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January 25, 2012 9:42 AM   Subscribe

20 Things That Happened on the Internet in 2011 from Syzygy (2010 version).
posted by mrgrimm (34 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Paperboy got released? Dammit...
posted by Old'n'Busted at 9:49 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I decline to take part in your ad campaign.
posted by DU at 10:04 AM on January 25, 2012 [7 favorites]


I can only see...

1) Wikileaks' release of the US embassy cables.
2) Nyan Cat.
3) Duke Nukem Forever is released after 15 years in development.
4) Friday by Rebecca Black
5) Minecraft?
6) The PlayStation Network hack
posted by Memo at 10:11 AM on January 25, 2012


5) is Swords and Sworcery, I think--perhaps a general reference to the growth of iApps?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:14 AM on January 25, 2012


Oh, and the honey badger is there too.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:15 AM on January 25, 2012


Sorry, didn't realize this would offend at all. What's it an ad for? (Syzygy? Isn't everything anyone publishes sort of an "ad" for their work? ...)

I was just curious how many of these were Metafilter threads ... all of them? (I can only ID a few.)

Ouch - Bike lane guy
Sunday Comes Afterwords - Rebecca Black
Kittens. PopTarts. Rainbows - Nyan Cat

On preview, I thought that might be Minecraft too, but why does the screen say "Hello World."
posted by mrgrimm at 10:18 AM on January 25, 2012


Steve Jobs, Bradly Manning (in prison for secrets), Google (clue for #15), the Darth Vader kid from the superbowl.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:20 AM on January 25, 2012


Looks like the lower left corner is possibly Google Groups (with the circles) being sailed by a Rage Face ('Like a Sir,' if I recall correctly.)
posted by Weighted Companion Cube at 10:21 AM on January 25, 2012


Damn, couldn't they make that all-important image just a little bit bigger?
posted by kcds at 10:22 AM on January 25, 2012


The green and blue circles, Google+?
The small Darth Vader, the VW ad? (Not sure why that is "Internet," I saw it on TV ...)

Damn, couldn't they make that all-important image just a little bit bigger?

That was actually my fault. There is a bigger image at:

http://20things.syzygy.net/
posted by mrgrimm at 10:23 AM on January 25, 2012


Didn't Minecraft happen in 2010?
posted by koeselitz at 10:25 AM on January 25, 2012


Where's Steve Jobs? Is he the "Hello World" programmer? I never would have gotten that (never made that connection with the Macintosh, though now that I do look again, it does look like the old multicolor Apple logo on the monitor).

Also, it's probably not Minecraft, since it was around for a while and exploded mostly in 2010?

On preview: JINX.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:26 AM on January 25, 2012


Ooops, Admiral Haddock already correctly identified the blocks as Swords and Sworcery...
posted by mrgrimm at 10:28 AM on January 25, 2012


The guys on the couch are Anonymous hacking the Playstation Network.

it's probably not Minecraft

It's definitely Sword and Sworcery, as stated above.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:29 AM on January 25, 2012


Apple and glasses on the right... Harry Potter left school? Had an affair with Snow White? Harry Potter ate an apple?
posted by heyho at 10:29 AM on January 25, 2012


Honey badger.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:30 AM on January 25, 2012


No, the "Hello World" programmer has to be Dennis Ritchie, who died this year. He invented the "Hello World" programming language in his classic textbook "The C Programming Language."
posted by koeselitz at 10:30 AM on January 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


Argh. "... the "Hello World" programming language..." should be "... the "Hello World" programming example."
posted by koeselitz at 10:31 AM on January 25, 2012


Comic Sans for Everyone from Google on April Fool's

No, the "Hello World" programmer has to be Dennis Ritchie, who died this year. He invented the "Hello World" programming language in his classic textbook "The C Programming Language."

Ah, that makes more sense. Then the glasses and the apple are a reference to Jobs.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:33 AM on January 25, 2012


Ah, that makes more sense. Then the glasses and the apple are a reference to Jobs.

/me slaps head, quits this stoopid game. Dammit!
posted by heyho at 10:37 AM on January 25, 2012


What I really wonder about is the bison. Somebody on another board says bison charged tourists at Yellowstone this year ... but that happens every year.

And that cheetah (leopard?) looks like its sleeping, but I'm going to guess Exotic animal massacre in Zanesville Ohio.

Some of these selections are pretty bad, i.e. they didn't "happen on the Internet." A lot (most?) are just news stories.

Sorry for the meme psyche.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:39 AM on January 25, 2012


Anonymous hacking the PS3 is on there, and I would assume the scroll is Facebook Timeline. I guess the lulzboat is the Anon. campaign to avenge Wikileaks?
posted by codacorolla at 10:41 AM on January 25, 2012


...I just right this minute realized nyan cat is saying "nyan." (nyan-nyan-nyan-nyan...)
this whole time I thought it was saying "meow."
I never understood why it was called nyan cat.
posted by changeling at 10:52 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think the Bison is the "Douchebag Bison" clip and the apple and glasses is for Steve Jobs
posted by smcniven at 10:55 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


The boat with turkeys on it is the aid ship from Turkey, I think.
posted by KGMoney at 10:56 AM on January 25, 2012


Do I win points for obviousness if I suggest that #20 is the Arab Spring?
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:19 AM on January 25, 2012


this whole time I thought it was saying "meow."
I never understood why it was called nyan cat.


This may just blow your mind: "nyan" is Japanese for "meow".
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 11:53 AM on January 25, 2012 [6 favorites]


The ship is the Rainbow Warrior III.

And the sphinx is playing pong.
posted by Jehan at 11:58 AM on January 25, 2012


I think the Bison is the "Douchebag Bison" clip

Good one. (I'm awfully glad that video wasn't a post ... at least not all by itself.)

The boat with turkeys on it is the aid ship from Turkey, I think.

"Two turkeys do not make an Eagle"? referencing Microsoft-Nokia? (if so (and the clues strongly indicate so), at least that one happened online)

Do I win points for obviousness if I suggest that #20 is the Arab Spring?

I can't understand what the Sphinx is holding? A ballot? Doesn't look like it ...

There is a clue for the Sphinx: "An epic battle of the old vs. the new" ... could be anything to me.

On preview: "And the sphinx is playing pong."

Why yes it is. ???

Bald eagle webcam.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:08 PM on January 25, 2012


This Is What the Voice of the Honey Badger Video Looks Like
posted by homunculus at 1:44 PM on January 25, 2012


This Is What the Voice of the Honey Badger Video Looks Like

Or more likely, this. The Randall honey badger video was uploaded by "CZG123," which, as far as I can tell, is Christopher Zane Gordon, an actor, standup comic, and voiceover artist. The link is to a video in his other youtube account.

It's amusing that the gawker editor breathlessly exclaims "That is how he sounds all the time!" Well, no, that's what he sounds like when a TMZ camera crew interviews him on the street in character.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:06 PM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Jehan: " And the sphinx is playing pong."

Why? I don't get it.
posted by IndigoRain at 6:42 AM on January 26, 2012


Where the fuck is Fenton?
posted by mippy at 7:31 AM on January 26, 2012


I'm still contemplating "Sphinx pong" ... if it really is the Arab Spring, shouldn't the Sphinx be livecasting on a cell phone or something?

Again, the clue, "An epic battle of the old vs. the new" connotes gaming to me, not the Arab Spring.

Also, I was totally wrong on the Zanesville massacre (which is good, b/c that's not the Internet). The clue for the leopard is "a dreaming leopard rewrites open source South African philosophy"

Is this some sort of cryptic clue for Oneiric Ocelot? What's the South African angle?
posted by mrgrimm at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2012


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