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July 31, 2007 10:45 PM   Subscribe

Hamsapham
posted by vronsky (22 comments total)

 
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posted by vronsky at 10:53 PM on July 31, 2007


A perverted Cantonese hamster seems oblivious to surroundings.
posted by tellurian at 11:05 PM on July 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Look, I don't know where the idea came from that it was cool to post unintelligible descriptions, but this shit has got to stop.

Letters are not a scarce resource. Please use them to describe things. It is helpful and does not make you look any less cool; I know how important it is for you kids to always be "frontin'" these days.
posted by unixrat at 11:06 PM on July 31, 2007 [13 favorites]


Chill unixrat.
posted by tellurian at 11:15 PM on July 31, 2007


My daughter (7) she likey. Me likey too.

Look, I don't know where the idea came from that it was cool to post unintelligible descriptions, but this shit has got to stop.

Take it to MetaTalk, lady.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:16 PM on July 31, 2007


WTF did i just watch?
posted by C17H19NO3 at 11:27 PM on July 31, 2007


Dear unixrat: meet Metatalk, the place where callouts are born. (and the only place where they are appropriate.)
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 11:37 PM on July 31, 2007


I thought it was pretty neat, but the random shadows bugged me, too.
posted by maxwelton at 11:40 PM on July 31, 2007


I liked the animation a lot. The music not so much.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:41 AM on August 1, 2007


Yeah, the animation is really nice but that sub Belle & Sebastian twee bullshit lost it for me. Is Hamsapham the name of the group or something?
posted by item at 3:03 AM on August 1, 2007


Oh. It's Momus. I see.
posted by item at 3:04 AM on August 1, 2007


Oh. It's Momus. I see.

That's not Belle and Sebastian?
posted by zardoz at 3:27 AM on August 1, 2007


It's an animation (2:48 youtube version) called "Ham Sap Ham" -- animation by Adam Philbin, music by Momus -- of a bear hamster ("I’ve also made a few animations featuring a perverted Cantonese hamster called Hamsapham") walking past a lot of stuff (roughly: house, clock tower, windmill, tree, house, house, house, tree, Chinese parade dragon, glue factory, horses, truck, tree, tree, barn, church, cemetery with emerging zombies, steamroller, kung-fu Jesus?, large cat, sun, plane, mountain, plane hitting mountain, tree, tree, falling star, giant bunny, hill, hill, house, house, shrubbery, maneating plant, tree, high rise, little people running away from big rooster fighting big robot behind Eiffel tower, high rise, tree, tree, boat on lake, four flying fish, snow falling or cherry blossoms floating on the wind, cherry trees around Chinese house, some gossamer-dressed figure walking in front of cherry trees, flowers blossoming where bear walks, cloud, cloud, cloud, green mountain) and finally the bear hamster getting into a house that takes off like a rocket. The end.

The soundtrack is Momus singing "Hang Low":
I've set my heart on being good
Very friendly
And I will carve my heart of wood
Splendid, splendid

I'll ride a dragon made of jade
And speak no evil
I think it's strange to be afraid
We're only people

So hang low, hang low
And do no evil
Like aeroplanes on snow
We're only people
Make sure the tray tables are stowed
To have here or to go?
And now the blossom fails to show
For we are landing

On every lovely yellow night
With spousy piety
I shall perform the ancient rite
With due sobriety

And each uncomplicated thing
Is never-ending
And every lovely song you sing
Is all-befriending

So hang low, hang low
And see no evil
So hang low, hang low
And see no evil
Like aeroplanes on snow
We're only people
Make sure the tray tables are stowed
To have here or to hold
And now the blossom falls so slow
It seems to glow

And I will catch a Eurostar
At Waterloo station
And I will play my blue guitar
In desperation

But hang low, hang low
And be no evil
Like aeroplanes on show
We're only people
Make sure the tray tables are stowed
To have here or to go
And now the blossom falls so slow
We're only people

So hang low, hang low
And do no evil
Like aeroplanes on show
We are landing
Make sure the tray tables are stowed
To have here or to go
And now the blossom seems to glow
We're only people
And though that's probably overkill for some, that's the sort of "more inside" information I wish people would post. If I'm interested in such posts, I want to know the details. If I'm not interested in such posts, now I don't have to bother opening the video link.
posted by pracowity at 4:06 AM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Metatalk, the place where callouts are born go to die

Please describe your posts.
posted by sidereal at 6:11 AM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


I found it interesting, mostly because the chorus sounded very odd at first, but then I figured out it was modulating back and forth between keys.
posted by internal at 6:35 AM on August 1, 2007


My little niece really digs it too f@m. She likes beetleblue too, cause it is clickable, but it won't go fullscreen anymore for some reason:(

And I wasn't trying to be mysterious or cool or oblique with the post, just honestly thought it was fairly self-explanatory once you clicked, and over-explaining could ruin the enjoyment of such a whimsical little vid. Alas I forgot I was in the land of the beanplaters.

I wish I had been clever enough to add tellurian's first comment to the fpp because that would have been better.
posted by vronsky at 9:08 AM on August 1, 2007


Momus and Koons 4:02 minutes, color slideshow. Momus' paean to postmodern artist/fraud/prankster/capitalist Jeff Koons.
Embedded YouTube via - art&sex&music blog

"Jeff Koons"

[ from the album "Stars Forever" (1999) ]

Lyrics

He has come to bring you things that make you happy
A gigantic puppy made of living flowers
A balloon dog like a helium Brancusi
Baroque and Rococo, Louis Quattorze (Louis Quattorze)
(Louis Quattorze) (Louis Quattorze)
(Louis Quattorze) (Louis Quattorze)

He has come to bring you things that make you happy
A gigantic puppy made of living flowers
A balloon dog like a helium Brancusi
Baroque and Rococo, Louis Quattorze

Basketballs suspended in Bavaria
Usher in a fat contented pig
Whose every hair is hand-carved by Italian master-craftsmen
A porcelain Michael Jackson and Bubbles in a wig

A box of breakfast cereal we market to the morning
A teddy bear policeman reprimands you with a warning
And all that's made in heaven falls apart
Pink and yellow arrows through your heart
Blue and yellow arrows through your heart
Green and yellow arrows through your heart

Mr Koons with a swordfish!
Pin the tail on Koons!
President Koons on Mount Rushmore!
The Klondike Trail by donkey
Context is a game that you can play
And art can help you have a better day

Pink panthers from the realm of the ephemeral
A friendly advertising testimonial
A second empire chair, Botticelli hair
Cut-outs at a fun fair and the clothes you love to wear

Every time that it appears that happiness and fun
Are as far away as Jupiter and Mars
According to the lore of great philosophers
A shaman must appear amongst the stars
A Sun King lifts his hand amongst the stars
And a vacuum cleaner stands amongst the stars

Gigantic baboons
Cereal spoons
Philosopher kings
The moon in June
Disney cartoons
The morning sun
Jeff Koons
posted by vronsky at 9:33 AM on August 1, 2007


I call shenanigans on the "you can't call shenanigans in a post". Take your obsession with Metatalk to Metatalk.

Post itself: cutesy, daft, no problem. More description wastey less time.
posted by imperium at 10:58 AM on August 1, 2007


unixrat, "kids" don't WANT to be "frontin'." Jesus. How embarrassing for you.

I liked this, thanks.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 3:44 PM on August 1, 2007


just honestly thought it was fairly self-explanatory once you clicked

Ah. But if it's not explained (by you) before we click, it's a mystery link.
posted by pracowity at 5:35 AM on August 2, 2007


Yes it is, but once you've clicked, it's clear.
posted by tellurian at 7:22 AM on August 2, 2007


Cool blog ethnomethodologist. I used to be obsessed with making the perfect espresso too. When you get it right it is like nothing else is it? But my Gaggia died last year and I haven't gotten around to fixing/replacing it yet:(
posted by vronsky at 3:53 PM on August 2, 2007


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