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02:28 pm - Didja see the one where they blow up the beached whale?
The coworker whom I recently referred to as Dirk Danger just discovered YouTube.

Everybody goes nuts when they discover YouTube. At first it seems like just another small step toward mankind's ultimate goal of finding the perfect conduit for delivering videos of groin injuries. You poke around a little, check out censored footage of wardrobe malfunctions, newscast bloopers and videos of eighth graders desecrating your favorite Zepplin tunes in front of their webcam. Eventually you find an obscure, European Blue Oyster Cult video or a clip from American Dad of Patrick Stewart singing Little Girls by Oingo Boingo, and you're hooked. Pretty soon you're staying up until three in the morning e-mailing Bambi Meets Godzilla to all of your friends.

Anyway, that's what Dirk is doing, though in his case, the 3:00 AM bedtime has more to do with his dialup connection than anything else.

For the last couple of days, he's been using his free time at work to find videos that sound interesting. He hasn't been clicking the links, though, because he doesn't want to get caught screwing around. That makes some degree of sense. When I'm at work and I'm worried about what might be lurking on the other side of a link I want to click on, I usually copy the URL into an e-mail and send it to myself. I can look at it later in the privacy of my home, and I don't have to worry about justifying Arfenhouse: Teh Movie as work related.

Dirk has the right idea, but he's going about it the wrong way. He's writing down the titles of interesting videos on Post-It!™s and taking those home where he plans to re-enter the titles into the search function of YouTube. It isn't working very well; the notes he took yesterday were full of abbreviations, and later he couldn't find the videos. Today, though, he's resolved to take much better notes so that he doesn't miss anything. Here's the list he's compiled so far, which he voluntarily copied for me in case I "need a laugh or three later."
  • m80 + bunny = fun

  • memoirs of a geisha and a quarter stick of dynamite

  • lighting farts on fire

  • car darts

  • 20000 bottle rockets

  • exploding panda

  • shark attack

  • faces of death
Looking at that list, I'm not sure whether he's progressed beyond groin injuries, or working up to them.
Current Mood: indifferent"Yeah, 'kay, Dirk. I'll check 'em out as soon as I can."
Current Music: King Crimson -- Lizard

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Date:August 1st, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
Something tells me he's not the type of person to really appreciate Pythagoras Switch.
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Date:August 1st, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
My first impulse was to agree with you, but now that I've thought about it, I'm considering showing it to him. He's the sort of person whose interests are wider than he realizes. That is, he'd probably be impressed by Pythagoras Switch, but he'd never think to look for it because he's too interested in looking for things blowing up.
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Date:August 1st, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)

I think I'd have to rank "20000 Bottle Rockets" as a little more severe than groin injuries. Simple exercise. Call the police, and tell them "Someone's about to get hit in the groin." Note their response time. Now repeat the exercise with "Someone's about to light 20,000 bottle rockets."

I'm guessing they'll arrive faster for the second one.

And c'mon, who doesn't want to see and exploding panda? I want to see an exploding panda. I bet Amy really wants to see an exploding panda

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Date:August 1st, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
And c'mon, who doesn't want to see and exploding panda?

That one sounded particularly cruel, so I asked him about it specifically when he gave me the list. He said that it's a video of a very large, stuffed, toy panda rigged with explosives. That sounded pretty innocuous, so I searched for it when I got home from work.

The bad news is that the search yields only one result, and it is entirely devoid of pandas and explosions.

The good news is that the search result is a Japanese gum commercial. It's short, it's clever, it's Amy-safe, and I recommend checking it out.
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Date:August 2nd, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)


I like the gum commercial a lot. I was afraid to search "exploding panda." I was going to check some of the others on his list but ended up getting sidetracked with different "Algorithm March" segments. I'm particularly fond of this one because I've seen all of the Tokyo landmarks they visit in the video, some of them from where the people are standing. And as long as I'm raving, you may enjoy this parody, described simply as "Parody of a famous video on the internet."
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Date:August 3rd, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)


I especially like the parody, though I think I prefer the ninja algorithm march to this one.
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Date:August 2nd, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Boingo is referenced twice on the cartoon series "American Dad".
1.A cartoon Patrick Stewart sings "Little Girls".
2.Stan dances and sings a parody of "Weird Science" and "Dead Man's Party" while passing through the X-ray machine at the CIA Headquarters.
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i saw the Patrick Stewart epasode this sunday that was Keen
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