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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Watch: Lagunitas’ Couch Goes 2000 Miles in 2 Mins

This came with an official-ish announcement on Facebook about Lagunitas‘ impending Chicago opening:

Chicago Update: Stuff’s happening. If all the stars align, our TapRoom may open in April … somewhere around the 20th? Stay tuned.”  See the rest »

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Freakin’ Face Morphing: Hapless “Cousin” feat. DJ Icewater

Check out the schizophrenicly-awesome music video done by SF’s very own David Kelly.

I wonder what Face Effects Webcam Girl would do if she saw this.

Buy the Hapless LP on iTunes or visit the official site »

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Rippled: The Most Glorius Light-Painted Music Video Evah

Turn it up. Make it big. This thing’s beautiful.

This gorgeous light painted video took OH YEAH WOW and Darcy Pendergast over 6 months to create. The result is a perfect match for the sound of instrumental Aussies, All India Radio. Lovely. (via Laughing Squid)

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All India Radio “Rippled” (grab the video version mp3 free)

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The Deep: New Stop Motion from PES!

This time of year I always pull up the classic PES Yule Log Fireplace to warm things up. Nice to see something new from him.

Nautical wonderland The Deep is showcased as part of Showtime SHORT Stories series and like anything PES does, it’s just brilliant on so many levels.

BONUS: See the rest »

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Adv: What’s In Santa’s Beard?

What’s with facial hair and lottery commercials … remember Moneystache? Actually, that’s the only other one I can remember.

In “Beard World” Oregon Lottery reveals what’s inside Santa’s beard. Hint: a lot less rum and cookie crumbs than you expect. The charming, flossing walrus makes up for it.

Agency: Borders Perrin Norrander Production: Mothership (via adland.tv)

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Tron: “Light Drive” Stop Motion Record Player Laser Light Show

Kim Pimmel created this stunning audio-visual trip, Light Drive, on an old turntable with light painting techniques, stop-motion, and mashed-up audio from Tron Legacy trailers. (via Matt Moore)

Way sexier than Tron Kama Sutra.

Here’s how Kim, UX designer at Adobe (go figure) did it: See the rest »

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Happy July 4th: PEZ, PES, and MP3s!!!

The Indian Chief and Uncle Sam PEZ are from the Bicentennial Series PEZ released in 1976, which also included a Pilgrim, Indian Brave, Betsy Ross, and Wounded Soldier. Buy ‘em here.

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PES, the Michel Gondry of stop motion, created this for last year’s 4th of July. Check out his Yule Log Fireplace Screensaver.

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY:

Violent Femmes “American Music” from Add It Up

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers “American Girl” from s/t

Elliott Smith “Independence Day” from XO

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” (live)
from Winterland, San Francisco 1978-12-15

Neko Case “Star Witness” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Hjaltalín “Goodbye July / Margt Ad Ugga” from Sleepdrunk Seasons

Wilco “Ashes of American Flags” from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.

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World Cup: Lego Reenactments of 2010 Matches

When you can’t wake up at 4 a.m. to watch, or don’t have the patience to sit through a match at any time, LegoFussball will fill you in with reenactments of pivotal highlights. The accuracy makes up for their delayed production. And there’s something funny in seeing the smiling minifig face on England’s Robert Green. He won’t be making that face for a llllong time. (Thanks, Fluxcapctr!)

See France vs Germany:   See the rest »

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Stop Motion: T-Shirt War and Human Flipbook Video

Wow. Rhett & Link changed shirts over 100 times each, not to mention design each one in the first place. See the Making Of T-Shirt War here. Nice work, guys.

It’s like a hyper-evolution of the video Colle+McVoy did in 2007,
The Human Flipbook for Erbert & Gerbert Subs & Clubs:

BONUS: JUSTICE “DANCE” VIDEO

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Stop Motion: SpongeBob SquarePants Anniversary Intro

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon brought in Screen Novelties to do something very special. Which they did.(via Adland)

FYI, Screen Novelties are the same stop motion wizards behind the zombie Corn Pop spot, The Spooning for Leo Burnett:

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Video: Modest Mouse “Whale Song” by Nando Costa

There’s a lot goin’ on in this. And it’s all pretty captivating. Nando Costa with Bent Image Lab directed this video for Modest Mouse.

Dig the visuals? See production stills and final stills on Flickr.
Read the story behind the visuals on Nando’s site.

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Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino

Every day, I take the bus from Petaluma to San Francisco. Every year, I grow a beard for the Petaluma Whiskerino contest. This time, I thought I’d combine the two.

I shot most every workday for 2.5 months, except for the days I drove. Not an exact, or smooth, science. But hope you enjoy.

Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute on Vimeo.

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CHECK OUT MY FIBER OPTIC BEARD:
(or Why you shouldn’t mess with
beard-enhancing drugs
)

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Beer Güt Shirt

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