@BBVBOX: recent guest-tweeted web video picks (boingboingvideo.com)

(Ed. Note: We recently gave the Boing Boing Video website a makeover that includes a new, guest-curated microblog: the "BBVBOX." Here, folks whose taste in web video we admire tweet the latest clips they find. I'll be posting periodic roundups here on the motherBoing.)

  • Richard Metzger: Cheese Zone Link RT @GreatDismal
  • Jesse Thorn: "Buy Me That: A Kid's Survival Guide to TV Advertising", and its weird reverse effect. Link
  • Andrea James: Poisonous platypus part purges predators: Link
  • Jesse Thorn: The future of comedy is Raaaaaaaandy! This dude is about to make you laugh your d**k off. Link
  • Sean Bonner: Hey Ladies! How to pee in public. Link
  • Jesse Thorn: Some serious insight on Michael Jackson from @jsmooth995's The Ill Doctrine: Link
  • Jesse Thorn: New Weird Al: "Skipper Dan" about broken dreams. Link
  • Richard Metzger: This lady will make you feel so smart. The Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy Link
  • Richard Metzger: Supervan! Charles Bukowski as 'Wet T-Shirt Contest Water Boy (uncredited)' according to IMDB Link
  • Jesse Thorn: Video recorded by Edison of people on the waterslide at the legendary Sutro Baths in San Francisco in 1897: Link

More @BBVBOX: boingboingvideo.com


  1. My brother knocked his two front teeth out going down a slide head-first like that. I do not recommend it.

  2. Wow, it doesn’t look like they’re even waiting One-Mississippi between sliders! Scary!

  3. omg its almost like they are having unadulterated fun.

    quick someone cover the soccer mums eyes.

  4. Be sure to watch “The Sprinkler Rainbow Conspiracy” while thinking about Global Warming.

  5. Sutro Baths was still in operation into the 1950s. The water was salt water from the ocean. It was next to Seal Rock and the Cliff House in San Francisco. There were several pools of different sizes and temperatures. You changed into your swim gear in a dressing room. I think they supplied the towels. There was also a full size skating rink in the building. The top level was the street level and housed a museum. It was there I saw a Tucker car.
    The cliffs opposite to Sutro Baths had been plastered to make them look like rock. They were actually of aggregate. Sutro had a mansion at the top.
    He made his money in the Comstock Lode mainly by knowing when to sell to a bigger fool. He was mayor of San francisco. Almost nothing remains of the many things he built in SF.

  6. “VIDEO recorded by Edison”?!

    Never mind that it was acquired on film. The early Edison footage I’ve seen was really a reanimated sequence of the individual frames he photographed, allegedly to copyright each and every picture on paper. After the nitrate stock disintegrated, those visual records remained. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. Someone can embellish if I’m off track.

  7. But… but… everything in film prior to 1930 was supposed to be frenetic! Why are the swimmers so slow? Did they dial the frame speed down just for this video?!

  8. See “Harold and Maud” for what became of the Sutro Baths . Of course you can still go there now. It’s just blocks of concrete but there is an eery ness to it.

  9. #9 What scene takes place there in Harold and Maude?

    This is one of my favorite spots in the world. The ruins are fascinating. Seal Rock was the most dangerous cool place in the world. There was this rock bridge that went out to it with the surf crashing at your ankles and nothing to prevent you from falling into the dark, swirling, barking (the seals) abyss. I remember this one dude came into a bar I was tending at and he was wrecked, I asked him what happened and he just said two words, Seal Rock with a look of sheer retrospective terror. Bridge is gone now, probably for safety reasons.

    Kept bringing dates there to make out, one eventually proposed to me on it.

  10. The first cameras were cranked by hand. Motors came later. Sixteen frames/sec was common. They went up to 24 frames when sound came in.
    The hyper realistic Showscan film format uses 60 frames/sec. It makes Imax look pathetic but it never caught on.
    Video frame rate was always 30 frames/sec (60 fields) to be in sync with the AC power source. In Europe it was 25 frames due to 50hz power. In the U.S. to get 60 fields a second they held one film frame for two fields and the next one for three. This is what is meant by 3:2 pulldown. In Europe they just held each frame for two TV fields as the difference between 48 fields/sec and 50 wasn’t visible.
    The DTV format can display 24 frame/sec directly or could if it weren’t for the consumer electornics cartel. While a receiver handles many differet formats it does it by converting it to a native format in the receiver. What that format is isn’t revealed in the specs.

  11. I now totally want one of those Typhoon II toys from the ‘Buy Me That’ link.

    And those kids whining about how it won’t jump from a standing start, and about how it’s hard to control? Sheesh, get in there and explore and practice and modify. It’s a toy FFS! Play with the freaking thing!

    Kids today. Srsly.

  12. Look at them zipping down that slide in quick succession, don’t they know someone could be hurt?!

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