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Unbidden, but not unwelcome

Seemingly out of nowhere, I remembered the first seconds of Jesus Walks — not the song per se, but the Gunn fanvid, which I just watched for the first time in years.

It's still a great vid, and, damn, I miss Angel now, the endlessly depressing and at times very funny story of how a motley crew of secondary characters got their own show and went off to save Los Angeles with admittedly very mixed results. I think that at its core it was simply an object lesson on the ubiquity of unintended consequences, a meditation on the nature and costs of heroism when stripped of the false possibility of a final victory, and, more than anything else, it was about this:

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A Hannibal vid set to Another Way to Die.

Stylistically incongruous, thematically unrelated, and in psychological antipodes, but still.


Aliens: The Awesome Rap


This is just beautiful

It's a bit long (for Internet values of 'long') but watch it all, the ending just has to be seen. It's more than a 'hey, cool effects' video --- it's a nice short story.

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.


Quick rec

liviapenn recced here an *awesome* faux trailer: The Chosen Ones. It's the Buffy Summer-meets-Clark Kent movie they should make.


A random thoughtlet

This is certainly Vidding Stuff 101, but it occurred to me a couple of days ago that vids are to source material as memory is to our lives. We too remember/remember our lives by editing it into short fragments, putting everything together in whatever order makes more sense to us, and giving it a background tune/emotion that recodifies everything and gives old memories new meanings. When we don't re-edit our lives to match the soundtrack we feel like/have to give it...

And, yes, this is a depressing thought re: the factual basis for the psychological foundations of our selves. We are who we are, but our awareness of what happened to us, not to mention what is happening now, is always at best difficult. Human minds are the best kludges known, but they are still kludges.


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