#12 – June 10 2013
Making Google Translate Beatbox for you!
Open a new browser window/tab
Go to Google Translate: https://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=TT
Select both FROM and TO languages as GERMAN
Copy and paste the following text into the box:
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Now hover the cursor over the speaker icon (notice it now says “beatbox”)
#11 – June 6 2013
The Lonely Island is composed of three very funny guys: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Andy was a cast member, and Schaffer and Taccone were writers on Saturday Night Live until 2011/2012 when they quit SNL to, I’m guessing, focus more on making this awesome music – think Weird Al Yankovic updated for today:
Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton)
‘Michael Bolton nerds out on movies’
Threw It On The Ground
“happy birthday to the ground”
#10 – June 05 2013
Happy Wednesday! This came up on an episode of Good Job Brain I listened to recently (I’ve been going back and re-listening to try and make these facts stick in my brain) and instead of learning anything else from the episode, I stopped it immediately, went to youtube and searched this video:
Kid of the 80’s/ early 90’s? You’ll likely know every word and the dance to this one. Enjoy! 🙂
DO THE BARTMAN!
#09 – June 04 2013
RIKER SITS DOWN
(Yes, this is a repost of the very first thing I posted – but I didn’t know wordpress then, and had done it all wrong! Hopefully it will be better enjoyed in its new position.)
SPEAKING OF POSITION… I watch Star Trek TNG a lot – I mean, many many times a week I am in front of Star Trek in one way or another – and I had NEVER noticed this before. Pretty awesome move, man, pretty awesome move. Enjoy!
(“only try this yourself if you are confident of both chair height/width AND your own flexibility” – The Bruise on My Inner Leg
#08 – June 3 2013
Living in Toronto has been an interesting ride these past few years. G20 riots with car fires and substantial damage, headline-catching dismemberment murder investigations, power plant relocation costing over $800M, and now, allegedly, our mayor does crack. Funny stuff, all in all, if we lived in an episode of Arrested Development or Portlandia. But we don’t, and it’s not funny anymore….. by itself anyway.
For those of you who came across this post on a fact-finding mission, see below the video for a timeline of the “Mayor”‘s crack scandal. For those who already know too much and just want to laugh at it, here is Charron’s video for ‘Smoking Crack With Rob Ford’:
March 7: Sarah Thompson (magazine publisher and former mayoral candidate) accuses Rob Ford of grabbing her ass at the CJPAC Action Party on International Women’s Day. She and others purport he was “quite drunk or high on something” and not acting like himself. At the time, “alcohol problems” were the suspected cause.
May 16: Both Gawker.com and local Toronto Star reporters claim to have seen a cellphone video that appears to show Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The reports cannot be verified. Video is thought to be with suspected Somali drug dealers, who will pass over the video for $200,000 (The Star). John Cook of Gawker.com describes the video as follows:
“Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is the only person visible in the frame. Prior to the trip, I spent a lot of time looking at photographs of Rob Ford. The man in the video is Rob Ford. It is well-lit, clear. Ford is seated, in a room in a house. In one hand is a a clear, glass pipe. The kind with a big globe and two glass cylinders sticking out of it. In the other hand is a lighter… He is red-faced and sweaty, heaving with each breath. Finally, he finds his moment and lights up. He inhales.”
May 17: In response to questions about the video, Rob Ford dismisses the allegations as “ridiculous” and calls them a Star smear job. Kickstarter campaign is started to buy the video called Rob Ford Crackstarter.
May 18: City councillors begin calling on Ford to address the allegations properly.
May 19: Ford cancels his weekly show on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010.
May 20: Late-night TV host Jay Leno playfully mocks Ford, saying, to be fair, “there’s not a lot to do in Toronto”
May 21: Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart, make fun of Ford and the scandal.
May 22: Ford’s brother, Coun. Doug Ford, blasts the media and Gawker, and defends the mayor.
May 23: Ford fires his chief of staff, Mark Towhey who is escorted out of City Hall by security. Ford’s office states no reason for Towhey’s firing. One city councilor said it was over a football dispute (as Ford had been fired as a volunteer high school football coach). Other reports claim Towhey was escorted out for telling Mayor Ford to seek help.
May 24: Ford finally speaks more than one word on the accusations, and denies he uses crack cocaine. He takes no questions, but states:
“I do not use crack-cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack-cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen, or does not exist.”
