Someone get a man in as there’s something wrong with time and space. Somehow this thing– this movie– came over from some awful bizarro world alternate universe where Gilbert Godfried is President and KFC sells Wolly Mammoth thigh. That can be the only logical explanation.
Still, not as amusing as this dark humor industrial film on safety hailing from Germany. At least I think its humor. Slow in the beginning but moments like 4:46 and 6:05 ooze blood colored Teutonic gory goodness.
YouTube user yellowfeverbelfast posted a video with a purported-perhaps-maybe-possibly butch or male time traveler in drag holding a mobile phone at a Chinese Theatre debut for a Charlie Chaplin film:
Service sucks with AT&T when you are in the same time period and next to a tower. Must blow when there are no cell towers and well, they have not been invented yet. Then again, if this is a time traveler he or she may have a iPhone 5G. Going on a journey through space and time? There’s an app for that.
Or, its pareidolia which as Wikipedia breaks it down: “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.”
A few months ago a photo found at a museum was dubbed to be a shot of a time traveler and it was thoroughly debunked on the blog forgetomori.
Back in the day when people talked to themselves they were not wearing a bluetooth headset: they were crazy. Any old lady yammering on the street today by herself? That goes unnoticed. Even today in New York.
Besides, if any time traveler visits Charlie Chaplin I expect him have some interesting fashion sense. Possibly a long scarf.
When it comes to entertainment, I am a lazy, lazy man. By the time I’m defeated enough to spend my evening watching YouTube videos of cats eating people food or Eastern European men explaining their kooky hobbies in song, I’m not in the mood to actually go and type in a search box and click on the thingy and do the, uh… sigh. Luckily, there’s Pie Heaven. Pete Berg comes through with a deft mouse hand to embed the choicest cuts into a fun little blog that works like a Cliff’s Notes to the neat little videos of the web. And for that, I could see no better tribute than to immortalize him in the web’s other vernacular: clumsy speed Photoshop.
I aimed a few questions at the man recently:
TITLE: How did you get started with this? Was it always more of a public-facing page or more of a compilation for your circle of friends?
Pete: I bought the domain name pieheaven.net a full year before I did anything with it. The Jack Handey quote that inspired the domain name has always been one of my favorites…it was even my high school yearbook quote….so I registered it before I had any actual plans for what I would put there.
On March 14, 2008 (“Pi Day”), I was daydreaming about delicious pie, when I realized that it would be the perfect day to launch some sort of website on pieheaven.net…. because what better day to launch a pie themed site than on Pi Day? I set up a blog and posted a few funny videos, not really expecting it to turn into anything serious. But then I kept on updating it day after day, and I never really stopped.
Pie Heaven started as something among my group of friends. I have always been the type that shares funny videos with my buddies, so I figured rather than send them links to videos by web chat or email all the time, I’d post them on the blog. The site has gradually spread to a much wider audience. I decided that I would let my friends contribute as well (and there are a handful of people who post stuff on occasion), but I was always the main contributor.
It’s really nothing special, and there are a ton of other websites just like Pie Heaven, but I enjoy it. It’s a fun hobby.
TITLE: Any favorites from your two and a half years of video blogging?
Pete: Yeah, this is a list of my favorite videos from the first year of Pie Heaven: http://www.pieheaven.net/2008/12/31/the-top-15-viral-videos-of-2008/
One video that Pie Heaven singlehandedly made popular was “Dog running in its sleep” where a dog runs into a wall: http://www.pieheaven.net/2009/02/27/dog-running-in-his-sleep/ I found that video on YouTube when it had just 200 or so views, and posted it…it then went viral via my website and ended up getting more than 18 million views. Pretty crazy how the Internet jumps on certain videos like that and they become instant classics.
Also, my buddy Tim and I have been assembling the world’s greatest collection of Jet Pack videos. It’s one of Pie Heaven’s specialties: http://www.pieheaven.net/category/videos/jetpacks/
TITLE: What percentage of the total Internet would you say is cat videos?
Pete: Approximately, 70% of the entire internet. Not nearly enough.
TITLE: What did we all do with our time before YouTube?
Pete: Well, I guarantee you that humanity was a whole lot more productive. But dang, what was the point of life before we could see thousands of videos of cats walking on treadmills?
Kate Bush is an army of one.
Dangerous Minds tipped me off to this particular piece of cinema history. (Oh, NSFW, by the way… there’s like, four nipples shown). The trailer for Skateboarders from Hell is one piece of 1980’s Loose Shoes, a movie composed of genre spoofs filmed as trailers for nonexistent movies. Kind of like a whole movie made out of the intermission of Grindhouse.
What really grabbed me, though, was the motorized skateboarders these feral thrashers use to reach the podunk town they terrorize. They give a quick closeup at about 0:19 in the video above. They appear to be the lovechild of a weedwacker engine and a skateboard, complete with a handheld throttle and some kind of brake.
Besides wracking my brains for a plan to make one, what struck me was the similarities to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s ride of choice: The Cheapskate. (Image from Amazon)
While the toy sports some dumb, oversized hardware add-ons (the spotlight, the fan, a flag…c’mon, aren’t sewers too cramped for this Winnebago of skateboards?) I dimly recall that in the comics and the cartoon, the turtles carvied up the sewer pipes in more compact versions that closely resemble the sweet boards sported in Skateboarders from Hell.
While at first blush these boards look like the sort of backyard engineering that chews off limbs and makes legends, these motorized skateboards are MotoBoards, a product that debuted in 1975, apparently still made to this day. If you’ve got a spare $750 hanging around, these guys will get you on your way to full body road rash. Other Wile E. Coyote-style transport like gas powered skates are available too.
This being the internet, there’s a community Wiki for MotoBoard product enthusiasts. Naturally.
By no means are MotoBoard and Donatello’s workshop the only game in town for motorized skateboard enjoyment. There’s an electric version on offer by some Australian fellas that looks pretty slick. (watch out for those shipping costs before you do some drunk eBaying)
For an exhaustive video survey of motorized boards, look no further than this here link.
And if you’re dying to make one of your very own, after the jump there’s a gentleman with a duct tape band-aid who will walk you through how he made his own death machine out of a skateboard and a chainsaw. (hint: it’s helpful to have a friend who’s a machinist)
Wow. Someone finally made something beautiful and true with blobby lumps of clay.
BLUE: An Erotic Life is a stop motion animation that narrates the life story of a blob of clay dealing with sexual addiction. The piece plays on the contrast between graphic adult content and grotesque stop motion. The combination of the two makes for an absurd, dark humored short film.
BLUE: An Erotic Life is my BFA Student Thesis from Parsons School of Design.
Start your week off right with ten minutes of blurry, oddly moving shapes in the margins of photos and video shot by astronauts and cosmonauts.
Side note: what’s with all conspiracy videos requiring a battering techno soundtrack? Can I blame The Matrix?