Category Archives: video

dolly seeks acceptance.

One of the saddest things I have seen this week.*
Sorry – can’t work out how to frigging embed this video into my post.

*Apart from the fainting kittehs.

WoW polled on Presidential Election

I love the fact that the interviewer is in a bikini. Via Metaverse Journal.

Says Metaverse Journal:

Obama polled 62% across the whole Azeroth population, with McCain been favoured by Alliance whilst Obama is the pick of the Horde.

Are Night Eleves Democrat?

To the L to the H to the C

So just in case we do get sucked up into some black hole from CERN tomorrow at 8.30am, I thought it only right I blog after radio silence for some time.

And it is only right that I share this explainer to what happens in the LHC. If only for my sister’s sake. Go Hawking.

I really wish physics lessons had been more like this when I was at school.

Sales Guy vs Web Dude

This hit me via a mailing list I am on. Absolutely ace. It also gets funnier towards the end so stick with it. I wonder: which one are you more like? Courtesy of The Website is Down.

Old technology making music

Two videos have caught eye this week, both of which use old gear to (re)create music. The first was a late entry to a Radiohead competition to remix “Nude” from their album In Rainbows. James Houston’s video was too late to qualify, which is a great shame. Says Houston:

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

The second is Stars Wars played on a floppy. Yes, played on a floppy. Wonderful.

Beat that Banksy

Wow. This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long time.* MUTO is made by Blu in Buenos Aires and Baden.

*I think I may say that quite often. So be it.

Spammers and Youtubers

Don’t ask me why I deliberately searched for the most boring videos on YouTube, but I did, and this is what I found. Actually, it is pretty good and made me chuckle wryly.*

You might enjoy it – Youtubers can be so boring from superdogdoo.

*Seesmic+irritating Youtube spammer=timeline fun

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Classic. Loving the cat yodeling. I could play the cat. If I had one.

No to videos in Flickr campaign

I was looking for suitable Calico cat pictures in Flickr when I stumbled across one of the most popular tags which happened to be “say no to videos in Flickr”.

I can see why. To be honest, I don’t really need to use the service for videos. Although they do seem to be good quality, and I don’t mind the time limit, I have had problems playing every video I have tried. Hence, I have given up.

I do have a very good connection.

Anyway, thought it was interesting to see a lot of strong feeling against the development.

Room on the internet for all puppets

Alcat, a very good friend of mine, has had his YouTube account for more than 2 years now. He was born in SF and was a wannabe video blogger after being inspired by the likes of Bre Pettis and Steve Garfield at Gnomedex 2005.

He never quite got his act together, however, and languished behind the scenes, licking his paws.

Until he found Seesmic. It was easy to post quick, often rude and argumentative videos there and he liked it. He liked to mime. People seemed to like him. He performed for them. He answered their questions. He joined in their conversations whilst feeling slightly “luckier” than the other cats there because he, unlike the rest, had the power of speech. And he wore wigs well.

He went to SXSW and there he found he could at the same time delight and frighten people. Was he real? Why was he talking? He collected stickers. He ignored those who stared as they passed him talking into the laptop in anticipation of sessions. He marvelled at the people and their geekery. He liked what he saw.

Now, it seems, he is not alone. And he is pleased. When once people scoffed at his video ambitions, taunting him with cries of “but you are a puppet”!, now people are paying for other such felt fellows in video form.

Even Flickr is doing it to launch their video service because they have realised that humans are essentially boring.

Alcat welcomes this. The internets is a big place. There is enough space for all the puppets in the world.* He has even encountered the Feldman man on Seesmic and he looks forward to more encounters of the felt kind.

Except he is furry. Superior to felt.

*Never must he be called “puppet” to his face.

Thriller on the Tube

Classic British reaction to Thriller dance on the London Tube. Even down to the polite applause at the end.

Seesmic, my new addiction.

Happy New Year (Hogmanay!!) all you people.

Damn you Seesmic. My latest obsession. It is pre-Alpha release and thanks (I think) to Dotben for sending me the invite. There are two very good reasons why I should not be on there but I won’t share them with you here.

It is basically micro-video-blogging. It is instantaneous, easy, compelling, addictive, fun, performative, playful, personal, public, easy, welcoming. It is essentially video banter and if I worked from home I would never get anything done.

It makes me feel a lot more connected and closer to people than Twitter or anything else. The Seesmic team – based in SF – also do neat little edits, shows, of the best of the last 24 hours (see the NY one above) which I like. This is something I think is really needed. It adds an extra incentive to participate for some too, I imagine. Makes it somehow even more personal.

