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Today is the Day.
posted by Burhanistan (105 comments total) 104 users marked this as a favorite

 
What....the fuck?
posted by sperose at 5:18 PM on February 3, 2008 [7 favorites]


^ agreed
posted by PercussivePaul at 5:19 PM on February 3, 2008


This is odd, and will likely be deleted right after the game.
posted by scottymac at 5:22 PM on February 3, 2008


Haha, okay, that was hilarious. Thanks.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 5:22 PM on February 3, 2008


sums up my weekend.
posted by nola at 5:22 PM on February 3, 2008 [6 favorites]


oh man, that was awesome. thanks
posted by p3on at 5:23 PM on February 3, 2008


This is odd, and will likely be deleted right after the game.

Wha? This is exactly what Metafilter is for!
posted by dobbs at 5:25 PM on February 3, 2008 [14 favorites]


Wow.

Thanks for posting this.
posted by motty at 5:25 PM on February 3, 2008


If this does get deleted I am going to carve my stomach into a person.
posted by munchingzombie at 5:26 PM on February 3, 2008 [4 favorites]


What the fuck did I just look at?
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 5:27 PM on February 3, 2008


That's what you get if you believe everything the toilet paper tells you.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:30 PM on February 3, 2008 [5 favorites]


Hahah. That rules.
posted by delmoi at 5:32 PM on February 3, 2008


Today is the Day
posted by The Straightener at 5:33 PM on February 3, 2008


bizarre. me like.
posted by msconduct at 5:33 PM on February 3, 2008


That was wonderful. Thanks for posting. I wish I had the animated version I saw in my head on DVD.
posted by jtron at 5:34 PM on February 3, 2008


!
posted by muckster at 5:38 PM on February 3, 2008


That's pretty cool.
posted by doctor_negative at 5:40 PM on February 3, 2008


Thanks for fucking up my dreams, real nice, assholes.
posted by lalochezia at 5:41 PM on February 3, 2008


I sort of expected a Buddy Holly/Richie Valens/Big Bopper link.

That? Bizarre-O, Daddy-O!
posted by geekyguy at 5:44 PM on February 3, 2008


I thought it was pretty good but the ending left me hanging, kind of like No Country for Old Men.
posted by Tube at 5:45 PM on February 3, 2008


Today is the day we are subjected to a strange FPP about a family made of foam?

What day is it again?
posted by iamkimiam at 5:46 PM on February 3, 2008


I had a Breen named Foamy when I was 10.
I hate Breen.
posted by Dizzy at 5:48 PM on February 3, 2008


The fork-bunny ears made it all come together for me: it's clearly a continuation of Inland Empire
posted by Brainy at 5:49 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


A young schizophrenic named Struther,
When told of the death of his brother,
Said: "Yes, it's too bad,
But I can't feel too sad –
After all, I still have each other."
posted by growabrain at 5:57 PM on February 3, 2008


A great mind thinks alike.
posted by jbickers at 5:59 PM on February 3, 2008


W. T. F.
posted by Kadin2048 at 6:00 PM on February 3, 2008


You know what I really liked about that? The way the author of this curious little tale kept losing me. But not in that way where you say "fuck it" and stop. In that way that carries the adventure along. This little picture story has the logic of a dream, and getting that kind of logic across is no mean feat. Kudos to the creator.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:05 PM on February 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


The writing on the toilet paper reminds me of a story. When I was a little kid, still newly fascinated by the idea of using letters and words to communicate, I decided to take a Sharpie and write a message on one of the toilet paper squares (like in the photo sequence) for the next person to read. Unfortunately I used the wall as a writing surface, and, of course, the Sharpie bled right through the thin paper. The words "Remember to wipe your butt" remained imprinted on the wall for a long time afterwards.
posted by tepidmonkey at 6:06 PM on February 3, 2008 [20 favorites]


Indescribably weird. I wish I could have thought up something like that.
posted by Atreides at 6:09 PM on February 3, 2008


The writing on the toilet paper reminded me of that one episode of the show with ze frank.
posted by danb at 6:12 PM on February 3, 2008


Man, these Japanese "Escape the Room" games keep hitting newer depths of weird.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:20 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


"What....the fuck?

This is odd, and will likely be deleted right after the game.

What the fuck did I just look at?

W. T. F."


I gather there's some sort of game going on at the moment. Perhaps you folks should go and watch it. There will be two groups of men throwing some sort of ball, running with it, probably slamming into one another from time to time. At the end there will be a score, the victor proclaimed. It will all be very clear, its meaning entirely discernible: the number, at the end of the game. This number will more than likely appear in tomorrow's newspaper.

