•February 14, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Duck Sauce – “Mesmerize” [music video]

•February 10, 2021 • Leave a Comment

How do you make a music video during a global pandemic? Low-tech + high-energy, or just ask Duck Sauce, because they did it. The video features obvious stock footage (still watermarked) and janky 3D models, and although it gets slightly NSFWish, it delivers the lolz and goes on to exceed the laws of physics itself! Think wormholes and happy thoughts.

It is also jammpacked with celebrity cameos — Daniel Craig, Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, to name a few, — so prepare (Johnson & Johnson Vision Treatment Soap should do it) to jam and be ‘mesmerized’:

“Covid kept delaying our shoot so Duck Sauce is releasing the animatic as the official video.” ~ director Keith Schofield. We’ll suspend our disbelief and imagine that there really could have been a live action version of this insanity.

The Chemical Brothers — “Free Yourself” [music video]

•November 28, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Electronic music and robots go well together, don’t they just.

Video is a bit too on the nose for my liking. Still neat. Not sure why but, “Free Yourself” reminded me of “Base 6” which I played the shit out of back in 2002 and is, in my opinion, the cooler track:

‘SpotMini’ Robot Dances to Bruno Mars

•October 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Machines, before they rule, shit like this is how they will win us over.

Funny. Really smooth execution. Also were all going to die.

SpotMini is a nimble four-legged robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors. It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built.

Our mission is to build the most advanced robots on Earth, with remarkable mobility, agility, dexterity and speed.” ~ Boston Dynamics (aka Skynet!)

Could Life Be an Artificial Simulation?

•April 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Why not? But don’t expect these scientists to mention religion even though that’s basically what the simulation hypothesis proposes; a mathematical architect:

Edited by: Emanuel Danneman nobaddays.nu / Full list of credits at Vimeo.

No Bad Days stitched together discussions from scientists, enthusiasts and art forms about the possibility and consequences of our reality being a simulation. “So you’re saying as you dig deeper, you find computer code writ in the fabric of the cosmos.”

If simulation is a word that describes something intelligently created, and reality is a word that describes what is not (for some) and is something that just is (or random cosmic explosion), then why are we as a species intrinsically not content with that “just is” explanation for existence? Could it be that it lends no clue as to the reason why? If we’re all in the same boat, behind the veil of knowing for certain, then why can’t we stop debating and all just be in awe? Maybe it is our predisposition for disparity that makes us human. The ultimate itch for certain truth that advances us forward. Birthing ambition. Ignorance, like curiosity and imagination then, might just be another one of our greatest mechanisms for achieving greatness. But who of us truly likes admitting ignorance. (🙋🏾‍♂️)

Virtual Self — “Ghost Voices” [♬]

•March 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Musical Retrospective Looks Back on 100 Years of Japanese Animation

•January 22, 2018 • Leave a Comment

2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation. From crude drawings, puppetry and stop motion, anime has evolved ever since it started back in 1917.

Namakura Gatana, a silent short anime from 1917, is regarded as the oldest piece of Japanese animation with a surviving print, and using it as a starting point for the medium makes anime 100 years old. In celebration, the Association of Japanese Animations has released a 15-minute video (122 works are featured) that looks back on landmark Japanese animated works of the century since Namakura Gatana was released:

The Association of Japanese Animations had two major criteria for inclusion in the video: historical significance and permission to use the footage. As such, if your favorite anime isn’t part of the retrospective, it is likely because of licensing issues, or simply because even as long as the video is, there’s still not enough space for every great anime of the past 100 years.

Genèse: Interactive Video Performance by U-Machine

•June 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Performance artists U-Machine created this work in which a pole dancer interacts with the geometric images projected on the screen behind her:

Art director: Amine Rachad / Dance and choregraphy: Marie Clain / Video & Music: Amine Rachad / Shooting and editing: Amine Rachad / Creative partners: La Grainerie ( la-grainerie.net/ ) / Co-producers: Festival Electro Alternativ ( electro-alternativ.com/ ) / Contact: contact.umachine@gmail.com / facebook.com/umachineshow/.

