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Pianist’s Classical Cover Is a Modern-Day Masterpiece

The key to a good GoPro video is, well, in D Minor.

Sure, you’re probably accustomed to seeing the POV camera used for recording extreme sports (black-flipping off a canyon or ski flying in Norway). But in a recent YouTube video from ValentinaLisitsa, the camera is used to showcase one pianist’s rapid finger movement in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17.

“This video just proves that playing piano is just as exciting as mountain biking, paragliding or just doing silly stuff with GoPro camera as a companion,” the video’s description reads.

Now that deserves a standing ovation.

BONUS: 15 Terrifying GoPro Videos to Make Your Heart Skip

20 Quick How-To Guides to Solve All Your Troubles

If you have a problem and need a quick and simple solution, Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans has 20 of them for you.

Wysaki’s helpful hints range from quirky, like looking in the couch cushions to find your spirit animal, to totally bizarre, such as becoming a cat to avoid paying rent.

These 20 how-to guides may not be entirely practical — but they will leave you laughing at the very least.

12 Memorable Mashable Videos of 2012

We’ve had a lot of interesting moments at Mashable in the past year — and luckily, we also happened to be filming many of them. In 2012, we followed an Internet celebrity singing with a turkey leg, talked to folks who lined up for the iPhone 5 for a week, and a tracked down a filmmaker who did documentaries for the Arab Spring. We also peered into Martha Stewart’s bag and survived a takeover attempt from Conan O’Brien.

1. Conan O’Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO

In an April Fools’ Day prank, TeamCoco and Mashable got together to create a zany story line that includes Conan buying the site and ousting founder and CEO Pete Cashmore. The Conan O’Brien takeover launched at midnight on April 1 in a 24-hour story arc that shows O’Brien’s attempts to make paper-based tweeting happen.

2. Mashable Goes ‘Behind the Launch’ With New Documentary Series

We follow the journey of Vungle, an in-app advertising startup, as they court investors, hire new employees, and finally launch their company. Catch up on all fourteen episodes here.

3. How to Learn a Language on YouTube

Reporter Neha Prakash embarks on an attempt to learn Russian from YouTube tutorials, which culminates in a trip to a Russian restaurant as she tries to order from the fluent waitress. Her favorite word? C??????, which means “thank you.”

4. What’s in Martha Stewart’s Tech Bag?

America’s pioneering DIY expert has three iPads. What else does she carry in her seemingly endless bag of gadgets?

5. Watch Calexico Play Two Songs Live At Mashable

Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico fill Mashable HQ with the distinctive sound of the American southwest. They talk about their new album, Algiers, being a musician in the digital era, and sticking to an analog recording experience.

6. What Does Siri Know About the iPhone 5?

Tech editor Pete Pachal grills Siri for inside information about the phone, only to get coy replies.

7. Who Lined Up For the iPhone 5?

Meet the colorful characters who camped out at the Apple flagship store for a week.

8. iPhone 5 Line: Unnecessary But Fun

We do an early morning stakeout at the Apple Store right before it opens its doors.

9. This Is What Happens When Comic Con Attendees Try to Impersonate Bane

At the New York Comic Con, we asked everyone from Wolverine to Batman himself to demonstrate their finest Bane super-villain vocal talents, with mixed results.

10. This Man Fights in and Films the Last Gasps of the Arab Spring

Activist and filmmaker Matthew VanDyke spent years traversing North Africa and the Middle East by motorcycle, befriending Libyans and other travelers along the way. We talk to him about his work in this two-part series.

11. Nicole Westbrook Talks Turkey With New Yorkers

Watch 12-year-old YouTube viral video star Nicole Westbrook as she interviews people on the street with a turkey leg. You can’t make this stuff up.

12. Internet Feline Luminary Talks Big Data and Facebook Stock

Watercooler Editor Annie Colbert picks the brain of one of the Internet’s foremost felines, Grumpy Cat.

