Posts Tagged ‘video’

The Two Commandments

May 23rd, 2011

With all this “rapture” nonsense over the weekend, I thought it was a good time to re-visit a classic George Carlin bit in which he narrows the 10 commandments down to a much more reasonable number, simply by cutting out the crap.

Guess I Got My Badger Back

April 2nd, 2011

Remember Badgers? Well now the creator of the video has a dubstep version.

Here it is:

How to take the census

March 30th, 2011

Next time I have to take the census, I’m going to use Christopher Walken’s method.

What if San Francisco were a theme park?

February 24th, 2011

Like any urban city, there’s plenty in San Francisco that not everyone is comfortable with. Just ask SF Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius, who hates on our fair city for reasons ranging from young whippersnappers sitting around to unpleasant odors.

But what would our city be like if we cleaned it up and made it into a theme park? Fortunately, Mr. Show answered that very question in this 1996 episode.

This segment is from Mr. Show episode 204, “If You’re Going to Write a Comedy Scene, You’re Going to Have Some Rat Feces in There.”

Song parodies from Sesame Street

December 7th, 2010

What makes Sesame Street successful is that it’s fun enough that parents will actually sit down and watch with their kids.

One of their tricks was to re-purpose modern music with clever parodies. Here’s a few I scrounged up on YouTube.

Cereal Girl (parody of Material Girl)

Hip to Be a Square (parody of Hip to Be Square)

(I Can’t Get No) Cooperation (parody of [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction)

Kids Love to Brush (parody of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)

Rebel L (parody of Rebel Yell)

Hey Food (parody of Hey Jude)

If they made an album of these, I’d buy it.

Fire in the Inner Sunset

December 7th, 2010

Alexia Anthem sent me this video of an apartment fire in the Inner Sunset. You can see fire fighters are on the roof already, but the fire seems to be on two stories of the building, which is not a good sign. N-Judah service in the area is temporarily stopped.

SF Weekly SF Weekly

October 27th, 2010

I had the strangest feeling of deja vu after opening a copy of the latest SF Weekly.

Obnoxious tourists

October 22nd, 2010

Don’t get me wrong, when people get lost and need help I enjoy giving directions. I know the city pretty well and have a good sense of direction, and failing that I have an iPhone with Google Maps.

But sometimes, tourists in the city are just completely obnoxious. You know it’s always a bad sign when they ask how to get to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Riding on the Metro

October 6th, 2010

Here’s my Kubrick-inspired short film of a ride on Muni Metro. The route is outbound from Van Ness to Church. It’s somewhat distorted thanks to the iPhone’s wacky image sensor.

(I hope you weren’t expecting a squeaky-synth soundtrack by Berlin.)

Trippy Sesame Street: part 1

November 4th, 2009

Sesame Street was created in the late 60′s and takes place in a zero-crime urban area where giant birds and talking monsters are normal. Even by those standards, some of the animated segments shown on Sesame Street in those early days are mind-bogglingly trippy.

Let’s explore, shall we?

Lost Boy Remembers His Way Home
How this kid managed to get lost after biking in a straight line for five minutes is beyond me, but the truly strange thing here is they’re teaching children that listening to shape-shifting pimps is a good idea.

The Geometry of Circles (must by Philip Glass)
As far as I can tell, there’s no educational content to this video. The animators got a box of paint, a compass, and a ruler and ate a bunch of shrooms. The music makes the whole thing inexplicably creepy.

1 to 20
Maybe this would seem less crazy in Hindi?

My Martian Cutie
Just trying to wrap one’s head around this one has been known to induce a hallucinogenic state. Don’t think about it for too long.

Madrigal Alphabet
I’ve always found this one strangely hypnotic. Watching this might help you sober up and take a nap.

That’s all for now, bye everyone! (This post was brought to you by the letter E and the number 9.)

This is Part 1 in my series on trippy Sesame Street animations. Part 2 is online here. Is there a video you think I should include in the next installment? Contact me (e-mail is in the right margin.)