Posts tagged memes
What up, frands?
Life is straight up crazy for me right now — so much change afoot. Good changes. Strange changes. Stressful changes. EXCITING changes!
I don’t even know where to begin with that stuff, so here’s this instead:
Dogs wearing pantyhose, or Gou Gou Chuan Siwa, is a thing right now on the Chinese Internet (which is the same Internet we’re on, only incomprehensible unless you speak Mandarin or Cantonese — in which case I’m sincerely jealous of you.) :
The photo fad is pretty self-explanatory at a tertiary glance: Dogs + Pantyhose = Dogs wearing pantyhose.
Instructions for participation: Put pantyhose on your dog. Maybe some heels, also. Take a picture. Upload it to Weibo. Laugh and laugh and laugh and wait for PETA to go HAM.
You can also try to put pantyhose on your cat, but I don’t recommend doing that. I’m down a nice pair of pantyhose and at least 3 drops of blood.
I do love a good Weibo meme — much more so than a lot of what I’m seeing on the North American viral web lately, which I’ve already betched about at length on here and on Twitter so I won’t go too deep into it.
To quote my own CBCNews piece on the lameness of a trend called “Vadering” that Mashable / Buzzfeed / All of those guys hailed as totally epic and awesome “It would appear as though some people are growing tired of these flash-in-a-pan memes…”
To quote Geekosystem’s Rollin Bishop, who doesn’t need to appear as unbiased as I do:
“At the risk of sounding like Old Man Internet telling all the new folks to get off his lawn, we all should really just agree that Vadering is not actually an Internet meme. At best it’s a sad attempt to seed the beginnings of one, and at worst it’s the scummiest kind of viral marketing. Either way, there’s definitely nothing good going on.”
Back to the wonders of Weibo, though.
Sina Weibo, as you may know, is a massively popular microblogging service often described as “Chinese Twitter” even though it’s more of a Twitter / Facebook hybrid according to people who can actually use it.
Like me, a lot Chinese internet memes are weird — at least to North Americans — which is probably why I like them. They’re fresh. Almost freshly weird the Japanese internet — like Japanese things in general. But that’s another book. Maybe I’ll write it from Osaka. A girl can dream… of STUFF LIKE THIS:
I’m not trying to say that a “dogs in pantyhose” photo meme is any more clever or cool than something like the Harlem Shake (which I openly revile, for so many reasons), but it’s definitely weirder. It’s funny, it’s odd, and it kind of makes people uncomfortable, which makes it edgy.
This is what life has come to. Hailing housepets in women’s lingerie as “edgy” on my blog. Be proud, mommy. Now, for the unfinished blog post I started last week whilst home for the rock opera holiday:
“Bonjeezy. I’m watching Jesus Christ Superstar with my parents right now because it’s Easter, and that’s what we do around these parts. That, and eat so much food it hurts.
Being that my mom and dad — who grew up in the 70′s when this film came out and still kind of believe in God stuff (mom, anyway) don’t appreciate my snarky running commentary, scream-sing-alonging and Simon-style zealot dancing, I’ve decided to share some my awesome thoughts with YOU because now even Twitter can’t even handle the amount of characters I’m about to throw down.
A little bit of background: I’ve seen this movie no less than 20 times and the broadway musical twice. I was actually pretty obsessed with in back in Grade 8 when my parents ordered the Soundtrack. I’d play it in my room and sing along while acting scenes out with my teddy bears, which tells you a lot about why I didn’t really fit in at school so well.
THOUGHTS ON JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 2013 VIEWING.
- Judas is such a hater – like, the biggest hater ever. What does he even do in this film aside from sit in the corner and scowl before scuttling over to bitch at Jesus?
“Ugh, Jesus, I can’t believe you’re hanging out with Mary Magdalene.”
“Wahhh, Jesus you’re letting way too many people into our crew.”
“Jeeeesus, that ointment is expensive. You’re flippant and careless with your money.”
