Tag Archives: video

the internet is made of cats

Yes. Yes, it is.

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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.

Upstaged and YouTube teams

Now this is exactly what I want to be seeing. *This* is participative entertainment. Check out BBC’s Upstaged.

Hitler explains Second Life

Saw Dave Winer Tweet this and had to repost here. As he says, “Hitler is not funny” but this is. If you don’t speak German and if you know Second Life, that is.
(From CrystalStudio).

CES and catching up

So I did not really have time to keep up with all the news from CES this year given everything else going on right now. I did cover it as a journo once and it was at the same time the most amazing but most exhausting job I ever did. I did some incredible interviews but lost about a stone.

Thankfully Darren Waters, technology editor for BBC News online has this nice little CES in 3 minutes video, and there are plenty of other video reports on that page which have helped me realise I didn’t really miss much this year.

haha! enjoy.