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  • 08/25/14--11:27: Lizard Squad Hacks
  • Overview

    Lizard Squad Hacks refers to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks orchestrated by the hacking group Lizard Squad, which focused on targeting a variety of high profile video game companies beginning in August 2014.

    Background

    On August 18th, 2014, the @LizardSquad[2] Twitter feed posted a tweet announcing that the hacking group had managed to take the online multiplayer game League of Legends offline.



    Notable Developments

    RuneScape DDoS

    The same day, @LizardSquad[12] took responsibility for taking the massively multiplayer role-playing game RuneScape offline.



    Riot Games DDoS

    On August 19th, @LizardSquad[5] took responsibility for hacking the video game publisher Riot Games and forcing them to upgrade their security.



    Battle.net DDoS

    Also on August 19th, @LizardSquad[7] tweeted that they had successfully taken the Blizzard Entertainment online gaming service Battle.net offline.



    PlayStation Network DDoS

    The morning of August 24th, @LizardSquad[6] posted a tweet alluding to an imminent cyber attack on the video game company Sony’s PlayStation network gaming service.



    The same day, president of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley[3] tweeted that the company was currently facing a “large scale DDoS.”



    Immediately after, @LizardSquad[8] tweeted to the @AmericanAir feed that they had received reports of explosives smuggled aboard Smedley’s flight (shown below, left). Smedley subsequently tweeted that his flight had been diverted for “security reasons” (shown below, right).[9]



    Xbox Live DDoS

    Also on August 24th, Lizard Squad[10] posted a tweet asking if anyone was having difficulty logging into Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming servers. The following day, the feed posted another tweet asking “How’s Xbox Live Doing?”[11]



    Support of ISIS

    The @LizardSquad[4] posted a tweet announcing that “Kuffar” (non-muslims) would not be able to play online games until the bombing of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stopped along with the hashtag #ISIS.



    News Media Coverage

    In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the cyber attacks, including Shack News,[13] The Daily Dot,[14]CNET,[15]ABC News,[16] Motherboard,[17]IBI Times[18] and Tech Crunch.[19]

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/25/14--13:57: MTV Video Music Awards
  • Overview

    MTV Music Video Awards, often shortened as the VMAs, is an annual award ceremony hosted and broadcast live by the cable television channel to honor a selection of notable music videos released by various recording artists each year. First presented in September 1984 as an alternative to the Grammy Awards in the music video category, MTV’s Video Music Awards have since grown into a coveted accolade in the music industry, especially for young, up-and-coming artists, while the event itself has also gained a reputation of its own as a breeding ground for publicity stunts, controversies and other unscripted episodes involving popular musicians and other A-list celebrities.

    Background

    The first VMAs was held on September 14th, 1984 at Radio City Music Hall and hosted by actor Dan Ackroyd and actress Bette Midler (shown below). The ceremony contained notable performances by pop artists Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.



    Notable Developments

    1993: Rupal Insults Milton Berle

    During the 1993 VMAs, drag queen RuPaul Andre Charles and comedian Milton Berle presented the Viewer’s Choice Award and engaged in a brief verbal tiff after Charles ad-libbed an insult regarding Berle’s age, stunning the comedian.



    1997: Fiona Apple’s Speech

    During her acceptance speech for Best New Artist at the 1997 VMAs, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple made the controversial statement “This world is bullshit” (shown below).



    1998: Marilyn Manson’s Kissing Cops

    During Marilyn Manson’s performance of the song “Dope Show” at the 1998 VMAs, a group of men dressed as police officers danced onstage together before kissing each other at the end of the song (shown below).



    2000: Tim Commerford’s Scaffolding Prank

    While Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst was giving his acceptance speech for Best Rock Video at the 2000 VMAs, Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford climbed scaffolding behind the stage, was subsequently arrested and spent one night in jail.



    2002: Michael Jackson’s “Artist of the Millenium Award”

    At the 2002 VMAs, performer Michael Jackson was presented with a trophy honoring his 44th birthday by singer-songwriter Britney Spears, who said she felt he was the “artist of the millenium.” Jackson mistakenly assumed he was being presented with an “Artist of the Millenium Award,” giving a acceptance speech for non-existent award.



    According to comedian Louis C.K., Jackson had demanded Spears refer to him as ""artist of the millenium" prior to going onstage in order to give himself the award.



