Saturday, 24 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Christmas Eve!

Well, this is it. The end of the Vidvent Calendar. It's been fun and I've proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that my timekeeping skills are pretty terrible.

It seems appropriate that I should end on a high note. Lucky, then that I found this absolute corker.

I won't say much about it, just click on the appropriate part of the video to keep it rolling.


Hope you all have an excellent Christmas. I'll be taking a few days off to spend with family and then I'll be back to give you something to look at to close out 2011. See you then.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 23!

Crikey, it's Christmas Eve Eve! How exciting.

Remember the flying robots that built a shed from earlier in the month? I think they may have noticed me geting a bit histrionic about their eventual takeover of the planet so they've teamed up to show us their lighter side.

So here we have a scanner and a robotic arm playing the Christmas classic 'Little Drummer Boy' for our enjoyment. Enjoy it, but don't let your guard down, for god's sake.

See you tomorrow for the last vidvent treat!

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 22!

Dang, it slipped past midnight again. I need a distraction.

Oh look, puppies!

*sneaks out door* ...suckers.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 21!

Going to use today's post to give mad props, etc to notable animator and friend of plinx; Eddie Bowley. He is also doing a web-based advent videostravaganza this month, and as if it weren't obvious, you should check it out.

Here's the most recent upload, an alphabet themed short toon from his Edd Egg series:

Now go forth and watch all his other stuff. Tell him Paul sent you and you'll be well looked after.

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 20!

Pretty sure that by the time I finish typing this, it won't be the 20th any more but who cares, eh?

I passed an exam today! So all you get is this:

See you tomorrow!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 19!

Youtube, eh. It's doing alright for itself. A hastily googled factoid for you here: Every minute, 35 hours of footage is uploaded to the site. That's ridiculous, right? One other thing that can be inferred from that; in 2011, an awful lot of that footage would have involved Autotune.

If you're not familiar with it, Autotune is a tool that takes any spoken word audio and makes it sound like a song. It was the tech behind the popular process of Songifying which really took off this year, bringing us such gems as Charlie Sheen's Infamous Interview, the lady who, try as she might, Can't Hug Every Cat and a lesson in Backin' Up.

Anyway, the most recent Songify hit takes inspiration from an already-pretty-hilarious infomercial for an American Taxidermist by the name of Chuck Testa.

Here's the ad, followed by the Songify version.

I dunno about you guys but I'll never be sure if anything is real ever again.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 18!

I'd imagine that by this time of the month, you'll have seen your fair share of decorated houses. Now don't get me wrong, strings of coloured lights are cool, but today's video really knocks all that malarkey into a cocked hat.

The more observant of you may have seen something similar in my post about a Clock Tower in Prague but today we're having a game of pinball in Lyon. Check it out:


Saturday, 17 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 17!

Sometimes, I work really hard on these blog posts. I spend ages scouring the internet for something that I think you'll all enjoy. Sometimes though, I don't have the time for all that and I need a quick fix.

Today is one of those days, ladies and gentlemen. So I just opened YouTube and typed in 'penguins falling over'.

Bam, done.


Friday, 16 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 16!

Come with me now on a journey through time, back to the halcyon days of December 2008. Plinx wasn't yet 1 year old and was about to celebrate its first Christmas. D'awwwww. That's when I posted a treasure trove of comic strips featuring Calvin & Hobbes and their... unique snowmen. Anyway, fast-forward to the present day and static images just won't cut it anymore. This is the web circa 2011 and we need moving pictures, dangit!

So it's lucky that a couple of guys with time and talent to spare have created a video tribute to said strips using the twin disciplines of modelling and computer wizardry.

Check it out:

Marvellous. If you like this kind of thing, read a li'l bit about how it was done Here.

See you tomorrow, when it will be ONE WEEK until Christmas Eve. Holy heck.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 15!

Ask any kid these days what they want for Christmas and you're likely to get an answer that would involve being plugged into a telly. Fair enough, I say. Videogames are a noble pursuit but in years past, letters to Santa were dominated by things like bikes, skateboards and pogo sticks.

It's the last of these that concerns us today. The humble pogo stick has never enjoyed the same level of exposure as its wheely brethren. You get plenty of youtube clips of 'extreme' skate or bike tricks but no extreme pogo.

