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Re: [movies-620] For Those Who Saw Animated Shorts

From: Rosemary
Sent on: Friday, February 8, 2013 8:29 AM
Hey Chip, thanks for these thoughts -- good stuff and gives me a different way to experience the films -- thanks!    Rosemary

--- On Thu, 2/7/13, Chip <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Chip <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [movies-620] For Those Who Saw Animated Shorts
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 2:38 PM

I've inserted my comments below, after each question…


On Feb 7, 2013, at 8:55 AM, Rosemary <[address removed]> wrote:

Hey everybody, thanks for coming out last night -- just a question or two.
1)  What do you guys make of the guacamole being made out of a grenade -- the other pieces were from games (monopoly, chess, poker, etc) --  why this violent piece?  
Not all the pieces were from games. The tomato was a pincushion, the chile was a Christmas tree bulb. I think the grenade was a good choice, first of all because it has the shape, color, and texture (sort of) of an avocado, but also for the surprise: what's he doing with a grenade? Oh, no, he's cutting it?! Oh! It's an avocado! Also, note that the slicing implement wasn't a kitchen knife, but a machete. (No, I didn't remember all this - I watched it again on YouTube:
2)  What did the guy see or experience in the up/down film that led him to fix the shoes? 
I don't remember for sure - was it looking at the broken photograph of them dancing together?

3)  We didn't discuss the one from New Zealand -- any thoughts on this machine that evolves, creates life and then moves on? 
The title was "Abiogenesis" - a- (not) bio- (living) genesis (birth). The definition of the word is the process by which it has been postulated that living matter arose from the "primordial soup" of inorganic matter, but the film carried it to an extreme. It reminded me very strongly of a short story I read 20+ years ago: I think it was in Omni magazine; I think the title was "Virus." A tiny robot smashes through the side of a spacecraft, patches the hole, starts ripping up bits and pieces of the spaceship (metal, wire, rubber), assembles thousands of copies of itself, and shoots them back out into space. (Where one assumes they continue to do the same thing.) In other words, a non-biological robot that can self-replicate. I had just finished college when the story came out, and at the time, there was lots of argument at the time about whether viruses should be considered "alive" - I guess it's still going on:

It also reminded me of the Animusic videos, of which I am a big fan:
If you have time in your day I would love to hear your comments -- thanks!    Rosemary

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