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Weird Video Wednesday:: Bring on the Shih Tzus!

24 Jun

It’s no secret that I adore shih tzus, especially my own 2 year-old darling Madalyne.  The other day while wasting time, I mean, doing important research for “Weird Video Wednesday,” I stumbled across this video.  Unfortunately, I’m not able to embed it because the owner has disabled the feature, but you can click on the link to check it out.

So, instead, I found the video below, which is a bunch of cute little shih tzu puppies playing.  It’s not exactly weird, but it is super adorable.

Alright, alright, you want weird.  Here’s this strange video of a guy being stalked by his shih tzu.  And it’s true–my shih tzu is ALWAYS staring at me waiting for me to do something, like walk to the other room, so she can follow me.  Cassie the Peekapoo is more independent and does her own thing.  Anyway, this video is weird and it gave me a chuckle.

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Tuned Out:: Charlie Bit My Finger!

14 Mar

It’s the weekend.  It’s time for fun, frivolity, and catching up on all my posts you missed this week while you were busy dealing with the “real world.”  Instead, I’m going to post a fun video every weekend for you.  I’m calling it “Tuned Out” (even though I know you’re really tuned in).

My friend sent me a link to this video months ago and it just cracks me up.  Whenever I’m feeling a little down, I check out Charlie and his brother Harry for some finger-chomping action with British accents of course.

And here’s an interview with Harry, Charlie, and the fam::

P.S. Baby Jasper was born and you can see video on him on YouTube here.

Finding the Force and Palin Power

15 Sep

My friend Cal gave me a heads-up about the JediGym videos on YouTube, which are–I’m not gonna lie–strange. I tend to stay more on the fantasty side of the genre, so I’m not a big Star Wars fan.  However, I’ve sort of developed a bit of a crush on Master Flynn, which means I need to post this series promo below in hopes that he will find me and whisk me away in his space-rider-thingie.  Yeah.

Oh, and Cal, thanks for telling me I wasn’t wasting my time making Palin Power ads!

Yes, I really did make this!  I will master Photoshop yet!

Yes, I really did make this! I will master Photoshop yet!

Guest Post:: Lights, Camera, Action!

16 Apr

By Derek Tang, Guest Blogger

Look closely. Do you see a very disturbing common thread among all these statements?

“One [student] recorded [the fight] on a cell phone. The video was posted on the Internet and turned it over to police…”,

“Madison County school officials are investigating who posted a beating online…”,

“[a] YouTube video of a beating…”,

“The girls bragged they were going to put the videotaped beating on YouTube and MySpace…”

Make no mistake about it–YouTube has been a great innovation in the ever-expanding world of the internet. Where once people had to make do with sending plain old letters that took days and even weeks to arrive at their destinations to keep in touch with friends and family near and far, we’re not only able to send pictures across the globe as fast as our respective internet connections allow us to, we’re able to make video available as well. For all to see.

The result? We’ve gone from blogs to vlogs (inspired by and thrust into the spotlight thanks to lonelygirl15). Movie previews (and even whole movies) show up online. Election campaigns gain momentum thanks to online video contributions. Video postings are met with……video responses. All sorts of promotions are undertaken via YouTube.

Though making slightly less of an impact, we’ve also discovered the Evolution of Dance, the farting chipmunk, OK Go, and my own personal favorite: Numa Numa. And where oh where would the campaign for the White House in 2008 be without Obama Girl? Then there’s the myriad of video game “highlight reels” posted (“Guitar Hero III,” anyone?).

But at what price?

The videotaping and subsequent beatings of students above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other stories like that. The timeless social phenomenon known as the “schoolyard bully” has taken on a whole ugly turn. And this time, the entire world gets to view it.

