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- 01/20/14--14:29: *Tips Fedora*
- 01/20/14--14:52: Richard Sherman's Postgame Rant
- 01/20/14--22:59: Mexican Uprising
- 01/21/14--09:33: Bill Murray
- 01/21/14--12:12: Nash Grier
- 01/21/14--12:25: Honest Movie Posters
- 01/21/14--13:14: Characters Trapped Behind Smartphone Glass
- 01/22/14--11:41: Rono
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- 01/22/14--13:36: Klay World
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Daniel John Hardcastle, or more commonly called Nerd³/Nerdcubed. Is a British YouTube gamer, comic creator, and comedian from Essex, London. Who’s known for his witty commentary and different types of series on his channel.
Nerd³ started his online life making a minecraft comic that’s been discointinued but available through download here. Before Nerd³ was a household name as a YouTube channel. He was working with Machinima and uploaded “13 Ways to Die in X” videos. On his off-time he made vlogs of himself doing general stuff for the sake of doing it. They were in the time when Dan was still kinda shy around the community, so any awkwardness is to be expected.
He gained more subscribers after he uploaded Let’s Play of Minecraft and Battlefield 3. So to keep his ranting side intact, he uploaded more rants, but they’re on his “IRL” channel Officiallynerdcubed.
Nerd³ stated that fellow YouTuber Hannah Hart(MyHarto) was his inspiration for the now popular “Nerd³ Play’s…” series. Which is a montage of a game that is played but still kept with the story but only focusing on the funny, memorable, or just plain confusing parts of games. Nerd³ continued to challenge himself(literally) by making new editions to the series. Adding Nerd³ Father and Son-Days, Nerd³ Permadeath, Nerd³ Completes,
Nerd³ Monthof(discontinued. Probably turned into Completes), Nerd³ Three Free Game Fridays(discontinued), IntheLittleCubed(discontinued), and Nerd³ Challenges.
Nerd³ felt that the direction the channel was going was not what he wanted. So to please people and himself in the process he created 4 new series for his channel. Little and Cubed: Sandbox, Nerd³ Alpha Detective, Nerd³ 101, Nerd³ 102(for revisiting games), and Nerd³ Extra(just something Dan wanted to share). The changes didn’t sit very well with people. Most notably YouTube’s new copyright laws made the biggest series he had “Three Free Game Fridays” completely impossible without getting copyright infringement. While IntheLittleCubed is replaced with Little and Cubed: Sandbox. It’s safe to say nothing will replace TFGF for the time being. However, there is good to the changes. Nerd³ Plays may just be a weekly thing but Nerd³ now keeps us amused by posting videos with him and his dad playing Nerd³ Father and Son-Days and himself playing a game to the end in Nerd³ Complete’s. Along with occasional other tidbits.
Dan left school early to study astrophysics at university but didn’t finish the first year.
Supposedly, Dan suffers from the disease infectious mononucleosis, which has affected the way Hardcastle has run his channel. This led to him contracting myalgic encephalomyelitis, which means he is often unable to work due to symptoms such as aggregating pain.
Due to the infamous change on the comment section in 2013. Dan decided to disable the comments in order to save his fanbase from encountering viruses, the anne.jpg picture(a flashing picture of Jeff the Killer with a loud screaming noise), ASCII phallus’, and things that made the comment section unable to enjoy. As a way to let the opinions not leave, he directed all commenting needs to his sub-reddit. Recently he had a poll done if the Procrastinators wanted to have the YouTube comments unblocked or keep using Reddit by likes and dislikes. Reddit won, and Nerd³ might never go back to YouTube comments again.
This is mainly a vlog/skit site for Nerd³ ranting needs if he needs to get something off his chest. Though not as succesful as the main channel, Nerd³ just generally has fun doing whatever on this site. No schedule or series. Just him doing haphazard things.
“Royals” is a 2013 pop song performed by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde and the first single from her first EP The Love Club.
The song was initially released on May 12th, 2013 as part of her debut EP The Love Club and re-included on her debut studio album Pure Heroine released on October 20th, 2013. The music videos for “Royals,” directed by Joel Kefali and edited separately as U.S. and international versions, were first released via Lorde’s official YouTube channel on May 12th, 2013, followed by the release of the U.S. version via the singer’s VEVO channel on June 19th, 2013.
As of January 2014, the song remains at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it has been for 28 months. As for the music video, the U.S. version has been viewed more than 160.2 million times, while the extended version has been viewed more than 40.6 million times.
