Come On, Let's Go.


So AV artist Bartek Szlachcic attached a couple of sensors to a drummer's sticks and recorded it, creating a motion-painting of a drum solo. It's unsurprisingly amazing. I've been going to live shows for a while now, and impressive drumming can be one of the most visually delightful parts of the show. I've previously written about the late Jerry Fuchs, who was a drummer of such skill that his kit was on the front line with the guitarists. Watching Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel/A Hawk and a Hacksaw) play "Drums on Fire" while on tour with Broadcast or, uh, whoever was drumming on Ladytron's Light and Magic tour play "USA vs White Noise" are some of my most cherished concert moments. So, this is video is a special delight.



I don't usually post funny videos for the sake of funny videos, but this one is ...different. In that every single person I have shown it to has laughed and laughed and laughed. It's a combination of factors, really. Not to dissect gossamer, but the unintentional physical comedy, general hopelessness of the situation and surprisingly funny (if dickish) commentary, it's the perfect storm of a once in a lifetime comedy situation (comsit?) Once you're done watching it here, go watching Benny Hillified and of course someone made a Final Fantasy joke.



A few years ago, a guy named Shamus Young coded something really cool: a procedurally generated city. Using just a few assets (a bit of texture, some general building models, a bit of code for cars) he makes and entire world appear. He explains it much better than I do in the video. You can download it here. It exists as a Windows screensaver file -- .scr, remember those? -- and is a whopping 127K.


Define “Well-Adjusted”

I, and most other people with functioning hearts and souls, love Calvin and Hobbes. And if there's one C+H tradition reinforced above all others, it's Calvin's crazy-ass snowmen. Bill Watterson, through Calvin, created some marvels during the strip's run, many of them being considerably (and hilariously) more adult-oriented than the rest of the strip. So, here's a tribute to the man, the boy, and their mutual genius by Jim Frommeyer and Down in Front's Teague Chrystie. The fact that this was made by hand is rather impressive as well. Good job all around!

(Also: I just want to make it clear that, despite the language of the finale, Bill Watterson is alive and well. Just retired and spending his days fishing.)

Thanks to this attribution-less page, I can show you which strips the scenes in the above videos came from. Unfortunately, there's no datestamps, so I can't get you higher quality shots than the ones available on that incredibly old-school webpage (that was almost certainly Designed In Notepad! For Netscape Navigator! IE Keep Out! and so on.)

...and, finally, my personal favorite snow strip, and the source of the title of this post:



I have absolutely nothing to say about this video by David Lewandowski, who also did a lot of the graphics for Tron: Legacy. Anyway, outside of the fact that the sound editing is brilliant. And also that it's a modernd-day dadaist masterpiece. It's under a minute long. Just watch it and be amazed.


Busy World

I wrote about Cyriak earlier, and he's got a new video out. I have to say that the more of his videos I watch, the more I'm delighted by the music as much as the video. It reminds me of a harder-edged Belbury Poly (who, themselves, sound like a more whimsical Boards of Canada.) So, enjoy his latest, "Kitty City":


All Play

I was on a nostalgia kick last night and, as these things usually go, it ended with my watching about a half-dozen cartoons intros on YouTube. Going further and further back in time to my childhood, I looked up one of my favorite cartoons from back before I even understood enough English to grasp the dialogue. Howie Mandell's Bobby's World wasn't the greatest cartoon of the 90s, but it ran for nearly a decade and I caught a fair amount of it growing up. However, the disconnect between my watching this cartoon and my education in film means I didn't notice one very important thing until last night. Let's see if you get the "oh, shit!" moment I had last night. Here's a hint: it becomes the most blatant at around 0:25 in:

Here's the big solution:

Now, I could be wrong, but unlike, say, anything from the Fox stable -- Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, et. al. -- Bobby's World was not particularly known for its smirky adult moments, so a reference to The Shining, of all films, is all the more surprising and delightful.

Also, because someone was willing to put a lot more time and effort into this connection, you can see the cartoon's music overdubbed onto the film's video here. The creator disabled embedding, so you'll have to follow the link through but it's worth it.


Shot Reverse Shot

I spent the entirety of the hurricane holed up in my 1.5-bedroom apartment with my girlfriend, her brother, his wife, my two 80-year-old grandmothers and my dog. I am not yet sure how it is that I did not go absolutely insane, but I managed it. I ended up watching more movies than I had in a while, all of them somehow oriented around action: G.I. Joe, Star Trek, The Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Prince of Persia, Highlander and Big Trouble in Little China. I had never hidden to fact that I enjoy action films more than any other genre -- yes, that is including lugubrious black-and-white French affairs where men and women smoke while not making eye contact -- but apparently my tolerance for them is utterly bottomless.

So, in that vein, here is "Bodycount," the latest short film by YouTube's own action auteur, Freddie Wong (about whom I have written previously.) Enjoy!


Bare Tentacle

Most web videos you see in the 16-bit style tend to use the SNES as their basis for the visuals. This is, usually, because the SNES was the superior system as far as visual quality was concerned. This leaves us Genesis owners in the dust, even after we I finally acknowledged the superiority of the competing system fifteen years down the line. So it's really nice to see the Sonic, Streets of Rage references and general Sega feel in Mykola Dosenko's video for Samo Sound Boy's "Shuffle Code"



I am a single season away from finishing the entire run of Seinfeld. I am prone to turning on a television show while hangin' out (my epic run of nine season of Criminal Intent, for instance) and Seinfeld turned out to be a particularly quick watch. I also realized that somehow I have managed to actually have seen all of it previously, even though I can't really recall ever sitting down and watching the show.

Anyhow, I'm pretty glad I watched it this way because it nearly rivals Arrested Development in the amount of visual callbacks, and they're all more enjoyable when you're not squinting and wondering "is that... I think I saw before..." rather than being sure and just, well, enjoying them. Considering I have the memory for something like that, I hope to someday being able to make something like this:

Switch to our mobile site