We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
We recently came to the conclusion that it is impossible to make a bad time lapse video. It cannot be done. So why isn't there a cable channel that shows nothing but time lapse videos of weather fronts, exhibits at the Guggenheim being arranged, and football stadiums filling up and emptying out to the soaring sounds of Explosions in the Sky? It would be perfect the perfect channel for people who want something on they can ignore, but don't like sports, think political talk shows are venomous, and think Seinfeld is getting a little stale. But it have to be called The TL. Otherwise people won't understand why time lapse videos are being shown all day. [Guggenheim]
The BBC went halfway around the world to catch a glimpse of a 48-year-old Chinese farmer who supposedly looks like Vladimir Putin. The video is not embeddable, so you'll have to click on the link, but we fail to see the resemblance, either head-on or at an angle. Which raises the question: what has he done with the real Chinese Putin? [BBC]
The compilation of Barney Frank arguing with people in public only runs for three minutes, but it probably could have gone on for three hours. That's a testament to Frank's commitment to public service, and also his willingness to argue loudly in a public setting. [Daily Intel]
Atlantic hurricane season officially ends in six hours, which naturally warranted a four-minute time lapse video of all the storms that came up the coast. If you had The TL, this would air at 9:30 p.m., with replays at midnight, 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. [NOAA]
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