Category Archives: internet

The Internet Party

A look at what happens when Google’s parents leave town for the weekend.  It is a hilarious sketch where all the party guests are websites.  All your favourites are there – Google, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Digg.

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What kind of message are we sending here?

A teenager holds a house party whilst his parents are away and thanks to SMS and the Internet, 500 people find out about it and all turn up.  The party gets out of control and the police are called. It is a common enough story these days.  However, what is not common about this story is that the teenager responsible isn’t the slightest bit sorry that it happened in the first place.  In fact, he is going to hold another party in the coming weeks.  He doesn’t give a shit about the damage caused to his parents’ house, the damage to his neighbourhood or the amount of police resources it took to bring the situation under control.  I know what you are all thinking, “What an ungrateful little shit”. Then again, the kid is 16 and there are many 16 year old boys that probably would feel the same way. No, what makes this situation even worse is not the kid’s lack of empathy or remorse, but the fact that the media and businesses are paying this little shit to be interviewed on their shows and host underage parties at their clubs. They are endorsing and celebrating his disgusting attitude.

Channel 10’s Big Brother program are getting this kid to star on their show in order to win over the younger demographics.  They obviously want someone to trash the house in order to bring up their pathetic ratings.   A number of clubs want this kid to hold parties at their place.  Obviously the clubs in question have an hefty insurance package so that they don’t care if this kid decides to encourage their patrons to wreck the place simply cause it would be fun.

The amount of money they are throwing at this kid is unbelievable.   In fact it is downright sickening.  He is going to have no trouble paying off the $20,000 bill that the police are going to charge him with for the resources it took to bring the party under control.

I am also concerned about what kind of message we are sending to teenagers.  That it is cool to ruin your parents’ place and be a complete asshole?  Does anyone want to bet that we are going to see an increase in out of control teenage parties because kids now think that this is the best way to achieve fame and fortune?

If I had my way, this kid would be shipped off to a small country town away from the conveniences of the internet and mobile phones and made to work in the most dead end, boring as shit job I could find him until he had paid off the police bill, plus the damages to his parents’ place.  At the end of the couple of years that would take him, I would then ask him if he still thinks that the whole situation is a joke.  I am betting you that he wouldn’t.

Classical 80s

If you are a child of the 80s like I am, then you will remember fondly Europe’s hit ‘The Final Countdown’. Well now see it performed on cellos with the backing of a full orchestra. It is worth watching just to see the celloist attempting to headbang as they play.

Finding Chuck Norris

Go to Google
Type in ‘google chuck norris’ and hit “I’m feeling lucky”.

It is little things like this that makes me really love the internet.

Hulu is not for you

Hulu is a TV geek’s greatest dream come true. TV episodes online whenever you want them. Sure, there has been BitTorrent around for years so that you can illegally download any TV episode you want. But what if you don’t feel like breaking the law anymore and you don’t feel like waiting around for an episode to download, Hulu is for you. It offers current primetime shows like The Office, Prison Break, Bionic Woman, House and Bones, and episodes from TV classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miami Vice, Arrested Development and more. It is like a legal version of You Tube, you can even embed whole TV episodes on your blog.

Sign me up I can hear you all saying. Well, if you don’t live in the US, you can’t. Sure you can sign up to the beta testing with a generic gmail account, but you once you get your very own invitation, you can’t watch any of the videos on there. All you get is nice little message saying that this video isn’t available in your country. Hulu has plans to go global, but at the moment it sounds like they are caught up in red tape. Whilst these shows are already been screened across the world, it is the advertising that pays for it and I guess Hulu has to make deals with advertisers in each individual country as well as fight the US networks for the international rights to the shows.

There may be a way to access with annonymizers and if anyone has successfully done so, please let me know. This TV geek wants to access her dream.