Evelyn Evelyn

October 24, 2011

Evelyn Evelyn are conjoined twins in a band. Really they are a boy and a girl in connected dresses. Nice.

Evelyn Evelyn “Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn” Music Video from Amanda Palmer on Vimeo.

Link via the inimitable Peneycad.


Animals doing things in the halls

December 25, 2010

It’s my favourite YouTube user, Halifax’s Klaatu42– this guy is magic.


Cats arguing

November 29, 2010

You think this is just gonna be a sickeningly cute video of cats doing something with their paws, but what you don’t realize is that these are talking cats.

Thanks to Nathalie and Carlos for Facebooking this.


David Crowder Band – Shine

October 19, 2010

Aw man, I was thinking about my old Lite-Brite just the other day. It’s still in my parents’ basement somewhere, no doubt buried under some Star Wars action figures and a My Little Pony. That warm glow is really gorgeous on video. I can’t say enough how much I love this kind of elaborately-executed low-tech art. It takes so much craft and so little money; it’s a beautiful thing. And check out the piano in the background- it’s playing!
Thanks to Peneycad for the tip.


Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

September 5, 2010

Well thanks, Stamp. That packet of lies that served as an introduction is a lot to live up to, but I promise to do my best to keep the exciting content to a maximum, and the excessive punctuation to a minimum (though I hope you’ll all admit that there are some moments that call for seventeen exclamation marks, AMIRITE???? GUYS???).

While Nicole is away, I’ll be holding down the role of Gleaner of Internet Genius, bringing you the best from the elaborate series of tubes we call home. I’m slightly nervous, though, because–at the risk of screwing it all up right from the start–I’m not much of a Cat Person. I just hope that you, members of this community of aFfectionate aFeline aFficionados can be patient and wait for Nicole’s return, because there’s really not going to be any cat content for the next two weeks.

just jokin cat

Well, okay, but just that one image.

Let’s start things off right with a bit of culture, shall we?

Probably you have seen this video of a three year-old reciting poetry. (No? I really think you ought to. Go ahead. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.) The poem was written by Billy Collins, 44th Poet Laureate of the USA. He’s a great poet, a fantastic speaker, and he and his youtube videos can help you get rid of that evening you weren’t using anyways.

Someone has helpfully animated many of his poems for your delight and amazement. The animations are beautiful, but I can admit that I’m not totally sure how I feel about watching images while listening to poetry. It sometimes feels like too much information and my brain shuts down. But, gorgeous!

To start you off, here’s one called Forgetfulness.

There are a bajillion more out there. Please enjoy.

Finally, this (unanimated) poem here, called The Lanyard, made it rain a bit on my face, so use caution.


Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

September 3, 2010

Here’s an adorable stop-motion film voiced by Jenny Slate (the woman who swore in her first sketch on Saturday Night Live) and animated by Dean Fleischer-Camp. I love it so much; I’ve already watched it about 10 times. You can watch it here.
It’ll for sure be the cutest three minutes of your week.

marcel shell jenny slate dean fleischer camp

Thanks to Donaldson for the tip.


Kikkoman, Kikko Man

June 28, 2010

Man, when this first came out a few years ago, my cousins and I sang it endlessly for weeks.

The star of Soy has sent him here; the great hero Kikko-Man!
Soy sauce makes the difference; pour it, taste it, be amazed!
Restaurants are no match to him; take his blow, the Kikko-punch!
“Eat sunny-side-up eggs with soysauce!”

Show me! Show you! Kikkoman, Kikkoman
(This is a clever pun, because “shoyu” actually means “soy sauce”)
Show me! Show you! Kikkoman!

The Star of Soy has sent him here; the cool guy called Kikko-Man!
Try soy sauce and be healthy! “Did you know that it kills germs?”
Sauce? or Ketchup? or Mayonnaise? Vanish them with Kikko-Beam!
“I said eat eggs with soysauce, idiot!”
(and then he kills the cat and gets the girl, wtf?!)

Show me! Show you! Kikkoman, Kikkoman!
Show me! Show you! Kikkoman! Alright!

So good. Thanks to reader Vickie for the tip!


Scott Pilgrim Trailer

June 18, 2010

The movie looks great (so much new dialogue! so many new visuals! casting looks off the hook!) and we already know the books are fraggin’ awesome.

I don’t usually tell people where to spend their money, but you should really run to your local indie comic store (Torontonians: this one), and buy the first book immediately (and later that week I betcha you’ll be back for the other volumes). Or you can ignore me and then you’ll just be super-embarrassed when everyone else knows how good these are ‘cepting you.

I have lent my set of Scott Pilgrim books to no fewer than 8 people and they have all read them ravenously and then called me to yell SO GOOD, right in my ear, which I hate on account of I’m sensitive to loud noises, but which I love on account of SO GOOD!


Log Driver’s Waltz

January 19, 2010

And he goes birling down a-down the white water; That's where the Log Driver learns to step lightly....

The Log Driver’s Waltz is a sweet short film (3 minutes) by the Canadian National Film Board, romanticizing the moves of Canada’s nimblest lumberjacks, the Log Drivers. These guys rode logs as they floated down the river from forest to lumbermill.

This film used to play often in the morning between cartoons when I was a kid. Sung by the McGarrigle Sisters, one of whom, Kate (Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s mother), died this week.

The Log Driver’s Waltz is online here in beautiful quality.

If you ask any girl from the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes
She’ll say, “I’m not sure that it’s business of yours,
But I do like to waltz with the Log Driver.
For he goes birlin’ down a-down the white water,
That’s where the Log Driver learns to step lightly,
It’s birlin’ down a-down the white water,
A Log Driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.”

In researching this post this morning, I learned that the Log Driver is not going “Whirling, twirling, down white water”, as I’d always thought. Instead, he’s going “birling down a-down the white water“. And it’s an actual sport. Birling, huh.

Oh hey, Peneycad just reminded me that there’s a French version, too, also sung by the McGarrigles. The harmonies are a little richer in this version, and the parish maiden tells the nosey questioner in verse one to “mind his own onions”.


UP song

January 18, 2010

Composed using chords, bass notes, and vocal samples from UP. I like this kind of stuff (even though this particular one has a lot of treble for my ears). Contains some plot spoilers, so maybe don’t watch if you haven’t seen the film. Maybe just poke yourself in the nose with a fist if you haven’t seen the film, because the film is amazing and if you missed it you’re like 8 months behind the cultural zeitgeist. Enjoy Avatar 2011, why don’t you. And hey, did you hear, that rapper Kanye West did something outRAGEous?

Via JessPerson.