May 25: The Globe and Mail runs a cover page article alleging that Doug Ford was a hashish dealer in the 1980s. Doug Ford denies the allegations (but does admit to smoking cannabis in his youth). Dog Ford’s lawyer calls the Globe and Mail’s use of unidentified sources “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism.”
May 26: Ford appears on his weekly radio show for the first time since the scandal broke. He denies that the video at the centre of the scandal exists, and calls members of the media “a bunch of maggots.”
May 27: George Christopoulos (press secretary) and Isaac Ransom (deputy press secretary) quit their jobs. While Rob Ford states the resignations are “business as usual”, The Star suggests he was caught completely off guard.
“In full view of journalists Ford, trailed by a city hall security guard, paced around the mayor’s suite looking into the emptied offices, appearing agitated,” according to The Star.
Also on May 27: Globe and Mail reports that Toronto police interviewed a Ford staff member, and asked them for information about a possible link between the alleged video and a recent homicide. Gawker’s Cook noted that his source provided a photo of Ford standing with an alleged drug dealer, Anthony Smith, who had been murdered in March.
ALSO on May 27: Gawker reaches its fundraising goal to purchase the alleged videotape. Unfortunately, the page states that they have lost contact with the people who possess the tape (and that due to all this attention, it will take a while to complete the “very delicate transaction” if they are ever able to find the sellers again).
May 30: Reports start to surface that Ford told staff members “not to worry” one day after news of the videotape surfaced because he knew exactly where to find that tape. He then reportedly gave them a specific address.
Also on May 30: Toronto Police arrest and charge 23-year-old Hanad Mohamed in connection with Anthony Smith’s murder. (Police had already charged Nisar Hashimi, also 23, in connection to the same shooting).
ALSO on May 30: two top staffers, Brian Johnson, policy advisor, and executive assistant Kia Netajian, resign. Twitter a buzz with Ford staffers dropping like flies.
#07 – May 30 2013
Running hella late this morning sweeties, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
Came across this link on facebook and laughed so hard I cried. Way to go to ALL of the parents out there using their creativity to bring up their kids.
#06 – May 29 2013
Now that I have your attention 😉 I am a fan of all things Star Wars, and, that being said, I also am a fan of continuity mistakes and inconsistencies that make watching Star Wars that much more fun. While searching for a book recommended to me (from the Star TREK franchise – The Nitpickers Guide To Star Trek TNG), I stumbled across this website that itemizes and categorizes all the “mistakes” in Star Wars (and many other movies!!!!). One day I will have the time to transcribe these all into one blog posting, but, for now, here are some of my favourites (and the link so you can check them out yourself!).
“Continuity: The first interior shot of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit shows small hanging dice. In every other shot, however, the dice are gone.”
“Revealing: In the Death Star corridor leading to the Millennium Falcon, just before Han says “Didn’t we just leave this party?” you can see Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammill’s shadows on the wall as they await their cue to run in.”
“Continuity: When Obi-wan and Luke are watching the hologram of Princess Leia projected onto a small table, the objects on the table change position and number in each shot.”
“Visible Crew: When the Falcon is in the Death Star hangar, a scanning crew is sent aboard to find passengers, one of the stormtroopers walks straight past the camera and its shadow is visible on his leg.”
#05 – May 26 2013
For those who are not in the know: This is a screenshot from a side-scrolling arcade shooter video game from 1989 called Zero Wing, perhaps the most famous badly translated video game in history. The game developers: Japanese-based Toaplan (published by Taito) had no idea their inadvertent translation errors would cause such a lasting social sensation. During a cut scene (at the beginning of the game) the villain made hundreds of grammar nerds giggle with the threatening phrase “all your base are belong to us”. The cut scene back-and-forth below:
Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Captain: It’s you !!
CATS: How are you gentlemen !!
CATS: All your base are belong to us.
CATS: You are on the way to destruction.
Captain: What you say !!
CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time.
CATS: Ha ha ha ha …
For nine years this gem stayed relatively dormant until an unknown DJ, Jeffery Ray Roberts (JRR) of Laziest Man On Mars came out with the tune “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” using music from Zero Wing and the iconic line “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US”.
