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- 05/13/15--21:20: _Food Captchas
- 05/13/15--22:08: _HotDiggedyDemon
- 05/14/15--08:40: _Bara
- 05/14/15--09:58: _Bloodstained: Ritua...
- 05/14/15--10:51: _Freebooting
- 05/14/15--10:51: _KC Green
- 05/14/15--13:12: _RNGesus
- 05/14/15--13:55: _Jem and the Hologra...
- 05/14/15--21:11: _Christ-chan
- 05/14/15--23:09: _Daisuke
- 05/14/15--23:38: _Voriki: Toa of Energy
- 05/15/15--04:13: _WatchMojo
- 05/15/15--07:25: _Augumented Reality ...
- 05/15/15--08:23: _GitHub
- 05/15/15--10:45: _Wolfram Alpha
- 05/15/15--13:09: _Azeem Ward’s Flute ...
- 05/16/15--09:51: _Fight Me IRL
- 05/13/15--01:54: Sundowner
- 05/13/15--04:17: A Weapon to Surpass Metal Gear
- 05/13/15--07:30: Matthew McConaughey Reaction Videos
- 05/13/15--21:20: Food Captchas
- 05/13/15--22:08: HotDiggedyDemon
- 05/14/15--08:40: Bara
- 05/14/15--09:58: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- 05/14/15--10:51: Freebooting
- 05/14/15--10:51: KC Green
- 05/14/15--13:12: RNGesus
- 05/14/15--13:55: Jem and the Holograms Trailer
- 05/14/15--21:11: Christ-chan
- 05/14/15--23:09: Daisuke
- 05/14/15--23:38: Voriki: Toa of Energy
- 05/15/15--04:13: WatchMojo
- 05/15/15--07:25: Augumented Reality / Virtual Reality
- 05/15/15--08:23: GitHub
- 05/15/15--10:45: Wolfram Alpha
- 05/15/15--13:09: Azeem Ward’s Flute Recital
- 05/16/15--09:51: Fight Me IRL
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Sundowner is one of the primary antagonists in the action hack and slash videogame Metal Gear Rising: Revengance, being the leader of the terrorist group Desperado Enforcement LLC. Online, Sundowner is widely used as a reaction image for his memorable and somewhat goofy facial expresions, and associated to a series of catchphrases from the game, most prominently “I’m Fucking Invincible!”.
On February 19th, 2013, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was released in North America for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. In the game main’s campain, the player control the cyborg mercenary Raiden, who eventually must fight the mercenary Sundowner.
“A Weapon to Surpass Metal Gear” is a catchphrase from the end of the E3 2013 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain extended trailer. The phrase is often used to describe abnormal machinery/weapons, much like tacticool, and because of it’s ambiguity, it has lead to many online discussions about what could actually surpass a metal gear. Because of it’s use in the trailer, videos with the phrase often contain the song Sins of Our Father or Nuclear playing in the background.
On June 10th at E3 2013, Konami presented an extended version of the trailer was played at the Microsoft Panel. After the end of the credit sequence in the trailer, Revolver Ocelot is heard narrating the scene and saying the phrase before Snake rides off on a robot. On June 11th, the trailer was uploaded to Konami’s YouTube (shown below).
Ocelot: He mentioned something interesting, Cypher is pursuing new research. He claims what they’re doing in Africa is the missing piece, a weapon to surpass metal gear."
On 4Chan’s /v/ board, discussions regarding the phrase began immediately after the trailer announcement with several users theorizing that the phrase may refer to The Les Enfant Terrible Project.
Discussion about the phrase can be found on sites like The Metal Gear Wikia, Metal Gear Informer, IGN, 4chan, Gamefaq, Reddit, and Tumblr.
On July 18th, 2014, YouTuber Yuyu13379 uploaded a video with the phrase as the title of their video which showed a remote controlled dildo machine powering up and driving to a woman’s car window before spinning wildly (shown below, left). The video gained 169,000 views and 3,400 likes since being uploaded. On February 2nd, 2015, YouTuber João Mostarda uploaded a video called “A /v/ to surpass Metal Gear” as a collaboration video of many Besiege contraptions (shown below, right). The video gained 333,000 views and 6,000 likes in three months.
