DJI has just shown off one of the most spectacular drone videos we’ve ever seen of an erupting volcano, so close it resulted in a melted a GoPro camera. The pilot, Eric Chang, captured the footage at the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ camera. After an eleven hour journey over nearly impassable terrain, his team arrived to within 2 km of the volcano, which was spewing lava as high as 150m (460 feet) in the air.
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Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone’s newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should — apparently, it’s quite pliable. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users on Twitter seem to be finding small, but noticeable bends just south of the handsets’ volume controls. Front-pocket storage is all it takes to give the handset a gentle slope, according to some users, but it can be bent other ways too. Back pockets and malicious YouTube users (video from Unbox Therapy after the break) can both bend the device to their will.
Update: Just for kicks, the same guy tried the same thing with a Galaxy Note 3, and while its plastic frame gave some squeaking under the pressure, it showed only slight warping after two attempts. There’s the difference in materials to account for, but of course we’re not surprised — we’ve seen how Samsung tests its large phones under pressure.
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We’re really happy to welcome Sarah-Mei Estrada to Wistia, where she’ll be working as a customer champion! In addition to the teaching skills she’s bringing from the education realm, we’ve already been graciously exposed to her baking talents (thanks for the snickerdoodles).
Read on to hear more about Sarah-Mei’s Bay Area origins, her experience as a teacher, her love for bubble tea, and some video and song recommendations.
### What’s most exciting to you about being a customer champion?
For the past few years, I was a math teacher, and one of my favorite things about being in the classroom was thinking about how people learn and problem-solve. As a Customer Champ, I still get to do this! It’s a different context, a different field, and there are way less teenagers, but it’s awesome to be part of the learning process as folks navigate Wistia!
Along with this, I’m learning so much and am getting to ask so many questions. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to develop my own understanding of Wistia in the most supportive environment, where everyone is committed and excited to help each other succeed!
### What have you been up to in the last year?
I was teaching high school math at the Community Charter School of Cambridge, working with bright and lively students, and the most committed staff! I also served as an advisor to an awesome group of 7th graders as they transitioned into their first year at CCSC!
And I was also adjusting to living in a brand new city, on a brand new coast :)
### Are you a dog person or a cat person? Why?
Totally a dog person! My family had a chow chow when I was growing up. He was a beast, but afraid of hula hoops, and I remember trying to sneak him Pop Tarts.
### What’s the best place you’ve ever been?
San Francisco Bay Area!!! Which maybe doesn’t count since that’s where I’m from, but I haven’t done much traveling, so I’m sticking with that answer. Seriously though, the Bay Area is the best. I can bring tacos, an Its-It, and a kite to the beach.
Then in the evening, I can go eat ramen or pho or bibimbap, or even all three, all within a five minute walk of each other. And by the way, all this could happen within the same day in February…and yes, you’d be correct in guessing that my first New England winter was *rough*.
### What’s your favorite liquid?
Water and tea are what I drink the most, but for a treat I’ll pick Coke. And I’d be so, so, so happy if I had pearl tea (a.k.a. boba, a.k.a. bubble tea) every day!
### Show and tell: share a video that you like!
My friend Lauren showed me this one. It’s hilarious *and* relatable!
### What’s a song you’re loving right now?
MS MR covering LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean”:
And I always like this live version of Amy Winehouse singing “Valerie”:
This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member’s take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It’s like our “employee of the month” but less “of the month”-y. Ben Ruedlinger is VP of operations at Wistia. His last Non Sequitur was about rainbow loom. For further Wistian pinball reading, read Dan’s post on pinball and why everyone needs a hobby.
My family got our first pinball machine when I was about 3 years old. It was an old electro-mechanical machine called *Wizard!* from 1975. From the moment it entered our house, I was absolutely hooked. I was so little at the time that I had to stand on a chair to be able to reach the flippers. It was from those hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of playing that machine as a kid that my love of pinball developed.
I grew up in the heyday of pinball. Going to arcades from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s, I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to play many of the best machines ever made. I feel just as fortunate to have played many of the machines from that era that are not as remembered but were also extremely entertaining.
Based on this thirty-plus-year history playing pinball, here are my three favorite machines of all time.
### High Speed (1986)
*High Speed* represented a turning point for pinball machines. Up until *High Speed*, pinball machines always had a theme associated with them, but not much more. *High Speed* took this a step further by having a story associated with the gameplay, engaging the player even more.
The story of *High Speed* is that you are driving a sports car. There are traffic lights around the playfield. The first major goal is to light all of the traffic lights in order (green, yellow, red). Then, you “run the red light” by shooting the ball up the ramp. At this point, the police are in pursuit, and you must get away. Once you “get away,” multi-ball play begins and you really rack up the points.
