Not so sure about the soundtrack, frankly
February 15, 2016 10:25 AM   Subscribe

 
See, I could ave probably watched any one of those segments for hours, but switching away from them was actually most unsatisfying
posted by cjorgensen at 10:27 AM on February 15, 2016 [13 favorites]


Winning tiny battles against entropy, what could be better
posted by little onion at 10:28 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]




This seems like a supercut of all the mesmerizing robot videos that Kottke has posted over the years.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 10:36 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


The grim efficiency of machines is the most satisfying thing in the world? Yikes.
posted by Makwa at 10:37 AM on February 15, 2016 [11 favorites]




That carrot-picking machine is actually leading both Sanders and Clinton in the California primary.
posted by oulipian at 10:37 AM on February 15, 2016 [19 favorites]


It was going well until those egg yolks bunched up. Then all I could think about was egg yolks bunching up, which was so unsatisfying it ruined the rest.
posted by flabdablet at 10:38 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not with that music, it isn't.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:38 AM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


the carrot-picking machine is one of the coolest things I never knew existed.

anyone else distressed that the marbles weren't sorted by color?
posted by INFJ at 10:41 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]




The grim efficiency of machines is the most satisfying thing in the world? Yikes.

"You see the way the boot connects to the piston rod, the way it's always turning? With sufficient lubrication, and a little bit of luck, it'll be stamping on that human face forever!"
posted by leotrotsky at 10:46 AM on February 15, 2016 [15 favorites]


the carrot-picking machine is one of the coolest things I never knew existed.

It's got nothing on this berry picking machine.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:47 AM on February 15, 2016 [10 favorites]


Digg? Digg. Huh. Digg.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:47 AM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


Now lets's see a video of someone scooping out a pumpkin where all the strings and seeds are effortlessly removed, resulting in smooth inner walls.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:52 AM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


Oddly arousing.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 10:55 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I've been watching a lot of horror movies lately and I'm pretty sure if this video were grainy and in black and white and the soundtrack were interspersed with random screetchy noises we'd all be dead within a week.
posted by phunniemee at 10:56 AM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


Though I am pleased to see hydrographic printing got a moment.
posted by phunniemee at 10:57 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


smooth inner walls

Ew.
posted by mittens at 10:58 AM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


It's not hard to make a can crusher that unloads itself so you don't have to stick your hands in it.

That one's still pinch-point city, though. The simple addition of a hopper would make it much safer.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:58 AM on February 15, 2016


TIL that Digg still exists. Also that carrot harvesters are awesome.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:02 AM on February 15, 2016


I wasn't particularly satisfied. Apparently I can never be satisfied.
posted by zachlipton at 11:03 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


What the hell was that chair/bowling ball thing at around 3:20?
posted by kmz at 11:11 AM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


I wasn't particularly satisfied. Apparently I can never be satisfied.

Is that right?
posted by kmz at 11:12 AM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


I actually really like Digg's current incarnation. I don't know anything about it behind the scenes, but whoever's curating it is doing a great job picking thoughtful and interesting links, and the site acts as a nice compact summary of what's popular on the brainier end of the mainstream web.
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:17 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


The flash frame at the end of the black tape/cordless drill scene kills the whole thing for me. How can this be the most satisfying video in the world if it doesn't even pass QC?

Working in post-production has ruined simple pleasures for me.
posted by turaho at 11:28 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I don't always satisfy
but when I do
I satisfy to the soothing sounds of terrible new age synths
posted by a halcyon day at 11:28 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


What's that stuff that gets set on fire at about 2:11? That seems like a fun toy for kids, provided of course that it's non-toxic.
posted by The otter lady at 11:28 AM on February 15, 2016


also what the FUCK is the Eames lounge made out of actual human fat at 3:18?
posted by a halcyon day at 11:32 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


the tree razor made my inner lorax very sad
posted by mittens at 11:33 AM on February 15, 2016 [10 favorites]



What's that stuff that gets set on fire at about 2:11?


I think that's the fluff that falls from Cottonwood trees out west (of North America) and piles up in drifts everywhere. I had no idea it would burn like that, and it does look fun. And satisfying.
posted by Flashman at 11:35 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


The carrot harvester gives me the heebie-jeebies, like watching one of those demented up-close videos of someone using a Bioré strip.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:36 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


The vaporwave soundtrack was my favorite part! Worked really well for the vid. Macintosh Plus is awesome, now I'm gonna be listening to that nonstop ugh.
posted by gucci mane at 11:38 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Is that right?

