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A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link] -
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
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From the Wiki article: "To help promote Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album; one was revealed each day starting on July 14, 2014, a day prior to the album's release. Yankovic commented that 'there is no more music television' as there was in the past, and that 'the Internet [...] is the new MTV' that operates continuously. He took the idea that promoting a new video for eight continuous days 'would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long.' [...] The music video aspect of Yankovic's songs had been a past part of his success, but for Mandatory Fun RCA Records opted not to fund production of any videos. Instead, Yankovic turned to various social media portals including Funny or Die and CollegeHumor which he had worked with in the past; these sites helped to cover the production costs to allow Yankovic to make the videos with Yankovic foregoing any ad revenue from the videos. Yankovic chose to... more... - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "The first music video debuted on July 14, featuring the song "Tacky". Produced by Nerdist Industries, the one-shot video features Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Jack Black, and Yankovic dressed in tacky clothes and dancing purposely poorly while lip-synching to the song reflecting on the song's lyrics about a person who brags on about his obnoxious... more... - Stephen Mack
1. Monday, July 14, "Tacky" (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") (from Nerdist) - Stephen Mack
Also: Thursday, July 17, "Tacky" (live on Conan) (from Team Coco) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Word Crimes' features kinetic typography created by Jarrett Heather, reflecting the song's theme of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation." - Stephen Mack
2. Tuesday, July 15, "Word Crimes" (Parody of Thicke's "Blurred Lines") (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: " 'Foil''s video, produced in conjunction with CollegeHumor, shows Yankovic as a host of a cooking show obsessing on the use of aluminium foil, slowly descending into conspiracy theories; it also includes guest appearances by Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant. - Stephen Mack
3. Wednesday, July 16, "Foil" (Parody of Lorde's "Royals") (from College Humor) - Stephen Mack
More: "'Handy' was released through Yahoo! Screen's 'Sketchy' channel, and is presented in the style of a late-night informercial with Yankovic performing as a residential general contractor; the video also includes Eddie Pepitone, Justin Giddings, and Ted Hollis." - Stephen Mack
4. Thursday, July 17, "Handy" (Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy") (from Yahoo Sketchy) -- reposted by a random individual on YouTube at - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Sports Song' plays to the song's theme, featuring Yankovic along with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers band performing a routine on a football field during the song; the video was directed by Yankovic with Andrew Bush and Brad Schulz and produced in conjunction with Funny or Die." - Stephen Mack
5. Friday, July 18: "Sports Song" (from FunnyOrDie) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for "First World Problems" was directed by Liam Lynch, and shows Yankovic, posing as a 'pretentious jerk' wearing a 'douchey blonde wig,' over-reacting to minor annoyances of a well-off lifestyle." - Stephen Mack
6. Saturday, July 19: "First World Problems" (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: 'Lame Claim to Fame' is a stop-motion video directed by animator Tim Thompson, using a scrapbooking approach to show the protagonist's passing ties with various celebrities. Among the cut-outs of celebrities named in the song, the video includes pictures of Dr. Demento, the radio host that helped Yankovic's rise to popularity." - Stephen Mack
7. Sunday, July 20: "Lame Claim to Fame" (from alyankovic) - Stephen Mack
More: "The final video released was for 'Mission Statement,' and was produced by TruScribe, featuring time-lapse drawings relating to the song's lyrics on a white board. The video took about 10 months to create." - Stephen Mack
"Handy" was July the 17th according to the wiki. Sports Song the 18th, and First World Problems the 19th. - NOT THE CRICKET
8. Monday, July 21: "Mission Statement" (Parody of Graham Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes") (from WSJ via Vevo) [YouTube URL for Mission Statement forthcoming, I don't think it's been published there yet] - Stephen Mack
"Word Crimes" is definitely my favorite. - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jimminy -- I corrected the dates above. - Stephen Mack
For me, it's a toss-up between "Word Crimes" and "Foil" :) - Brent Schaus
The co-branding I find fascinating. - Stephen Mack
And using a CSN melody for "Mission Statement"? Stroke of genius, imo. - Brent Schaus
I haven't watched that one yet. :) Tonight! - Stephen Mack
The big downside to his strategy of peppering his eight videos across different sites is that it's tough to find them all. Yesterday I was at a friend's house and we were searching YouTube (via the TiVo app) trying to watch them all, and missed half of them. It'll also be interesting to see if some of the better videos don't get as many views because of which account or site was used to post/promote, or if some of the more marginal videos get more views because of the traffic of the originating site. - Stephen Mack
labels (not just RCA) refusing to bankroll promotional stuff is a pretty common occurrence. has been for ages and ages. they sure want a cut of any profits made, tho! #LittleRedHen - Big Joe Silence
The album has hit #1 on Billboard: (via Andy Baio, - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Controversy over a word used in Word Crimes: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Andy Bakun
Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks -
Ego, as it plays out in IT, is an essential confidence combined with a not-so-subtle cynicism. It's not about being right for the sake of being right but being right for the sake of saving a lot of time, effort, money and credibility. IT is a team sport, so being right or wrong impacts other members of the group in non-trivial ways. Unlike in many industries, in IT, colleagues can significantly influence the careers of the entire team. Correctness yields respect, respect builds good teams, and good teams build trust and maintain credibility through a healthy projection of ego. Strong IT groups view correctness as a virtue, and certitude as a delivery method. - Andy Bakun from Bookmarklet
When things don't add up, they are prone to express their opinions on the matter, and the level of response will be proportional to the absurdity of the event. The more things that occur that make no sense, the more cynical IT pros will become. Standard organizational politics often run afoul of this, so IT pros can come to be seen as whiny or as having a victim mentality. Presuming... more... - Andy Bakun
Good IT pros are not anti-bureaucracy, as many observers think. They are anti-stupidity. The difference is both subjective and subtle. Good IT pros, whether they are expected to or not, have to operate and make decisions with little supervision. So when the rules are loose and logical and supervision is results-oriented, supportive and helpful to the process, IT pros are loyal, open,... more... - Andy Bakun
IT pros would prefer to make a good decision than to get credit for it. What will make them seek credit is the danger that a member of the group or management who is dangerous to the process might receive the credit for the work instead. That is insulting. - Andy Bakun
Like anyone else, IT people tend to socialize with people who respect them. They'll stop going to the company picnic if it becomes an occasion for everyone to list all the computer problems they never bothered to mention before. - Andy Bakun
Monique Judge
It's my birthday!! 🎂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MO! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Happy HAPPY - WarLord
happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy bday! - holly #ravingfangirl
Happy Birthday!!! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday! - Jessie
Happy birthday! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Happy birthday :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, gorgeous! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday, Momo! - Bren from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Jed
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday! - Mo Kargas
Happy birthday!! I hope it's fabulous! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Happy Birthday, Monique. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happiest Momo Day, dear friend!!! I'm so glad you were born! You pretty much rock and should keep rockin' it. Hard. I love you. I mean it. xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Thank you everyone! - Monique Judge
happy bday superwoman - Steve C
A very happy birthday to you! - Galadriel C. from Android
Happy birthday, Momo! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday and many more, dear. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Happy birthday - mimsin
Happy birthday. <3 - Alix May
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday Momo! xx - Melly
Thank you all! You are an amazing group of people, and I love you. 😍 😍 😍 - Monique Judge from Android
:) RT @CuteEmergency: The exact moment he realized he was heading to the vet.
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Stephen Mack
Got a letter from water company today. Giving higher rebates for water-reducing things like landscaping, he washers, etc. - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's a start but I feel we should be using both carrots and sticks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"When users make your life hard, Sophos makes your life easy. We salute you, IT Pros and System Admin professionals, with 12 Days of Sysmas:" - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
Cancer boy donates organs on his deathbed | CCTVNEWS -
Cancer boy donates organs on his deathbed | CCTVNEWS
In China several doctors bow to an 11 year old boy diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who managed to save the lives of several others by donating his organs shortly after he passed. - rönin from Bookmarklet
Monique Judge
ICYMI: On the 25th anniversary of my 18th birthday
ICYMI: On the 25th anniversary of my 18th birthday
Big Joe Silence
BBC News - Nasa seeks help with Earth-Mars data links -
BBC News - Nasa seeks help with Earth-Mars data links
"Nasa is asking for help to get data back from its science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface. The US space agency is acting now to close a potential communications gap that is set to occur in 2020. It currently has no plans to launch orbiters capable of taking over data relay duties from existing, ageing spacecraft. Nasa is seeking input from universities and companies about better ways to relay the data back to Earth." - Big Joe Silence from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"Where The Customer Is Always Right" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
April Russo
HTML tables can bite my ass!
Worked on a site today that is almost nothing but tables full of names & numbers. :( - April Russo
Dog parks: The strange rituals—and stranger people—you find at the dog run. -
Dog parks: The strange rituals—and stranger people—you find at the dog run.
"I knew that if I wanted to understand the place of dogs in contemporary America, I had to spend some time in dog parks, where everyone knows your dog’s name—and some even know yours. Dog parks are a relatively modern invention, a “kind of victory over the anonymity and transience of life,” as writer Mary Battiata put it. They’re a place of long-lasting friendships, longer-lasting feuds, and dog-park know-it-alls who disapprove of the job you’re doing with your pet. At a dog park in Boston, where I live, the park’s queen bee once asked me what I was feeding Casey. She didn’t like my answer. “Well, you can certainly feed him that if you want to kill him,” she barked." - rönin from Bookmarklet
^^^ That explains perfectly why I stopped taking Spock to the dog park. Along with his double paw and weird limp, everyone had something to say. It was almost as bad as when I was pregnant. - Anika
Shannon - GlassMistress
I've got a days worth of work in custom orders ... How flipping cool is that?
