Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Last Month Online (November 2017)

I have a LOT more videos than usual this month, so let's just jump right into them!

Biggest news of the month: OK Go is back!!! MY jaw dropped to the floor and stayed there through the whole video. I am in absolute awe of their creativity. This would be an amazing video if they had shot on green screen and built all the effects with CGI and animation, but the fact that this is all practical effects, created with PRINTERS, and more specifically, PRECISELY TIMED printers, is just utterly astounding.

And speaking of people being back! Owl City is back! The first music video for his upcoming album dropped this month, and I love it! :D

Superfruit (Scott and Mitch of Pentatonix) have been putting out some extremely catchy music recently, but this video is one of my favorites. It has just the right amount of weird, random, creative catchiness. My favorite part is definitely the old granny mannequin/morph-suit person. :p

And speaking of Pentatonix, they have bumped up their content in the last couple of months, however most of it is Christmas music, which I am saving for a Christmas post later this month. This one, even though it is used as a Christmas song, is not traditionally a Christmas song, so I decided to include it here, and save the others.

I've never seen Steven King's It, and I don't really plan to, but this parody, starring everyone's least favorite Star Wars character, Jar Jar Binks, just absolutely cracked me up.

I don't think I've featured Alex Boyé in awhile, let's remedy that with his epic new cover of Imagine Dragons' Believer!

I. Love. Melodysheep.

I honestly never thought I'd feature this song on my blog. It was everywhere this summer, and I was kind of sick of hearing it, but leave it to Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui, & co to come up with a version I really liked. :)

I'm sure you've never heard of Adler Davidson, he's a very small YouTuber, but he deserves to be bigger. I absolutely loved this video he put out, I've played it on repeat so many times. He is such a weird, hilarious genius.

Side note: I've actually had a customer get wildly, and furiously, offended at me for saying, "Have a nice day," before, because "It's none of you business what kind of a day I have." So that part actually made me laugh for more than just that it sounds ridiculous. It may be ridiculous, but it's also true. I don't know if that's hilarious or sad. Maybe both.

This is probably the least weird video that Poppy has ever made. But I still loved it for the song, despite the video's relative normality. It still had a semi-creepy face-less mop creature playing an electric guitar, so at least it had a little something extra there for me. :p

This extremely short video showed up online out of nowhere this month, and I fell in love. I've lost count how many times I've watched it and showed it to people. Who knew that a spider could be so adorable!?

This was originally an animation test by an independent animator, starring his nephew Lucas as Lucas the spider, but he has since rebranded the channel around the character and made another short! I hope he keeps going! I need a steady supply of Lucas in my life!

I already loved this song by Selena Gomez and Marshmello, but as usual, I think I like Mike Tompkins' version better.

I will never not be utterly amazed by World Order's (Dancing? Acrobatic? Choreography?) skills.

We'll end this post with another hilarious Studio C sketch. I never watch Saved By the Bell as a kid, but I loved this sketch. It perfectly captured the cheese of the era, and added heaping helping of Studio C's hilarious brand of brilliant weirdness.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wonderland Wednesday: Ukrainian Alice in Wonderland Music Videos

So today's post is going to be a little different. This blog post was written to be a companion to today's video on my YouTube channel. As most of you know, my longest running YouTube series is Wonderland Wednesday, and today's video (which is my season finale) is all about a series of strange music videos that I found while browsing YouTube one night. I don't have a whole lot of context for them, except that they are from a Ukrainian musical, and information about that musical is extremely scarce, at least in English. I used Google translate and copy/paste searched a bunch of Russian(Ukrainian?) text and found some info, but not nearly as much as I'd have liked. I really wanted to find the movie itself, but that search turned up nothing. I did find the trailer though, so if you're interested, here's that.

So this blog post is basically a compiled resource for my followers on YouTube to come to watch the music videos themselves. You probably won't understand anything in them, I know I don't, but I still enjoyed watching them, and the music was pretty catchy. If you did not come here from the video, and would like to watch it, I will have that included here as well.

