Category Archives: Fun

Yahoo! Open Hack Day Videos

Reminiscing about the good old days at Yahoo, I’m enjoying watching again the “Hackumentary” movie that Ricky Montalvo made for the 2008 Open Hack day at Yahoo:

What if the world’s largest online media corporation opened its doors to “hackers” allowed them access to some of its most important features to see what they could create?

That’s what happened in September 2008, when over 300 developers descended on Yahoo!’s campus for an event that is every coder’s dream.

This first Yahoo! short film documentary will present the intense, fun and real-life Hack culture as illustrated by the Open Hack Day attendees. The short will show the lives of the participating hackers as they hack and compete in the ultimate in developer/coder showdown, discovering not only their obsessive “hack” habits and personalities, but also share what the developer community is all about.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The World is Just Awesome

The Discovery Channel has been running new commercials that preview upcoming new seasons for several of their shows. As in the past, the commercials are well-made and (for me at least) can get you really jazzed up for many of their shows.

They’ve obviously got a great advertising team and I wish they’d post these commercials on their own site (where you can now get full video of most of their shows). Instead, we need to hunt around to dig up copies like this one:

[ View this video on YouTube. ]

The montage commercials they showed last year were outstanding, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online. I did find the promo for season 3 of Bear Grylls in Man vs Wild, one of the favorite shows at our house. (Update: I found a couple more cool promos from 2007 and 2008 on YouTube.)

Another new addition this year: custom merchandise through Cafepress.com. Now you can buy t-shirts or coffee mugs for your favorite show like Dirty Jobs!

I’m impressed with the continuing evolution of the Discovery Channel as they continue to combine entertainment with education. Now if I ever upgrade to HDTV at home, I could really get into it.