More than 40 hours of ambient nature sounds from Planet Earth 2

Jason Kottke pointed out that BBC Unplugged has released four fantastic videos that run to 10 hours each. They contain footage shot for the BBC’s Earth 2 series along with a range of ambient nature sounds.

If you are looking for something relaxing you can run on your TV while you work or do things around the house (or office), you will probably love this. My favourite, so far, is the Mountain Sounds video:

Here is the YouTube playlist with the whole set:

Via kottke.org

Image credit: Scott Webb

Options for sharing video outside YouTube and Vimeo

I uploaded a video as part of a short post earlier this week and I noticed that it didn’t display particularly well in the post. I could have shared to YouTube first and embedded the video but thought I’d see what a direct upload would do. Turns out, not much. 

Surely it is possible to embed videos like you can images and have them render as playable videos in blog posts? Doesn’t HTML 5 have a video tag that works in all the major browsers?

WordPress has its VideoPress player but it’s a paid feature. Shouldn’t this capability be more freely accessible? What are the options?

The Israel-Palestine conflict is easy to explain

The Israel-Palestine conflict is easy to explain and here is a great video from Prager University titled “The Middle East Problem” to do just that:

I especially like the last two questions:

  1. What would happen if Israel laid down its weapons and said it would fight no more?
  2. What would happen if the Palestinians laid down their weapons and said they would fight no more?

What do you think?

Inspired by Basti Hansen

I noticed Basti Hansen‘s Tel-Aviv Gay Pride 2015 Parade Video on Facebook a few days after the parade and just watched it. It is a fun video and it prompted me to look up more of Hansen’s work:

He shoots a combination of video and still photography and his work is pretty dynamic and leaves me just a little envious that he gets to do this work for a living! I am just a little more inspired by Basti Hansen. Here is another video titled “Dust Dance” which was shot near the Dead Sea, Tel-Aviv and the Negev:

As if that wasn’t enough, here is a little camera porn in his video about a Dead Sea road trip:

Worth checking him out on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.