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May 3, 2011 4:40 PM   Subscribe

And here is a video of Jell-O cubes bouncing, shot at 6200 frames per second.
posted by bayani (81 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is some seriously mesmerizing stuff.
posted by Go Banana at 4:48 PM on May 3, 2011


I don't even need to click this to know it'll be awesome.
posted by not_on_display at 4:48 PM on May 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


This is so gorgeous.
posted by Brainy at 4:49 PM on May 3, 2011


Jell-O has got to be the world's least trustworthy dessert. It's all "hey lookit me I'm so solid!" when really it's just a cube-shaped liquid. Wily bastards.
posted by phunniemee at 4:50 PM on May 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


That is a nearly synesthesiac experience. I can feel that jello kiss, as it releases from the shiny surface, like another dream of love some red, square soap bubble that does not break, but escapes. I don't even eat jello, but the red, and shadowed sides, and the light that licks along the front panes, certainly makes it a desirable substance, not to mention that oh so fast camera, I desire the camera even more.
posted by Oyéah at 4:52 PM on May 3, 2011 [10 favorites]


I wish I could show this to me 8th grade Dungeons and Dragons group from 1981, so I could shout "SEE! I TOLD YOU WE COULDN'T JUST BEAT THE GELATINOUS CUBE WITH MACES AND FISTS!"
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:52 PM on May 3, 2011 [23 favorites]


I kept thinking the BBC logo will appear in a sec.
posted by Babblesort at 4:54 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


...and it led me to this gem: super-slo-mo water balloon to the face.
posted by not_on_display at 4:55 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


This Slow Food thing has gone too far.
posted by Trurl at 4:55 PM on May 3, 2011 [16 favorites]


Now this I want as a light source. Fuck lava lamps.
posted by likeso at 4:55 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


The finger thump was a bit disgusting looking.
posted by nile_red at 4:55 PM on May 3, 2011


Speaking of synesthesia...
posted by knilstad at 4:56 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


In the same vein as Joey Michaels, I like Wizards of the Coast's gritty new take on the Gelatinous Cube as a bad-ass ninja Cube that flops and bounces through the air to engulf your party.
posted by logicpunk at 4:58 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


It looks so happy!
posted by eeeeeez at 4:58 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Positively quivering with excitement is the phrase that comes to mind.
posted by eeeeeez at 4:59 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was surprisingly beautiful! And now I am craving jello...
posted by chatongriffes at 4:59 PM on May 3, 2011


Oyéah, your comment read like a poem. I like it a lot, so I took some liberty.

That is a nearly
synesthesiac
experience.

I can feel that jello kiss
as it releases from the shiny surface
like another dream of
love
some
red
square
soap bubble that does not break

but escapes.

I don't even eat jello,

but the red
and shadowed sides
and the light that licks
along the front panes
certainly makes it a desirable substance

not to mention that
oh
so
fast camera

I desire the camera even more.
posted by bayani at 5:00 PM on May 3, 2011 [10 favorites]


Needs a soundtrack. Any suggestions?
posted by schmod at 5:03 PM on May 3, 2011


This may be be the coolest thing ever.
posted by doctor_negative at 5:03 PM on May 3, 2011


How to they get the jelly cube to fade out as it leaves shot?
posted by the noob at 5:04 PM on May 3, 2011


Needs a soundtrack. Any suggestions?

Something by Barry White
posted by the noob at 5:05 PM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


...neat! ...neat! ...neat! ...ughhhh god get a manicure or at least wash your filthy handsss
posted by danny the boy at 5:07 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Needs a soundtrack. Any suggestions?

Poney Pt. 1, by Vitalic

or maybe something with a bit more, ergh, wobble
posted by codacorolla at 5:10 PM on May 3, 2011


It looks like a really happy psychotic jellyfish.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 5:11 PM on May 3, 2011


I happened to be listening to this track as I watched. It goes good.
posted by fleetmouse at 5:13 PM on May 3, 2011


schmod: "Needs a soundtrack. Any suggestions?"