On March 26th, 2015, popular Tumblr user catdog supremacy posted that her favorite meme is the phrase. Within a month, the post has gathered more than 13.000 notes. On April 3rd, 2015, Funnyjunk user joelizardman uploaded an image using the phrase as the title which shows Carl Wheezer from the 3D animated series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius riding a two legged vehicle. Within a month, the image has gathered more than 4.700 views and 69 upvotes. On May 8th, 2015, Funnyjunk user Common Pepe commented to an image by brcstar about a box that can unfold by itself, calling it “a weapon to surpass metal gear”. The comment subsequently gathered over 569 upvotes.
On May 7th, 2015, Imgur user TrijezniMujo uploaded an image with the phrase for the title which shows a glitched character in a video game. Within 6 days, the image gathered over 6.400 views with 158 points.
Editor’s note: WIP. This entry major spoilers from the movie Interstellar
Matthew McConaughey Reaction Videos referess to a series of remixes of a scene from the 2014 science fiction movie Interstellar, where the main protagonist Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) reacts to something.
In the movie, after a planetary mission went horribly wrong, Cooper and the group return to their space ship only to discover that due to the nature of the blackhole that was near the planet they visited, the group was in that planet for over 23 years. Cooper then started watching all of the recordings that was sent to him from earth within that timespan which got him very emotional.
On December 28th, 2014, the McConaughey Reacts youtube channel was created. On the same day, the channel uploaded its first videos which features Matthew McConaughey Reacting to Keyboard Cat. On December 29th, the channel uploaded another video in which Matthew McConaughey Reacts to Grape Stomping Lady. Together, both videos accumulated over 9.000 views as of May, 2015.
On Apr 16, 2015 A video on youtubed was uploaded by the user “oskararnarson” The video was called “Matthew Mcconaughey’s reaction to Star Wars teaser” What this video showed was the scene where Cooper(Matthew Mcconaughey) where he is in space watching the videos sent by his family, however in the video rather than showing the videos sent by his family the editor of the video put the Star Wars trailer making it look like he was reacting to the trailer rather than the messages.
Food Captchas is apart of the captcha system for websites. Mostly recognised on the anonymous posting board 4chan, where the poster has to select two pictures of the required post in order to send their post. The captcha system received much criticism from users for being annoying and worse then the old system.
The system was originally tested on /pol/ when moot had begun to fool around with the board, including adding autoplay and adding a word filter. However, the captcha remained when the board was returned to normal, and later was spread to the whole site. Although the new system was complimented for being faster then the old system, users complained about the captcha being annoying,
HotDiggedyDemon is the online handle of the American web animator Max Gilardi. Gilardi is most well known for his series PONY.MOV, a bizarre parody of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as various other parodies and original series such as Jerry and Wacky Game Jokez 4 Kidz.
Gilardi signed up for an account on the media portal Newgrounds in 2003. He posted his first animation, The Story of Skunk Head in November of the same year, which won Daily 4th Place the day after it was uploaded. In December, Gilardi uploaded Adam Android Strikes Back, which won Daily Feature.
In 2007, Gilardi uploaded the first entry to the series Jerry to Newgrounds, where it won Daily Feature and User’s Weekly choice; the YouTube version of this animation, uploaded in 2009, has gained over 1.8 million views. In 2009, Gilardi created an official Twitter account. In 2010, Gilardi created Wacky Game Jokez 4 Kids, a parodic series based around a cynical character named Mickey the Dick being forced to create video game-centered comedy sketches for the Internet. In 2014, Gilardi uploaded the short Luigi’s Day Out, which featured an alternate interpretation of the Super Mario franchise, and which became one of Gilardi’s most viewed non-PONY.MOV animations. In 2015, Gilardi uploaded Fazbear & Friends, a Five Nights at Freddy’s parody that gained over 3.7 million views.
