That’s a Mermaid?

It’s amazing what YouTube throws up in it’s ‘related videos’ section:

For me, that’s not a mermaid. This is a mermaid:


I’d have loved to see Tom Hanks fall in love with the top one though.

Pre-YouTube Silly Moments In Techno

I should probably start a separate category in the blog for this stuff. It just seems to keep on coming…

I loved this clip for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a bunch of cheeky young ravers from Edinburgh. I would have been living there at the time and I’m pretty familiar with their ilk.

But the best thing about the clip is that it’s from a time way before YouTube. These guys were playing to the camera for no other reason than just mucking about. The only outlet for this stuff used to be You’ve Been Framed, and I don’t think they were going for that…

Thirdly it’s been recorded on Betamax which means there’s a load of ‘non-digital artefacts’ in the clip. The tracking being slightly off in places, moments of tape slur and more.

If you get bored jump through it, there’s new characters, new styles and so much more to see…

Awesome Elvis Dancing in The Park

Another bit of creative dance from elsewhere in the world…

Thanks to Mr Polaine for the link – genius.

Food Fight

I found this movie damn impressive, but the sound’s a tiny bit oppressive…

Food Fight is an abridged history of war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression.

The movie site is here.

via: ThreeMinds

Comments and Community on YouTube

Knotty commented on the YouTube Cyber Haterz thing with:

I don’t know why people even bother with YouTube comments… Imagine if you had to listen to every bitchy comment people made to their TV?

I was thinking about that when I posted the clips.

I was thinking how sorry I felt for the kids that had posted the original clip. They were only having a laugh.

Then I thought about how they’d just have to not look at the comments and responses. I think if I was them I’d just move on and ignore it. Or at least I’d try to. But it’s really hard not to look at what people are saying when you know they’re saying something. I guess that’s just human nature.

But if you didn’t have comments on YouTube there would be no sense of community. And there are plenty of people who do think that YouTube is a proper community. These guys from the SouthTube get-together certainly do. And a couple of them acknowledge that even the haters have a sort of role in the community.

I’m not saying that I agree with them, they certainly feel pretty strongly about it though.

International YouTube Skate Cyber Haterz

This is one of the best little YouTube community dramas that I’ve ever seen.

I’m going to try and tell the story as best I can, but I’m sure I’m not going to do it justice…

It all starts with popininmyhood posting this video entitled Quadruple Kickflip.

It’s one of those videos where something ‘scary’ happens unexpectedly, sorry if you hadn’t read this and it shocked you.

By giving the video the title ‘Quadruple Kickflip’ popininmyhood has managed to rack up over 2.5 million views of this clip. But what he’s also done is really piss off a load of people who thought that they were going to see some kid pull of an impossible skate trick (at least I’m pretty sure it’s impossible under normal conditions).

The clip has got 80 video responses. And they’re almost universally handing out really severe abuse to popininmyhood. Now I’m not one to condone abuse of anyone or anything, but some of this stuff is oddly entertaining. Some of it is funny just because the haterz are complete dweebs. Other times their responses have got something quite special about them. I’ve pulled out the most interesting ones I could find.

This dude is angry (and he uses swearwords – bad swearwords) – but he’s also pretty comfortable in front of the camera:

The art of the parody is not lost on the young:

This shows a use of mixed media hating and a Perez Hilton style overlay:

I’ve got no idea what Hugh Jackman has done to upset this dude with the big hair. But he’s really upset, so much so that he’s wishing death on things:

I don’t like the start of this kids clip, but I think his response gets pretty fair and measured towards the end:

What can we learn from this:

  1. Don’t fish people in with juicy worms and then trick them
  2. Kids are really horrible
  3. Kids are very sophisticated in terms of producing their horribleness
  4. Horribleness is international
  5. Dudes in wigs hate Hugh Jackman
  6. YouTube is a kind of community

Star Test

From back when computers were really cool (the late 1980s I think).

A Channel 4 show where celebrities were interviewed by ‘a computer’. I used to love Star Test. I can’t remember why, but I did.

Loon Dancing to Make You Feel OK

I rarely get angry. It’s not in my nature. But I got an email today that made me so angry that I really felt it, physically. The only way I could shake it off was by watching people dancing like loons. It made the bad feelings go away. Even if you’re feeling tip-top, I hope these make you feel even betterer about life…

(They’re kind of like UK jump-stylers…)

And here’s a face for the future. He keeps up the pace for over 4 minutes which is no mean feat. He’s incredibly in time for a 3 year old and I love the style in the middle, kind of like fencing. Looks like the back hand would be great at clutching a bottle of lager during dancing – a useful skill for later. Superb.