Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stop Motion Videos

As I was doing a bit of net surfin' a few days ago, I stumbled across some stop motion movies on YouTube. After watching a few different pieces, I was blown away by the time and work that went into all of these videos. I have always marveled at folks like Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride) and Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit) who make full length stop motion animation movies. Their work never ceases to amaze me.

As a tribute to this art (an art that I would never have the skill nor the patience to even attempt!), I am going to post a few of the stop motion videos I found. Enjoy!



PROCESS ENACTED (this one was made entirely out of 987 polaroid shots - no computer compositing was involved)

and my last is from the folks at Human Flipbook. They do some pretty neat stuff.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Classic TV Theme Songs

Was visiting some friends over the weekend and had a nice little chat about some of our favorite 90's TV shows. This conversation inevitably led to us trying to remember (and sing!) the theme songs of these shows. I did a little searching when I got on home and found a bunch of them on good ol' YouTube. They brought back some great memories of tight-rolled jeans, braces and teased bangs. Thought I would post a few of my faves on here - enjoy!

Also...a big thank you to Match for helping to design this site. Make sure you pop on over to his site and blog as well!




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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hotel Chevalier

Wes Anderson is one of my favorite artists. He has directed and produced a lot of fantastic movies - I'm sure you are familiar with most of them...The Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic, and Rushmore to name a few. I had been eagerly awaiting his newest movie, The Darjeeling Limited (which is in theaters now), for a long time. Shortly before it came out, Wes Anderson released a short film entitled Hotel Chevalier which is supposed to act as a prologue for The Darjeeling Limited. He made it completely free to download on itunes, which I think is totally awesome!

Although I haven't gotten the chance to see his newest big screen film yet, I did download Hotel Chevalier a bit ago. Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman give great performances and the movie is beautifully shot. Make sure to click the picture below to download the movie - you won't be disappointed!


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Mullet Strategy

I was perusing some blogs this morning when I came across a link to a previous post on one of my favorite sites, BuzzFeed. The link immediately caught my eye simply because it was entitled THE MULLET STRATEGY. Now, I love mullets. And I also really enjoy strategy. What could be better than combining the two, right? Well, that's what a lot of commonly frequented websites have been thinking too! Some of the most common sites on the web have adopted this approach to web design in order to make a more user-friendly site.

As we know, the mullet is all about "business in the front, party in the back". Sites like CNN, YouTube, and MySpace are embracing the Mullet Strategy by lettting users comment, quarrel, and party on secondary pages while editors keep the front pages looking very business professional. The advertisers stay happy since they have a professional looking front page to promote AND the users stay happy because they still have a place to rant and rave. Looks like The Mullet is doing good all over the world!

Check out some links below for more info about the Mullet Strategy. Also, if you have some time, check out some of the above mentioned sites to see if you can detect the Mullet Strategy in action.

And of course, some mullet photos for your enjoyment:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Stairway to Stardom

When thinking about writing my first ever blog post (dun, dun, DUN!!), I got a bit anxious. I knew I wanted to come out with something really dynamite, something that would capture the pure, raw, unadulterated essence of Skiddy. After doing a bit of research on the net, I came across a few videos that really spoke to me. I feel confident that these gems really fit the bill. Please enjoy...

And remember to stop in again for your Daily Dose of the Skidmeister!