Here is a video showing someone just as they are running the red light:
I remember being obsessed with this game because it was so incredibly immersive. Playing it at the age of 10 at our local bowling alley, outrunning the cops (even if it was only in a pinball machine) had a forbidden feeling to it. Even as adult, I feel a little bit of adrenaline each time I play this game and run the red light.
### Medieval Madness (1997)
Widely regarded as the best pinball machine ever made, this machine really lives up to the hype. I was lucky enough to have this machine in the arcade at the MIT student center during my time there in the early 2000s.
The gameplay on *Medieval Madness* is top notch. There are many fun features, such as the catapult and the trolls that pop up in the middle of the playfield. The centerpiece of this machine is an animatronic castle that you must break into and then destroy. Upon completing the task, the castle “explodes”:
Fortunately for pinball enthusiasts, a company in Chicago is remaking this machine. To be released at the end of 2014, it’s supposed to be almost identical to the original *Medieval Madness* machines, which are some of the most sought after pinball machines around (and command some of the highest prices).
### Metallica (2013)
Full disclosure: we have a Metallica machine in the Wistia office. As a result, I (we) may be a little bit biased.
*Metallica* is one of the latest releases from the top pinball manufacturer, Stern. Even though this machine was recently designed and built, one of the things that impressed me the most is that it has the same feel to it as the machines from the ’80s and ’90s.
The artwork and voiceovers on this machine are more than irreverent. You can choose from classic Metallica songs for your background music while being constantly insulted by James Hetfield and the gang. The themes of this machine are as dark as Metallica’s music (think graveyards, coffins, serpents, and electric chairs). If you’re easily offended, this is probably not the machine for you.
The thing I like most about this machine is that gameplay is really hard. Not just, “oh darn, better luck next time,” but rage-quit inducing hard. Many of the shots are seemingly designed to tempt you into risky behavior that will cause you to lose the ball.
All that said, the gameplay is fantastic. They have layered games within games that allow you to strategize your gameplay less like a simple game of pinball and more like a game of chess. There are four separate multi-ball games each with a different flavor and a “Crank it up!” mode where you can score tens of millions of points. This is a machine that never gets boring and begs to be played every day.
### Post Script
If you don’t have the opportunity to play these games in the flesh, Pinball Arcade is definitely worth checking out. It’s a pinball simulator available for Mac, Windows, or iOS, and many of the classic machines (including *Medieval Madness* and *High Speed*) are available to play. While definitely not as good as standing at a pinball cabinet and feeling the response of the machine as you play it, Pinball Arcade is still great fun.0
If Vimeo’s determined to develop a pay-per-view streaming service, then the outfit is going about it in a rather strange way. The website has signed a deal with Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s distributors to bring 80 “cleared” episodes to the site’s on-demand platform. Because of the myriad rights issues that surround the show, more than half of the episodes aren’t legally available. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find them if you’ve got some time, a lax attitude to intellectual property and don’t mind typing in phrases like “mst3k.s08.e20” into YouTube. If, however, you’d prefer to get your stuff through legitimate channels, you’ll be able to rent each movie for $3, buy them for $10 or purchase the whole collection for a heavily discounted $300.
Via: The AV Club0
The time has come to change the way we create, develop and ship applications. At Docker, we believe it should be quick and painless to ship application workloads across environments (dev, test and production) and hosts (laptops, data centers and clouds). Docker container technology is quickly pushing us toward that reality.
Docker eliminates the friction between environments to provide faster app delivery, infinite deployment flexibility and improved service levels.
Before Docker, developers and sysadmins needed to take an application, combine it with an operating system and emulate the entire server to make it portable. Now, there’s a simpler way: dockerizing the app. Docker leverages underlying container technology to ensure containers are simple to use, portable between environments and accessible to developers and sysadmins. To provide tools and resources for increased collaboration, Docker recently established a cloud-based registry known as Docker Hub. With Docker containers and the work we’re doing with our partners, like Rackspace, we’re making it possible to build, ship and run any app, anywhere.
Want to hear more about how Docker is changing the way we build, ship and run apps? Ken Cochrane, Engineering Manager at Docker, will present The Future of Applications at Rackspace::Solve New York, a one-day summit where you’ll hear directly from companies like Docker about how they’re solving tough challenges in their businesses. Rackspace::Solve New York is Thursday, September 18 at Cipriani Wall Street.
Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York.
And stay tuned for details of the next Rackspace::Solve event in Chicago.0
Dizzying first-person footage? Check. Skate/parkour/longboard adrenaline ride? Check. Ricoh (perhaps better known for its Pentax brand) knows what action camera buyers want. Or at least the category’s marketing staples. Its latest cam is the Ricoh WG-M1, and it’s aimed squarely at the Blanchards and Bruscos of this world. It shoots full HD, takes 14-megapixel stills, has WiFi, is waterproof to over 30 feet and sports an LCD display — all good stuff. But there’s one big question — does it come with a carabiner-equipped strap for easy carrying? Glad you asked, the press materials say yes. The camera will cost $300 when it shoulders its way onto shelves in October, so plenty of time to look up what a carabiner is.