Until now...

Not bad, eh? SPROING!

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 14(ish)!

Hey guys,
So I guess I'm a little late for the 14th update but hey, you wanna complain you can go jump in a lake.

I'll keep this brief as we're already behind schedule; Fireworks!

I love fireworks, and so do you. Everyone in their right mind loves fireworks. The only problem is that they are only effective at night. That's only a 50% success rate, which is pretty poor. I mean sure, you could let them off during the day but you wouldn't see anything, right? No good.

No, what you need is a daytime fireworks substitute. Did anyone suggest microchip-controlled explosions filled with coloured gunpowder? Well, that's astonishly prescient of you, award yourself a gold star. That's exactly what today's video features. Check it out, it has a weird, otherworldly quality.

Awesome. See you tomor... err, later today!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 13!

Evenin' all.
By now, some of you will have put up your decorations, yeah? Some tinsel, a tree, etc.
We put ours up at the weekend and nothing has collapsed yet, but then we don't live with any animals.

I imagine if you have pets, decorating the house would be problematic. In fact, I don't need to imagine, because I have video proof. It features a cat who has a modicum of internet fame; His name is Oskar and he is blind, which would be very sad if not for the fact that so many videos exist of him larking about and generally enjoying life.
Anyway, Oskar's owners are decorating their house for the festive period and Oskar is 'helping' put up the tree. The results are undeniably adorable:

D'aww. Still, what did they expect. Silly Humans.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 12!

How does that song go? I'm walking in the air?

Something like that, it's about flying, right? But, right, if you could fly, would you rather you had to do it while holding hands with a snowman, or would you rather do it like Iron Man, all rocket boots and repulsor jets for stability?

It's the latter, obviously. Too bad that Tony Stark's fancy red tuxedo is fictional, eh? OR IS IT?!

Yes, it is.

However! Here comes the closest thing to mimicking ol' shellhead that I've ever seen. A water powered jet-propulsion system that features rocket boots and repulsor jets for stability.

I want one, right now. Even if it does mean I have to splash about in the murky solent. Whooooosh!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 11!

Hello friends.
Here at Plinx HQ, we have a Swedish Christmas party every year. This year's event happens to be happening... right now!

I've eaten my bodyweight in herring and meatballs and had plenty of glogg to drink, but I thought I'd take a break to post this video featuring an ordinary Swedish hero.

This guy has been plinked before, when he showed us how to prepare Swedish Meatballs the traditional way, but this time he's doing breakfast:


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 10!

Only a few minutes left of day 10 but I don't intend to miss my deadline.

Having done this advent thing a few times over the years, I've noticed a few trends. It seems every year, someone decorates their house with lights that sync up to a piece of music.

So here is this year's effort. Bonus points for being a metal song:


Friday, 9 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 9!

We're approaching the end of the year 2011, that means 2012 is just around the corner and it could potentially be an interesting year.
As you'll probably know, 2012 is supposed to bring about the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar. Many have posited theories about what might cause our mass extinction; One of the more enduring is death by technology. Simply put, we will develop machines complex enough to overthrow us and wipe us from the planet.

Sounds ridiculous, yeah? Well see if you still think so when you've seen these flying robots build a futuristic bendy shed:

Now imagine them building a foot thick wall around us all while we sleep. ooooOOOOOooooOOOOoOOoOOoOoo!

Merry Christmas, meatbags.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 8!

I don't know about where you are, but here the weather is just awful. Rain, wind, cold. Nasty. I wish it'd snow. I bloody love snow, especially throwing snowballs.

However, there are some people who love snowball fighting more than is perhaps appropriate. To the point where they've given it a name and called it a sport.

Yukigassen, from the Japanese words for 'snow' and 'battle'. It appears to be catching on. Originating in Japan and spreading to America, Canada and parts of Europe (the snowy parts, I'd wager), could it one day be an event in the Winter Olympics? We can only hope.

Until then, just have a squiz at this video:

A bit unnecessarily epic in presentation but there we go. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 7!