And surrealist picture stories that do not follow the rules of linear development that one observes in a sports event? You'd probably do better to ignore those, as they obviously do not speak to you in any meaningful way.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:21 PM on February 3, 2008 [10 favorites]


...so rehosting of Something Awful threads is the best of the web? Really?
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:22 PM on February 3, 2008


Bah, that was meant to link to this thread in the Something Awful Goldmine.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:24 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Flapjax, let me be the first to say, "off fuck, twat you condescending".
posted by unSane at 6:36 PM on February 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is good.
Another illustration that we don't need much to tell a story: a camera, scissors, paper, foam, a sharpie and off we go.
Excellent.
posted by bru at 6:40 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


I've no idea what that was, but I liked it.
On preview: Something Awful so frequently provides the best of the web; I'm glad the best bits sometimes filter through to the Blue. It's not like I'm going to sift through it over there.
posted by nowonmai at 6:40 PM on February 3, 2008


SA or not, this is superb on so many levels. It's touching, creative and full of beauty.
posted by seawallrunner at 6:43 PM on February 3, 2008


Potty mouths.
posted by mecran01 at 6:45 PM on February 3, 2008


Pope Guilty: "...so rehosting of Something Awful threads is the best of the web? Really?"

Pope Guilty: "Bah, that was meant to link to this thread in the Something Awful Goldmine."

Awww, I really wanted this to be some bizarre, ex nihilo mystery with no source or explanation or meaning. But then I had to go ahead and find out it came from SomethingAwful.

You killed the dream, Pope Guilty.
posted by Rhaomi at 6:46 PM on February 3, 2008


o_0
posted by liza at 6:46 PM on February 3, 2008


Was that a dream sequence towards the end?
posted by carter at 7:00 PM on February 3, 2008


Today is the day. (youtube)
posted by Arturus at 7:05 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Classy, unSane, classy.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:06 PM on February 3, 2008


That was mildly mindfuck-y, but in a "I can't look away" sort of way. Intriguing post.
posted by Phire at 7:14 PM on February 3, 2008


very cool.
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 7:14 PM on February 3, 2008


I have no idea what that was about -- whatever allegory was involved zinged about 10 feet over my head, but I found it fascinating, anyway.

Oh, and This is the day.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:17 PM on February 3, 2008


^And surrealist picture stories that do not follow the rules of linear development that one observes in a sports event?

Those are called "advertisements."

As for this neat-o comeek, I liked it; it reminded me of Leisuretown, only less slapsticky and more Švankmajer.
posted by not_on_display at 7:21 PM on February 3, 2008


only less slapsticky and more Švankmajer.

I didn't make that connection before, but here's more of that.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:25 PM on February 3, 2008


Very odd. Very strange. I am absolutely loved it.
posted by razorian at 7:30 PM on February 3, 2008


I thought it was touching. (I'm a little short on sleep.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:34 PM on February 3, 2008


fantastic
posted by soplerfo at 7:35 PM on February 3, 2008


^(Burhanistan - the link in your [your] link was taken off u2be. N't Tease me like that...)
posted by not_on_display at 7:38 PM on February 3, 2008


I am very confused.

But I like it.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:38 PM on February 3, 2008


Is that supposed to be high brow humor? Or maybe it's low brow. Whatever ... my brows aren't there.
posted by netbros at 7:42 PM on February 3, 2008


not_on_display: gosh, so it was! There are lots of shorts still available in the last link in that post.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:43 PM on February 3, 2008


Why tweakers and the Internet don't mix.
posted by bwg at 7:43 PM on February 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bizarre.
posted by hadjiboy at 7:49 PM on February 3, 2008


Man, that ayahuasca is the shit!
posted by SPrintF at 7:56 PM on February 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the spoiler alert, asshole.

