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You may have heard about the latest “internet craze”, ChatRoulette.
It’s a video chat site with a twist – it hooks you up with random strangers who you can either talk to, thus reaffirming their faith in human nature, or crush their fragile self-esteem by taking one look at them and clicking disconnect with extreme prejudice.
Of course, given human nature, and the internet being what it is, you’re as likely (actually, let’s be honest, several times MORE likely) to be confronted by a strange man who has forgotten to put his trousers and pants on as you are to strike up a friendship with a like-minded individual who is happy to discuss the socio-economic problems facing society in the wake of the global economic crisis/climate change/the finer points of Twilight saga with particular emphasis on the hotness of the actors in the films/who’d win in a fight between Superman and The Hulk.*
That said, some people are getting creative and having non-naked fun with the concept of ChatRoulette. None moreso than this talented guy, who goes by the name Merton:
Thanks to mojo-mafia for the heads-up on that one.
Incidentally Jon Stewart ran a hilarious segment on The Daily Show last week about the dodgier side of ChatRoulette and the media’s usual understated reaction (i.e. outrage and hysterical scaremongering) to internet stuff they don’t really understand. The joke being that the only people you can connect to on the site are naked perverts and hysterical journalists looking for naked perverts to be outraged about.
If Hulu works in your country, you can watch the full ChatRoulette segment on The Daily Show website here. If Hulu hates you and laughs in your face as it kicks you in the nuts with its ludicrously restrictive access restrictions, you can see the best part of The Daily Show segment in full in the following MSNBC news report:
* Delete as appropriate.
Yes, I know,I know… these Downfall parody videos are 10-a-penny now, most of them are rubbish and irritating and the last thing you need is another idiot blogger foisting yet another three minutes 49 seconds of sub-par Hitler ridicule on you.
This one parodies the parodies and perhaps draws a line under a craze that has run its course. It’s even written by proper TV writers and everything.
Put it this way, it’s possibly the only one of these that has made me laugh out loud.
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On the tenth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
sent to you…
A TV geek’s Christmas dream come true.
Today’s Christmas post is one for the Choob’s fellow TV geeks.
It’s a compilation of all the BBC’s Christmas idents (those little scenes with the BBC logo that accompany the continuity announcments between programmes) from 1983 right up to 2006.
For completeness, here are the 2007 idents. Note that the BBC2 ident was reused in 2008 and 2009:
Here is the 2008 BBC1 Wallace And Gromit ident, plus the shorter “stings”:
Here’s a rather splendid live performance of the show’s theme tune by a Scottish band called Electric Thistle (sorry, I know nothing about them), apparently recorded in Aberdeen’s Jazz Cellar on February 13, 1996.