Camera in a blender (2007)

Camera in blender 1

Tom Dickson (probably as requested by many Blendtec fans via the Blendtec request form) deliberately killed a Sony Handycam with a Blendtec blender as part of the infomercial show Will it Blend (mostly a blend of the Mentos/Coke Experiment and SmashMyiPod) of Blendtec and recorded it presumably somewhere between March 21 and April 3 2007 (or recorded in one or more blending sessions before going online with the show) with cameras and editing it during the postproduction process with the last live feed images from the Handycam concerned.

Camera in blender 2Camera in blender 3

The camera death experience video, when posted on the popular video portal YouTube, was received with mixed reactions varying from “teH aWesomeneSs!!!” (and ethical) to “stupid” (and unethical). This act is currently considered an ethical and legal act as cameras aren’t natural persons and can therefore be deliberately destructed in case the camera is your property. It could be considered a (little) bit unethical for the waste of precious resources, sadistically grinning during destruction, sarcastically mentioning the video camera dust is unhealthy, and making the act public (which may cause others to copy it), but (see next paragraph) this act is done once by popular demand and is – I think – original enough to consider it ethical.
Also many responders to the video did not believe the images from the camera could possibly be shown, found the editing suspicious and considered the video a fake. This is clearly not the case as a live feed to a computer hard disc was used instead of a DV tape to store these destructive memories and the editing was done to change the shot (aesthetical reason) and to remove the power to the partially destroyed camera (practical reason).

Response YouTube to video

The act of destroying a camera with a blender is a one time conceptual piece of art co-authored by thousands, millions of people around the planet who had the same idea. And it is similar to other deliberately taped killings of video cameras dropped while recording from a plane or out of space et cetera. Now this is practiced nobody will ever have to really destroy a video camera again, despite fresh original twists are added: it’s a clear unethical waste of precious resources to do exactly the same thing, knowing it has been done already.
Well, ok, maybe one more camera can be killed by a blender by someone else unrelated to Blendtec, but a copy of a copy? Maybe if Blendtec/Tom Dickson is copying the copy video of their original version? Or when humanity has vanished (again) and emerges (again) to the current age where concepts and practices of blending, videotaping events and publishing it on a computer network are common place & one is oblivious of previous/next humanities blending a video camera?
I recommend faking your camera’s death by adding distorted frames (like the ones displayed above) and sounds during post-production.

After Marcel Duchamp did in 1917 nobody will ever have to sign R. Mutt on a fountain either, although Marcel Duchamp did make several replicas of the original fountain that mysteriously got lost at the exhibition. These replicas are Duchamp-authorized replicas but in the end it’s the idea that counts: the replicas are worthless, yet heavily protected in museums from visitors who want to urinate in them, erase the R. Mutt signatures or totally destroy them. Other possible options would be to exhibit/bring the fountains outside the museum to a public or private space, send them into space, or making it full circle by (in)deliberately ensuring the fountains disappear.

Vickey Mouse (2007)

Vickey Mouse (2007)

Vickey Mouse (2007)
(One source of the work is a Viking brooch found in Uppåkra (South of Sweden) from +-800 AD and the other source is a Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) image. The brooch needed some pixel surgery to fit the MM image to some degree. Some scars are still visible from the operation.)

Open the G8 / No way José

Open the G8 / No way José

Open the G8 / No way José (2007)


-Elements of the highly contrasted B/W image: G8, an international forum for 8 governments (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States); G8 or g8, an alternative spelling of “gate” & an iron gate with barbed wire (image source) without an entrance (one can be on one of the two sides of a gate); “No way José”, way rhymes with the common name José, is integrated into the iron gate with ornaments on top; a classical symbolic clenched fist in the air; a black on white protest sign with big letters reading a demand to open the G8/gate.

-From June 6 – 8 2007 the 33rd G8 summit took place in Heiligendamm. The gathering attracted over 100.000 anti-G8 protesters with a desire for radical change in world affairs and who wanted to express their discontent. Their presence lead to various degrees of confrontation between some of the protesters and riot police/obstacles preventing interruption of the summit.

Frequently Asked Question on Frequently Asked Questions: are these real FAQs?

The question concerning the realness of the FAQ(s) in the FAQs-list, often joined with doubt expressed on the frequency a FAQ-question is asked, is a common meta-FAQ. It seems people add this FAQ to their FAQs to be either helpful or funny.
In the introduction of a lot of FAQs websites is stated (not put in the form of a question) that the FAQs are fake (so-called fake FAQs). Also it occurs some of the FAQs in the FAQs have an explanatory text along with it explaining “well actually nobody really asked me this question but (some reason)”.
Another way of expressing the FAQs are made up is to call them NSFAQs (Not So Frequently Asked Questions) or IAQs/IFAQs (Infrequently Asked Questions).

The meta-FAQ on the realness of the FAQs is not yet included in the big FAQs on FAQs guide.
I hereby recommend – as a supplement to the FAQs on FAQs guide – to add this particular meta-FAQ to your FAQs, in order to prevent being asked if your FAQs are real or not, unless it’s obvious you have created a fake FAQ. And think of an original answer to this meta-FAQ (or copy-paste an question/answer from someone else, provided it is not copyrighted).
A non-limitative selection of references to the meta-FAQ in question I discovered online can be found below.
(BTW: I did not verify the content of the websites linked to.)

Are these real questions, or did you just make them up?