Ok, so I haven't gone to Costa Rica yet. I'll see how my finances are in the new year. Meanwhile, it's day 7 and you folk need a video to watch, so let's crack on.

Today's is a heart-warming video made by the crew of HMS Ocean. They were on their way home when they were suddenly required to go to Libya, turning a routine seven-week mission into a much more gruelling seven months. However, it's done now and they're very pleased to be coming home for Christmas.

So pleased in fact, that they did this:

Good work, guys.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 6!

Ok, this doesn't happen often but after finding today's video, I have decided to emigrate to Costa Rica.

Perhaps I should just show you the video first. It features a zip-lining bulldog.

D'aww, right?

Well that dog lives in a place called Finca Bellavista. It's in Costa Rica and is a community of treehouses, basically. I want to go there, right now. Check out The Website and you'll probably want to as well.

The dwellings are fully equipped with electricity and running water and they have phones and internet, and as you saw in the video above, there are zip-lines! Somebody get me a spanish language book and some lumber for Christmas. I'm going to live in the jungle!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 5!

Hey guys.
Despite being in the early stages of the vidvent calendar, I have been asked to include a link to something specific that isn't a video. I should just refuse, right? How dare they try and subvert the Plinxmas tradition?!

However, the thing is, it's for charity and after all, 'tis the season to be jolly. So I'll do it, for the greater good. I'm an old hand at this though so there'll still be a video and what's more, I'll make it relevant.

Bah humbug, though.

I kid, obviously. I'm more than happy to help out with this kind of thing. So I'm hereby calling on any of you with the ability to get to London on Sunday to take part in the Santa Fun Run! It's a leisurely 5km run/jog/walk in the beautiful surroundings of Kensington gardens with a bunch of lovely people who all happen to be dressed in Santa costumes. I've done a couple of these before and they're always a good laugh.

But don't take my word for it, check out the promo; It even has a game! Santa Fun Run!

So there we go, a bunch of freely running Santas... Wait a minute, free running Santa?

Told you I could do it. See you tomorrow!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 4!

Another quickie. Weekends are busy, y'know?

Anyway, I don't want to blow anyone's mind but it turns out there are videos on the internet that feature cats doing funny things. No, really. See for yourself if you don't believe me. In fact, let me just show you one.

There's an altercation between two moggies, and it turns out that the one being picked on was raised by snakes. Big mistake Cat #1.


See you tomorrow, guys. We'll be one step closer to Christmas!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 3!

In a hurry today so not much of a preamble. This video uses one of the oldest tricks in the internet book. Take footage of one thing and add the soundtrack of something else. In this case, a grainy old video of some dudes doing the Charleston dance set to the music of Daft Punk.

Simple, yet brilliant. Watch.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 2!

Hey so, having built up some goodwill with an insanely cute video yesterday, I thought it best to alienate 90% of you by nerding all over the place. Yay!

Minecraft. You either know what it is or you won't care what it is. Despite only just being officially released, this game has become a full blown creative revolution and like all other media, someone has used it to recreate, in painstaking detail, a Super Mario level. In most cases, that would be a gruelling endeavour, but in Minecraft (where everything is made of individual cubes) it's masochism on a breathtaking scale. Check it the heck out:

Allegedly madeup of 500 man hours, divided between 3 dorks and an astonishing eighteen million blocks, if you're interested in the 'how' of it, watch the Making Of video.

See you tomorrow!

Fun fact, every time I needed to type 'Minecraft' in this post, I accidentally typed 'Minceraft'. What is this mysterious mince raft, and could it really be the answer to all our transportation problems?! Tune in next time.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Plinxmas Vidvent Calendar - Day 1!

Evening friends. It's the first of December and round here, that can only mean one thing... iiiiiiiittt's PLIIIIIIINXMAAAAAAAAS!

This year it's going to take the form of a plinked video each and every day. Hopefully one that will inject a little holly-jollity into your day. It won't necessarily be Christmas-related, it won't even necessarily be new but hey, this is my blog, you don't like it, there's plenty of other blo... oh god no, please come back!

Anyway, I'm going to kick things off with possibly my favourite video of the year. To describe it would be to rob it of its majesty. Just... just watch. Oh, and turn your speakers on.


See you tomorrow, guys!