From there it spread like wildfire! BOOM! Wired magazine wrote an article (on February 23, 2001) mentioning the trend, then later that month, mention of “All Your Base” also appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Memepool and Metafilter. On March 7, 2001, USA Today mentioned it as well comparing it to the use of “WAZZUP” (from the Budweiser commercials). It is also reported that in February 2001 the US Military had borrowed the phrase and incorporated it into their marches.
“All Your Base” even appeared on a news segment:
The following list from “KnowYouMeme.com” chronicles important dates:
- 1989: English version of Zero Wing is released in Europe, featuring a variety of Japanese translation errors.
- 1996: Steve Caires, an American expat living in Tokyo, begins posting pictures of poorly translated commercial signs and designs on his website, which evolved into a unique genre of internet humor known as Engrish.
- Early 1998: An animated GIF version of Zero Wing’s opening cut scene is posted on Rage Games’ quote page (now defunct), then later reposted to Zany Video Game Quotes.
- June 5, 2000: OverClocked releases the ‘Zero Wing Dub Project’, adding home-rolled voiceovers and sound effects to the dialogue, suggesting what The Captain, CATS, and The Operator game characters might sound like.
- September 2000: All Your Base infiltrates the highly active Something Awful forums, a community well known for the users with pro-photoshop skills. The discussion thread explodes, growing to over 30 pages, spawning more than 2000 images.
- November 14, 2000: SA regular JRR releases “Invasion of the Gabber Robots”, a remix featuring some of the original soundtrack with Dub project voiceover. The song would eventually become the official unofficial All Your Base Belong To Us anthem.
- Spring 2001: The viral catchphrase hits the mainstream with coverage on CNET, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Register, and the Daily Mirror, one of the first instances of a web meme with major mainstream recognition.
- February 27, 2001: “All Your Base Are Belong to Us” makes its debut at #46 on the Lycos 50.
- March 2, 2001: The Dutch railways website is hacked to display the phrase, “ALL YOUR TRAINS ARE BELONG TO US.”
- 2003: The meme quickly crosses into the real world. Universities are bombed with leaflets declaring that all their bases now belong.
- April 1, 2003: In Sturgis, Michigan, a group of teenagers placed All Your Base signs all over town, interpreted by unwitting officials as a “borderline terrorist threat”.
- 2004: North Carolina State University students hack the phrase onto the news ticker of a live television news broadcast, FTW.
This whole thing touches me on another level, too, because, you never know which mistakes you make will be the ones that matter, so, make mistakes, be silly, be honest, be YOU! Learn, grow, do, move forward!
#04 – May 25 2013
This is an oldie but a goodie! If you’re a cat lover, or bad editing lover, or silly things lover, you’ll love this.
#03 – May 20 2013
Do you have a YouTube account? Do you, like me, since the merger of YouTube and Google, have MULTIPLE YouTube accounts? I got stuck in the tech-loop (since receiving my iPhone almost three years ago) and now I don’t even remember what videos and playlists I’ve saved to which account. Or, at least, I didn’t until very early this morning when I searched though my old accounts finding AWESOME GEM after GEM. Below are a series of three videos by an artist named Liam Kyle Sullivan, under his female character KELLY. Best internet sensation character to date. WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND THEMES NSFW (no nudity)
These are in the order I like them, from bronze medal to gold.
BRONZE MEDAL – Let Me Borrow That Top:
“….with something hard and sandpapery!”
SILVER MEDAL – Shoes:
OMG GOLD MEDAL – Text Message Breakup:
“I’m going to send that guy a douche-bag in the mail”
#02- May 16 2013
So, you know when you mute your TV and then talk over the characters on-screen to make up your own version of the program? (What? no? only me? sigh – well then, have you ever watched Mystery Science Theatre 3000? Same idea). Well, these guys ( do it professionally, and do it well! Their latest video is from The Walking Dead, finally tapping into my geekery (although their ‘NFL’ and ‘Eye Of The Sparrow” videos are pretty hilarious too).
Go ahead and watch! I dare you not to laugh. 😀
#01 – May 14 2013
If you haven’t seen this dude already, he is fantastic. Some of my friends have asked me how to make a Tofurky Roast before, and from this moment on this will be the video I send them!
“….. perfect for the celebration of pagan/christian holidays, or native american holocaust!”