes Van Zandt, Be Here to Love Me

I posted on the Townes Van Zandt documentary Be Here to Love Me a couple years ago. The full video is available on Snag Films.

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“Star Wars” – an a capella tribute to John Williams

Corey Vidal turns the geekiness up to eleven. You might not want to let other people know you watched this.

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Note to Self When Planning a Wedding, Position Bride Away from Pool

Video: Bride in the pool

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Video: Food Court, the Musical, from Improv Anywhere

I don’t know, from the looks on some people’s faces improv might be too much to deal with in real life. Brought to you by the good people at Improve Anywhere. Not nearly as mindbending as Human Mirror project below:

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