Year: 2017

  • Casey Neistat – Disrupter of Broadcast News?

    Two of the three commercials run by Samsung during this year’s Academy Awards were basically showing us why their phones will not explode, the final spot of the evening featured mega-YouTube star Casey Neistat and dared anyone with imagination to become the next star. It’s an inspirational advertisement that only peripherally features Samsung but is […]

  • Japan’s view of celebrity

    With the Oscars coming up tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share this performance by Japanese comedian Yuriyan Retriever where she nails (as in totally skewers) the genre of the overly emotional acceptance speech.

  • Finnish YouTube

    Finnish YouTube

    Wanna see stuff getting crushed by hydraulic press? This is the right channel for you. That’s is the description for the Hydraulic Press Channel, a YouTube channel where they, uh, crush things. Tyler found this stuff. The channel has been around for a few years already and they even made a video for Obama’s White House. It’s nostalgic […]

  • A more innocent time

    In the early 60’s two guys made a radio show out of wandering the streets and playing pranks of the unsuspecting locals. In this episode Coyle and Sharpe wander into a drug store to ask for “operating equipment” so he can operate on his friend. “He’s got a pain in there and I’m just going […]

  • Edelman’s Epic Catch

    Edelman’s Epic Catch

    4th quarter, just over 2 minutes to go, Patriots are down by 8. Julian Edelman grabs the pass while surrounded by three defenders, not only grabs the pass, snags it just after it bounced off one of the defender’s knees. This was the turning point. The Pats moved it down the field to tie it […]

  • Budweiser Founded by an Immigrant

    Budweiser Founded by an Immigrant

    They say this commercial was in development for a long time so they either had a few alternates ready to go or were just extremely prescient. Either way, Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad airing this Sunday will be sure to tap into what is on everyone’s mind in a way that only a few national brands […]

  • Caught in the Crossfire

    Caught in the Crossfire

    The hastily announced executive order banning people from several Middle Eastern countries for 90 days and all refugees for four months caused confusion, anguish, and anger across the United States this past weekend. As I monitored the stories that were coming in from airports across the nation, it was the stories of innocent people caught […]

  • Crazy Scooter Driver

    I don’t think you’ll see this video on any GoPro’s promotional material. I believe this video was taken in Vietnam.

  • Kindness and Tact

    Kindness and Tact

    One of the local sushi restaurants, Kamakura, suffered a fire a few weeks ago and people have been writing letters to the local paper in support of the restaurant, it’s staff, and the beloved owner, the 92-year old Faith Yamato. Today’s Alameda Journal has the following story which gives you a sense of Faith and […]

  • California and Sanctuary Cities

    California and Sanctuary Cities

    I think it’s charming that the California State Legislature opens the session with a prayer from a Buddhist priest. I also love that the Governor begins the swearing in of the new Attorney General with a jocular, “Are you ready?” and ends with a casual, “That’s it! Congratulations!” But if you want to skip ahead […]