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friday youtubery

Friday, February 13th, 2009

I have seen/heard William Shatner’s spoken word interpretation of Rocket Man, but I did not know that he did the same with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. And someone made a video for the intertubes.

Google video link
Also here, with appropriate comment: This is the video that should have been made for the song that should never have been recorded.


Little kids annoy the crap out of me, and normally this kind of video might be something I’d used after swallowing poison to induce vomiting, but I think it’s actually kind of funny.
Kittens, inspired by kittens.

Youtube link: kittens, inspired by kittens


Here is a Trader Joe’s commercial, done by someone who seems to have a love/hate relationship with the store.

Youtube link: Trader Joe’s commercial


Here is Orff’s Carmina Burana with alternate lyrics:

Youtube link: Carmina Burana


Finally, Her Morning Elegance, a well-imagined stop-motion music video. I love the way she walks, so springy and happy.

Youtube link: Her Morning Elegance
Some notes about the video from Oren’s MySpace page:

  • The video was shot all stills – roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video, using one camera, hanging from the ceiling for the main body of the movie.
  • It took 4 weeks before shooting to create an animated computer generated storyboard for the video, with 3d dummies for the characters.
  • It took only 2 days of shooting for the live actors on set to re-create the 3.5 minutes computer sequence, frame by frame.
  • Some of the bed sheets used in the video were taken from Oren’s own bedroom and are now considered collectors items, worth at the moment not very much and therefore used as bed sheets.
  • Each of the wonderfully talented people above have worked on the video for a fraction of their normal rates (except Oren who worked for his normal rate of zero).


And that’s all for today.

friday youtubery: sportbike numbskull; star trek funnies

Friday, February 6th, 2009

I saw this on Speeders Fight Back a few weeks ago and finally got around to finding it on teh intarwebsz. This guy is a real nutjob and the last bit is well-deserved.

Bonus: He has his own listing on the Florida Department of Corrections.


Completely unrelated is a series of Star Trek: TNG edits that I found through Dinosaur Comics. Each of these gems is under 1:30 and there is a sort of story arc, or at least a set of related themes. You may find them asinine or, like me, completely hilarious. My coworkers were like “WTF this dude is all wonky” as I watched them. Link.

I think my favorites are the Data artwork episodes, particularly episode 10 (though you should really see episode 8 first).

the horror

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I didn’t have any delusions about Michael Bay’s first live-action Transformers movie. The Transformers franchise has always been first and foremost a business with product to sell. The original cartoons were made to drive toy sales. The first animated movie was released to introduce a new (and much crappier) generation of toys. My only expectation from the Michael Bay movie was to be entertained, and I was. I laughed at the corny humor. I ogled the visual effects. I thrilled at the wonderful sounds. I bought the DVD. And prayed that the inevitable sequel would be free from Michael Bay’s clutches.

To get an idea of the clichés* that characterize all of Michael Bay’s work, check out this screenplay of The Dark Knight in Michael Bay style.

During the Super Bowl, they ran a teaser trailer for Transformers 2, and I was happy. But last night I got a sinking feeling, and discovered through the magic of teh intarwebsz that Michael Bay is indeed all over this. And he’s up to his old craptastic tricks. Witness the horror of these characters:

  • College Frat Guy (not to be confused with Frat Guy #1)
  • April the R.A.
  • Frisbee Girl
  • Egyptian Interpol
  • FBI Director
  • Strike Force Member #[n]
  • NORAD General
  • Submarine Captain

Ugh. Get ready for teh suck.

* Definitely NOT tropes.

friday youtubery: look around you

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Thanks to boingBoing, I have a late installment of Friday YouTubery for your enjoyment.

“Look Around You” is an absurd series of parodies of science education public videos.

Video link

If you liked that, here’s another.

And some more if you search.

friday youtubery – mgmt

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Today’s installment of Friday Youtubery features “Time To Pretend,” the first track from MGMT’s 2008 release, Oracular Spectacular. There is something about this song that really catches me, and it gets my vote for the best new song of 2008. When turned up, the combination of soaring, rich, layered music and 20-something angst lyrics gives me the chills:

Yeah, it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute?

You’ll have to settle for a youtube link since they’ve requested not to embed the video, which I’ll honor. If you’ve got a quick internet connection, be sure to check it out in high quality (look for the link just underneath the bottom right corner of the video).

I dare say it is no coincidence that the song measures in length at 4:20.

MGMT – Time To Pretend (video)

friday youtubery

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or pray for asteroids.

Video link

friday youtubery – a little late for the rain

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Our rain has passed here in San Diego, so I am late to post this Miles Davis / Bill Evans composition from Kind of Blue. Excellent rainy-day fare.

Fine playing all around; I am especially moved by Coltrane’s solo starting around 02:27.

Blue In Green – Video Link

Via grow-a-brain

friday youtubery – power tumbling

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Or in this case, MetaCafery.

Power tumbling. Via grow-a-brain.

Music is kind of annoying*.

Check out the slo-mo backflips** starting around 00:40. Crazy inertia.

Tumbling Best – video powered by Metacafe

More on youtube.

* My apologies to those whose thing this music is

** My apologies to tumblers for not knowing the nomenclature

friday youtubery

Friday, July 25th, 2008

This was 6 minutes well spent. At least for me. Y’all might think otherwise. Animation with black ink pen and 2300 sticky notes.

Remade: Tron light cycles

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

One of my all-time favorite movies is Tron.

Here’s a remake of the famous light-cycle scene. It’s brilliant.