Brandon's Notepad

January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018: Music & Math, Life with Cats, Vending Machines

Filed under: My Stack — Brandon @ 3:06 pm


I’ve been doing some research on various topics lately and sometimes a good fifteen-minute YouTube video is more valuable than eight hours of reading. The risk is getting sidetracked and watching suggested or related videos. It only takes one to rob you of precious productivity. In this post, I want to share a few that caught my attention.

Creepy Vending Machines
This morning I stumbled across a video titled I Found the Creepiest Vending Machine in Japan. It was posted by a Canadian girl living in Japan named Sharla (handle: Sharmander). In a nutshell, Sharla and her friend Norm go shopping for a new camera and find some vending machines containing these mysterious packages wrapped in white paper and tape, each with a story (written in Japanese of course) on the side facing the potential buyer. I won’t give away the rest of the story, but I must say that I love the idea of the mystery box and can’t help but wonder if this would have any chance of success in the United States. Sharla made a follow-up video wherein she and Norm go back to the vending machines to buy ten more boxes and then unwrap them on-camera.

An Artist’s Life
Another one that I thought was well-done is a video titled Artist Illustrates Everyday Life With Her Boyfriend And Cat. It’s basically a frame-by-frame video of a comic by Mikiko Ponczeck. This gal’s really got talent! The cats are adorable and the facial expressions priceless.

Math & Music
Why not admit there is a problem with math and music? Dan Formosa (Drexel University) briefly explores how music notation came about, why it doesn’t make sense, and what might be a useful alternative. I rank this as the best video I’ve ever seen featuring a slide rule.

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