March 2, 2008

Be Thankful For Your Healthy Children: Tear-Jerker Alert

Oh What A Beautiful Baby!

Make sure you keep a box of tissues handy. Because I cried when I watched this.

I kept thinking, “Oh God, please let this be a happy ending…”.

Before you whine one more time about your kids not listening to you, watch this video.

And then share the link to this page with your friends.

September 17, 2007

Animoto.com: Making your pictures come alive on video

I found this amazing site yesterday through one of the feeds on LinkOverLoad.com. Awesome video coming right up…

Animoto basically turns your pictures into a fantastic MTV-style video, with some great soundtracks available on their site for free, or you can use your own audio – with your pictures almost flashing in rhythm to the beats of the soundtrack, with some great-looking special effects.

When I signed up, uploaded my pictures, picked a great-sounding track they had on their site (for free) and tried to create my video (remember, their software supposedly creates all of this in an automated fashion), I got this very friendly error message:

Hi there,

We’re sorry to inform you that we have experienced an error in the
production of your recent video, “Beautiful People”. Rest assured, we’re
on the case and we’ll have it rendered as soon as we can–but, depending
on the complexity of the issue, it could take a little time.

We’ll email you the moment it’s ready. Thanks for understanding!


That didn’t bother me, as they are still in beta, and still hammering out the rough edges. What did surprise me, is that they promptly sent me this email the next day:

Hi there.

We’ve finished your video, so it’s time for you to go take a look.
Head to:

http://animoto.com/play/…..

We hope you like it! Give us some feedback when you get a chance to
let us know what you liked and how we can improve. Remember, no two
Animoto videos are ever the same so keep making videos and see what unique
pieces you can generate.


I excitedly clicked over, and was simply blown away by the results (see video below).

Remarkable idea, great (almost perfect) execution, instantly viral! Pass this along…

Video from Animoto.com

July 29, 2007

3 Year Old Solves Rubik’s Cube in 114 seconds

This video is awesome. It is in chinese (I think), but the language doesn’t matter – Just watch the little girl solve the cube in under 2 minutes! Wow!

Yes, the girl is indeed very smart, but guess what – it takes a bit of parenting and a lot of patience for someone to sit with kids like this, and teach them a skill – no matter how rehearsed it might be.

Isn’t it that a lot of skills in this world are about how well rehearsed you are? How well you can hit that 18 footer, how many aces you can serve, how perfect your walk down the aisle is?

So, don’t discount things just because they are rehearsed. Practice does make a (wo)man perfect.

June 18, 2007

Swami Vivekananda’s Speech – Amazing Audio From 1893

Swami Vivekananda (January 12, 1863 – July 4, 1902) was one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga and a major figure in the history of Hinduism and India. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

While he is widely credited with having uplifted his own nation, simultaneously he introduced Yoga and Vedanta to America and England with his popular lectures and private discourses on Vedanta philosophy. Vivekananda was the first known Hindu Swami to come to the West, where he introduced Eastern thought at the World’s Parliament of Religions, in connection with the World’s Fair in Chicago, in 1893. It was there that he was catapulted to fame by his by wide audiences in Chicago and then later elsewhere in America.

Here’s one such speech from the year 1893. This is the one with his now famous opening statement “Sisters and Brothers of America”. The audio is split into 4 parts. Click on the big “Play” symbol on each of the videos below. The video primarily shows the transcript.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Part IV:

Introduction text source: Wikipedia

June 11, 2007

Keep an eye on your kids – ALWAYS!

When accidents happen to a child, it is almost always the fault of the parent(s).

See video for proof. It is not the child’s fault – it is the idiotic parent (or caregiver) who is responsible.