Numa Numa Half-Time Show

posted by Stal on 2009.10.26, under Stal

Gary Brolsma, the Numa Numa guy, conducts the MSU marching band half-time show. This warms the cockles of my Dinkles.

The original video:

Facebook be in other landlubber tongues

posted by Philomela on 2009.09.14, under Philomela

Pirate Flag

Me matey taught me a pretty slick trick t’ turn Facebook into Pirate Speak. T’ celebrate “International Talk like a Pirate Day” I be goin’ t’ set me Facebook tongue to “English (Pirate).”

(Settings – Language – “English (Pirate)” 3/4 down the list)

50 Internet Infographics/Flowcharts

posted by Stal on 2009.08.21, under Stal

For your procrastination pleasure, Coed rounds up some of the internet’s best infographics. Some of these have been previously publicized here, but there were many that were new to me. To whet your appetite, I’ll start off with “How much this graph reminds me of Mr. T”:

Other highlights:

Where Exactly is the Friend Zone, a demonstration in set theory

Features Offered by an Iphone and a Stone

A Guide to Understanding Flow Charts, for that extra-meta touch

Extreme Pool Jump

posted by Stal on 2009.08.19, under Stal

An awesome clip of a guy rocketing down a hill and landing neatly in a pool:

Pretty nifty, eh? The comments section, of course, is littered with cynics shouting “FAKE!!1!” and unfortunately, a little digging reveals that the stunt is indeed a trick of the camera, and was intended as a viral ad campaign for Microsoft, to boot.

So, how did they really do it?

It’s a case of creative compositing, meaning that the clip we get to see is based on multiple elements that were combined together to create a final video. A stuntman slides down the slide, secured by a rope. Then there’s a body flying through the air, which is animated. And finally, the big splash. “He actually jumped from a wooden ramp into the pool,” explained Koenigs. Of course, you don’t get to see any of this in the final clip, thanks to careful editing that makes it look like a single take.

Here’s a short clip demonstrating the stunt technique:

Still hella cool, imo.

Dickipedia: a wiki of dicks

posted by Philomela on 2009.06.18, under Philomela
18: is a parody collection of satirical biographies “about people who are dicks”  produced by comedy news provider Comedy 23/6. It is an unaffiliated spoof of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, self-described as “a monolingual (English), Web-based, free content encyclopedia project with information about people who are dicks. The word “dickipedia” is a portmanteau of the word “encyclopedia” and the word “dick.” Dickipedia does not contain information about people who are detectives.”

Blogging the internets

posted by Heath on 2009.05.28, under Heath

Since this blog has been heavily focused on internet culture, I thought I would keep my first post on-topic.

First, from the British magazine Prospect (via NYT), apparently they need an e-mail tax:

The time has come for a public sector remedy: a tax, perhaps no more than 2p, or 3c, on every email sent. Opponents will argue that collecting the tax is impossible or unfair. Yet the status quo is unworkable. Since early 2007 the global volume of spam has more than trebled. To stop this blizzard of unwanted messages, ISPs and most large businesses spend a sizeable chunk of their IT budget filtering out obvious junk. Despite this, most of us spend time each day clicking “delete”—and the deluge is getting worse. A unit tax on email would stop most spam.

The article brings up many of the most obvious objections; however, IMO, life would be less interesting without random people sending me e-mails with titles like “Become Superman” and “You Russia lvoe is her!”

In other internet culture news, the president is apparently planning on appointing a cybersecurity czar.  The czar “will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser”.  The czar will also be tasked with making sure nobody hurts the talking kittens. (h/t INFRASTRUCTURIST)

Meatspace vindicated

posted by Diomedes on 2009.05.26, under Diomedes

As many of you are well aware, I’ve been campaigning for years for the use of “meatspace” as ooposed to “real life”. The idea being that your life didn’t magically pause when you logged online, and your interactions are indeed real, only in a virtual space. Hence, “I did X in cyberspace” or “I did X in meatspace.”

Today, Cracked ran an article on 15 new words added to the OED. One of them was “Meatspace.”

I smiled, IMS.

Meme Scenery

posted by Stal on 2009.05.26, under Stal

You’ve seen the videos. You’ve sent them to others dozens of times. But can you name the internet meme based purely on the background?

New parlor game: Meme Scenery

[ Hat Tip: MW ]

The wolf shirt makes it to the BBC

posted by Diomedes on 2009.05.21, under Diomedes

There’s been, well I’m not sure it’s a meme, but more like an observation that’s circled the internet for several years about Wolf T-Shirts and those who wear them.

The idea is basically if you think back, somewhere in your past there was probably a very awkward, or strange person, and they were probably wearing a wolf t-shirt in many of your memories. The observations have become very nuanced, but in general, I think it caught on because almost everyone I know can think of someone who fits into that stereotype.

Anyhow, following in the tradition of other amazing amazon reviews that went viral, such as the Bic Pen reviews such as Good if you need to write on paper, Uranium ore or even fresh whole rabbit, the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt reviews went viral. Sales were boosted enough that the BBC ran an article on it. Enjoy, I did.

Getting back to the true URL

posted by Diomedes on 2009.04.30, under Diomedes

As URL modifiers become more popular both on the internet and on this blog, you may wonder to yourself, “Is there a better way to get back to the original URL than hoping for a preview or relying on their honesty? What if they take me to goatse?”

For those of you concerned about this, consider the Long URL Please Firefox addon.