US airways pilot: “We’re going to be in Hudson” to airtraffic controller (cockpit recording)

February 5, 2009

Christian Bale goes besserk with F-bombs on Batman set

February 3, 2009

Roger Federer crying uncontrollably after losing Australian Open final to rival Rafael Nadal

February 1, 2009

USC player Ray Maualuga sneaks behind Erin Andrews at Rose Bowl

January 4, 2009

JibJab: Year in Review 2008

December 24, 2008

iJustine: Happy Holidays

December 24, 2008

Dramatic rescue in water main break in Bethesda, Maryland

December 23, 2008

Spoof: Kitchen sink thrown at Pres. Bush

December 15, 2008

Journalist hurls shoes at Pres. Bush in Iraq

December 14, 2008

This is unbelievable. I’m surprised the Secret Service didn’t start whisking the President away, out of the room. After the first shoe was hurled, shouldn’t the Secret Service have stepped in front of Bush and protected him from the 2nd shoe? At least we know GW still has quick reflexes.

Pres. Bush responds after the incident below:

Heidi Klum “Guitar Hero” + “Risky Business” commercial

November 13, 2008

News:  This vid has gone viral.

Columbian rescue of Betancourt + hostages

July 5, 2008

Will Avril Lavigne beat Mr. Evolution of Dance for Most Viewed Video ever?

June 24, 2008

NewsNewteevee reports that Avril Lavigne has come within striking distance of the Most Viewed Video, all-time on YouTube, which has been long held by the “Evolution of Dance” by Judson Laipply.  The margin is around 800,000 now.

Analysis:  To be honest, I’m amazed “Evolution of Dance” lasted this long on top.  But I would hate to see user-generated content lose out to a professional video.  So please play the video below a million times!

Wii Fit review

June 5, 2008

We were thinking about getting one of these for the staff and faculty to use.

Interactive card trick video on YouTube

June 5, 2008

News: Today there’s a viral video on YouTube with a card trick that acts like the iPhone with an interactive touch component.  Go here for the video.  The interactive touch component is quite cool.

Steve Ballmer gets egged; Gary Kasparov gets flying penis

May 21, 2008

Was there a full moon or something?

In Hungary, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gets egged by a student, literally.

In Russia, Gary Kasparov gets interrupted by a flying penis.  Bizarre.

Bill O’Reilly mad as —-

May 15, 2008

This is an old video now a huge viral hit.  This is what you call a complete meltdown.

Philadelphia police beat 3 suspects in traffic stop

May 8, 2008

Reminiscent of the Rodney King beating.

YouTube video exposes abuse of chickens on California egg farm

May 6, 2008

Gruesome.  More here.

Father of US soldier uses YouTube to expose barracks conditions

April 30, 2008

Link.  Video has received over 100,000 views and much media attention.

Oprah does YouTube on Tuesday, with singing sensation Esmee Denters

November 3, 2007

News: How do you know you’ve finally arrived? Oprah Winfrey invites you to be on her show. This Tuesday, Oprah is devoting an entire show to YouTube and its celebrities, including Dutch singing sensation Esmee Denters. Oprah will eventually interview co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (although I’m not sure it’s on the Tuesday show or not). Hands down, this is the single biggest moment for YouTube as a cultural phenomenon. As I’ve often said to those who ask me about YouTube, YouTube is, without a doubt, the most important website to come along in the 21st century. It has transformed entertainment, music, politics, and the way in which we disseminate information. No wonder that Oprah Winfrey — a phenomenon herself and whose No.1 talk show is seen by 49 million viewers a week — is featuring an entire show on YouTube.


Here’s Esmee’s announcement about being on Oprah:

Analysis: Being on the Oprah show will give YouTube incredible exposure to millions of people, especially women, who probably know next to nothing about YouTube. I wonder how Oprah became interested in YouTube. I can’t wait to watch the show! I love Esmee, but my favorite probably will be Tyson, the skateboarding dog.

