The modern cat video was invented in 1994 by French multimedia artist Chris Marker

The influential French filmmaker died in 2012. Play him off, keyboard cat.

The pleasures and sorrows of micro-apartment living

I think we can take this small-living-space obsession to the next level

Megadeth lead guitarist Marty Friedman explains how he taught himself Japanese

Yeah, yeah, we've all seen This is Spinal Tap; we've all laughed at its depiction of Japan as the last place where washed-up Western rockers can cash in. And it's funny, as they say, because it's true--or at least true in part. Read the rest

WATCH: 1970s Los Angeles in full-color glory and shame

Despite having died more than a quarter-century ago, architectural historian Reyner Banham remains as cited an interpreter of Los Angeles as Jonathan Gold. This owes mostly to his 1971 book The Architecture of Four Ecologies, a short, erudite, witty, and then-counterintuitive celebration of the built environment, a city that "makes nonsense of history and breaks all the rules."

When the New York Times first reviewed Four Ecologies, it did so under the headline "In Praise (!) of Los Angeles." For my money, though, the most entertaining contemporary assessment — one as incisive as the book itself — came in the form of Peter Plagens' vicious 11,000-word takedown in Artforum.

It speaks to the very intrigue of Los Angeles that one can simultaneously agree with the likes of both the Banhams and the Plagenses. You'll see the city Banham loved and Plagens lamented in all its full-color 1970s glory and shame in Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles, a BBC broadcast where Banham and his talking car go on a tour of town from Olvera Street to Watts Towers to the Griffith Observatory to the Miracle Mile to the remains of the Pacific Electric trolley tracks. They cruise to the Gamble House, to Venice Beach, then to the studio of sculptor Vasa Mihich, and Tiny Naylor's Drive-In, where he chats with noted Los Angeles mundanity-enshrining painter Ed Ruscha. And yes, the iconic Sunset Strip was on their itinerary, too.

Still, for all Banham's enthusiasm, I'm glad I live in the Los Angeles of the 2010s, with its superior air and extant rapid transit, than in the Los Angeles of the 1970s — or the Los Angeles of the 1990s, on which we posted another British perspective yesterday. Read the rest

Why you should celebrate your child's first lie: the great ideas of Kim Young-ha

Most of us have art in our heads we'd like to make in reality. Many of us would like to write novels. Kim breaks down the reasons why we don't.

Meet Dashan, the China-based Canadian master of Mandarin so many expats love to hate

Just look at that guy's grin.

Portraits of every U.S. vice president in history but with an octopus on their head

If you want to succeed in publishing, write a biography of an American president. They sell. If you want to succeed in visual art, draw a portrait of an American vice president — with an octopus on his head. Read the rest

"Gentlemen Broncos," the "Napoleon Dynamite" creators' 2009 masterpiece

An "ecstatic and personal exploration—in loopy, gross-out comic form—of the essence of faith in cosmic religious vision itself."

A Day Called X: Nuclear doomsday comes to Portland in 1957 CBS TV movie

I've never considered Portland a dangerous place. But in the film A Day Called X, it becomes the most dangerous place on Earth one day in the mid-1950s. Read the rest

"City of Gold," new documentary on famous LA food critic Jonathan Gold

The once anonymous Pulitzer-winning food critic of Los Angeles is anonymous no more.

A Hypnotic Supercut of Passageways in Yasujirō Ozu Movies

"Yasujiro Ozu, the man whom his kinsmen consider the most Japanese of all film directors, had but one major subject, the Japanese family," writes Donald Richie in his definitive study Ozu: His Life and Films, "and but one major theme, its dissolution." Read the rest

Close Personal Friend: A '90s Music Video-Style Profile of Douglas Coupland

If you're a fan of Boing Boing, chances are you dig Douglas Coupland. His literary, visual, and technological interests are highly compatible with the brand of weirdness for which this blog is known. Read the rest

Watch 50 years of Korean cinema for free online at the Korean Film Archive

When I started learning Korean, I couldn't find new Korean movies easily, let alone classic ones. This online archive makes that much easier now.

The BBC Visits Los Angeles, "City of the Future?" in 1991

Angelenos, rejoice: we live in a much less smoggy, crime-obsessed, and fragmented city than the one in this program.

Take a tour of Jackie Chan's Hong Kong, with the film and martial arts master himself

This video tour of the martial arts film star's dense hometown hits many of Hong Kong's hotspots, and reveals more about who Jackie Chan the man.

Japanese 1980s Funk: amazing 70-minute musical groove mixtape

Your new rare groove obsession. You're welcome.