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Human Faced Fish: Down the YouTube hole

Posted by mikedaum on December 29th, 2007

It all started with a nice link-follow from Boing Boing to this nice video about some nice carps with human faces. They’re quirky and a bit cute, and the video is in korean.

So I felt pretty good about that. Good enough to want a little more human-faced fish action. Which led me to the following clip from a Contra variant (pardon the deep geek pun, it was sadly intended) which is at least 60 generations more advanced than any “Contra” I’ve ever played.

There was something nice about that “horrible” Sandinista fish smashing his tank, and it made me feel nostalgic. Which of course just upped the ante on my craving for human-faced fish. So I thought I’d wander a little closer to the margins and see if I could actually run this thing to ground. To wit, I browsed on over to the following:

Well that actually started to make me feel weird. Not sure if it was the somewhat mournful sounding Arabic soundtrack, or the creepy look of the man fish himself. Actually, I’m pretty sure it was the clip’s comments, which assumed the reader had an enormous background in Islamic human-fish studies, a field which is apparently more real than I’m comfortable with.

Anyway, I was a bit freaked out at this point. So I thought for sure one more human faced fish is enough for me tonight. Let’s see, oh yes, how about that one called “Homunculus”. I’m in Montreal at the moment, so the spirit of Wilder Penfield possessed me and led me to this:

And there it is. I haven’t seen anything quite so disturbing since Eraserhead (which was really disturbing, and featured a human-faced fish). What language is this video in? Is it fake? Is it an ad for a website. Does it matter, because I’m pretty much shivering and paralysed at the moment.

I think I’ll just leave off with a little Brecht:

We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.