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April 01, 2005

Video Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

It saddens this longtime film buff to say it, but I'm having a better time these days browsing video clips on the Web than I am watching most new movies.

* An octopus walks on two legs. (Link thanks to Attu.)

* Watching this Gumbyish break dancer made me feel like someone had slipped something funny into my drinking water. Perhaps human beings are merging with computer animation -- every person his own Pixar movie, or something like that.

* As Snacknuts wrote in a comment on a recent posting, art in the digital age is all about the database. I found the break-dancer video above at this site -- essentially a database of clips, photos, jokes, etc. You'll find no shortage of car crashes, Webcam girls, skydiving disasters, TV embarassments, chickfights, skateboarder wipeouts, and teen girls stripping and/or kissing. (In the world of webclip-watchers, Hannah seems to be becoming a bit of a star -- for very good reason, IMHO.) Do today's teens experience a videoclip like this one with the same sense of ownership and excitement that previous generations felt watching "Rebel Without a Cause" or "Easy Rider"? There are many other sites like it: here, here, and here, for instance. Has anyone come up with a catchy name yet for this genre of website? And who runs these places anyway? Ambitious, clever fratboys?

* Here's a serious, helpful version of the heap-o'-goodies-style website. At it, you can watch videos of car crashes. In fact, you can find the car you drive, and see how it (and you) will fare in a crash.

* Here's a brilliantly straightfaced short satire of life at an ad agency.

* And thanks to the Fredosphere for pointing out this Onion-worthy video parody of a Ken Burns documentary. Be forwarned: it's in very dicey taste. Which doesn't stop it from being hilarious, of course.



posted by Michael at April 1, 2005


It's been quite a while since I've watched exotic dancers, but, Hannah definitely ROCKS! Being on a public library computer, I can only get away with watching so much. Can I correctly assume that she does not go beyond her thong? And has she made any other video performance art?

Posted by: Michael Serafin on April 2, 2005 12:04 PM

And what a delightful derriere!

Posted by: Michael Serafin on April 2, 2005 12:06 PM

I just can't watch things like that stripper. All I see is someone's daughter.

Posted by: Mrs. Blessed on April 2, 2005 3:46 PM

Michael -- I ran across an amazingly sexy video of her making it with her boyfriend, but can't re-find it. Hannah's got the gift, that's for sure.

Mrs. Blessed -- I know what you mean. Part of what makes my eyes open so wide when I run across stuff like that is thinking about her parents. Were they downstairs? What do they think she's doing with that videocam? In how many teen bedrooms around the country are things like this going on?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 2, 2005 5:58 PM

"If I know Loopy Louie...He's shootin' up again!"


Posted by: onetwothree on April 2, 2005 9:18 PM

Has anyone come up with a catchy name yet for this genre of website?

they're (or at least were :) called e/n (everything/nothing) sites...

what's neat about databases is that it makes things easier to sift through!

btw, that gumby kid was featured in a vw commercial recently :D


Posted by: snacknuts on April 4, 2005 9:15 PM

My first mate was once some one's daughter.

Posted by: M. Simon on April 5, 2005 9:08 PM

Your fascination with Hannah has inspired me to blog about it at

Posted by: Mrs. Blessed on April 7, 2005 4:42 AM

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