4Chan’s #CutForBieber Troll Campaign: Stupid vs. Stupid At Its Finest

After TMZ posted photos of Justin Bieber smoking marijuana, some members at 4chan.org decided to take this news to a new low by tweeting fake photos depicting self-mutilation as an online protest against the singer’s actions.

”Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because Bieber was smoking weed,” one post on the site said. "See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves."

Unfortunately, real Bieber fans have taken this seriously, and now a slew of Beliebers have flooded Twitter with their own bloody photos, or at least tweets about themselves cutting.

Newsflash, Bieber fans: YOU'VE BEEN TROLLED. Now put that bread knife down.

The hashtags #Cut4Bieber, #CuttingForBieber, and #CutForBieber are trending on Twitter and 4chan users who are involved in this so-called 'movement' are now congratulating themselves for their efforts in driving another nail into the Beliebers' collective coffin.

The prank has also sparked outrage from those who actually struggle with self-mutilation and their supporters.

And in an effort to make light of the matter, some Twitter posters sent in parodies of the campaign responses, to demonstrate the insanity of believing everything on the Internet:

This trolling prank is just another cruel and attention-hungry version of cyberbullying taken into extremes. Pop stars like Justin Bieber have fans as young as grade schoolers and this kind of activity takes advantage of their vulnerability. It's potentially life-threatening and may scar them for life. Also, it diminishes the concern for and perpetuates ridicule against the problems associated with self-harm.

While Bieber fans and their ilk can be brought into question for their blind devotion to their idols, the same can be said for those who irresponsibly engage in cyberbullying en masse, as exemplified by those who started this campaign.

In the end it's just a herd vs. herd war, another exercise in human extinction. In this case, it's not the strongest and smartest who prevail, but the assholes.

Parents, this is not about Justin Bieber smoking marijuana. Watch what influences your children, especially on social media.

 

Yes. Take me to another planet, pronto.

Melbourne’s Metro Train’s ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ PSA Goes Viral

To date, this has got to be one of the cutest online editorial video campaigns — against death!


Photo credit: LaughingSquid.Com

Dumb Ways to Die is Melbourne’s Metro Train’s newest PSA (Public Safety Announcement), which is a 3-minute animated video that features urban vinyl-type characters experiencing fatal freak accidents. The video is beautifully capped by an upbeat and infectiously catchy jingle of the same title, performed by Emily Lubitz of Tangerine Kitty.

Metro Lines spokeswoman Leah Waymark mentioned that the company discussed with its employees the stupid things they have witnessed near train stations. "All our staff were talking to us and complaining about some of the dumb behaviour people exhibit out on our networks," she told ABC in an interview. "So that's really where that evolved from, and we workshopped the best way to reach young people."

Creator John Mescall says he was taken aback by the successful response to the video. "From the beginning we planned to make it very shareable, but look, you can never plan for something to be the biggest viral campaign in the world," he said.

In a guest post for Mumbrella, he also writes, "Firstly, we had a good idea. That bit’s critical obviously. But this idea came from an absolute truth: trains are the most predictable things on earth, and to be brutally honest if you decide to walk across train tracks between the platforms and don’t see a train coming and get hit by it…well, it’s your own dumb fault."

Avoiding train accidents has never been so happily morbid, or morbidly happy. Just promise not to do dumb stuff via the official website, and enjoy the video:

The Official Trailer for ‘World War Z’ is Out And I Have Questions


Screencap source: YouTube

One of the issues with print-to-screen adaptations (and vice-versa) is that readers of the printed word tend to expect a verbatim visual translation onscreen, if they are of the purist ilk. Max Brooks's World War Z presents no exception.

While the novel explores in detail the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic ramifications of a zombie apocalypse, the movie adaptation appears to center itself on one man's struggle against hordes of CGI undead, again, in typical Hollywood fashion.


