Jimmy Kimmel – 1, World That Has Learned Absolutely Nothing From The LonelyGirl15 Fiasco – 0. :-P

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.  😀

Masterfully done lol.  It appears that whole “Worst Twerk Fail Ever” video was done up by Jimmy Kimmel and his buddies and they’ve trolled the world LonelyGirl15 style with a fake viral video.  😛  It’s been HOW MANY YEARS now since the world got owned by this stuff all that time ago, and the prank STILL works?  😀

For those who still doubt what happened with “Caitlin Heller”, here’s the outtakes.  😉

Not all that glitters is gold here though.  Funny though this hoax was, it’s still a sad example of how YouTube isn’t really about “You” anymore when fake viral videos get millions of views while real vloggers get buried.  :-\

Took One Of Those “What D&D Character Are You?” Tests… :-D

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Paladin/Cleric (2nd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

Strength-14

Dexterity-12

Constitution-12

Intelligence-15

Wisdom-17

Charisma-12

Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin’s special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.

Secondary Class:
Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron’s vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity’s domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric’s Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus

Regarding Taco Bell’s Response To The “Taco Licker” And Fast Food In General

A picture going around the internet of some guy at Taco Bell licking a stack of taco shells has created an uproar of course among disgusted customers and prompted a big PR response from the restaurant chain.  😛

http://consumerist.com/2013/06/04/taco-bell-in-process-of-firing-taco-licker-crosses-heart-and-swears-shells-were-thrown-out/

http://www.tacobell.com/Company/newsreleases/Statement_Regarding_Prank_Photo

I think this response was a little slow and tame though compared to a similar story that happened back in the 2000s at Domino’s Pizza where some idiots recorded a prank video for YouTube of someone doing gross things with some food they were preparing, even though it wasn’t being served to customers.  The response from Domino’s was nothing short of explosive.

Quite frankly, Taco Bell should’ve been this fierce too, and those of us who remember the Domino’s incident will no doubt be disturbed by the notably tamer response from them.  This gets me thinking though about the state of our fast food industry in general.  Both of these incidents involved young folks working in the restaurants, and the industry is pretty much synonymous with low-wage part time bluh ways to get work experience for young people – all of this of course because of our desire for cheap food.  People are horrified when events like this take place, but maybe one of these years people will consider the idea that our culture’s obsession with really cheap tacos or burgers could have some unintended consequences.  As for me, I’ll stick with Subway.  😛

It’s definitely something to think about though.  People scream in horror at some of these low wage jobs, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at what specifically causes them.

“Hitler Tea Kettle” = Social Media Gaffe – No Words Necessary

Ahhhh poor ol’ JC Penney.  They just can’t catch a break.  I’ve heard of their various store and leadership woes as yet another retail chain that was hot in the 80s and 90s but can barely keep itself afloat these days, their revolving door CEOs, etc.  They’ve come a long way from “D-D-Doin’ It Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight” – in the wrong direction.  😛

In the midst of all this nutty business stuff though, someone in their marketing department screwed up royally and created a billboard advertising a tea kettle that… well… Reddit had a little fun with this.  😛

UK Telegraph – Kettle That Looks Like Hitler Brews Trouble For JC Penney

This is just a classic example of one of those AV things I remember from college about stupid little things that can affect or even ruin your presentation.  Heck, it’s not just the billboard either.  That same picture is on the box too if you go digging for images of this Michael Graves flubsterpiece.  😛  Really it’s that one picture that ruins it.  JC Penney could have avoided this mess altogether by simply taking that shot at a different angle instead of making the “Hitler picture” the promo pic for this kettle.  😀  Better yet, why not just show the kettle in a nice-looking photo studio kitchen instead of this synthetic antigravity handle picture against a plain white background?  😛  Of course, if this picture hadn’t existed someone probably would have tried to make it themselves at home and put it online, but at least then the PR response could just be that someone had a warped imagination, not anything related to the company itself.

Still though, with how Reddit blew up about this and JC Penney had to start apologizing all over the place on Twitter, this just shows what kind of precedent we’re dealing with here.  Previously, one would have to actually say something or something like that to end up with a social media gaffe going viral and embarrassing the living daylights out of them.  Now – forget it.  Just have a badly-composed picture somewhere.  😛  What’s this world coming to?

…but at least the kettle’s selling out all over the place now.  Should help the old retail chain with their struggling sales.  :o)

Social Media – AGAIN!!!! This Time At Big W. :-P

Ahhh Walmart – the allegedly-unstoppable juggernaut/Retail Evil Empire, etc. etc. etc.  People have lots of nicknames for good ol’ Wallyworld, but sometimes, like in the movie 300, it takes a drop of blood from the god-king’s cheek to remind the stuck-up snobs that they are indeed mortal.  😛  Unlike the Persian Empire though, I’m not expecting anyone at Walmart to show up in witch doctor garb on some gilded elephant thing, but that’s another discussion for another day.  😀

I’ve written numerous times about social media gaffes, and how e-mail was the original form of “social media” that one could gaffe with and really embarrass both themselves and their company.  There’s a rule that one shouldn’t type anything in an e-mail that they wouldn’t want broadcast to the entire world, and this latest incident at Walmart is a great example of that at the corporate level where some things shot around in e-mails should really be reserved for conference calls instead.

From The Consumerist…

http://consumerist.com/2013/02/15/walmart-vp-calls-february-sales-total-disaster/

Of course at the beginning of the year despite President Obama’s hollering about not letting poor people’s taxes go up, payroll tax for poor individuals went up and smacked everyone’s paychecks, impacting sales at Walmart and other stores that sell to poor people of course, and since more and more people are poor these days no thanks to the jobs mess we’ve been in for years, all of that little stuff adds up.  However, this big hit to the stock on Wall Street is of course because of leaked e-mails, keeping completely in line with e-mail’s notable characteristics as opposed to snail mail of being able to be instantly duplicated and sent anywhere in the world.  😛

Because I’m left wondering how much the stock wouldn’t have dropped had Walmart’s folks kept this panic of their under wraps a little better, I’d say this counts as a social media gaffe on their part.  Wonder how much this incident will be brought up during their next earnings call.  😛

Ye Olde Internet Follies… :-P

Zaranyzerak has recently showcased a great example of the exact sort of YouTube video that I would NEVER make.  😛

This is of course one of the pitfalls of Stickam and all this easy internet video stuff these days.  Now combine this with Google’s research into image searching where someone could upload a photo of this guy, search, and find this video, including an HR recruiter at a company running an extensive background check for a good-paying job he was applying for…  😛

I’ve noticed lately that many of the most dramatic YouTubers out there when they mention their day jobs usually have really crappy jobs like working in retail or something.  Some of that I imagine is because of the bad economy, but the rest is more of a chicken/egg situation where it’s a complete toss-up which came first – the easily-searchable internet drama or the lousy job.  Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the well-paid managers and corporate folks I’ve worked with barely even maintain a LinkedIn page, much less any type of “real social media” like YouTube or Facebook.

Some Zaranyzerak fans on YouTube have actually subscribed to me because I’ve been to his Friday night Stickam chats in years past.  Some people may even get the impression that we’re similar types of people, but we’re not.  There are numerous issues where we very much go in completely different directions – whether or not Blu-Ray will ever take over the world being one of them, and this being another.  😛