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And we’ll send you either the Box of Wonder or The Book of Truth. You know, if you’re very easily fooled. Or want a weird souvenir.
And here’s some behind the scenes footage (including me smashing the shit out of a tripod) courtesy of our collaborator, Damie:
Old Spice meme is Old. We have Young Spice. Allow me to explain.
I do a lot of my video development with my friend Adrian Calear who is very well know in Melbourne comedy circles as both a performer and director. Adrian and I recently met Michael (the young man in the video below) at a mini-gathering in Melbourne. He was here getting some treatment to make sure his body doesn’t reject a bone marrow transplant which was itself treatment for a second round of blood cancer. Which is clearly shit-heaps fun.
And yes, I said second round of blood cancer. Michael has previously been treated successfully for leukaemia. So we figured he should have some fun while he’s here. We worked on a few ideas and techniques then shot this video. I think he’s done a damn fine job for his first time on camera.
After we watched the video, we realised the fact we had used a blue sheet as the backdrop meant we could have some fun with chroma-keying (AKA BlueScreening) and so started messing around. Then we remembered we had a friend who has quite a good studio set up with a green screen so we’ve come up with a collaboration project that we’ll be unveiling soon.
In the meantime, this video is a teaser:
In the eternal quest for internet domination I got together with a few friends to try and come up with a song. Not just any song, mind you. Given the viral nature of cat videos and how songs are always popular we decided to come up with a song for Mistress M’s cat, Boo. Here’s the result:
There are some very good singers at work here but we may still have a little work to do. And in response to some recurring comments on YouTube, I feel compelled to point out that there was no alcohol or drug consumption involved in the making of this video.
Not that I have anything against that sort of consumption, it’s more a case of being surprised that there is a subset of people who seem unable to understand that creativity, fun and/or any behaviour slightly left of centre does not necessarily involve imbibing substances.
And if you liked that video, here is the whole improvisation session, unedited:
Flooding in Queensland has caused a disaster areas more than twice the size of Texas and it’s getting worse. You can help by clicking here to donate to the official relief fund.
I’ll be donating the money I earn from the YouTube partner program for the next week so share this video around and you’ll also be helping! The more people who know about this, the more we can help.
And regarding the Melbourne YouTube gathering, here is the video from Kimmi:
When: Saturday, January 22nd 2011
Where: Federation Square meet in front of the Giant Screen/Stage.
Time: 12pm – 3pm (hopefully it’s not too hot!!)
I know this was a little late but I didn’t get this on video in time to make it a Christmas video.
Just before Christmas, we adopted a new kitten from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne. Shadow has well and truly made herself at home in our house and it turns out she really likes Christmas trees. As in, really likes to destroy them. Oh well, it was time to take it down anyway.
I don’t do new year’s resolutions – never have. This is a resolution for other people. I’m allowed to do that – declare resolutions that other people need to follow. It’s one of my official powers.
This is a video for sharing with those in need – namely if there’s someone you think is being a dick, send them this and they might mend their ways. We can always hope.
The music at the start and end of this video are two different pieces of theme music created for me by YouTubers. That’s right, I need more than one theme tune. Deal with it.
The hip hop theme at the start was done by NSG
The heavy metal theme at the end was done by Shaun/Blordough
For my last video of 2010 I decided to inaugurate the TFU Awards, the first annual awards recognising the most totally fucked up of all the stories I noted for Totally Fucked Up Friday. It certainly wasn’t an easy task but I gave awards in four categories:
Most TFU Moment in Racism
Most TFU Moment in Law enforcement
Most TFU Hypocrite of the year
Most TFU Trend of the year
One of my favourite things that have come out of creating the “Angry Aussie” character is the contributions fans of my work have made. From people who have collaborated in videos to people who have created music especially for me (notably NSG, Vortex and Blordough) to people who have created artworks, I’ve been continually surprised and delighted by people’s contributions. Not least because I’ve never asked people to do these things for me; they felt inspired to do it themselves.
I am always blown away by the work DrakeMagnum does for me (it features on the backrops I use for videos and several t-shirts) and he’s just done this piece which makes for an awesome commemoration of the recent visit to Australia by my friend Cory AKA Mr Safety of SMP Films.
This piece is inspired by this video shot in Adelaide:
And just because I like theme, here are a few more DrakeMagnum designs:
In many and indeed most cultures, the killing or assassination of enemies is sanctioned and sometimes even encouraged in their warrior traditions.
For example, the Bushido holds that the warrior is as a cherry blossom – brief and beautiful and doomed. Comparable to the beliefs of the Amerindians whose mantra of “Today is a good day to die” propelled the warrior into a state of selfless focus and allowed him to kill guiltlessly without fear of death.
Consider the desert assassins from Arabia and Africa – their technique was to become the wind and the sand, assuming an elemental aspect similar to the Shaolin monks whose reverence for life is suspended while they were a force of nature.
Of course, in a lot of cases, such as the Incas and Aztecs, killing became ordained. Made holy by sacrifice and sacred duty. As with the chivalric knights Templar, a vigil or prayer and fasting is observed before the killing, making it a de facto church execution thus guaranteeing absolution from sin.
Mr Lurksalot has his own philosophy:
I thought I’d see how many Three Letter Acronyms I could squeeze into the title. For my Weekly TFU (Totally Fucked Up) Friday video, the central story I commented on was the new invasive “security” procedures being put in place at airports in the USA by the TSA. There are many reasons this is TFU – it doesn’t work, it’s being abused and there are much less invasive options that would work better.
What interests me is that the TSA may have finally pushed things too far. All of their bullshit procedures have been more about theatre than effectiveness – it seems the appearance of doing something is more important than actually doing something effective. But this seems to be the tipping point. I’ve never seen so much negative press and threats of public revolt at any of their other ridiculous charades. All of which is leading up to a proposed Opt Out Day. And some truly inventive suggestions for revenge.
An unexpected bonus was when an excerpt from this video was used to illustrate a story on CNN. Seeing as that is unlikely to be a permanent link, plus my appearance is so brief you might miss it if you blink, here’s a screen grab to prove I was there:
This is about the fourth time this presenter, Jeanne Moos, has used one of my videos to illustrate one of her stories (she does the “off beat” stories). I should make friends with her – maybe I can get a whole video on CNN one day.