Screencap source: YouTube

BUT -- and this is a big but -- to expect an almost-literal visual translation of the written word tends to be unrealistic, mainly because written material tends to expound on the internal workings of characters while visual media is much more effective when presenting external events. While it definitely would be interesting to see a closely related movie adaptation of the novel, perhaps it would be much too layered and long for general audiences' consumption.

I was also taken aback by the sheer departure from the novel's original thrust, though. What new insights will this story provide us the way Brooks's WWZ did, if at all? Why the drastic story rewrite? Why do the zeds behave like ants? Will I leave the cinema a notch smarter enough to survive a zombiepocalypse (or in this case, infestation)?

Still, being the undead lover that I am, I'm here for the zombies. And so will you be.

CERN-Based Zombie Film ‘Decay’ Coming Soon

First it was the supernatural.

Then it was the biological.

Now, zombie inception goes nuclear.


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It’s true that Geneva locals are constantly leery of CERN creating a man-made black hole with its particle accelerators, but now they have a new reason to fear the institution. This student film Decay explores the possibility of the Higgs-Boson particle causing an abomination of man: zombies.

So much for the God particle.

Set at the Large Hadron Collider, the film is the brainchild of Ph.D. physics student and writer/director Luke Thompson, after he explored the maintenance tunnels of the European Organization for Nuclear Research with fellow student Hugo Day back in 2010.

Clara Nellist, another Ph.D. physics student, is the movie’s assistant director and associate producer. While cooking up their macabre movie concept, she and Thompson had to wrestle with another major challenge: neither of them had made a movie before.

Still, with inexpensive and borrowed props, a staff of less than 20, and a budget of $3.225, the entire crew was able to produce a fairly competitive indie film within the span of two years.

Thompson enthuses about the movie's educational merits as well. “I don’t want to spoil the film, but we realized the theme and location also gave us a great chance to do some satirical commentary on various aspects of people’s perceptions of science. So there are some hidden depths to the film too, beyond us just having fun!”

He also stresses that the movie will be free for download, and can be remixed through a Creative Commons license. “We’ve been given a great and rare opportunity to have fun and make something awesome, so making money was never the point. We’re hugely proud of what we’ve achieved — the fact is that it’s a no-budget indie and there’s no reason to expect we’d sell more than a few hundred copies. So we’d rather our two years of work was seen by more people by releasing it for free.”

I am certainly eager to watch this film by the end of the November, which is its scheduled release. I only hope that the entire production, story, and execution live up -- heh -- to its premise.

Check out the trailer below, plus updates via the movie's official site:

The Newsroom’s Alison Pill ‘Accidentally’ Tweets Topless Photo (NSFW)

What would Don and Jim do? More importantly, what would Mac and Will do?


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Once again, Alison Pill, aka. Maggie Jordan of HBO's The Newsroom, bares her ditzy side only this time in real life. Her flub? Accidentally tweeting a topless photo.

Accidentally.

The 26-year-old actress deleted the shot shortly after tweeting it, following with an apology, “Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies.” Good thing her fiance Jay Baruchel took the entire faux pas in stride, tweeting, “My fiancee is an hilarious dork. #imjustgladitdidnthappentomefirst,” and then, “Smartphones will get ya. CC @msalisonpill #vivaludditism”

At least she didn't shed her sense of humor.

Check out her censored photo from wwttd.com:


Click to see the unedited version because boobs NOW.

Why HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Is Flawed and Wonderful

If you tend to question the veracity of your local media broadcasts, then you might enjoy watching HBO’s new series The Newsroom.


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Starring Jeff Daniels as the outspoken and volatile news anchor Will McAvoy, the show starts off with Will's controversial on-camera outburst before he discovers that his former team has bailed on him, and that he has to work with an entirely new news team after returning from a forced leave. In his tireless quest for delivering the news as it is to his audiences, Will battles it out with a ratings-hungry network management, the Tea Party movement, an emotionally charged younger staff, colleagues that seek to whip him in line, and his personal demons.

I'm a big fan of the show, as it illustrates writer and creator Aaron Sorkin's rather cynical yet idealistic insights into journalism as an honorable profession, fighting the good political fight not just for national, but societal democracy.

Ironically, it does not necessarily provide an accurate description of the workplace (a largely glamorous crew, the intensely hectic taping and filming sessions). None of the main characters -- especially the women -- are exactly likeable or noble as well, and they tend to say exactly the right thing at the right time a tad too often. There are long, overdrawn (but well-written) speeches and petty in-office fights. There's also a little too much focus on the characters' personal drama which, for me, distracts the viewer from appreciating their initial goal of Painting The Bigger, Truthful Picture for The Nation.

It's an obviously stylized drama and an editorial, and in favor of the Democratic party. It's not for everyone.

Yet in spite of all these probable setbacks, the show works. As you zero in on these beautifully flawed characters with their professional efforts coalescing into a triumphant and sometimes bittersweet climax in each episode, it gives you a semblance of hope that perhaps, just perhaps, empowered individuals out there still care for the unvarnished truth. And maybe you're one of them.

If you haven't seen the show yet, watch the following trailers from HBO:

The Hot Dog Nation

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (no, I didn’t know there was one of those either), consumers spent more than $1.7 billion dollars on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets in 2011. Altogether, Americans consume more than 20 billion hot dogs in a year. Say what you will, make your little jokes about unknown ingredients, but in this country there are a lot of people eating a lot of hot dogs every day.

When and Where

While there isn’t any hard and fast rule about the right time to eat a good hot dog, there is definitely a peak season. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will put away 7 billion hot dogs. If you do some slightly frightening math on that, it works out to about 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period. In the middle of all that, July has become National Hot Dog Month because this is when 10% of all hot dog sales actually occur.

Hot dogs are, of course, a great option almost anywhere, but nearly 20 million hot dogs will be eaten at baseball parks every year. Whether it’s tradition, or just a willingness of the ballparks to make a very unique hot dog, this just seems to be the right place to sit back and enjoy the local specialty.

History of the Hot Dog

Sausages, frankfurters, and wieners have been around for ages, but the hot dog itself is a comparatively recent development (okay, it’s been a hundred years or so, but sausages have been around for thousands, so this counts as recent). The biggest difference came with the inclusion of the bun. While there is some historical debate, but it most likely had something to do with a sausage vendor looking for a cost effective way to let his customers handle the food without getting burned.

The name, however, came from a cartoonist in 1901. He was at a baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, where the vendors were selling hot dachshund sausages. The cartoonist could hear what the vendors were yelling, but wasn’t sure how to actually spell dachshund, so he just called them hot dogs, and the name stuck.

Etiquette

It’s unlikely you’re ever going to be chastised for using the wrong fork at a backyard BBQ, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind when serving up this year’s dogs. First, always dress the dog, not the bun. Ketchup, mustard, relish, and everything else is there to complement the dog, not a piece of bread.

Second, always have a napkin handy. That little drop of mustard in the corner of your mouth isn’t going to impress anyone. Neither is wiping it on your sleeve. And finally, the proper side dish is a handful of chips, not French fries.

If you're into wieners, listen in on Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison in The Sporkful's podcast on hot dogs.

A Look at Three Little-Known Olympic Sports

The Olympics represent people going after their dreams, no matter how wild or unattainable they might seem. So far, China has brought most of these dreams to fruition, with lead scores as the top medal winner. But the games must go on, and we have yet to see which country comes out as this year’s champion. Stay updated with the full coverage of the games at BBC’s Olympic Radio podcast.

Here are three little known sports where athletes have anything less than significant goals:

Trampoline

Trampolines have been around since 1934 but it wasn’t until 2000 that it made its official debut as an Olympic game under the gymnastics category.

