Posts Tagged: ‘mind-blowing video’

I caught the documentary “Kumaré” on Netflix last night and found it overall a fascinating look at gurus and spiritual leaders.

See, the whole gimmick at first sounds like a Sacha Baron Cohen bit: American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi recreates himself as a fake Indian guru and begins to amass a following in Phoenix, AZ. While the film does have a little fun with the concept, it eventually morphs into something bigger.

Vikram’s essentially making it all up as he goes along, but he finds himself doing actual good in his followers’ lives. He realizes the relationships he forged as the fictitious Sri Kumaré are deeper and more genuine than most of his real-life bonds.

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As listeners to the podcast probably know, I spent part of my childhood in Newfoundland, Canada. My fam only lived there for three years, but I must have watched a lot of TV in that time. Heck, I guess I watched a lot of TV the first two decades of my life. We only had the one channel of CBC to watch in the little town of Roddickton, but it introduced me to such treasures as Duran Duran’s homoerotic, post-apocalyptic (and awesome) “Wild Boys” video and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

And then there were these distinctly Canadian gems…

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I love space horror, so of course I’m playing through “Dead Space 3.” As expected, it delivers quite an elaborate gaming experience. You wander the monster-haunted halls of derelict space ships. You shamble through blinding arctic wastes. You swim serenely through a sea of orbital debris. And while it’s easy to focus on the visual aspect of those experiences, the sounds of “Dead Space 3″ are equally amazing.

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Not since Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca robot first pooped onto a conveyer belt has a work touched me with such a wonderfully bizarre mixture of performance art and science. Behold “The Body is a Big Place,” in which Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor use a heart perfusion system to reanimate to a pair of fresh pig hearts* — all set against a surreal underwater backdrop complete with an ambient soundscape created by Gail Priest.

Let’s watch…

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Sometimes I work in a little Netflix Streaming over my morning coffee. It’s how I’m slowly watching Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” in tolerable 5 minute intervals and how I somehow watch “Barbarella” once a month.

This morning, I chanced upon the influential 1970 documentary “Chariots of the Gods,” based on the 1968 book by Erich von Däniken. Naturally, ancient alien theories remain the domain of conspiracy theorists and new age wonkery, but the documentary is still thought-provoking in its own way — and wonderfully fossilized in the mire of its time.

So sit back and imagine a world where extraterrestrials visited our ancestors — complete with futuristic jazz, spacey synth, excessive Andean flute music and predictions that man will step foot on Mars before the year 2000. If you’re not a current user, it’s a good use of that free trial.

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Listener Peter Krahn (who runs the awesomely sci-fi record label King Deluxe) is always swapping cool links with us over at the STBYM FaceBook page. He recently shared a couple of cool space elevator videos, though I thought I’d collect them here for everyone’s viewing pleasure. The first one is an animated short called “Thursday” from Matthias Hoegg and the second is a bit darker, more serious live-action short titled “Payload.” What would the world be like if we had space elevators? These imaginative artists try to answer that question…

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This is excellent. “Catnip: Egress to Oblivion” captures all the fun of dosing our beloved pets with mind-altering substances with the hyperbolic style of 1970s anti-drug films. And further proving the power of cat videos, it also won the Audience Award for YouTube shorts at the Sundance Film Festival. Let’s watch…

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If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Jim Trainor’s animation, then you’re in for a treat. I love a great convergence of art and science and that’s just what you get in thees short films. Trainor anthropomorphizes his subjects just enough to engage our human minds, but retains the basic instincts that define the actual animals — be it the urge to eat, the urge to mate or… well that’s mostly it for animals, isn’t it? You’ll find no cartoon mice piloting steam boats here.

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Julie and I recently recorded ten episodes of “Stuff to Blow Your Kid’s Mind” and I figured, hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have all the videos embedded in a single post? Think of it as a super-sized club sandwich, only instead of meat, cheese and veggies, this baby’s packing layer upon layer of delicious science. We kick off each episode with a simple science experiment and from there we take you on a mind-blowing journey through time and space.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Boston Dynamics’s DARPA-funded BigDog robot quadruped is an amazing machine and allows us to imagine a future in which robotic walkers provide support on our streets and out on the battlefield.I mean, just watch the first clip from Boston Dynamics and imagine one of these things outfitted with […]

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