On the day after the YouTube debut of the music video, Buzzfeed picked up on Lore’s new release and dubbed Lorde “Music’s Coolest Teen."
On October 2nd, popular a cappella group Pentatonic uploaded a cover of “Royals” to their YouTube channel, which brought in over 24.2 million views as of January 2014.
Other notable a cappella covers include The Florida State University AcaBelles’ version uploaded on November 6th, as well as another cover by sister choir group Cimorelli uploaded on September 20th, which have brought in over 7.1 million views and 4.9 million views respectively, as of January 2014.
By early December 2013, the song had come under criticisms of over-saturation from BuzzFeed in a piece titled “For Everyone Who Wants ‘Royals’ To Die,” which highlighted a series of tweets bashing “Royals” as an overplayed and inescapable song.
We’ll Never Be Royals
Tumblr users began editing screen shots of characters in movies and TV shows who sought a crown but did not succeed in winning one with the lyrics, “We’ll never be royals…royals.” Popular examples include Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones and the Baron and Baroness von Troken from The Princess Diaries
Emojis are graphical images based on emoticons. Sometimes appearing as cartoon faces, sometimes pictures of objects, they are used to express emotion or stand in for words in a text message.
Emojis first appeared in Japan in 2008. Emoji were initially built into iPhone firmware 2.2, released in November 2008, but were only meant to be show up for users on the Softbank network in Japan. Five days after it was released, a guide was published on how to make the Emoji keyboard appear on jailbroken iPhones in all countries. In December, a guide on how to unlock Emoji on a normal iPhone appeared online.
Apps revealing the Emoji began appearing in the iTunes Store before Apple issued a takedown order in February 2009, removing any app limited to enabling the Emoji keyboard. However, as of September 2012, there are 13 apps, both paid and free, that will unlock Emoji keyboards in the iTunes Store.
The earliest entry for emoji on Urban Dictionary that recognizes the term to refer to something different than an emoticon was entered by user le anime nerd on July 5th, 2013 and defines the term as, “the tiny pictures you can put on your texts.”
Many specific emoji collections are available to download from iTunes. For Example, a Christian themed package called “Holy Emojis” and a Harry Potter themed package became available for download in December.
Song Lyrics Told Through Emojis
The Tumblr blog emojilyrics, which features the lyrics of pop songs explained through emoji filled texts, uploaded its first screenshot on December 4th, 2011. A similar Tumblr, emojisinging, was created in 2012. A Buzzfeed Community post titled, “23 Famous Movies And Songs Reenacted In Emojis”, which collected popular examples, was published on February 5, 2013.
Movie Plots Told Through Emojis
The Tumblr blog emojiplot, which features screenshots of texts that explain the plots of popular movies through emojis, uploaded its first screenshot on December 9th, 2011. The popularity of movie plots told through emojis spiked after Fail Blog posted an emoji summary of the plot of the recent film adaptation of Les Miserables on January 3rd, 2013. On January 11th entertainment website Uproxx published a post titled, “Can You Identify These 8 Movies From Their Emoji Plots?”, which collected some of the most popular Emoji explanations.
On January 4th, 2014, Innocence en Danger, a child advocacy group based in France, posted images from a campaign featuring “human emojis.” The campaign is meant to illustrate the threat pedophiles pose online. Several American based websites such as Buzzfeed and Bustle  covered the campaign on January 17th.
New York Emoji Art & Design Show
In December 2013, New York City’s digital art collective Eyebeam announced an art and design show dedicated to the medium of Emojis, featuring original works in a wide range of mediums from digital prints and sculptures to video and performance art presented by 23 artists. The exhibition will be on display at the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center in Chelsea, Manhattan from December 12th to December 14th.
Dogecoin is an alternative cryptocurrency (altcoin) that uses the iconic Shibu Inu dog from the Doge meme as a mascot. Similar to Bitcoin and its derivatives, Dogecoin can be mined and exchanged for goods and services among the participants, though it is programmed to level out at a higher threshold of up to 100 billion coins and prevent any use of special bitcoin-mining equipment like ASICs. In comparison, Bitcoin will cap out at 21 million coins and Litecoin will support up to 84 million coins in circulation.
On November 27th, 2013, marketing professional Jackson Palmer posted a tweet that he would be “investing in Dogecoin.”
Investing in Dogecoin, pretty sure it’s the next big thing. http://t.co/yHR4bNv6OD— Jackson Palmer (@jacksonpalmer) November 28, 2013
In an interview with the tech news blog Motherboard, Markus revealed that he wished to create a cryptocurrency that can reach a broader demographic than Bitcoin, which had previously come under accusations of funding illegal online activities like the Silk Road drug marketplace. After Palmer reached out to Markus on Twitter, the pair launched the official Dogecoin website along with the new cryptocurrency on December 6th, 2013.