Delta Heavy — “Ghost” [music video]

•May 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Microsoft Office 97 glory days are over, but Microsoft Office assistant Clippy is still out there trying to find his way in this meme filled virtual world, and he’s not happy about it:

Director Chris Bristow / Producer Matt Marsh / Production BLINKINK / Executive Producer Bart Yates

Nosaj Thing — “Cold Stares” ft. Chance The Rapper & The O’My’s [music video]

•October 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Fantastic music video for track by Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, put together by Rhizomatiks and features dancers from Elevenplay. The video uses drones, 3D capture and performative dance to create a sense of alternating between digital and real worlds:

Creative Director + Technical Director: Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Director: TAKCOM / Choreographer: MIKIKO (ELEVENPLAY) / Dancer: Kaorin (ELEVENPLAY) & Erissa (ELEVENPLAY) / Technical Director-Hardware Designer-Hardware Engineer: Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks Research) / Computer Vision Programmer: Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research) / Drone Engineer: Katsuhiko Harada (Rhizomatiks Research), Momoko Nishimoto (Rhizomatiks Research), Youichi Sakamoto (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Producer: Takahiko Kajima (PICS) / Video Production Manager: Syuhei Harada (PICS) / CG Designer: Akira Miwa (McRay), Kohki Okuyama (McRay) / CG Producer: Akira Iio (McRAY) / Motion Capture System: Crescent, inc. / Costume Design: Yaepon.

While CG effects are nothing new, the use of little drone cameras to capture the movements of the two dancers teetering on the edge of reality and illusion gives everything a very unique feel. Learn about the making of here >rhizomatiks/coldstares/<

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Directed by Tokyo-based media artist, Daito Manabe, who I remember a few years ago was doing interesting things with electronic pulses and facial muscles moving in sync to music:

Jamiroquai: The Game

•May 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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The 90s man, I was there, and this guy was the stuff of Juice TV music countdowns and your older relatives’ BMW playlists. Jamiroqui is a great name for a game I must say, albeit 18 years late. This funny Frogger-like-game parodies the classic music video for Jamiroquai’s hit song Virtual Insanity Control lead singer Jay Kay as he sashays over a moving floor and avoid the chairs sliding all around him:

EX_MACHINA Source Code [cameos & easter eggs]

•May 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Watched Alex Garland’s EX_MACHINA last night with my dad. It is an incredibly controlled piece of storytelling that addresses the notion of human and machine interaction like no film before has. EX_MACHINA is good. And for an extra bit of geekiness for those who enjoy going beyond what is meets the eye, you may find pleasure in knowing EX_MACHINA has quite possibly the geekiest easter-egg in movie history.

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In the film, (no spoilers so don’t worry) the protagonist accesses a computer’s source code, and this source code flashes on-screen (within a computer screen) for a few short seconds (above image). This code looks like your regular, random HTML jargon that many movies and TV shows make up just for the visual look of it. Except, if you transfer and run EX_MACHINA’s source code in python2.7, which is a programming language, it results in a ISBN (International Standard Book Number); “ISBN = 9780199226559″

What is an ISBN? An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation (except reprintings) of a book. A universal cataloging number basically for all books.

So what was the book the number referred to? The ISBN was for “Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds” written by Murray Shanahan, a professor in cognitive robotics at Imperial College, who was also called upon to be EX_MACHINA’s scientific advisor. A clever nod, don’t you think?

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See, I told you; “geekiest easter-egg in movie history” ever.

The first person who actually discovered this ISBN goes by the Reddit handle of Infintie_3ntropy. He has new-found, self-proclaimed respect for director Alex Garland now, and all it took was an incredibly obscure screen grab of genuine source coding.

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Rebeat feat. Shirley Bassey “If You Go Away” — Music Video Tribute to “Ghost in the Shell” [music video]

•May 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Rebeat feat. Shirley Bassey 'If You Go Away'

A love story, told in tribute to the Sci-Fi world of Mamoru Oshii’s masterpiece “Ghost in the Shell”, where divisions between man and machine are kept under strict surveillance:

Nature by Numbers

•April 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This neat 3D animated infographic illustrates the complexity of nature to the naked eye, through the simplicity of one mathematical equation. I’m sure everyone touched on Fibonacci and the golden ratio sequence back in high school, but I bet no one actually took in how amazing it was. I know I didn’t.