Teacher Cristina Mallon, of YouTube “cheerleading” fame, under scrutiny again for “Jake Reinvited”

October 30, 2007

News:  Out in Gilbert, Arizona, English teacher and cheerleading coach Cristina Mallon appears to be facing another controversy.  As you remember, she was put on 1-week administrative leave for performing her cheerleading routine in class (caught on video by a student and then posted on YouTube).  Now, some parents are complaining about the novel she assigned to her freshman class, Jake Reinvented.  (More)

Here’s a review of the book on Amazon:  ” Gr. 9-12. High society meets high school in this retelling of The Great Gatsby, set at the class-conscious F. Scott Fitzgerald High. The stories correspond in many particulars: new kid Jake Garrett, “cool, mysterious, different,” has won over the “it” crowd with raucous parties at his subdivision McMansion. Popular opinion turns against Jake when alpha male Todd Buckley suspects the newcomer, rightly, of pursuing his best girl, Didi, and turns up an ugly secret: Jake was once (gasp!) a big nerd. So begins Garrett’s plunge to ignominy. The Nick Carraway character, Rick, offers a wry, comic voice, but constricting Fitzgerald’s plot to the narrow world of high school, and scaling back the major crises (there’s no death, murder, or suicide), leaves behind a drama that has more in common with a John Waters movie than a great American novel. Yet even as young adults feel insulted by the novel’s portrayal of teenagers as nerd haters, beer guzzlers, and herd followers, they’re also likely to read it with a wink and a smirk as they catch the sundry Gatsby allusions.”

Analysis:  I haven’t read the book yet, but the description of it sounds fine.  I wonder what is really going on in Gilbert, Arizona for this teacher –whom many of my readers defended and praised.

For more reports on the incident, visit here.

London underground dinner party on “Tube,” popular on YouTube

October 29, 2007

Funny.  Imagine this on the New York subway!

Trinity wins on last second, using 15 “laterals” to beat Millsaps

October 28, 2007

Trinity University of San Antonio, a Division III school, won on the final play against Millsaps, by using 15 “laterals” to run down the field for a touchdown.  This video is pretty amazing, although it’s hard to beat the last second play by Cal to beat Stanford in 1982, when Stanford’s band was marching onto the field and one of the members got knocked over. Still got to love Division III football.  And the announcers started screaming just at the right moment.

Letterman interviews Paris Hilton, 2 million plus views on YouTube

October 2, 2007

News:  On Friday, David Letterman interviewed Paris Hilton.  Unfortunately, the interview went south when Letterman kept on asking Paris about her stint in prison.

Analysis:  I felt sorry for Paris, but she needs to learn how to laugh off or make fun of her time in jail.  She should have known that Letterman would ask questions about that.  Martha Stewart did a much better job in handling those kind of questions when she went on Letterman.

By the way, to appreciate just how large 2 million plus viewers is:  that’s more than half the average number of viewers Letterman gets.  If YouTube views were counted in the Nielsen ratings, Letterman would’ve easily beaten Jay Leno for that episode.  If CBS is smart, it would post Letterman clips on YouTube everyday. 

Update on Miss South Carolina of Teen USA

August 28, 2007

News:  By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video of Miss South Carolina in the Teen USA pageant, in which she gets completely stumped by a question and is reduced to talking gibberish.  The video has over 3.5 million views on YouTube (there are several other copies of it, so the total number of views is even higher).  Just to put these numbers into perspective, the video of Miss South Carolina has generated far more views in 3 days than all of the videos of any presidential candidate has generated on YouTube in months. Here’s the video of Miss South Carolina with subtitles:

The video was aired on news stations around the country and on David Letterman last night–twice!  Paul Schaeffer, a Canadian, said he enjoyed every second of it.  Miss South Carolina, who is Lauren Caitlin Upton, will appear on the Today show today to explain what happened.  To a local paper, she said, “”I wasn’t expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought.”  (More)

Analysis:  In the grand scheme of things, I think this botched answer will help Lauren Caitlin Upton.  Just look at all the media attention she has received!  Ironically, no one is talking about the winner of the pageant.  Ms. Upton is really marketable right now.  She should capitalize on her 15 minutes of fame.  For example, how about a commercial for Rand McNally or a GPS maker?  Or even the iPhone, which, of course, has a map function.

