Monday, December 6, 2010

NatCapVidMo Wrap-Up Post

Here's a link to each of the 30 videos I did over the month of November. As of December 6th, 2010, all of these videos are live, though of course there are no guarantees that anything uploaded to YouTube will stay online indefinitely. If any of these links break, please let me know about it: Thanks again to Universal Subtitles for their amazing captioning tool, and if anyone else would like to attempt to caption 30 videos in 30 days, go for it! I'd love to see this idea catch on.

Introduction to NatCapVidMo

Day 1: Transcription and Translation
3D animation of how DNA is read and how ribosomes make proteins.

Day 2: The Vogelkop Bowerbird
Snippet of a BBC nature documentary with David Attenborough.

Day 3: That Keith Wann Show Information
Silly promo for That Keith Wann Show (Captioned every week by StenoKnight CART Services, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST!) featuring ASL comedian Windell Smith.

Day 4: That Man
Music video for Caro Emerald's song That Man.

Day 5: Gerald McBoing-Boing
Animation of Dr. Seuss's book Gerald McBoing-Boing, filmed in 1950.

Day 6: Life of a Freelancer
A wry look at the foibles of freelancing by The Free Love Forum.

Day 7: The Shakespeare Sketch
A meeting between Shakespeare and his editor, played by Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson respectively.

Day 8: Sleight of Hand
The essential tricks used in sleight of hand magic, as narrated by Penn Jillette and demonstrated by Teller.

Day 9: Crazy
Music video for the Gnarls Barkley song Crazy, interpreted into ASL by b. storm.

Day 10: The Mimic Octopus
Brief nature documentary on the many guises of the Indonesian mimic octopus.

Day 11: Visual Illusions
A video about visual illusions used in a college class that I CARTed, which gave my client equal access to that day's lecture and follow-up discussion.

Day 12: Feynman on Fire
Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, explains what fire is and how it works.

Day 13: Foux du fa fa
Music video by Flight of the Conchords, with two Universal Subtitles language tracks: English and French.

Day 14: The Antikythera Mechanism
Brief explanation of the Antikythera Mechanism and demonstration of a modern replica in action.

Day 15: Molecular Gastronomy
Explanation of the whimsical science-based philosophy behind Moto, a restaurant in Chicago.

Day 16: Out of Sight (With Audio Description)
Animation about a little girl who wanders into a strange world, with both captions and audio description.

Day 17: Lunokhod-1
News report about the 40th anniversary of Lunokhod 1, the Russian moon rover.

Day 18: The Flashlight Toothbrush
The Stupid Inventor demonstrates how to construct a combination flashlight and toothbrush, should you ever want to do such a thing.

Day 19: Work It Out
Music video for RJD2's song Work It Out, featuring dancer Bill Shannon.

Day 20: Science Tricks for Parties
A few cool things you can do with household objects to amaze your friends and mystify your science-hating enemies.

Day 21: Engineer's Guide to Cats
Explanation of the cat-human interpersonal dynamic from an engineer's perspective.

Day 22: Why Can't We Walk Straight?
Animation of a program on National Public Radio about why blindfolded humans never walk in straight lines.

Day 23: Greubel Forsey
Brief segment on the design and manufacture of Greubel Forsey wristwatches.

Day 24: Signs of Our Ideas
Announcement of a contest by ASL storyteller Peter Cook, challenging Deaf and Hearing people alike to think up a new ASL sign for the concept of "poverty".

Day 25: Missoula Parkour
Explanation of the principles behind parkour, accompanied by brief clips of the Missoula Parkour Group.

Day 26: Organic and Polymeric Semiconductors
Scientists discussing the great potential of organic and polymeric semiconductors in making the extraction of energy from the sun vastly more convenient and efficient.

Day 27: Traditional Hand Signs
Explanation of traditional hand signs from the Australian Walmajarri people, by artist Clifton Bieundurry.

Day 28: Refreshabraille 18 on the iPod Touch
Explanation of how to link the iPhone or iPod Touch with the Refreshabraille 18, with a transcript of the captions posted below the video.

Day 29: Linda Buys a Hat
Brief story from Sesame Street in which Linda Bove buys a hat. In English and ASL/PSE, with captions for both.

Day 30: Probing Platypus Evolution
Light-hearted look at the Australian platypus and an investigation into its genome.


  1. Hello,

    Just discovered this great tool with help from MIT (no, I cannot imagine translating an MIT course/day, that would be too much).

    Anyway, I just can't figure out how you can view the subtitled video in full screen. I've asked the guys over at universalsubtitles, but their answer seems to be moving rather slow. I've tried with IE and Firefox, on different videos. The full screen button is there alright, but press is and it just sits there, doing nothing.

    Did you have a problem with this also, is there a way around it ? I'll be grateful if you could make some light for me in this issue.

    Thank you very much,

  2. Hello, Mihai. Unfortunately this is a known bug with Universal Subtitles. It doesn't support full-screen viewing. I brought this to their attention several months ago and they said they put it on their development list, but I got the impression that it was fairly low among their priorities. It's a shame, because I also prefer to watch videos at full-screen sizes. I hope they fix it soon.

  3. Well, thank you for your answer. At least I know now I'm not the "crazy" one for not getting around this issue.

    Have a great day!

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