Thursday, September 28, 2006

MTV Using SightSpeed on TRL

MTV is introducing live webcams using SightSpeed on TRL today and tomorrow. Watch it, because it's one of the last shows on that network that actually plays music. Plus here's your chance to tell all the emo bands they suck.

View the video report here!

Want to be the next face on MTV's WebWall? Click here to be on TRL via SightSpeed!

The Last 10 Minutes - The Joke of Jihad

Apparently the idea of Islamic jihad has become such a part of American consciousness that car dealership sales events with themes revolving around the concept of Muslims engaging in holy war are now OK. Or, maybe not. Perhaps we need to wait some time before we graft "jihad" into the English lexicon and give it a figurative meaning. It's not as though the word "crusade" is never used symbolically.

View the video report here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - The E! Condi Interview

60 Minutes decided to take advantage of its guest, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and asked her such heavy questions as "How does one go about asking the Secretary of State out on a date?" To which Ms Rice did not reply: "Although I'm partial to diamonds, the blood of still-live barbequed kittens in a skull chalice will do just fine."

View the video report here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A Public Service Announcement - Leash Your Psycho Dog

This past weekend we went to Tahoe with some friends, and while hiking on a trail, I noticed a huge Clifford-sized wolf-mix Cujo dog come toward us. I said aloud to Jen, "Wow, that is a big dog."

This freak of the canis genus then decided our precious little mutt Raisin was a snack, biting and swinging him around like a rag doll. I was frozen for what seemed like an eternity. It was probably one of the most horrible things I have ever seen.

And heard. Raisin howled like he was about to die. Which was true. After carrying him down the trail, we took him to a local Truckee vet, who showed us X-rays that revealed Raisin had hernias in his abdomen, crotch, and back. He had to have surgery immediately. The owner of the attacking dog - who admitted his dog had a history of playing doggie death match - at first offered to pay, then balked at the price - $1400.

And I don't blame him. Dog owners, please take note: If your canine like to chomp other dogs, cats, or people, be responsible and keep him leashed or muzzled. It's easy and can save you an expense, and others - myself - a lot of pain and grief.

I'll admit I laughed when Jack Black kicked Ron Burgandy's dog off Coronado Bridge, but man, when it's your dog, you're in a glass case of emotion.

View the video of Raisin the dog here.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Showing Some Love

I must say I'm a little pleased. Flattered. After blasting our user base with a video mail, I was sure I'd get my share of hate mail. Instead, I get love. Lots of it.

I actually inspired VOIPGirl to try SightSpeed, although whether or not her videos will ever see the light of day remains unknown. Then PhoneBoy came with the complements. I'm still waiting for a response from someone out there called CellularBaby, obviously the digital offspring of the two.

Ken Camp actually did his own "How Not to Videoblog" PSA, then referenced my own with some rather magnanimous kudos.

And of course I can't forget my friend and the one who explained "Link Love" to me, Andy Abramson.

Thanks for the love, people. Now go and make videos.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Bush Bows to Rebels

After much internal struggling, the Senate and the White House each made concessions to draft a terrorist detainee bill that is legal, if a little less fun. Killjoys.

View the video report here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Hugo Chavez Can Smell Otherworldly Creatures!

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gained audience at the UN today and seized his moment to denounce US President George Bush as "the Devil." On what basis? Chavez reveals his heretofore little known olfactory talent of being able to detect scents of the spirit realm and interpret their meaning.

View the video report here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

How to Make a Video Call

Perhaps you've heard of video calling, video conferencing, VOIP, VVOIP, panties - sorry, I have to include a Monty Pyhon reference once a month.

The following video (clicky-clicky on the link below, kids) is the first in a series of "How-to" videos designed to give you tips on the basics of video calling. Brought to you by award-winning SightSpeed, the company behind the best video calling software, and who inexplicably pays me for producing my other daily drivel so I might as well pimp them every now and then.

View the video here.

PS - If you want a free account, email me and I'll hook you up.

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Jobs of Arguably Pretty Skeletons At Risk!

To help promote a more realistic view of what is considered the ideal, some in the fashion industry are taking it upon themselves to impose a "thin ban," preventing soul-cringingly thin models from parading their bones on the runway like so many cocaine-laced popcicle sticks.


In other news, Scarlett Johanssen is OK with her body. So am I. OK with her body I mean.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - In Defense of LonelyGirl15

YouTube sensation LonelyGirl15 has upset many pedophiles and pubescent losers viewers when word got out that she's not LonelyGirl15, but in fact a 19-year-old actress in the title role of the internet "show" that is not simply the random videoblog ramblings of a teenager, but a serial soap opera that actually has a plot.