Gilardi’s most famous work is PONY.MOV, a series of parodies based on the animated television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The first episode, APPLE.MOV has been viewed over 10 million times since its upload in October of 2011. The third episode, SHED.MOV, has slightly more views than the first episode. The series spawned a spin-off Tumblr ask blog featuring the series’ interpretation of the character Applejack, as well as a Twitter feed for Paco, a Mexican boy who was shown to work as a laborer for the series’ version of the character Rarity.
WIP. Entry dedicated to
Mr.J, Twenty-One and Chris “PimpAbra”, the biggest bara lovers on KYM<3
I don’t actually like bara ok – Mr. J
Bara (also known as Men’s Love) is a genre of fictional media that depicts homosexuality between hypersexualized men, though characters can range from “ripped” to “burly” to “bear” and beyond.
The origin of the word itself is not clear. It was first used in a mainstream setting in the title of a semi-nude photobook featuring gay author Yukio Mihima, Bara kei, published in 1961. In 1971, the magazine Barazoku became the first gay men’s magazine to be sold in mainstream bookshops in Asia, where it and the shortened form “bara” quickly grew to prominence. In contrast with Yaoi, bara is predominantly authored by gay men for gay men, while yaoi is largely marketed towards women and features more traditional dominant and effeminate roles.
Gengoroh Tagame, considered the most influential creator of gay manga, credits the beginning of modern gay erotic art to the fetish magazine Fuzokukitan which ran from 1960 to 1974. Though it included heterosexuals and lesbians, the magazine gradually increased its gay content and articles, and featured mostly male erotic cover art. It also featured American physique magazines and artists, such as Tom of Finland. Fuzokukitan’s editor, Mamiya Hiroshi, went on to contribute to the magazine Barazoku, and many artists who debuted in Fuzokukitan eventually ended up working for a privately published, limited circulation magazine, Bara.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming gothic, exploration-focused action platformer being developed by Inti Creates. The game is also being designed by Koji Igarashi, best known for making most of the Castlevania titles in the past, most notably Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
In 1997, Konami developed and released a new title in the Castlevania franchise for the Sony PlayStation 1, called Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The game was notable for being much different from past titles in the series, having more focus on non-linear exploration and RPG elements, while older games were more linear and simpler. The one responsible for this change was Koji Igarashi, the director, writer and designer for the game. This style of gameplay is very reminiscent to that of the Metroid series, and because of that, most people recognize this style as “Metroidvania”. This lead many people to believe that Mr. Igarashi was inspired by Metroid when designing the game, however, in May 2015, in an interview with Double Fine Productions , Igarashi said that he was actually inspired by the The Legend of Zelda franchise. After it’s release, the game was critically acclaimed and loved by many, being considered as one of the best entries in the series, and most of it’s 2D successors would follow the same formula, however, the last game in this style in the franchise was Castlevania: Portrait of Ruins, as Konami decided to stop making games in this formula, as they believe players don’t want more games in this style. Future games in the series were more action based, and much different from the style that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night introduced to the series, and they were received with mixed reactions by critics and fans. In March of 2014, Koji Igarashi left Konami, as he wished to make more 2D exploration action platformers.
In May 6 of 2015, Mr. Igarashi released a site called Sword or Whip, in which a pixel art of him asks “Sword… or Whip… You decide”. This lead many fans to believe that IGA would soon make some kind of announcement. In May 11, Koji Igarashi launched a project on Kickstarter, called “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night”, and similar to projects like Mighty No. 9 and Yooka-Laylee, it’s a spiritual successor of Castlevania, being made in the same fashion and by some of the same minds behind the past 2D non-linear games, and is scheduled to release in March of 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. In less than 24 hours, the project was funded and raised over 1,000,000 dollars with over 12,000 backers.
