Conan O'Brien recently had a little fun on "Conan" trying to envision what one notable director's interpretation of the recently announced "Star Wars: Episode VII" might look like. The director in question? Wes Anderson. I think you can tell where this one is going...
The iPad Mini is not yet even an official reality, but that hasn't stopped satirists from preemptively taking the opportunity to poke fun at Apple and its rivals.
The parody video below from Mondo Media features a woefully unhip and be-fannypacked Tim Cook attempting to sling rhymes and a new slate in such a sad fashion that Steve Jobs literally rolls over in his grave and comes back to do the job himself.… Read more
Facebook, a company that has so often seemed as if it flies by the seat of its pants, last week released an ad in which it compared itself to chairs.
Which became quite quickly the butt of humor.
Chairs are rather solitary things. It's hard to see how they bring people together.
It's inevitable, then, that someone has made a parody video, elevating this absurdity by sending it down the toilet.
I am grateful to AllThingsD for being seated when it spotted this homage to Facebook's catatonia.
It seems to have been made by a company called … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Behold: Eastwooding. Because, of course.
- Netflix video streaming accounts for 25 percent of all Internet data transmitted in North America.
- Fantasizing about ditching e-mail is like porn for techies.
Bathroom break video: How to make a towel horn.
Video voice mail: Josiah talks Neti Pots, ear wax, and dub step beatboxing.… Read more
As we well know from that recent video of a surly Scot trying to get Siri to fetch him a jammy dodger, misunderstandings can fast spell disaster during conversations between people and voice recognition software.
Check out this amusing parody by comedic duo Tripp and Tyler that envisions a future with "SuriTV." With rumors circulating regularly about the possible emergence of a real Apple TV, it seems like an appropriate time to imagine the positive and negative aspects of having Siri baked into the boob tube. … Read more
Twitter accounts that were either critical or made fun of French President Nicolas Sarkozy were suspended this past week--causing some to cry censorship. Now Twitter has responded, be it indirectly, by implying that these accounts violated either its parody or spam policy.
This debacle began when Sarkozy created his first Twitter account last week and hours later announced that he was running for re-election. Shortly after, French digital-rights watchdog Internet Without Borders noticed that three accounts, @ForteFrance, @MaFranceForte, and @SarkozyCaSuffit, had been suspended and one account, @_nicolassarkozy, didn't have any new tweets since the president's announcement.
Without … Read more
There have been plenty of Siri parodies, but a new one called "Psycho Siri" is being lauded as one of the best yet.
Made by andrewm films, the short 4-minute video, which carries the one-line synopsis, "An abandoned iPhone turns out to be a killer of a deal," is quickly racking up the hits on YouTube.
It's got some nice special effects and a couple of memorable lines, including:
"I overheard you saying something about you selling me. I'm afraid I can't let that happen."
Creepy. … Read more
While the "commercial" starts with the familiar soul-searching music and closeup of Siri's interface in a typical Apple advert, it becomes quickly obvious after the first question that this clip is not like those other civilized parodies. McInnes asks some simple questions, but the programmers behind Siri's voice recognition obviously are not prepared for references to "chip butty," "jammy dodger," or "Caledonian 80." The results (below) are hilarious. … Read more
This is so cool. A group of musicians calling themselves The Piano Guys released a video of two Jedi playing the theme from "Star Wars" on dueling cellos.
"Why Star Wars Cello? Because of our unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and the most EPIC movies and film score ever created," the guys stated on YouTube. They say they "like to put a new spin on classic stuff and a classic spin on new stuff. It's a must-see video for fans of the space opera.… Read more
Enviro-Bear 2010 is part game, part joke, part art piece, and part game design experiment, a bold and ridiculous app that's basically a Rorschach test for gamers, in which you play a bear driving a car who's trying to run over and then scarf up enough food to hibernate in the last 5 minutes before winter.
Whether you love or hate Enviro-Bear 2010, a few things are certain: the interface is deliberately difficult (reflecting, one might suppose, the difficulty a real bear would experience driving a car), as you touch and drag to direct the bear's paw … Read more