Following the launch of the official website, a slew of social media channels and referential webpages soon emerged for Dogecoin, including a Twitter account and a Facebook page, racking up more than 36,000 followers and 13,000 likes within the the first two months respectively. On December 8th, an entire subreddit community dedicated to the use of satirical cryptocurrency was launched at /r/dogecoin. .
Throughout the first weekend of December, Dogecoin was highlighted by a number of tech news sites and blogs, providing a further boost to the value of the satirical currency. By December 14th, an encyclopedic article describing the concept of “Dogecoin” had been submitted by Wikipedia editor CitationNeeded. On December 17th, the DogeCoin YouTube channel uploaded a video titled “You Can be a Dogecoin Millionaire!”, featuring a sketch about the iconic Doge Shibu Inu dog Kabuso becoming a millionaire (shown below).
On December 19th, Dogecoin increased from $0.00026 to $0.002 in value, becoming the 7th-largest altcoin. Three days later, the currency crashed to $0.0003 after being heavily mined.
2013 Christmas Dogewallet Heist
On December 25th, 2013, several members of Dogecoin forum began reporting that their funds were being transferred to an unknown account identified as “DQT9WcqmUyyccrxQvSrjcFCqRxt8eVBLx8.” Later that same day, the founders of the Dogecoin storage system Dogewallet, temporarily shut down the service and issued a statement confirming that a hacker had gained access to its file system and modified its pages to reroute the coin transfer to a static account, which may have resulted in losses up to $12,000 worth of the crypto-currency. In addition, the Dogewallet administrators announced that it will immediately begin reimbursing all users affected by the hack.
Growth in Transaction Volume
On January 14th, 2014, Redditor innominatargh pointed out that more Dogecoins were traded within one hour than there were total Dogecoins in circulation in a post submitted to the /r/dogecoin subreddit. That day, the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch blog posted a chart illustrating how Dogecoin transactions had eclipsed Bitcoin during the previous month (shown below).
Jamaican Bobsled Team Fundraiser
On January 19th, 2014, an Indiegogo page was created by members of the Jamaican Bobsled Team to fund their trip to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. On the same day, a fundraiser was launched by the Dogecoin Foundation for the bobsled team, which gathered $35,000 in donations in the first 24 hours.
Digital Trends – To the moon! Dogecoin fetches 300 percent jump in value
Tips Fedora (used between asterisks) is a phrase used to sarcastically mock an atheistic opinion or viewpoint, due to the hat’s association with an atheist stereotype.
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Richard Sherman’s Postgame Rant refers to a television rant by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman following his team’s 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in January 2014.
In response to rampant corruption and extortion at the hands of drug cartels and corrupt policemen, the people of Michoacan formed civilian militias. Armed with hunting rifles and shotguns, these militias (or “autodefensas”) succeeded in expelling the “Knights Templar” drug cartel from their towns. The autodefensas accomplished in one year what the government had been unable to do for decades.
After expelling the cartel, the autodefensas armed themselves with assault weapons from looted narco weapon caches. The Mexican government has demanded they disarm and has sent in the army to collect the weapons. However, disarmament is unlikely as it would expose the townspeople to vicious retaliation from the Knights Templar.
Many of the recovered weapons originated in the U.S. and may be linked to the controversial “Operation Fast & Furious” in which the U.S. government provided assault weapons to the cartels to “track” them.
The autodefensas have rallied around Father Grigorio Lopez, Hipólito Mora and Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles. Dr. Mireles is being “held” in a hospital after surviving an “accidental” plane crash. The situation is still developing.
The Right to Defend Myself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_4015633057&feature=iv&src_vid=xCEWME8egkg&v=r3nIfE0AUys
Journalist reveals Mexican government is linked to drug cartels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2xlu2Y_mZQ
Hunting down a drug boss: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=16f_1389574084
Self-Defense Group Forces Out Most of the Michoacán State Town’s Government, Says It Is Close to Ousting Powerful Drug Cartel
Mexican Citizens Forming Self-defense Groups Against Drug Cartels
Mexican vigilantes clash with soldiers in Michoacan state
In central Mexico’s hills, a battle against a drug cartel
Maps of the conflict and General Info
Gallery: The War for Michoacan
Firefight in Nueva Italia:
The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel
American government linked to cartels:
Billy Murray is an American actor and comedian best known as an early cast member of the American comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live and a movie star who has appeared in dozens of films spanning over three decades. In recent years, Murray has focused on portraying more subdued characters in independent films, including several titles directed by Wes Anderson.
