Nam June Paik
passed away on Sunday
. We'll read educated commentaries
in the next few days, but what I most affectionately remember about him is how his work made me laugh happily during the 70s and 80s. A precursor of video art, he was the first to use plugged tv sets as building blocks in the most playful
ways. His TV Buddha
is arguably an unsurpassed classic (a motionless moving image, an outside observation of an inner meditation, even -why not?- a premonition of a blogger) (this last one is a joke: I told you Paik made me laugh). R.I.P.
posted by bru
on Jan 30, 2006 -
Sometimes movies don't finish the way we'd like
. Short, off-beat, animated re-imaginings of selected movie endings, in torrent and .wmv format. The archives
are yet young, but might be worth keeping an eye on for future chuckles.
posted by Gator
on Jan 25, 2006 -
A Yule Log for your iPod.
If you don't live in the New York area, and you have one of those fancy video iPods, you can now download some holiday cheer from Channel 11. (Their Yule Log phenomenon was previously discussed here
.) For more information about Yule Log traditions, wikipedia features in depth articles on both the traditional
and the modern
. [Inspired by logging out of gmail.]
posted by jann
on Dec 23, 2005 -
gets an upgrade.
His new abilities include running at 6 mph, operating a cart, serving tea, walking hand in hand, walking with a tray, facial recognition, and the ability to defenestrate you without moral responsibilities.
of the Asimo in action.
posted by sourbrew
on Dec 14, 2005 -
(quicktime, direct link) is a short absurdist comedy sketch about a couple who meet, fall in love & celebrate 101 blissful years together in a mall photobooth. via
posted by jonson
on Dec 9, 2005 -
The Life of Larry
is a 1995 short film of both animation and live-action by Seth MacFarlane that became the basis for Family Guy
. (more inside)
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 6, 2005 -
Short film of climber
Dan Osman scaling Lover's Leap in California without ropes, racing over 400 vertical feet in just under four & a half minutes. Link goes to direct wmv download. Having never heard of Osman before, I was shocked to find out that his daredevil ways led to an early death when a rope snapped
while Osman was performing a modfied form of bungie jumping in Yosemite back in 1999.
posted by jonson
on Nov 23, 2005 -
Friday fun (HST)...
Pure sweet insanity...somebody has been playing too many video games...Semi-pro probably totally illegal hi jinks on Swedens highways and byways...andrenaline rush just watching this...and oh yeah its official... Google owns the world...(warning embedded 14 minute video....) and ..umm...you can buy tires here... tires.com
...you can catch glimpses of the bikes speedo that I assume are in KPH...
posted by Muirwylde
on Nov 21, 2005 -
Live in Boston? Need a ride to (or from) work? You could be a guest
on Ravi Jain's weekly video blog/talk show/commute. Episodes 1
, and 6
, (QT .mov)
posted by steef
on Nov 20, 2005 -
is a software+video project by media-theorist Lev Manovich
, which 'mines the creative possibilities at the intersection of software culture, cinema, and architecture.' While perhaps more intriguing in prospect than in practice
, it seems at least a noteworthy attempt at making something new. A DVD version
of the project was released earlier this year.
posted by misteraitch
on Nov 17, 2005 -