Video of a tornado so beautifully perfect it seems unreal

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I love how the horses just past 2 minutes are all “No biggie-bigs!”


I agree - it looks like really bad CGI.


ah hm… FAKE!!!

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Maybe. I thought I saw a flag on a flagpole at one point that was perfectly at rest, when it seems like it should’ve been whipping around a lot…

What an absolute beast.

Serious question, what’s the dividing line between Boing Boing standing up for the rights of artists whose work has been stolen by e.g. T-shirt corporations, and Boing Boing broadcasting a “not for broadcast” video and joking about it? I’m not trying to be pissy, I’m honestly asking.


"If I had a TV channel, I’d love to broadcast this. "

Please run it on a loop as counter-programming to the yearly Christmas ‘Yule Log’ broadcast.

  1. Boing boing is not a broadcaster. They are a website.
  2. That watermark on the video is to prevent TV stations from using his footage without permission or compensation.
  3. The fact that the creator uploaded that video to Youtube means that they are OK with it being watched online, linked to, and/or embedded on other sites. (Youtube has a switch to disable embedding of your videos if you want).

Needs more Wicked Witch of the West.



IANAL, but I don’t think that’s accurate. Posting a video is publishing it, and publishing is broadcasting, whether it’s done by a ‘professional’ TV station or one person in a basement.

I’m just making the general point; otherwise I think you’re right about the creator being okay with it being shared.
Though I’d have asked first. :wink:

Broadcasting and publishing are very different. Broadcasting involves beaming electromagnetic signals from a transmitter, and anyone who has a receiver will get the signal. It comes into your home whether you want it to or not. Hence all the strict government regulations about bad words, nudity, and other objectionable content being broadcast on TV or radio - because the content is being pushed out to the world, you don’t have any choice about what is being aired, all you can do is change the channel or turn off the receiver after hearing something you dislike. If something objectionable is aired, any child with a receiver might hear the objectionable thing.

Whereas publishing involves putting out a thing that people have to take action to obtain. In the olden days, by going to a news stand. Nowadays, the going out is virtual, but the essence remains the same - you want the thing, you search for it, find it, and then you read/view/hear it. You are in control of what content you encounter. If you come across something objectionable, well, you were the one who typed in the search term/bought the magazine with the lurid cover/whatever. Parents can control what their kids see by limiting access to the internet. Hence, the government doesn’t regulate the content of publications beyond a very limited set of banned topics (kiddie porn, for example). Not for lack of trying by various blue nosed groups who want the entire internet to be just as sterile and boring as broadcast media.

Getting back on topic, publications and broadcasters use very different royalty schemes for reimbursing creators. The royalty system for publications grew organically over centuries of writers and publishers figuring out what system they could both live with, whereas the broadcast royalty system was invented over just a couple years in the early 20th century and imposed upon broadcasters by music publishers.


Probably because it was some distance from the actual twister, so there would likely be relatively little wind; closer to, the flag, along with the pole, would be disappearing into the distance, along with the surrounding architecture.


Thanks - that’s a helpful explanation.

That is surreal.


Indeed - the sudden lack of any breeze at all is the ‘Uh-Oh’ signal. I don’t know exactly what’s going on in front of an approaching violent thunderhead that causes the air to go still, but even the birds stop singing.

It’s a haboob!

Once in awhile, we get them here in Colorado.

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