Basically all I know about these videos is that they are from a Ukrainian, made-for-TV Christmas/New Years Alice in Wonderland musical. I have not been able to watch the movie itself, so I am simply guessing what order these should be in, based on  my knowledge of the book, and the content of the videos. Which I don't understand. So it's entirely possible that I'm completely wrong. Oh well. I enjoyed these anyway. If you know me, you know I love a lot of music from all over the world, so this was just right up my alley. The music in these videos are all extremely catchy, and they have a surprisingly high production value, so even if you don't speak Russian, or Ukrainian, or whatever language it turns out that they are using, you should still enjoy at least a few of these.

In case you're interested, the artists and title translations came from this page.

Irina Bilyk - "I Got Involved up to my Ears"

Alexandr Krivoshapko - "I am Your Chebuvashka"

Svetlana Tarabarova - "World of Wonders"

Jamala - "Simple and Easy"

Dima Kolyadenko - "Aphrodisiac"

Potap & Nastya, Alexandr Krivoshapko - "It's Like Beating on a Drum"

Sergey Pisarenko & Evgeniy Nikishin - "Oh Mamochki!"

Anastasiya Stotskaya - "My Knave"

Vitaliy Kozlovskiy - "Not Mine"

Anastasiya Stotskaya - "You are Only Mine!"

Vitaliy Kozlovskiy & Svetlana Tarabarova - "You and I"

Laima Vaikule - "Make the Wish"

Cast - "Welcome New Year!"

Edit 11/30/2017: Holy cow! It took less than 24 hours before one of my subscribers was able to track down the full movie for me! I am shocked! Thank you, Matthew Darby! I will link you to the page with the movie below, in case any of you want to watch it! I think I'll have to review the full movie now!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

#TrueFacts 27

Did you know that during Daylight Savings Time, if you keep turning back the clock, eventually you'll end up in the time of the dinosaurs? #TrueFact

Did you know that the dirty bomb was invented by a terrorist who tripped and fell into a mud puddle? #TrueFact

Did you know that Groundhog Day was originally called Ground Sloth Day? The poor ground sloth went extinct during the six weeks of winter that he himself predicted, so the groundhog was elected to take its place. #TrueFact

Did you know that the Super Bowl was invented by the American Poultry Industry as way to sell unwanted chicken wings? #TrueFact

Did you know that gummy worms are made by feeding earthworms liquid jello and putting them into the fridge to solidify? #TrueFact

Did you know that 12 is sometimes equal to 11, but only on the fifteenth of Octember? #TrueFact

Did you know that during the average lifetime, most people will swallow at least 7 squirrels in their sleep? #TrueFact

Did you know that down south, during any rare winter weather, it is tradition to harvest and deep fry the icicles? #TrueFact

Did you know that if you insert a fresh lily pad into a record player it will play Rainbow Connection? #TrueFact

Did you know that today was yesterday, tomorrow? #TrueFact

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Last Month Online (October 2017)

Okay, as you can see, I've decided to change the title of this series. Again. Previously it was called This Month in Internet, but sometimes it's just too hard to get everything ready to go on the last day of the month. I usually ended up writing it on the first and pre-dating the post anyway, just for the sake of the title. So yesterday, November 1st, I was too busy, trying to get a video up, running errands, and scheduling an online meeting with a friend to film a video for a new series, and I just didn't have time to blog. Rather than beat myself up about missing an arbitrary deadline, I'm moving the deadline. By changing the title of the series. It's now called Last Month Online, technically giving me a full month of leeway, but I'm still going to try to have it up at the beginning of the month.

Anyway, now that that's over with, let's get to the new logo, and on with the post!

Since October is Halloween Month, let's just get my one Halloween video out of the way. I know you probably just want to move on to the next holiday, but I promise this one is worth it. Plus, like the movie it came from, you could also classify it as a Christmas video. :p

Ellen just seems to have a knack for finding the most talented kids from all over the world. I don't know how she does it, (actually I probably do, she can afford to pay people to scour the internet looking for talent.) but however she finds them, I'm glad she does.