No gameplay footage has been shown as of May 14, but it’s Kickstarter page describes that much like most of the games Koji Igarashi has worked on in the past, the game takes the formula that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night first introduced in 1997 and will take it further. The player will be in control of Miriam, a girl that was picked as an orphan in her young ages by an Alchemist, she became the host of the dark Alchemists’ curse, by being fused with the magi-crystals, leading her to sleep for nearly 10 years while the curse would grow in her body. She later wakes up with a form of amnesia, not fully understanding what happened to her. Meanwhile, someone by the name Gebel, which was the original host for the magi-crystals curse and the only one to survive it’s effects, realized he was no longer a human and had no place on earth, summoned a demon castle from hell and many beasts along with it, with the original purpose to give Miriam a place of her own, but being surrounded by hell-spawn, the quicker the magi-crystals engulfed his body. He continues to plot the downfall of man, and how to best convince (or use) Miriam to achieve his dark ambition.
In the same day the Kickstarter project was revealed, the /r/bloodstained subreddit was launched for discussions and pages like Operation: Akumajo were highly supporting the project and releasing information about it.
After the game’s announcement, many gaming sites started to discuss the future of Igarashi’s new game, such as IGN and GameSpot, as well as many members on message boards of forums like NeoGAF and the previously mentioned subredit /r/bloodstained. Many YouTubers started to discuss about it as well, most notably YouTubers AlphaOmegaSin (shown below, left), which made a vlog discussing the potential of a project like this, and GameXplain (shown below, right), which discussed about the project’s future along with SomeCallMeJohnny and Nate.
“Freebooting” is the practice of downloading copyrighted content from a media-hosting website and re-uploading it without the creator’s permission, typically in order to accumulate a large following or for commercial profit through advertising revenue. The practice should not be confused with “mirroring,” or the recovery of censored or lost media content using a similar method for non-commercial and archival purposes.
Prior to its online slang usage, the term “freebooting” has been used for centuries in the English-speaking world when referring to the act of maritime piracy, with its earliest known mention on record found in American explorer James Richardson’s 1853 book Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2.
The Haghar are well known, even in Europe, for their freebooting propensities.
On March 10th, 2014, the /r/freebooting subreddit was launched for discussions about the practice. On May 24th, the Wiktionary page for “freebooting” was updated to include “the unauthorized re-hosting of online media.” On January 19th, 2015, YouTuber SmarterEveryDay uploaded a video about the problem of freebooting on Facebook, which gained over 420,000 views and 3,300 comments in the first four months (shown below, left). The same day, the “It’s Okay to be Smart” Tumblr blog published an article on the practice. On January 21st, the SourceFed YouTube channel posted a similar video about Facebook freebooting (shown below, right). On May 12th, the video marketing blog Reel Seo published a guide for reporting freebooted videos to Facebook.
KC Green (b. February, 1987, Oklahoma) is a Massachusetts-based webcomic artist known for his unique brand of self-conscious humor. Strips and panels from many different comics Green has created have gone viral or been turned into memes.
KC Green first began publishing web comics in 2001, around the age of 14. His first strip was called Sinister and Evil, and featured two characters: a flower with legs and a talking balloon.
Other early strips included Bill the Magician, Advice from Mr. Long Legs, and Cat. The strips often featured two characters having an ironic conversation. Often, they were scans of hand-drawings done on notebook paper.
In 2005, Green began drawing HorribleVille and Droop, which were his first comics to feature viral memes. He also kept a popular LiveJournal blog. Other comics he’s drawn include Gunshow, Blomix (Blog Comix), Anime Club, and VG Cheats ’N Beatums.
Related Memes, by Year
Ghost Blowjob!, 2006
Ghost Blowjob! is a 4-pane comic about a guy getting head from a ghost, enthusiastically expressing his delight by screaming “Gh-ost Blowjob! Woo Woo Woo!” to the point of the last panel showing his roomate angrily failing to get some sleep in the next room because of the noise. It inspired fanarts of the same comic involving well-known characters from different shows.