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. / Visit etereaestudios.com for more info. / Music by Wim Mertens – “Often a bird” from the album “Jardin Clos”, 1996 – © Usura – Published by Usura 2010.

HEBOCON: The Robot Contest for Dummies, where “crappiness trumps strategy!”

•December 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Digital Love Industry & Smart Porn [NSFW]

•December 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is an incredibly thorough exposé into the future integration of tech and sexual stimuli. Tactile motion is one thing, but going from an explicit to a tacit acceptance of artificial sexual devices that are digitized in real-time is definitely going to play a part in shaping how we interact with our tech in the near future. This was awesome, VICE!

We investigate the future of love and sex in the digital age—including the
evolution of the porn industry, “teledildonics,” and the very real possibility of virtual romances:

Soon, virtual reality is going to crash into our lives in a way we never even imagined. Though dating and masturbating have long been commandeered by the web, it’s only been as a kind of middleman. Now we’re nearing the possibility of falling in love with your computer, as meeting your dream partner could be as easy as slipping on Oculus Rift—the most advanced virtual reality headset in the world.

In Digital Love, VICE investigates how love and sex is faring in the digital age, starting with technology’s notorious bedmate, the adult entertainment industry. We make a pilgrimage to LA’s “Porn Valley” to witness firsthand how virtual reality is scarily close to creating fully interactive porn before heading to Europe’s sex capital, Amsterdam, where the Dutch enthusiastically enlist the use of “teledildonics” to enhance their long-distance relationships.

Along the way we pick apart the digital world’s grip on today’s relationships. Apps and the rise of social media have revolutionized dating, while virtual affairs end real-life romances and online role-playing games have gone X-rated. Finally, we takes a look at a very modern taboo and ask: Can man’s relationship with machine ever translate into real-life intimacy?

I also loved how that video featured Quantic Dream’s “KARA” and Is Tropical’s “DANCING ANYMORE” (Forewarning: the music video below features disproportionate, naked 3D women servicing a highly imaginative young man):

If you liked that, you may also like Dems’ “DESIRE” (FATHER Remix) music video, that puts a Kinect into loving use:

A Brief History of Game Graphics

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A Brief History of Graphics

This 5-part series gives a technical yet engaging primer on the history of video game graphics, from the triumph of pixels over lines to depth of field and other tricks borrowed from cinema and photography:

Retro Supercut of Arcades in Movies

•September 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

HuffPost Movie Mashups are a collection of videos celebrating cinematic tropes and themes, and a part of the larger Huffington Post internet news, blog, and video community. Put together by Ben Craw, a video editor at The Huffington Post; this is what arcades looked like in the movies:

Edited by Ben Craw / Music by The Sweethearts “Burnin Through The Nite”

For a complete list of movies used: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08… Continue reading ‘Retro Supercut of Arcades in Movies’

Beauty & the Ceased [F]

•August 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Does beauty hurt? Or does the hurt come from our interpretation or associated thoughts we’ve consciously attributed to the things we consider beautiful? I think ‘true beauty’ is meant to make you feel, sadness. This is how we know it is real. If sadness is the one emotion we all avoid, then it makes sense that this feeling would be triggered in accordance with its polar opposite emotion. Like the feeling of empathy for someone else in pain or our own pain when something is not functioning properly within us. How we distinguish the truth in things must be instinctive. Is there a neurologist in the house?

My mother recently told me how sunsets reminded her of home; home she has not returned to in over 20 years. I think other things we find beautiful are reminders of things that are unique and not within reach, but alive in our hearts, kept safe in our memories. One emotion cannot manifest without another, letting us know the difference. If beauty is a stimulus of unspoken or unattained desires in limbo, then ’emotional duality’ isn’t something we should ignore or pacify with painkillers or adages. If sadness is the price we feel for experiencing true beauty, then the time we sacrifice in our everyday lives to attain a measure of it, is worth the rest of our lives. Love hurts.

