The most amazing, moving commercial of the Olympics – Meet the Superhumans of the Paralympics

 

This multi-sport training montage reveals that the Paralympics aren’t just a wheelchair affair. As Public Enemy’s “Harder Than You Think” blares in the background, we see Great Britain’s best: the visually impaired soccer team practicing with blindfolds (a way to ensure that those who see more than others don’t gain an unfair advantage), the fierce-looking four-foot tall champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds, amputee runners, and, yes, the wheelchair basketball team.*

Halfway through the clip, there’s a jarring cut to a bomb exploding in a war zone. Then there’s a pregnant mother at the hospital, awaiting word of her unborn child’s condition. That’s followed by a road accident that sends a car flipping on the highway. A second later, we’re back in the gym, where a legless man is doing pull-ups. Then we see a man—presumably the victim of that horrific car wreck—next to his crumpled vehicle.

 

Keep reading: Slate – This Trailer for the Paralympic Games is the Most Amazing Olympic Video You’ll Ever See

Capture a “moment-in-time” with new Microsoft project, Cliplet

Cliplet – a type of image that sits between a still image and video. It allows you to capture a moment-in-time instead of an instant.

 

Microsoft Research is showing a new project called “Cliplets” that lets users turn video clips into something closer to a moving still image by effectively freezing a portion of the frame and leaving another portion of the video to run as is.

The project was unveiled this week as part of Microsoft Research TechFest, an internal science fair, and it’s available for public download now for Windows 7.

via GeekWire

 

// Thx to Noble Ackerson

HBO posts first episode of new show, Girls, on YouTube until May 14

In a new twist for HBO, they have posted episode 1 of their new series, Girls, on YouTube. The show, which will only be available until May 14, is about four college graduates struggling to get by in New York City.

A sort-of Sex in the City, the early years. The bio from HBO:

Created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.  The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet.  Episodes were shot in New York. The ten-episode season debuts in 2012.

 

Watch the full pilot episode – Girls

 

Clip – “you know that part about special skills on your resume…”

Happy World Water Day! – 3 second water movies from Surfrider

The Story of Water: Surfrider Foundation’s 3 Second Movie Collection

In celebration of World Water Day, the Surfrider Foundation, Teva and GoPro challenged our supporters to try and capture the essence of water in just three seconds. These are their stories…

Founded in 1993 by the United Nations, World Water Day is a global observance that highlights the need for care and management of our world’s water resources. The Surfrider Foundation celebrates World Water Day to help educate and drive awareness and support for its various clean water campaigns and programs.

For additional information on the Surfrider Foundation’s World Water Day activations, visit http://wwd.surfrider.org.