I'm only part way through the latest season of Lost, and now you've ruined it.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:11 PM on February 3, 2008


Well, I didn't like it.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:23 PM on February 3, 2008


That was kick ass, B-stan, nice find.
posted by popechunk at 8:42 PM on February 3, 2008


Without reading any of the comments, that was great. Did not plate-of-beans it and laughed.
posted by sharpener at 9:13 PM on February 3, 2008


MetaFilter: Without reading any of the comments, that was great.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:29 PM on February 3, 2008 [5 favorites]


MetaFilter: plate-of-beans it and laugh
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:38 PM on February 3, 2008


I loved it.
posted by Avenger at 9:44 PM on February 3, 2008


Does anybody have a legitimate interpretation of what this means or are we all pretending to get it just to appear intellectually complex?
posted by tehloki at 10:03 PM on February 3, 2008


tehloki, if you'd paid attention you'd see it's an obvious combination of King Lear and Evil Dead II.
posted by dobbs at 10:15 PM on February 3, 2008


Why should you have to 'get it' to enjoy it?
posted by pupdog at 10:39 PM on February 3, 2008


It was haunting and tasty and low-fi, like a slice of pie with a spirit inside.

Also, fucking Giants.
posted by vrakatar at 10:40 PM on February 3, 2008


or are we all pretending to get it just to appear intellectually complex?

Hey, what's wrong with trying to appear intellectually complex? It'll get you laid every now and then, I'm tellin' ya!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:43 PM on February 3, 2008


Damn. Just when I thought I could put my understanding of postmodernism to good use, it's a SA thingy. I hate when I feel like I'm getting something on a deep, deep level, and then discovering the artist just meant to be random. Kind of like how the show Lost feels sometimes.
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:13 AM on February 4, 2008


I hate when I feel like I'm getting something on a deep, deep level, and then discovering the artist just meant to be random.

Hey, often when an artist just means to be random, the resulting work can be deep! If it's a good artist, that is. But anyway, whatever the artist means or doesn't mean is unimportant: an artist's intent is basically irrelevant. What's important is each individual's interpretation of the work.

That's my humble opinion, anyway.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:23 AM on February 4, 2008 [2 favorites]


I haven't cried this hard in a long time.

Thanks.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:39 AM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


med
i
cation

still kinda cool anyway
posted by Deathalicious at 1:00 AM on February 4, 2008


Did it make anybody else think of the Piggies from Speaker for the Dead?
posted by concrete at 2:03 AM on February 4, 2008


Okay, we're probably not supposed to make sense of it in any important way (and I didn't click through to SA), but bear with me and help fill in this here hypothetical film-influence chain (we SHALL impose meaning!):

The beginning, up to the knife, is like Memento

possible knifey missing step

The being that is born from his abdomen is like Alien

missing step in which an (unnatural?) creature goes from innocent to dissolute

The cutting off the leg is like Misery

missing step involving chopped up pieces

The just-add-water (and, later, cute-things-become-evil) is like Gremlins?

missing step(s) re: door in the wall and forest scene

The little-devils-surround-him is like Village of the Damned (you know? scary little kids with big blue eyes?)

... aaaaand I'm lost. Forest reanimation something? Key? Something in which the villain absorbs the souls of his victims (the scene with all the little faces on cut-out-guy)? ... something with a clock (or time)? And who are the teeny men?

Obviously, I'm not really that up on my horror/suspense films... Take it, film buffs!
posted by taz at 2:56 AM on February 4, 2008


I'd say Begotten more than anything. Now somebody needs to remake The Wicker Man with Fisher Price Little People.
posted by jtron at 3:05 AM on February 4, 2008


I'm frightened
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:07 AM on February 4, 2008


whoa....just.....whoa....

need to sleep now
posted by The Light Fantastic at 3:18 AM on February 4, 2008


Damn, for a moment I thought I forgot my medication...
posted by the cydonian at 4:20 AM on February 4, 2008


Here's my [insomnia-fueled] interpretation:

It starts out with a bachelor figure, going about his quotidian existence (washroom, coffee, internet) and getting the overwhelming feeling that this day would be special, today he'd meet the love of his dreams. He does meet a woman and she takes his heart, which he willingly gives to her. Shown by him cutting out the center of himself, which becomes the woman as his significant other, a kind of reverse-consummation (also note phallic imagery). After sex we see her smoking a cigarette around the open bottles of alcohol, which no doubt led to their romantic tryst. They go to sleep, maybe in the same bed, but worlds apart. She's relatively unaffected by his existence, and he aches with that knowledge. As she parts from his life, an even further piece of him is gone, given to her. It leaves him a crippled shell of a man.

She wakes up from that part of her life, and finds that she's pregnant (the little pieces representing his sperm.) Just add water (Gremlins reference), and inevitably some children are born. She is touched and awed by their presence. She cares for them, sleeps alongside them. Eventually they grow up and leave her and their little bookshelf world for bigger horizons. Again she sleeps, much more alone in the world. The man is long gone from her life, but she's missing him. He's adrift, lost in the forest. He doesn't even know his children.

