Video Briefly: Train Dance Party, DIY Arc Furnace, Selfie Stick Proposal

Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: How to make an arc furnace capable of melting metal in your backyard, hilarious impromptu dance party on Perth train, the history of the M16 rifle.

  • We recently made no bones about our dislike of touch screens: they usually require bigger icons and simplified UIs which are poorly suited to a variety of computing tasks. But what about touch screens from 1982?
  • Ever since Australia introduced its controversial plain packaging laws for cigarettes, it has been copping flak for it from big tobacco. Here are John Oliver’s two cents on On Last Week Tonight.
  • Here’s an awesome montage of women kicking arse in action movies. Because why the hell not?
  • Differential advection is a weather phenomenon where two or more air masses have different wind directions. This can cause some pretty cool cloud effects, as demonstrated in this timelapse video.
  • Announced this weekend at the Japanese Amusement Expo, Dissidia Final Fantasy takes Square Enix’s franchise-wide fighting game from the PSP to the arcade with three-on-three battles between a horde of iconic characters. Watch the trailer here.
  • Joe Capra of Scientifantasti used an 80-megapixel Phase One IQ180 digital camera to shoot a time-lapse video of Rio Di Janeiro in 10K. Click here to see the most detailed video ever captured
  • Apparently, the future of games journalism is rap reviews. Click here for the phat beats.
  • Who said train trips had to be boring? Surprising commuters on a Perth train with an impromptu dance, social artist Peter Sharp and The Liberators International threw themselves out there to see if they could brighten everyone’s day. They succeeded.
  • Turns out the fastest way to solve a Rubik’s Cube is to set it on fire. This video demonstrates how it’s done.
  • The M16 has been the weapon of choice for the US armed forces since the early 1960′s, and after a rocky start it has solidified its place as a modern military companion. Here’s a brief history.
  • Love to cook? Here’s how to bake to perfection according to Michelin-Star Chef Raymond Blanc.
  • Self-proclaimed “King of Random” Grant Thompson built his own arc furnace to transform hard materials into their gooey counterparts. Here are the results.
  • Meet the TowPlow; a monster snow plough his monster snow plough dragged by a snow truck which allows it to swings out to cover more area. Very slick.
  • Data retention legislation continues to percolate, although the government is trying to push it through parliament as soon as possible — and could potentially have a capturing and monitoring system in place before March. Here’s a carefully dissenting opinion offered by Shadow communications minister Jason Clare.
  • This slow-motion video captures the thrill of flying in a Batman-style wingsuit. Epic!
  • This may just be indisputable proof that video games are anti-social. Someone built an Arduino so he could trade Pokemon with himself. Here is the video.
  • What’s the best way to propose to a completely unsuspecting girlfriend? With a “selfie stick” video that then goes viral, of course.

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