Saturday, November 28, 2009

Linked In ... to what?

After splashing cold water on Twitter with a couple of cartoon satires, Current TV has turned its attention to another Web 2.0 phenomenon - LinkedIn.
LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals, is a tougher target than microblogging service Twitter.
Like its Twitter satires, Current's LinkedIn satire tries to say "the emperor has no clothes." It challenges the usefulness of the site, including the belief that LinkedIn helps people find jobs.
I'm not sure about that claim either. But personally I use LinkedIn as a digital Rolodex to keep track of sources and their current jobs and titles.
Posted to on Nov. 20, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Saturday Night Live: Obama in China

"Saturday Night Live" stuck it to President Obama last week in a skit about China's ownership of U.S. debt.
Originally aired on Nov. 21, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Seth MacFarlane's Secret

CollegeHumor skewers the formulaic comedy of Seth MacFarlane.
Posted to on Nov. 11, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG

Bob Hope delivers a political zinger

Bob Hope makes a political statement in the 1940 comedy "The Ghost Breakers."
Posted to YouTube on Dec. 27, 2006.
Suggested rating: G.

Crazy Japanese Ad - Little Red Riding Hood

This Japanese commercial puts a rather perverted spin on the Little Red Riding Hood fable. I have no idea what's going on here, but it's weird.
Posted to YouTube on Jan. 2, 2006.
Suggested rating: PG.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Intel - See the Future

This is how Intel sees the future: touchscreen newspapers; holographic posters; morphing suitcases; and computer eye implants.
This video is part of the company's Sponsors of Tomorrow initiative. See the Web site here.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 17, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

SpatSolver—The Ultimate Argument Resolution Device

Funny video for a fake product called the SpatSolver, designed to resolve disputes about miscommunication by couples.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 25, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Ataque de Pánico! (Panic Attack!) 2009

Here's a terrific science-fiction short film featuring giant robots attacking a city. Amazing special effects.
The 5-minute movie was directed and animated by Fede Alvare
Posted to YouTube on Nov. 3, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Garmin 2009 Holiday Ad

Navigation device maker Garmin's new holiday television ad is pretty trippy. It features a knight, a leprechaun, a yeti and a mandolin-playing squirrel. Will it sell GPS devices this Christmas? We'll see.
Posted to YouTube on Nov. 16, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Microsoft Store breaks into song and dance

Microsoft so badly wants to be cool like Apple, but fails miserably.
Here the employees at Microsoft's new retail store in Mission Viejo, Calif., start a line dance to the music of the Black Eyed Peas.
Brad Slavin, who posted the video to YouTube, saw the singing and dancing as a good thing. "This is an amazing store, the employees seem really excited and engaged, almost happy to be at work," he wrote. (See his YouTube post here and his blog post here.)
Engadget saw only downside. "Why is it that whenever Microsoft tries to have a little 'fun' it comes across as creepy or overly controlled?" Thomas Ricker wrote on Engadget.
A poll on the Huffington Post finds that 67% of viewers find the Microsoft Store dance "cringeworthy," followed by 25% "cute" and 8% "crazy."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Alien vs. Predator roommates

Alien vs. Predator in a confrontation over food.
Posted to YouTube in May 2008.
Suggested rating: PG

Alien vs. Predator at the poker table

Alien vs. Predator at the poker table.
Posted to YouTube in April 2008.
Suggested rating: PG.

Alien vs. Predator in the bathroom

Alien vs. Predator -- the original Odd Couple.
Commercial for 2003 video game from Electronic Arts called "Aliens versus Predator: Extinction."
Posted to YouTube in May 2006.
Suggested rating: PG.

Yankees MasterCard Commercial

How the New York Yankees won the 2009 World Series.
Posted to CollegeHumor on Nov. 13, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Twitter Tells Users To Go Screw Themselves has made a video slamming Twitter as arrogant for not fixing such persistent problems as system failures and trending topics filled with spam.
Twitter is taking flak from all sides now.
ComScore reported this week that the number of U.S. visitors to the microblogging service fell for the first time ever on a month-over-month basis in October. See story at TechCrunch.
Video posted to YouTube on Nov. 11, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Friday, November 13, 2009

'2012' trailer without special effects

Some clever person edited the special effects out of the trailer for the disaster movie "2012." What's left is mostly actors responding to imaginary things -- special effects to be added in post-production. It's pretty funny.
Posted Oct. 7, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beer pong conquers America

Judging from this promo for the World Series of Beer Pong V, you'd think this sport was the next Super Bowl. You know, modern gladiators training for years for their moment in the spotlight to show their skills. All played with tense music and a deep-voiced narrator describing the incredible stakes. But this is beer pong, the popular college drinking game.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

A video recap of the last World Series of Beer Pong competition can be seen here.
Posted to YouTube on Jan. 7, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

And finally, "Late Night" talk show host Jimmy Fallon has been trying to introduce America to beer pong by competing with celebrities.
Here Fallon takes on Charlize Theron.
Posted to the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Web site on Sept. 17, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

U-Create Music television commercial

I've seen this commercial a lot recently during children's television shows on cable that my kids are watching. It's a device from Mattel's Radica Games unit called U-Create Music, aimed at 8 to 14 year olds. It might be a cool gadget, but the ads are super dorky.
The kid in the commercial uses the device to entertain a house party with all of his friends. The game is like "DJ Hero" for the middle school crowd.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 6, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Contra vs. Duck Hunt

You think "Modern Warfare 2" is violent? Check out this mashup of classic video games "Contra" and "Duck Hunt."
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 9, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG

Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Endless Paperwork, Routine Patrolling

Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks
The year’s most anticipated video game – Activision's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" – gets skewered by the Onion News Network.
Posted on Nov. 10, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys

Verizon Wireless slams AT&T's 3G coverage in this ad featuring Apple's iPhone on the Island of Misfit Tools from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Posted to YouTube on Nov. 6, 2009.
Suggested rating: G.

'Firelight' - 'Twilight' parody with Frankenstein twist

"Saturday Night Live" was late to the game with a "Twilight" parody, but last weekend's digital short was pretty funny. It replaces the vampires in "Twilight" with Frankenstein's monsters.
Originally aired on Nov. 7, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tiger Beer - Zip

Clever and funny commercial for Tiger Beer.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 28, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Twatif? - "The Office"

I haven't posted a funny Twitter parody video in a while, so here's one.
So ... what if you were restricted in the real world to only 140 characters? The office might be a sticky place.
Posted to YouTube on Sept. 22, 2009.
Suggested rating: R.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blimp Prom

Blimp Prom
Dan Levy and Todd Strauss-Schulson set out to create the ultimate action-thriller-teen-rom-com, set on a blimp during prom. But they couldn't get the funding.
A rare good video from
Posted to on Oct. 26, 2009.
Suggested rating: R.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nude It app for the iPhone

Funny video about an iPhone app called Nude It.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 11, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Golden Age of Video

I enjoyed this movie clip mashup by Ricardo Autobahn.
Posted to YouTube on Oct. 3, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Remix: 'Home Alone' meets 'Saw'

This mashup of "Home Alone" and "Saw" shows that the comic violence of the former is a lot like the sadistic torture of the latter.
Posted to CollegeHumor on Oct. 30, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Missing Girl Probably Raped

Missing Girl Probably Raped
A classic from the Onion News Network. This video shows a broadcast report on a missing girl going horribly askew.
Posted to on Sept. 4, 2007.
Suggested rating: PG-13.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Google Street View Guys

Very funny video from CollegeHumor showing what it must be like to drive around the country photographing street views for Google Maps.
Posted to on Oct. 14, 2009.
Suggested rating: PG-13.