Competitors are required to perform a series of 10 judged routines that consist of various rotations, twists and shapes. A routine must always start and finish on the athlete’s feet. In addition to the 10 contacts with the bed in a routine, a competitor is allowed to perform a straight jump to control their height at the end of a routine, before sticking the landing.

Forces to reckon with: Although trampolines are popular in the United States, America hasn’t taken home a medal since the first Olympics. American’s neighbors, Canada, have taken home 5 total medals in the event and China (four medals) and Russia (three medals) are also countries who have done well.

Sailing

Sailing is an Olympic sport that dates back to Paris in 1900. Each sailing event consists of a series of races and with the exception of the women’s match racing event, points in each race are awarded adoring to position. There are two different basic categories that sailing races fall into: fleet races and match racing. Sailing is technical and tactical and the key to success is an athlete’s ability to master their boats, adjust to changes and position themselves in a spot they will win.

Forces to reckon with: Host country, Great Britain has the greatest amount of gold medals with 24 but U.S. is the leader of total amount of medals with 59. Norway, France, Denmark and Spain are also leaders in the sport.

Handball

Handball in the Olympics is not the same sport that’s like squash but without a racquet. Modern day handball is kind of like water-polo without the water. The modern indoor version made its Olympic debut at Munich 1972. Handball teams each have seven players passing and dribbling (bouncing) a small ball with their hands. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposition’s goal. The game is very exciting because a team can score upwards of 60 goals a game.

Forces to reckon with: Historically, the three most successful women’s teams are Denmark, Korea and Russia, Yugoslavia and Sweden for the men.

What sports are you looking forward to see at the Olympics this year?

Overly Attached Girlfriend: The Horror

Following the rise of the ovulation-inducing Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, another meme has taken on the video scene by storm, but this time to wreak havoc upon unsuspecting boyfriend-wannabes — and their friends too.

It's the Overly Attached Girlfriend.


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Please, no.


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Pants, meet pee. She puts the 'pee' in 'creepy.'

It all started when Justin Bieber put up a singoff contest to promote his new perfume Girlfriend, and YouTube user wzr0713 sent in a fan video parody of his song of the same title, which went viral in a few hours. We're talking over a million hits in 48 hours! In classic Kathy Bates mode, the pretty teener sings -- rather, whispers -- a self-made ditty of an obsessed girlfriend with lyrics like, “If I was your girlfriend/ I’d never let you leave/ without a small recording device/ taped under your sleeve.”

Honestly, I had a slightly hard time making out the lyrics myself. Acoustics can be difficult when you're slowly backing away from your computer.

If you still haven't seen the video, then this is your chance...to gaze into the abyss. It doesn't blink.


Eduard ‘Trololo’ Khil Addresses the World

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here’s Eduard ‘Trololo Man’ Khil’s heartwarming message to the rest of the world, after gaining international fame in 2010 for his song I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home (written by Arkady Ostrovsky), otherwise known as Trololo.


Photo: Tuuli Hakulinen

The song had supposedly gotten its moniker for Khil’s non-lexical lyrics ‘lalala,’ which, with his deep voice and accent, sounds like 'lololo.' It quickly became associated with the act of Internet trolling, hence Trololo -- the national anthem of trolls.

For subtitles, click on the 'CC' button on the toolbar under the video.

In this video, he urges the song's fans to "write lyrics for the song...and when it's done, we'll gather in the Internet, everyone of us...and we will all sing this new song together with new lyrics. Thank you for getting this supply of cheerfulness and optimism while listening to this melody of outstanding composer Arkady Ilyich Ostrozsky. Thanks to the Internet and this energy that connects us all together, we can be happy, laugh, love, and bring up children."

I'm not gonna lie; he brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful, warm-hearted person.

Fans all over the world have expressed their sentiments about his death, many of which have lovingly posted 'T.I.P.' or 'Troll In Peace.' But more importantly, much gratitude has been expressed to this man for bringing millions of smiles and laughter to audiences of a younger generation with just one simple song. That's the power of music for you.

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