Do you know what my lady mags call people like that, Jeez? TOXIC FRIENDS.
Judas can’t handle your success right now. He’s jealous — and I’ve got half a mind to think that if Mary Magdalene weren’t so gaga for you, he’d have tried to schtoop her for spite.
Instead, he ratted you out to a bunch of murderers.
If only Cosmo had existed in 0 A.D.
- Jesus is an emo kid. If Judas is Regina George, Jesus is Daria.
You know that awesome scene were Simon and all of his cool hippie friends dance for Jesus (in 110 degree heat, by the way — not comfortable) and instead of saying “Wow, thank you guys so much! You didn’t need to do this. Like, wow… seriously. Thanks.” he’s all “NONE OF YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT POWER OR GLORY IS.”
If I were Simon I’d have been like “I get it, you’re stressed, but I feel a little bit hurt right now. We choreographed this entire dance and danced REALLY REALLY hard for you just now and all you can do is call us uninformed? Fine, Jesus. Go save Africa then. I’m going home.”
That’s as far as I got in my critique before I got mad distracted by my (now complete!) apartment hunt again.
My Easter break was nice. Always good to get home to see the fams SEE INSTAGRAM FOR MORE PICS BECAUSE I AM LE TIRED AND DON’T FEEL LIKE UPLOADING THEM ALL.
In other news, it’s April Now, which means I’m up on the Movember calendar! Cool!
Also: Did you know that there’s a subreddit devoted to GIFs of chemical reactions?
I’m off to watch Season 3 Episode 2 of GoT. Now matter how many cool things happen in real life, this will always be the highlight of my week
Night night. More on the place sitch next time
No duckface, even. Times, as I said, they are a changing.
Sorry I’ve been a few days absent on the ol’ blahwg heeeya.
I’ve been slammed in the wake of my birthday working on some things behind the velvet rope. The velvet roooope. *rubs velvet rope*
I’ve also been writing and napping and reading like a fiend to keep up with everything going on in
the Justin and Selena scandal international politics.
On Tuesday though, I got a wee break from the news cycle to speak about web culture at Marketing Magazine’s annual social media conference, which was an honour and a blast.
I sometimes take for granted how immersed in the culture of the web I am since the people I’m around all day every day are just like me. It’s refreshing to speak about memes with people who are coming at this world from a different angle, especially in such a positive setting.
Thanks to Marketing Magazine for having me, and to everyone who came out to see me talk! Especially the person who took this photo. Here’s a copy of my “Internet memes for marketers” Prezi if you’re interested in zooming through:
And because I’m a
stark raving narcissist HUMAN BEING who loves to hear nice things about herself, I put together an ego-inflating Storify of kind things people said about me on Twitter during and after my presentation. I’m not going to embed it here because mostly, this is for my mom and dad to show my grandparents.
They might not understand what I do, but they can at least appreciate that people think I’m doing a good job… well, some people. Nobody show grandma my YouTube comments, please.
The above photo is unrelated to anything in this blog post, but it’s great. If you don’t understand why you probably need to spend more time listening to your dad’s CD collection.
Yes, CD collection. If your father has already digitized his entire music collection, he’s probably too young to be into Toto as hard as my dad, and thus you are too young to appreciate The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as it was in Grade 6 so WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE?
Bragging of little victories, LOOK AT WHO MADE IT ONTO MASHABLE SORT OF:
Not me, but a Screenshot of the story I wrote for work about a 72-year-old man who models teen girl clothes. The Mashable story was about Storify’s new layout, and Storify had just happened to feature one of our stories when Mashable took the screenshot. LITTLE VICTORIES, FRIG MAN, I WAS EXCITED, and also just really want to link to this story because that grandpa’s got game.
Also linkworthy (and crucial if the title of this post is to make any sense: Wu-Tang Clan member GZA is teaming up with a Columbia professor to help public school students in New York City learn science through hip-hop.
