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

Rubberbannnnn

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!)

One Hundred Watts, 120 Volts: a lightbulb manufacturing ballet (1972)

During a visit to the (incredible) new Exploratorium in San Francisco, I was captivated by Carson "Kit" Davidson's "One Hundred Watts 120 Volts," a 1972 short film where the manufacturing of Duro-Test light bulb is presented as a ballet for Bach's Brandenburg concertos. "One Hundred Watts 120 Volts" (Archive.org)

Missing man walks into TV news shot

A TV news station in Portland, Maine was preparing to report on a man with dementia who had been missing when the fellow walked up behind the reporter. "Elderly Man With Dementia Goes Missing in Maine, Found by Local News Crew"

Video: museum home of Oddities' Ryan Matthew Cohn

The always-excellent Midnight Archive visits artist and Oddities host Ryan Matthew Cohn and his massive collection of skulls, shrunken heads, and other curiosities.

HOWTO survive an elephant charge

And if you don't know, now you know.

Cory's Berlin talk: "It's not a fax machine connected to a waffle iron"

Here's the video of "It's not a fax machine connected to a waffle iron," the talk I gave at the Re:publica conference in Berlin this week: "Lawmakers treat the Internet like it's Telephone 2.0, the Second Coming of Video on Demand, or the World's Number One Porn Distribution Service, but it's really the nervous system of the 21st Century. Unless we stop the trend toward depraved indifference in Internet law, making – and freedom – will die."

re:publica 2013 - Cory Doctorow: It's not a fax machine connected to a waffle iron

Pedals: music video about musical effects pedals

BB pal Scott Matthews points us to Jack Conte's "Pedals," a terrific celebration of music gear (and robots). The lyrics:
Hog Pog Vox Wah Ocatave Multiplexer Big Muff Memory Man Boss Chromatic Tuner Polyphase MicroSynth Frequency Analyzer Voice Box Electric Mistress Freeze Tube Zipper
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below!

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