Fuck no. Without a soundtrack you get to make your own "BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP BLOORP" sound effects.
posted by brundlefly at 5:13 PM on May 3, 2011


Soundtrack 001: William Orbit - Million Town
posted by lemuring at 5:14 PM on May 3, 2011


Jello Kiss by Oyéah and bayani.
posted by knilstad at 5:16 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Soundtrack 002: Bonobo - All in Forms
posted by lemuring at 5:17 PM on May 3, 2011


The drama of "oh my god is it going to disintegrate???" is top-notch.
posted by invitapriore at 5:18 PM on May 3, 2011


w ... a ... t ... c ... h ... i ... t ... w ... i ... g ... g ... l ... e ... s ... e ... e ... i ... t ... j ... i ... g ... g ... l... e
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:20 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is neat. But if you are going to shoot your finger flicking jello at 6200fps be sure to clean your fingernails first.
posted by chemoboy at 5:20 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Soundtrack 003: Les Baxter - Sunken City (Loop Guru remix)

(awesome)
posted by lemuring at 5:20 PM on May 3, 2011


My sister Kate definitely doesn't shimmy like that.
posted by tommasz at 5:22 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love this! Not much could make me say, "Dang, I could really go for some Jello," but this video has done it. I can practically smell the artificial cherry flavor. It's like an adorable, delicious shoggoth.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:23 PM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Freakishly hypnotic.

*goes off to watch again*
posted by Kitteh at 5:23 PM on May 3, 2011


Needs a soundtrack. Any suggestions?
Some dubstep w o b b l e bass comes to mind
posted by relooreloo at 5:24 PM on May 3, 2011


Soundtrack 004: Les Baxter - Taboo (Jojo effect remix)
posted by lemuring at 5:25 PM on May 3, 2011


Soundtrack 005: The Gentle People - Emotion Heater (Tiki Mix)
posted by lemuring at 5:28 PM on May 3, 2011


Tangerine Dream, people. It's always been Tangerine Dream...
posted by pupdog at 5:28 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Looks like a red silk scarf, blowing in the wind.
posted by fings at 5:33 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuube!
posted by ooga_booga at 5:34 PM on May 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


Soundtrack 006: Gamelan
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:36 PM on May 3, 2011


sort of previously?
posted by elizardbits at 5:38 PM on May 3, 2011


I love how when it first hits the solid surface, it moves like liquid splashing, but once it spreads out enough, it seems to remember what it really is.
"Wait, sorry, I'm solid. Fuck! Returning to cube form immediately. Sorry about that, everybody. I'll see myself out."
posted by FishBike at 5:44 PM on May 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


Soundtrack: 2001 space odyssey theme.
posted by Neekee at 5:49 PM on May 3, 2011


Soundtrack 007: Lemon Jelly - Spacewalk!
posted by rh at 5:49 PM on May 3, 2011


This...this is joy.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 5:52 PM on May 3, 2011


Jell-O has got to be the world's least trustworthy dessert. It's all "hey lookit me I'm so solid!" when really it's just a cube-shaped liquid.

There's a far worse secret behind Jell-O that makes me ill every time I think of it and has pretty much destroyed my ability to enjoy it. Let's just say....it isn't vegetarian.
posted by DU at 5:58 PM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I want the biggest screen TV I can find, permanently playing this in the background as I do everything I do all day.
posted by xingcat at 5:58 PM on May 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


It's like a nightmare cubist jellyfish from the Everything Has Corners Dimension.

I want to see the video where it splits into two, sprouts impossible Lovecraftian mouths, and gets revenge on the scientists.
posted by cmyk at 6:30 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


6200 frames per second? HAH. I don't settle for anything under ONE MILLION (SLYT)
posted by serif at 6:33 PM on May 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


That Jello is too graceful for my tastes. I prefer clumsy Jello.
posted by orme at 6:39 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Soundtrack?
posted by kaibutsu at 6:47 PM on May 3, 2011


I hate Jello. It's gross.

But the extraordinary beauty of the colors as it shifts as it falls and deforms and then reforms has reconciled me to its existence.
posted by winna at 6:52 PM on May 3, 2011


IT'S DORMANT GOOKUM!
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:03 PM on May 3, 2011


So how do I make screen shots from YouTube 'cause there are several moments in there that would make for awesome wallpaper.
posted by Mitheral at 7:10 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is exactly how The Blob sneaks up on and then consumes you.
posted by bwg at 7:19 PM on May 3, 2011


Boyfriend, watching over my shoulder: "How is that food?"
posted by torisaur at 7:19 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


That last scene immediately made me hear Chubby Checker singing "Come on baby, let's do the twist!".
posted by bwg at 7:22 PM on May 3, 2011


Jello has never before seemed so creepy and weird.
posted by asciident at 7:39 PM on May 3, 2011


I too would like super-morphogasmic Jello wall paper. How does one achieve this?
posted by Go Banana at 7:44 PM on May 3, 2011


So how do I make screen shots from YouTube 'cause there are several moments in there that would make for awesome wallpaper.

