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Just 207 Words

We haven’t had a lot of chances to watch Louis CK work a crowd, but this seemed like a good time. Nerdwriter1 decided to illustrate the anatomy of both a Louis CK joke, and his masterful delivery.

We thought it wise to watch some of his work before studying this analysis, and were delighted by both experiences.

Now take a look if you will, at the magic that can be rendered with just 207 words.

We’re usually predisposed to let the comedy happen how it will and not dig too deep to see the gears turning. But this time it turned out to be both instructive and hilarious.

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You Could Look Right Inside

We’ve all probably seen some animation about how an internal combustion engine works. Usually it’s when we don’t care and we just want permission to take the car keys.

But somehow, seeing the real thing happen in slow motion, and right in front of your eyes — it’s a different thing.

We were afraid that this video would be a little bit too long, but we definitely felt that it was worth the time. We probably ran the view count up by a few, watching it over and over.


We’re always drawn to Maker Videos, and we expect to get something like that out of the next San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. It looks like the competition will run in April and the movies will be screened for audiences in late April and May.

Learn more about it and keep up with the latest news by visiting their website, or checking in to their Facebook page.

How Big is It? (Really?)

By now, most of us who are paying attention know that the traditional mercator projection is quite inaccurate when used for the world map. But did you know how inaccurate it is?

Take a look at this enlightening (and delightful) journey around the world. You may have a moment of deja-vu when the narrator lapses into an homage to Yakko Warner’s iconic “Nations of the World” rap.

We think a student of the world could spend several hours just following the clues and links stuffed into that fast-moving piece.


Although we hope cartographers and historians will do their best to tell the truth, storytellers and narrative filmmakers are not expected to observe that restriction. That’s why we’re glad to know that San Francisco independent filmmakers are setting out today to create a new crop of short films as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.

You can learn more at their Facebook page, or just subscribe to this blog and we’ll be sure to remind you when the premiere screenings and awards show are announced.

Fire an Arrow? I Think NOT Sir!

We love to see the battles in movies where they use fire arrows. It seems like such a good idea on a movie screen.

But would it really work? This charming video explores the matter. It’s longer than we normally post, but we couldn’t stop watching because the narrator is just so darned engaging.

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Can a Black Hole Fit in a Nutshell?

We always wondered about that. Because if a black hole could fit in a nutshell, would you want to keep it in your pocket? Could be handy we think.

Good learning videos from a good source. This is the sort of thing that Patreon was designed to support. Give their campaign a look. You might find one of the perks there that amuses you as much as this fun video.

This article sponsored by Schoolhouse Earth, a foundation committed to providing learning experiences where ever we find a gap. Schoolhouse Earth regularly contributes to See It Online with topics that address learning and online education.

The Online Video Economy

Most of the time we talk about what you can see online that will entertain you. Occasionally we find things that can inform you as well. This short video explains some hard facts about how videos are treated (and monetized) on Facebook vs. YouTube.

It’s short, but very informative.

Depending upon how much you care about individual content creators, you may have some homework now.

Perpetually Skeptical

It’s cool to be skeptical. When you turn out to be right, everyone thinks about how smart you are. And if you turn out to be wrong, the worst that happens is that you get to say, “Well I’ll be! Who would have believed that?!”

Ukrainian engineer, Valeriy Ivanov released nearly 100 videos like this one on YouTube to demonstrate scientific principles he hopes kids will find engaging and that will inspire them to learn more.

What actually happened, is that he mobilized a veritable army in the YouTube peanut gallery to give voice to their opinions about how he created the magic. Set aside your own doubts for just a moment and take a look at one example of perpetual magic.

Somewhere, there is an aging purple Smurf™ who’s lamenting, “It’ll never work!” But the bumblebee and Valeriy aren’t interested in that. They’re just out to do their work.