Time passes. Her children grow up into adults, and ungratefully turn against her. She dies from the pain and loneliness. Her last words were for the man gone from her life: "Come back." She realized how much he meant to her, how much she should have let him into her life. The man, adrift in the forest, learns of her death and comes back and meets his children at her funeral. Those children may be adults now, but they are still just fragments, little pieces. He holds the key to their understanding of who they are. He reconciles with them and makes them whole beings. Fulfilled, they move on to their own lives.

But the man, alone and without the woman he loves, remains a mere hollow shell. He tries for the rest of his days to fill up that missing center of his life, in vain.
posted by naju at 5:31 AM on February 4, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is awesome and extremely not deleted, fwiw.
posted by cortex at 6:18 AM on February 4, 2008


What about the onion post, cortex?

I'd say Begotten more than anything.

I was gonna say that but given how few people have seen Begotten it seemed kind of pointless. But yeah, very Begotteny.
posted by dobbs at 6:26 AM on February 4, 2008


Evidently.
posted by Pecinpah at 6:36 AM on February 4, 2008


What? The piece that Foamy cuts out of hisself is clearly tombstone-shaped. Mad symbolism my droogies. Anyway, the "dead" tombstone is not really dead now, is it? Nor is Foamy dead despite the gaping hole in his chestomen. If you don't "get" any of this, you need to read up on Jung, because you are clearly not as smart as I.
posted by Mister_A at 6:42 AM on February 4, 2008


Thirding that this is very much like "Begotten," and seconding that I didn't mention that before because I didn't think anyone else had seen it.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:10 AM on February 4, 2008


Fuck, yeah!
posted by ersatz at 7:21 AM on February 4, 2008


Note: Previous comment not about begotten.
posted by ersatz at 7:23 AM on February 4, 2008


Hey, I enjoyed this. I wasn't sure until the little foamies showed up with forks coming out of their heads, but at that point I realized I was in the hands of a master. Nice post.

And who the hell cares if it came from Something Awful? Can we please dial back the snarking about "ooh, this came from such-and-such"? Sheesh.
posted by languagehat at 7:42 AM on February 4, 2008


oh, i get it! kumquats!

*snap* *snap* *snap* man, that was groovy. groooooooo-veeeee.
posted by CitizenD at 7:48 AM on February 4, 2008


Very cool. You know, art doesn't actually have to mean anything.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:52 AM on February 4, 2008


I read it as; guy gets idea on making himself feel better off of the internet. The the page advocates suicide; guy cuts himself open and has an Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge kind of moment, where as he is dying, he has little hallucinations about what is going on around him.

The last frame is the result of the coroner putting his corpse back together.

Or it's about happy fun-time bunnies. I'm pretty sure it's one or the other.
posted by quin at 9:46 AM on February 4, 2008


I hate it when that happens.
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:21 AM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


I wish I had a bowlful of friends that come from adding water when it's time to clean the house.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 11:22 AM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is turning into one of those "I miss begotten" posts.
posted by Mister_A at 11:36 AM on February 4, 2008


Nine years of philosophy gradschool summed up on a single (wordless) web page. I'll plagiarizing large portions of my dissertation after all...
posted by Wash Jones at 3:05 PM on February 4, 2008


I wish I had a bowlful of friends that come from adding water when it's time to clean the house.

Hey, c'mon, you know what'd happen. They'd turn evil and eat you.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:14 PM on February 4, 2008


Yes. Then I wouldn't have to clean, right? win/win.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:02 PM on February 4, 2008


I don't know what that was, except awesome.
posted by ignignokt at 5:46 PM on February 4, 2008


I converted it into a video: youtube
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 9:09 PM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


There is something in this series of photos that reminds me of Jean Cocteau - "Blood of A Poet". The backwards clocks, the humanoid papercut figures on the walls, the door on the book shelf that opens and shelters the little creatures.

I've been looking at the photos again and again. Masterfully done.
posted by seawallrunner at 9:43 PM on February 4, 2008


There is something in this series of photos that reminds me of Jean Cocteau...

Indeed, this is Surrealist art, all the way. A little more cartoony and whimsical than the classic Surrealism of art history, but Surrealism nonetheless.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:50 PM on February 4, 2008


late to the party, but fucking fantastic.
posted by mwhybark at 7:57 AM on February 6, 2008


C, WAA: nicely edited.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:08 AM on February 6, 2008


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