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Remixing Kubrick

Us _floss bloggers are obsessed with Stanley Kubrick. And why not, with an endless stream of new Kubrick-related material hitting the web? Not a month goes by without some new bit of Kubricky goodness blessing my screen (most of it sourced from the excellent Coudal Partners "Stuff About Stanley Kubrick" Archive). This week, I thought I'd share a few choice Kubrick remix videos -- in which web people take material from Kubrick's films and make new, weird stuff from them. First, a re-cut of the trailer for Kubrick's The Shining. In this cut, the movie becomes Shining, a touching family drama about parenthood. If you haven't seen this, please, please, please take one-and-a-half minutes to watch:

Next up, blogger Jason Kottke remixes the famous Blue Danube scene from 2001, using a soundtrack of chickens clucking the Blue Danube waltz. The result is strangely beautiful in its silliness. (Kottke calls his mashup the Chicken Cordon Bleu Danube cut.)

And finally, the 2001 opening sequence (apes learning to use tools) remixed with LL Cool J and Beastie Boys songs:

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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

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