Oh, I have also been chucked out of Facebook. More on that later, which is why I have been in search of a replacement. I really should get some kind of hobby which does not include sitting in front of screen doing really quite daft things until the wee small hours.


Paris and Leno interview

I know, I know, it’s been too long. But Facebook, iilwy, and Twitter antics have pwned my blogging.

But I saw this, and I thought of you. Although if “you” are American, you have no doubt seen this. But I am not. Heh.

Zimmer rock

Just watched the very end of the Great Granny Chart Invasion on BBC Two. Looked good. Caught the whole My Generation cover and video by The Zimmers. Great stuff. Go grans hehe. Geriatric1927 should do his own video repsonse cover now (on YouTube). Heh.

Found this clip on YouTube – not on the BBC channel – which I think might be semi-official: it links to their myspace anyway.

Just returned to a cold, wet, miserable London after a very nice wekend in the countryside with family. Sister nearly went into labour. Heh. Surrounded by silage and prams. And lots of shopping.

Minisode classics

Liking the idea of these minisodes. Especially of the shows we used to all know and love – the TV that takes you back to when you have just had a bath, and you are in your jammies, and allowed to stay up to watch the programme as a treat. Like Mash – I only have to hear the theme tune, and I am right back there.

Anyway, these could potentially be real fun snacky treats, and could also help give the impression you sound like you know all there is to know about a classic series. How many times have you had those “remember that episode” conversations. Now you could graze them all in the time it takes to make a coffee (with our posh machine anyway). Kinda like that Star Wars redit fans did of the Phantom Menace, the Phantom Edit. Cut out all the crap bits, or stuff you don’t really need, and keep the rest. And even better, btw, is the hint of a recognition here that these edits could officially be done by the fans themselves.

It’s just editing. Our people are really having fun with this. We’re not overthinking the process. You could almost look at this and say a group of college kids put this together.

Second Life and “TV”

So I was going to give a quick Second Life news update, but have been aware for quite some time that this is a futile effort – although the media frenzy around SL has died down somewhat. All the big media wigs are most likely sitting down in important meetings trying to figure out what to do in 3D immersive spaces.

It is much more effective to keep up with the news via something like World of SL or SLCN. While I was on the latter, I stumbled upon this titbit about an in-world “TV” network which has set up to challenge residents to make their own shows.

I think there is indeed a gap in the market for this kind of thing, and the people themselves will make the cream rise to the top, and start gathering around common points and people of interest. I can’t wait for proper shared “TV” playlists. This kind of content is something that I would probably like to watch through Joost. Except, it would have to be an aggregated set of shows – a network – which included machinima programming from all immersive spaces – 2 and 3D. Granted, a lot of shows might be a bit shit, but then so were most podcasts when they started a few years’ ago. But a deal through Joost could be about a premium, best of content offering, as decided by all of us first – around the web.

Anyway, here is what SLCN says about the venture:

In the coming months SLCN will become the, “voice of SL” the group says. The programming will come from residents and encompass all different areas and cultures. It will be a way of showing the real world what SL is and what the people of SL are all about. The idea behind SLCN is to open up the world of television and put it in the hands of everyone within SL.

They add that it means that anyone who has an “idea, a pitch or talent or anyone who thinks they can”, can. Now all I need is some imgination and decent computer.

Harry Potter trailer, books.. long hot summer!

Just seen the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix trailer through the very useful Viral Video Chart. The seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is out on 21 July btw (just pre-ordered mine and one for my sister, then bought another book on gaming while I was there – jings I am such a sucker). More on the ever faithful Leaky Cauldron. The writers on that site must be like 57 now. While you are there, take a look at the “avatar” book covers there designed by fans (I think).

Went to Viral Video Chart just to check out something for work purposes and have now spent quite a long time there.

Speaking of long times. Been bery naughty blogger haven’t I! Need to reboot my mojo.

Magic MIT brush

I was trying to describe this project from MIT researcher Kimiko Ryokai to friends last night. I found the video on YouTube, of course, so thought I would share it again.

Otters holding hands

This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Even those with concrete hearts will like it. And it is not even cat-related.

Low tech hi tech

Loving this low tech hi tech. I want one. heh.

