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March 30, 2010

Another eclectic collection of videos from the latest ep of Bug. As hosted by Count Buckulees himself Adam Buxton. Enjoy.

They had a slightly tedious interview with Sean Pecknold the director and stop frame animator at this point. Luckily they showed his ace videos after which saved thing a little.

Then back for more random videos


Winner stays on

February 9, 2010

This week at Brains on Toast we played winner stays on. Basically someone shares a link and the next person has to try to beat it.

Burger King in Brazil puts your face on their Burger wrappers and if you consent, into their banners via @iamnottheenemy

See the banner on BannerBlog

French aids awareness from Jason Keet **Early Leader**

Yet another Google meme – You auto complete me via @agu_uk

See You Autocomplete me here

DIY cymatics – via Mick Charbonnel

Latest amazing music video from Massive Attack. this time for their single ‘Splitting the atom’

American ‘Bottom of the Year’ via @drjones

Need. No. Explanation.

Check all the bums here

The man your man could smell of via @gavrog **Lead for a long time**

Tony: London Serial Killer Trailer via @iamnottheenemy

Chatroulette via @agu_uk

Like webcam speed dating. Have a go here

The best bit is this social experiment. people are served this clip of a girl getting slapped and their reaction is captured. It’s amazing how many people just think it’s hilarious.

Sexy Peoplevia Jason Keet

Have we seen blogs full of funny pictures of freaky people before? Yes. Does it ever get old? No!

See more Sexy People here

Amazing Fungi video via James Hodson **Overall Winner**

Nature at its terrifying best. Ant killing fungi might not sound amazing but this is pure science fisction horror

Deranged suicidal penguin via  Mick Charbonnel

Final clutching at straws suggestion. Went down well. via Nick Horne

Hot female tennis players blog

Techies on Toast 1.0

January 25, 2010

Some may say first, some may say inaugural. This week we initiated our monthly Brains on Toast-meets-the-techandcreativetech-department sessions. Each month members of said department come and fill our minds with innovations and excitations from their world which we can hopefully adopt into ours.

First up, Francis and Matt showed us a couple sites which look like they use when in fact they don’t.

They show great potential for some clients who have a Flash limitations for one reason or another. And are definitely worth keeping in mind next time such a brief crops up. DDLP highlighted another example done by an old team-mate, using Javascript behaviours:

Dan Smith and Marlon found inspiration from Flash on the Beach. This vid show the capabilities of using Flash to control audio in a way that’s only usually possible using bespoke audio editing and manipulating programs. Go to 7.42 for a great demo:

Gabor went graffiti with a stunning study of the motion of graffiti. The film  makes it make both more sense and more exciting:

Shared tags, applications and api/docs:

Technical details:

Essentially this is about motion capture. And this video shows its even greater capabilities:

DDLP and Ian brought us the scary history hack:

This enables us to hack a user’s browsing history (I know) and serve them more relevant messages.

Carl and Chris R talked in-depth about the unmined possibilities of Foursquare.

Foursquare is a social location tracking site that allows you to log in to locations and see where your friends have been.

You score points for checking into locations, more for new locations, extra points for adding locations, as well as travel bonus points. You can become the mayor of a location if you have checked into a place more than anyone else, and earn badges for being out at locations for more than four nights a week or holding more than ten mayorships at once.

Foursquare accept ideas for new badges – such as regularly checking into a gym  (gym rat) and city specific badges (New York hot dog stands).

Foursquare usage is growing:

Foursquare have an Android and iPhone app – which puts them ahead of the game as far as Gowalla are concerned.

You can also add a Firefox extension that aloows you to check in via a netbook or laptop using Wifi in a location, so not just for smart phones.