Dick Butt, 2006
Dick Butt is an illustration of an anthropomorphic phallus with a pair of testicles and a penis protruding from its backside. In multi-pane image macros and animated GIFs, the drawing is often revealed unexpectedly in the final frame.
Mother of God. . ., 2008
Mother of God… is a rage comic character of a man staring intently at something as he takes his sunglasses off. It can be also used outside of rage comics to express astonishment or disbelief in response to a shocking image or a video. Similar to the colloquial usage of the phrase, the reaction face can be used to either indicate approval or disapproval, depending on the context. When used in the context of rage comics, it is usually preceded by a stick-figure drawing of the same man humming and walking with sunglasses still on.
Staredad is a comic strip that features a young boy telling his father something with the last pane of the strip featuring the father staring at the son. Hilarity ensues.
You Dense Motherfucker, 2009
You Dense Motherfucker is an expression used to insult someone’s intelligence or decision making ability. The phrase is most often iterated in the form of a reaction image based on a panel from KC Green’s webcomic series The Anime Club or alternatively, a screen capture of the villain character Syndrome from the 2005 Pixar short animation film Jack-Jack Attack.
I’m Okay With This, 2011
“I’m Okay With This”:http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/im-ok-with-this is a colloquial expression and reaction image used to convey one’s mild approval of another individual’s action or statement. On image boards and discussion forums, the phrase can be used to signify to one’s tolerance towards a subject topic that had been previously regarded with reservation or skepticism, similar to the usage of At First I Was Like or Not Bad.
This Is Fine, 2013
This Is Fine. refers to a comic from the series Gunshow where a dog is slowly engulfed in flames while proclaiming that everything is fine. It is used as a reaction image used by forum posters trying to say calm in stressful situations.
RNGesus, a portmanteau of an acronym RNG (random number generator) and the name Jesus, is the name of a deity responsible for luck, chance, and random elements in video games.
The origin of the word “RNGesus” is unknown, though in 2009 it was already used in various online gaming communities like MMO-Champion.
On January 10th, 2014, an Urban Dictionary user jrad115 submitted a definition of the word:
The deity responsible for situations that are determined largely by luck, chance, or randomness in online games. Derived from RNG, which means “random number generator.”
Various prayers have been created dedicated to RNGesus, told by people believing it would help with the odds related to various random elements in video games. On February 24th, 2015, a YouTuber HysteriA uploaded a video “RNGESUS Our Lord and Savior” where he, in desperation, prays to RNGesus in order to win a game of Hearthstone, in which he succeeds. In 3 months the video got over 162,000 views.
Jem and the Holograms Trailer is the first official trailer for the 2015 live-action film adaptation of the 1980s American animated television series Jem and the Holograms. Following the YouTube release of the trailer in May 2015, the film became widely mocked online for its heavy deviation from the original plot into a teen coming-of-age story.
The animated television series Jem and the Holograms, produced by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, originally ran from 1985 to 1988 in the United States. The show featured an all-girl rock band named “Jem and the Holograms,” their holographic computer Synergy and the competing rival bands “The Misfits” and “The Stingers.”
On May 12th, 2015, the Universal Pictures Australia YouTube channel posted the official trailer for their upcoming film Jem and the Holograms (shown below). Within 48 hours, the trailer received over 5,600 dislikes against 900 likes and 1,900 comments, many of which scoffed at how inadequate the film appeared.
Later that day, Redditor Melanismdotcom submitted the trailer to the /r/movies subreddit. Redditor Keeble64 submitted the post’s top-rated comment, which quipped “this movie’s plot is so safe it makes abstinence fun.” Also on May 12th, YouTuber Aldrian Alfonso uploaded footage of himself reacting to the trailer (shown below).
On May 13th, actor William Shatner tweeted his disappointment with the film removing the band’s signature star earrings and the rival band The Misfits. In 24 hours, the tweet garnered more than 1,600 retweets and favorites.