    2003: Madonna Kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera

    At the 2003 MTV VMAs, during an on-stage performance featuring Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Madonna took a dramatic pause to kiss both artists before the camera cut away to pop star Justin Timberlake (shown below).



    2009: Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift’s Speech

    At the 2009 MTV VMAs[1], American country pop singer Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video award for her song “You Belong With Me.”[2] As Swift began giving her speech, Kanye West unannouncedly came up on stage and took the microphone from her to proclaim “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time…one of the best videos of all time!” before being booed off the stage. He handed the mic back to Swift but MTV cut to commercial before she could continue.



    2010: Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress

    At the 2010 VMAs, Lady Gaga wore a dress designed by Argentinian designer Franc Fernandez and styled by Nicola Formichetti, which was made out of raw beef. The dress was condemned by animal rights groups and widely mocked by viewers on various websites and social media platforms online.



    2013: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke Performance

    At the 2013 VMAs, during the performance of the songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines”Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke received criticism for their overtly sexual dancing.



    2014: Beyonce and Blue Ivy

    At the 2014 VMAs, singer-songwriter Beyonce gave a live performance of her song “Drunk in Love” (shown below, left). When Beyonce accepted the “Michael Jackson Achievement Award,” she was joined onstage by husband Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy (shown below, right).



    Following the show, former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed during a football game, tweeted a photograph of the exact moment he was injured with the caption “Bruhhh” as a reaction to Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” performance (shown below).[1]



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @EricLeGrand


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    Overview

    The Fine Young Capitalists’ Game Jam refers to a charity event launched by Matthew Rappard to assist five women game developers in creating video games to raise money for charity. The event gained prominence in August 2014 after it was revealed that indie game developer Zoe Quinn had attempted to sabotage the event.

    Background

    On August 12th, 2014, an Indiegogo[3] campaign titled “The Fine Young Capitalists” was launched, which asked for support in promoting games designed by women to give the proceeds to charity.



    On August 18, Redditor SillySladar claimed that Quinn intentionally sabotaged a female-centric game development event on the grounds that the idea was oppressive, possibly to promote her own event Rebel Jam (shown below, left).[1] On August 19th, The Fine Young Capitalists released a SoundCloud[2] recording containing their explanation as to what was going on and why they were doxxed.



    On August 21st, YouTuber PressFartToContinue uploaded a video explaining the story behind how Quinn led a crusade against The Fine Young Capitalists game jam (shown below).



    Notable Developments

    Vivian James

    On August 22nd, users on the /v/ (video games) board on 4chan began promoting The Fine Young Capitalists’ Indiegogo page. After $5,000 had been raised, a user suggested they created a custom character to represent the image board. The character Vivian James was subsequently decided on by the collective and was received by The Fine Young Capitalists that same day.



    Indiegogo Hack

    On August 24th, the campaign page on Indiegogo appeared to get closed and subsequently removed. It was rumored that the page got hacked and made to look as if were so. The Fine Young Capitalists subsequently shared this message on their Tumblr account,[9] and said that they would try to get the project repaired with the help of Indiegogo.



    On August 26th, the page was restored and updated with a message explaining that Rappard’s Indiegogo account had been compromised and thanking 4chan users for their generous donations. By that day, the page had received over $32,000 of its $65,000 goal.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/26/14--11:06: Le Nodding Man
  • About

    Le Nodding Man, also known as *Nods Respectfully Towards You*, is a parody rage comic illustration mocking a tweet addressed to indie game developer Zoe Quinn by United Kingdom-based engineer Marc Threadingham. The character is similar to other poorly-drawn parodies of rage comics and advice animals, including Coaxed Into a Snafu and Nice MayMay Man.

    Origin

    On August 18th, 2014, Threadingham posted a tweet to Quinn urging her to stand her ground in the face of criticism she was receiving after her ex boyfriend published an expose blog post about her alleged affairs with several men. The action cue used in the tweet "*nods respectfully toward you*" was mocked by Quinn’s critics as an example of “white knight” behavior. Threadingham subsequently protected his tweets from being viewed by the public. A rage comic-style illustration of Threadingham with the caption “le nodding man” began circulating online that same day.



    Spread

    On August 19th, the @NodsRespectfully Twitter[2] feed was launched, which tweets the phrase "*nods respectfully towards you*" to various Twitter users and features the Le Nodding Man illustration as a profile picture.



