Category: there are worse ways to waste your time

slow motion bullets

Last night, despite the fact that I was really pretty tired and wanted to wake up this morning feeling refreshed (haven’t in a while) and on time for class (happens less often than it ought), a fit of nostalgia-induced mind-racing kept me up for four hours. Caught up on Community, a pretty new show that I don’t think is going to change anyone’s life but can be pretty funny; also caught up on The Office, which I’ve watched on a very sporatic basis for a while but never followed until recently; also caught up on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and saw the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, mostly just to see Regina Spektor play (recognize her drummer?); read some articles, etc. blah yada, none of which was actually on my mind…

Anyway, at some point I was reading kottke.org and saw a video of bullets filmed in slow motion, which is sort of fascinating to watch and reminded me of another video I saw a couple of years ago… at the time I had recently fired a ‘big-boy gun’ for the first time (I’m not really a gun guy, but have to admit it was a pretty fun experience), and was spending my employer’s time wisely when I came across this strangely beautiful slow motion video of someone firing a Smith & Wesson 500:

Smith & Wesson 500 filmed in slow motion

…also reminded me of this page full of links to slow motion videos.

eeeennnnjjjjjoooooyyyy,
-jb

PS – also, here’s a recent interview with Midlake by Simon Raymonde, the man behind Bella Union (their record label). It’s pretty good. It’s not in slow motion, though…

PPS – also, here’s a pretty awesome story (again, via kottke.org) about a cafe in Japan where each customer would order for the next person in line, and would receive what the person in front of them had ordered. Interesting idea…

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glenn beck, frogthropologist

Disclaimer: I am not making a political statement, one way or the other, by posting a Glenn Beck video.

I am, however, ok with saying that this is amusing on several levels. And, despite the intense and slimy discomfort I feel when in the presence of any member of frogdom or toaddom, I feel for the poor guy who bites it in the following clip:

via Ezra Klein

My favorite comment: ‘[Barack Obama has] forced us to think, and get involved!’

I wish the clip was longer, so I could tell by the context whether he thinks this is a bad thing…

bob dylan interview

I haven’t yet heard Bob Dylan’s latest record… but a close friend of mine sent me a link to this interview a few months ago, and I finally got around to reading it tonight. It’s pretty good:

Could you write a song about anybody?
Well I bet you could, yeah.

How would you get Stevie Wonder into a song?
When Stevie Wonder recorded BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND/ I was playin’ cards/ I was drinkin’ gin/