Monday Dec 18, 2006

Ronald MacDonald on a Llama (and Other Things You Don't See Every Day)

If you happen to have read some of my previous posts, you've probably noticed that I'm intrigued by Internet phenomena. As the Wikipedia article explains, "An Internet phenomenon (sometimes called an Internet meme) occurs when something relatively or completely unknown becomes hugely popular, often quite suddenly, through the mass propagation of media content made feasible by the Internet."

"Numa Numa" videos are one example. If you're at all familiar with this phenomenon, you've probably seen the Gary Brolsma webcam video which started the craze. If you're a YouTube addict (or a preteen girl in eastern Europe), you'll have seen the "real" video from Romanian boy band O-Zone. And if you're really hardcore, you may have even seen the Lego equivalents of Gary and the boys.

But have you seen the Japanese "Maiyahi" video which Gary credits with introducing him to the song? It's my personal favorite, though I probably don't understand it in the least. Actually, scratch that--I'd say it's my personal favorite because I don't understand it in the least.

You see, I like a good can't-we-all-just-understand-each-other-and-sing-Kumbaya moment as much as the next guy. But at the same time, let's not abandon the joys of a little harmless laughing at that which we do not understand. And what better for an American like myself to misunderstand than Japanese animation set to some Romanian pop?

So let's take a look at just how little of this Maiyahi video (or "JapaNuma") I can follow...

Scene 1
As we begin our story, Pink Kitty is considering a new life wandering the earth in a cardboard box.
This possibility upsets longtime companion Skinny Kitty, who cannot help but notice that the box has room for only one.
Undeterred, Pink Kitty hops away.
 
Scene 2
Not wishing to drown in his troubles alone, Skinny Kitty calls his pals,
...Stocky Kitty and Yellow Kitty, who rush right over.
 
Scene 3
Good times quickly ensue
...with much dancing
...some of which defies gravity.
 
Scene 4
Eventually, Yellow Kitty becomes caught up in the moment and decides to go hunting
...monkey hunting
...with tragic results.
 
Scene 5
Skinny Kitty is taken aback by this development
...as is Yellow Kitty himself, who is quite sickened when he regains his senses and realizes what has happened.
 
Scene 6
Fortunately, Ronand MacDonald then arrives
...riding a llama
...and dragging a mutilated teddy bear.
 
Scene 7
After Ronald has made Yellow Kitty feel better, the fellas decide to go cruising for chicks
...while being broadcast live in a reality television show which a solitary child happens to be watching.
 
Scene 8
The child is startled by the invasion of a man with a threatening nose.
Fortunately, a second man (with a rather violent painting for a head) arrives and subdues the initial invader
...only to then succumb to cruel intentions of his own, knocking the child unconscious and eating all of the red meat in the house.
 
Scene 9
Still, that child is far luckier than a certain tanner counterpart who is at the same moment perishing in a horrific train wreck.
 
Scene 10
Of course, the fellas know none of this and have decided to cap off their night with a drink
...or two
...or three
...pausing only for a quick English lesson
...before culminating with a joyous kick line.

Now tell me... How could actual understanding possibly be better than this?

Tuesday Dec 12, 2006

Kitsch 2.0

I've noticed that Sun's bloggers are exhibiting a disturbing lack of respect for our elders. We didn't invent the Internet, blogs, or streaming media. And we certainly have not taken these technologies to their highest use. It's high time that we paid proper tribute to these great achievements.

For example, a few quick searches of blogs.sun.com reveals:

In our untold thousands of postings, only this handful of references to such brilliant works of art? That's simply unacceptable, and could well get us into hot water with the authorities.

Of course, the search results noted above will quickly become outdated as Sun bloggers see the wisdom of my message and change their ways. No matter--that's the price you pay if you're late in reading this. As I have always said (beginning with an old and classic post): come hard to the Woodwork or don't come at all!

I'll be doing my part to bring some soul to Sun's blogs. Who's with me?

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