We iz serious web professionals from all different sides of the industry, with one thing that brings us together — we know a great video when we see it, and want to share great videos with others.
Five days of the week means one video a week from each of us, as follows:
The only rules we have for picking:
1) The poster can’t have been personally involved in the video’s making.
2) It has to be awesome.
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Viral Video Alert: Tipping Servers $200
I was a waitress for many years. It’s how I paid my way through collage. A twenty percent tip made my day. But a 200% tip… that would make my year. In this recently popular video, two guys stop at a series of small diner-esc resturants dropping $200 to the friendly servers who put up with their filming antics. The result is heartwarming.
Editor’s Note: Here at #Awesome we usually shy away from featuring videos that already have millions of views. We figure you are all internet savvy and you’ve probably already seen it else where. But studies show this is not always the case. So as a public service I will post awesome videos gone viral here as ‘Viral Video Alerts’.
I would totally pay to see this robot band, providing there were Nintendo-themed cocktails to go with the entertainment. Seriously, super impressed that robots can be so classy rocking out to 8bit.
So the video embedded above, for the new Arcade Fire single “Reflektor,” is pretty cool. But you know what’s cooler? Going to JustAReflektor.com and (presuming your phone and computer are up to the technological challenge) interacting directly with the action. It’s a cool experience — tied to a great song.
Hahahahhaha. Ok I’m actually still laughing. Wait, wait a minute. This is just too much. This official music video for ‘The Fox’ by Ylvis starts off all slow and dramatic, then BLAM shit goes all Burning Man. The song at first felt like a kids pop hit, but nope. Well, actually, maybe. But I still love it!
Created by Alex Horner for Red Bull, this video starts with a gorgeous, serious look at how cranberries are harvested. It’s stunning, it’s natural. It makes me want a craisin.
And then the Red Bull part of the equation? The series is all about using winches for extreme sports. Meaning, these dudes go wakeskating on the bog.
So apparently the story is this — Lenny Kravitz, creator of songs, Zoe Kravitz and stylish ensembles for Katniss Everdeen of District 12, was walking down the street, and happened to overhear the Voice of Praise Choir of New Orleans’ First Baptist Church, performing “Fly Away” on the street.
Kravitz proceeds to join in.
The part I love happens about halfway through, when Kravitz hops on the drums: For one thing, I always love musicians who can genuinely play more than one instrument. For another thing, he’s not trying to take over — he simply keeps the beat going while this kid in a blue polo shirt busts out a pretty mean guitar solo. That’s what music should be about — people gathering together, for no other reason than to make a joyous noise.
In this piece, Desmondo, who is more like a child than a man aged 33 & 3/4, is submitting himself to that awful ritual of an online dating tape. But something that starts off so goofy and dark ends up taking a sweet turn that pushes the hybrid animation/video format beyond its gimmick.
This short is made by drunk people for pretty much everyone (though it could be a bit confusing to watch while drunk). As a fan of Drunk History and SciFi as a genre, I find it hilarious to imagine trying to space command jargon while drunk. In fact, I’ve done it and it’s really hard. So sci-five to the crew who wrote and acted in this short while intoxicated!