Murray began his acting career in the mid-70s with a few small roles in TV movies and short films. His career took off when he joined the cast of sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1977, where he stayed until 1980. Beginning during his tenure at Saturday Night Live and continuing through the ‘90s Murray starred and co-stars in many popular comedy films such as Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters(1984), and Groundhog Day(1993). He acted in Wes Anderson’s comedy Rushmore (1998), and since has appeared in all seven of Anderson’s subsequent full length films. Murray has been nominated for one Oscar in 2003 for his leading role in Lost in Translation. He won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for the role, and he has been nominated for three other Golden Globes.
On November 6th, 2006, Urban Dictionary user Earl @F365 submitted an entry for “Bill Murray” defined as,
“The constant repetition of a said subject on an internet forum. Derived from the film Groundhog Day in which the day is repeated again, again and again.”
His name in verb form has a different definition, as Urban Dictionary user Lorrie the Freak defined the term “Bill Murrayed” on November 9th, 2009 as,
“To be mistaken as an actual threat while in costume and being erroneously killed. As in the movie Zombieland.”
On December 27th, 2008, a Facebook fan page for Murray was launched. As of January 2014 the page has over 790,000 likes. Popular Tumblr blogs dedicated to the actor include fuckyeahbillmurray, billmurraydoeswhathewants, and billmurray.
The website billmurraystory.com posted its first entry on May 6th, 2010. The site collects and posts stories from fans about their strange and amazing interactions with Murray.
On January 6th, 2011, humor site Funnyordie.com posted a gallery titled, “The 8 Best Instances of Bill Murray Being Awesome with his Fans,” featuring a collection of photographs originally collected on TheChive.com featuring Murray crashing a karaoke party. Funnyordie followed up with a second gallery posted on October 16th, 2012 titled, “12 More Instances of Bill Murray Being Awesome with Fans”, featuring multiple instances of Murray surprising fans.
On January 17th, 2014, Murray hosted an Ask Me Anything event on Reddit to promote his movie, Monument Men, scheduled to be released on February 9th. He covered many topics including his career, his travels, and his family. In addition to answering questions, he wished a Reddit user a happy birthday through (textual) song.
When asked about the legend that he picked a fry off someone’s plate at a fast food place and whispered, “No one will believe you,” he remained vague sayings,
“Well I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Murray also tackled more serious topics. When asked about the deaf/mute assistant he had employed in the past he explained,
“We were both optimistic, but it was harder than either of us expected to make it work.
So I Got That Goin’ For Me, Which is Nice
So I Got That Goin’ For Me, Which is Nice is an advice animal image macro series featuring a screen capture of the character Carl Spackler (played by Bill Murray) from the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack. The captions usually begin with a sentence revealing a personal problem or ordeal, followed by a notion of a silver lining and the original quote from Caddyshack in verbatim.
Murray was born on September 21st, 1950, in Wilmette, Illinois. He attended Regis College but never graduated. He’s been married and divorced twice, and has six children.
Funny or Die – 12 More Instances of Bill Murray Being Awesome with Fans
The Huffington Post – The Best Of Bill Murray’s Surprise Reddit AMA, A.K.A. The Internet’s Dream Come True
Nash Grier is a video blogger known for his active presence and large following on the video-sharing mobile app Vine, where he became the most-followed user in January 2014.
On April 9th, 2013, Grier joined the photo-sharing site Instagram. On April 16th, Grier created a feed on the video blogging service Vine, where he shares short sketch videos featuring slapstick comedy, lip dubs and his fellow video blogger friends. On October 13th, a Facebook fan page for Grier was launched. On the following day, The Daily Mail published an article about Grier, noting that he had reached over 1.4 million Vine followers. On October 16th, Grier was interviewed on the television program Inside Edition (shown below).
The same day, ABC News published an article about the video blogger, noting he had eclipsed celebrities Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber in Vine followers. On November 26th, Redditor lou_sassil submitted a screenshot of several insulting direct messages from Grier to the /r/teenagers subreddit (shown below).
