On September 10th, to celebrate their initiation week, 172 communications students at the University of Quebec at Montreal decided to put on a show
. After weeks of preparation, the costumed and prop-wielding crowd enacted an exuberant, complex, and flawlessly-choreographed performance
of the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling" that sprawled through the campus's multi-story Judith Jasmin Pavilion... and they did it all in one continuous take
(on their second
try). The feat is just the most recent example of "lipdubbing
" -- a video phenomenon where a single camera moves through a crowd of highly coordinated lip-syncers in a single seamless take, with the original recording dubbed over the finished product. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 1, 2009 -
If you've ever heard the song Aquarela do Brasil (often called simply "Brazil" -- here's my favourite cover
), then you'll probably enjoy this classic 1942 animation
which first made it famous. The clip is the finale from the feature Saludos Amigos
(hello friends), created during a US government-funded goodwill tour of South America aimed at strengthening Pan-American relations, which some argue
may have helped bring South America onto the side of the Allies in World War II. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on May 14, 2009 -
Inside a thatched-roof schoolhouse in a village deep in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, Surui Indians and former military cartographers huddle over the newest weapons in the tribe's fight for survival: laptop computers, satellite maps
and hand-held global positioning systems. Some
of the resulting maps
posted by dhruva
on Oct 11, 2007 -
Brazilian Blogger Bashing!
The respected Brazilian newspaper Estadao
decided to promote its new online presence by jokingly producing a series of ads
with obvious misfits and asking such questions as "Is this the guy giving you dating advice?" and a video
(youtube) comparing bloggers to monkeys. Bloggers are outraged
"Why would you read a newspaper that compares bloggers to monkeys?". In today's newspaper
, Estadao offers no apology but instead dryly recounts the facts. Meanwhile, the resulting controversy, with thousands of blogs weighing in, has driven a lot of traffic to their new site.
posted by vacapinta
on Aug 21, 2007 -
He wasn't the greatest technician on earth (he only studied a short time with a teacher, as states his biography
), he wasn't really famous outside Brazil, in spite of the many recordings
available under his name, of his various talents (drawing
, designing a new string instrument
), but his playing is really endearing, and whatever the material, originals
or chico buarque
, he made his point across easily.
posted by nicolin
on Aug 11, 2007 -
You folks out there in MeFi Town been keeping up with the water
themed MeFi Music Challenge
? There's been some mighty fine uploads for you to check out! But if there was ever
a piece of music deserving the water
tag, it's this
drenching wet masterpiece by Brazil's brilliant, eccentric musical genius Hermeto Pascual
, in which Hermeto and his band play bottles full of water, and flutes full of water, and, well, the lake. Música da Lagoa: water music at its very best. And its very wettest. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 6, 2007 -
The city of Sao Paulo passed an ordinance
last year banning outdoor advertising; photographer Tony de Marco has been documenting the skeletal remains
of the advertising infrastructure throughout the city; the impact looks like the aftermath of a new type of atomic weapon that targets marketing but leaves buildings & people unscathed.
posted by jonson
on Jun 19, 2007 -
What Brazil tells us about torture today.
A thoughtful discussion by Clive James of torture in the context of the movies in general and Terry Gilliam's Brazil
in particular. Warning: occasional descriptions of awful behavior, and the reader may have his opinion of humanity lowered. "The historical evidence suggests that on the rare occasions when a state begins again in what a fond humanitarian might think of as a condition of innocence, a supply of young torturers is the first thing it produces... In the Nazi and Soviet cellars and camps, people were regularly tortured for information they did not possess: i.e., they were tortured just for the hell of it."
posted by languagehat
on Feb 25, 2007 -
Composer and arranger Rogério Duprat passed away on Thursday
. Duprat had a substantial career in music for films and commercials, but he is best known for shaping the sound of Tropicalia
, the revolutionary stew of Brazilian folk styles, bossa nova, MPB
, rock, jazz, blues and psychedelica.
Some youtube clips: Caetano Veloso
, Gilberto Gil
, Os Mutantes
, and Gal Costa
posted by hydrophonic
on Oct 31, 2006 -
In the 1930's
, Henry Ford
transplanted a tiny piece of America
—complete with picket fences, fire hydrants, poetry readings, square-dancing, and English-language sing-alongs—into the Amazon rain forest. Fordlândia
was to be the largest rubber tree plantation
on the planet (over 70 million rubber tree seedlings) providing material
for the millions of tires Ford Motor Company
needed. It flopped. So he tried again, downriver a bit, with Belterra
. It flopped, too. By 1945, Ford threw in the towel having lost over $20 million, or roughly $200 million in modern dollars.
posted by CodeBaloo
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Pickles - The dog who won the World Cup.
There were two amazing events that happened in London in 1966 that focused on the Jules Rimet Trophy (aka The World Cup): 1: England won
; 2. the 15 inch, solid gold trophy tall was stolen, held to ransom
, and then discovered in a bush by a dog called Pickles
The English FA had commisioned a base metal replica
, which - after the Queen awarded the trophy to Bobby Moore
- was substituted for the priceless trophy in the England dressing room, when a copper swapped it
with legendary Manchester United & England fullback Nobby Stiles
. That was the one which toured the country over the next few years - not the the real one.
The replica was sold £254,000 by Sothebys in 1997... to FIFA
, whereas the original was stolen again in Brazil
, and has never been seen since. The replica is on long term loan to the National Football Museum
in Preston, Lancashire - though they don't always tell you
: it's a fake
posted by dash_slot-
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Flora Brasiliensis [flash needed]
was published between 1840 and 1906. It contains taxonomic treatments of 22,767 species of Brazilian flora. The beauty of the illustrations and the level of detail you can magnify to is magnificent (sorry, direct linking to example images is not possible but trust me, go and have a look).
posted by tellurian
on May 3, 2006 -
From the top:
Lula da Silva*
posted by airguitar
on Apr 13, 2006 -
The Roofless realm
. Prestes Maia, is a colossal abandoned clothes factory
that towers over central Sao Paulo: "At first glance Prestes Maia, which sem-teto members occupied in 2002, resembles a chaotic, multi-storey shantytown; cardboard spews out of its cracked windows, graffiti litter its walls and children rattle through its wide corridors on bicycles. But the community is meticulously organised."
It was first occupied as part of the Movimiento dos Sem Teto
, an organized movement of homeless families and workers and now houses over 468 families.
But, now, an injunction has been issued for the repossession of the building. Everyone must leave by February 15th
but there is no plan and the authorities fear violence will erupt. There's a Flickr community
posted by vacapinta
on Feb 14, 2006 -
Brazilian mayor outlaws death.
Faced with a shortage of cemetary space, and other options outlawed, what are the choices?
"Of course the bill is laughable, unconstitutional, and will never be approved," said Gilson Soares de Campos, an aide to the mayor. "But can you think of a better marketing strategy?"
posted by Balisong
on Dec 14, 2005 -