Of course, when the artist formerly known as LonelyGirl15 came forward with her confession of being a *
gasp* actress, scores of internet-obsessed shut-ins her fans were none too pleased, as who would expect someone to assume a fake identity on the internet? And thus their reality was shattered. Poor souls.

View the video report here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Senate Shocks World By Thinking On Its Own

Today the Republican-majority Senate passed a bill regarding terror suspects which falls short of the Bush administration's proposed legislation of rather scary and internationally-accepted illegal methods of detainee treatment.

Which is not at all funny, but I do get to reference Monty Python.

View the video report here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Being (Divorced From) Bobby Brown

The entertainment world reels in shock after reports came in of Whitney Houston filing for divorce from Bobby Brown. Despite a picture-perfect marriage and the type of positive press coverage one could only dream for, the once-golden couple, once well-known for their mutual love, have decided to call it quits.

At least someone created a decent homage.

View the video report here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Who Is Your God?

A recent poll (with graphs!) shows Americans have a varied opinion about the kind of God God is. What is most interesting is not that old sweeping notions that all liberals are athiest God-haters and all conservatives are Bible-thumping fundamentalists (neither of which is true), but that more and more are stepping away from traditional "labels" and opting to find a God of their own, however far-out those views might be. Which might help to explain Pat Robertson and his protein shakes.

View the video report here.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - My 9/11 Story

In what will surely be lost in the overabundance of infinitely more tear-inducing "Where Were You?" 9/11 stories, I give you the first-hand account of just another dotcom worker bee with a jerk expat boss named Richard who couldn't care less about terrorism, since it never happens in Australia.

View my 9/11 story here.

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Saddam Actually Thought Al Qaida Were Poopoo Heads

Despite claims made as recent as two weeks ago that Saddam Hussein had relations with al-Qaida, a Senate report released today confirms pretty much what most everyone already knew.

Yeah, we know. Gloat, gloat, gloat. Whatever.

View the video report here.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Paris Gets DUI, Somehow Gets More Popular

Scientists around the world may argue about the beginning of the universe, but one thing they do agree on: When the random subatomic nucleus of the universe drank too many vodka tonics and vomited into the vast emptiness of velvety space and the supernova on the other side simultaneously farted after a rough night of Indian lentils and cheese, the result was Paris Hilton - the single greatest unanimously accepted biological anomoly known to man.

Nothing can stop her: not a low-grade porn tape, acting so poor a 2-day-old scoop of brain from a blind and retarded 3-legged hamster could do better, singing so bafflingly tedious even ceiling dots count each other to prevent themselves from going mad, and now...


View the video report here.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Billy Carson Is Afraid of the Future!

And who wouldn't be? What with cellphones tracking your every conversation, server bots logging every email, and port scanners turning kids into felons for downloading music, one might start to believe every paranoid conspiracy theory posited.

Now, as the possibility of webcams infiltrating the holy inner sanctum within the impenetrable walls of Billy Carson's dorm room becomes ominously closer to reality, the Boston College freshman is not going to just sit there and let it happen. Oh no. Not that any potentially embarrassing video captured by a webcam has ever been released to the public. Not at all.

View Billy's actually rather witty annotations to SightSpeed's press release here, then view the absolutely-not-at-all-corporately-sanctioned response to Billy's response here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Crikey, We Never Knew You

Steve Irwin, AKA the Crocodile Hunter, who had probably the coolest most potentially dangerous job ever, died yesterday, being stabbed in the chest by a stingray's knife-like barb. Despite his enormous popularity abroad, Irwin had his share of finger-waggers at home for what they viewed as promoting a unsavory charicature of Australians. However, we discover the very same personality trait which made Steve Irwin so beloved by fans worldwide is shared by none other than US President George Bush.

With slightly different consequences.

Click here for the video report.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Last 10 Minutes - Friday Edition

· Winner for most shocking revelation, HealthDay gives us a Great Moments in Journalism report that working with crazy people sucks.

· The orignal 60's Star Trek, it with technicolor palatte, frightfully intentional mood lighting and period performance hyperbole, will be bastardized by even more futuristic futurism with CGI upgrades, which means Chekov's voice will be dubbed over, since no one knew what a Russian sounded like back then.

· Playboy launches its first men's clothing line. Hef absolutely guarantees that if you buy into the pathetically desparate idea that wearing clothes produced by his skank company will get you laid, he will get richer.

View the video report here.