Tag Archives: Stop-Motion

The Cat Returns

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The school year has resumed, so I’ve decided to resume the blog, as well. I thought about restarting this with some kind of look back into what I’ve been up to in the months that I’ve been away from this, but I decided that’s stupid. I do, after all, try to keep myself out of this process as much as possible. However, I can sum it up in a couple of words:

I was in the woods.

Good? Good. To start things off, I have a couple of stop-motion videos (found through Boingboing, of course) to restore the aesthetic that I like to explore:

I’m not going to write too much right now, since I have a job interview tomorrow morning, but a post wouldn’t be the same without mashups. I shared Super Mash Bros.’ first album last year, but they’ve come out with a new one in the meantime, All About the Scrillions. This album became the soundtrack to the second half of my summer, and I dare say I could have done worse. Check it out.

Here’s one of the tracks.

Here’s another one.

And here’s the link to the album download.

PS– Curious about the header photo? Check back tomorrow to find out what it’s all about!

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Gratuitous Bike Videos

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I wrote a pretty long post last night, so instead of boring you with my words, I’ll just share a couple of videos that I found today.

The first is for Anchor Butter, which I’d never heard of, prior to my internet-browsing this evening. It’s a New Zealand-based free-range butter company, churning out spreads that may not be any better for you, but at least come from happy cows. Here’s a fantastic stop-motion felt advertisement they put out:

It’s cute, and the fact that it’s stop-motion-craft-y makes it a winner for me.

Speaking of cute, I recently saw a video (via Boingboing) that made me realize I live in the wrong country. Now, the USA isn’t all that bad, and it’s getting better (I hope), but check out what these policemen are doing in Denmark:

Hugs! And free helmets! Nice ones, too. I guess when the Danes embrace their two-wheeled bretheren, they really mean it. While I’m tempted to go to Denmark anyway, now I know for sure I’m not going to be wearing a helmet. Just in case.

All of tonight’s mashups will be courtesy of the Illuminoids. Click on that link. And appreciate their fantastic intro/jump page. You actually have to click, though– the “SnapShot” image when you hover over the link isn’t the one I want you to see.

The Temptations never sounded so electro-pop as they do in this first track.

I was interested to see where they went with LCD Soundsystem in this second track. Turns out, they used one of the only songs I really like on Sound of Silver. I guess I’m still not sold on the rest of the album.

This final track does a great thing: it takes the Velvet Underground and keeps Nico away from the microphone.

More Crafts

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I’ve always been overly interested in the weather. Not as a career choice (I don’t really find meteorology to be terribly stimulating as a science), but just as something to keep current on. It’s often the most relevant news to me. I rarely trust the government on most things, but for weather, I think they’ve got their act together (and have the technology to do so), so I keep up to date with the NOAA website. It seems the most reliable.

Today, however, I found (indirectly, through Daniel) this website, that doesn’t necessarily have the credibility to match the NOAA, but certainly has a better designed interface. The above picture is from the image for “snow.” You can see the rest of the images they use here. Apple’s weather widget may have more specific graphics, but certainly not better ones. I know who I’m going to be checking from now on.

I found another great craft-y thing today, too, on Kanye’s blog. I love yarn and art that is made with it (as I’ve said in the past), so this video was pure magic to me:

I like the song, too. But really, combining stop-motion video with button-eyed puppets with yarn guts is a pretty unbeatable combination. At least as far as my aesthetic tastes go.

One of the things I like about Mashuptown is the relatively high number of tracks they share with more than two artists mashed together, but even though this first track isn’t one of them, it made me go back and listen twice, it was put together so well.

This second track is considerably funkier.

To finish things out, this last track is an overwhelming avalance of Queen. It’s not mashed particularly carefully (or at all, in many places), but if you love Queen, you’ll love this track.