Posted at 1:03 AM on October 8, 2006
by Bob Christiansen
I actually enjoy listening to Christmas carols in July or August, when they are totally fresh and weirdly entertaining. I'll second the vote for "Past 3 O'Clock," one of my all-time favorites and expand out to other languages. Placido Domingo singing "La Virgen Lava Panales" and any good performance of "Riu, Riu, Chiu" are always enjoyable to me, and don't even get me started on the Poznan Nightingales singing Polish carols!
The other day, John Birge and I were talking of our shared fascination with Rube Goldberg machines we've seen on the web. There's the famous Honda commercial (featuring a familir voice at the end), this strangely hooky series that has Mr. Birge singing Japanese by heart...and this amazing domino-ish thing from a New York Mills fella.
Those are all 3D objects being manipulated in real time, filmed in a single take. This last video is not. But, still! The sheer inventiveness of this animation deserves a look-n-listen.