YouTube’s (and other sites like it) pervasiveness doesn’t appear to have stopped there…

In a tearful and furious YouTube video with close to 150,000 hits to date, former actress and playwright (“Bonkers”) Tricia Walsh-Smith lashes out against her husband, Philip Smith, president of the Shubert Organization, the largest theater owner on Broadway.” (Full story)

Walsh-Smith then goes through the couple’s wedding album on camera, describing family members as “bad” or “evil” or “nasty,” and discusses about how her husband is allegedly trying to evict her from their luxury apartment. She also makes embarrassing claims regarding their intimate life, and then calls his office on camera to repeat those claims to a stunned assistant.

Famed divorce attorney Raoul Felder, called for comment on the video, termed the whole thing “funny, but there’s also sadness. This is a victim who is holding her head up. I think she comes off well.” Then again, Felder announced that he is now representing Walsh-Smith — though he wasn’t when she made the YouTube video.As for Smith, his office said he had no comment and his lawyers said they didn’t, either — “other than that we’re kind of appalled.”

And particularly infuriating, here’s another gem–where two teens videotape themselves giving a toddler pot–that was picked up by the media today. Here’s a more detailed video report (oh, the irony!)

Who knows where that video would have shown up? A failed attempt at becoming the next big “viral video,” perhaps? And why? School beatings, divorce rants, forcing drugs upon toddlers……perhaps it’s just me, but as I try to comprehend what goes on in the minds of people, what I keep coming back to is that all this is being put forth by individuals or small groups to garner more and more attention to the one cause they elevate above others: themselves.

Media theorist Marshall McLuhan once famously said that the world was heading in the direction of a “global village.” We have plenty of idiots for that village as evidenced by the “creative” efforts of its online denizens. More to the point, the more familiar I become with this culture, the more contempt I have for it. I was warned about this in Scripture, wasn’t I? It’s no wonder the Gospel of John is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I took the red pill a long time ago.

Derek Tang is a youth director with a passion for pop culture, current events, and soccer. He is a husband to the lovely, beautiful, and talented Katie and has one daughter…and five cats. You can visit Derek online at his blog, Musings.

The McCain Girls vs. The Obama Girl vs. The Hillary Kid

14 Apr

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the “McCain Girls”–a trio of ladies who have made two videos in support McCain (read more) and the “The Obama Girl” who seems to have a thing for Barack Obama. The McCain Girls, who sing “Raining McCain” and “Here Comes McCain Again” are part of the humor website 23/6, which is poking fun at campaign songs. The Obama Girl, Amber Lee Ettinger, sports a shirt reading “I’ve Got a Crush on Obama” in her video, and was voted as one of the sexiest women on the web. So, who could win in a battle of the McCain Girls vs. the Obama Girl? While the McCain Girls have the advantage of being a trio, they really can’t sing on-key, and don’t have as much sex appeal as the Obama Girl, who sings slightly better. Truth be told, the Obama Girl’s son is flat-out better lyrically and musically. Plus, that Obama Girl is scrappy–I think she could definitely beat the McCain Girls in a fight. Yet i love how the McCain Girls represent a wider demographic, and they’re not, uh, skanky. Maybe sexy sells, but I sure wish that Obama Girl would cover up. How is having hot chicks sexualize your campaign going to win votes? Not sure, but I will say this Amber Lee Ettinger seems like a nice girl, and the video is pretty amusing. I’m not sure what “girl” I am anymore. Then there’s this random rockin’ kid who likes Hilary, who’s the best of the lot. Unfortunately, I think he’s underaged (jail bait!), but man, this kid can rock. I think he can take ’em all on. See him below…

Tom Cruise Scientology Video

20 Jan

A few weeks ago Tom Cruise did a very bizarre interview about his beliefs on scientology. While I’m not a proponent of scientology, I can see how what Christians say could also be construed as “crazy”. I mean, we do believe God came to earth in the person of Jesus, hung out with the dregs of society, was killed, rose again, went to where He came from, and is coming back again. The bottom line–I am a Christian and affirm the Apostles Creed, but I wonder if we seem as nuts as Tom Cruise. Probably.

Although, Cruise seems a bit deranged in the clip below (and watch the spoof because it’s even better). I mean, his statements seem to be rambling statements that have no context. Then again, have you watched “The 700 Club” lately? My point is this–any views seem crazy to outsiders; however, we need to explain our beliefs to people in ways they can understand. Oh, and if someone interviews you, don’t just start randomly laughing. It’s creepy.

