Jason Williams Elbow Pass (Rookie Game 2000) (by thedanger3)
Bruce Sterling / transmediale 2014 afterglow Opening Ceremony (by transmediale)
Perhaps not Sterling’s greatest performance ever but he makes some interesting points towards the end about the need to argue with the status quo by building alternatives. And that the value of these alternatives can be in their rickety nature. A few choice quotes:
“It’s time to build alternative computational systems which reflect our own ethics and values. We can do that.”
“In the tech art world we have to break with our long habit of living off other people’s crumbs. We gotta stop sleeping in the rich guy’s used car.”
“Now that commercial computation has become so slick and seductive. People forget that technology and technology art are hard labour. It’s a tough scrabble when you’re really on the electronic fronteer. And if it’s nothing but decadent pointing and clicking. How do you know if you’re any damn good? You’re good if you’re building something that people can use with some sense of decency.”
[TAS] Super Mario World “Executes Arbitrary Code” in 02:25.19 by Masterjun (by Masterjun3)
How this works is described in the previous post. The tool-assisted speedrun (TAS) phenomenon is pushed beyond its initial intentions and morphs into something altogether different. What it exactly will become I’m not sure but I can imagine people taking videogames and performing them as if they’re instruments of a kind.
11 vs 100 Soccer Match.flv (by iceberglau)
When I saw this posted by Doug I had the following to say:
Reminds me of how back in primary school the best football players would always play against “the soup” — whoever was left over. They would usually have strength in numbers to compensate for lack of skill. I of course was always part of the soup.
More weird football variants in this MetaFilter post.
The Cockroach Beatbox — Greg Gage (by TEDEducation)
This video was shown at TEDxUtrecht and then I got to see Gage do the same thing again live at TEDxBrussels a few days later.
What I find most interesting here is that Gage has turned the image of a cockroach with one leg missing—something many people find discomforting—into a kind of mascot.
Dog-walking video (by Jhoosier42)
Thanks to Tricia for pointing me to this one. A dog-walking game which employs both a treadmill and an instrumented leash. From the look of it, dog walking has never been this hard or tiring. I can imagine a game like this fulfilling a real need in the large cities of Japan (there’s cat cafes too, after all). Some more thoughts on the coevolution of man and domesticated animals such as cats and dogs can be found in this article from which the video was taken.