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posted by jfrancis at 1:19 AM on June 24, 2008


Great, that got rid of the hot pixels.
posted by bwg at 1:19 AM on June 24, 2008


Okay, that dog-thing-with-a-face is terrifying.
posted by phrontist at 1:21 AM on June 24, 2008


So what does this thing do exactly.. just play random viral videos and web memes while giving no actual credit? The first thing that came up was one of those Fensler GI Joe PSA's, only with the GI Joe logo cut out at the end, and then some clip from a Greek or Russian TV show that I'm sure I've also seen elsewhere before.

I'm not saying it's bad though. Kind of reminds me of Robot Chicken.
posted by Venadium at 1:22 AM on June 24, 2008


Look, if you like to smoke pot, that's fine with me. Really, it's your business.

(I prefer the legendary TV Carnage though.)
posted by loiseau at 1:32 AM on June 24, 2008


The loop's actually not that long -- maybe 30 videos?
posted by loiseau at 1:37 AM on June 24, 2008


Lessee, Forbidden Zone followed by 2001: A Space Odyssey...
Nice stuff, but I'm not particularly bewildered.
But I really wish I was stoned.
posted by lekvar at 1:47 AM on June 24, 2008




I think I jumped the gun posting this one. It needs to be many, many more clips. I was hoping it was pulling stuff from YouTube and automagically mashing it up.

LazyWeb request: Please make it so. I want something like this ambient video noise, but with a lot more source material.
posted by loquacious at 1:59 AM on June 24, 2008


15x15 might be more your speed.
posted by loiseau at 2:39 AM on June 24, 2008


Linking directly to SWFs is incredibly annoying for site owners; what was wrong with the actual page?

(Years ago I tried repeatedly to get stuff like this pitched to clients, but I think my employers saw through my ruse to spend weeks having fun creating stupid animations and video clips)
posted by malevolent at 2:44 AM on June 24, 2008


What does this have to do with Edison Carter?
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:15 AM on June 24, 2008


The video "Almost real" by Cyril Gfeller was good, though. Can also be found here.
posted by Termite at 3:20 AM on June 24, 2008


Neave.com is fantastic! Be sure to explore the site. All kinds of goodness abounds.
posted by ghastlyfop at 4:19 AM on June 24, 2008


That was fucking fantastic.
posted by strawberryviagra at 4:34 AM on June 24, 2008


Yeah, reminds me of Robot Chicken, too.

I liked the hand puppet with the turntable.
posted by greenie2600 at 5:40 AM on June 24, 2008


What was the clip of the panning handheld camera and the spider things walking over the highway?
posted by The Straightener at 5:41 AM on June 24, 2008


Extra points for showing scenes from Dark Star.
posted by octothorpe at 6:11 AM on June 24, 2008


previously.
posted by Dave Faris at 6:39 AM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


My wife would like to use your toilet.
posted by GuyZero at 7:02 AM on June 24, 2008


Also, this is awesome.
posted by GuyZero at 7:07 AM on June 24, 2008


I must have missed the point. It doesn't seem like telly without context. The context is the original work that each of those clips was clipped from. Cuz I recognized everything I saw.
posted by rlk at 7:19 AM on June 24, 2008


I think the copyright holders of these clips may find the '©1999-2008 Paul Neave' notice disconcerting.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:26 AM on June 24, 2008


Linking directly to SWFs is incredibly annoying for site owners; what was wrong with the actual page?

Well, there's this little bit of BS on that actual page you link to...

"To view this page properly please upgrade your browser
to the latest version of Safari. Thank you."

It's a swf file. It plays perfectly fine in damn near any browser made in recent memory, including any version of Safari. As far as I'm concerned, the site owner can go on being annoyed.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:41 AM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thorzdad; Firefox opens the regular page just fine, despite the notice.
posted by odinsdream at 8:06 AM on June 24, 2008


It's a swf file. It plays perfectly fine in damn near any browser made in recent memory, including any version of Safari. As far as I'm concerned, the site owner can go on being annoyed.

Shame shame. Really bad netiquette.

(yeah I said "netiquette" in 2008)
posted by autodidact at 8:24 AM on June 24, 2008


Wow, love it! I wish real TV were like this, perhaps I'd buy one!
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 8:34 AM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


So the loop wasn't that long - really my only complaint about it.

I'd actually pay a few $ for a subscription to this, as long as he had four or five new hours of it a month.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 9:04 AM on June 24, 2008


rlk's got it.

