Mashup of the Day: “This Charming Video Game” (The Smiths vs. Lana Del Rey)

Mope-tastic! The Smiths vs. Lana Del Rey in This Charming Video Game.

1980s mope meets 2010s mope when mashup artists The Reborn Identity combine Morrissey’s vocals from This Charming Man with the backing tracks of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. The end result is perfect for sitting in a hotel bar and nursing a bourbon, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Mondo thanks to Duarte da Silva for the find!


Awkward On-Camera Moment of the Day

This happened back in late 2010, but sometimes it takes a while for a video to go viral. Pictured above is a snippet from a newscast for WUFT, a TV station in Gainesville, Florida (seeing the word “Florida” should tip you off that something funny or weird is about to happen). In it, Kristin Giannas, who was working in the station’s edit suite on a project for one of her classes realizes that she’s just walked into the middle of a news broadcast and realizing that she’s in the shot, does what she can to get out. Hilarity ensues.

Kristin wrote about this event and explained what happened in this entry on her blog.


Welcome Home, Soldier!

marine kiss

This photo of marine Brandon Morgan kissing his boyfriend Dalan after coming home has gone viral with 14,000 “likes” on Facebook and 3,000 comments. Brandon’s reply to this response:

To everyone who has responded in a positive way. My partner and I want to say thank you. Dalan, the giant in the photo, can’t believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. We didn’t do this to get famous,or something like that we did this cause after 3 deployments and four years knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt. As for the haters, let em hate…to quote Kat Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate. We are the happiest we have ever been and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in uniform…it was a homecoming, if the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn’t care…then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don’t just accept requests so if your request was because of this post message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi.

Ain’t nuthin’ wrong with being gay, despite what you’ll hear from social knuckledraggers. Besides, as my friend gruverja says: “If you serve this nation for shitty pay and lousy benefits, possibly at great personal danger to yourself, you should be able to kiss anyone you goddamn want and not to have to take any shit for it.”

(Besides, the guy’s a marine. You gonna give him static for being gay? It’s your funeral.)

Semper Fi!


Come Party with Shopify at SxSW!

shiner bock

Shiner Bock: The unofficial official beer of SxSW.
Creative Commons Photo by Berenice Garcia. Click the photo to see the original.

Shopify’s going to be at the South by Southwest Interactive festival this year from Friday, March 9th through Tuesday, March 13th, and we’d like to invite you to join us for a drink and chat while we’re down in Austin! Whether you’re a shopowner with a Shopify-powered shop, a developer who builds Shopify apps, a designer who make Shopify themes or just wondering what Shopify’s all about, we’d like to meet up with you.

We’re working out the exact details of where and when – we’re thinking late afternoon/early evening of Saturday, March 10th — but we’ll announce it all over the place: on this blog, Facebook, Twitter and everywhere else we can.

More details soon!

This article also appears in the Shopify Technology Blog.


My Forgotten Christmas Present: A Tube of “Greentea Salt” Toothpaste

A box of "Greentea Salt" toothpaste, with the text "High Quality and Functional Toothpaste"

“High quality and functional toothpaste,” they said. “Delicious green tea and salt flavour,” they said.

While packing for tomorrow’s trip to Montreal to attend the ConFoo conference for the rest of the week – it’s part of the month of travel on which I’m about to embark – I found this tube of “Greentea Salt” toothpaste. My friend Dayv Mattt, who gave it to me, lives in Korea and gave me this to me when I caught up with him while he was visiting Accordion City to see his family over Christmas.

I’ll have to give it a try. I’ll post a review here and let you know what I think.


“Swear Cuts”: The Sweary Bits of the Oscars’ “Best Picture” Nominees

Swear Cuts is a video featuring just the bits with the profane and unkind dialogue from the nine nominees for “Best Picture” for the 84th Academy Awards, a.k.a. the 2012 Oscars. The movies in this video are listed below, along with the “number of swears” they contain:

Movie “Number of swears”
The Help 106
The Descendants 103
Midnight in Paris 58
Hugo 46
Moneyball 44
War Horse 43
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 31
Tree of Life 12
The Artist 9

“DHRECK”, who assembled this video, also put together an article about it — check it out!


Sacha Baron Cohen’s Oscar Prank on Ryan Seacrest

Kudos to Sacha Baron Cohen for livening up the Oscars’ “red carpet” segment by going as his General Aladeen, his character from The Dictator, and dumping what he said were the ashes of his “dear friend and doubles tennis partner, Kim Jong-Il” on the normally bland TV talking head Ryan Seacrest.