Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cinematic Trailer for 'Left 4 Dead 2' video game

Horror video games are hot right now, according to a Reuters story out Oct. 30. (See article titled "Horror videogames scare up record sales".)
The survival horror game "Left 4 Dead 2" from Electronic Arts, out Nov. 17, 2009, is one of the most anticipated. The game is rated Mature because of gruesome zombies and bloody violence.
Here's a cinematic trailer for the video game posted Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: R.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Horror movie montage: No signal on cell phone

Funny montage of the horror movie cliche of no signal on cell phone.
Posted to CollegeHumor on Sept. 24, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Slutty Halloween Costume Song

The Slutty Halloween Costume Song - Watch more Funny Videos
Women who like to dress in slutty costumes for Halloween -- another reason why the U.S. rocks.
Posted to on Oct. 29, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Remix: Movies by the Numbers

Counting from one to 50 with movie titles. Clever edit.
Posted to CollegeHumor on Oct. 23, 2009.
Suggested rating: G

Vampire Reunion

Vampires from different movies and TV shows meet up with humorous results.
Posted to CollegeHumor on Oct. 27, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Batman Vanishing

Funny "Dark Knight" parody by the folks at CollegeHumor.
Posted Oct 26, 2009.
Suggested rating: G

Monday, October 26, 2009

Windows 7 launch events in Japan

Burger King restaurants in Japan offered a special Whopper sandwich with seven beef patties as part of the Microsoft Windows 7 launch events there on Oct. 22, 2009. Here's a photo of the big burger from Geekologie.
The video above shows someone trying to take a bite of the monster hamburger.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

One Japanese event for Windows 7 featured costumed heroes and a monster. But I have no idea what's going on.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 24, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

A demonstration of Windows 7's touchscreen capabilities went wrong on this Japanese TV show.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Windows 7 launch videos

NBC "Today" co-host Matt Lauer interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about Windows 7 on Oct. 22, 2009. A sharp-eyed writer for CrunchGear noted that the laptop displayed on the TV screen behind them is actually an Apple MacBook Pro. Whoops!
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell opens the Nasdaq stock market from the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., on Oct. 22, 2009. Windows 7 engineers in matching blue "I'm a PC" T-shirts are on hand to cheer him on.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Customers line up to enter the first Microsoft retail store on Oct. 22, 2009. The store is located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kylie, age 4 1/2, uses a Windows PC

Subway has Jared; Microsoft has Kylie.
The Subway sandwich chain uses everyman Jared Fogle in its ads to emphasize the health benefits of its menu over that of fast-food burger restaurants.
Now Microsoft is using a precocious 5 1/2-year-old girl named Kylie in its ads to emphasize how simple its Windows 7 operating system is. Even a kid can figure it out. Take that Apple.
Kylie first came to the public's attention last year, when at the age of 4 1/2 she starred in a Microsoft commercial. (See above.) She's starring in a few more commercials timed with the launch of Windows 7, which was released Thursday.
For more information, check out: Investor's Business Daily, Advertising Age and the Seattle Times.
Video made by Microsoft in late 2008.
Suggested rating: G.
Below is one of the new Kylie spots.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 9, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


On the clouds of mythic Mount Olympus, a young girl unleashes a dangerous monster from a mysterious box. Is he a match for the little devil that set him free?

A terrific French cartoon. Reminiscent of "Kung Fu Panda" in style.
Posted to YouTube on July 20, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits a doggie clothing boutique

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits a doggie clothing boutique in L.A. for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." Hilarity ensues.
Posted to Hulu on Oct. 16, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Pixar Intro Parody

Beware of adorable, homicidal lamps.
CollegeHumor takes on Pixar in this animated short.
Posted to on Oct. 19, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kylie Minogue Unplugged

Here's a treat for music fans. Kylie Minogue sings acoustic versions of "Wow" and "Red Blooded Woman" back stage in New York City with her backup singers and guitar player. These folks are a talented bunch.
Posted to Kylie Minogue's YouTube channel on Oct. 18, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Kylie Minogue: Love At First Sight

I saw Kylie Minogue in concert on Oct. 13, 2009, in New York City. Her big finale was "Love At First Sight" from her 2002 album "Fever." Great song and one that's gotten better over time. The version she does in concert has a stronger bass line and better dance beat than the studio release. It's a terrific number.
Above is the music video for the song.
Below are two performances of the song at stadium concerts in Europe -- Manchester, England (2006) and Poland (2009). Notice how the first performance is highly choreographed with dancers in elaborate costumes like a Las Vegas show. The second doesn't have dancers and focuses on Kylie and her band. It shows her progression as a performer, with Kylie more confident in her star presence.

