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“Classified” takes a run at the  national anthem. This pleases me.

(via @BenjaminAyres)

Discovered these oddities a while back but haven’t shared them on this blog so here we go:

Sometimes art and science run parallel and never meet. Sometimes they run in opposite directions screaming at each other as they go. But sometimes they meet at a glorious crossroads and create an amazing convergence.

Usually that point is located around porn.

To explain, a while back a Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye, started messing around with x-ray images in his work like this:

stained-glass-xrays

Cool, jarring. Intriguing.

And then he started messing around with x-rays of people kissing, licking and fellating each other.

kiss

lick

I know. I mentioned fellatio, where’s the fellatio?. The rest of the pics can be seen courtesy of Joseph Brett’s blog here.

All of this coolness was sent to me via @BenjaminAyres so, of course I had to try and one up him with my internet skills (yes, this, as you suspect, is what I look like – though I recently quit smoking):

I know internets

Anyway, my Google-fu was in fine form and I discovered footage of a scientist who captures two people having sex in an MRI machine. Video is below (be patient, the sexin’ begins at 1:30, perv)

Ah, art and science, united once again by porn.

~sigh~

Ah, the one take. Even if the director happens to be a prick he only gets to yell twice.  Once for, “action” and once for “cut”.

I’ve been trying to figure out why people do these. It doesn’t get you anything in the way of production value. Granted, getting all your shit together enough to actually nail something in one take is totally impressive…

Ah. So maybe they do it for the bragging rights.

Having worked in film/t.v. for a while, I find it hard to believe that undertaking such a giant pain in the ass like this is worth the ego sauce (except, of course, when Robert Carlyle makes it look like a walk in the park to shoot – see below).

Writing about one takes I feel bound to mention Russian Ark . There, I did it.

Ok, ok. Russian Ark did a one take for a whole movie.

I remember it well. They called it a, “milestone of cinema”. I was chuffed to see it. You know, develop my cinematic tastes and see just how high my brow could stretch.

Despite my earnest desire to love the movie, it made me more drowsy than a fistful of Butterball washed down with an udder of milk (not to mention I’ve never seen so many extras staring directly into a camera lens in my life).

I digress. The one-taker-makers are on a  quest for awesome. Let’s see how they’re doing (our example scenes are arranged go from worst to best so make sure and check out the bottom of this post before you get back to your “life”):

First, a spot from a drink manufacturer in the U.K. It earns bonus points for a massive cliff-side, Braveheartesque ending, but suffers deductions for xenophobia in the wanna-be-witty dialogue:

Contender #2. Less flash in this one but bonus points for class and advertising Scotch (yes, admittedly I have a bias). This is the tale of Johnny Walker as told by Robert Carlyle (you’ll probably know him as Francis Begbie from “Trainspotting”):

Next up, this sequence by Tony Jaa from The Protector which was a God-awful flick (apologies, Tony, please don’t Ong Bak my ass to a pulp – it wasn’t you, it was the script).

It’s super fun and, as a mandatory bonus point is awarded for each ass kicked, it ranked pretty high:

Our last entry comes courtesy a 172 students at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). It’s wins for a few reasons:

1) It’s a lip dub which is hard as hell to pull of with 1 person let alone 172 – not to mention they coordinated it to work in one take.

2) This one isn’t about pulling off a stunt to inflate egos or sell stuff – it’s about pulling together a legion of like-minded people to bring you some awesome to your Tuesday.

Enjoy.

Sources: First two are from Neatorama, third is from my adolescent fixation on martial arts flicks and the last comes via my buddy, Dwayne Hill.

Found this amazing clip on flickr where someone had outfit an Armadillo with a camera and taped P.O.V. footage of it trucking around doing its armadillo thing (video’s below).

I discovered that this is just one of a dozens films created by Sam Easterson (he’s taped sheep, buffalo, falcons, tarantulas, alligators).

1st up is a video explaining the project. The animal videos follow below (the Gos Hawk vid is amazing)

Armadillo:

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Buffalo:

Wolf:

Farm Animals:

Similar BBC footage of a falcon and gos hawk:

Welcome to new feature on Wakkanew.

Each week we’ll be bringing you a science experiment. I’m not big on boring so each of our featured science experiments must meet rigorous requirements:

1) The experiment must be killer, sick, wicked, awesome.

2) The experiment must be really, really… whatever the next word they invent for cool is (my vote is for “sauce” but that is another post)

On with the show.

This week’s experiment comes from Valérie, an awesome D.O.P I worked with years ago. She told me about this, I thought she was nuts, five years later I remembered it, checked it out and was so amazed that I wrote it into an episode of Degrassi last year.

Enough preamble. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Electric Pickle (explanation follows):

Explanation (in terms I can understand): pickles have lots of sodium. Sodium lights up when it gets excited. Electricity excites sodium. The end.

If you passed grade 11 science (unlike me) here’s a more in depth explanation.

Of course if you’re looking to amp up your electric pickle experience then you just need to swap your pickle for a watermelon and connect it to a massive current.

Which would look like this:

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N.B. Don’t try to replicate these experiments, hurt yourself and sue us – we don’t advise any of the above.

How did I miss this?

I have no words. It’s not even on beat. You know what rapping off beat is called?

It’s called, “That makes my hate itchy.”

I know that doesn’t makes sense. Neither does this video:

But you have to give the guy points for going out on a limb and having the tenacity to stay there.

Check out what I mean here.

Via: @BenjaminAyres

Tangent skipping continues…

On the subject of skateboarding, here’s a great indy video for a fun, mellow track – Cocount Records“West Coast”:

Via: @BenjaminAyres

Skipping along tangents today. This post relates to an earlier one re: Spike Jonze.

This trippy, slo-mo skating vid was up on Youtube a while back but got yanked but it’s back up on vimeo.

Track is “Heaven” remis by Unkle.

Give it a little time to build. It’s got some amazing stuff (I recommend watching it full screen with HD goodness):

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never tried

This was brought to my attention via Kelly Senecal (via Spike Jonze’s blog) and Tyler Hynes.

You probably don’t know those two guys. They don’t know each other.

None of that matters.

What matter is that, besides having me as a mutual friend, these guys have one other thing in common: they have a sense of wonder in spite of all the reasons not to.

They were talking about an awesome book so I wanted to know more. Turns out they weren’t talking about and awesome book, they were talking about THE “Awesome Book” (where the above panel came from)

It’s an illustrated kid’s book. Not something I jones for. At all. Like if  all the kids books in the world could spontaneously combust tomorrow and the only thing I’d be wondering about would be where to get a decent salad… and maybe why there’s a fire at Chapters.

But here is a kid’s book I not only read but loved enough to post something here to support the awesome. It

Check out the video below. Check out the site here.

Awesome.

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Water.

It’s everywhere.  The planet has 326 million trillion gallons of the stuff.  If we shared it equally among all the people living on this world right now then each person would get over 46 billion gallons.

Each person who is, of course, composed of 55% – 78% of water.

Could anything be less remarkable?

Here’s a water droplet photo (courtesy1X via @AmazingPics) that begs to differ – yes it’s real (scroll down for some video awesome)

waterdroplet

Yeah, yeah, it’s pretty but who cares?

I’m guessing you in about three minutes.

A preeminent water photographer (yes, there is more than one), Martin Waugh, shows a wealth of absolutely incredible material in this clip – including a rare double water drop.  What’s that?

Check it out:

Martin’s website.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

~ LORAN EISELY, The Immense Journey, 1957

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