Literal Translation Music Videos

We all know that music videos can be quite abstract and often times downright weird…the connection to the lyrics are often a stretch. Well, the guys over at DustFilms have taken a few music videos and have changed the lyrics to describe what is happening in the video.

The result? Awesomeness! Check out one of my favorites by those guys:

DustFilms aren’t the only guys that are doing it though…there are some that try – many of them failing – but a few are worth while. Check out this Creed literal video translation (my favorite non-DustFilms video):

Passive Aggressive Notes

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So, I just stumbled onto Passive Aggressive Notes and have found myself reading post after post. The site has been around a long time but in my endless interweb meandering, I’ve failed to stumble onto it before.

For those of you that – like me – are unenlightened, here’s the site’s tagline: “Painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over.”

And here’s a few samples of awesomeness:

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April Fools Day DotA 6.50 Release

So…the DotA guys have a sense of humor and released an April Fools release of DotA. Awesome. You can download it at the DotA forums.

6.50 Changelog:
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* Added new item
* Tons of code optimizations so this can be the new stable map
* Added capture the flag mode
* Improved Courier Chicken a little bit due selling change last patch
* Renamed Clinkz and Pugna
* Fixed a bug that caused blackhole to end prematurely
* Fixed a critical bug with creep rax destruction that caused it to not upgrade creeps
* Roshan now has a chance to suicide
* Tons of other misc old bugs fixed (way too many to list, many abusable)
* Improved cast range on Eyes in the Forest
* Due to arguments about who should solo, there are now 5 lanes
* Increase Luna’s attack range by 10
* Heroes can now suicide if they click on themselves really fast (this is to allow for some improved game dynamics)
* Lowered Zeus Agility by 3 and increased Intelligence by 2
* Naga Siren allies now falls asleep for half the duration of enemies with Song of the Siren (to prevent abuses)
* Auto Attacking is now automatically disabled for your hero if the game engine detects you using Attack/Halt frequently. It is turned back on in a 10 minutes.
* Enchantress Impetus now deals physical damage type instead of pure. She has 35 more attack range to compensate
* Improved Siege unit models

Notes:
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- This release has been heavily tested and is now the new stable league map.
- Expect a 6.50b soon incase any bugs, lots of recoding went on this version to fix old bugs.
- I jumped to version 6.50 instead of 6.44 due to the hacked versions out there.

- More new content very soon, this was released quickly in order to give leagues an updated map to use.

A Guide to Druid Forms

Over my time off and on World of Warcraft, I’ve seen a number of questions regarding Druid Forms. Well, the other day while reading a random WoW forum, I stumbled on an animated signature image that detailed some of the key forms a Druid character can become. Here are the words of wisdom:

druid_bear
druid_cat
druid_travel
druid_seal

Amazing descriptions to live by. Thank you. That is all.

College Saga

cglogo_markleungcomI stumbled upon College Saga on YouTube that left me laughing. The synopsis is:

Once upon a time, when Earth was still a beautiful place, an evil force came to turn all living things into Vegetarians.

Three students from suburban Massachusetts would step up against this catastrophe… to end Vegetarian Supremacy.

Mark, Jesús, Maria and their foes would make amazing personal discoveries as the two forces clash.

And so began the ultimate saga about friendship, heritage, sex and explosions.

Although the video below is College Saga in its entirety, the production was done in 4 episodes originally. Throughout the episodes, Final Fantasy is most heavily referenced, although Secret of Mana and Zelda (not to mention Star Wars and Napoleon Dynamite) find their way in as well. I must say that the first episode is by far my favorite as it mimics Final Fantasy the most in regards to character movement and text. The later 3 episodes adopt use spoken dialog over text-boxes in many cases which veers from the Final Fantasy theme. Regardless, the video as a whole was quite funny. Have a look-see:

What Code DOESN’T Do In Real Life

If you’re not a programmer, have you ever sat in awe as programmers on “the Big Screen” (*cough* movies *cough*) dazzle you with their uber-typing as they construct 3D blocks of code that animate around the screen and reflect onto the programmer’s face? OR if you are a programmer, have you ever watched a movie and wanted to puke due to the inaccuracy of what the movie industry claim programmers do?

Yeah, we work with complex stuff that random passerby don’t understand…but holy balls does Hollywood have it wrong.

Matthew Inman at Drivl.com debunks the Hollywood fluff in 10 well thought out and quite humorous points:

  • Code does not move
  • Code is not green text on a black background
  • Code has structure
  • Code is not three dimensional
  • Code does not make blip noises as it appears on the screen
  • Code cannot be cracked by an 8 year old kid in a matter of second
  • Not all code is meant to be cracked
  • Code isn’t just 0100110 010101 10100 011
  • People who write code use mice
  • Most code is not inherently cross platform

I simply listed the headers of each point, to get the full dose of sweet debunking action check out the full article.

My favorite description of them all has to be the 10th item: Most code is not inherently cross platform which reads:

Remember in Independence Day when whatshisface-math-guy writes a virus that works on both his apple laptop AND an alien mothership? Bullshit!

If real life were like film I’d be able to port wordpress to my toaster using a cat5 cable and a bag of glitter.

Hats off to you Mr. Inman.

51% of College Humor Sold for ~$20mil

College Humor
I’m not really a fan of College Humor…don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, I’m just not an avid viewer. It seems that some people are…in fact, some 6 million unique visitors a month are. The Gawker reports that InterActiveCorp took notice of the sheer number (read: success) of hits going to the beer-drinking-boob-posting-frat-boy blog site and made an offer. The result: College Humor has sold 51% of the site’s ownership to IAC – and if you find it hard believe it, simply check IAC’s list of businesses on its site. This ~$20 million+ move gives IAC a say in the way the lude blog is run…For the site’s success, one can hope the influence would be minimal.

All things considered, the creators of College Humor (who are also the creators of BustedTees…where I got my cool shirt) are doing quite well, as Gawker states:

CollegeHumor founders Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen will continue to oversee the Connected Ventures operations. The Company recently released the book The CollegeHumor Guide to College and is developing a film for Paramount Pictures. Through Connected Ventures they also operate a number of other successful online content and retail brands including BustedTees.com, a retail business aimed at the CollegeHumor.com demographic.

This is definately a blogging success story if I’ve ever seen it.

Why Paladin Names are Pink in Raids

Shortly after one of my friends created a video on a 10-Paladin instance run in Stratholme Dead, he asked the following:

Why did Blizzard make the paladin names pink in a raid, anyway?



For those curious, here’s the reason:

  1. Many Horde players hate Paladins because of Shield+Hearth
  2. Because of this, the Horde (and some jealous Alliance members) consider Paladins to be dinks.
  3. So Paladin could be written as: Paladink
  4. Another way to write ‘male’ is ‘lad’
  5. While referring to an individual Paladink male, you could refer to him as ‘a lad’
  6. Many male players like to play female characters, and most female players play female characters.
  7. Since many Paladinks are not male (lads), ‘a lad’ was dropped from the name
  8. Which gives us…: Pink

The color is simply equal to the class’ name.