Gus writes, "How does the Internet cross the ocean? Ask a random person and they will probably guess 'satellites' — it just seems easier than wires, right?"
The Media Show’s latest episode deals with the common misconception that your packets take to the air when you try to reach sites overseas. Puppets Weena and Erna use their favorite strategy — brutalizing their sock-puppet interns — to show what happens to the undersea cables that bring you your favorite animés or news from international protests.
Featuring a cameo from Jean-Claude Van Damme, international star of many action movies and, thanks to his team and Funny Or Die, star of license-free greenscreen footage that pretends it's from action movies! (We’re not sure JCVD’s team expected this footage to end up in an educational video, but we hope they appreciate the results. Thanks for contributing to the commons, JCVD!)
(Incidentally, The Media Show is looking to evolve to its next stage. Channels looking to support and produce innovative digital education content and/or Adbusters-like media jamming are encouraged to get in touch with the show by email — themediashow at gmail.)
One of the smartest, most interesting people I ever knew once told me about a time when he got really interested in the problem of calculating the orbits of the planets based on the idea tha the Earth was stationary and everything was moving relative to it (this being one of the corollaries of the […]
Jan Hakon Erichsen is a Norwegian artist whose Destruction Diaries series chronicles his creation of a series of bizarre, whimsical and delightful machines for popping balloons and undertaking other acts of minor mayhem.
Victoria Hogan writes, "My fiancee and I made a short film about creativity, yearning, and the scary forces of technology that might interact with those desires. More than a few people have called this a ‘Three Minute Black Mirror Episode’ - though to me, it’s more about living with the difficulties of pursuing your passion […]
If your office works at all, it uses Microsoft Office. Those icons for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook are as familiar around some workplaces as the coffee machine. So familiar, in fact, that they get taken for granted – and rarely used to their full potential. Whether you need a crash course in the essential tools […]
It’s a great time to be a maker. 3D printers are on store shelves for anyone to buy, and coder kits like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are letting kids as young as 9 or 10 dive into the Internet of Things. Here are a few examples of our favorite tech toys, all priced low enough […]
Want to make a hit? The right software is out there for anyone, but any music producer will tell you that finding the right sound can still take time and talent. Still, the right tools are a great shortcut, which makes this Synth & Sound Pack Bundle absolutely priceless. And now that it’s on sale […]