Walk Off the Earth's Taekwondo was my jam this summer, and I am loving this acoustic version.

This video is criminally short. Like, how dare he make something this amazing and only give me 60 seconds of it!!!

Mystery Guitar Man is back! Okay, this was only one video, and it was a sponsored video, so he's not really back, I wish he'd make more videos like these again. I guess I'll just enjoy this one for a year and a half (or just a few months if I'm not being overly dramatic. :p) till some other brand gives him some more money. :p

We'll end this with another amazing video from Lindsey Stirling. Technically I could have use two this month, but the other one was a Christmas video to promote her new album, so I'm saving that one for a future Christmas post. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Amazing Trick-or-Treat Ideas 2017

So, today, (yesterday if you're reading this when I post it) October 30, at around noon, I decided to look at my Time Hop app, the handy app that takes you back in time to see yon posts of yesteryear, (I mainly use it to find and delete old embarrassing social media political posts that my younger, stupider self thought were a good idea to share with the world) and I was reminded of my yearly tradition of writing a post of alternative Halloween candy ideas. I had completely forgotten about it, which is also apparently becoming a yearly tradition. So since I have to work at 5 tonight, apparently I have just a few hours to write up a post. I suppose I could do it when I get off work, but I think I write better under pressure. Let's see if I can do it. If you're reading this, I probably did it. :p

For those of you who are new, every year I like to come up with new, amazing things for you to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters. After all, you want to be the most memorable house in the neighborhood, right? Well if you follow my advice, you'll certainly be memorable. It's up for debate whether that's a good thing or not.

If you're interested, the previous years' posts can be found at these links:
2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016

Candy - No not edible candy, Aaron Carter's hit 2000 pop single 'I Want Candy' covering the 1982 pop smash by Bow Wow Wow, which was itself a cover of a 1965 song by the Strangeloves. You can give out one of the originals too, but you're going to get egged. Oh who am I kidding. You're going to get egged anyway.

A Haunted Diadem - Do you have an ancient, cursed crown that's just swarming with ghosts, who never leave you alone, and are always opening your cupboards, looking for food they can never eat, and occasionally flushing the toilet and playing (admittedly catchy) Turkish pop music just to mess with you? Well, when you get a Trick-or-Treater around who you particularly despise, probably that rotten neighbor kid who shaved and painted your cat that one time, just give him the crown, and your troubles are over! It's perfect! If his parents complain, you can just act like they're crazy, because ghosts aren't real, right?

Cucumber - Just leave a cucumber on the porch.

Raisin Boxes - This one's a bit tricky, but for this one, just put all your real candy into raisin boxes. That way all the spoiled brats won't take any, and you can keep it all for yourself. And if they do take one, well, they must be a very polite child, and therefore they deserve the candy.

A Trick - Kids always say Trick-or-Treat, so why not call their bluff? This year, when they say Trick-or-Treat, wordlessly pull a rabbit out of a hat. When they applaud, go back inside and shut the door.

Another Trick - When the kids all say Trick-or-Treat, do some kind of a sick skateboarding trick, or a sweet bike jump. Grind down your porch rail, and ride off into the night!

A Mean Trick - Just swipe all their candy and go back inside. They asked for a trick, and they never specified what kind. Legally you are totally in the clear. Probably.

Trix - Just pour some Trix cereal into their candy bag. It's a treat and a pun!

Marbles - Marbles are pretty cheap right, right? All you have to do is dress up like a little old lady who can't see well. The kids will just assume that you mistook the marbles for candy and will be too polite to say anything, saving you a TON of money on candy. If they do say something, you can just give them a Tic-Tac out of your purse, because what self-respecting little old lady doesn't keep Tic-Tacs in her purse? And if those little rotters complain, you can just pelt them with the marbles, while screeching at them to get off your property. It's a win-win either way.

