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JAM Project is a Japanese supergroup teaming the likes of Kageyama Hironobu, Endoh Masaaki, and Okui Masami--think of it as J-Rock's equivalent of the Avengers: an elite task force of the poets laureate of HOT-BLOODED ANIME HEROISM!!!

YouTuber PuppetChaos puts the proposition that JAM Project can make anything awesome to the test: here's the 1976 educational short, "Congruent Triangles" by Bruce Cornwell, set to "The Guardian" (the second Shin Mazinger opening theme):


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Dear Ellis Coleman:

Didn't anyone ever tell you that those flashy showboating moves you see in martial arts movies and Big Time Wrestling aren't supposed to work in real life?
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Stormy sulphur skies--
like the cover of an old
SF paperback.

*"Ghost Riders on the Storm" by the California Guitar Trio.
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Courtesy of Matthew Gray Gubler by way of [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion: Ping-Pong...Bruce Lee style.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] peur_evol  has pointed out evidence that this clip is in fact a mockup.  It's still cool, though--and ostensing it in flesh-and-blood-space could be a Crowning Moment of Awesome for some martial hotshot.
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YouTube is a merry media mosh pit for the worst and the best (and the most mediocre) of what happens when human imagination is presented with audiovisual technology, an arena, and no editor.  Unsurprisingly, it's a showcase for Sturgeon's Law, but also for bits of retrieved memory and works of brilliance that make sifting through the dorky karaoke and home movies more than worth the annoyance.

This animated AMV for Vaughn Monroe's rendition of "Ghost Riders in the Sky", the work of one Pukipu, is one that I've come to regard as the definitive video for the song in question; the stiff, minimal, and primitive flavor of the animation somehow seems perfectly of a piece with the period setting, and its repetitiveness serves the incantatory nature of the song. More than that, it struck me somehow as having an unassailable rightness; the imagery was somehow hauntingly reminiscent of a memory I was at a loss to place.


A discussion of favorite childhood TV commercials over on [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter 's blog helped supply the missing piece of the puzzle; this haunting PSA from the late 60's (the narrative Voice of Impending Doom is variously suspected of being either James Earl Jones or Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft) was the stuff of nightmares to a lot of people in the late Baby Boom/early Gen-X age bracket :


Pukipu (if their userinfo is accurate) is Brazilian, and too young to remember the ad, making it an unlikely influence; nonetheless, I find the resemblance striking.

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This golden combination of circumstances has finally occurred:

Cityscape's Fourth of July weekend fireworks display...

...taking place on the Third of July, which is also a weeknight...

...on which University of Dayton's Roesch Library, all seven stories of it, happens to be open until 11 P.M.
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