Sci-Friday #52 – Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, and Pink Floyd

From OpenCulture:   “In 1945, Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí began collaborating on an animated film. 58 years later, with Dalí long gone and Disney gone longer still, it came out. The delayed arrival of Destino had to do with money trouble at the Walt Disney Studios not long after the project began, and it seems that few laid eyes on its unfinished materials again until Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney came across them in 1999. Completed, it premiered at the 2003 New York Film Festival and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film. Now, fifteen years later, we know for sure that Destino has found a place in the culture, because someone has mashed it up with Pink Floyd.”

Sci-Friday #51 – The Apprehension Machine

That’s not just a clever title – the Apprehension Machine is the musical instrument behind every scary soundtrack you’ve heard in the past couple decades. Watch this video, and watch low-tech sounds create high anxiety.

It reminds of that line in the original Johnny Mnemonic short story: ‘ If they think you’re crude, go technical; if they
think you’re technical, go crude.’ The apprehension machine may be crude, but it gets the job done.