These are all valid questions that have been sent to me repeatedly, in one form or another, over the years. This question came from a particular letter asking why the JEOW did not have FAQs: “I can’t find the FAQS on your website. I have read lots of other FAQS and I have a question. Are the FAQS in FAQS real questions, or did somebody just make them up? P.S. I like your website anyway.”

Did people really ask you these questions or did you just make them up?

Okay, okay, frequently is a bit misleading on some of
these questions. I have been asked most of these questions at least once and I figured I’d take preventative measures to answer questions others might think of asking. Plus, I just liked the idea of having a FAQ on my site. If you ask me a question that is not answered on this page and I think others might have the same question, I will probably add it.

Are all these questions really asked that frequently?

Errr, no. We needed some questions, so we just had a guess to figure out which questions we thought would be asked frequently. Did we guess correctly? Are there other questions that you’d ask, given an appropriate opportunity? If so, please email us to let us know. Because these questions haven’t actually been asked, we were going to call this section “Frequently Unasked Questions”, but we decided against it.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

All the time.

Did anyone really ask these ‘frequently asked questions’, or did you just make them up yourself?


Did anyone really ask these questions or did you make them up yourself?


Did anybody really ask these questions, or did you just make them up?

We made them up.

Have people really asked all of these questions?

Well, no. It’s really a “Questions that I thought others might ponder” list. Maybe it is “Questions for which I already have answers” list. Hopefully it doesn’t come off sounding like a “Only the Questions our Marketing department wants you to ask” list that shows up on so many corporate sites.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

No. As far as I know, no one has ever asked any of the questions answered here.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Not always. Sometimes we put things in the FAQ that we just think will be useful or informative, even if no one has asked us yet. We believe that if we didn’t do this, they would become frequently asked.

How “frequently” are these questions REALLY asked?

Not very. Okay, never. I’m being proactive.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

No! But these question have come up at least once and by putting the answers here, hopefully it’s useful to others too. If you have a question send it to The Webmaster and your question will get posted here along with our response.

Were all these questions really frequently asked?

Join CPM and find out.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Um, not yet. But you just keep it up …

Have people really asked you all these questions?

Nope. But I wanted ten, so I made up this one. 😉

Are these real questions?

No, I just made them up. Bwahahahah!

Are these FAQ’s really “Frequently Asked Questions?

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that one. Good question. No, these questions weren’t ever really asked to me, per se.

Are these real questions or do you just make them up?

Most of the questions are real, but some we have added to help answer some projected questions.

Are these real questions, or did you just make them up to be cute?

Well you should know that at least one of them (yours) is real. No, you give me too much creative credit. All the questions shown here are (or represent) actual questions asked me over the years (frequently more than once), but I did make up the answers. I have abstracted both questions and answers a bit in the interest of space, but, in essence, they are true to the original exchanges.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Actually, we’ve never been asked any questions whatsoever about The Star Room, but it makes us feel important to pretend like we have.

So, people have really asked you these questions?

No, actually I made most of them up. You see, I’m anticipating all those questions that I expect to be getting, now that I’m famous.

This FAQ is rather long, were you really asked all of these questions a lot?

You’d be surprised how often I get this one 😉

Have people really asked you these things or are you just making it up?

No comment.


No, although I do seem to get ‘Do you really have the time on your hands to MANUALLY COUNT ALL THE ENGLISH VERBS IN THE DICTIONARY!’ more than most. ‘Dear God! Why are you still coding in Notepad?’ is a close second.

Have people really asked you all of these questions?

Yes. All of these and more.

Are these Frequently Asked Questions really asked that frequently?

No. You caught me. They’re just things I feel like telling you.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

That depends.

Depends on what?

Depends on what you mean by frequent. If twice or never is “frequent” then these are definitely frequently asked.

Are these questions really asked?

Some of them, yes. Others aren’t. I simply decided to put them up just to be on the safe side and answer some questions that popped up in my mind.

Are all of these questions really asked frequently?

You wouldn’t believe how frequently. The phone rings non-stop. Why, here’s a caller right now wondering what time “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” is playing.

You have many many questions signed “anonymous.” You made them up yourself, didn’t you?

No, I didn’t make them up.
They really are from some people that wish to remain, anonymous. Honest!

Are these real questions?

No, mostly not. But they might be asked, so in order to save everybody some time, the answers are already here. 🙂

Are you guys really asked enough questions to warrant a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page?

Shut up.

Are these really frequently asked questions, or did you just make them up?

We just made them up — like most websites. One advantage of doing it this way is that we are more likely to be able to answer the question (:)).

Is this FAQ real? Why don’t you make a real UE FAQ?

Indeed, we ask ourselves these questions all the time.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Er, no. This kind of faux dialogue seems to be traditional though, and I like it. So there.

Are these real questions?

Real enough.

Real FAQ

Are these really frequently asked questions, or did you make them up?

Some we made up, some we didn’t. The really interesting question is, did we make up
this question?

Will any of the new questions be fakes?


Are these real questions or did you make these up?

These are real questions, including this one.

Are these real questions?

As far as you know.

No, really….

Well, yes they are real. We’ve been asked the same questions over and over, so we decided to put together the ones that are hardest to answer at the fields.

Were these actual questions that you received or did you just make them up?

These were actual questions that have come up during the past several weeks. Well, except for this last question, which was made up.

Has anybody ever really asked any of these questions?”

Just this last one.