On December 5th, Grier launched his personal Tumblr blog. On December 19th, MTV listed Grier as one of the best Viners of 2013. On December 20th, an entry for Grier was created on Urban Dictionary. On January 16th, 2014, Grier became the most popular Vine blogger in the world with over five million followers. In addition, Grier had accumulated upwards of 2.2 million Instagram followers, 1.05 million Twitter followers and 960,000 Facebook likes. On January 20th, Grier uploaded a video to YouTube in which he and several other video bloggers attempt to remain speechless for 2 minutes (shown below). The following day, Redditor m_chellen submitted the video to the /r/cringe subreddit, where it garnered over 1,500 up votes and 350 comments in the first 24 hours.
On December 20th, 2013, Grier uploaded a video to YouTube in which he and fellow Viners Cameron Dallas and JC Caylen discuss a list of traits and qualities they find attractive in the opposite sex (shown below). In the video, they also mull over certain things that they find unattractive in a rather mocking tone, criticizing women with “fake tits,” girls who are “obnoxious and loud” and those who refuse to shave their body hair.
Five days later, the original upload of the video was removed after being heavily criticized for being offensive to women. Before it was removed, YouTubers Hank Green and Lamarr Wilson left comments denouncing the video as irresponsible (shown below).
Honest Movie Posters are a series of parody advertisements created by replacing the title and sometimes tagline of a movie with a satirical commentary.
On March 23rd, 2011, Cracked posted an image gallery titled, “If Movie Posters Were Honest.” The post featured Photoshopped parodies of posters for popular films, such as Jurassic Park,The Never Ending Story and Tron, many with their titles altered to highlight certain criticisms or disappointments surroudning the films, similar to the What I Watched, What I Expected, What I Got image macro series, while others had custom taglines poking fun at their premises in a nutshell. As of January 2014, the post has gained over 2.4 million views.
On February 24th, 2012, College Humor posted a gallery titled “Honest Movie Titles: Oscars 2012”, featuring honest movie posters for the Oscar nominees. In June 2012, humor site TheFW published a post titled “9 ‘Honest’ Disney Movies”, highlighting a series of honest movie posters of classic Disney animated films.
On December 23rd, 2013, fandom site Hypable presented its own collection of honest movie posters titled “If Our Favorite Movies From 2013 Had Honest Posters.” On January 10th, 2013, College Humor gave the Oscar nominated-films the honest movie poster treatment, and again for the 2014 nominees on January 14th, 2014. The 2014 Oscars-edition were covered by multiple websites such as Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and The Mary Sue.
Business Insider- Honest Movie Posters For Oscar Nominated Films Of 2014
The Huffington Post- What Best Picture Nominees Should Really Be Titled, If Hollywood Was ‘Honest’
Characters Trapped in Smartphones, also known by the tag “Tried to Confine…” on the Japanese web, are a series of smartphone wallpapers in which various anime and manga characters are shown as if they’re attempting to break the fourth wall or draw the attention of the viewer.
Rono is a, often referred to as, “cancerous” and “forced” meme. It’s also often placed on the same level as the doge meme.
Rono is a character in a children’s book by Richard A. Cohen called Alfie’s Home. It’s about a boy named Alfie who was neglected by his father and molested by his Uncle Pete (also known as Rono by the Internet). The name Rono comes from Facebook user Rono Rono Rono who spammed the picture on Facebook. The picture comes from page 7, when Uncle Pete is laying with and molesting Alfie.
Rono first showed up in a Facebook group called “The Community” in early January 2014. Facebook user Rono Ronny and Rono Rono Rono spammed the picture on random posts in the group, making it hated and loved among users. Soon others started spamming the Rono picture also, spreading it but making it hated even more.
Rono is often used as an unnecessary response to something, while intentionally or unintentionally taking the attention off of the OP’s post. If somebody updated their status to “OMG just got a new puppy!!!1!1 Love him alreadynew favorite rapper, childish gambino! hell yeah!”
On January 19, 2014, a Facebook page called “Rono” was created.
On January 22, 2014, the subreddit /r/rono was created.
Jen Selter is a woman from Long Island, New York who has gained a large following on Instagram for sharing photographs of herself while working out. Due to the prominent display of her backside in many of her photos, Selter has been credited with having “Instagram’s most famous butt" and “the next Jillian Michales” after signing a lucrative sports management deal in January 2014.
On March 11th, 2012, Selter registered for an Instagram account and began posting photographs of herself exercising in yoga pants. On April 12th, 2013, Selter created her official Facebook page. On April 25th, Selter launched her personal website JenSelter.com and a Tumblr blog to highlight some of the photographs taken from her Instagram feed. On May 24th, Redditor Kapowzz created the /r/JenSelter subreddit and began sharing photos of Selter’s butt selfies from her Instagram feed, bringing in upwards of 1,100 subscribers in the first eight months. On June 4th, compilations of Selter’s Instagram photographs were posted on both Imgur and The Chive.
