Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: It’s Tiny Film Friday!

An array of shorts from a dreaming octopus to lava moat instructions

How are ya’, homefries? If you’re like me, you’re just trying to do your best to weather the dizzying shift of the world’s geopolitical tectonic plates. In other words, hoo boy what a year it’s been this week, amirite.

I decided that we’ve all read much too much about things we’d not even like to think about aka The News, so I’ve decided to just Quickify a handful of videos today.

First up, a slumbering Cthulu-ess and the gorgeous pattern-shifts she transmutes during her dreams. Trippy and astounding!

A Dreaming Octopus’s Imagination is Revealed in Her Color-Changing Slumber

“A recent documentary from PBS includes a fascinating clip of an octopus changing colors while sleeping. The marine biologist involved in Octopus: Making Contact thinks that the sea creature was dreaming about hunting, which sparked the color shift to a camouflaged shade.”


I have a lot of thoughts. The short is well-done but I was on the fence about sharing this. In the end I decided to offer this without commentary.

A Determined Robot Walks Across the Desert in Search of His Creator After Waking Up Alone in a Big Junkyard

“In an excellent film short by Will Welles, a confused robot wakes up alone in a big junkyard and determinedly sets off to find the desert ranch where his creator Devin lives. The robot is very happy to see Devin, but the feeling is not reciprocated. The robot tries to understand why he’s being rejected but Devin isn’t giving him any clues. It’s only when it comes down to blows that the two really understand each other, at least for a while.”


Me: “wow- look at this awesome spider!’
Also Me: “Ze Frank is still around. Huh.”

True Facts: The Ogre Faced Spider

“ZeFrank tells us all about a spider named Margaret, who is an ogre-faced spider. You might guess from the name that the imagery in this True Facts video might be hard to take for people suffering from arachnophobia. Also, there’s a bit of rude language. That said, the ogre-faced spider has a unique type of web and a unique method of hunting prey.”



“Do you know the meaning behind Harry Potter spells like Expelliarmus and Wingardium Leviosa? In this episode of The List Show, Erin breaks down the origins of 30 Harry Potter terms.”



How to Build a Lava Moat (with xkcd)




Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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