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January 8, 2013 8:07 AM   Subscribe

Fireworks in reverse. [slyt]
posted by OmieWise (13 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, actually, it would be skrowerif.
posted by eriko at 8:25 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


There goes the boom.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:26 AM on January 8, 2013


I'm amused that there's at least one shell that looks pretty much identical when the film is reversed.
posted by eriko at 8:28 AM on January 8, 2013


!hoooooO
!hhhhhhA
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:30 AM on January 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


The music and the fireworks reminds me of the best things about the PS2 game Fantavision. Well, the best things other than the weird videos with the 50's kids on the moon.
posted by aubilenon at 9:10 AM on January 8, 2013


So they're made out of tachyons?
posted by benito.strauss at 9:54 AM on January 8, 2013


They look like startled sea anemones or barnacles withdrawing to safety.
posted by xedrik at 10:09 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jesus... I've glanced at the post for hours today and just now realized it said "fireworks" and not "firewords". Yes, I was very confused for a long time about what the post was about.
posted by kmz at 10:10 AM on January 8, 2013


It did say firewords. A helpful mod changed it for me, as it was a typo.
posted by OmieWise at 10:11 AM on January 8, 2013


Even better: turn your screen upside down if you can.
posted by cmoj at 10:29 AM on January 8, 2013


I've always felt like fireworks are a metaphor for life. When you're born, you're shot out of a cannon, and depending on the circumstances and what you're made of, you could blow sky high and go out with all the streaks, branches and plumes and then you die and disappear.

Watching them in reverse, watching the "life" go back into the ground...I think it's neat. Thanks, OmieWise.
posted by Grlnxtdr at 10:30 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vonnegut.

American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

posted by Decani at 11:55 AM on January 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


For what it's worth, this is one of the many things in life that do not gain anything by viewing it in reverse. Now, people doings stuff backwards is always interesting (say, diving), some natural processes (plants growing and flowering) can be somewhat interesting, but this, being an artificial visual process to begin with, is actually less interesting viewed in reverse, despite the novelty. I have theories about this, but my opinions are even less interesting than this SLYT.
posted by kozad at 3:13 PM on January 8, 2013


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