Archive for January, 2008

How three guys recreated the D-Day Invasion

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Here’s an amazing example of how computers and a little creativity can manipulate what you see on the TV screen. Watch this 4 minute documentary on how 3 graphic designers created D-Day on a shoe string budget for the BBC TIMEWATCH program “Bloody Omaha”… I could have done without the music soundtrack, but the way they put this all together is fascinating, and will remind you that everything you see isn’t always reality.

Pinhole “Eyeglasses”

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Robert Krampf shows us how to make an emergency pair of eyeglasses… out of a leaf! Great science experiment!

Pinhole Glasses
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Why do car sounds change when they pass you?

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Robert Krampf explains the Doppler Effect, by answering the question “Why does the sound of a car change as it passes you?” Neat!

Doppler Effect
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Amazing Chemical Reaction color changes

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

In 1973, this spectacular demonstration of a chemical reaction (a mixture of Malonic acid, potassium iodate, hydrogen peroxide, manganese sulfate and starch) triggered by an oscillator was perfected by Thomas Briggs and Warren Rauscher, two amazing high school science teachers. Over thirty-five years later, chemists are still trying to fully understand how it works.

What they do know: Several reactions take place at once. One of them produces iodine, which gives the amber color. Hydrogen peroxide reduces other chemicals into iodide ions. Along with normal iodine, the charged particles interact with starch to create it a blue-black color. The speeds of those transformations are constantly changing. As one overtakes the other, the color suddenly changes.

People in Order: From age 1 to 100

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Watch this three minute film as people from age 1 to 100 beat the drum.

The Vegetable Orchestra

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

This one of a kind musical ensemble, the Vegetable Orchestra, performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. The utilization of various ever refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound. I can see the kids raiding your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer even now! lol

Why do wet things turn dark?

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Robert Krampf demonstrates why this happens… though it may not be for the reason you expect.

Why do balloons act weird in a car?

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Robert Krampf explains the science behind your balloon’s behavior…

Crazy Traffic in India

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Imagine heading down to the grocery on this street in India. This is like a choreographed ballet. Amazing!

Heads Up on new release!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Dear Great Homeschool Videos Friends,

Greetings on this New Year’s Day 2008!

We just wanted to take a moment to give you a
quick “heads up” that over at our Homeschool Radio Shows
site, we are today releasing
a great new collection that will really
start your homeschooling off with a BANG this New Year.

You can check it out at:

FRONTIER FIGHTERS is a wonderful series of 39 audio programs
(along with discussion guides distinctive
written from a Christian perspective) telling the stories
of those brave explorers, pioneers and settlers who helped
tame the wild and woolly American West.
It is jam packed with both famous & little known true
stories, biographies and adventures that will really make
history “come to life” for your kids.

For just the next few days, we’ve got this new collection
available at an extreme discount, plus we’ve tossed
in a great selection of extra goodies to boot.
If you’re planning to do any American History
studies at all this new year, be sure to give it a quick
once over.

Here’s that link again:

Thanks so much for being with us –
we wish you and yours a wonderful New Year!

The Erskine Family

PS. More fun videos coming your way this week! Watch for them!