Nissan Rogue Video

October 5, 2007 6 Comments

Yesterday geeknews.net posted a fantastic youtube video advertising the Nissan Rogue

The Nissan website features a link to a game you can play that tries to emulate the video.

I do like it when a bit of effort and creativity goes into adverts. Even if it’s a product I have no intention of buying – the fact that I like it and discuss it shows that advertising works.

A possible contender perhaps for Advert of the year?

At least she’s pretty

September 3, 2007 13 Comments

18 year old Lauren Caitlin Upton came third runner-up in the Miss Teen South Carolina contest last week. I don’t see why pageants have talent shows and question rounds. As a beauty contest they should just stand the girls on a pedestal, check out their bodies and their teeth, have them run in circles as if it’s the Best in Show award and then stick a crown on one of them. You can guarantee if an ugly girl entered who was very talented and super intelligent she wouldn’t win based on her looks, so why pretend that it’s anything less superficial than it is?

Lauren Caitlin Upton was asked why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map.

Her answer was as follows:

Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography.

Or at least, that was her second answer to that question, 4 days after she was originally asked it and it’s obviously scripted and no doubt well rehearsed.

Her original answer wasn’t as good, and has been getting quite a lot of attention on YouTube. She claims to have not originally heard the question, and I’ll of course give her the benefit of the doubt.


Tuesday Cuteness

August 14, 2007 413 Comments

Two photos to make you wet yourself with awww-ness:

Image below from fightshatner’s Photobucket

Mortal Wombat

Image below from FurryPeoplePetSitting.com
Flower sniffin’

And this one more of an eww…

How to break up a catfight


The Top 5 most irritating game shows to watch

August 13, 2007 10 Comments

I love game shows, and will watch most drivel that’s put on in front of me. My favourite ones are those which ask general knowledge questions such as the fantastic 15 to 1 and, to a lesser extent, University Challenge (but only as the questions are much harder).

However, there are some game shows that are just irritating to watch. Most of the time the format of the show is fine, but the combination of stupid contestants and often easy answers results in the viewer shouting obscenities at the television, wondering how such a muppet could have lasted so long in life, let alone found their way to the television studio.

At the end of the day, it’s because we all sit in front of the television watching them with one thought on our minds – “I would do much better than that twit if I was on this show”.

So here’s my countdown of the top 5 most irritating game shows to watch (introduced in the style of Bullseye‘s Tony Green).

“iiin 5” Catchphrase

catchphrase
The point of this show was to guess the phrase that was coming up on screen – like an animated ‘dingbats’ or ‘charades’. The show was presented by Irishman Roy Walker who had a sleezy smile and evil glint in his eye, and coined those wonderful terms ‘Say what you see’ and ‘It’s the ready money round’. The mascot for the show was Mr Chips, a yellow robotesque figure who would often look like he was wanking off a dog or killing someone with a kitchen utensil until the final square on the board disappeared to show he was in fact acting out ‘Man’s best friend’ or ‘don’t cry over spilt milk’.

Just say what you see
Hand Job
answer: Holding down a job

The show is frustrating in part due to Roy Walker, but mostly due to the images being either too difficult to get, or extremely obvious but the contestants not having a clue.

“iiin 4” Bullseye

It had to be in here, and let’s get this straight from the start – nobody watched this show for the darts, and I doubt anybody thought it would be a great idea to enter for it whilst they were sober. This show featured 3 teams of 2, one of who was a ‘darts player’ and the other being whoever they could drag to the set to answer questions.

Like Catchphrase, this show also had a mascot – Bully the Bull. He was great and would appear throughout the show moo-ing if you got something incorrect or ran out of time…though they may as well have had him sat there laughing at the idiots who can’t spell the simplest of words (go ahead and find the typos in this post, I can take it).

Bully

Host Jim Bowen was the main cause of frustration in this show, due to the fact he’s not a very funny comedian. Added to this the contestants who are dragged from under their rocks in the depths of middle England and have no character whatsoever and you get excruciating television. There’s the usual bad answers to easy questions and the worst prizes in television show history (“Look at what you could have won!” – what…that kinder egg toy?)

The top prize was often a car, caravan or speedboat – and you can guarantee there would be arguments about who would have kept the prize (no, you have it) when it was won because everybody on the show were friends who had met at the pub. Two scooters would have been more ideal.

“iiin 3” Who wants to be a Millionaire

Yes, we know ‘it’s only easy if you know the answer’ – but some people are just stupid.

An elephant the size of the moon

Most contestants on this show are fine, and they go through their life lines and get a bit of money and you answer questions along with them until they get knocked out on questions you don’t know the answer to anyway.

However, you will often come across one individual that must have slipped during the fastest finger first round and managed to make their way to the chair, and when you do the only thing that is more frustrating than their inability to answer simple questions is the fact they may accidentally get it right and end up with money they surely don’t deserve.

Video highlighting international muppetry

The Majority of French People Are Dumb – Watch more free videos

“iiin 2” Wheel of Fortune
Hangman with bright lights and a big wheel.

Another show that has more than it’s equal share of dumb contestants who simply can’t grasp what words are.

Originally the UK show was presented by likable Nicky Campbell and wasn’t all that bad. He was a decent enough presenter, and we can forgive the fact the show gave rise to the fame of Smilie Smilie Carol Smilie. Yet there were times when you just left wondering how the contestants can miss such obviousness, a feeling that was amplified if you ever got to see a US version of the show.

