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Let’s face it – the robots are here, and they’re ready to take over.

Sure – the big fear is that they’re going to be hostile.  That they’ll destroy mankind in a much-anticipated machine war, and they’ll win with their superior strength and firepower.  And that’s probably true.

But perhaps not all robots will fight us to the death.  Maybe some, like this Interactive Robot Painting Machine, will actually come in peace.  Hippy robots, man.

Or perhaps this is just the cleverly disguised first salvo in the War of the Machines.  If so – well played, robots.  Well played.

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Thanks a lot to Liz, Felicia, Barrett and Kenyatta for having me this month!

Before they transformed into respected, Tony-winning Broadway superstars with “The Book of Mormon,” we knew them as “the South Park guys.”  But before they were “the South Park guys,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone were hired by Universal (during the making of BASEKETBALL) to make an internal movie, commemorating the recent acquisition of MCA/Universal by Seagrams.

That’s right – Seagrams, the alcohol company.  The kind you get when you order a Vodka soda, and the bartender asks “what kind of vodka” and you respond “I don’t care.”  Mixology experts call this type of liquor “well.”

The resulting film, “You and Your Studio,” is less a celebration than an equally hilarious and fascinating slight against the Hollywood machine, featuring insane cameos from Steven Spielberg (making fun of his own movie!), James Cameron, Sylvester Stallone, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Demi Moore, Michael J. Fox and many more.

This movie used to be incredibly hard to find… just like research papers used to be hard to write.  Thank you, internet!

Though she might be more recognizable for “I Am Your Grandma,” her delirious, perfectly insane ode to the unborn, this hypnotic video from Jillian Mayer is probably more representative of her other work.  As Mayer herself chases an elusive freedom in the landscapes projected on building surfaces, she creates an hallucinatory vision of modern life.  Our inability to escape, to disconnect.  A beautiful, natural, free world is always just out of reach.

The video definitely takes a page from one of my favorite music videos ever:  The White Stripes’ “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” directed by Michel Gondry.  Several years before I saw the video, I had a series of dreams very similar to this, where moments from the past were projected onto faces in the present.

Nostalgia, freedom, and the human experience.  Yep, just a little weekend fun.  I’ll try to post something lighter next week!

This video always leaves me with the desire to suspend time in my own life, and explore moments on a fractional scale.  As a kid, I always thought if I could have a superpower (besides flying, everybody wants that), I would like to shoot electricity from my hands.  After watching this video, my desire changed – I would like the ability to change the speed of time.

Our lives move so fast, and sometimes it feels like we fill every moment with noise.  For me, this video is about the beauty of moments, the poetry of water crystals, and the magic happening all around us – 2,564 times every second.