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TRANSCENDENCE–Fiction [review…ish]

•May 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Caught a screening of TRANSCENDENCE with a friend tonight and we both thought it was good. I avoid movie reviews and critics until after I’ve seen a thing, and I’m surprised by how many people don’t like it. The dialogue is nothing scientific and didn’t really engage my curiosity, but it moves the story along. And unbeknownst to most of the critics, the [Spoiler Alert] nano-water could be loosely based on the hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario called “Grey Goo.” Grey Goo was originally described by mathematician John von Neumann (1903~1957) but given its name by molecular nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler in his 1986 book Engines of Creation. 

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TRANSCENDENCE aside; Grey Goo is the idea that a self-replicating nano-machine could duplicate itself non-stop, multiplying exponentially in mass as they consume all of Earth’s resources, thus giving it the appearance of grey goo — An expanding mass of uncontrollable nano-machines! Think, Benderama:

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Those things on STARGATE and the Borg would also suffice. TRANSCENDENCE may be seen by some to be a farfetched Hollywood flop, but I suspect it will stand the test of time the closer we get to nanotechnology and quantum computing. Indeed, “People fear what they don’t understand” — Or just heavily dislike. I’m sure there’s a lot that had to be toned down in order for this film just to get made, but nevertheless, there are some neat ideas explored here; it’s just a matter of time before real-life emerging technologies ascertain the probability of TRANSCENDENCE. Great work Wally Pfister. My friend noticed a few sub-textual biblical references as well which would be interesting to discuss. Some other time perhaps. I’m parched.

Are & Is!

•March 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Rattle Ya Dags – BE YOURSELF!!!

•October 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

RattleyaDags has an awesome assortment of interesting and inspirational tidbits from some of New Zealand’s most positive role models. I came across this YouTube page totally by chance, and I’m a little angry about that. Was this even promoted anywhere, but more importantly, why did it stop?! I think it’s so cool and a great medium for connecting the Kiwi youth with familiar and influential, positive kiwi thinkers:

Ladi6 (Karoline Tamati) is New Zealand’s premiere vocalist MC, renowned for her energetic live performances, sublime soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. Ladi6 started her musical career as part of New Zealand’s first all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc, who supported international acts including The Roots, De La Soul and 50 Cent.

P Digsss (Paora Apera) is the vocalist for drum and bass act Shapeshifter. Shapeshifter have been heralded as a musical phenomenon for their ground breaking live shows and unique blend of heavy soul/drum and bass. The popular act have recently released their fourth studio album, The System Is A Vampire, to critical and commercial success.

Nick Dwyer is a writer, broadcaster and TV presenter. He’s been on music TV presenting on Max TV, Juice TV, M2 and C4. A respected music journalist, Nick also wrote, presented and co-directed music travel series Making Tracks. He has been on the radio for 15 years and currently hosts the breakfast show on George FM.

Shavaughn has been a fixture on television screens, both here and overseas, since she was 18. After finding fame on kiwi kids institution What Now, Shavaughn moved to the UK where she was one of the hosts of Saturday morning TV show SMTV LIVE.

Both Clarke Gayford (MORE FM, The Edge, Channel Z, C4, George FM) and Matt Gibb (U live, STUDIO 2, Squirt) are youth personalities in their own right, who above all else both have positive attitudes and helpful advice.

Danielle Cormack hit our screens on television soaps Gloss and Shortland Street, and has gone on to star in dozens of films, TV dramas and stage productions making her one of New Zealand’s most respected and well-known actors. She recently appeared in the Australian television drama Wentworth.

Jeremy Elwood is an award-winning stand up comedian who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his no-holds-barred style, and intelligent, relevant material. He can be seen regularly at The Classic comedy club, writes the popular Political Animal blog for 3news.co.nz and appears on comedy series 7Days.

Bring this back! These are awesome and if I had a monogamous attention span I suppose I could post one of these videos everyday. I’m not going to do that.

Heaps more @ the YouTube page.

Autonomous Battlefield Killing Machines Addressed at the United Nations [F]

•June 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The ethics surrounding future “killer robots” or LARs (lethal autonomous robots) was recently brought to the fore at the United Nations in Geneva. Christof Heyns, Professor of Human Rights Law, presented a special report on 30 May 2013 which he warned that LARs — none currently deployed in any battlefield but very much in development — could blur the lines of command in war crimes cases. He added that action must be taken before the technology overtakes existing legislation.

