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ACLU's Santa Claus is Coming to Town video

Jack from the ACLU sez, "We just posted a parody music video that pokes fun at the NSA with some holiday spirit (and some 'Jackass' thrown in for good measure)."

The NSA is Coming to Town (Thanks, Josh!)

Video: BASE jumping disaster

Here's some beautiful footage of a BASE jump gone terribly wrong in Moab, Utah. I'll be honest: I didn't make it all the way through this video because I was getting a little woozy. Show this to all your friends who are considering taking up BASE jumping.

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The linguistics of Death Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord's Tongue


The Black Metal band "Code." Photo: Shutterstock.

Doug Moore's "Death Metal English" post at Invisible Oranges is the funniest thing I've read on the internet in a long time. He performs a linguistic analysis of the lyrics in Death Metal music, notes its use of adjectives and baroquely florid multisyllabic arcaneness, and offers some helpful translations of common English phrases.

Normal English: “This bok choy isn’t very good”
Death Metal English: “CASTIGATING THE VERDANT ISSUANCE OF THE SOILS OF JIANGNAN”

Normal English: “I need to take a nap”
Death Metal English: “RIPPED INTO THE UTTER EXHAUSTION OF THE MIDDLE DAY”

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Mad Men with party horns in lieu of cigarettes

To celebrate the Great American Smokeout, the Ellen DeGeneres Show replaced cigarettes in Mad Men with party horns.

Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" (1983)

Thanks to the World's Best Ever for posting this video of The Violent Femmes performing "Gone Daddy Gone" from 1983.

Stunning time-lapse videos of sky and landscapes

From National Geographic: "After quitting a comfortable day job, photographer Shane Black spent two months on the road shooting time-lapses of some of America's most beautiful spots. His 'Adventure Is Calling' video is the mesmerizing result, made from about 10,000 of the photos he took."

I wish my eyes were sensitive enough to see the night sky like this.

Slow-mo video of dogs shaking, and photo book!

DoggggSHAKE is a new photo book by Carli Davidson collecting her photographs of dogs mid-shake. The photos (here) are fun but I really appreciate the full-motion silliness of the slow-mo video above. SHAKE by Carli Davidson

Dolly Parton rapping

Dolly Parton raps. (Thanks, UPSO!)

Crazy quick cut faces video for The Paper Kites' "Young"

Oh Yeah Wow's video for The Paper Kites' "Young." Seven days to photograph more than 350 people. Ten days to cut together 4,000+ photos.

Comedian pranks TedX at Drexel University

Watch comedian Sam Hyde take the piss out of TED talks at Drexel University's TEDxDrexelU. From Philadelphia Magazine:

The event concluded with Sam Hyde, billed as a “video documentary filmmaker and journalist from Brooklyn” who “recently returned from Mogadishu, the most dangerous city on earth, where he shadowed the heroic al-Mahamud women on their quest to clean up their streets and restore humanity to their war-torn country.” TEDx organizer Dhairya Pujara introduced Hyde’s presentation, titled “2070 Paradigm Shift.”

Hyde, 28, is not a journalist; he’s a member of the Massachusetts-based comedy troupe Million Dollar Extreme, which employs a type of shock-value comedy along the lines of a more goalless version of Yes Men sabotage.

"TEDx Drexel Got Pranked This Weekend" (Thanks, Debbie Hampton!)

Faux 1980s trippy TV commercial for new Jacob 2-2 LP

I dig this hallucinatory faux 19A0s TV commercial for Jacob 2-2's new album "Herbivore," from King Deluxe Records. Video designed and animated by Jacob 2-2 and Samuel Rhodes with photography by Miguel Drake-McLaughlin.

