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April 10, 2012 6:08 AM   Subscribe

belt sander+stack of paper=awesome SLVimeoP
posted by ShawnString (52 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I feel like that was probably a metaphor. Was it a metaphor? They sneak up on you sometimes...
posted by Mizu at 6:14 AM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


My favourite part was at 2:20 when that one piece of paper flew off of the stack.
posted by Fizz at 6:16 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


metaphor is: cool looking things often require a lot of cleanup.




Like swans, all graceful and stuff, but underwater they are paddling like hell and just another avian poop factory
posted by edgeways at 6:18 AM on April 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


Art, ladies in gentleman!

I wanted to see the mess he was making. There's something really satisfying about a good mess, and I think that would've been a good one.
posted by Scientist at 6:19 AM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


My older teenage cousin who is an asshole: "Have you ever played 52 card pick-up?"
7 year old me: "No."
posted by Fizz at 6:20 AM on April 10, 2012 [26 favorites]


Art, ladies in gentleman!

The porn thread is a couple of posts down.
posted by kmz at 6:22 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


The artist in me likes the effect and simplicity. The engineer in me says a belt sander wasn't the best choice here. The realist in me bets a printer engineer sees this all the time only faster. The environmentalist in me thought it was a waste but the realist told him he can just pick them up and use them again.
posted by DU at 6:23 AM on April 10, 2012 [8 favorites]


Pretty! Now pick all that shit up.
posted by PuppyCat at 6:26 AM on April 10, 2012


There's a sign in our printer/copy room that says we shouldn't waste paper. The sign used paper. They should instead be showing this video on a screen.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:28 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here it is as a cinemagraph gif.
posted by cirrostratus at 6:29 AM on April 10, 2012 [16 favorites]


I really liked the way the paper coming off the stack kind of acted like a liquid, rippling and flowing. Thanks for the post.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on April 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


I really enjoyed this actually -- the way the paper flowed in liquid-like streams. Haven't seen anything quite like it before, and glad I had a chance to.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 6:30 AM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Clean up in aisle 7
posted by ReeMonster at 6:30 AM on April 10, 2012


ArtFeelings jinx
posted by Narrative Priorities at 6:30 AM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


My favourite part was at 2:20 when that one piece of paper flew off of the stack.
posted by Fizz at 6:16 AM on April 10 [+] [!]


So I totally didn't catch the sarcasm, and thought maybe, like one pice did a somersault in the guy's face, or flew off in the wrong direction or something. So I waited for the whole thing to load, and fast forwarded, and watched 2:17-2:22 about 3 times before I realized you were being facetious.

You're a mean, mean person.
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:31 AM on April 10, 2012 [14 favorites]


They should instead be showing this video on a screen.

but the video screen was already being used for the "do not waste electricity" sign
posted by any major dude at 6:32 AM on April 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


The kids broke the output tray on my printer, which is on a shelf. My printer does exactly this, just slower.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:32 AM on April 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


I was enjoying it until maybe halfway, at which the point seemed made. From there, it just seemed like a horrid waste of perfectly good paper.
posted by Malor at 6:40 AM on April 10, 2012


Is that Steve Jobs?
posted by dubold at 6:40 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think the waste of paper IS the point. I think there's a reason it's called "One More Kilometre".
posted by Legomancer at 6:43 AM on April 10, 2012


(for small values of 'Awesome')
posted by unSane at 6:46 AM on April 10, 2012


At the end, he should put the belt sander into one of those "Will It Blend?" blenders.
posted by mullacc at 6:46 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Spoiler: Yes he goes through the whole stack.
posted by device55 at 6:46 AM on April 10, 2012


I misread the link as "belt sander + stack of PEPPER".

I'd prefer to see the belt sander hit some pepper, but I don't know how you'd stack it.
posted by spicynuts at 6:48 AM on April 10, 2012


DU said "The realist in me bets a printer engineer sees this all the time only faster.".

Yeah, I was thinking to myself "Stream feeding. Take-up roller clutch is failing by staying continuously on". Not seen as much on the newer machines but saw it often on machines from 20 years ago.
posted by Randwulf at 6:51 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


the perfect answer to my AskMe question, five and half years too late
posted by Lucinda at 6:59 AM on April 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


At the end, he should put the belt sander into one of those "Will It Blend?" blenders

Nah, I wanted him to just keep sanding, right through the fucking table. Now that would have been art!
posted by Meatbomb at 7:00 AM on April 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'm going to do this to my (simply awful) novel. Print one word on each page, no page numbers, and delete the master file. Wheeeee.
posted by mochapickle at 7:03 AM on April 10, 2012


Artsy 52 pickup.
posted by MotherTucker at 7:16 AM on April 10, 2012


Back in the day, pubs in Britain sold little bags of peanuts, hanging from a photo of a girl in a bikini - presumably so men would buy that extra pack of nuts just in case this was the one poster with a printing error.