Use file2hd to extract the .flv file from YouTube, then run it with VLC as video wallpaper. WIN! (I'm actually doing this right now.)
posted by bayani at 7:47 PM on May 3, 2011


You can also pause the video and use VLC to take screenshots, although they'll come out a bit grainy.
posted by bayani at 7:49 PM on May 3, 2011


If you're using Firefox you can use the plugin DownloadHelper to download the video.
posted by lemuring at 7:56 PM on May 3, 2011


I'd snarf that.
posted by bendy at 8:23 PM on May 3, 2011


My grandma's jello would never do this. She always added so much extra gelatin that your teeth would bounce off the jello. In our family, jello is something in a bowl that you get out with a spoon (and being from Iowa, it's usually mixed with some other ingredients casserole style). Knox Blocks is the square stuff you have to saw through with a knife.
posted by BlooPen at 8:29 PM on May 3, 2011


Someone should meme up that jello dance at the end.
posted by mblandi at 8:48 PM on May 3, 2011


Amazing! That's beyond bouncy, that stuff positively splashed and then boinged back up.

I'm thinking about what gives Jello its spring, and I guess it's the (literal) spring structure of the collagen molecule, which is what gelatin is made from. Each collagen molecule is made of 3 helical polypeptide chains, which are assembled into a coiled coil. Thatsa lotta boing! Gelatin is broken-down collagen, but some of that "boing" remains in the pieces.

My "big boing theory" for this video: when gelatin is cooked into Jello, the pieces tangle together so the "boing" is randomly oriented and the cooled solid is equally springy in all directions. Because everything is tightly tangled together, the solid can't crack easily like an orderly crystal. But it's springy so it stretches and then snaps back like a spring instead of breaking.

tl;dr
Gelatin is the Plastic Man of proteins.
posted by Quietgal at 9:03 PM on May 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now with More house music.
posted by melissam at 9:12 PM on May 3, 2011


Oh I guess codacorolla and I had the same idea!
posted by melissam at 9:17 PM on May 3, 2011


I was watching this just now and my husband came up, put his chin over my shoulder, and started narrating in my ear: "It looks so HAPPY! It's a HAPPY LITTLE JELLO CUBE!!! WHEEEEEEEEEE! WOOOOOOOOOOOOP! WARRRRRRBBBBB WUB WUB WUB WUB.... It's DAAAAAAAAAAANCING. OOOOOOOOOOOOOBBBB BLORP BLORP BLORP BOIIIIIIINGGGGG BOIIIIIINGGGGG" and at the end when the finger pokes the cube "HEE HEE!!" in the Pillsbury Doughboy voice.

So that was my soundtrack. I kinda wish I stopped and recorded it but I was laughing too hard.
posted by flex at 9:17 PM on May 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


Ah, thanks melissam, TubeDubber is what just what I was looking for. So let's try that again: Red Jello + Lemon Jelly
posted by rh at 9:26 PM on May 3, 2011


My grandma's jello would never do this. She always added so much extra gelatin that your teeth would bounce off the jello.

That reminds me of junior high, when my friends and I decreed the 'bounce test' to determine whether school lunch food was fit to be eaten. As I recall, the rule was that any food that bounced when dropped from about 6 inches above the plate was to be avoided, unless it was jello... The jello you had to watch out for was the stuff that hit the plate like a brick.
posted by polymath at 9:44 PM on May 3, 2011


I've seen this before . . . check out this episode of The Simpsons at the 5:00 mark.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 10:30 PM on May 3, 2011


Related?
posted by ShutterBun at 10:40 PM on May 3, 2011


"Wait, sorry, I'm solid. Fuck! Returning to cube form immediately. Sorry about that, everybody. I'll see myself out."

Imagine this in Stephen Merchant's voice.
posted by minifigs at 1:02 AM on May 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Those are some niiiicceee dance moves.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 1:51 AM on May 4, 2011


Just think how different long American Beauty would have been if low cost high speed cameras had been available at the time.

Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in
.
posted by asok at 2:36 AM on May 4, 2011


So how do I make screen shots from YouTube 'cause there are several moments in there that would make for awesome wallpaper.

Or cover art for the next Dragon Age game.
posted by AugieAugustus at 9:38 AM on May 4, 2011


Ask and you shall receive.
posted by hubs at 10:47 AM on May 4, 2011


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