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Category: Cautionary Tales (page 1 of 30)

“Uncanny Valley” Blurs the Line Between Virtual and Reality

Virtual reality is set to take off next year. The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR are all set to debut in 2016. While there’s a certain amount of excitement about it, this beautifully-shot short film from 3dar takes a look at when VR is so prevalent that it has becoming habit-forming.

In Uncanny Valley, VR addicts (much like drug addicts) live in dens, closed off from others, and find more connection to their VR experiences than they do to their real lives. One such addict starts to notice an anomaly in digital sanctuary and decides to explore further…

[via Digg]

Black Holes are Assholes

Black holes are like the most terrifying serial killers in the universe. You shouldn’t need reasons to stay away from black holes but if you’re looking for one, here’s a little animation for you.

In this artist rendering from NASA, a star passes a little too close to a black hole and experiences what is called a “tidal disruption”. The star is torn to pieces and the black hole wears the debris like a memento. Check it out below.

[via The Verge]

Samurai Cat

Look, we get it. Sometimes, a cat is so damn cute that you have to steal it and defend it with all the honour and swordsman skills you can muster. We totally understand the compulsion, so we’re glad that there’s a movie that shares the inner conflict we feel.

[Via: WTF Japan Seriously]

Creepy October: Bedfellows

If you’ve not heard of Drew Daywalt (IMDB link), odds are you’re not familiar with an amazing, prolific art form: short horror. YouTube abounds with short films that cram as much scare into between two and fifteen minutes as most feature-length triple-A, big budget horror films.

Daywalt’s Bedfellows is acknowledged as a masterwork of storytelling, atmosphere, and creep. It clocks in at just over 2 minutes, but boy, what an intense two minutes! There’s no gore, just pure atmos…fear.

If you enjoy this, there’s a whole stack more over at Drew’s short film channels, Fewdiodotcom and Daywalt Fear Factory.

Which is the Killer: Current or Voltage?

You may have heard that it’s not the voltage that kills you, but the current. Indian electrical engineer/masochist Mehdi Sadaghdar (ElectroBOOMGuy) decided to test this in his own dangerously hilarious style. Be warned, some colourful language.

To see more of Sadaghdar’s sparky videos, head to YouTube.

[via SA Gamer]

Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives

Different drugs have different effects on people. In her series entitled All You Can Feel, Berlin-born artist Sarah Schöenfeld wanted to know what kind of impression certain drugs had on inanimate objects.

Schöenfeld squeezed drops of different prescriptive and illicit dugs onto film negatives. Each substance affected the coating of the film differently. The resulting chemical reactions make for some striking photography. Have a look at some of the image after the jump.

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It Will Be Fun, They Said

What looks like a fun music video takes an unexpected turn when some school goers decide to cut class and spend the glorious day frolicking on the beach. A boy and girl hope to turn their canoodling to coitus in the dunes, but are interrupted in a most disturbing way. See what happens below, but be warned the content is rather graphic.

This PSA was supposedly created for the Learn for Life Foundation of Western Australia.

Speaking of dumb ways to die, have a look at another of Australia’s unforgettable PSAs.

[via SA Gamer]

A Gathering of Cats

Directed by Makoto Shinkai for Ani*Kuri15, A Gathering of Cats is a one-minute short about the family cat Chobi whose tail has been stepped on one too many times. Chobi gathers the neighbourhood cats and they plan the ultimate cat-tastrophe.

[via Awesome-Robo]

Which Alcohol Gives The Worst Hangover?

Comedian George Burns once quipped, “It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.” If you’re planning a boozer of a weekend, you might be interested to find out which of your alcoholic drinks are likely to give you a moerse babbelas the following morning.

In this short, DNews talks about veisalgia, the congeners that flavour and colour your drinks, and whether you should drink liquor before beer.

[via Digg | Bucket Perspective by Kylie Woon]

Reaping for Dummies

The only things certain in life are death and taxes, or so the saying goes. However, in this animated short film, death isn’t such a sure thing as a trainee reaper rolls in to a ghost town to claim the soul of the last inhabitant. Check out what happens in Reaping for Dummies below.

Reaping for Dummies was created by a group of five students as a graduation project for the 3D design and animation course at the Idèfagskolen school in Tønsberg, Norway.

[via Neatorama]