What follows are some amateur videos of her performance of the song at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom last week. Kylie restaged the song for a club setting. Her joy of performing really comes through. Seeing her perform just puts a smile on my face.
The video and audio quality of these clips are iffy, but they do a good job capturing the feel of being at a live club performance of Kylie Minogue on her first U.S. tour.

Another view of the same opening night NYC performance:

Probably overkill, but here's two clips of the same finale from her Oct. 13, 2009, show in NYC -- the final performance of her first U.S. tour. The first was taken close to the stage.

And finally, video from the balcony of the Hammerstein Ballroom that night.

The Terminator - How It Should Have Ended

Clever animated mashup of "The Terminator" and "Back to the Future." It's from the folks at
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 29, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Terminator vs. Robocop

Following yesterday's "Batman vs. Blade" mashup, here's a classic video mashup of "Terminator vs. Robocop" (with a bizarre cameo by Predator).
Created in October 2006. This version was posted to YouTube in January 2007.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Trailer mashup: Batman vs. Blade

Clever mashup of "The Dark Knight" and "Blade" to create a fake movie trailer pitting the two superheroes against each other. Interesting note: both film series have screenwriter David Goyer in common.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 18, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Conan O'Brien interviews the co-inventor of the Universal Serial Bus

"Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien interviews Intel's Ajay Bhatt, co-inventor of USB port for personal computers.
Posted in October 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Wardrobe (The Closet) - Canal plus

A funny, cinematic ad for Canal Plus, the French premium pay television channel.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 1, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Piano stairs - The fun theory

Great video showing how to change people's behavior for the better.
This was an experiment sponsored by Volkswagen to get people to use the stairs rather than the escalator. For more information, visit
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 7, 2009.
Suggested rating: G

Monday, October 12, 2009

Self-checkout fun

I recently wrote about the consumer self-service technology trend on Tech-Media-Tainment. Here are some humorous videos on the subject of grocery store self-checkout registers.
The first video was posted to YouTube on Dec. 21, 2007.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

This second video was posted to YouTube on April 11, 2007.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Finally, here's a Dublin radio station promo that's a little graphic.
Suggested rating: R.

Chop Cup

Trippy optical illusion video.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 27, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

What Cats Are Really Thinking

Funny dub shows what cats really think of their dorky owners.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 2, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"2001: A Space Odyssey" opening with music performed by student orchestra

I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Here's the opening of "2001: A Space Odyssey" with music performed by a student orchestra. They're terrible, horribly offkey.
The music is by the Portsmouth Sinfonia. (For more information, check out their Wikipedia page.)
Posted to YouTube on March 30, 2009.
Suggested rating: G

Verizon Wireless Surprises Customer

The Verizon "Can you hear me now?" guy and network show up and follow someone around, just like on TV. He and everyone else in the park were taken by surprise. Funny stunt.
Posted to YouTube on July 15, 2008.
Suggested rating: G

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sesame Street: 'D' Dance

Children's television program "Sesame Street" imitates Apple's iPod commercials to illustrate the letter D as in "dance." Features Big Bird, Elmo and Snuffy. It would have been better if it had Cookie Monster dancing to "I Left My Cookie at the Disco."
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 29, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

High Times Editorial Office

A classic from A comic look behind the scenes at High Times magazine.
Posted to on May 15, 2007.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Roman Polanski On 'To Catch A Predator'

Funny mashup of NBC's "Dateline: To Catch a Predator" featuring correspondent Chris Hansen and an interview with movie director and convicted child rapist Roman Polanski.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 4, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Zombie Public Service Announcement

With "Zombieland" a hit at the box office, this PSA from G4's "Attack of the Show" is timely.
Posted Oct. 5, 2009.
Rated PG-13.

Monday, October 5, 2009

'Twilight' spoof by G4’s 'Attack of the Show' co-hosts

Funny spoof of vampire movie "Twilight" by G4’s "Attack of the Show" co-hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn.
Posted Sept. 30, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kate Beckinsale: Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

Esquire magazine has named Kate Beckinsale the Sexiest Woman Alive this year.
I can't argue with that. For photos and commentary, check out
Posted Oct. 4, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Public speaker fail

The only things that stand the test of time on the Internet seem to be embarrassing videos and photos. Once they go viral and get passed around online to the amusement of millions, they never die.
Here's a good example. This woman's rambling, nonsensical speech to the Santa Cruz, Calif., City Council on May 13, 2008, has been copied and reposted across the Web.
This version posted to YouTube on Feb. 25, 2009.
Suggested rating: G