Teh Interwebs


I recently encountered a hilarious scam email. It’s an update to an older scam I remember from years ago; supposedly some kind of notification that you won a prize drawing in the U.K., sponsored by “the prestigious Microsoft and AOL”. The sender’s return address? Is a gmail account. They aren’t even trying, are they?

Lengthy scam mail behind the cut. Strap in for a real LOL-ercoaster ride.

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Remember that time when you put your prom photos up on MySpace and got "discovered" and became a modeling sensation? Yeah me neither. Guess our name’s not Sean O’Pry.

You know the internet, right, how one link leads to another, blah blah blah? Well one way or another I recently read about a new online journal –Transformative Works and Cultures — that I’m kind of excited about. Its focus is transformative works, primarily fan-created works that are based on existing works in popular culture. Sounds fancy! The journal’s goal of bridging academic and fandom communities in a free online journal is a laudable one. There is a non-peer-reviewed section that publishes essays from fans outside of the academy. Awesome.

A while back I posted a link to a video that set clips of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to a song from Requiem for a Dream, giving the clips entirely new meaning. Well, it seems this is an example of a longstanding tradition called “vidding” and like many fandom practices, it has its roots in the practices of female fans of Star Trek. I highly recommend reading the very interesting article:

Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/44/64

The article presents some history and theory about vidding, and being an online publication, it takes excellent advantage of the medium and includes relevant multimedia content to illustrate relevant points. I spent a bunch of time reading the article and viewing the various clips. The most mesmerizing by far was a vid for a show and fandom I don’t know anything about – Battlestar Gallactica. I don’t know if my reaction would be different if I was actually familiar with the show, the characters, the context of the clips, but I can tell you I’ve watched it five times and it gave me 3 solid minutes of skin-crawling chills each time.

(please no clarifying discsussion or BSG spoilers – it’s been on my list of shows to check out for a while and I’m thinking this summer hiatus will be the time I get around to it)

I also recommend viewing the Star Trek vids and reading the discussion about them in the article:

Ok, fine, stalking following celebrities is already paying off. On Monday Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) retweeted Rhett Miller’s post about his new song being available on MySpace, and thus I found out Rhett Miller is on Twitter, and blah blah blah the internet is full of underlined words that I just click on and whatever.

rhett-rainn

WHATEVER. The point is, new Rhett, OK??

http://www.myspace.com/rhettmiller

(p.s.)

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  1. Ashton Kutcher is quite possibly incapable of walking away from Twitter for more than 30 minutes at a time. Awesome.
  2. Rainn Wilson may have trouble distinguishing real life from his character’s life. Also awesome.

Rainn tweet

Honestly, I don’t know that I can slice up my internet time any further. There is just so much to read and watch already. But then I run across something like the TWoP slideshow of “celebrity twitters you must follow” and I have to say! It holds some appeal! Even if some are ghost-written!

I feel like I don’t need any more avenues for keeping up with my friends ( though I could be wrong), but actors and musicians and athletes? And whatever? Hmm!

Odds are, I’ll have thrown in the towel and signed up within a week.

While searching the Internet for the user guide to my pedometer whose craptacular interface could be the subject of an expletive-laden post unto itself, I had the great fortune to view a web page that told me (click to enlarge)

resolution

HATE.

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