So, yeah. I’ve been bored. I’ve been busy. I’ve been busy being bored.
So for this HACK I’m acting like a filter, sharing some of my favorite videos for nerds like us.
For me, this is the perfect pun. Project Genesis from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan spliced to the band Genesis. I love how each stage of the Genesis Project describes each phase of the Genesis timeline. Stage one shows a pic from their early boarding school days; stage two shows a pic of Gabriel in his whacky character costumes, and stage three shows the arena-era Phil Collins phenomenon. It’s so much synchronicity I might as well call it serendipity. M.A.D. props to the nerds to made this one. And M.A.D. props to me, for using my initials as a pun. Yeah, I’m rhyming, pay attention son. Let it go, move on, here comes another one…
Dr. Quantum is a friendly old man who breaks shit down. That’s all you need to know because that’s all I know. I’ve successfully taught the basics of quantum mechanics to a class of 5th graders with the help of the double slit video above. But my favorite part is when he tickles the circle in the 4D video.
Quantum Leap – 100 Oh Boys
One of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time that wasn’t even really about the sci-fi. Every time Sam leaps into someone new, it’s usually a surprising predicament. Hence the signature phrase, “Oh boy!” used by Scott Bakula at the end/beginning of each episode, and sometimes in between. This is an impressive collection, considering that it’s 100 “Oh Boys” out of 96 total episodes!
PBS Digital Studios and Symphony of Science Series
OK, so I actually squeezed in an entire playlist. It starts with an Alan Watts remix, a Mr. Rogers remix, and a Bob Ross Remix. Then it continues with the Symphony of Science remixes, which is a bunch of videos on various topics. All of this stuff is double plus awesome. Show your kids!
The Ballad of Duncan Idaho
I honestly still can’t believe that someone actually made this video. Even if you’ve read Dune, you probably haven’t read the other five books in the series. So even if you know Dune you may think it’s just about Paul Muad’dib. Actually, if you look at Dune as a whole, Duncan Idaho is the only character to recur in every book of the entire series. In fact, Frank Herbert’s son even closed out the saga by making Duncan Idaho the actual Kwisatz Haderach. Duncan Idaho. He dies in Act 1 of the first book, is resurrected in the second book, dies again the third book, and is resurrected hundreds of times by the fourth book, and in the fifth book he’s finally able to remember ALL of his past lives. Duncan Idaho is the greatest side character ever to become a main character.
Kids Talk About Quantum Physics
Not only do I think the writing is excellent, the actresses do a great job as well.
Robert Anton Wilson on the Acceleration to 2012
There are a ton of Robert Anton Wilson videos out there, many nerdier than this one. This is a good intro though for anyone who isn’t familiar with the lives and ideas of R.A.W. I’ve learned more Serious God Knowledge from this guy than anyone else, except maybe Alan Watts. Speaking of…
Alan Watts Animated Shorts by Trey Parker and Matt Stone
This video contains a series of shorts in which the creators of South Park animate the voice of Alan Watts. I will never tire of listening to Alan Watts.
How Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended
Yes, there’s a whole series of this How _____ Should Have Ended but this one’s still my favorite. I mean, it makes so much sense that it puts the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy to shame. So this video is brilliant because it’s so hilariously obvious.
Music for 18 Musicians (playlist)
I don’t think anyone should leave Earth without having heard Music for 18 Musicians. I’m not going to spend a lot of time explaining why this is one of the greatest musical creations of humankind. You could look it up. The album is crazy enough until you realize that there are actual musicians playing it, with real instruments and voices and shit. So in this playlist are 2 full performances of Steven Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.
‘The Origin of Love’ – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
This gem from the movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a combination of punk rock, transgenderism, and ancient greek philosophy: it’s based off a story in Plato’s Symposium.
Hidden Human History Movie
The Science of Lucid Dreaming
I’m a big fan of lucid dreaming and this video gives a concise breakdown of the basics for anyone who’s interested in the attempt.
25 Great Ghostbusters Quotes
I was basically obsessed with the Ghostbusters from 2nd to 5th grade. I don’t really like the sequence of the lines in this edit, but all the best ones are there.
Bill Hicks – Worst gig ever.
At first it seemed obvious that for a Bill Hicks video the best choice would be Chicago ’92, when he lost it on a drunk heckler. But then I remembered this video. I’d say this story is rare, meaning that I’ve never heard it told in another Bill Hicks interview, or read it in a Bill Hicks book or saw it in a Bill Hicks documentary. It’s a great story and funny cause it’s true. But the craziest thing is that this interview takes place at the same venue as the infamous Chicago ’92 show!
Serious God Knowledge – ‘Magic Wizards Riding Unicorns’
From the great Noelie Rogers, one of the greatest videos anyone has ever made.
Buddy Rich – The Bus Tapes
Nobody likes to be yelled at. Even if you’re right, yelling about it just pushes people away. Sometimes though, you need a good verbal ass whipping. Sometimes that’s the only way to motivate you. I don’t know what Buddy Rich’s problem was back then, and I don’t care. Sometimes it’s just cathartic to listen to him chew out his band. Perhaps there’s an angry Buddy Rich inside all of us.
Ken Nordine – ‘Truth Mute’
Ken Nordine is a master of spoken word. This is my favorite piece by him. Self-reference at it’s poetic finest.
Dr. Octagon – ‘Biology 101’
Psychedelic sci-fi hip-hop, dig?
Towel Boy is too sexy for his cat.