Tab Sweep 20: Special All-Video Edition

In which I post, with little or no comment, a variety of unrelated things that are cluttering up my browser and/or newsreader…

It’s been a while, but I think it’s time again for me to close out all those open tabs cluttering up my newsreader. This time, I have a very special all-video Tab Sweep for you. Pop up some corn and settle in…


I’ve mentioned this one before (at least on Twitter and Facebook), but it’s worth another mention. Nina Paley’s brilliant animated film Sita Sings The Blues is now available absolutely free. It looked for a while like the movie would spend eternity in Copyright Jail, but now it’s free, free, FREE! Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that an “animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw” doesn’t particularly sound like a winner, but it is.

Speaking of Copyright Jail, musical Mashups are certainly not new (has it really been five years since The Grey Album brouhaha?), but Kutiman has a new twist: chopping, sampling, and remixing YouTube videos into original works of musical genius. (via 43 Folders.)

I love this palindromic video by Dan & Dan. Watch it forward, watch it backwards… it’s all same. (via BoingBoing.)

Kottke links to a video of Danny MacAskill doing absolutely amazing things on his bicycle. It’s basically parkour on a bike. If you’ve never seen parkour before, there are plenty of PK videos on YouTube.

Also from Kottke comes video of someone inflating a tire with starter fluid and a match. I expect to see this recreated on Mythbusters sometime soon.

One of our favorite video games of the last year is 2D Boy’s World of Goo (it’s great fun, give it a try!). A little while back, Kyle Gabler, the creative force behind World of Goo, release the soundtrack to the game for free. A Goo fan transcribed the music and posted the complete sheetmusic on his web site. Today, 2D Boy links to a video of a 14-minute piano medley of Goo Music by that same fan, Sebastian Wolff.

How To Make a Baby. Ah, so that’s how it works.

Finally, we have a video of Raymond Scott’s classic “Powerhouse” performed entirely on harmonica. So good. It’s like the song was made for harmonica. Those Philharmonicas are really gonna be big, you wait & see. (via Neven Mrgan.)