Science rules everything around me! Get it?
Kitty cat cuddle time. We out, We out.
Friend: “Hey Lauren, where’s the party tonight?”
Me: “The Republicans or the Democrats?”‘
Me: “Which party?”
Friend: “I don’t know… anything going on downtown?”
Me: “Oh. Oh I don’t care. I’m working.”
Me: “Yeah… I’m interviewing TOM FREAKING ROSENSTIEL about memes and the presidential candidates tonight.”
Friend: “When did you start caring about American politics?”
Me: “Politics have changed man. I’ve changed… ”
Friend: “When are you going to be normal again?”
Me: “Saturday, probably. I need to sleep.”
It’s been a really good, really busy week for me on the work front.
Between a marathon Live Chat Tuesday night, weeks of presidential campaign stories and the “Meme Election” episode of Live Online last night (plus all of the writing, prep, and research in between) I am an exhausted zombie, but one who’s feeling pretty knowledgable in her own keenerly bookish geek-beat way.
Come at me with a current events question, bro, I’ll TALK YOUR FLIPPIN’ EAR OFF before I eat your brains, braiiiiins…
Here are a few of the best things I did over the past week, for posterity’s sake and in case any of you are into new media, journalim, or the intersection of memes and American politics from a (nerdy millennial) Canadian perspective.
And of course, LIVE ONLINE: The Meme Election, featuring Tom Rosenstiel, Brad Kim, Tim Hwang, Veronica De Souza and Michelle Forelle.
You can watch the full video replay here.
Here are some of the studies I touched upon or articles I gleaned knowledge / facts / statistics from to provide more in-depth social media commentary than “Binders, Big Bird, Bayonets, wee!” over the past couple of weeks.
- Clicktivism, The Buzzfeed Effect And Corporate Meme-Jacking, by Whitney Phillips and Kate Miltner. A must-read.
- Speaking in Memes, By Nathan Jurgenson (great read.)
- Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election: Twitter bombs, microtargeting, and astroturfed journalists.
- 2012: The First Digital Election, Forbes.
- How Generation Internet will clean up our politics
- Mark 2012 as history’s last ‘social media’ election
- Obama Winning Social Media, If #Hashtagwars Really Matter
- 5 social media questions 2012 will answer, Politico
- Where America’s Racist Tweets Come From
Bed time for this cat. For so many hours…
TV meets internet meets creativity with a sick sense of humour.
This, my friends, this is what life is all about. This is the kind of thing that makes my heart sing.
Walt Jr. is pretty much the second hottest guy on Breaking Bad next to Jesse, for the record. But unlike Jesse, he doesn’t care for meth — his drug of choice is Raisin Bran Crunch.
Is that not a really, really good song? Even out of context, the soulful mix is dope. And the video? Well…
‘Nuff said. And if you don’t know who Sweet Brown is, watch the original viral video here:
Antoine Dodson Sweet Brown is totally famous for another 15 seconds thanks to that remix, and I’ve got a new morning hype-track for another day or so (I’ve already been jamming to this for 10 so… ya know.)
Speaking of news memes though, did you know that Antoine Dodson is going to be at ROFLcon this year? Well OBBBBVIOUSLY he is. Everybody is. Including ME, WEEEEEE!
I’m going to run and tell that homeboy how much Canada loves him if I get a chance. Maybe Sweet Brown will come too. That would be gravy.
I put some purple in my hair this evening. With chalk.
It’s faint and only in the bangs. I’m going to go nuts with some turquoise later this week, but only on the ends, a la Kate Bosworth:
You know what’s fun on a Sunday night? Watching cheesy Raven-Symoné movies and teasing the heck out of your hair.
Oh oh oh, hold up now – what is THIS? I started watching this “Jane By Design” show on Netflix and I’m madly in love, not even 10 minutes in. HI BILLY:
Google tells me his real name is Nick Roux and that he’s a total Disney kid. Blergh. This gen’s Chad Michael Murray circa One Tree Hill season 1. *sigh*
Hehe, Oh Chad! Stop!
