Never Gonna Wake Up - a mashup of AVICII and Rick Astley, featuring Chumbawamba and John Travolta [SLYT]
Dear Jay Leno ... "First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a chance legally ..." - "An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It Removed From YouTube" [more inside]
"The whole world turns upside-down in 10 years, but you turn upside-down with it." -- Spider Robinson, 1977.
The Power of the Internet : Flash Mob Gone Wrong... a story about how the cool things we love about the internet, combined, can go horribly, horribly wrong, by Tom Scott. From Ignite. (via (via)) [more inside]
Computer science student wonders if his professor is really reading his papers, so he inserts an elegant, masterful pop-culture acrostic. He gets the paper back today. That is all.
Instants! Fun is a smorgasbord of single-serving-site sounds, a central web collector of effects, clips and quotes, starting with the daddy of them all (previously), INSTANT RIMSHOT! (called BADUMTSS! here to put it first in the alphabetical arrangement) and including most of the sounds featured here, and more! (via) [more inside]
You know the rules ansd so do I. Now dance!
Rick Astley and Foster's Home for Imaginary Kids conduct the largest rickroll in recorded history, when you consider how much of America tunes into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (And maybe the first live, in-person rickroll with Astley himself?) (SLYT)
BarackRoll'd (SYLT). Sometimes, the simple pleasures are best.
A few days ago a post appeared on the Something Awful forums noting a curious website called Notes to Mary. The notes are a series of threatening letters from a high schooler named Robert to his crush, Mary. The goons figured out pretty quickly that they had an ARG on their hands and went to work on solving the puzzle. Several other forums picked up on the game. Robert began interacting with players, sending them strange messages and several series of numbers that appeared to be some sort of code. A Flickr pool was started. Players even created an IRC channel to swap clues and information in real time. The Notes to Mary site offered a link to a login. All effort was made to crack the user/pass combo. Finally, several days after the game began, users were finally able to log in. The game was solved. The players would be rewarded for their hard work. Where did the login lead? Here. [more inside]
Rickroll everybody! Rickroll everything! rickroll.it!
Yes, I'm going to give you up, let you down, run around and desert you. I'm going to make you cry, say goodbye, and tell a lie and hurt you.
Finally, eliminate the rickroll from your online life. I know, you're hesitant to click on that because you think that in moments, you'll find yourself on a YouTube page seeing Rick Astley doing the white-boy-80s-groove dance. (Have no idea what a rickroll is? First, consider yourself lucky, and then wiki it, or, more amusingly, Rocketboom.) But thanks to Adblock Plus, subscription filters, and collaborative flagging, you can banish Astley back to the '80s where he belongs.