On September 20th, Redditor circatm2001 submitted a gallery of Selter’s photos to the /r/girlsinyogapantssubreddit, where it received over 1,400 up votes and 50 comments in the following four months. On October 8th, the Barstool Sports YouTube channel posted a backside workout video featuring Selter (shown below, left). On October 17th, YouTuber barbie style uploaded a video of Selter performing various exercises (shown below, right). Within three months, both videos amassed upwards of one million views.
On January 2nd, 2014, the New York Post published an interview with Selter, in which she revealed that she is often recognized in public by fans of her Instagram feed. On January 14th, the Cosmopolitan Magazine Twitter feed invited followers to post selfie photographs of their backsides in honor of Selter’s appearance on the talk show Cosmo Live.
Can you out-butt selfie the queen
JenSelter</a>? Tweet us your <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CosmoBelfie&src=hash">#CosmoBelfie</a> & tune in as she joins <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CosmoLive&src=hash">#CosmoLive</a> <a href="http://t.co/ceOQvNrnMs">pic.twitter.com/ceOQvNrnMs</a></p>— Cosmopolitan (Cosmopolitan) January 14, 2014
On January 17th, the Barcroft TV YouTube channel released a video interview with Selter, in which she discussed how her life had changed since she launched her Instagram feed (shown below). In the first five days, the video accumulated more than 1.8 million views and 2,000 comments. On January 22nd, the celebrity news blog Page Six reported that Selter had signed a fitness-modeling deal with The Legacy Agency, a major sports marketing firm and agency representing over 200 professional baseball players in the United States.
As of January 2014, Selter has gathered over 2 million Instagram followers, 574,000 Facebook likes and 220,000 Twitter followers.
Klay World is a stop motion animated series created by Robert Benfer on Newgrounds under the username Knox in 2003 about groups of people made out of clay that always seem to kill each other in humorously gruesome ways.
Although Benfer has made a few stop-motion videos on Newgrounds before, the first video using the name Klay World was a six-part video uploaded to Newgrounds on June 10, 2003, entitled Yellow Seed.
In 2007, Robert Benfer started to upload his videos to YouTube with the channel name KnoxsKorner1, where his series Klay World started to gain a large follwing. Most popular of which was the video Pancake Mines, which has a total of about 5,300,000 views on YouTube alone.
In July 2013, nearing the 10th anniverery of Klay World, Robert Benfer released a direct-to-dvd 30-minute short film called Klay World: All Gone. The film wrapped up and ended the Klay World series and was later uploaded to YouTube on January 11, 2014.
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Brickfilms, also known as Lego Stop Motions, are a form of stop motion animation that has been popular on the internet since the late 1990s. These animations mainly use Lego toys to tell stories and reenact movies. Although its internet history is a little hazy, brickfilms have been made as far back as 1973. People who make brickfilms often call themselves “brickfilmers” and had a large community in the mid to late 2000s.
The first known brickfilm is a Danish short film made by Lars C. Hassing and Henrik Hassing in 1973 called En rejse til månen (Journey to the Moon). It uses both animation and live-action to tell a simple story of a rocket ship going into space.
Another popular early use of brickfilming is a short created by Lindsy Fleay between the years 1985 and 1989 called The Magic Portal. This video is noted for having a rather high production value for a brickfilm, but has never seen an official release due to copyright issues with The LEGO Group.
Brickfilming started to spread on the internet in the late 1990s, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that the brickfilming community started to stabilize with the creation of the website Brickfilms.com, which became the basis of the brickfilm community for years to come. The site had many ways of promoting brickfilmers and teaching newcomers, including contests, festivals, and tutorials. One notable example of a brickfilm from this era was Star Wars: Episode III Rise of the Empire, created as part of the first Brickfilms.com podcast by Jay Silver in 2002.
Another popular brickfilm of this time was a video by brickfilmer True Dimensions called The Rescue, made in September, 2001. This video used audio from the Steven Spielberg movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark long before the official LEGO Indiana Jones toy line.
At this time, independent film company, Spite Your Face Productions had been hired by LEGO to make brickfilms for commercial use to be featured on the LEGO website, most popular of which was an animated version of the “Knights of the Round Table” sequence from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This brickfilm was actually featured on the 2001 two-disc Monty Python and the Holy GrailDVD.