God, I hope you're satisfied.
posted by zachlipton at 11:39 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Apparently I can never be satisfied.

This is the noise it makes when a columba cries?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:40 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I thought the Eames lounge was made of some sort of vanilla Jello, and because this seems so odd and unlikely, plus the physical motion of the ball as well as the chair itself didn't appear gravitationally accurate, I found that segment more puzzling than satisfying.
If that's actual human fat though the scenario and the physics of the collision do make a lot more sense.
posted by Flashman at 11:41 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Anyone recognize the song playing in the background?
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 11:57 AM on February 15, 2016


"Rain's a-comin'."
"How do you know, Grampa?"
"The old taffy injury."
posted by cmoj at 12:16 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


That soundtrack is リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー from FLORAL SHOPPE by MACINTOSH PLUS (yes, really). It's considered a seminal vaporwave classic (previously).
posted by sammann at 12:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


Tomato slicing guy has some fierce knife skills.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:24 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


A seminal vaporwave soundtrack? God help us all.

That weiner cake at 3:26 was most definitely unsatisfying. I wish I could unsee it.

Many people like egg-opening and unboxing.

I would be humiliated to acknowledge I like those sorts of things. Or whispering and crinkling plastic...isn't there a name for those creepy videos?

I don't hate this video--some of the sequences are fun to watch--but I wonder what psychologists make of its appeal to certain types of people and what those types of people have in common.
posted by kozad at 12:29 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I guess I should have written "seminal Vaporwave"... "seminal vaporwave" reads a bit like "seminal-vaporwave", which if it existed, would likely be something else entirely.
posted by sammann at 12:42 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]




This like a mix of ASMR and ADHD.
posted by asok at 12:47 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Left me wanting a little something more. Meh.

Anyway know a good advertising lawyer? I am sure they are rich with all that sweet sweet YouTube loot. I think a false advertising suit might be in order.
posted by Samizdata at 12:54 PM on February 15, 2016


Winning tiny battles against entropy, what could be better.

By using energy to do work in an irreversible manner, each of these tiny battles is making the total entropy larger. You think you're bring order to your life, but actually you are just exporting chaos to the wider world.
posted by ennui.bz at 1:03 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


Tomato slicing guy has some fierce knife skills.

The first time I saw that trick I was wildly impressed. Then I learned that with my good-but-not-exceptional knife sharpening skills I was able to make my chef's knife do the same thing. Granted I used a series of Japanese waterstones to sharpen a non-cheap knife; but it was quite doable by a normal dude like me, so now I'm slightly less impressed.

None of which is to say I found the video unsatisfying (for varying degrees of "satisfaction").
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:05 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


It is missing the clip where Lucille Ball is wrapping the chocolate candies.
posted by bukvich at 1:06 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


so basically top of the year from /r/oddlysatisfying
posted by rebent at 1:11 PM on February 15, 2016


I think that's the fluff that falls from Cottonwood trees out west (of North America) and piles up in drifts everywhere. I had no idea it would burn like that, and it does look fun. And satisfying.

NE US here, but as a kid I lived on a street that was inundated with cottonwood fluff yearly. The boys would light it on fire, and it looked exactly like that. It was pretty cool.
posted by Lucinda at 1:19 PM on February 15, 2016


I'm still dying to know what's up with the ball and flooby chair.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:30 PM on February 15, 2016


@Greg_Ace: I was about to ask whether knives that sharp actually exist and now you've given me hope that my Japanese also non-cheap knife could be enough to perform the same tomato-slicing wonders.

Pray, tell me how you were able to make your knife do this.
posted by Captain Fetid at 1:49 PM on February 15, 2016


Well, sure, it's satisfying. But the most satisfying video in the world? Not even close.
posted by steganographia at 2:09 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


The baseball part was gross. I guess my brain perceived as an organic object, as if it would feel pain.
posted by desjardins at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


That soundtrack is リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー from FLORAL SHOPPE by MACINTOSH PLUS (yes, really). It's considered a seminal vaporwave classic (previously).

Well I'll be. I thought it was some super early Talk Talk that just got dug up and released.
posted by NoMich at 2:14 PM on February 15, 2016


leotrotsky: "Not with that music, it isn't."

Really. Had to turn it off. And I so wanted to hear the marbles rattling down that wooden ramp.
posted by Splunge at 2:17 PM on February 15, 2016


Well I'll be. I thought it was some super early Talk Talk that just got dug up and released.