The same day, YouTuber Black Nerd Comedy posted a review of the trailer, which criticized the film for drastically changing the story from the original animated television show and turning it into a cliche coming-of-age story. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the online reaction to the trailer, including UpRoxx, Mashable, Nerdist and Jezebel.
Christ-chan is a fictional character created by 4chan’s Politically Incorrect (/pol/) board as a representation of Christianity.
On December 1, 2014, an anonymous /pol/ user created a thread discussing the use of anime-inspired images to convert people to Islam. After some discussion, another user decided to take the concept of using cute anime-inspired art to convert people and apply it to Christianity. After some conceptualization, Christ-chan was created as a young Christian woman with auburn hair and blue eyes, and wearing a modest blue-green dress.
Christ-chan was well received by /pol/ who took to her as a new board mascot along the lines of a typical 4chan board anthropromorhism. New Christ-chan art was initially sparce; in February of 2015, however, Christ-chan posts became more popular and original content began to pick up.
Originally Daisuke was known as a song from the 2004 arcade rhythm game “Beatmania IIDX 10th Style,” it suddenly gained popularity by Japanese Vine and Nico Nico users in March of 2015 when users began posting videos and vines that would suddenly transition to a man (known as Dai and has made several videos of him dancing to Beatmania songs) dancing to the melody of the song, usually transitioning when someone in the original video said either “Dai,” “Suke,” or something similar sounding, similar to an earlier Rickrolling trend.
This was mainly confined to Japanese internet users but gained popularity in the English speaking part of the internet in mid April 2015 when a user known as “UltimateCringeVine” began posting such Vines on an app called iFunny, where it quickly gained a decent backing and was also spread to English speaking Vine users, who made their own Vines similar to this.
[w.i.p. If you have information about the exact origin of Voriki, please post in the comments]
Voriki is a photoshop of promotional materiel of Toa Tahu. His face is covered up with a purple Pakari Mask from Toa Onua morphed into a star shape with lightning bolts added on the side. This mask is sometimes given the name “Kanohi Gaaha”. Various other parts are changed to a purple color as well. He is also frequently seen with a weapon resembling Tahu’s firesword, but with lightning bolts at the end and colored purple. This weapon is sometimes referred to as a lightning staff.
It is thought that Toa Vorki originated in 2001 on BZPower (then known as BZCommunity ) . However, due to a large data loss on the site, most of the threads predating 2015 have been lost. The oldest know surviving reference to Toa Voriki was by Neoseeker guest user “- Voriki -” in a Bionicle add on story thread . The user posted an image of Toa Voriki with accompanying text reading “Out of the sky, the 7th Toa descended. Wearing Kanohi Gaaha, Voriki the Toa of Energy used his lightning staff to destroy all the Nui-Rama.” 
On February 1st, 2002 a webpage was created for Toa Voriki on archimatrix.com  claiming that Voriki was from a lost city on the Island of Mata-Nui known a “Vo-Koro” and that “Using the special powers of his Kanohi mask, and his mighty weapon, he would return to Mata Nui, and not rest until the wrong had been undone, and the remnants of the lost tribe were reunited, to take their rightful place as the rulers over the Tohunga. To rebuild their great civilization.”
In 2014 and 2015, when LEGO confirmed Bionicle was to come back into production, Voriki began to be referenced again. This was also slightly helped by the fact that Toa Onua, the one whose mask Voriki’s was based on, happened to have purple in the set. Also, due to the advent of 3D Printing a version of Voriki’s mask and weapon were created by BZPower user Maphrox  to take advantage of this new technology so that people would be able to create their own Voriki. These parts are currently available for purchase on shapeways.com 
WatchMojo is a video producer that mainly makes top 10 videos about movies, as well as other topics including television and video games. The sites YouTube has over 7 million subscribers and as of May 2015, is #54 on the Youtube Top Subscribed chart.
According to Wikipedia, the site was founded in 2005 by Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, Raphael Daigneault, and Christine Voulieris. The WatchMojo.com website was launched on January 23, 2006 and its YouTube channel was launched on January 25, 2007. The channel was mainly made for making top 10 videos, using clickbait titles to generate views. The site gets many of it’s ideas from fans who submit their ideas from their site.