I’ve got to go to bed now…
PS – In case you were wondering, Sweet Brown finally got her cold pop! Awwww…
Happy Sunday, my crazy nasty*ss honey readers!
Nary a blog post all weekend from this lass, eh? My apologies (because I know you live and die by the regularity of my blog posts. What up, Obama family? Thanks for reading!) — it’s been a busy one though.
More on the lot of my adventures (plus some huge news) later, but first: Internet Memes 101 at Podcamp 2012, WHAAAAT?
This was my third year at Podcamp (year one, year two) and I’d been toying with the idea of presenting for a few weeks. So, at the very last minute I finagled my way into a spot and tossed together the only thing I felt passionate enough to spend both Thursday and Friday nights inside the Matrix working on:
To my delight though, the room was already filling up as I arrived to plug in. Too bad said room was in a basement with no freaking Internet connection.
The entire group marched up 3 flights of stairs through the Rogers Communications Centre with me. These people are obviously as dedicated to Internet hilarity as I am (and maybe you too, since you are reading this blog), which makes them fooking stars:
Ethernet! Great success! John Leschinski rules at LIFE!!!
The feedback I got from Twitter after the presentation was cool. Being told I’m funny feels better than anything else (save for being told I’m SUPER RICH, but that’s just an assumption. I’ve never been rich. I bet it feels great.)
@laurenonizzle best presentation of the day. Great LOLs
— Kim Champion (@VaughanEditor) February 25, 2012
— Russ Martin (@russless) February 25, 2012
— canada.com Tech (@canadacomTech) February 25, 2012
— Jonny Bunning (@emaninTdot) February 25, 2012
— Bernard Hellen (@bernardhellen) February 25, 2012
Thanks again to everyone who came out for real. You made this little blonde nerd’s week!
If you didn’t get a chance to see it live, here are the slides. Many won’t make sense or be as good without the verbal commentary / jokes behind them, but there are some funny videos and lots of weird crap so it’s still worthwhile I think.
I should have included blue waffle in things not to google (DON’T DO IT) and Badger Badger in classics. *sigh* There really are more memes out there on the World Wide Web than anyone could ever document in full… Except for KnowYourMeme. They do it. I don’t.
WAH, give me a break. I am but one cat and the Oscar red carpet show is about to begin. Want more information about Internet Memes? GOOGLE IT
Memes 101 w/ @laurenonizzle @ #PCTO12. Lots of hilarity Room 357
Feb 25, 2012 | Source: Keek.com
Alright, It’s time to get my judge on. You know, Tweet about how much I love everything that isn’t touching Goopy Paltrow or any of the other Hollywonks I can’t stand.
Fingers crossed Jean DuJardin has a wardrobe malfunction
How about a little bit of THIS to start your week off right?
“Feed the Screen Cap” won my Tumblog of the week designation this morning, nary two hours into the work week, based on its simplicity and hilarity and its not-so-vague similarity to that scene in Family Guy where Peter feeds Tom Selleck baked beans from a can…
But then I discovered Lana Del Who and, well… you guys can share the title this week. Let’s feed a screencap of Lana Del Ray Liotta some baby carrots to celebrate:
Speaking of web hotness, the Freelancer Fred advice meme is pretty solid. Depressingly accurate, which makes it all the more solid.
Third and yes, least, The Grammys happened last night.
I’m not into watching celebrity award shows on TV, mainly because most of these shows happen during the winter months when the thought of streaming sunny Los Angeles into my living room fill me with RAGE — and also because most award shows are boring, save for the red carpet fashion coverage.
You know what isn’t boring though? All of the reactionary web content produced during and after the shows. Those snarky Monday morning blog posts, the hilarious animated gifs and, of course, the live Tweets.