Heyns made a logical appeal to ban the development of robots that could kill without any human input. Hayns gives a great abstract argument about future technology and how failure to define or comprehend its implications will result in… anarchy, I suppose. Here’s the full audio report from UNOG:

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I’m not convinced that a law ban will phase-out the development of LARs, but I am convinced that Heyns has many more proposals for the UN to consider in regards to “autonomous systems” and their protocols for saving lives and killing them. Perhaps this is the first stepping stone towards creating a few robotic laws of some sort, “hint hint:”

Anarchy, not revolution ^ Not yet anyway.

Basically, new laws are destined to be made in order to define what these new weaponized robots are — killer rombas or killer garden-sprinklers — and who will be accountable for their actions and lack of programming should something go wrong. Whose to say that a robot malfunction doesn’t fall under the legal term, act of God? Hopefully these laws, as Heyns suggested, are created and pass before LARs become a reality. You can’t prosecute a robot, so surely a new level of weaponry deserves new legislation to safeguard the possibility of their being any victims injured in the event of robotic deployment, implicit or not. LARs sound to me like a deterministic excuse, and man must remain responsible (see Jean-Paul Sartre‘s definition of anguish — Existentialism and Humanism), otherwise, what on Earth are we living for? Create robots to find and f-over so man can forget it ever happened and feel nothing? Any mechanism that comes between a man and his moral judgements removes sincerity from accountability — the psychology of morality in other words. I’m astounded at how genius robotics experts and UN officials can be so naive. Christof Heyns makes absolute sense to me and I truly hope people in power take him seriously. I doubt me blogging about the topic is going to effect any change.

The only reasonable justification I see for manufacturing autonomous weapons is ‘kill or be killed,’ which taken out of context of human self-defense, doesn’t justify the development of LARs. Robotic deterrents for the sake of intimidation is a pitiful use of science and technology. I don’t approve of weapons of war, but unmanned-drones at least have an operator making reasoned decisions with the knowledge of the worth of a human life.

If this reminds you of every movie you’ve ever seen with a robot in it, that’s because speculative science fiction has always simulated the future, and technology in its state of perpetual growth always catches up to those speculations allowing for those clever geniuses in reality to imitate fiction in miraculous ways. The significance of this event is the fact that the UN will have to at some point create new laws to define and support the use of LARs if their development is not banned outright for the reasons stated above, because sadly, we are all of us living in a gun-toting, human-fearing world.

A lethal automaton would make no sense* of that part of our illogical psychosis: the benefit of someone’s death.

Apparat “Song of Los” [music video]

•March 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A robot is born, runs away, learns of love and dies. This is the story of her memories:

Shaping Water with Waves – Japan’s AMOEBA (Advanced Multiple Organized Experimental Basin)

•June 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Just think of the insane calculations that have gone into this (formulas known as Bessel functions) – Researchers at the Akishima Laboratories in Japan developed a device that uses waves to write on water:

The shape manipulation of the water is so precise that you would be forgiven for thinking you’re looking at CGI effects from James Cameron’s The Abyss.

The primary purpose of the machine is apparently to conduct tests for water safety and the shape-drawing thing is just an added perk.

Although I think the laboratories expect this technology to be incorporated into amusement devices. Things that combine acoustics, lighting and fountain technology, installed at theme parks and hotels say.

One commenter had this to post:

The freeze-frame [above] implies that they’ve creating a static shape in the water, and they didn’t. They can create waves which – in one moment – forms a shape. Impressive, but not mind-blowing.

Costing at LEAST the equivalent of a million dollars for a tank that sophisticated, if they were using it solely for drawing shapes on the water I’d have to go hit somebody in charge somewhere. – Rob A

ROBOTS, Bigger Than Porn [infographic]

•February 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Man Do I Love Robots! Here’s everything you knew you wanted to know about our metallic soon-to-be-one-day overlords:

‘Future Crimes’, lol Robots won’t be committing crimes; they’ll be too busy controlling the human race DUH

Virtual Murder

•October 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

MapleStory is said to be the world’s first side-scrolling online multiplayer role-playing game and Mapleglobal is built for players mainly outside of Europe, Southeast Asia and East Asia. [Over 50 million… yikes]

Hmm, I don’t think the punishment fits the crime: come’on Japan, and all over such a teabag-ass game as well. Ever heard of FarCry?