My advice to Ms. Upton would be to just laugh off her botched answer.  Trust me, I’ve seen law students and practicing lawyers “crash and burn” in answering questions during oral argument in pretty embarrassing ways.  In fact, I’ll give Ms. Upton credit for delivering her answer so earnestly, without stopping like a deer in headlights, and even smiling at the end!  That was a nice touch.

The good thing for Ms. Upton is that we’re only talking about a beauty pageant, not a multi-million dollar case with everything on the line for the client.  Personally, I thought the question was pretty stupid itself.   

Miss South Carolina, really, really stumped by question in Teen USA

August 26, 2007

News: This viral video is nearing the 1 million mark — in 1 day.

Analysis: Is the question more stupid than the answer? I know, it’s hard to defend someone saying there are not enough maps in America. Maybe Miss South Carolina should have said: “I don’t think it’s really a problem because, nowadays, people use Google Earth or Mapquest.” That would’ve been hilarious.

UPDATE: If you want to read the text of her answer, click on the Comment below. If you need subtitles, watch the video below.

UPDATE 2.0:  I have a further update posted here.  I don’t think Miss South Carolina needs any sympathy — she’ll come out quite well from this entire episode.  She should hire an agent because she’s extremely marketable right now.

New YouTube hit: “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday

August 21, 2007

Over 6 million views already.  More.

Performing “Thriller” in jail and on YouTube

August 12, 2007

News:  This video is a huge hit now on YouTube, with 4 million plus views.  It was taken from prison in the Philippines.  According to the write up, “1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! This is not the final routine, and definitely not a punishment! just a teaser.”  The prison plans another YouTube video soon (here).

Analysis:  Seems like a novel way to get exercise in prison and build some community.  I wonder, though, if Michael Jackson gave copyright permission.  I would like to see them do “Walk It Out.”

Beyonce fall still a big hit on YouTube

August 1, 2007

News: As I reported earlier, video clips of Beyonce falling down stairs at her concert in Orlando last week have become very popular on YouTube. Although it appeared that YouTube removed a number of the clips for “terms of use” violation (either because Sony BMG sent a DMCA notice or because Beyonce didn’t consent to the video), YouTube seems to be allowing the clips of Beyonce now on YouTube.

The video clip that I pointed out before (posted on July 25) is still up on YouTube, as are a number of other Beyonce clips.

Analysis: It’s hard to know what this means. It could mean that Sony BMG took away its DMCA notice or limited it to allow some of the clips. I find it hard to believe that YouTube would unilaterally make a decision to keep the clips up on its own after taking some down.

Beyonce falls down on video and then off YouTube

July 29, 2007

News: On Tuesday, Beyonce took a huge fall down steps in her performance in Orlando. She later told the audience it “hurt so bad”–and by the looks of it, it could have been worse, so thankfully she wasn’t seriously hurt. She even got right back up and continued the song. She later told the audience, “Don’t put this up on YouTube.”

Well, of course, they didn’t listen and put up homemade clips from the show (probably taken on cellphones). The clips were viewed often all week. Then, YouTube took them down for “terms of use” violation, apparently meaning possible copyright violations (of the song performed) and unauthorized use of the video of Beyonce (who likely did not consent to the video). Sony BMG apparently sent YouTube a DMCA notice for copyright infringement. (More) YouTube, though, doesn’t seem to be finding all the clips yet because, last time I checked, you can find one clip here.


BTW, I think the concert venue staff are really the ones responsible for all the unauthorized clips. Maybe it’s too hard to control, but they let this happen.