After Nicky Campbell left it went downhill very quickly. Bradley ‘It’s a puppet’ Walsh took over to offer a lot of cheese and innuendo to the show, and he was followed a year later by John ‘insert your own comments here’ Leslie, sidekicked by an equally bad Jenny Powell.

Sure, it’s annoying when you can obviously see what the word is and they guess letters like ‘z’ which won’t fit anywhere at all, or in the cases above when it is so obvious what the words are, but the thing that projects this show to the forefront of annoyance is the audience who do nothing but clap all the way through.

clap say hello clap look at the wheel clap it’s a phrase clap spin the wheel clap letter T clap 1 letter T clap spin the wheel clap – it’s crazy how much clapping goes on in there, and I’m sure the audience can’t have much skin left on their palms by the end of it all.

I never noticed this originally until someone had pointed it out to me, and now it’s the only thing I can think about if I watch it…kind of like when someone mentioned Jeremy Beadle had one had smaller than the other – never noticed that until it was told, and now that’s all I can see whenever he’s presenting something.

“iiin 1” (or should that be “and Bully’s special prize…”?) The Crystal Maze
Slaphead Richard O’Brian presented this popular show which combines a team of witless contestants with challenges that are based around puzzles and fall into categories such as mystery, logical and physical.

Crystal Maze

The hand eye co-ordination of some of these people is unbelievable, and makes you question how they manage to get dressed in the mornings. Combine this with their inability to do tasks that a 2 year old does means you’re shouting at the television in agony (No you fucking idiot – put the triangle in the triangle shaped hole!) as the team fail to gain a crystal time after time, or use the few that they do manage to accidentally retrieve on ‘freeing’ their hapless team mates who are to slow to comprehend time and how doors work as they get locked into room after room.

Public muppet #1

I was never sure what the actual prize was at the end of the day once the contestants collected ‘gold tokens’ from inside a wind machine, because all the contestants ever seemed to take home with them was a crappy ‘crystal ball’ and a newly established lack of self esteem.

Simpsons on the big screen

August 4, 2007 6 Comments

I’ve been to see The Simpsons Movie a couple of times at the cinema, and as expected the second viewing is still highly amusing, much in the same way watching a normal episode for a second time is. There’s something about programmes like The Simpsons and Friends which allow you to watch them over and over again without getting bored, and still being able to laugh at the jokes – no matter how old.

However, I have some series of both programmes on DVD, and I stick them in to watch in bed before going to sleep whenever I first buy the set on DVD, after that I rarely watch them again. Why? Because they’re on TV all the time.

I’ll possible buy The Simpsons Movie when it is released on DVD, and I’ll probably watch it after doing so – but I doubt there would be much repeat watching on it.

If it wasn’t on TV all of the time, as with Friends, would I bother watching them on DVD or would I simply just not care about them anymore? I think the latter.

Anyhoo, it’s very much worth seeing at the cinema – the Spider Pig aspect is rather amusing – and Green Day are of course fantastic.

Rhapsody only seem to have the song available if you’re in the US…so of course YouTube was the way to turn.

Green Day: The Simpsons Theme

The second time I went to see it I stayed for the whole length of the credits, so can tell you that there are 4 clips at the end during the credits. You should stay for the first three of them, especially the third, and then you can happily leave the cinema – the last clip is shown at the very end of the credits and is rather boring – so just go ahead and wait for the DVD at which point you can fast forward.

Lassie, get help

August 2, 2007 2 Comments

Amusing Lassie video, in the style of The Matrix.

I was never a huge fan of Lassie, or Skippy. Flipper was much more my cup of tea.

Hanson – Now with facial hair

July 30, 2007 1 Comment

It was ten years ago when Hanson first came into our lives with the wonderful summertime track of ‘MMMbop’.

Here they were then…fresh faced and innocent I’m sure, with their combined age of 40.

Hanson then
Hanson then

They’ve grown up now though…and I saw an interview with the ‘leader’ of the group last year and he was anything but innocent. Full of cussing and innuendo and such…quite funny though.

Hanson Now
Hanson now

Now, I’m not saying that they’re a great band…as they’re not. Saying that, I have only ever heard their singles…and must admit to liking two of them. MMMbop being the first, and second is one from their second album where they are racing quad bikes in the video….not sure what it’s called.

However, I must give them credit for the actual fact they write their own songs and play their own instruments, and here they are ten years on – still making their own music; that’s a heck of a lot more than most of the manufactured bands over the last decade are doing. So well done to them for that.

Paris Refusal

June 29, 2007 4 Comments

I saw the video below this morning, and then a post by suedejesus reminded me of it…Mika Brzezinski refuses to lead the news with a story about Paris Hilton. I, as one of the many people who shout at the TV or newspapers asking ‘how is this news?’, applaud her.

A fair(y) use tale

June 22, 2007 Leave a Comment

Any attempt to make copyright law easier to grasp is good to have, and this video has a rather unique take on the subject. Some professor (with far too much time on his hands) has mashed up a load of Disney cartoons in an attempt to explain copyright law.

Some areas work well, others not so much with the actual words being quite hard to follow. Still, a fun attempt at what is normally a very boring topic.

The ChubbChubbs

June 9, 2007 1 Comment

Short animated video which is quite sweet, and features a couple of Star Wars parodies (though they are in no way a reason to watch it…they’re just thrown in there).

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