As years went by, many brickfilms started to advance. Brickfilms started to use special effects, voice acting, and lighting effects that one would normally see in a professional film. A great example of this is the short film Grace made in 2006 by Robinson Wood. This brickfilm not only has a serious tone, which was a great milestone in the history of brickfilms, but also uses advanced lighting effects and animation.
YouTube & BricksInMotion.com Era
In January 2007, mainstream attention was brought towards brickfilming after YouTuber Blunty3000 made an animated music video of the song Circle Cirlce Dot Dot by Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone. The video became immensely popular and has over 17.5 million views.
In July 2007, LEGO started an official stop motion animation contest to promote their LEGO Star Wars line of products called The LEGO Star Wars Movie Making Contest. This contest caused a surge of newcomers and experienced brickfilmers alike to make Star Wars themed brickfilms, making brickfilming more popular than it had ever been. One of the winners of this contest was An Average Death Star Day by eanimation.
In 2008, Brickfilms.com was bought by new owners who made controversial updates to the site. Former administrator of Brickfilms.com, Schlaeps, created his own brickfilming site called BricksInMotion, which received more praised from brickfilmers. Over time, YouTube and BricksInMotion became the primary websites for Lego stop motion videos, while Brickfilms.com faded into obscurity.
Today, brickfilming isn’t nearly as popular as it was in 2007 or 2008, but brickfilming still has a very thriving community and is full of new comers and experienced animators alike.
ForrestFire101 was the first brickfilmer to reach mainstream success. He was well known for popularizing a raunchier style of brickfilms for a period of time.
darthmilo77 started making videos in 2006 and is well known for his Star Wars themed brickfilms. A fan favorite of which is his episodic series Solitary, about a Clonetrooper who gets stranded on a mysterious planet.
Micheal Hickox is a brickfilmer known for his more down-to-earth and simple style of animations. Each one of his videos has a simple theme and doesn’t focus much on plot, but instead focuses on charm and animation.
A more recent brickfilmer, BrotherhoodWorkshop is a YouTube animator that has been known for making Lord of the Rings-themed videos and has been accliamed for having great lighting and animation.
Bo Burnham is an American comedian and musician who first rose to Internet fame through musical comedy videos uploaded to his YouTube channel. Since his on-screen debut in 2009, he has stared in his own sitcom and released four comedy albums.
On July 11th, 2006, Bo Burnham created his YouTube channel boburnham. He uploaded his first video to the channel on December 21st, 2006. The video features Burnham singing an original comedy song titled, “My Whole Family…” As of January 2014 the video has over 7.9 million views.
After posting songs regularly for four years Burnham’s channel didn’t see any new uploads from October 29th, 2010, until December 5, 2013, when he uploaded a short promotional video for his comedy special what.
On December 13th, 2013, Burnham hosted an Ask Me Anything event on Reddit to promote his comedy special, what., that was released on YouTube and Netflix that month. He covered many topics including his relationship with his parents, cars, and his plans for the future. When asked if he would return to posting videos on his YouTube channel more regularly he explained,
“The reason I didn’t for the last three years is because I wanted to make the whole show first. When I post songs online, then they don’t play well live anymore (people know them so they don’t laugh). And I love performing live. So I probably won’t return to posting things regularly, but when I do have stuff, and it makes sense, I’ll post it.”
As of January 2014 Burnham’s YouTube channel has over 660,000 subscribers.
Burnham has had small roles in the comedy films Funny People (2009), American Virgin (2009), Hall Pass (2011), and Adventures in the Sin Bin (2012). Burnham wrote, produced, and stared in Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, a comedy show that premiered on MTV on May 2, 2013. The show was canceled after one twelve episode season.
He has also released four comedy albums-Bo Fo Sho (2008), Bo Burnham (2009), Words Words Words (2010), and what. (2013). All five were released through Comedy Central Records.
As of January 2014 Burnham’s Twitter account has over 860,000 followers and his Facebook page has over 520,000 likes. He also has 1.7 million followers on Vine, and his Vines are frequently included in round-ups compiled by VineyVideos.
Bo Burnham was born in Hamilton, Massachusetts on August 21st, 1990. He attended Massachusetts Catholic school St. John’s Preparatory. He was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008, but he deferred his enrollment.
Don’t Lose Your Way Goes with Everything is a series of YouTube Poop videos that play any footage with a segment of “Before My Body is Dry” in the background, a popular song from anime Kill la Kill, where the line “Don’t lose your way” is sung. It is done in a similar fashion to Guile’s Theme Goes with Everything, making the footage to appear greatly more epic.
