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Download videos on YouTube

Interesting things are happening on YouTube, as you can now officially download selected videos from the site.

One such video is President-Elect Obama’s recent weekly address:

The above is an embed but if you view the video on the actual site you will see more options.

Obama address on YouTube regular

For example you can also view it in HD:

Obama address in HD

But on the bottom left of the video you will see a link saying ‘click to download’:

Obama address on YouTube download linkIf you click on it then you can download the video as an MP4 video file to your computer. 

[Link via Lessig]

Amusing News

Obama teams up with Spider-Man

Obama Spiderman coverPresident-elect Barack Obama has teamed up with Spider-Man.

Marvel have announced a special tribute issue:

To celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama, Marvel is proud to present an all-new story teaming up one of the world’s most recognizable political figures with the world’s greatest super hero as President-Elect Obama joins Spider-Man in “Spidey Meets the President!”

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States. 

Obama reportedly collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel wanted to give him a ‘shout-out back’ by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief.

Spidey even gets a fist bump from the incoming president:

Obama Spidey fist bump

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops on January 14th and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

But can I suggest Marvel do another special issue for the outgoing vice-president

Maybe a teamup with Kingpin?

Dick Cheney and Kingpin

Marvel describe the bald-headed Spidey villain (aka Wilson Fisk) as:

…a criminal mastermind who is involved in extensive illegal activities such as drug running, smuggling, murder, and so forth.

Despite this, he has no criminal record and an army of lawyers to keep it that way, and is a criminal financial strategist without parallel. 

Remind you of anyone?

> Official Marvel announcement
> AP report on the story


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