User generated cheater detectives

See, this is why your so-called “user generated content” rules. I love YTwatchdog’s policing job of “cheaters” on YouTube. Every online community has them – trolls, haters, cheaters, griefers…

YTwatchdog, who counts “Your dad” as one of his influences, shows how some are spamming the system with fake accounts – surprise surprise – to appear popular, pushing them up the “most viewed” page. Same old practice for a digital world, but I love the entertainment value like this which spins out of it. Call me simple, but this makes me giggle. You’ll get used to the voice. Reminds me of the early Bluggcast days.

An old favourite

Just rediscovered this sketch of Bush and Blair doing the Weakest Link. I first saw it on telly, on the BBC’s Don’t Watch That Watch This. The ultimate mainstream remix programme for the masses. This problem is it has a really bad title imho. It just does not chime with me when I flick through it on the EPG. Now I have been reminded.

Buxton does You Say We Pay

I posted this from YouTube a few days ago and forgot it did not work.

So here it is again.

The King and Queen of UK daytime TV, Richard & Judy, had a piece on YouTube last week and had some guests on to talk about it. They had the famous YouTube couple who did Dirty Dancing at their wedding (which I thought was incredibly dull), comedians Dave Gorman and Adam Buxton.

They featured some YouTube funnies, but also some of Adam’s stuff, which I love. I even came across his new BBC series Time Trumpet by watching the material on YouTube first.  He told R&J that YouTube was full of this kind of parodying  (see above – great Buxton remix of their competition*) but R&J weren’t the type to sue over something like this were they. Let’s hope not!

*I once got down to the final for this when I was hungover one day off – they were either going to come to me or another person on the line. They went to the other line.

Introducing the book

Tech support woes are nothing new, it seems. Via Nick on the SL educators’ list, via What is the (next) message.

YouTube star goes mainstream

So YouTube funny gal LisaNova has been spotted for her unique take on situations and comedy (very good looking too) has landed herself a spot on the cast of MadTV, a US sketch show. Well done on her. There is much more of this to come, naturally, but good on this particular character. I find her hilarious.

She says she will continue with YouTube, but I wonder if she will a) have the inclination to or b) be allowed too.

YouTube furries

I think I have found some real life furries* amongst some anime “chicks” on YouTube. Check out rabbitinthem00n’s friends too**.If you are unfamiliar with furrie culture online, check out Wikipedia. I want “her” anime mask (not shown in this picture, obviously). Her profile says she is 80. Well, no one really pays attention to that – I am 105 on YouTube after all. But, in this case, she could well be. Who knows?***

*Check out this piece for some Second Life furry background.
**Some of whom border on the slightly dodgy.

***Although her hands don’t look like they belong to an 80 year old.

Masturbating cat

OK – so I am disappointed that after the Big Brother furore, Channel 4 has decided to axe their planned Wank Week.

Shame, I was rather hoping they would feature this video.


Meta meta

So I have been checking in every now and again with LonelyGirl15 and co. I sort of binge on the videos all at once.

Anyway, given that the news came out today that the ARG Perplex City (or Perspex City, as I have been calling it for a long time, ahem) has been solved (a UK man found a red cube in a Nothamptonshire woods and bagged 100k), I was intrigued to see this set of videos from tigerlilylynn.

Now I have never participated in an ARG – too short an attention span and little patience – so I am not sure about all the language and arg norms.

Whether she/he is part of the action and planted as a guide, or whether she/he is a true ARG nut just being helpful, I am not sure. But this has all sparked my interest again and I will now have to go watch all these other characters’ videos. I need to clone my eyes and brain!

Big Media still in the dark

Why don’t Big Media get it yet?

The New York Times reports that Viacom has demanded that YouTube removes 100,000 of its clips from the site, uploaded mainly by the very people it is desperate to keep as the “audience”. If you listen to what YouTubers say about such clips, their take is characteristic of the culture of media that is growing. By letting the “audience” sort out and share the clips it likes most, which “it” thinks other people might like too, there is a great attention generating thing that happens. Some who stumble across such clips while on places like YouTube may never have bothered to watch the Daily Show before. Hard to believe, I know. But by stumbling on it there, who knows – they might be drawn to watch it properly on the tv (cos that screen is still useful to many you know).

Same goes with music clips and film snippits. Anyone who has spent enough time on the web knows this happens.

Boing Boing makes some more serious points about the “shockingly bad behaviour” displayed by all the corporates involved:

YouTube can’t afford to just let any lunatic — including the savage pricks at Viacom — indiscriminately censor the content it hosts. That’s not fair to its customers.

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

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