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Screaming Goat Piano

Web videos of Peruvian goats yelling like humans have fascinated us going back almost seven years (the equivalent of a century in Internet meme timelines). But it wasn’t until this week that the debut of the Screaming Goat Piano allowed even the most inexperienced musician + yelling goat aficionado to perform “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in perfect pitch.

Bonus: Why Do Goats Yell Like That? Experts Weigh In

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We the media have betrayed your trust, and the general public has taken our self-sanctioned lowering of standards as tacit permission to lower their own.

via The Year We Broke the Internet – Esquire

Luke O’Neil, The Year We Broke the Internet

During SXSW, I took the opportunity to take the Internet Memescape into the real world…

Step 1: Visit The Rasterbator and create a giant image of Rick Astley. Print off and assemble.
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Step 2: Tape onto hotel room window. Illuminate with lamp.
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Step 3: Go outside and laugh at how clever you find yourself.
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Anecdote: Around 1 a.m. on Sunday night, I was walking back to the hotel from 6th St. and ran into a group of interactive folks, including my pal Chris Brogan. I pointed up to the hotel, where Rick Astley’s portrait was beaming out over downtown Austin and rickrolled them IRL.

It’s an instant classic!

Cross-posted with Social Studies:

Fans of Rage Against the Machine turned out to see the controversial L.A. band play a set at the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol during a non-partisan concert surrounding the Republican National Convention Tuesday.

Due to a number of reasons — timing, crowd control, politics — the band was not allowed to take the stage. So instead of performing on the stage as scheduled, they pushed their way to the front of the crowd and sang a few songs a capella through a borrowed police megaphone.

A friend of mine recorded some video of the performance and uploaded it to YouTube; then I posted it to the Minneapolis Metblog, and from there it spread like… well, like a virus.

As a benchmark, I know the video had 74 views when I first watched it Tuesday morning. As a result of coverage on Current TV, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Boing Boing, Reddit and others, it currently has 195,000 views.

Why did this video spread so virally? It was a myriad of factors: compelling political views, raw anti-authoritive messaging, a famous band and the kicker — nearly zero coverage by the mainstream media.

Instead, a music blogger armed with a camera became a journalist covering a breaking news story.

And now you too can watch the video (language warning) and even download mp3s of the songs…

Rage Against the Machine : “Bulls on Parade: RNC A CAPELLA @ MN STATE CAPITOL” [mp3]

Some days I love the Internet way too much.

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What started as a joke turned into mainstream media news this morning.

Last fall I made a video of my sister and her new husband showcasing their first married fist pound and put it on YouTube:
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What started as a joke turned into mainstream media news this morning.

Last fall I made a video of my sister and her new husband showcasing their first married fist pound and put it on YouTube:

Well, this morning CNN picked it up as part of their coverage of Obama’s celebratory fist bump with the Mrs.

WATCH IT HERE

They show up at 1:20, and yes that’s me laughing in the background…