The first known mashup video using the song was posted by a YouTuber Stalker Humanoid titled “Kill la Eddie” on January 5th, 2014. The video contains a scene from television crime drama series Miami Vice in which Eddie gets shot with a shotgun while “Don’t lose your way” segment plays in the background, parodying how the song is used in Kill la Kill. On January 7th, a redditor defearl posted a link to the video on Kill la Kill subreddit, coining and popularizing the phrase “Don’t Lose Your Way Goes with Everything” among the anime community.
Following defearl’s thread, many redditors on Kill la Kill and anime subreddits began creating and posting similar videos, stating “it really does go with everything”. The used footage range from television shows and other anime to video game clips.
Nancy Grace is an American television personality and former special prosecutor who currently hosts the CNN Headline News’ current affairs program Nancy Grace in which she covers a mix of news topics and gossip. On the Internet, she has come under sharp criticism for prematurely declaring suspects in high-profile criminal cases guilty without concrete evidence or due diligence.
Grace’s self-titled talk show, Nancy Grace premiered on CNN’s HLN (Headline News Network) on February 21st, 2005. As of January 2014, the show has recorded over 500 episodes. She has made multiple appearances as a guest co-host on the morning talk show The View since her show premiered, and has also been on Good Morning America. She has appeared as herself on several scripted shows since the mid-2000s including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2007, The Wire in 2008 and Raising Hope in 2012. Grace competed on the 13th season of the reality competition show Dancing with the Stars in fall of 2011. While performing a dance number on the show she had a wardrobe malfunction that resulted in a nip slip that was widely reported on, though TV viewers didn’t see the malfunction. She was eliminated during the eighth week of the competition. She made her acting debut in the 2012 television movie The Eleventh Victim.
Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Case
During the 2002 Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, when suspect Richard Ricci was arrested by police on the basis that he had a criminal record and had worked on the Smarts’ home, Grace immediately and repeatedly proclaimed on Court TV and CNN’s Larry King Live that Ricci was guilty, although there was little evidence to support this claim.
In 2008 Smart was interviewed by Grace on CNN regarding a sex offender bill she supported. When Grace continually asked questions regarding the kidnapping Smart appeared exasperated and eventually refused to answer questions that were not about the bill.
Duke University Lacrosse Case
During the coverage of the 2006 allegations that three Duke University Lacrosse players had raped a woman, Grace continually suggested the students were guilty on air, making sarcastic statements such as:
“I’m so glad they didn’t miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape!”
Why would you go to a cop in an alleged gang rape case, say, and lie and give misleading information?"
On the April 27th, 2007, Jon Stewart suggested in an episode of The Daily Show that Grace had someone fill in on her show the night after the rape allegations were proved false because of her previous statements.
Hilary Clinton’s New York Times Magazine Cover, also known as “Planet Hillary,” refers to a magazine cover featuring a composite image of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s face superimposed on to the surface of a planet. Following its unveiling in late January 2014, the cover art quickly inspired a photoshop meme based on the exploitable image of “Planet Hilary.”
On January 23rd, 2014, New York Times Magazine editor David Joachim tweeted the cover for its upcoming January 26th issue, featuring Hillary Clinton’s face on the surface of a planet in space. Less than 15 minutes later, Twitter user Luke O’Neil replied to Joachim’s tweet joking that the Clinton planet looked like a “sentient space testicle.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, as you've never seen her, on the cover of this Sunday's NYT Magazine pic.twitter.com/QIsqibZaq5— David Joachim, NYT (@davidjoachim) January 23, 2014
The same day on January 23rd, 2014, several other Twitter users began posting photoshopped images featuring cutouts of the Clinton planet edited into other base images of various contexts. At 11:44 a.m. (ET), the design and multimedia manager for GLAAD Chris Carlon tweeted a photoshopped picture of a nude Miley Cyrus riding the Clinton planet like a wrecking ball.
Miley and Hillary on NYT Mag cover. how weird pic.twitter.com/OxsGxVMUtK— Chris Carlon (@christofear) January 23, 2014
Less than two hours later, the director of social media for Fluency Media tweeted a photoshopped cover of the children’s book Goodnight Moon with “Planet Hilary” superimposed in the window.
Also on January 23rd, The 6th Floor New York Times blog published an article about the backstory behind the magazine cover, explaining that “Planet Hilary” was inspired by the man-on-the-moon from the 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans la Lune. Throughout the day, several news sites highlighted notable examples of the photoshop meme, including The Daily Dot,The Wire, Jezebel and BuzzFeed.