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In this video for Sam Roberts latest single “Them Kids”, the isolated environment of a Simms-like suburbia offers a cookie cutter world devoid of fear and poverty. Yet, when you listen to Robert’s lyrics, the message is not nearly as happy go lucky as the colorful visuals depict them to be. Symbolic of the generational divide between Gen-X and our elders, video games are the precise reason why many of “them kids” are too distracted in modern society to enjoy the simple pleasures of past generations.


Nearly 40 years ago, a young Canadian boy snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room to talk about peace. The beloved musician, who was embraced by the world for his revolutionary views, spoke to the renegade child with no filter to his opinion of reality. Some what dark and jaded, Lennon’s words are brought back from their grave into this Oscar nominated short. A composite of sketches and digital imaging, I believe this artful animation transcends generations and speaks to a nation constantly at war with itself and it’s culturally obstructive enemies.


Created using a camera-free laser imaging system, this new video for Radiohead’s “House of Cards” positions technology as the driving force behind the music. At a symbolic glance, it’s almost seems that Radiohead surrendering to a future where the megaband is pixelated by the collapse of the traditional label structure. Whether they meant to send this message or not, it’s interesting that this video was produces during a time when the music industry is adapting to new technologies and unconventional distribution models.

A love of comics mixed with an admiration for nonsensical comedy explains why I’ve spent the past few days replaying this one-minute short by Alex Butera on any device I could find it on.

Sitting here at my desk, overworked to the point that my brain can’t take another intellectual thought, it’s really hard for me to resist such brilliantly irrelevant lines as “my boots are sticky.” I think I’m going to watch it again!