Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

April Fool’s: ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ in Holiday Form

April 1, 2011

It’s by now mid-day on the 1st of April, which means someone in your office has already dyed the water cooler orange and your homepage has been changed not twice, but eight times to APRIL FOOL’S, Y’ALL! It’s as much in our DNA to prank each other as it is to breathe and urinate, which makes today something of a nationally cathartic experience. We don’t have to hide that part of ourselves, relegating it to chat rooms where we pretend to be hot younger women or fake “dude, my mom’s dead” rejoinders. (Pranked!) We can live our lives OUT LOUD.

But no group gets more out of today than nerds. Or more specifically, nerds who also program web content. (Within the hierarchy of nerds it should be noted that while all nerds are computer experts, some are more expert than others.) Ten and twenty years ago, the guys who are today responsible for everything you do online were getting their heads dunked in toilets and watching their lunch money disappear. “I swear, Mom, the money literally disappeared. What else do you want me to say?” Their moms would give them wedgies before sending them off to karate class, which helped nothing, and again before bed. “You need to learn to HIT BACK, Sergei!” said Mrs. Brin as she pulled and twisted, a look of bizarre pleasure on her face.

Keep reading!

YouTube No Longer The People’s Republic of Video?

July 28, 2010

In the last week  I’ve been reading more than I’ve been watching videos. Lord knows, I’m no bookworm: the last book I successfully read before I plugged myself into the Matrix was assigned to me by a teacher. Instead of watching videos, I’ve been reading cease and desist notices, and “content removed by ____”. This past week I had a hard time enjoying videos I’ve come across on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, et al. because it seems as though YouTube is no longer the fountain of free content that I, along with the billions of other people on the web, have come to trust. Exhibit A:

Click for bigger version

Two weeks ago I attended a tremendous concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Kings of Leon did more than just impress me and my set of low expectations, they played a few new songs from a forthcoming album. New material from a band that’s been touring on the legs of a platinum selling album for several years is always worth noting. One track in particular, called “Immortals” was the highlight of the entire set for me. I was excited to upload my first HD video, shot on my new iPhone 4 because the audio quality came out great. Several days after uploading, I received an email and when I tried to visit the video’s page, I saw this (above). Don’t worry, I posted it on Vimeo instead. See below for face melting rock:

As someone who still avidly pays for music, something most of America can no longer say, I am in support of artists’ right to profit as the next 75 year old music industry executive. But let’s consider the facts on this: the song HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED in any form that requires money to obtain. Therefore, all I am doing, by publishing a live video of Kings of Leon KILLING IT on a new track, is providing the band, it’s record label, its management company, etc. FREE publicity at my own expense. If, let’s say, the video becomes popular (not double rainbow popular, but popular), there are hundreds of thousands of people watching a free promotional video of the Kings of Leon doing what they do best. Not to mention if someone sees the video and says “I wasn’t going to go to see Kings of Leon on this tour but if they are playing new material it will definitely be worth it!” You’re welcome, LiveNation/Ticketmaster/Budweiser/t-shirt vendors.

So why such flagrant acts of corporate tyranny these days? Just the other day I went to check out the iPhone 4 vs. EVO videos that have a BestBuy employee in hot water and got a similar message. I’m not surprised by these messages, they’ve always been there every time I went to watch a classic Will Ferrell SNL sketch, but I have definitely been seeing them rear their ugly heads more frequently than usual. These might be glitches in my browser or the Google servers, but if Chrome can’t load embedded YouTube videos on the regular, there’s no hope for anything working correctly. This is just another example of how completely misguided major entertainment companies are in their quest to make a profit off of YouTube. They want  to charge people for something they are accustomed to getting for free, if they can’t charge them for it, they take the content down. Despite what they might think, this is not a business model.

Alone Today? Look On The Bright Side…

February 14, 2009

… You’re not this guy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Be sure to catch more of Sexman’s antics on his very own YouTube channel. This kid’s the real deal.)

Things That Happened In The Last Five Weeks, Part 4

November 7, 2008

4) Three-Time Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney Told Me Not to Vote and I Almost Listened

A record 133 million Americans voted in this year’s Presidential election. 133 million – huge. That’s over 60% of our country’s citizens who got off the couch and, taking that old MTA adage to heart, saw something and said something. Even factoring in a steadily increasing population (which gives the record a bit of a Titanic quality) that’s a bona fide big number. You saw the people in line at your polling place, right? Amazing. That’s why I’m slightly ashamed to admit I almost wasn’t one of them.

