Surfing a world-record 80 foot gigantic wave

Surfing a word-record 80 foot gigantic wave #nature
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Nature always makes you feel small. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surfed a record-setting 80-foot wave in November 2017 off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. Just look at the lighthouse and onlookers in perspective to the surfer surrounded by the mountainous wave, or shall we say avalanche. Watch it for yourself.

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The truth about algorithms

Mathematician Cathy O'Neil explains why algorithms are programmed and curated with bias. She is the author of Weapons of Math Destruction (Amazon) and runs ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing firm.

An algorithm is an opinion embedded in math.

Cathy O’Neil

Peculiar Pyongyang

A strange yet beautiful time-lapse tilt-shift look at Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. Such peculiarity can also be seen in the country's late 20th century advertising

Wes Anderson vehicles

Video editor Jaume R. Lloret compiled some of the vehicles from Wes Anderson movies including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Grand Budapest Hotel.

What aesthetic eye candy!

The gift of Elton John, the piano man 🎹

When advertising is done right, it doesn't feel like advertising. Take a look back at the life of Elton John in this beautiful life montage. The video reminds me of Nike's nostalgic commercial showcasing the home video archives of Serena Williams.   

Watch the trailer for Alex Honnold’s Free Solo

I've posted about the remarkable solo climber Alex Honnold before, detailing how he uses visualization techniques to train his mind to become immune to fear.

The folks at National Geographic and the producer of the 2015 film Meru (Amazon) Jimmy Chin have teamed up to document Honnold's climb of El Capitan, the vertical granite rock formation located at Yosemite National Park.

“If you don’t have any fear to begin with, there’s a lot less to control.”

Alex Honnold

Said one of Honnold's fellow climbers: “Free soloing El Cap is like doing an Olympic gold medal sporting event, where if you don’t get the gold medal, you die.”

A super-sensation seeker, Honnold literally dances with fear. As he says in the trailer, “If you're pushing the edge, eventually you'll find the edge.” 

The film Free Solo is out now in select theaters. Click here for more info.

Jeff Bezos 1997 interview

Taped in June 1997, the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos outlines his vision for his company's music and books webstore model.

Flash forward 21 years later, and the company is not only corroding the retail sector by selling everything online, it also owns everything from grocery stores, newspapers, its own web services, to who know's what next.

“Inventing and pioneering requires being misunderstood for long periods of time.” — Jeff Bezos

What's your vision?

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Jeff Bezos in 1990

Voice acting with Tara Strong

Tara Strong is a voice actor for cartoons like “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Rugrats” and “The Fairly OddParents.” In this video, she talks about her process in coming up with the character voices for babies, villains, and teens.

It's absolutely fascinating how she can convert the director's body language into actionable sounds such as a character tumbling off a cliff or fighting bad guys. Cool nugget: she uses her own original voice as the voice of Batgirl.

What a talent!