    On August 23rd, Tumblr[3] user satorukimukobayahi submitted an image macro featuring an illustration of Threadingham, referring to him as “The Nodding Man of Respect” (shown below, left). On the following day, Redditor jaycrew submitted an animated GIF of the 4chan /v/ (video games) board character Vivian James tipping a fedora with the caption "nods respectfully" to the /r/justneckbeardthings[4] subreddit (shown below, right).



    Search Interest

    Not available.

    External References

    [1]Twitter – @Marcoos93

    [2]Twitter – @NodsRespectfully

    [3]Tumblr – satorukimu

    [4]Reddit – Nods Respectfully


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  • 08/26/14--12:48: Ebola-Chan
  • About

    Ebola-Chan is a female anime character designed as an anthropomorphic representation of the Ebola virus. The character was created on 4chan in response to growing concerns regarding the West African Ebola outbreak in the summer of 2014.

    Origin

    The original image of Ebola-Chan was created by a Pixiv user sly on August 4th, 2014[6]. The earliest archived appearance of Ebola-Chan on 4chan[1] was submitted in a thread posted to the /jp/ (Otaku culture) board on August 5th, 2014, featuring an illustration of a young female anime character wearing a nurse outfit, holding a bloody skull and wearing a pony tail hair style ending in strains of the Ebola virus (shown below).



    Spread

    As early as August 7th, an image macro began circulating on 4chan boards featuring the same anime character illustration accompanied by a caption referring to her as “Ebola-Chan,” which urged readers to reply with the phrase “I Love You Ebola-Chan” in the comments section to avoid contracting a painful, fatal disease (shown below).[3] On August 17th, the image was reblogged by the Cheezburger site Geek Universe.[5]



    On August 18th, 2014, Redditor EsportsLottery submitted the original Ebola-Chan illustration to the /r/WTF[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,600 votes (87% upvoted) in the first week. The same day, DeviantArtist[4] mushrooshi uploaded a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic-themed version of Ebola-Chan (shown below).



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Warosu – is ebola kawaii?

    [2]Reddit – Meet Ebola-Chan

    [3]4chon – 320611

    [4]DeviantArt – Ponified Ebola Chan

    [5]Cheezburger – I Love you Ebola Chan

    [6]Pixiv – Original Image


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    About

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Often Called “Jimmy Neutron”) is a American computer animated series created by John A. Davis. The Series is a spin off of the film “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” Which premiered in theaters December 21, 2001 and as a television series on Nickelodeon, July 20, 2002 and ended, November 25, 2006

    Premise

    The series revolves around Jimmy Neutron and his best friends. Carl Wheezer, a 12 year old boy who likes to eat, obsessed with lamas, and in love with Jimmy’s mom. Sheen Estevez is a 13 year old boy who Is obsessed with a TV series and action figure called “Ultra Lord.” Sheen’s romantic interest is Libby. Cindy Vortex is Jimmy’s rival and girlfriend. She was the smartest person in Retroville until Jimmy came along. She is also a avid participator of Tia-Chi and friends with Libby. Libby is a spunky hip hop music loving type girl who is friends with Cindy and Sheen’s off and on again girlfriend. She enjoys funk and hip hop.

    History

    John A. Davis originally came up with the idea during the 80’s and wrote it down under the title “Runaway Rocketboy” (Which later on evolved into the Pilot.) Creator John A. Davis Pitched the idea to Nickelodeon (with success) to create the film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. And later on the spin off The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Planet Sheen is a spin off series in which Jimmy’s friend Sheen Estevez accidentally takes off in Jimmy’s rocket After sneaking into his lab. Where he went to another planet by the name of Zeenu where the inhabitants mistake him as a god of sorts. 26 episodes were produced and premiered on October 2, 2010 but got cancelled on February 15, 2013. The series was met with mixed reviews.

    Reception

    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius are both commercially and critically successful. The theatrical film was released on December 21, 2001 and grossed $102,992,536 in the box office. The film was met with box office success and critically acclaimed status as well has the TV series.

    Online Relevance

    Jimmy Neutron has inspired enormous quantities of art-work and fan-fictions all across the web. And even having dedicated fan sites and a revival project on Facebook with currently more than 20,000 likes.

    Fandom

    Jimmy Neutron has inspired enormous quantities of art-work and fan-fictions all across the web. Probably the most infamous pieces of work is a YouTube video by the name of Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour As of 2014 there are over 4,700 pieces of art-work on Deviantart and more than 1,500 on Fanfiction.