Steve C
I'm not gonna lie I've actually learned several things I never knew but should have known from watching Drunk History. Often accompanied by laughing some beverage out my nose.
That show is awesome. It makes me want to look up what actually happened. - Corinne L
Claudette Colvin pre-dating and lining up the Rosa Parks bus boycott and Sybil Ludington making Paul Revere look like an afterthought were my big lessons in catching up on this seasons episodes. - Steve C
Amit Patel
Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The comment from gggg was—interesting. - Professor A.I.
Also you've got one of the most popular posts of the past week still sitting on the front page, for you're updated interactive page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Comment from gggg? I missed that. NOT THE CRICKET: yep, fun!! :) Also on reddit/r/gamedev and reddit/r/programming - Amit Patel
congrats! - imabonehead
Amit, the comment from gggg - - NOT THE CRICKET
I thought Amit handled gggg in a very gentlemanly manner, and the red starfish-like avatar reminded me of the FriendFeed of old. - Professor A.I.
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
RT @jodyallen_sahm: Ain't that the truth!
RT @jodyallen_sahm: Ain't that the truth!
Fake butter? *flips desk* (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻ - Mo Kargas
Congrats on your wedding & honeymoon in Germany! ;-p
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Hah who the hell is that? - Rodfather
Otae-san from Gintama. =) - rönin
CAJ hates pants
Kindle Unlimited? This could get interesting. "Enjoy unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month." and "You can access up to ten books at a time from the Kindle Unlimited catalog and read each on up to six devices or reading apps." -
Kindle Unlimited? This could get interesting. "Enjoy unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month." and "You can access up to ten books at a time from the Kindle Unlimited catalog and read each on up to six devices or reading apps."
Hmmm, there might be over 600K titles but only about one in six from my wish lists were currently available.Depending on how fast I could read them, I might save some money for a bit. - CAJ hates pants
I saw the ad. I figured they wouldn't have my stuff, if it's even available to foreign folks :) - Eivind from Android
Nothing on my wish list is available through the program. Looks like it is more or less a copy of the catalog from their other unlimited e-book competitors. - Soup in a TARDIS
Jason Toney
J Dilla's Sampler and Synthesizer Are Going to the Smithsonian
J Dilla's Sampler and Synthesizer Are Going to the Smithsonian
Todd Hoff
Been listening to a course on mart twain. His language is beautiful. We've lost that. Perhaps because direct rapid communication males not only unnecessary but a hindrance?
I concede that "direct rapid communication males" are unnecessary and may be a hindrance. - NOT THE CRICKET
On the devolution of the human race -- as we march boldly forward towards the vision of global superintelligence. - Sean McBride
Victor Ganata
So thoughtleader. Much go-forward basis. Very architect. Wow.
Does anybody remember Dr. Demento?
Yes! Fishheads, Fishheads, bloody little fishheads. - Janet
*sings "Dead Puppies"* - Steele Lawman
Yes - Me
*sings "Shaving Cream"* - Steven Perez
Yes - Steve C
i miss his radio show. - Big Joe Silence
Joe they took us away along time ago. - MAMA VAL#GOSCARLETTGO
RT @octoberjones: "I AM YOUR FATHER" "D'OOOOHHHH"
RT @octoberjones: "I AM YOUR FATHER" "D'OOOOHHHH"
Victor Ganata
This "feeling even lonelier when other people are around" thing is bullshit. Sometimes I truly hate being an introvert.
Big Trouble in Little China - wow, that was a trip. I didn’t expect the supernatural, Jon didn’t expect the humor. We really enjoyed it.
RT @llacigart: #rip ~Tommy Ramone Dead at 65 - Drummer was last surviving original member of the Ramones via @rollingstone
RT @llacigart: #rip ~Tommy Ramone Dead at 65 - Drummer was last surviving original member of the Ramones via @rollingstone
damn. - Big Joe Silence
RIP Tommy, RIP The Ramones. :( - Stephen Mack
My first pit. Came home with blood all down the right side of my shirt, shorts and even my sock. The shirt had a giant peace symbol on it. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
Mike Nencetti
Saturday morning walk with Beverly. (@ Clark's Creek Greenway - NE)
Saturday morning walk with Beverly. (@ Clark's Creek Greenway - NE)
Jason Toney
RT @joseiswriting: Dear America: You're mad about economy, job competition, lower wages, think "illegals" like me are to blame. But...
RT @joseiswriting: Dear America: You're mad about economy, job competition, lower wages, think "illegals" like me are to blame. But...
Steven Perez
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