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Brilliant!

via Mashable

Mashable has featured this Kiwi made video as it’s Video of the Day.

If you’re a fan of the long-running UK sci-fi show Doctor Who and know your Internet memes, this video will strike you as a brilliant mash-up of both.

literal version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was one of many literal music videos that circulated widely a couple of years back. For the unfamiliar, the idea is to take a well-known video and replace the lyrics with words that describe the onscreen action. The meme is said to have begun with this version of “Take on Me”.

Now one Doctor Who fan in New Zealand has taken the practice to a new level. In her “Literal Eclipse of the Heart,” YouTube user zeborahnz posted a video that keeps the literal lyrics, but replaces the original footage with clips from the show.

In the video’s accompanying notes, Zeborah says she wanted to do a literal music video, but had seen too many that were “fairly incompetent.”

“I wanted some kind of un-narrative going through it so decided to have the Doctor illustrating all the lyrics sung by PersephoneMaewyn (or Bonnie Tyler in the original) and various Companions illustrating the others,” Zeborah says. “I genderswitched large chunks of stuff accordingly.”

The result: Doctor Who Internet heaven, for about five and a half minutes. Let us know what you think!

How to handle poor customer service

Check this video of a FedEx delivery man wrecking a computer monitor by chucking it over a fence:

Now check out how FedEx responded:

This is a great example of how to deal with poor customer service. Imagine if political parties responded to their poor customer experiences in the same way?

No particular reason

Apparently most people go online….for no particular reason.

A report from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that about 53% of young adults ages 18 to 29 go online on any given day for no particular reason except for a diversion or just for fun. About 81% of people in this demographic said they have done so at least occasionally.

The study — conducted among 2,260 adults ages 18 and over on landlines and cellphones — has a margin of error of 3.7%.

But it’s not just young web users that turn to the Internet during their down time — about 58% of all adults or 74% of online adults said they use the Internet this way, up from 45% of adults who said they did so in a Pew survey conducted in 2006. Pew noted that the growth of people using the Internet as a “destination for fun” coincides with the rise of broadband connections, social networking and video.

Google Knows

Search Google  for “Labour party is” and watch what autocomplete says:

Don’t forget to get your Worm software

The worm is back tonight:

Expect even more relentless repetition of upbeat language than usual from Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff as the worm returns for tonight’s leaders’ debate on TV3.

The debate will use the Roy Morgan Reactor, more commonly known as “the worm”, to measure the response of a studio audience of undecided voters selected for a balance of gender and age.

You can download the Roy Morgan Reactor App (the Worm) for people with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from the Apple App Store.

For those with Android devices you can get it from the Android Marketplace.

For those of you who think you can’t be bothered, check out this email sent to the Labour email database last night by Trevor Mallard. Labour are going to try to stack the worm in their favour…all power to them, but we can’t let them have it all their own way.

Gmail app for iOS released

Google have released their Gmail app for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The thing I missed about getting my emails in the native mail app on my iPhone or iPad was that I couldn;t star things for later. By using this app I can. I need to do this for tipline emails for blogging later or for follow up.

With the Gmail app, you can:
● Receive notification badges for new messages
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
● Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
● Auto-complete contact names as you type
● Send and receive attachments
● Search through all your mail

 

Get your worm app

As you probably already know on the November 21 TV3 election debate they are letting people with smart phones participate with the Roy Morgan Reactor App (the Worm) for people with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

You can download the Roy Morgan Reactor App (the Worm) for people with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from the Apple App Store.

For those with Android devices you can get it from the Android Marketplace.

Loyal army members with these devices should download in preparation.

Why they keep using ‘unintentional’

There is a reason the Herald on Sunday keeps on using the word “unintentional”.

Crimes Act s.216B(1)

Subject to subsections (2) to (5) every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years who intentionally intercepts any private communication by means of an interception device.

How-To Field Strip and Clean a Glock

I’ve watched this video several times and I used to own a Glock and I still can’t seem to get it right.

Why haven’t Labour produced costings?

David Farrar has his top 10 reasons why Labour have failed to produce costings, but the hands down winner in the comments is this:

They still haven’t mastered the Excel function:
range input X {gnomes}%%steal underpants ? = profit
(for positive values of underpants).

Although the real reason is that due to fighting an asymmetrical war with a blogger. The campaign manager did not realise that he might have to justify spending promises. So didn’t find the time to work out how he was going to find the money.

The end result is that Labour’s campaign manager hung his leader out to dry.