Like many people my age, I’ve given up the passive act of “watching television”. Instead, I split my focus between the TV screen, the laptop screen and the smartphone screen, commenting on everything that strikes me as interesting in real time, discussing it with thousands of other people who are all simultaneously caught up in the very same act of synchronized mass cultural consumption.
The programs on TV have become secondary to the mass conversations at our fingertips. Watch the Royal Wedding on a couch in front of the TV? That is SO 2008.
Well, no… It’s 2011, but only because that’s when the wedding actually happened.
Anyhoo, I didn’t watch the Grammys at all because I was driving home to the city from my parents’ house, listening to intelligent public radio programs like the big word user that I am.
From what the Internet tells me, this is what happened last night:
I wonder what she’ll pull out for the next soiree?
Meanwhile, Katy Perry was all like “La la la, I kissed a girl and I liked itttt” with her blue everything while Gaga quietly clutched a sceptre in her seat…
Easy there, Queen Beryl.
From what I gather, not much else of interest happened on the show outside of one Chris Brown performance that turned hundreds of American girls into insensitive fools and one Andy Levy into a comedian for the evening.
I’d love to go to the Grammys one day and interview some of these people on the red carpet. I’d love a lot of things, like some Habitant French-Canadian pea soup for dinner and a passport photo that doesn’t make me look like I’m about to burn things.
BONUS: Here’s another photograph of my brother’s new cat via my Instragram feed…
And a photo of a photo of my parents at 29. That’s Nicki Minaj’s age, don’t you know.
My predictions for the #TopTenRappersMTV Top 5: J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, WTT (can Jay/Kanye count as one?), Bad Meets Evil and Drizzy (obvs).
— Lauren O’Nizzle (@laurenonizzle) December 27, 2011
I AM A GOLDEN GOD OF POPULAR MUSIC KNOWLEDGE! I AM A PSAVVY PSYCHIC PSUE! I WATCH A LOT OF MUSIC TELEVISION AND THUS CAN MAKE GENERALIZED PREDICTIONS THAT SOMETIMES RING PERFECT!
Almost perfect, anyway. Bad Meets Evil IS Eminem, and they mentioned Royce Da 5’9″ in his segment quite a bit, attributing Bad Meets Evil as the reason for Marshall’s stellar year. So there. I count this is a flawless victory (save for the order).
Let me have it.
Now, something for you dear reader! A roundup of my ten favourite “Top 10″ Lists from the annual flurry of “Omg it’s the end of the year and everybody’s going on vacation so let’s make a whole bunch of roundup lists and drive traffic back to high performing articles from 2011 FACHHHKKKYEAHHHHH we’re brilliant!” articles. Lists click well, don’t cha know. Lists and gifs and scandalous shiss.
Laurenoutloud.com’s Top 10 Top 10 Lists of 2011
10. Smosh’s 10 Best Random Internet Celebrities of 2011: All of the love to Shironeko and this corny dancing white betch:
9. The Top Ten Moments Comedians Made Us Think in 2011 by Splitsider: It’s safe to say I have the hugest blogcrush on Splitsider. This is a great roundup.
8. The Top Ten Cover Songs of 2011: Karmin, undoubtedly, wins this category forever and ever in my heart with “Look At Me Now”. I WANT TO BE THIS CHICK:
7. The Ten Best Animal Videos of 2011, by Urlesque: So good. Don’t watch blind kitten though, unless you don’t feel like crying. I kind of do so…
6. 2011′s Top Ten Sex & Tech Headlines by ZDnet: Porn apps and rape pages. LEGGO!
5. The 10 Funniest Gif Trends of 2011 by Mashable: A great roundup, but I must declare that Paula Deen takes the cake. Or the ham, rather… IN HER FACE! bwahahaha…
4. Gawker’s List of the Year End Listicles They Didn’t Get Around To Writing: Makes a rather entertaining and appropriately reflective list in and of itself. I think that was the point.