Their most popular video is “Top 10 Craziest Events Caught on Live TV”, which currently has over 36,000,000 views, 65,000 likes, and 18,000 comments. Along with that video, the site has 4 videos with over 30 million views, 5 with over 20 million views, and 14 with over 10 million views.
[Editorship is welcome.]
Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated simulation of an interactive 3D environment, which is either realistic or imaginary. Augmented Reality (AR) is a live view of the real world with computer generated images, sound and other data. Both have been used in modern technology, especially in gaming, and has been a widely regarded topic on the internet.
Both virtual and augmented reality started around the 1900’s, used for simulations, science and other government projects. One of the first wearable computers that use augmented reality is “EyeTap”, created by Steve Mann in 1980. In the 1990’s, Sega announced “Sega VR” and Nintendo released “Virtual Boy”. Both of these were one of the first commercial consoles focusing on virtual reality, yet both had hazardous health effects and commercial failures.
Left to right: EyeTap, Sega VR and Virtual Boy
In 2013, Google announced Google Glass (similar to EyeTap), an augmented reality head-mounted display unit. In 2015, Microsoft announced “Windows Holographic” and “HoloLens”, an augmented reality headset that uses sensors and a processing unit to project “holograms” in the real world.
In 2012, Oculus VR debuted the first prototype of Oculus Rift at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. In 2014, Sony revealed “Project Morpheus” VR Headset for the PS4, and Google announced “Google Cardboard” do-it-yourself (DIY) stereoscopic viewer, described as “virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way”.
On October 27, 2009 Urban Dictionary user Guido1 defined “virtual reality” as a place gamers would rather live in, and user darkfable defined “augmented reality” as “blurring the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated”. In 2009, the virtual reality subreddit was created with around 13,000 subscribers, and the augmented reality subreddit was made in 2010 with approximately 2,000 subscribers as of May 2015. There has been other subreddits on other VR/AR related topics and devices as well.
There have been numerous parodies as well about VR and AR devices. On April 19, 2013, comedy duo Smosh uploaded a parody of Google Glass on YouTube with over 16 million views. On March 29, 2014, Marc Tschudi uploaded a parody of Oculus Rift after Oculus VR was bought by Facebook.
On April 5th, 2012, a post by Redditor BabyStevie reached the front page of the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit titled “Why Google’s project “Glass” will be successful”, which featured a design photo for the project accompanied by the caption “No one has a clue / that I’m watching porn right now.” On March 2015, a post by Redditor YaMB titled “The only practical use for virtual reality” had around 3,200 upvotes, which features a picture of man who is about to have sexual intercourse with a woman while viewing “Cory in the House” with the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) being developed by Oculus VR. After a protype debuted at 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the first batch of developer systems were initially funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
Project Glass is a research and development program by the multinational Internet and software corporation Google, which aims to build an augmented reality head-mounted display unit. A promotional video released by Google in April of 2012 has inspired several parody videos and image macros.
Github is a website for hosting repositories of code, allowing for distributed version control and source code management. Programmers often upload their code projects to Github to share them publicly or privately. Public code projects are often seeking contributors or code help, and can be sold or be open source. Github is not the only code repository on the Internet, but it is the most popular, boasting over 9 million users and more than 2.1 million projects as of 2015.
Users create repositories, or “repos”, and share them. Other users can “fork” the repo, or create an organizational offshoot of the code for editing purposes, but they often will have to send a “pull-request” to the original programmers to be able to fork.
The logo of Github is the Octocat, and Github hosts editing contests where users are invited to create different costumes or scenarios for the logo. These edits are housed in a sub-site called the Octodex.
Founded in 2008, Github quickly caught on with programmers looking for an easier way to store and share code online. By 2010, Github announced that it had 1 million total repositories.
