Paper jam
November 24, 2017 2:12 AM   Subscribe

 
Nicely done on the post title.
posted by Optamystic at 2:22 AM on November 24, 2017 [10 favorites]




Smooth, blue.
posted by chavenet at 3:08 AM on November 24, 2017


very cool.
posted by james33 at 3:53 AM on November 24, 2017


Musically this was not my thing all, but the visual concept is interesting.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:10 AM on November 24, 2017


I love their approach, the meticulous construction of things that could be done by animation but aren't, while happily using stop-motion and (it looks like) some green screen (with the wires, but then they show the things they're suspended from). Also, their decidedly unglamorous deadpan faces and expressions. It's as if they're from some alternate reality in which technology took a different direction.
posted by Peach at 5:47 AM on November 24, 2017 [5 favorites]


Do these hand signs mean anything?
posted by Coventry at 6:47 AM on November 24, 2017


As an IT professional, I'm so triggered right now.

"Cut! Let's get the Sysadmin in here, please. Can we get a reset on the print server for printers number 343 through 546, please? Also, 873 seems to have gone offline again for no particular reason. And if we could finally figure out why 252 seems to behave differently than all the others, that would be great."
posted by Frayed Knot at 6:52 AM on November 24, 2017 [14 favorites]


OK Go does it again with the amazing video concept/execution.

It's been interesting to watch their career and progression. I enjoyed nearly all of their early music, and now it's a lot more hit-and-miss for me, though the videos are always fascinating. Of course, it's their choice as artists to do what they like. It's just stranger for me as a fan, because unlike, say, Elvis Costello, I'm not just ignoring the stuff they do that I'm not into. Because I still want to see the videos, and they're not as good muted.
posted by cardioid at 7:09 AM on November 24, 2017 [7 favorites]


That little guitar figure worked for me. The white costumes and the wires reveal reminded me of this.
posted by maudlin at 7:35 AM on November 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


I still think one of my favorite OK Gos is I Won't Let You Down for a nice combination of cool visuals and a downright catchy, happy tune (that I am unable to resist chairdancing to).

(Also, the video doesn't murder YouTube.)
posted by Samizdata at 8:23 AM on November 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


I love this, and I hope they reveal the behind the scenes soon. The engineering parts of my brain is fascinated to know how they controlled all the printers. Macros? Program scripts? server clusters? individual laptops?

Also once you factor in the astronomical price of printer ink - I bet this was their most expensive video to date
posted by Faintdreams at 8:23 AM on November 24, 2017


I love this, and I hope they reveal the behind the scenes soon. The engineering parts of my brain is fascinated to know how they controlled all the printers. Macros? Program scripts? server clusters? individual laptops?

Also once you factor in the astronomical price of printer ink - I bet this was their most expensive video to date


Two words: Promotional consideration. Note above where OneSwellFoop mentions it is already mentioned promotionally.
posted by Samizdata at 8:26 AM on November 24, 2017


Honestly that's a good title for any OK Go video.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:27 AM on November 24, 2017


Macros? Program scripts? server clusters? individual laptops?

If you'd given me that design brief to implement, I would have done it with a bank of $10 Banana Pi Zero single-board computers, each one controlling 32 printers via GPIO pins wired to the paper feed buttons. And I would not have printed the imagery on the inkjets themselves, but had it all preprinted and stacked in order in the feed trays.
posted by flabdablet at 8:30 AM on November 24, 2017 [17 favorites]


In my brain, OK Go are multimedia artists whose work includes both music and video. Even their songs that I really like are hard to separate from the videos in my brain (i think specifically of the delightful video version of "Needing/Getting" which is musically different from and superior to the released version).

Anyhow I love that they sort of stumbled into this life and continue to embrace it. I love that it all started with a cheap single shot video with some silly choreography. They're kind of among my heroes.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:31 AM on November 24, 2017 [13 favorites]


I always think it has to be a lot of pressure, coming up with these brand-specific music videos.
posted by 41swans at 8:53 AM on November 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love how they anticipated all the “what a waste of paper” comments they were going to get and were like “Greenpeace, ok? Now shut up.”
posted by bondcliff at 8:54 AM on November 24, 2017 [4 favorites]


White Strat with the blue pickguard is pretty nice looking.

