September 16, 2020

This is why it’s so hard to climb an iceberg


“Should not have eaten breakfast before climbing. ... Not to be repeated.”

Like abortion today, slavery in the 16th century was rationalized by many Catholics. But Bartolomé de las Casas knew better...


The end of this video downplays the urgent necessity of conversion, but overall it’s a good introduction to Bartolomé de las Casas.

September 11, 2020

Pro cyclist Michael Guerra has an amazing trick to reduce drag


It’s a bird... It’s a plane...

September 4, 2020

Artist draws 11 self-portraits, at 11 levels of increasing complexity


Artist TM Davy explains how to draw a self-portrait in 11 levels of increasing complexity. Starting off with the ubiquitous "solar head" and moving on to portraits that implement light, shadow and color, TM Davy deftly describes how a drawing evolves through materials and techniques.

Once you unlock the secret of a hidden fore-edge painting, you’ll find pure magic


Martin Frost is the last working fore-edge painter in the world. Dating back centuries, the delicate art form places intricate scenes on the side of books, cheekily hidden beneath gold gilded pages.

September 2, 2020

Imagine seeing this Caravaggio painting for the first time in 1605


From the Nerdwriter, a series of video essays about art, culture, politics, philosophy and more...

August 29, 2020

How I dealt with kids playing in my driveway


“Every night I would get an alert from my driveway security camera, and at first I was a bit annoyed, but then I found myself looking forward to the evening alert. And then inspiration struck, in the form of my wife giving me this great idea. What transpired has turned into the best part of an otherwise dreary pandemic summer...”

August 28, 2020

Amazing flying macro zoom effect with various household objects


Macrofying looks at basic objects in microscopic zoom, using different lenses and editing to create a zoom effect...

August 17, 2020

August 10, 2020

Two months on an icebreaker in Antarctica, condensed into five minutes


Time-lapse of the icebreaker, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, traveling through the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Two months of sequences, condensed into less than five minutes...