On December 3, 2014, Russian Internet controller RosComNadzor blocked Github after the platform was found to be hosting a file that detailed 32 different ways to kill yourself in Russian. Github didn’t comply with the Russian government’s request that the content be removed and therefore was fire-walled.
A few weeks later, on December 17th, 2014, Github was included as one of 30 websites blocked by the government-run Internet Service Providers for purportedly hosting content related to ISIS. On December 31st, Indian access to Github was restored.
Chinese DDoS Attack
On March 26th, 2015, Github was hit with a large DDoS attack which originated in China. The attack caused the site to be unavailable in some places for more than 24 hours. Github has said that they believe they were the subject of the attack because they host content that shows users how to subvert the censorship of the Chinese Internet.
Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine created by Wolfram Research, which provides answers to factual queries submitted by the user using vast amounts of curated computable data and semantic indexing of text.
Wolfram Alpha users can submit factual queries in a provided text field, which is then computed by the answer engine that displays any relevant visualizations and information. Queries can be submitted as natural language questions that are interpreted by the engine using the Wolfram Research Mathematica toolkit.
In 1987, British computer scientist Stephen Wolfram founded the computation software company Wolfram Research. On May 18th, 2009, the company publicly launched the answer engine Wolfram Alpha. On December 3rd, an iPhone app for the engine was released. On October 6th, 2010, an Android app was released on the Google Play store. On February 8th, 2012, the Wolfram Alpha Pro service was launched for a monthly subscription fee, offering several premium features including the ability to upload various file types and data.
Fictional Character Curves
On May 17th, 2013, the WolframAlpha Blog published a post announcing engine’s “fictional character curves,” which can display graphs of fictional characters based on various mathematical formulas (shown below).
On February 24th, 2014, Stephen Wolfram posted a video introducing Wolfram Language, describing the project as a “knowledge-based programming language” (shown below).
Image Identification Project
On May 13th, 2015, Wolfram Research launched the “Wolfram Language Image Identification Project” at the website ImageIdentify.com, which attempts to identity the subject in any image submitted to the site.
As of May 2015, the answer engine reports that it receives 710,000 visits per day based on estimates from the traffic analytics site Alexa.
Azeem Ward’s Flute Recital refers to a Facebook event page for a flute recital performed by University of California student Azeem Ward, which was flooded with RSVPs from Facebook users in the United Kingdom in May 2015.
On April 20th, 2015, the UC Santa Barabara YouTube channel uploaded footage of student Azeem Ward playing the contemporary classical flute solo (shown below).
In May, Ward posted an event announcement on Facebook to promote a free recital on May 16th at 3pm in the Karl Geiringer Hall at the University of California Santa Barbara. The event subsequently began receiving a flood of RSVPs from Facebook users in the United Kingdom, receiving over 80,000 by May 15th (shown below).
On May 13th, Ward posted a message to the event page thanking all his fans in the United Kingdom. On the following day, The Tab published an interview with Ward, who revealed that the
On May 13th, a petition was created on Change.org for Ward to livestream the recital for his fans in the United Kingdom. In the first 48 hours, the page gained over 800 signatures. Additionally, a crowdfunding page was launched to fly Ward to the United Kingdom to play the song “Sandstorm” by Darude at a Nando’s restaurant.
On May 14th, YouTuber TheRealSnare uploaded a remix of Ward’s flute solo with the 2013 hip-hop song “Gas Pedal” by Sage the Gemini (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor Gloob_Patrol submitted a post asking “Why is everyone talking about Azeem’s flute recital?” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit. On May 15th, YouTuber Sam Hershy uploaded a version of Ward’s flute solo video edited to sound as if he is playing “Sandstorm” by Darude (shown below, right). The same day, a Facebook page titled “Azeem Ward” was launched, gathering upwards of 1,600 likes in the first 10 hours.
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“Fight Me IRL”, often bastardised as “Fite Me IRL”, is an expression used as reply to threatening responses or expressing dislike of someone’s opinion. The term is also used as parody of the Internet Tough Guy stereotype.