It’s my hope that Christians really will be known by our love, not by the ridiculous statements issues by our “leaders”.

OK, as promised, here’s the Tom Cruise scientology video. It’s a little under 10 minutes, and it’s pretty boring. Someone added some fun music and a voice over to this clip.

Here’s a spoof some guy made, which is a lot more interesting that Tom Cruise’s actual interview…

Remix Culture: The Early Years

13 Jan

I’m sure this video has been all over youth ministry, youth culture, and many other blogs that have the word “youth” in them. But, until it showed up on YPulse this week, I had no idea it existed. Put together by the fine folks at the Center for Social Media, Remix Culture showcases the uses of mash-ups, mix-ups, and other fun stuff that media savvy folks are doing. You can watch it below (naturally it ended up on YouTube), or check out the original here.

And according to Recut, Reframe, and Recycle a study done by the Center for Social Media, this type of video production may be legal under the “fair use” doctrine (read study here). Here’s a quote from an excerpt on the report,” So when makers mash up several works—say, The Ten Commandments , Ben-Hur and 10 Things I Hate about You , making Ten Things I Hate about Commandments —they aren’t necessarily stealing. They are quoting in order to make a new commentary on popular culture, and creating a new piece of popular culture.” You can even download a PDF of the full report, see the videos that were studied, and gain more insight on media law than you ever wanted. I think the Center for Social Media is my new favorite website (after my blogs and Youth Ministry Exchange, of course!)

New Year’s Resolutions–Make ‘Em to Break ‘Em

31 Dec

So, here’s my foray into the world of producing a video blog, which I will try to do once a week.  I made it in the car while Sarah and I were waiting for Mary’s sister to pick her up to take her back to college.  My digital camera is perched on the car’s dashboard recording all this nonsense. The lighting’s a little off, but whatever…it’s a ghetto production.  Notice how psyched Sarah looks about the whole thing…oh, and Mary breaks out in random song.   I love my entourage.

Carman Video of the Week, Part 2

16 Dec


This week I prevent you with a truly bizarre Carman video, “R.I.O.T”. I never understood why they look like plumbers who are dancing…maybe it was a “Super Mario Brothers” tie-in or something.

Santa Bans The Golden Compass

13 Dec

Santa Claus spoke out this week against The Golden Compass. I guess he won’t be using this compass to steer his sleigh. In a video message posted on YouTube (see below), Santa scolds the movie’s maker, the author of the books behind the movie, and advertisers who support the movie. Looks like they’re all going to be on the “Naughty List” this year…they’ll be lucky to get coal from the Big Guy.

Here’s the video Santa made about The Golden Compass:

Best quote from the video: “Philip Pullman’s not just on my naughty list–those books are on my banned list.”

So don’t ask Santa for the Dark Trilogy by Philip Pullman or he just may have an anerysm.

The video was put together by ChristmasGram.com, a site that will make your loved one a personal video FROM SANTA for only $14.95 (that is until Dec. 12–prices may have gone up by now). Interestingly enough, Santa’s condemnation of The Golden Compass was released just as the price was increasing…hmm…

While I don’t feel that we as Christians should dabble with the dark forces, do we really need a guy dressed as the iconic figure of Santa Claus giving us sermons via YouTube? The part that’s most ironic is that some Christians have chosen to throw out the whole notion of Santa Claus, instead focusing on Jesus’ birth (as crazy as that is. I mean, it is called CHRISTmas). I don’t tend to take spiritual advice from a guy who lives in the North Pole and hangs out with elves all year long.  I mean, how many Christians don’t even like Santa?  He’s a fictional character, for crying out loud!
Plus, it angers me that some man out there in the world would dress up as Santa, a classic Christmas character, to deliver his opinion about The Golden Compass. What’s next–Frosty the Snowman giving me a dissertation on Harry Potter?

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