Part of me thinks this video would have been much better if it showed the belly (but no breasts) of a slim muscular woman, just so lots of men watched the thing in it's entirety to see if she was wearing bikini bottoms behind that stack of paper.

But then, I'm fighting exhaustion with a sugar high...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:20 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


two thoughts spring to mind: 1. there's probably a paper in this for a physicist to write about a toy model of laminar/turbulent flow, and 2. I wish the file download dialog used this as the animation instead of the slidy bar.
posted by oonh at 7:22 AM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


I think the waste of paper IS the point. I think there's a reason it's called "One More Kilometre".

This is fun to watch and brings enjoyment and can be "art" for that reason alone, but art (particularly contemporary conceptual art) is also about understanding what went before. So if you liked this it's probably worth taking a look at Walter De Maria's 1979 work The Broken Kilometer which the artists may or may not have been explicitly referring to, but it sure looks like they are. In fact, if you happen to be in New York and you like that sort of thing it's worth going to see it anyway, because there is something breathtaking about it.
posted by The Bellman at 7:56 AM on April 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


This makes me want to just throw a belt sander on my desk and see what happens.
posted by orme at 8:02 AM on April 10, 2012


Yeah, but with a Makita?
posted by notyou at 8:06 AM on April 10, 2012


This makes me want to just throw a belt sander on my desk and see what happens.

What happens? You get into it and eventually join the Belt Sander Racing Association.
posted by IndigoJones at 8:17 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Part of me thinks this video would have been much better if it showed the belly (but no breasts) of a slim muscular woman, just so lots of men watched the thing in it's entirety to see if the belt sander goes all the way through her, or they stop halfway in after having proven their point?
posted by FatherDagon at 8:23 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm imagining this playing in a loop in which when he gets to the end, the video reverses and the paper stacks back up again, then back down, ad infinitum.
posted by yarrow at 8:36 AM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is like a horizontal plume of smoke dissipating as it goes up.
posted by rahnefan at 9:00 AM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Pulp Friction
posted by hal9k at 9:02 AM on April 10, 2012 [8 favorites]


This was not nearly as neat as I was hoping it would be.
posted by slogger at 9:13 AM on April 10, 2012


Well that was more boring than I expected... I wanted paper mayhem, not like a bit of a stream
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:06 AM on April 10, 2012


Doesn't he know that they make paper in all kinds of colors? that would have added to the effect methinks.
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:17 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't wait until this show goes on tour!
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:44 AM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is only art because he is dressed like Andy Warhol. If he was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, it'd be outsider art. If he was wearing a tie, it'd be a commercial.
posted by BurnChao at 11:11 AM on April 10, 2012 [5 favorites]


This is only art because he is dressed like Andy Warhol. If he was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, it'd be outsider art. If he was wearing a tie, it'd be a commercial.


You don't wear a tie around a belt sander for very long...
posted by iamabot at 11:39 AM on April 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm sure that I'm not the only one who knew exactly what this was going to look like before even clicking on the link.
posted by Splunge at 12:00 PM on April 10, 2012


Bro, I just got this wicked awesome video camera. What should we do with it?

Let's belt sand a stack of paper and film it.

Yeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!
posted by Brocktoon at 12:43 PM on April 10, 2012


...the Belt Sander Racing Association
I thank the fates that I was born into an era where a Belt Sander Racing Association actually exists.
posted by ThusSpakeZarathustra at 12:57 PM on April 10, 2012


"well, leo, i just went through your manuscript and it seemed a little rough in spots"
posted by pyramid termite at 1:48 PM on April 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


I was totally expecting this to be Yet Another Phantom 10,000 FPS Shoot.

And was mildly disappointed when it wasn't.
posted by Xoder at 3:04 PM on April 10, 2012


For those wishing for more excitement, try laying the belt sander on its side on your newly completed hardwood floor, and then plugging it in. Oh, but don't forget to first engage that button that holds the trigger in the "on" position. You know, that button that you didn't know about. Perhaps you could accidentally lock the trigger when you pull the borrowed equipment from the back seat of your car.* Machinery will spin and clunk and leap across the floor in a random pattern that couldn't be more perfect for eliciting a harmonic chorus of cursing. And your brain will get to enjoy a rapid-fire succession of "Grab it! It's over there! No, now it jumped over there! No wait, grabbing a leaping belt sander is a terrible idea!" And by the time you unplug the stupid thing, your new floor will have oh-so-pleasing fresh spiral patterns ground into it. Now that's art.

* This is probably better than assuming that your dad pushed the button by accident, as one shouldn't think such uncharitable things about someone who is nice enough to lend power tools.
posted by vytae at 4:05 PM on April 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Dammit. Private. I need to get caught up on my RSSes.
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