"without context" MY ASS. This is, unfortunately, a kitschy clip reel. Truly unidentifiable, odd clips would lend themselves more to that feeling of disassociation which is so deliberately excised from commercial television and which certain minds seek as a sublime experience, akin to drifting deep in the sea of video rather than turning it on modernly, mundanely, at the tap. The familiarity here, otoh, makes this nothing more than a participatory curation of generic tropes. Which might sound cool, but participatory curation has been the salient form of the video experience since the age of cable and the VCR, increasingly so now that there's Tivo, YouTube and media servers like XBMC.

This piece is a pretty and a reassuring mosaic of nostalgias, but not the ones you might initally think. Like the 50's style diner in my town, The Busy Bee, that makes me nostalgic for the mid 90's when, as a teen, kitsch was a new concept to me. Aaahh, remember that time we got all nostalgic? I would say this piece is nostalgic for pre-internet television, first and foremost, and that is one very neat irony.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:56 AM on June 24, 2008


Yes... I think that was EEGAH! in there. Extra points for this find. This is wonderful! Thank you!
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 11:32 AM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, are we just ignoring that, as Dave Faris pointed out, this is a double?
posted by nanojath at 12:02 PM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is, unfortunately, a kitschy clip reel.

You're overthinking this. As your attorney I suggest a fast bong with no top. There's some Alcapulco in one of my shirts.

More seriously - it's made by a flash/web programmer who probably doesn't have a running Oxfordian definition of the slippery meta-meanings of the word "context" in, err, the context of film.

My main complaint is that there aren't enough clips in general. 15x15 is nice, but it's too much raw noise and not what I'm looking for and finding in the Neave TV thing. I want something somewhere between Robot Chicken and randomly selected camera feeds, spiced with absurdist cut-and-paste noise from pop culture, say about three or four WTFs per minute.
posted by loquacious at 12:03 PM on June 24, 2008


M...m...m...m...AX Head...d...ddd...room.

Sit back.
Relax.
And enjoy.

(the title made me miss Max even more; they got so much right, it would almost be comforting to see what the rest of our future looks like)
posted by batmonkey at 12:06 PM on June 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


Overthinking? You think I should eschew aspirations of teaching Space Ghost to college kids, and just BE one? NEVAH!!

I want something somewhere between Robot Chicken and randomly selected camera feeds, spiced with absurdist cut-and-paste noise from pop culture, say about three or four WTFs per minute.

Well, that's TV Carnage to a T. But please check out Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies in America.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:16 PM on June 24, 2008


If someone could apply this idea to YouTube, and somehow only include the good bits.
posted by JHarris at 12:26 PM on June 24, 2008


I must have missed the point. It doesn't seem like telly without context. The context is the original work that each of those clips was clipped from. Cuz I recognized everything I saw.

Congratulations, rlk! You've reached the END OF THE INTERNET. That's all, folks! Turn off your computer. Go outside. Get some fresh air. Read a book.

Good luck, and may the rest of your days be full of win and made of awesome.
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 5:18 PM on June 24, 2008


I could have sworn I'd seen this player before but with original content ...
posted by mrgrimm at 6:22 PM on June 24, 2008


Congratulations, rlk! You've reached the END OF THE INTERNET. That's all, folks! Turn off your computer. Go outside. Get some fresh air. Read a book.

What's with the ad hominem? I can't comment on a website?

One of the clips I saw was an astronaut sitting in a space capsule. I'd really enjoy watching random imagery for a while, and I'd be especially fascinated by a context-free clip of an astronaut in a space capsule.

However, it turns out it was from 2001: A Space Odyssey. When I saw it, I thought of the film, I thought of what was about to happen in the film, I thought about the last time I saw the film, and I remembered how much I enjoyed it.

This is the clip's context. Thus, either the website has failed in its stated purpose, or I have misunderstood that purpose.

By the way, I went outside to see that film. And I even read the book. This was before I had heard of the internet.
posted by rlk at 6:37 AM on June 25, 2008


When I saw it, I thought of the film

I think, according to that definition, that the promise of "without context" is fundamentally undeliverable to you. Because I'm pretty sure that Hal's voice in that clip wasn't the same as the original movie. And giving Hal a crazy Mexican voice certainly had no context.
posted by GuyZero at 7:46 AM on June 25, 2008


Hal's voice wasn't generic crazy Mexican. That was Papa Lazarou of the fantastically funny and terrifying 'The League of Gentlemen'.

I'm sure there's an interesting statement to be made here about context and how some parts would have context to some people and other parts to others and also how that mash-up of 2001 & The League of Gentlemen worked together to create a whole new piece. But not by me, I just watched and wondered and enjoyed. And wished the whole set of clips was longer.
posted by koshmar at 11:11 AM on June 25, 2008


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