Teen exorcists from Arizona take on the UK and Harry Potter

Tonight on BBC Three is the premier of Teen Exorcists, in which Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, teenage girls from Arizona who happen to be exorcists just like Brynne's dad, visit the UK! I bet they were a huge hit there. After all, Harry Potter author JK Rowling is British and, as Tess Scherkenback says, "The spells and things that you're reading in the Harry Potter books, those aren't just something that are made up, those are actual spells. Those are things that came from witchcraft books." What wonderful ambassadors of American culture these young women are. You can learn more about them in this BBC News profile: "Teen exorcists: Women who expel demons on stage"

Batman and Captain America save a cat

Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a burning home. (via Cosey Fanni Tutti)

Documentary about James Broughton, poet, filmmaker, Radical Faerie

James Broughton (1913-1999) was an icon of San Francisco counterculture and the Bay Area's Beat scene. A poet, filmmaker, and prankster, Broughton was one of the original Radical Faeries and a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His gravestone reads: "Adventure – not predicament." I can't wait to see this new film about Broughton, titled Big Joy, that's currently on the film festival circuit! "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton"

Califone's music video auto-generated from Tumblrs

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Califone Stitches 608x608The new video for Califone's "Stitches," the title track from their forthcoming album, generates itself from images and Gifs culled from a selection of Tumblrs. The band is a collaboration with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau. The new album, Stitches, will be released September 3.

Watch the video here: Califone. Stitches.

Background about its creation is available at their record label Dead Oceans' blog.

Bullets underwater in super slow motion

The beauty of bullets fired through water in superrrrr slowwwwwwww motioooonnnnnnn…. [video link]

Bauhaus video for "Ziggy Stardust" (1982)

Bauhaus ziggy stardustTonight, I shall watch Peter Murphy sing the songs of Bauhaus live on his Mr. Moonlight Tour. Please enjoy Bauhaus covering David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" from 1982. The track is available on Crackle: The Best of Bauhaus.

Blindfolded man pranked with fake bungee jump

This blindfolded fellow is told he's about to bungee jump off a bridge. He gets quite a surprise.

FaceMashups: videos of blended celebrities

FaceMashups is a video project by someone named Chase who blends together two celebrities into a surreal amalgam of horror, beauty, and celebrity. Above, Natalie Portman blended with Will Ferrell. Co.Create interviewed Chase who came up with the idea as a way to teach himself Adobe After Effects. "Face Mashups' creator explains how he's literally changing the face of celebrity"

Fireworks by PES

"Fireworks," a classic from 2009 by PES. Happy Independence Day!

LSD ABC, fun "A is for…" animation

A wonderful and trippy "A is for…" animation by Laura Sicouri and Kadavre Exquis with music by Kadavre Exquis. The music is available on a vinyl pack that includes the digital download and postcards from the film.

A24 Films logo motion graphic

Last night, I saw the Bling Ring. My favorite part was the logo motion graphic for A24 Films, the distributor and production company that released the movie. Seriously, it's fantastic! Designed by Grand Army with sound by Felt Not Heard. Below is another terrific version that didn't make the cut.

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"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," animated and accelerated

Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (the movie) on speed. Er, even more speed. From 1A4 Studio who have done this with a number of movies, including Star Wars, Back to the Future, and The Matrix.

Faces deformed by rubber bands

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Photographer Wes Naman who famously wrapped his subjects' faces in scotch tape has now twisted people's mugs into grotesquery with rubber bands. You can revel in their beauty here and watch a behind-the-scenes video below!

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Man does "karate dance" to Offspring tune

"Karate Dancing To Offspring" (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)

Animation about cell phone data mining

Michael Rigley created this beautiful animation, titled "Network," for his BFA design thesis project at the California College of Art. It's about personal data captured by cell phone providers and is quite relevant this week.

Vision-tweaking minimalist music video

Chris Kirk/Mindbomb Films' mind-bending minimalist music video for Brian Grainger's "Swamp Bike." Watch it full screen. Try not to look away. (Thanks, Syd Garon!)

Tintype stop motion animation of a circus

Fine art photographer Antonio Martinez combined more than 800 dryplate tintype photographs of a circus into this mesmerizing stop motion animation "Near the Egress." Absolutely stunning work. (Thanks, Randall de Rijk!)

Pirate Cinema: realtime mashup of video being torrented

Here's a cool installation: "The project is presented as a monitoring room, which shows Peer-to-Peer transfers happening in real time on networks using the BitTorrent protocol. The installation produces an arbitrary cut-up of the files currently being exchanged. This immediate and fragmentary rendering of digital activity, with information concerning its source and destination, thus depicts the topology of digital media consumption and uncontrolled content dissemination in a connected world."

It's called "The Pirate Cinema." No relation.. (Thanks, Jan!)