We’ve been long-time fans (well, long-time in terms of Internet years) of the website and podcast “Know Your Meme,” a “web series and online database dedicated to documenting Internet culture, one scientismic investigation at a time.” They give you information on the back-story, viral development and spin-offs of every crazy contemporary meme out there, from Auto-Tune to Double Rainbow to shit you’ve never even heard of. While the whole thing is kind of silly, the “scientists” (read: comedians) behind KYM actually do pose — and answer quite well — some smart and interesting questions about our fast-paced viral Internet culture. Take their report on Antoine Dodson/Bed Intruder: Are we laughing at Atoine or with him, as his flamboyant threats against his sister’s would-be rapist to a local news crew are Auto-tuned into a smash hit available on iTunes?
How did we manage to miss this totally awesome quote from Ryan Gosling? In an interview with New York magazine about his upcoming movie BLUE VALENTINE (opening later this year, it’s a portrait of a marriage, co-starring Michelle Williams), he’s asked about his character’s tattoo of Shel Silverstein‚Äôs The Giving Tree on his arm, and replies: “That book is so fucked up; that story‚Äôs the worst. I mean, at the end the tree is a stump and the old guy just sitting on him — he‚Äôs just used him to death, and you‚Äôre supposed to want to be the tree? Fuck you. You be the tree. I don‚Äôt want to be the tree.” Now we can’t decide which we love more — Silverstein’s book or Gosling’s quote about it.
Warning: only hardcore nerds — or those with a soft spot for hardcore nerds — will find this YouTube footage (below) touching. Game designer Anders Howard, with the help of his friends, designed a video game to propose to his girlfriend Steffany; he got friends and family together for a launch event of the game and had her test drive it in front of everyone; in it, a Steffany-look-alike has to walk around a cartoon city collecting food (she writes a foodie blog called Dinner Love) and along the way gets help from an Anders-look-alike, as well as flowers, love letters and ultimately a ring. Super geeks can even play the game for themselves here.
SEDUCE ME, a new five-part original series directed, written by and starring Isabella Rossellini, recently launched over on SUNfiltered. Her original kooky web series GREEN PORNO examined how animals mate; this time she’s exploring how animals seduce each other.¬† The series trailer is above; each of the new episodes is linked to below:
Bedbug ‚Äď Bed bugs reproduce in mass numbers.¬† This episode explores the violent nature in which the blood-sucking baby bugs are conceived.
Cuttlefish ‚Äď Male cuttle fish play the field and often ‚Äúsneak‚ÄĚ into harems posing as females.¬† Once infiltration is complete, the male liberally sows his seed leaving several members of the harem pregnant.
Duck ‚Äď The female duck has a complex body.¬† While males show dominance by forcefully mating with her, she chooses which male will father her ducklings by rejecting and redirecting the seed that doesn‚Äôt suit her.
Salmon ‚Äď Life and death surround the reproductive activities of salmon.¬† Babies are born into the decay of their dead parents‚Äô bodies but manage to avenge their deaths by eating the parasites that attacked them.
Snake ‚Äď Monogamy is the goal of the male garter snake ‚Äď he‚Äôs got to be the only one.¬† Once he‚Äôs mated with his female lover, his hopes are high that no other males come along to ‚Äėun-seal‚Äô the deal.
Okay, we know this will be twice in one week that we’re going rogue and abandoning the whole love and sex thing, but this is worth it! OK Go is an indie band that has mastered viral marketing with clever, innovative one-shot vids for their songs. First there was “A Million Ways,” in which they did an awesome little dance routine in someone’s backyard. Then they upped the ante with a choreographed number on a set of treadmills for “Here I Go Again.” Then came “WTF?” — its psychedonkulous colors and patterns made you go WTF when you watched it (here’s how they did that one). Now, for the song “This Too Shall Pass” from their new album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky,” they’ve done it again — even better! It’s a giant Rube Goldberg machine in a two-story warehouse that moves along in perfect freakin’ synch with the song, all captured in one glorious take (after more than 60s tries over two days). You can read all about how they did it in this Wired article.