Foursquare have an API, which allowed someone to build an app that meant you could you could use the geo tags in a photo’s exif tags to check in by taking a picture at a location:

Foursquare have libraries for a load of coding languages – Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, so we can expect to see new apps being built:

And has allowed people to build games such as Mob Zombie and an augmented reality for Layar:

Flickr support Foursquare location venues as machine tags:

There are benefits of being Mayor we could take advantage of:

And apps we could use or build, such as a Heatmap of where’ve you been the most in a town:

Or a Google Earth tie in which allows people to import a .kml file and see where they’ve been on a trip:

We could track people logging into O2 shops, or kids checking into school, or reward people that log in to a location with their friends:

“This might be a reward not only for you but for getting your friends to take action as well. E.g. if you check-in at X location you will receive Y reward, however, if you get 10 of your “friends” to check-in at that location you will get YY reward. ”

Comparison with Gowalla:


December 10, 2009

Man leaves wife = boring. Man leaves wife because… = interesting. This post is all about compelling stories. Sometimes they’re funny, shocking and maybe even lies. And sometimes the story is getting the story out there.

Big River Man
Martin Strel cuts an unusual figure as an endurance swimmer. This barrel-chested Slovenian with a thirst for red wine (two bottles a day as he swims), has conquered some of the world’s toughest rivers – braving dead bodies in the Yangtze and covering 3,885km in 68 days to swim the entire length of the Mississippi.

It was only natural he should have a go at the Amazon and this film, made by his son Borut, follows his progress.

Fatal Farm
According to their website, Fatal Farm is “two guys, Zach and Jeffrey. They live in Los Angeles and do videos for the internet.” They’ve done some ads, but their best stuff is their own work. When it works, it’s absurd and playful in equal measure.

Lasagne Cat is a lurid live action remake of a whole load of Garfield strips. Apparently they’ve performed a stage show of it too.

Their latest series was to remake classic television show intros. Some, such as Alf, are a bit near the knuckle, but the Knight Rider is spot on. Daft and played straight, just like the show.

They did some intros for the MTV 2009 Movie Awards. Most of them were rejected, I wonder why?

This collective has been around for ages. Originally everything was published on videocassettes (there’s one on the cover of Cold Cut’s Let Us Play), but now it’s all gone digital.

Aside from the music, I really like this clip. It sweetly captures the simple everyday life of people at a protest. Just how do you feed strikers under siege from security?

I really wanted to show a clip I saw at a lecture once. It was taken at a Newbury bypass protest just as the police and security clashed with protesters. All of a sudden, a white horse appeared in the middle. It wasn’t a police horse, nor did it have anything to do with anyone else. It was just there among the chaos. Everyone in the shot stopped hitting each other and watched it prance around. It was spiritual man. Anyway…

Elena Filatova

On 26 April 1986 the worst nuclear accident in history happened when the number four reactor at Chernobyl exploded. Four hundred times more fallout than the bombing of Hiroshima was released, creating a 30km ‘dead zone’ around the plant. Nobody lives there officially and nobody goes in without a good reason, although one of those reasons could be tourism as you can take a day tour of Chernobyl from nearby Kiev.

However, Elena Filatova, took a motorcycle around the zone in 2004

It’s never been revealed quite how Elena managed to get her Kawasaki Ninja past security, or if in fact she even did at all (a Kiev tour guide reckons Elena took his tour like every other visitor). All she reveals is that her father is a nuclear scientist – handy because he told her the cardinal rule of travel in the zone, ‘stick to the concrete.’

There’s a lot to read on the site, but as Elena travels towards Chernobyl, she reveals what happened during and after the disaster in her dry, downbeat style:

Time to go for a ride. This is our road. There won’t be many cars on those roads. This place has ill fame and people try not to settle here. The farther we go, the cheaper the land, the less the people and more beautiful nature… quite the reverse of everywhere else in the world – and a forecast of things to come.

Whether it’s true or not, it’s a good story.

Frederick Wiseman
Frederick doesn’t care for the idea, ‘a good documentary is finding a character and staying with them’. Frederick likes to turn up, find out who wants to be in his film and who doesn’t and then starts shooting. He asks no questions, there are no voiceovers or captions. The film is essentially scripted in edit.