That's actually not too far from the truth.
posted by sammann at 2:33 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Captain Fetid - check your MeMail.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:43 PM on February 15, 2016


Satisfying video, better soundtrack.
posted by endotoxin at 3:18 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I really felt bad for the baseball. And the tree. But I love the machine that makes the little carrots on top of the cake. So-- mostly satisfying.

(Also what happens to the eggs after that?)
posted by tuesdayschild at 3:31 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am a little wild with gratitude for the links in the YouTube description.

(Finally, something useful in YouTube comments! The exception proves the rule!!)
posted by wenestvedt at 3:38 PM on February 15, 2016


My favorite soothing video is the Oreo recycling machine.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:44 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


I found at least a partial "explanation" of the melting chair. Still pretty "but why?", though.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:49 PM on February 15, 2016


Shoe shining . Blast that man at about 5:00.
posted by StephenB at 4:02 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Regarding tomato-cutting, I found in a number of years as a prep cook that nothing dulled a knife faster than cutting up tomatoes.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 4:18 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


You should have let them thaw first, then.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:29 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


OMG, that's the carrot apocalypse that Tool was always (well, once) talking about!
posted by el io at 5:04 PM on February 15, 2016


Tool? Carrot apocalypse? I think you mean Neutral Milk Hotel, it is clearly the King of Carrot Plowers
posted by oulipian at 5:55 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Have you ever seen something that makes your skin tingle and for some unknown reason provides you with a sense of unbridled peace and happiness? Gears working in perfect synchronization, a cake frosted with absolute precision, marbles rolling so smoothly it hurts. Something that is just...satisfying?

No, I don’t suppose so.

but I wonder what psychologists make of its appeal to certain types of people and what those types of people have in common.

That’s what I’m wondering, what is this?
posted by bongo_x at 9:52 PM on February 15, 2016


Have you ever seen something that makes your skin tingle and for some unknown reason provides you with a sense of unbridled peace and happiness?

Reliable candidates for me include this Kate Bush track (just the audio will do it) and earwax removal videos.

Not, as I've just found out, simultaneously.
posted by flabdablet at 11:05 PM on February 15, 2016


Nice try. Not falling for the earwax removal link trick again, you bastard.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Totally not a trick, honestly. I really do get ASMR from those.
posted by flabdablet at 2:49 AM on February 16, 2016


(Also what happens to the eggs after that?)

Given the care that goes into keeping the yolk intact I'm guessing McMuffins.
posted by waving at 6:05 AM on February 16, 2016


and earwax removal videos.

holy fucking gods there was a q-tip head in that one
posted by Greg Nog at 6:24 AM on February 16, 2016


egg whites are used for all sorts of stuff, from egg beaters to meringue. My thought is that they probably get blended and packaged into cartons for use in restaurants, bakeries, and pre-packaged food factories.
posted by INFJ at 6:26 AM on February 16, 2016


Wow, tough crowd. With the exception of the dissolving chair and the baseball, I found that entirely satisfying, and I've never really gone for the whole ASMR/tingly stuff.
posted by Bugbread at 6:37 AM on February 16, 2016


I wish I could watch sped-up pressure-washing all day.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 6:45 AM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


Totally not a trick, honestly. I really do get ASMR from those.

Note to self: never click on a "soothing" flabdablet link again.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:36 AM on February 16, 2016


holy fucking gods there was a q-tip head in that one

I know, right? So many little shivers.

never click on a "soothing" flabdablet link again

You'll be fine once you've calmed down.
posted by flabdablet at 8:36 AM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


As someone who's really into vaporwave and hangs at out those places because of this we're already seeing a huge influx of people arriving being like "wtf is this stuff." Vaporwave has finally gone mainstream. Here's to the future!
posted by wyndham at 1:24 PM on February 16, 2016


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posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:27 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


I've been watching a lot of horror movies lately and I'm pretty sure if this video were grainy and in black and white and the soundtrack were interspersed with random screetchy noises we'd all be dead within a week.

Here you go.
posted by St. Sorryass at 2:53 PM on February 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


Here you go.

You're doing god's work.
posted by phunniemee at 3:00 PM on February 16, 2016


Video removed due to copyright - big surprise, there.

Bookmark or RSS subscribe to /r/oddlysatisfying/ if you like this sort of thing. That's where Digg dugg them up.
posted by sidereal at 3:38 PM on February 16, 2016


Here you go.

Put that soundtrack to your Hyperlapse Glitch video and you have the opening sequence for the reboot of Eraserhead.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:57 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


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