Don’t keep reading.


November 5, 2008

Did you guys see tonight’s episode of 90210?!?

KIDDING. I’ve been following the media blitz(er) as closely as any dutiful American and could not be happier typing, however little it’s really sunken in yet, the following words:

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.

Wow. Now and only now does the below seem appropriate. Celebrate, people!

I Have No Doubt This Will Brighten Your Day

September 15, 2008

Forgive me if you’ve seen this already, but I only just stumbled on David Hasselhoff’s “Hooked On A Feeling” and knew immediately – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that this had to be my Monday morning video pick. Like motorcycles? Angels? Tribal dancing? Tuxedos? Trains? Flying? Boats? Green-screen? LSD? Even if you said “no” to all of the above, you’re going to watch this ten times. Trust me.

(Credit once more to Mr. Tian Xie for his YouTube searching abilities. My life would be empty without you.)

A Time Waster Twice Over

September 11, 2008

Another limited audience videogame post, but I think the embedded video speaks to a larger Japanese obsession with order and detailing more than the Pokemon television series ever could. Seriously, more man-hours were probably devoted to this video than to the first Apollo mission. For a truly mind-expanding time, watch it on acid!

All the credit in the (Super Mario) world to Tian Xie, who beat me to this video by about two months. Congratulations, you are the winner!

Who Wants Mooseburgers?

September 8, 2008
Miss Wasilla '84

Miss Wasilla 1984

Ever since I was elected secretary of my high school class in the fall of 2002 (Don’t Stop Believin’!!), I’ve been big into politics. The campaigning. The debating. The voting. The hugging. All that shit. What I find most fascinating about the election process, though, is the way one’s allegiances can sway from moment to moment, motivated by powerful speeches or newfound information. I loved Barack Obama… until I found out he was a terrorist. And Joe Biden wants to take Amtrak to Iraq (Amtraq)? Forget those guys.

These days my heart belongs to an Alaskan hockey mom named Sarah Palin. Heard of her? Since bursting onto the political scene following the Democratic National Convention, McCain’s VP pick has been a tornado of electoral energy. Calling out Obama for his dumb community organizing. Dousing the fire of her daughter’s Juno-ish (or “Juneau-ish” LOL) pregnancy scandal. Picking out salsa in New Mexico. She’s an amazing, hot, awesome politician. It’s no wonder she’s one of the most searched women on the Internet. When McCain croaks in office, she’ll be our first female commander-in-chief. But do we really know her?

DO we? Keep reading!

Welcome Back To Your Desks!

September 2, 2008

Hope everyone had a balls-to-the-wall “farewell to summer” weekend in a beachy, preferably needle-free, environment. You’re tan? You’re happy? Good, now get back to f&*#!n work.

Leave it to a 3-year-old to explain the original Star Wars more clearly than George Lucas or any member of his droid army ever could. Succinct. Well thought-out. And 2 cute 4 words. You’ve probably already seen this (it has somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 million hits on YouTube) but I figured that post Labor Day, we could all use a gentle pick-me-up. Only 270+ days ’til next summer!

Monday Afternoon Quickie

August 25, 2008

I write today from an office of sorts and a job of sorts. Not phone sex, like my high school superlative predicted I’d fall into, but something more unexpected. Irony of ironies, I’m the temporary assistant coach of the Columbia Men’s Swim Team. I emphasize “temporary.” I’ll be out when Jim Bolster finds a more permanent replacement for Eric Scheingoltz, or when my paperwork is filed and I can work for 30 Rock, or when I (accidentally) burn Dodge Fitness Center down. Whichever comes first.

With mountains of paperwork to sift through and a steady stream of enthusiastic freshmen stopping by to say hello, there hasn’t been much time to write a Monday masterpiece. Don’t worry, I’ve got big plans for the rest of the week: Part Two of “Adventures in Public Transportation: Gambler’s Express” should be done soon, along with posts about China (the whole thing), hipsters, Batman (shocking), and another up-and-coming-band-you-should-totally-check-out-if-you-want-to-be-cool. But today, in place of something more substantive, I offer one of my favorite YouTube “re-cut” movie trailers. I know I’ve done this for more than a few Mondays now – maybe this should be my “thing” at the start of every week? Anyway:

Separation of church and state my ass. Anyone seen any similar trailers recently? I’m a big fan of “Journey AT The Center of the Earth.”