    Search Interest


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  • 08/27/14--11:34: Funny Store Signs
  • About

    Funny Store Signs are marquees, blackboards and other storefront displays featuring humorous messages or illustrations, including those that are unintentionally funny as a result of a technical malfunction or grammatical error. On the Internet, user-submitted photographs of unusual storefront signs have been circulating through image-hosting sites and social media platforms since the early 2000s, similar to other photo-documentary memes from that same era, such as Engrish and troll posters.

    Origin

    While the exact origin of funny store signs as a genre of internet humor remains little known, the earliest known website dedicated to highlighting photographs of humorous visual signs, including those found at storefronts, was launched at SignSpotting.com[5] in January 2000.



    Spread

    On November 21st, 2000, a site dedicated to highlighting funny signs was launched under the domain FunnySign.com.[1] On November 8th, 2006, YouTuber tomerikp uploaded a slideshow of funny store signs (shown below, left), which earned upwards of two million views in less than eight years. On March 3rd, 2007, YouTuber Ernie Deveau posted another compilation of store sign FAILs (shown below, right), racking up 900,000 views.



    On February 1st, 2010, the Internet humor site Holy Taco[2] published a compilation of notable photographs of “hilarious storefronts.” On April 29th, 2012, the /r/funnysigns[6] subreddit was launched for submissions of humorous sign photographs. On August 31st, 2013, BuzzFeed[4] highlighted a large selection of funny store sign photos in an article titled ""88 Funniest Signs of the Summer."



    On January 27th, 2014, the Internet humor blog Pleated Jeans[3] posted a compilation of photos depicting funny store signs. On May 21st, Redditor Ludop0lis submitted a photograph of a humorous blackboard spotted outside a pub in Ireland to /r/funny,[8] where it received more than 4,100 votes (96% upvoted) in the first three months (shown below, left). On May 30th, Redditor cubs1917 submitted a photograph of a blackboard sign outside of a bar in New York City with a joke poking fun a former U.S. President George W. Bush (shown below, right). In two months, the post gained over 3,500 votes (89% upvoted) on the /r/funny[7] subreddit.



    Notable Examples

    Storefront Signs



    Marquees



    Blackboard Signs




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]FunnySign.com – Funny Sign

    [2]Holy Taco – 25 Hilarious Storefronts

    [3]Pleated Jeans – 19 Funny Store Signs

    [4]BuzzFeed – 88 Funniest Signs of the Summer

    [5]SignSpotting.com – Sign Spotting

    [6]Reddit – /r/funnysigns

    [7]Reddit – A bar sign in the East Village

    [8]Reddit – Sign outside a pub today


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  • 08/27/14--16:15: Yotsubato! Pose
  • The Yotsubato! Pose is a popular pose among doujin artists.

    Origin

    The pose came from Volume 2 of the popular manga series Yotsuba&![1], with the main characters Takashi, Kowai and Yotsuba.

    Adding shit right now hold your horses

    External References

    [1]Manga Cover Database – Yotsubato! Volume 2


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  • 08/27/14--17:17: Ouran High School Host Club
  • About

    Ouran High School Host Club (Japanese: 桜蘭高校ホスト部) is a shoujo comedy manga created by Bisco Hatori, and later adapted into an anime series by studio BONES. The series has grown a notable online following since the show’s creation, most notably around the anime adaptation, spawning a number of fan works and parodies.

    Premise

    Ouran High School Host Club follows the story of Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student at the private school of Ouran Academy. While looking for a place to study in private, she stumbles across the 3rd music room, home to the Ouran Host Club, a group of 6 boys who look to help entertain their female clients. Mistaking Haruhi for a boy, they force her to join the club in order to help her pay off her debt for breaking one of their expensive vases. However, when they eventually find out Haruhi is a girl, they are forced to hide her gender while performing their services.

    History

    Ouran started out as a manga series created by Bisco Hatori in 2002, and circulated in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine between September 2002 and November 2010, spanning a total of 18 volumes. An anime adaptation, produced by studio BONES, also aired between April 4 and September 26, 2006, running for a total of 26 episodes. The anime series has also been licensed and dubbed by FUNimation in the west. A Japanese live-action drama based on the series also ran from July 22 to September 30, 2011, running for a total of 11 episodes. A movie based on the drama was also released on March 17, 2012.