Regency Beauty Institute launched a quirky online video to encourage young people to pursue a career in the beauty industry, showing the creativity and artistry required. The animated video
follows a young woman who has the gift of doing hair. It all begins in a treehouse, as a young girl styles her friend’s hair. The girl has a dream to become a stylist, even though she’s discouraged to
follow that career path. The young woman can’t be stopped and moves to the city to follow her dream. She becomes a success in a place where her talent is embraced by creative friends like architects,
sculptors and chefs. See “Beauty Grew All Around” here, created by Colle+McVoy.
The much-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here! The larger display sizes, better resolution, improved camera and video capture and new features such as Touch ID, Wi-Fi calling, Apple Pay and several more look pretty enticing (As does Apple Watch!). If you’re upgrading to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can setup your Rackspace Hosted Exchange email in less than two minutes and in only a few clicks and you don’t need to know any arbitrary passwords or server names. This is extremely helpful if you’re an admin of remote employees!
By Dane Atkinson, CEO, SumAll
Since we formed SumAll in May 2011, we’ve crunched over 4 terabytes of data, and that’s growing at a rate of about 30 percent per month. We track more than $4 billion in revenue, 290 billion social actions and 190 billion sites for more than 250,000 businesses (we expect that to hit a million next year).
We’re seeing 1,000 percent growth per year.
Our growth is based on a simple premise: offer a real-time analytics platform for marketers, businesses and entrepreneurs to gain meaningful insights from data by collecting it into a single place. Whether it’s data from Facebook, Google, PayPal, Stripe, Amazon or Twitter; we present it in a simple, tangible way for our users to digest it and make intelligent decisions based on it.
Our platform is built on ObjectRocket and Rackspace, and they’ve helped us not only solve the big data challenges we face, but also scale so when we hit that million-customer mark we can seamlessly accommodate it.
Rackspace makes us feel like we’re not standing alone. Rackspace is the specialist we need to help us grow and solve the challenges we face.
Want to hear more about how SumAll solves for big data and scale? Dane Atkinson, CEO of SumAll will present at Rackspace::Solve New York, a one-day summit where you’ll hear directly from companies like SumAll about how they’re solving tough challenges in their businesses. Rackspace::Solve New York is Thursday, September 18 at Cipriani Wall Street.
Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York.
And stay tuned for details of the next Rackspace::Solve event in Chicago.0
In the clip, Rocky discusses his burgeoning stardom, the first raps he ever wrote, and Rihanna, who also makes a cameo. “I know I’m here for a purpose,” he says. “That purpose is to create art. If I get recognition for it, that’s a blessing.” His mother and sister are also in the documentary, and attest to his potential from a young age.
Directed by VICE’s David Laven, the documentary is also set to feature cameos from Drake, Danny Brown, Kathy Griffin, Snoop Dogg, Macklemore, Jeremy Scott, and others. SVDDXNLY features unreleased music from Rocky’s in-the-works album of instrumentals, Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).
Watch A$AP Rocky on Pitchfork.tv’s “Selector”:
Azealia Banks‘ first post-Universal single, “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, now has a video. Directed by Rob Soucy and Nick Ace, the clip features Azealia escaping a kidnapping, then leading a biker gang through a desert landscape. Shades of Mad Max.
As you might have noticed, Arcade Fire have covered a region-specific song in every city they’ve visited on their current tour. They’ve covered Jane’s Addiction in Los Angeles, the Smiths in London, R.E.M. in Atlanta, and so forth. At last night’s show in Santa Barbara, California, they played Dead Kennedys‘ “California Über Alles”, which was written about current California governor Jerry Brown. (He was governor in 1979, when the song was written, and he’s also the governor today. It’s a long story.) Watch a video below, via Consequence of Sound.
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Listen to Easy Rider, the New Single from Action Bronson
When I was little, I used to sit with my fingers quivering over the REC and PLAY buttons, ready to record the latest joint by whoever, just so I could rock it on my walkman later. It was a long time ago so who gave a shit if it sounded like poo; I just wanted to have it and know the words before my other homies did. Nowaways, everything’s being recorded, so a dub off of the radio isn’t really all that special, and more annoying than anything.
Today, Action Bronson dropped his first single from Mr. Wonderful, Easy Rider, with an unceremonious release to radio, prompting the internets to go buckwild and post every grade-B, sub-par dub of the track ever to be played out of a tin can. Noisey won’t play you like that though. Here’s that real real real version, that professional shit. Because we love you and you deserve only the best.
