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Posts Published November 2012

  1. Wreck-It Ralph review - Screw it

    Better Book Covers and I Love Charts review “Wreck-It Ralph”

    Occasionally, Dan Wilbur and Jason Oberholtzer need some time off from writing genre-redefining books based on blogs. They usually watch movies. Then email about them. Spoilers below.

    Jason Oberholtzer: So I saw this movie, Wreck-It Ralph. It wasn’t ground-breaking but it looked really pretty, made me think about graphics and how kids these days are super visually spoiled* and then left me with heart-warming messages of friendship. Maybe it’s because I’m in the midst of one of those intellectual cycles where you return to simple foundational messages or because I watched the movie with an audience of families together for Thanksgiving but I enjoyed the movie and am not ashamed to say it got a little misty in there.

    * Remember how lifeless this sort of animation used to be? Computer-rendered movies were hit or miss (with some massive misses) when I was a kid. Same thing with 3D. Something, something, damn kids … my lawn …

    See Jason and Dan debate the merits of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, with spoilers. »

  2. mischief managed

    #NaNoWriMoClosers: A lot like #NaNoWriMoOpeners, if you can believe that

    The same crowd who started November with #NaNoWriMoOpeners are finishing it with #NaNoWriMoClosers. While the ones below are all great, I’ve missed so very many excellent closing lines from fake novels.

    https://twitter.com/AdrianChen/status/274547136870359040

    https://twitter.com/slennonhugs/status/274527321464111105

    https://twitter.com/mallelis/status/274574150994116610

    See more fantastic #NaNoWriMoClosers. »

  3. Good 10 Guy Greg banner

    Good 10 Guy Greg: He’s a hero, but he’s high as shit

    Good Guy Greg always has your back. 10 Guy is too high to function. Combined, they really aren’t as helpful as they want to be.

    Redditor Medikated resurrected this photoshop combo two days agoIt had a moment a few months ago, but it deserves more attention. Below are my own Good 10 Guy Gregs. Submit one to /r/adviceanimals, or make your own at Quickmeme!

    See 16 more Good 10 Guy Greg memes. »

  4. Ashli Gay - angry lady on YouTube

    This Is Everything: This woman is definitely not real

    I’d like to congratulate these two actresses for their slick duo work. What seems to be the main monologue is in fact a patter set up for the mother’s impeccable timing, as she chimes in like the world’s most depressing hype man.

    No real person could accidentally be this funny. These lines were honed for weeks by the Mr. Show writing team, then punched up by Mitchell and Webb. Each of those hiccups was a carefully timed sapphire placed on this jeweled crown.

    The bit where the mom pulls up her…

    Yes, these women are definitely fake.

    Watch what is clearly an elegant troll by a superteam of the world’s top comedians. »

  5. HireKevin Applebee's Restaurant with Kevin Matuszak

    #HireKevin: Man tries to become Applebee’s spokesman over Facebook and Twitter

    Facebook is topping all our news feeds with obnoxious brand posts, while hiding updates from pages we actually liked. Clicking to hide the post leaves me feeling impotent. My colleague Henry likes to leave stupid comments on these promoted posts, punishing the brands for so desperately chasing his likes.

    It looks like Kevin Matuszak is doing that, but on a grand scale. He’s begging Applebee’s to hire him, in a Facebook comment thread that’s gotten 182 comments and 265 likes. And whoever runs the Applebee’s Facebook page has been responding every now and then, checking on his progress — and then helping him along. They’re trying to turn it into a publicity stunt. A very silly, stupid, actually-fun publicity stunt.

    On Monday, Kevin wrote on the Applebee’s Facebook timeline: “hi, can I work for you?” They replied, “Check if your local Applebee’s is hiring!”

    But Kevin said he wanted a job at corporate. And he kept bugging them. With updates like these:

    See Kevin’s insane campaign to become the public face of Applebee’s. »

  6. Justin Bieber hate on Google Images

    Prolific YouTube User BieberSux69’s Bucket List

    • Find out what the hell a meme is.
    • Lobby YouTube to change their voting mechanism from“Thumbs up/Thumbs down” to “Doesn’t suck dick/Sucks dick.”
    • Personally mediate a settlement to the divisive Eminem/Insane Clown Posse feud.
    • Have sexual intercourse with a robot. Or even a regular person, I guess…in a nutshell, just have sex.
    • Try meth, but know when to stop.

    See the rest of the bucket list. »

  7. Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag sucks

    Why Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” is the worst song ever made

    My first exposure to Wheatus was in 2007, on the old community-run website flashflashrevolution, a Dance Dance Revolution ripoff that involved tapping the keyboard instead of dancing on a pad.

    When the site was still being run as a for-profit venture, it partnered with bands and gave them little widgets to put on their MySpace pages so people could play DDR files (or “stepfiles”) for said band’s song. We had some slightly big names — 5 Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Reel Big Fish. I would play these widgets for quick fun. One day, I came across a widget for a band that seemed familiar. It was Wheatus.

    And I regret that day. Read why Wheatus deserve utter ridicule. »

  8. IDF Twitter Black Friday

    @IDFSpokesperson: A Social Media Success Story

    Always conscious of public opinion, during the recent war in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) simultaneously waged a PR offensive across multiple social networks. On Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, the IDF has posted sharable photos and slick infographics aimed at justifying their military action. One member of the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit has even shared a meme extolling the power of Israel’s vaunted Iron Dome missile defense system.

    The IDF’s official Twitter account @IDFSpokesperson has been especially deft at navigating social media. The size of its online influence dwarfs that of Hamas, whose military wing has similarly used Twitter to posture online. In addition to livetweeting Operation Pillar of Cloud from start to finish, @IDFSpokesperson has deployed hashtags, trending topics, favorites, and other site-specific features to make its case. In one instance, the account piggybacked off the hashtag for the new Call of Duty game, trying to garner support from the teens who are a vital ally to the state of Israel:

    https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/268267807349829632

    In another instance, @IDFSpokesperson reached out to James Bond himself, using the #Skyfall hashtag to pitch a listicle about their military gadgets:

    https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/266862813446807552

    But the IDF has gotten very weird on Twitter. »

  9. Condescending Wonka isn't condescending

    Willy Wonka responds to the Condescending Wonka meme

    My dear friends,

    The internet is a marvelous place. How perfectly astounding it is to learn the secrets of the deepest jungles and most obscure Kardashians, all at the touch of a button! However, the “Condescending Wonka” meme has got me all wrong, and I’d like to set the record straight.

    My protege, Charlie Bucket, insists that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and the Oompa-Loompas have warned me: “What do you get when you go to the press? / Reporters who question your business success.” But I simply cannot bear the idea that I would condescend to children, when in fact, I hold them to quite rigorous standards.

    Take, for example, the golden-ticket holders… »

  10. Facebook copyright notice hoax - Cyber Monday

    Celebrities and newsmakers fall for the Facebook copyright notice hoax

    It’s really sad to see everyone fall for the Facebook copyright notice hoax. You guys realize that just declaring something on your Facebook status doesn’t make it legally so, right?

    See more people in the news, all falling for the Facebook copyright hoax. »

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