3. The Top Ten Internet Memes of 2011, by Know Your Meme: KYM is one of the only authoritative sources on this matter, in my opinion (Urlesque and Buzzfeed being the others). There were a lot of “Top Web Meme” roundups this year, but few can compare to this. Thanks though, CBS, for the low down on planking. Those crazy kids and their iApples! What will they get up to next?
2. Bite.ca’s 10 Overused Catchphrases That Defined 2011: A damn near perfect list. Bite makes Canada look great and for this (plus the endless hours of entertainment), I love them. Let’s put an end to the word “Epic”, once and for all folks. Kray can stay though. I loh’ that word right now.
1. Hipster Runoff’s Top 10 of 2011: A must read. This year’s most important list, by far.
Bonus: All of Buzzfeed’s “Best of 11″ Category. Seriously. The whole dang thing. Cats, dogs, videos, gifs, memes, games, schtoopic celebrities… top notch, as always.
Happy New Year’s Eve, homies. I love you always.
Bonjeezy! What up? I HAVE A SOCK ON MY HEAD BUT YOU CAN’T SEE IT, HA!
Okay, maybe you can see it a little bit. It was my first attempt at sock-bunnage and I didn’t yet know that I was supposed to use hairspray. Split or no split, it’s pretty freaking cool.
If you follow me on the Twitters, you may recall a certain freakout over this a few weeks back. I Tweeted multiple times. I was impressed.
I’m glad to have finally tried it! Was thinking about wearing it to shoot this evening since I was told to keep my hair away from the lavaliere mic (my side pony be rubbing all up on it making crazy noises in the director’s ear!), but want to have a bit more practice first. Maybe next time. You guys can watch and know that the blonde chick’s got a sock up on her head, BWHAHAHA.
Anyway, it’s my Sean’s birthday today. His ARSENIC birthday! Doesn’t he look fly?
We had a party for him Saturday night, which is where that photo was taken (by Casie – thanks!). If I knew how to bake a cake, I’d bake him this one…
But I don’t make cakes and there isn’t time to comission one and Sean isn’t really into junk food anyway. I’ll steam him some broccoli and brown rice… with sprinkles!
Moral of the story? I didn’t buy you or bake you a cake or even a heart shaped pizza, but I DID find some pictures of weird cakes on the Internet and I love you so we’re good, right? I’ll give you your real present later. (Hint: It rhymes with Men Bee Eh Meague Pass and I just hyperlinked to it and you already know you’re getting it WAH!)
Happy birthday Sean Sean!
Don’t understand why that stuff is funny? Maybe this is more your speed (said the pretentious nobody). Sheet, who am I kidding – I SET that speed. CATSANDCATSANDCATSANDCATS.
Good on ya, buddy. Damn.
C’est tout. Bye bye.
On the 9th day of Halloween, my true love gave to me…
Photographs of jack-o’-lanterns, that is. Not the actual pumpkins. And not 9 of them, either. I’ve seen OVER 9000 supersick pumpkins on the Internet this week (every year, more and more people join us), but this post is dedicated to the ninth day of Halloween and thus – here are 9 pictures. Enjoy.
Look of disapproval pumpkin (see also: Forever Alone Pumpkin)
Most of those were found via Google and Reddit’s pumpkin carving contest (ongoing – enter now!)
On the off-chance that you decided to skip personal pumpkinnery this year but are now because of this post feeling inspired to put something orange and spooky on your doorstep, here are a few simple-yet-impressive NO CARVE pumpkin ideas.
Like I announced to my co-workers last week: “No-carve pumpkins are so hot this season!” *facepalm*
Halloween’s been insane so far. INSANE. Har joo been watching the Tweets? Full wrap-post to come. Sha’mon!
PS – If you need a last-minute Halloween costume for tomorrow night, Regretsy’s got some of the best I’ve seen this year. Militant Lactivist for the win! Bwahaha….