    Online Relevance

    In North America, Ouran High School Host Club is licensed by Funimation, and is available for streaming on their website. The show has gained a large online following on many sites, including on Tumblr[1], 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[2], Fanpop[3], My Anime List[4], and DeviantART[5]. There are numerous sites that provide episodic information about the series, such as the Ouran High School Host Club wiki[6], TV Tropes[7] and Anime News Network[8]. In addition, the Ouran High School Host Club Facebook page also has over 34,000 likes[9].

    Fandom

    The Ouran High School Host Club series has spawned a significant online fanbase since it’s creation, which has created much fanart and fanfiction. On the Japanese fanart site Pixiv, there are over 900 images tagged under “桜蘭高校ホスト部"[10], as well as over 700 videos on the video sharing website Nico Nico Douga[11]. On DeviantART, there are also over 61,000 images tagged related to the series[12], as well as over 6000 stories on Fanfiction.net[13].

    Related Memes

    Sakura Kiss/Ouran Highschool Host Club Opening Parodies

    Ouran High School Host Club Opening Parodies refers to a series of Opening Parodies revolving around the opening to the anime adaptation of the series, “Sakura Kiss”. The parodies grew in popularity on sites such as Nico Nico Douga and YouTube, spawning many derivatives.

    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/27/14--19:46: ToonTown
  • Editors Note: Entry is a work in progress, please apply for editorship if you want to help

    About


    ToonTown is a MMORPG Loosely based on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit in which a group of anthropomorphic animals known as toons fight off an army of business robots known as the Cogs

    History

    Toontown was released for Windows on June 2nd 2003 by Developers Disney Interactive,
    Schell Games, and Frogchildren Studios and Published by The Walt Disney Company

    Gameplay

    Players are first introduced to making their toon when starting the game. The options for the animal your toon is includes Bear, Dog, Cat, Pig, Horse, Mouse, and Rabbit. Each Toon is given a laff meter which is used as a health bar, if a toon runs out of laff they have to retreat battle and go back to the playground. The playgrounds have petshops, mission areas, clothing shops, and a minigame are. Ceartain playgrounds have special areas like ToonTown central having goofeys speed way and Donalds dock having chip and dale acres. The biggest and most essential part of Toontowns gameplay is battling the cogs. Toons are given gags to fight the cogs in a turn based team work focused battle that go until either the cogs or the toons are defeated. The player levels up their gags every time they defeat a cog.

    Reception

    The game was positively recieved and got a 81% from meta critic and a 82% from game rankings.com
    It received 14 awards including the:

    • Computer Gaming World MMORPG Game of the Year
    • Game industry News Family Game of the Year
    • Webby Award For People’s Voice
    • Parents’ Choice Foundation Silver Honor
    • Game industry News Family Game of the Year

    ToonTown’s Closing

    On August 20th, 2013, Disney announced that after running for ten years ToonTown will be shutting down.

    For the remainder of the games time players we all given free membership.

    Many fans were extremely disappointing some making whole videos about the subject:

    Many users and fans tried to petition the closing, but Disney never responded.

    On September 19th, 2013 ToonTown Online was Officially closed.

    ToonTowns Revival

    Since many fans were disappointed with ToonTown’s closing some tried to revive the game to bring back the nostalgic joy of it. The most notable revivals of the game are ToonTown RewrittenToonTown Infinite and ToonTown House. ToonTown Rewritten being the most popular with 3000 beta testers is releasing September 19th, 2014, a whole year after
    ToonTown online’s closing. Though ToonTown’s revival games are great they have many problems in their beta’s. ToonTown Rewritten, while releasing soon, has a Semi-Open Beta system in which users have to wait in lines, plan playtimes, or use beta keys to get in. Many users complain about this system frequently. ToonTown Infinite may seem like the winner with no wait lines and more features, but no release date is scheduled and it is notoriously laggy. ToonTown House has not gotten a official website and those who have played it have made videos testing it:

    Search Interest


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  • 08/27/14--19:53: Savant
  • This is a first draft. Feedback is appreciated. -Archmage




    About


    Savant is the stage name of Aleksander Vinter, a musician known for his wide variety of compositional works, spanning across genres such as electro house, dubstep and classical. His name comes from savant syndrome, a condition of mental disability sufferers that manifests itself in vastly heightened abilities in a particular skill.


    Online History


    In 2009, Alexander released his first album, “Outbreak”, under his own name. It was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award, but was unsuccessful. He acknowledges the nomination as “the catalyst” for his subsequent works.


    On November 11, 2011, Alexander released “Ninur”, his debut album under the name “Savant”. