Ever wish you could download a video from YouTube? A useful tool I came across: iTube lets you plug in a URL of a YouTube page and automatically download the video to your hard drive as an MPEG.
I never knew Steve Irwin was so loved and respected. So loved that even the Stingray Wikipedia entry has been held hostage by rabid Irwin worshippers. And so the information war begins…
Finally, watch Iran’s Iron Sheik go nuts– and be glad he’s on our side now!
A hilarious nugget conspiculously absent from the mainstream media:
Stephen Colbert, (again, inexpicably) invited to give the closing speech at the White House Correspondents banquet absolutely destroys Bush to his face, along with more than a few n’eer-do-wells. Although Stephen stayed in character, this is definitely a different persona than the one he plays as host of his own show. The material is biting and ruthless- you can feel how uncomfortable and tense the room is during the bit. Even though his material was more relevant than it was ‘funny’ in the classical sense, it was… refreshing, to say the least. The Colbert Report often seems like The Daily Show with more one-dimensional gags and less substance. It was good to see Stephen show some teeth, and my opinion of him has definitely been boosted more notches than one.
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Say it ain’t so, Mr. T.
Was anybody as shocked and dismayed as I was to see childhood hero and 80s legend Mr. T appear on a Comcast commercial? Just hearing Mr. T utter those most profane words, “It’s Comcastic!” made my stomach turn.
This is NOT the same Mr. T who once taught me to “Be Somebody or be somebody’s fool.” Mr. T is now very clearly somebody’s fool.
Yet another reminder that every conceivable nugget of nostalgia will be cheapened and pimped out for whatever meager value a marketing campaign can squeeze from it.
In case you’re wondering- Comcast sucks. Comcast is one of a few giant cable corporations that have regional monopolies across the country (consider evil-twin Adelphia in southern California). Consistent with the dubious “monopoly” label, Comcast is notorious for its laughable service, non-existent comittment to the consumer and the community, and decided lack of a modern pricing scheme. There are downsides to deregulating industries, and if Comcast is to be allowed to be the sole provider on their cable, they should at least be compelled to donate a small portion of bandwith for public consumption. Of course, that’s too much to ask. I’m not the only one who thinks this way. How about you?
Something can be done. Something will be done. Stay tuned.
I’m usually not one to fawn over flash and web-based games, but this deserves special mention. The Anti-Bush Game, from the good people over at emogame.com, manages to be hilarious, inspiring, offensive, disgusting, and depressing all at the same instant. Your team consists of ‘Real Americans’: Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, and an obsese He-Man, (along with ten ‘secret’ characters.) The game is a typical side-scrolling affair deep into the bowels of the White House, Hell, and other pertinent locations. Most fascinating are the educational nuggets scattered throughout; each stage is preceded by an animated lecture on the (disastrous) effects of certain Bush Administration policies, with the first half of the game focusing mostly on (irresponsible) tax cuts. Sound dry? It’s anything but. Well-written and often savage rhetoric combine with good research and poignant facts that need to enter the American consciousness. Throw in some brilliant and well-placed 80s video game sound effects and the perverse joy of leg dropping Tom Ridge and Karl Rove and you’ve got a near-classic, despite the button-mashing gameplay. “Hulkamania is running wild like never before!” It sure hasn’t. (more…)
Check out these bizarre nuggets-
Behold- McDonald’s THE GAME
This flash game, which has somehow miraculously evaded the watchful eye of McDonalds’ intellectual property lawyers, puts YOU in control of your very own McDonalds empire. Micromanage every detail from dealing with rebellious and insolent staff, creating a brilliant and persuasive ‘brand image,’ to managing pesticides and growth horomone levels! It’s all here! You simply should see for yourself, before its gone- and it will be.
Also of interest: check out the hottest new video from those sophisticated media barons over in North Korea: a little anti-american jam entitled ‘Fuck’N USA.’ Propoganda in the music video form- who knew? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Anyone else find this disturbing? Could your friendly neighborhood blog/news/porn site be next?
Let’s talk priorities.
Finally, is this real?