I love how they anticipated all the “what a waste of paper” comments they were going to get and were like “Greenpeace, ok? Now shut up.”

It took me out of the moment. The paper used here is trivial compared to the daily tree holocaust in offices. And, if you want to protect the environment, disbanding is surely the best way to do so. Stop wasting energy making videos, playing them on Youtube, touring.
posted by thelonius at 9:14 AM on November 24, 2017


Do these hand signs mean anything?

"It's Obession" spelled out using ASL alphabet. (Spelled out rather than a full translation.)
posted by RobotHero at 10:29 AM on November 24, 2017 [3 favorites]


Do these hand signs mean anything?
posted by Coventry


It looks like he's spelling "It's obsession" in American Sign Language.

(Oops. Didn't preview.)
posted by Boxenmacher at 10:29 AM on November 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


As a non professional, my trigger was the big neat piles of paper, perfectly aligned.
posted by bigZLiLk at 12:01 PM on November 24, 2017


Can anyone tell what the actual printer models are?
posted by willF at 12:47 PM on November 24, 2017


It took me out of the moment. The paper used here is trivial compared to the daily tree holocaust in offices. And, if you want to protect the environment, disbanding is surely the best way to do so. Stop wasting energy making videos, playing them on Youtube, touring.

simply lie in a horizontal position, sipping from your government provided nutritional gruel pipe at intervals of 20-30 min.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:12 PM on November 24, 2017 [6 favorites]


Related: Mistabishi - Printer Jam
posted by dazed_one at 4:13 PM on November 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


Can anyone tell what the actual printer models are?

Looks like a Canon PIXMA iP7220 to me.
posted by hades at 9:01 PM on November 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love how they anticipated all the “what a waste of paper” comments they were going to get and were like “Greenpeace, ok? Now shut up.”

Meh. Ass-covering lipservice. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense ecologically to deliberately waste a bunch of paper and then immediately recycle it. Recycling uses energy. Now they’re wasting paper and energy. They only used one side. Could have reused every scrap of it before recycling. But I’m sure Greenpeace will be ever so grateful for the, what, three dollars?

I know OK Go is famous for pumping out fun-looking garbage, but this is ridiculous.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:46 PM on November 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


Even their songs that I really like are hard to separate from the videos in my brain (i think specifically of the delightful video version of "Needing/Getting" which is musically different from and superior to the released version ).

I agree. The This Too Shall Pass (marching band version) is my fav. Even though the Rube Goldberg video is better, and probably the song version is, too. But the marching band version version hits a happiness trifecta for me: marching bands, hopeful lyrics, and children singing at the end. In fact, when the band comes in near the end I tend to lose it and start crying. Sigh.
But this paper one was good, too. I liked the ASL.
posted by greermahoney at 11:51 PM on November 24, 2017 [4 favorites]


greermahoney, I also love the marching band version of "This Too Shall Pass" more, and the crane shot at the end! I cry too.
posted by brainwane at 3:15 PM on November 25, 2017


Meh. Ass-covering lipservice. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense ecologically to deliberately waste a bunch of paper and then immediately recycle it. Recycling uses energy. Now they’re wasting paper and energy. They only used one side. Could have reused every scrap of it before recycling. But I’m sure Greenpeace will be ever so grateful for the, what, three dollars?

I know OK Go is famous for pumping out fun-looking garbage, but this is ridiculous.


It's an idiotic stipulation to pre-empt an idiotic complaint.
posted by Sebmojo at 1:12 PM on November 26, 2017 [2 favorites]


Can we just let people enjoy fun things without pointing out how terrible and idiotic those things are? Please?
posted by sarcasticah at 4:37 PM on November 26, 2017 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: Can we just let people enjoy fun things without pointing out how terrible and idiotic those things are?
posted by Sebmojo at 1:27 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]


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