BONUS: Mashable Isn’t the Only 7-Year-Old Digital Expert

When Mashable turned seven years old, it got us thinking: How does a 7-year-old media company compare with actual 7-year-olds? We talked to kids from 92nd Street Y’s Camp Yomi to discuss Facebook’s valuation, LinkedIn tips and the fate of the BlackBerry.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/12/06/12-memorable-videos/

‘Simon’s Cat’ Partakes in the Animal Olympics

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A new “Simon’s Cat” video hit the web Saturday, and this one gets into the competitive spirit of the Olympics … with a snail race. Check it out above.

For the uninitiated, “Simon’s Cat” is created by English animator Simon Tofield, who regularly uploads new short films to YouTube. He animates each frame by hand. Twelve to 25 drawings are required to create just one second of a “Simon’s Cat” film.

Revel in some more hand-drawn kitty-cuteness in the slideshow below.

Books Turned LeVar Burton Evil

Books provide us with endless amounts of knowledge. Knowledge is power — but power is evil.

Just days after LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow successfully funded the resurgence of the hit show, it has been revealed that we have made a terrible mistake.

This Funny or Die skit shows an updated version of the show’s mind-numbing theme song, proving that Burton and his catchy tune will probably kill you — or, worse, the entire world.

We trusted him with our children and more than 3 million dollars.

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Image: Funny or Die

What Happens Every Time Gotye Starts Playing

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Music snobs may try to scoff at Gotye’s megahit “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but when the catchy tune comes on the radio for the 843,201,743rd time, they belt it out just like the rest of us singing superstars. Well, superstars in our own car and showers at least.

Sing it, ladies and gents — we’re not judging.

Celebrities Go Face-to-Tweet With 140 Character Insults

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The average person doesn’t lounge on luxury yachts in the Caribbean or encounter a swarm of paparazzi while exiting Whole Foods, but believe it or not, celebrities are real people with real feelings. In a world where snark is celebrated, that fact can be easily forgotten — especially on Twitter, where 140-character jabs are met with favoriting and retweets.

Jimmy Kimmel asked celebrities to read a few of the tweet insults directed their way in a segment that might (emphasis on might) make you feel bad for Snooki.

Viral Video Recap: Tiger Chases a Toddler and More

Warning: Dressing up like a tiger might make the fierce felines think you’re one of them.

In this week’s viral video recap, a captive tiger behind glass chases after a giggling child wearing a tiger suit. But that’s not the first time a fearless tyke has gotten attention from a jungle animal. Remember the video of a lion trying to eat a baby in a zebra-like hoodie (albeit through a glass window)? We’re starting to notice a pattern here.

Other viral videos this week include a man getting up-close to a group of sharks, puppies playing with bowling pins and a cat being silly in a box. Watch them all in the video, above.

Image: YouTube, Marshall Shaffer

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/11/10/viral-video-recap-a-tiger-chasing-a-toddler-and-more/

Katy Perry’s Victorian Dreams Go Up in Flames in ‘Unconditionally’

Katy Perry has found an era that suits her perfectly — Victorian.

The pop star went retro-chic in a visually stunning music video for power ballad “Unconditionally,” the second single from her “Prism” album. There are gowns, snow, pearls, flower petals, an owl, underwater scenes and a bed on fire — so nothing really out of the ordinary for Perry.

The singer recently told MTV that this music video would be a departure from her other videos because it “doesn’t have a complete narrative.”

“I usually have quite a big story line,” she said. “This time I wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don’t usually go for. But it’s mostly just a beautiful video that is supposed to evoke this power of love.”

Mission accomplished, Katy.

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Perry also released a lyric video for the song in October, featuring models Janell Shirtcliff and Erika Linder.

A Clever Guide to Not Failing Miserably on Instagram

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If Facebook is Lucky Charms, Instagram is just the colorful marshmallows. That’s the breakfast-themed wisdom laid down by filmmaker Casey Neistat in his charming and informative guide to not sucking so bad on Instagram.

Like any form of social media, you can participate in a way that delights your network or you can abuse the system until you find yourself unfollowed, unfriended and talking to your cat. Neistat’s quick list of filtered photo etiquette tips ensures you won’t turn into an uber-hashtagging, selfies-loving Instagram outcast.

BONUS: 12 Most Cliché Photos on Instagram