Scientists Teach an A.I. About Humanity #aklfringe

•February 17, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Playing as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2021 (14 Feb—6 Mar)

Don’t be fooled by these scientists’ scientific jargon, this machine (actually) has a voice of its own and a mind to use it… A must for sci-fi lovers, this ambitious blend of live comedy and genuinely generated artifical artificiality is sure to be a standout at this year’s Fringe Fest. Hopefully for the right reasons, but hey, that’s Fringe at its core!

Tickets available below:

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/scientists-teach-an-ai-about-humanity-at-pitt-st/auckland/newton

GROWTH IN THE BOY (2021) [F]

•February 13, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, my dearly unknown. I truly hope you discover, acknowledge, and honour your strength and the natural gifts you were put on this earth with, and prepare yourselves for brighter days ahead. In case no one ever shared this with you, you are a cosmic snowflake — one of a kind — and the world belongs to those brave enough to believe in their convictions. …Life is kind of like psychic warfare. Too much? I believe 2021 will be a year of stepping up. Since you are on my blog, I mean, you gotta be one of the coolest people I’ve never met, so please, I want YOU to have yourself a great year!

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Mixtape for the Milky Way — “Video Games” [music video]

•February 9, 2021 • Leave a Comment

This nifty papercraft video is a celebration of play. Austin-based creator Eric Power has featured here before showcasing his love for Star Wars. This time Eric chronicles a nostalgia-packed ode to video games — you will recognize a fair few:

Directed and animated by @ericpowerup ericpowerup.net / Piano, synths, production by @John Mark Nelson // Lyrics and vocals by jeremy messersmith

Music was meh. What, I’m being honest with myself. …Meh!

(More) Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures by Anthony Howe

•December 13, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Anthony Howe has shared a new sculpture on his YouTube page, adding to his growing collection of splendid and sleek artworks, all activated by the slightest breeze:

Those are all amazing! To be fair, I am still impressed by the perpetual clacking of a classic Newton’s Cradle.

🥳 Por Trump [♬]

•November 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

First allow me to preface by saying that I am not an eligible voter in the 2020 United States Presidential election — what I am however is a stickler for catchy party tunes:

I’m DarkInTheBoy and I approve this message, puto

•October 31, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Back to the Future Too [fan film]

•April 14, 2020 • Leave a Comment

With the world on lockdown, a Back to the Future fan recruited fellow fans from around the world to help create a remake of Back to the Future Part II, one scene at a time. In the end, over 300 people from 9 countries contributed to the charming and amusing film, which includes live action, animation, and puppetry:

02/02/2020

•February 2, 2020 • Leave a Comment

A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backwards as forwards (racecar, madam, nurses run), and today’s date happens to be one and a special one at that.

02/02/2020 is the only one of its kind this century making it a very rare eight-digit palindrome.

The previous eight-digit palindrome like this was 11/11/1111, 909 years ago. We’ll only have to wait another 101 years for 12/12/2121, but the next one after that comes on March 3, 3030.

Darn it I wont be alive to see the next one. Considering that the record for the longest human lifespan is that of Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who lived to age 122 years, 164 days, nah there’s no way. Plus I think men die younger than women. Plus I’d be so old, I probably wouldn’t a give a shit about no date. I’d be way too busy dreaming of sipping piña coladas with Kim Novak, oh feet fail me now!

Here’s Weird Al Yankovic with a song written completely with palindromes in the style of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Staying Home Tonight on NYE? Been There :)

•December 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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The Smashing Pumpkins — “Thirty-Three”

•November 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The music video for “Thirty-Three”, directed by Billy Corgan and then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk, is a series of images shot in stop-motion, ending with a re-enactment of the Mellon Collie album cover.

Because the group’s videos so often avoid the literal interpretation of lyrics, the video for “Thirty-Three” was created with images closely related to the words of the song, as an intentional stylistic departure.

 
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