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Rick Rolling

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It may not be the latest music video, but it’s latest internet craze. It’s called “Rick Rolling” and it’s pretty clever if you ask me. How does it work? Someone sends a link to a website, video, etc. to an unsuspecting friend. They click on it and are taken to a website and shown the music video for the 1988 Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Apparently over fifteen million people worldwide have been Rick Rolled and it’s the most viral internet video of all time to date. I was Rick Rolled a month or so ago by fellow blogger Kamen after reading his blog post on it.

If you go to the website yougotrickrolled.com and click on “Videos,” you’ll see all the funny ways people have been tricked. The funniest? A basketball game is Rick Rolled with an appearance by Rick Astley himself! Sorta! The largest? The Mets game, opening day. The strangest? At a Scientology protest. All these videos and more are on that page.

This has been going on a while now, but the whole thing got a lot bigger when YouTube redirected every video on the site to “Never Gonna Give You Up” on April Fool’s Day.

It’s amazing to me that this guy, with the sunglasses he wore and moves he had in this music video, was once considered trendy and cool. But times change. I mean I think it’s so cheesy it’s awesome. And plus I don’t dance much better. Seriously I’m not kidding. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about, too! This music video came out the same year I was born.

I now have only one question remaining: What in the heck is this guy doing below? He’s the bartender in the music video. Too funny.

 

Paula Deen Is Crazy, But Entertaining

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So I spent some time at home with the family last night because it seems I’m always gone. We went out to dinner and then got home and were flipping channels. My mom stopped on the Food Network (big surprise) and we watched the show “Paula’s Party” with Paula Deen. Okay, I wasn’t really watching at first, but then I started noticing all the crazy stuff she was doing. I really should have gone upstairs and hooked my digital cable box to my computer and recorded it, if not to upload to YouTube, just for future entertainment. She’s so over-the-top crazy, at least she was on this episode, I couldn’t believe it.

Now granted she is a likeable woman with southern charm and hospitality, she was ridiculous on this episode. First, she had Billy Joel’s new 20-something wife, Katie Lee Joel, on to help her make some kind of dessert that combined chocolate, caramel, and every other sugary substance known to mankind in a way that should require that it’s served alongside a portable defibrillator. It was pretty much a heart attack on a plate. Well, Paula didn’t waste any time shoving the thing into her mouth and smearing it all over her face as she did it. Nice.

Oh but it gets better. Her next guest was some Austrialian guy that owns “chocolate restaurants” all over the world. He brought these huge slabs of chocolate with him to cook with, which he melted in a bowl. Paula then proceeds to stick her fingers in the bowl and smear chocolate all over his bald head while laughing hysterically (she sounds like a mad hyena or something).

She’s a nice lady and all, but man. She’s a little out of her mind if you ask me. I seriously thought I was watching an SNL or MAD TV sketch. That’s how ridiculous it was. Seriously. She also makes really strange faces all the time as she stuffs the food in her mouth that she just made. This short clip sums up a half hour of them on this episode.

Music Monday: David Guetta – “Love Is Gone”

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So today for Music Monday, I wanted to feature something a little different from what I normally post. I like a lot of dance music, mainly after discovering the BPM channel on XM Radio in my car late last year. A lot of people who hear it in my car quickly say “I don’t like techno,” and, well it’s dance music. Techno is completely different. I don’t like techno all that much either. But I love dance music, and this one’s a great tune from world-renowned DJ David Guetta, featuring the vocals of Chris Willis. This one will get you on your feet.

2008 Deep Run Marathon Dance Opening & Closing Videos

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I finally figured out how to compress these videos for YouTube and still have them look relatively decent. I made them for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Deep Run Marathon Dance and had a ton of fun doing it! Can’t wait for next year.

Opening Video (shown at the opening ceremony to dancers to get them pumped up for the 27 hours ahead):


Closing Video (includes charity interviews, dance footage (cut out for YouTube time restraints), and a dramatic grand total at the end):

The 2008 Deep Run Marathon Dance Raises $105,931.81 For Local Organizations!

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I still can’t believe just how much money was raised at this year’s Deep Run Marathon Dance. $105,931.81! I headed up the Film Crew this year and had so much fun filming throughout the duration of the 27 hour dance. I’ll talk more about how that went in a moment. But I made an opening video to get everyone pumped, including a pep talk from the movie Miracle, that was shown before the dance started, then had a closing video at the end that included interviews with leaders from all ten of the benefiting organizations, video footage from the dance, and a dramatic grand total at the end.

I was kind of on the edge of my seat at the closing ceremony because it had taken me eight hours to compile and edit the closing video and I didn’t even have time to render a DVD. So I basically just played an AVI that I exported to my computer and held my breath hoping my Mac wouldn’t freeze while playing it. It was a huge 2.5 GB file, so I had plenty reason to worry. Fortunately it didn’t freeze and I think it turned out pretty good. I had been up for just about 40 hours straight by the time I finished it, so I also wondered if I had made any big editing mistakes based on the fact that I was so mentally tired I didn’t know what I was doing. No one had even seen the video but me until I presented it to hundreds and hundreds of people at the closing ceremony. But there again, it turned out pretty good I think. Both videos will be posted later today and will be accessible here, on my YouTube page, and Facebook.

I was on the fence about whether to do this on an annual basis, but after doing this for my second year in a row and seeing the energy, enthusiasm, and huge benefit of this dance, there’s no question that I’ll do this again every year. It was so liberating to be able to head up my own video project and manage five other people who filmed the dance this year. I usually work under other people and have less creative control. It was great for once to be able to have the final say in what was produced and call all the shots, with no one to tell me otherwise. Because of that, I was a lot less frustrated and more motivated to produce a great end result. It was an amazing feeling (and that’s not a knock on anyone I normally work with, because they do great work; it was just a big thing for me personally). It was also cool to be recognized for once and I was honored to be so warmly received at the end.

Some have said that I should focus even more time on other video production efforts instead of doing this, but I would argue that it’s something that I’m really proud to be a part of and have so much fun doing it because of the role I’m given to creatively produce something really exciting and unique. Plus the end result is amazing. An event that raises almost $106,000 for charity is something really spectacular to be a part of. I may even consider taking on other projects and helping out other charitable causes around the area at their respective events because I found working with the Deep Run Marathon Dance to be very impacting and rewarding. It was just incredible.

Winning Streak

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I must be on a winning streak. I somehow won something else. I was informed by email this morning by a local radio station that I won tickets to see Blind Melon in concert tonight at The National downtown. I don’t think I can go, though, so I’m giving the tickets away. You might remember their song “No Rain” from the ’90s. I’ll post the video below. Wish I could go to the show, they’ve done some really good stuff.

Music Monday: Pat Monahan – “Two Ways To Say Goodbye”

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Pat Monahan is probably my favorite musician at the moment, out of all of the different music I listen to. He’s incredibly talented, and I think when he was the lead singer in Train, he was held back creatively in many ways. He was just way above the songs Train was producing, musically speaking. He’s much better off on his own, in my opinion. There’s no music video for this song, but he’s one of those artists who sounds even better live than on their albums. The song is called “Two Ways To Say Goodbye,” off his first solo album, “Last Of Seven,” that references the fact that he’s the youngest of seven children in his family. This was recorded at a radio station in Long Island. Take a listen.

HD DVD: Pull The Plug Already!

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Toshiba’s HD DVD format is pretty much completely dead. It’s been a long, drawn out, horrendous death, with Blu-ray stabbing it in the back repeatedly. It’s about time someone pulled the plug on the life support so that we can move on and prices will drop on Blu-ray discs and players as they begin to replace DVDs over the next few years (Don’t worry, your DVD library will not be obsolete, as Blu-ray players are backwards compatible). Another great thing about a single format is that you’ll now begin seeing Blu-ray players come standard in computers and other devices over the next year or two.

Four of the six major movie studios have yanked any and all support for HD DVD away in favor of Blu-ray, and now Netflix has made a solid blow at the format, choosing to do the same. Seems similar to the VHS vs. Beta tape struggle of the 1980s, only this time Sony is on the winning side (they developed the long-lost Beta tape and are now behind the Blu-ray technology).

Netflix chooses Blu-ray over HD DVD

Each week, we seem to see more signs that HD DVD is brain dead. Someone just has to turn off the life support. The latest sign: Los Gatos-based Netflix, the DVD rental service, said [Monday] it is phasing out HD DVD deliveries and will only support Blu-ray DVDs by the end of the year. The company will not be purchasing any more HD DVDs and will only be buying next generation discs in the Blu-ray format.

Netflix said the decision was based on the fact that four of the six major studios have publicly declared exclusive support for Blu-ray. The biggest one, of course, was Warner Bros. which made its announcement last month on the eve of the CES show in Las Vegas. “We’re now at the point where the industry can pursue the migration to a single format, bring clarity to the consumer and accelerate the adoption of high-def,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix.
It’s not such a big surprise that Netflix went to Blu-ray. Competitor Blockbuster made a similar decision last year.

The question is when does Toshiba, the company behind HD DVD, finally throw in the towel? The company responded to the Warner Bros. announcement by cutting the price of the HD DVD player. But the writing seems on the wall. HD DVD can still live on as a kind of premium DVD player, with its ability to upscale current DVDs. But as far as a true next generation DVD player, it doesn’t appear like people are gonna be looking in HD DVD’s direction.