Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Awesome Music Videos of 2015

As always, this generation know nothing!

In my day we needed a pencil to rewind the cassette tape. We had to know how to clean the needle on a record player.

It isn't a lot of spend on the videos that makes them awesome - but they do know how to rock a music video.

Here are my top 5 of 2015

5. Laser-eyed robot sharks. Basketballs on fire. Some serious swearing in this one too!



4. Macklemore is always exciting and interesting. This video is no exception. A real 80's twist to a 2015 original.



3. Some awesome remaking, on a budget, of some other music vids from all time



2. Puppets. Shiny dancers. Missy Elliot and Pharell Williams - so you know its going to be crazy!



1. Sia - Elastic Heart

Choreographed to perfection. Acting is electric. Music is addictive too.




So what did I miss out or just get plain wrong?


kthanxbai!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Possible, Beneficial And Worth Doing

Like most people, I love the idea of getting something for nothing. It's the reason i am so into solar powered products and recycling.

So where would the first 'Zero Waste' town be? New York? LA? San Francisco? Some hippy commune in Arizona?

Actually, it looks like it might be a rural town in Japan:



So yes, it is possible, it is beneficial and it is something that we can all do!

kthanxbai!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Love Me Some YouTube


I Do Love Me Some YouTube!

When locked into my tiny cubicle at Work I tend to hide the aircon and peripheral noise with headphones. And what better way to listen to music and watch crazy vids than the Tube that is You?

My faves in 2015:

5. Crazy Plastic Ball PRANK!!



4. Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon.



3. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke - and why JB isn't as evil as we all like to say.



2. Dwayne Johnson's Shake It Off

Its another lip-sync, I know, but it's a chap called The Rock who is going to be singing a girlie-girlie-girl song.



1. The SuperBowl ads this year were rather boring, even for an advertising geek such as myself. Instead, as my pick for best video of the year, I pick a video that has made me smile, made me frown, made me think twice about life. You know, because that's what YouTube videos should be doing!

John Legend - All of Me




YouTube themselves have created a video which tries to capture the essence of the most popular 2015 YouTube clips



Personally, I think they fail. Don't get me wrong, I love Google. I live for Google! But this video just tries too hard. And thus fails. Its like they're saying all the punchlines to 101 jokes that we only know a few of.

Kthanxbai!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I Don't Know Bryan "Pink Lightning" Warnecke

And neither do you. He lives with a disease that affects everything he does, but his story and hopes for the future give us a new look at OneRepublic's hit 'I lived'.

'Don't give up' and 'live every day like its your last' are phrases we've all heard from teachers, gurus and parents.

'Hope when the water rises / You've built a wall' - strong words from a parent to a child, but even more resounding when they talk to a young man with Cystic Fibrosis.

OneRepublic's album of 2014 had a hit single with "I Lived". Their video for that song was rewritten to highlight the fight and struggle that Cystic Fibrosis sufferers go through.



The song, above, follows Bryan's life and the differences between it and a 'normal' childhood.

The message of both "I Lived" and Bryan's life can be summed up with his statement: "I want to make the most out of my life and have as most fun as I possibly can. My biggest fear is not being able to do that."



kthanxbai!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Social Media Helps 14 Year Old Muslim Get Released

In the last few weeks there have been quite a few stories about social media in the news. I'm not even going to touch on the different police-based viral campaigns from the summer!

Yesterday was unofficially 'arrest a teen for carrying a clock day' in Texas, so they did just that. A kid called Ahmed said that he had made a clock at home and brought it to school to show his engineering teacher.

He said his engineering teacher had congratulated him but advised him "not to show any other teachers".

I guess he did.



Here is the clock:



Not much to it, and I guess I can see where the police were coming from. But taking him away in handcuffs? Really?

It wasn't only me who though that the local PD had gone a bit 'over the top' in their following of the law:


So @POTUS got in on the act. 


and so did many ordinary people


Mr Zuckerberg himself got in on the act too.



kthanxbai!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

James Cordon, Bringing It



So James Cordon has been doing a marvellous job as the host of The Late, Late Show. I even mentioned the hesitancy I had about claiming he was the next best host in my blog post 'There's a New Kid In Town'.



Proof of his awesomeness?





and of course:



Go on, you know you want to!

kthanxbai!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Longmire Is Back



The long awaited Season 4 of the critically acclaimed Longmire is coming soon on Netflix.

Here is the trailer:



So whats it about? Its a cowboy story, a Western if you will. But its more than that.

There's drama, there's comedy, there's romance - a little bit of everything.

Watch it. Honest. it's great.

Oh, and thanks, Netflix - you rock!

kthanxbai!

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p.s. - the soundtrack to the trailer is pretty neat too - recognise it?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Allergic Reaction to this Video

There must be some dust in the air as my eyes are welling up!



Thank you. Welcome home.
Posted by 9NEWS (KUSA) on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bonding With Bond

Recently I have had a lot of time on my hands in the evenings. After crowdsourcing for data there were quite a few movies to watch.

The Hobbit trilogy was visually stunning, but plot-wise boring. Guardians of the Galaxy was fun, as was Spy. Glorious Basterds was odd, as was Edge of Tomorrow. Surprisingly for me, as they are such behemoths, were Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, specifically.

And now there is another in the pipeline:



With 5 million views in the last 2 days I think there might be a few others out there who are looking forward to it as well!


kthanxbai!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Comes in From The Cold!


Being a child of the '70's I remember the original Man From UNCLE. It was a bit staid after watching my real uncle in 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' but the truth is, that era really was very interesting, and chilling.

When there really was an obvious threat of nuclear attack the world's superpowers were definitely professional, determined and capable and that is what made UNCLE such a believable story. Today? I don't think the urgency or desperation can be understood as well.

Fast cars, loud guns and action sequences are always going to be hits at the box offices so I guess we'll hear good things about the film.

Personally? I like the chic aspect to the chaps from UNCLE - very James Bond...



Oh, and the original had Ducky from NCIS in it - always a crowd pleaser!

kthanxbai!

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