SMOKE BREAK #1102 | When Kermit The Frog & Fozzie Bear Got Seriously Existential

April 18, 2014 

(via) Puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz (playing Kermit The Frog and Fozzie Bear) improvise like the geniuses they were during this 1979 camera test for The Muppet Movie.

Kermit: “Well Fozzie, the thing of it is though you’re not a real bear. You’re not a real natural bear. I mean, you’re talking about a bear in its natural habitat…What do you have, you have sort of a fake fur. You’ve got foam rubber. You’ve got foam rubber and fake fur. You’re an artificial bear. Have you ever seen a bear with a magenta nose?”

Fozzie: “I got news for you kid. You have to hurt me, I’m going to have to hurt you. Are you ready for this? Are you ready? You got a wire on your arm. It’s only for movement. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I believe in you. I do understand that I am not a real bear but I know what I am. I am what I am. But I’m a real puppet. I’m happy with my lot in life.”

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SMOKE BREAK #1102 | “A Rising Tide” Film Follows The Early Surfing Pioneers Of India

April 15, 2014 

Lose yourself in this short documentary film, the first about surfing in India, a country with a 7,500km, a population of over 1.2 billion people, and barely one hundred surfers.

Through interviews with local watermen we celebrate the joy of riding waves and the aloha spirit of the Indian surf tribe. As the numbers of surfers in the country keep growing each day, we hope that these stories may never be lost and shall help create a deeper sense of surf community in India.

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SMOKE BREAK #1101 | The Most Laughably Amazing Men’s Hairstyles Of The 60s & 70s

Strangely, to date, there remains no credible explanation for any of it. Bonus: dude at 0:52 wins the internet.

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SMOKE BREAK #1100 | Trailer For “Chef” Starring Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr.

Chef, a new comedy about an executive chef’s life and times following a dust-up with a critic, is coming out next month. From the looks of the trailer above, what makes it authentic isn’t Scarlett Johanssen as a hostess, the food critic’s beautifully expressed assholery (Oliver Platt is always amazing), the social media errors in judgment, Dustin Hoffman’s restaurateur hissy-fit, or all the food porn, it’s John Leguizamo shaking corn starch on his testicles. Whoever their kitchen consultant was deserves an Oscar!

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SMOKE BREAK #1098 | Insightful Puppets Explain The Basics Of Restaurant Etiquette

March 17, 2014 

In this episode of the internet show Glove & Boots, a puppet named Fafa the Groundhog teaches a puppet named Mario the ins and outs of basic restaurant etiquette. Money quote: “You just pay and leave. You have to do both. You can’t leave and not pay, and you can’t pay and not leave, or eventually the nice restaurant will call the police and you will go to jail.”

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SMOKE BREAK #1095 | A Short Film On Bristlecone Pines, The World’s Oldest Trees

February 18, 2014 

The Bristlecone’s Fate is a short and rather beautiful (if haunting) documentary film that looks at the looks at threat that global warming poses to California’s bristlecone pine trees, which are the oldest living things on the planet. ”From their perch atop the White Mountains at California’s eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared. But there’s a new threat to the bristlecone’s existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they’ve faced in thousands of years.” The short is based on “The Vanishing Groves,” an essay in Aeon Magazine by Ross Andersen that we encourage you to read.

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SMOKE BREAK #1094 | How Ad Companies Market Unnatural Foods To A Gullible World

February 11, 2014 

Watch this mockumentary in which an advertising executive rejoices and expounds on the art of the “natural” sell, because the word “natural” is used in marketing genetically modified and pesticide-heavy foods, you just have to laugh. Money quote: “We pride ourselves on this kind of confusion.”

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SMOKE BREAK #1093 | Own A Horrendous Tattoo? This Artist Wants To Help You Out

February 7, 2014 

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In this outstanding advertisement, tattoo artist Nekkid Nate of Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta wants to turn your shitty ink “into a masterpiece”. Bonus: he’s not only an employee, he’s also a client (NSFW: language).

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SMOKE BREAK #1092 | Animated Interview With Ex-Vancouver Resident Jimi Hendrix

February 5, 2014 

PBS just dropped an excellent animated treatment of Jimi Hendrix’s last interview on September 11th, 1970 (a week before he died). Hendrix spent a lot of his childhood in Vancouver, living in Strathcona with his grandmother, Nora, who was a cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House. The eatery used to sit near the corner of Prior and Main in what was then known as Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s first (and last) black neighbourhood, which was largely destroyed when the City tried to get into the freeway business and failed (as evidenced by the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts). In case you didn’t know, there is a shrine/micro museum dedicated to Hendrix where the eatery used to back onto the alley that now faces the Union Bar.

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SMOKE BREAK #1091 | Short Film On The Gap Between Our Tastes And Our Abilities

February 1, 2014 

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This video is a typographic representation of noted storyteller Ira Glass’ famous quote about the gap between a creative person’s good taste and their actual skills. Whether you’re a chef, a wine maker, an architect, or a public relations executive, if you’ve had a tough day in your line of work, Glass’ quote has always made for a good, inspiring listen, and now, with this new interpretation by Daniel Sax, it also makes for a good watch. “I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his/her creative career,” Sax says. “I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.” Enjoy!

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SMOKE BREAK #1090 | A Short Film On An Ancient Game Of Amateur Outdoor Hockey

January 29, 2014 

Even if you only have a passing bandwagoneer’s interest in mass market pro hockey, this short, touching, and beautifully filmed memorial documentary will probably still move you. Legends of the Isles is about a decades-old shinny game and the young and old Fargo-esque Minnesotan characters who play it for the love and sheer joy of it. It’s a tough guy tear-jerker; why anyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates in Canada gets all goosebumpish about the NHL Winter Classic and why a man willed it so that his ashes could be scattered at center ice. Required: tissue, Tim Hortons, and six and half minutes. Enjoy.

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SMOKE BREAK #1084: A Hectic “Day In The Life” Of San Francisco’s Delfina Restaurant

January 2, 2014 

(via) Dig this “Day In The Life” style time-lapse of the goings-on inside a typical day at San Francisco’s consistently rammed Delfina restaurant in the Mission District. It was made to celebrate the eatery’s 15th year in business. “They don’t serve lunch there,” says the film’s co-creator, Gary Yost, “but they start on prep at 4:00am and a full team of over a dozen people crank until service begins at 5:30pm. With a combination of time-lapse and realtime cinematography, along with Mark’s fabulous direction and editing, we’ve captured a little glimpse of what their (incredibly long) typical day is like.”

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SMOKE BREAK #1083: Time Lapse Shows UPS Truck Depot In Christmas Season Blitz

December 23, 2013 

From Animal NY: “There’s a UPS parking lot packed with truck trailers behind our Hell’s Kitchen office. On any given day–but during the holiday season in particular–the place is buzzing with activity, as its delivery fleet hitches up to and drops off the trailers. Due to space constraints, this plays out like an IRL game of Tetris, which we captured from a camera mounted on our roof in this 24-hour timelapse. Watch the entire puzzle-like dance play out in about three minutes above…” One eagle eyed YouTube commenter noticed a wee accident at 1:49

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