Tea - Open the door dressed like a proper British Lady, complete with the fanciest, most unnecessarily elaborate gown you can find. Bonus points if you dress as the queen and wear a crown. This goes for guys too, the exquisite gown, as well as the most exaggerated, high pitched falsetto voice you can muster, are an absolute must for this one, no matter your gender. Optionally, you can also wear some giant fake teeth if you want, but that's probably racist, so maybe you better not.

In your worst British accent, screech at the little tots that approach your door, "CHEERIO MY DARLING, I'M SIMPLY CHUFFED TO BITS TO SEE YOU!!! WOULD YOU LIKE A SPOT OF TEA?!?!" And then proceed to pour boiling hot tea out of your finest china teapot, directly into their candy bag. "HOW ABOUT A CRUMPET?!?!" and throw one of those in too. "BICKIE?" and just dump a whole box of digestives in there as well. If they start crying, whether in fright, or because you just melted all their Twixes and Kit-Kats, exclaim, "BLIMEY!!! THIS DOES THROW A SPANNER IN THE WORKS!!!" and turn around pretending that your husband is inside.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

#TrueFacts 26

Did you know that the term "Fast Food" was coined by a caveman chasing a velociraptor? Needless to say, that phrase lasted a LOT longer than he did. #TrueFact

Did you know that emus are the ballerinas of the avian world? Angry, vicious ballerinas. #TrueFact

Did you know that sneezes are caused by tiny nose gremlins firing little cannons out of your nostrils? They're at war with the microscopic gnomes that live on your throat, making you cough. #TrueFact

Did you know that sneezes are caused by nose demons from the sinus dimension? The sneezes are your nose's attempts at a nasal exorcism. #TrueFact

Did you know that a sneeze is the byproduct of your own forgetfulness? Every time you forget something, the thought travels out of your brain, through your sinuses, and into your nose, where the exposure to the intense amount of oxygen, (and maybe your nose hairs) causes your thought to violently explode inside your nose, causing the sneeze. #TrueFact

Did you know that I can purposely contradict any facts that I choose? I can do whatever I want! No one can stop me! #TrueFacts are mine alone to control! Mine! MINE!!! HA HA HA HA HA HAAAA!!!!! #TrueFact

Did you know that there is an island near Easter Island called Halloween Island? It is populated by 40 foot high, stone skulls. #TrueFact

Did you know that pizza is the world's least healthy vegetable? #TrueFact

Did you know that the gas giants in our solar system are all bubbles, blown by a cosmic space entity named Timmy? Timmy also likes playing with rocks, and he left his collection out between Mars and Jupiter, which is why we have an asteroid belt. Timmy needs to listen to his cosmic space mommy and pick those things up before his cosmic space daddy comes home and steps on one. #TrueFact

Did you know that before Instagram, people had to wait up to 10 years for pictures to decay enough to be presentable? #TrueFact

Saturday, September 30, 2017

This Month in Internet (September 2017)

Not that many videos this month. Not sure if it's because my favorite creators haven't been putting out as much stuff, or if I'm just not watching as much as usual. I have been getting busier and busier with my own YouTube channel, which does leave less time for watching other people's oh well. I do have a few videos to share, so let's get on with them!

Peter Hollens released a video with 'Ten Second Songs' that I just loved, which is ironic, because I actually really don't like this song, but they managed to put a spin on it that I loved.

Also I now really want Peter to sing more opera songs. :p

A channel that I recently discovered, 8 Bit Universe, released an 8-bit cover of Toto's Africa. I never knew how much I needed this to exist!

The Warp Zone did another of their geeky acapella themes, this time mashing up the various themes from different Star Trek shows.

I haven't really gotten into Star Trek yet, but I remember watching Voyager quite a bit as a teenager, so when that part of their compilation came up, I got a bit of a nostalgia hit. :)

There haven't been that many updates to one of my favorite websites, homestarrunner.com, in recent years, but on their twitter account, run by fan-favorite character, Strong Bad, they have been releasing these ridiculous little drawing 'tutorials' by Strong Bad. They've all been funny, but this one made me laugh a lot.

We'll end this post with another Kulning video by Jonna Jinton. I just love her voice. She's like a vision of a time, long, long ago.