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Underwear / Pepsi

By on May 15, 2011 in On A Whim | 0 comments

To be fair, this is probably not the supermarket’s fault; it’s more probable that some guy ditched it there. But let us think for a moment. Who, pray, is this poor sod who is forced to choose between fresh underwear and…Pepsi? The same poor sod whom the Lord himself reached down to from the heavens, and convinced to ditch dry Japanese beer for cheese instead?     Perhaps it is an impoverished real-life crime fighter that we are dealing with here. You know, “the hero Singapore needs, not the hero it thinks it deserves, but the hero that it thinks that we think it needs to deserve, because it is time to deserve a hero…and things“. Thanks to ‘Eagle-Brand Capsicum Plaster’, even superheroes have quick and cheap ways to patch up gashing...

RANDOM CLIPS ARE ALL IN

By on May 10, 2011 in On A Whim | 4 comments

“LET US THROW IN A BUNCH OF RANDOM CLIPS TOGETHR AND PPL WILL LIEK IT!!1″ – Adidas, 2011 “SPORTS, KATY PERRY…YADA, YADA, SAME SHIT LET US PUT ALL VIDEO CLIPS IN!!1” – Adidas, slightly later in 2011 “LET US THROW IN JESUS-MUSIC AND THE MORMONS WILL LIEK IT!!1″ – Adidas, ever so slightly later-er in 2011

K-Pop / J-Pop makes no sense

By on May 1, 2011 in On A Whim | 6 comments

I finished with the very last tutorials, lectures, or lab sessions here at NTU last week. It’s hard to believe it has been nine months in Singapore already! Anyway, so I was working on this software project for a bus simulation software for an academic course and one of the guys on my team is a massive K-Pop / J-Pop fan. He could code going without food for more than 24 hours but take away his music video breaks from him and he’d lose energy faster than all those other non-Duracell bunnies in Duracell advertisements. I have attended a handful of K-Pop / J-Pop / Canto-Pop sessions organised by the International Student Centre and the night-outs with friends here. It still confuses me. For instance, this video by massively popular band SNSD called Mr Taxi. Fair enough, I know neither Korean nor Japanese. I still have an inkling that even if I did, the song wouldn’t make logical sense. What do Tokyo, Seoul, London, and New York have to do with each other, other than cities which have taxis in them? More importantly, what are the word ‘supersonic’ – which is related to the speed of sound – next to ‘hypertonic’ – which is about solution strengths – and why are either of these words in a song supposedly about some taxi driver? There are nine girls in that video and collectively they seem to be more confused about life than Rebecca Black and her existential dilemma about car seat choice. See, when I hear this song it’s all gibberish to me. “Always gay, let’s feed the bear!” :D Any K-Pop / J-Pop fans in the audience? If yes, could you please enlighten me to what you see in this, beyond what seems to be an obvious fap fap fap...

Soviet-era monuments that look they are from the future

By on Apr 30, 2011 in On A Whim | 3 comments

25 abandoned Soviet-era monuments that look like they are from the future. Which sculptor needs to trip on acid when they have Yugoslavian vodka?

UBC’s EPIC LipDub

By on Apr 16, 2011 in On A Whim | 0 comments

UBC LipDub is just EPIC! Undoubtedly the largest scale university lipdub that has been done so far. Planned for seven months, with about 1000 participants including celebrity appearances like the Toronto-based band Marianas Trench, with 6-8 takes for the single-take sequence, 7-8 takes for the underwater sequence, and about 8-10 takes for the final dance sequence. AND THEY HAD A FREAKING HELICOPTER! (The helicopter time was in fact donated to the team, not bought.) Just wow. Inspiring a whole university campus to join in like this must’ve been such hard work but kudos to the UBC Vancouver team! (We tried a lipdub at Surrey and, er, three people showed up.) It was watching the video and trying to figure out how it was done. Although lipdubs are usually single take throughout, this one was obviously split into parts. From the teaser and the credits of the main video, you’ll notice that till 5:39 it was shot using steadicam, then switched to an underwater camera; another cut at 6:49 where I believe the ‘projected’ video was overlayed in post-production, a last ‘not-obvious’ cut at 7:14 with white flash to mask the fact that the big song/dance number wasn’t really at the same location. The best lipdub ever, I think, however was the 2009 “I Gotta Feeling” lipdub by UQAM Montreal. It’s a single take recording and meticulously planned out; the song doesn’t have particularly deep lyrics, true, and yet they worked a quirky narrative (appropriate acting?) into their lipdub. And they lipdubbed, while many other ones don’t....