Here’s a great interview where he reveals why it took over 27 years and the death of a Superior Court judge before his controversial documentary, Titicut Follies could be shown.

Frederick has shot films about basic training, parks and public housing. Here’s a clip:

Jeremy Deller & Nick Abrahams

Jeremy won the 2004 Turner Prize with an exhibit, featuring the Battle of Orgreave, a recreation of a riot between miners and police during the miners’ strike in 1984. Here’s a clip from a documentary about the work:

His most recent work is The Posters Came From the Walls, a collaboration with the film maker Nick Abrahams. Here’s a clip, which is a bit like Deller’s work with the Williams Fairey Brass Band, where he got them to cover acid house and Detroit techno.

Pierre Huyghe

This French artist’s work is all about how we tell stories and why. That’s a pretty broad definition, but aptly sums up The Third Memory, where the artist filmed John Wojtowicz re-enacting the bank robbery he committed and which was later the basis of the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon.

the third memory, (huyghe),
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It seems, despite Hollywood’s apparent bad treatment of Wojtowicz, his memory has been irrevocably altered by the film.

In the Streamside Day Follies, Huyghe wanted to move public celebration away from the commercialism of Halloween and Christmas. So he flipped the idea on its head and created a decidedly homemade carnival for the residents of a new housing development in New York State. Set around the sales home, this event (which Huyghe planned – right down to the cop car disco lights), was a chance for everyone who lived there to celebrate their new home.

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This Austrailian artist readily admits he got into performance and body art, ‘because he was a bad painter’, but don’t let his genial manner and David Jason laugh fool you. Stelarc is committed to finding out how just how augmented the human body can be. He’s hung from cranes with hooks through his skin, let people control his limbs over the internet and actually had a human ear grown on his arm. But not just any old ear, one you can access via the web to listen through. But why stop with an ear? If you’re having surgery, why not have a speaker put inside your mouth so when you open your gob, someone else’s words from over the internet come out? Yeah, that’ll be great.

Mind how you go, there’s gruesome nudity ahead.

Brief introduction

The Robodock

The Man With Three Ears
Scroll to between 9 and 12.30 minute mark to find out how Stelarc met his current girlfriend

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December 3, 2009

Here’s a new word for a collection of creative things that play with reality and with illusion.

This is Remy Gaillard from Montpellier, South of France. He’s done countless videos of this kind. I can’t believe the police let him off every time.

Beautiful etheral illustrations from japanese illustrator Kazukita Kamatsu:

Surreal films by Korner Union. See more on:

Gothic caterpillar, tatooed pigs and ‘Cloaca’ (the machine that produces feaces) by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Enjoy the full thing at Wim City here:

‘Hand’ stop frame animation by Donato Sansone.

The illusionist art of Leandro Elrich. A brazilian artist who creates interactive installations that play on creating  illusion. See his other work here:

Manufactured landscape is a documentary directed by Director Jennifer Baichwal about photographer Edward Burtinsky. He has travelled China for his latest series of photographs continuing his investigation into the scale of human activity.

This is what happened in Paris when ‘money back’ website mailorama launched a marketing stunt consisting of giving away bank notes. You could make between 50 and 500 Euro. Obviously the build up gathered a big crowd of needy people. But when the local authorities called it off for security reasons, the awaiting citizens felt that they were taken for a ride and dis-respected. That’s when some troublesome groups kicked off.

Lovable Characters – Presented by Charlie Johnson

November 24, 2009

Charlie Johnson rolled up to brains on Toast one tuesday morning with a very large bag of videos to show us – This is the cut down selection (he probably could have gone on for 3 hours)

These videos are a collection of loveable, weird and wonderful characters and in some case insane idiocy which beggars belief.

Thank you Charlie for brightening up our morning and leaving us in a very weird place indeed.



Funny little extra bits

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Chord at Kingsway Tram Tunnel

November 10, 2009


Shown by Sarah and Laura