Get it at iTunes.
Photo by Ebru Yildiz
The Range was one of the many artists at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park in Chicago July 18-20. Below, watch video of him performing “Jamie” and “Metal Swing”, from his latest album Nonfiction.Read our Rising feature on the Range, and check out photos from the fest here. Watch more videos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 here.
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Next week, FKA twigs will release her highly anticipated debut album, appropriately titled LP1. In anticipation of the records August 12 release, you can stream the entire thing now via iTunes. Listen here.
Read our recent interview with FKA twigs here.
Watch FKA twigs’ video for “Two Weeks”:
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Disclosure‘s Settle highlight “Latch” has been out since late 2012, but thanks in part to Sam Smith‘s recent wave of success, it’s been steadily rising in the charts and getting more radio play. Last night, Smith and the Lawrence brothers did their hit song on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
Read our Guest List interview with Disclosure.
Two years after putting out his 1999 mixtape, Joey Bada$$ will finally release his debut album B4DA$$ this fall. Today, he’s shared the first single from that LP. It’s called “Big Dusty”, and it’s got production from Kirk Knight. It’ll be on iTunes at midnight.
Watch Joey Bada$$ on Pitchfork.tv’s “Selector”:
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On Friday during their show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Real Estate covered a song by some Bay Area legends. In honor of Jerry Garcia’s birthday, they covered the Grateful Dead‘s “He’s Gone”. Watch the performance below via Jambands.com.
Watch them perform “Green Aisles” at Pitchfork Music Festival:
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Remember how fun the World Cup was? You can remember it again in this Adidas ad, which features a new song called “Velcro” that plays as Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi bobs, weaves, and kicks his way through the streets of Barcelona. “Velcro” is from Rustie’s forthcoming album, Green Language, which is out August 26 via Warp. Best New Music and Best New National Pastime, a match made in heaven. Watch it below.
Watch Rustie perform “City Star” at MoMA PS1:
Earlier this summer, Pitchfork launched Nightcap, a series of late night shows across the United States. Following successful performances at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC (with Majical Cloudz and Dutch E Germ) and Lincoln Hall in Chicago (with Real Estate and the Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer), Nightcap heads to Portland, Oregon.
On August 16, Doug Fir Lounge will host Future Islands. Now, we’re happy to announce that they will be joined by Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators. It’s an official aftershow for MusicFestNW. The show is sold out.
Pitchfork Nightcap is sponsored by Jim Beam Bourbon.
Here’s a poster for the Future Islands/Operators Nightcap show:
Watch video from Majical Cloudz’s and Dutch E Germ’s Nightcap performances:
Foxygen recently announced a new album, …And Star Power, and shared a new song called “How Can You Really”. They’ve also begun rolling out material from the record, as they played a new song called “Can’t Contextualize My Mind” at a recent show in Seattle. Watch a video below via Stereogum.
Watch Foxygen perform “Make It Known” at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Chance the Rapper helped close out Lollapalooza last night, and brought out a special guest during his set: R. Kelly, a fellow Chicagoan. They played three songs: “The World’s Greatest”, “Bump N’ Grind”, and “Ignition (Remix)”. Below, you can watch a few videos of the performance via Stereogum.
Watch a performance of “Wonderful Everyday”, Chance’s cover of the “Arthur” theme song:
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Speedy Ortiz were one of the many artists at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park in Chicago July 18-20. Below, watch video of them performing “Tiger Tank” from Major Arcana and “Oxygal” and “Everything’s Bigger” from the Real Hair EP. Check out photos from the fest here. Watch more videos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 here.
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Last night, the Unicorns returned for their first reunion show in Los Angeles. (Later at that same show, Arcade Fire covered Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses.) Watch them do “Sea Ghost” from their great just-reissued 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?.
Arcade Fire continued their streak of covers last night at the Forum in Los Angeles. This time, when they did “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction, they actually reached down and grabbed a few cell phones from fans in the front row. Then they did a little bit of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome to the Jungle” before transitioning into “Here Comes the Night Time”. Watch below via Stereogum.
Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr. was recently a musical guest on a very strange episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast called Comedy Bing Bong, which included an interview with mental illness “spokesperson” Howard Amethyst. In between chatting about neurosis, milkshake movies, and sex role-playing, the Twin Shadow frontman played some seemingly-unrelated music, including a song called “Locked and Loaded”. Listen to it above around the 1:01:45 mark.
George Lewis Jr.’s interview starts around 6:50. In it, he mentions the new Twin Shadow album will be due out in October, and gets pressured into uncomfortably discussing his ideal sexual partner (“It depends on the country,” he laughs.) He also plays his latest single “To The Top” at 1:36:44.
Watch Twin Shadow perform “Golden Light” on Pitchfork.tv: