VOTD: Octopus 1, Shark 0

I posted a video not too long ago I found of an octopus stealing a diver’s camera. Today I spotted another fascinating clip of an octopus.

Curators at an aquarium were perplexed as to why there were often shark carcasses at the bottom of the aquarium. They investigated further only to find the sharks had a predator in the aquarium, the octopus. Take a look at this video footage from National Geographic (you might want to enjoy the video with muted sound as the cheesy voice-over is very irritating). [via BoingBoing]

Update: 14 May 2010 – For those wondering, the Spiny Dogfish Shark in the video below is smaller than your average shark. Measuring about 3′ to 5′ in length, while the Giant Octopus pictured, can measure up to 23′ in length and weigh up to 156bls (73 kg) so it’s a tad bigger than the shark. But still, you wouldn’t think of them as common adversaries.

VOTD: The Axis of Awesome’s 4 Chords

Ever listened to a new band or a new pop song and thought, hmmm, it does have a familiar sound, doesn’t it? Well there’a trio from down under, called The Axis of Awesome, who have the answer.

And you’ll be surprised to hear how simple it is – just four chords. That’s right, according to “Chicken Little” aka Benny you can pretty much hear/use the same four chords in just about any pop song and to prove their point they demonstrate by playing 36 different pop songs using the same four chords. These guys definitely live up to their name. Definitely worth following this new up and coming trio from Australia. You can see what they’re up to by following them on Twitter or having a look at their website.

But first, don’t just take my word for it, have a listen for yourself  – check out the video below. [via Onelargeprawn]

Update – 18 May 2010: Jon from the RCB has put together a much better break down and analysis of why the four chords work so well in his blog post here.

VOTD: Octopus steals video camera

I really miss my scuba-diving adventures while we were holidaying in Mexico so it seems, for now, I’ll live out these experiences through others.

Here’s a video clip of a guy who was filming underwater when an octopus attacked, not him though, his camera, and then swam off with it.

He says he chased it for another 3 minutes or so before enticing the octopus with his spear-gun to give him a chance to wrestle the camera from his grip. All along I’m sure the octopus was just thinking: “Ooo, shiny, my precious!” [via DCP]

VOTD: Pixels attack the world!

I’ve just spotted this exceptionally well done video of pixels attacking the city of New York. It’s done really well and you should spot quite a few recognizable pixelated things like Tetris, Pacman, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong. [via BoingBoing, NightWall]

More info:
New York invasion by 8-bits creatures !
PIXELS is Patrick Jean’ latest short film, shot on location in New York.
Written, directed by : Patrick Jean
Director of Photograhy : Matias Boucard


VOTD: OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass music video

Some of you should/might remember the band OK Go music video Here It Goes Again where they performed their dance routine on a bunch of treadmills on a shoe-string budget.

Well, they’re back with another great video entitled This Too Shall Pass. If you’ve been playing on computers as long as I have you’ll probably remember TIM, or The Incredible Machine which was a game available on computers in the early 90’s.

… objective of the games is to create a series of Rube Goldberg devices: arrange a given collection of objects in a needlessly complex fashion so as to perform some simple task (for example, “put the ball into a box” or “light a candle”). Available objects ranged from simple ropes and pulleys to electrical generators, bowling balls, and even cats and mice, most of which had specific interactions with or reactions to other objects (for example, mice will run towards nearby cheese). – source Wikipedia

Well, the guys from OK Go decided this was going to be the theme of their latest music video. It looks like, after meticulous preparation and testing, they shot the whole video in a single take.

Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. Produced by Shirley Moyers. The official video for the recorded version of “This Too Shall Pass” off of the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Synn Labs over the course of several months. – source YouTube

You can read up more about this group, see other videos and follow them on twitter via their official website.

[via Cherryflava]

VOTD: Enhance that

I just read a quick post on Paige’s blog called Clients From Hell and followed the link on to some really funny excerpts from designers/developers who’ve had to deal with clients, you know the type – we’ve all experienced them before.

One of the posts was an “Enhance” video clip from various movies and TV series where they use “technology” to enhance digital videos and photographs for various reasons. It’s a great montage and I found it very funny, hopefully you do too.

VOTD: Adolf’s Adolf Hitler parody video

I’m sure you must have seen one of the meme’s around the Internet which features a scene out of a German movie called Der Untergang (Downfall) with English subtitles. But instead of the original English subtitles, they have been replaced by various people poking fun at various things.

I’ve just spotted the video to end all Hitler parody videos. One by the fuhrer himself! Check it out below. [via BoingBoing]

VOTD: A history of pretty much everything

Just spotted this incredibly well done animated video of hand-drawn pictures on Utter Insanity.

UPDATE: It (the final piece) got full marks! YAY 😀
This is the final piece for my AS art course, a flipbook made entirely out of biro pens. It’s something like 2100 pages long, and about 50 jotter books. I’d say I worked on and off it for roughly 3 weeks.
Song is French Cancan by Jaques Offenbach.
Additional sounds credited to Valve, specifically from their game Team Fortress 2.
Other stuff is from the 300 trailer and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
All other content copyright Jamie Bell (aka DispleasedEskimo) 2010, I guess 😛 – source DispleasedEskimo

VOTD: Super Bowl Sunday Commercials

For us South African’s Super Bowl Sunday is just another run-of-the-mill weekend for us. For American’s it’s one of the biggest weekends of the year. And companies pull out all the stops to make commercials aired between the game as they’re guaranteed to reach one of the highest number of viewers since almost everyone is in front of the telly.

Connie just sent me this hilarious commercial about the Audi A3 TDi (see video embedded below). If you want to catch up (and vote) on some of the videos aired yesterday have a look at the Ad Blitz channel on YouTube.


VOTD: Zorba the Greek, Aborigine-style

Babis just posted this hilarious video on his blog featuring a group of young Aborigine men performing a self-choreographed dance routine to an up-tempo version of Zorba The Greek originally played by the legendary actor, Anthony Quinn.

I so thoroughly enjoyed the video that I wanted to know more and popped on the the YouTube page to learn the following:

The Chooky Dancers are a group of 10 energetic young men who had healthy living in mind when they choreographed the performance. Franks son Lionel is the lead dancer in the video footage at front and center. “They (the Chooky Dancers) begun working on this just after this years Garma Festival in Gukula and worked very hard on it, they also do a Bollywood style performance which is also fantastic” Frank said.

(update). Sadly Frank is no longer with us….

A documentary explaining the story behind the dance is available to purchase from TEABBA Media Services on (08)8939 0400. (Australia).
The song was chosen as a tribute to a Greek lady who cared for Frank’s disabled daughter. It was a way to say thankyou to her for all she had done. – source YouTube

And for those of you who have no idea who Anthony Quinn was, or what the original Zorba the Greek was all about, here’s a little snippet from the original movie: