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October 27, 2008 1:07 PM   Subscribe

electric stimulus to face
posted by chrismear (41 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
I like the wordless sigh on his face right before he double-clicks the Max patch, like Shit, this is the eighteenth take, already.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:12 PM on October 27, 2008


Test 1. Test 2.
More.

You forgot the batshitcrazy and wtf tags.

I did this same thing to my penis, but youtube pulled it (the video, not my penis).
posted by cjorgensen at 1:14 PM on October 27, 2008


that made me all itchy and then I wanted to sneeze.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 1:15 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


what
posted by GuyZero at 1:17 PM on October 27, 2008


So how to we know he isn't just making weird faces? Heh!

I have never seen someone more in need of a hobby or a hooker. Or hookers as a hobby.

Or something.

I mean, really?
posted by cjorgensen at 1:17 PM on October 27, 2008


This is pretty damn cool. Also check out this video of him debugging or this one of further experimentation.
posted by The White Hat at 1:17 PM on October 27, 2008


Professor Hathaway: That's a wonderful story, Bodie. I noticed you've stopped stuttering.

Bodie: I've been giving myself shock treatments.

Professor Hathaway: Up the voltage.
posted by tkolar at 1:18 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Beat to it by cjorgensen.
posted by The White Hat at 1:18 PM on October 27, 2008


Reminds me of this.
posted by nitsuj at 1:18 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


blazecock: I'd call it a resigned sigh, if anything.
posted by boo_radley at 1:20 PM on October 27, 2008


I'd like to see him try this with Huey Lewis and the News. I would like to see it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:24 PM on October 27, 2008


Egads, I'm not sure how the man can stand this. I find the sensation to be incredibly uncomfortable and awkward. But then I guess most of my experience with it was through the Russian stim method. It's probably not cranked up so high for the face.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 1:25 PM on October 27, 2008


See? Listening to shitty music makes you crazy.
posted by Optamystic at 1:27 PM on October 27, 2008


Holy cats. That is cool with a capital Awesome.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:33 PM on October 27, 2008


Very cool...
posted by schyler523 at 1:38 PM on October 27, 2008


Heh. I've been recovering from Bell's Palsy for the last few months, and one of the most interesting but also annoying things about nerve repair is precisely what you see in this video. As damaged nerves are re-connected, the particular muscles that are controlled by those nerves twitch. It feels really weird (and can sometimes hurt) because it often contracts a tiny muscle that usually works in tandem with a whole group of other facial muscles. Sometimes the tic goes away after a few minutes—a sort of "hello! I'm back online!"—sometimes is stays for much longer, going hypertonic.

Thankfully, my face hasn't been quite as active as this guy's, but it's just as bizarre for me when I'm in the middle of teaching a class or speaking to a friend, and I feel one small muscle start jumping around around my eyebrow or my cheek. I'm waiting for someone I don't know well to stop me and say, "Um, I think you're having a stroke."
posted by LMGM at 1:48 PM on October 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Too late.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:49 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


cjorgensen: I mean, really?

Actually, I kinda adore that one. The colour is super-saturated and he manages to push out the liquid (milk?) in a stream that stays pretty solid. The slow-mo and the smoothed-out contours of the liquid made it seem less liquid and more solid or gelatinous. Mmmm, textures.

Mind you, if you prefer your gloopy white substances on sexy librarians in dentist chairs, here's MSTRKRFT's Easy Love (SFW, but rather suggestive).
posted by LMGM at 1:56 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


He looks like my bunny when he's having a dream. Twitch twitch. If only he snarfed a little too.
posted by rmless at 2:06 PM on October 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


This reminded me of this short film of hands animated to a brassy soundtrack -- I'd seen it many years ago at an animation festival. All I could find was this, which disturbed me a little more than this dude. So: right back atcha, chrismear!
posted by not_on_display at 2:16 PM on October 27, 2008


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillaume_Duchenne for a little historical background on this sort of fun.
posted by mecran01 at 2:17 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Not strictly new: see Artifacial.org and, of course, Duchenne's The Mechanisms of Human Facial Expression.
posted by raygirvan at 2:19 PM on October 27, 2008


Ah, snap!
posted by raygirvan at 2:20 PM on October 27, 2008


THANKS, BUT NO.
posted by Paid In Full at 2:24 PM on October 27, 2008


I'm trying to figure out the relationship between the facially applied current and the music. Is there a common midi score, triggering shocks and sounds? Or is there some other way of deriving the pattern of shocks from the music? One way or another its cool 'cause it looks as if the music is playing him, rather than the more usual way around. Loss of agency. That way madness lies.
posted by fcummins at 3:00 PM on October 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


High tech Pee Wee Herman
posted by longsleeves at 3:06 PM on October 27, 2008


if you prefer your gloopy white substances on sexy librarians in dentist chairs

Oh my.
posted by jessamyn at 3:24 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Guillaume Duchenne went there 150 years ago. His photos were republished by Charles Darwin in his book about facial expression.

At that time daguerreotype photography required sitting for a minute or more, so the electrical stimulation was used to induce facial expressions that could be frozen for that long.
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:53 PM on October 27, 2008


As you said, mecran01, I got a phone call and sat in preview for almost 3 hours.
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:54 PM on October 27, 2008


Awesome. Almost all the athletes I know who've had stim admit to turning it up higher than they are supposed to every once in a while to induce twitching. In that context, this is just the next, artier step.
posted by dame at 5:33 PM on October 27, 2008


LMGM: Mind you, if you prefer your gloopy white substances on sexy librarians in dentist chairs, here's MSTRKRFT's Easy Love (SFW, but rather suggestive).

"This video may not be suitable for minors."

Huh?

I want a milkshake now. That video rules.

Thank you, Sir!
posted by cjorgensen at 6:04 PM on October 27, 2008


Oh, I also want that chair and the women, since you know, I'm not gay.

So much more erotic than this.

Where's the not suitable for minors warning on that one!

Ah, childhood.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:08 PM on October 27, 2008


Maybe Sarah Palin's podium microphones were badly grounded....

This wasn't one Palin post too many...right? uh oh....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 6:19 PM on October 27, 2008


Impossibly, this post remains and my post is deleted.

I guess it's because no one could think of a Sarah Palin-related comment to go with it.

Too funny.
posted by Zambrano at 6:43 PM on October 27, 2008


You have it backwards.

face stimulus to electric
posted by pmbuko at 7:01 PM on October 27, 2008


Which post, Zambrano?
posted by cjorgensen at 8:19 PM on October 27, 2008


In my day, we did this sort of face-dancing-to-music thing manually.
posted by revmitcz at 9:03 PM on October 27, 2008


This is what happens when you give an animal self awareness. Sure, first it might be neat that they have a developed sense of "self" and can recognize themselves in a mirror. But before you know it, they're hooking electrodes to their faces and watching them twitch for fun.

Stupid naked apes.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:00 PM on October 27, 2008


Awesome.
posted by ikkyu2 at 10:45 AM on October 28, 2008


bahahahahahah

i want one
posted by tehloki at 11:55 AM on October 28, 2008


You forgot the batshitcrazy (2 posts tagged with batshitcrazy)

batshitinsane is the canonical choice (447 posts tagged with batshitinsane).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:43 AM on October 29, 2008


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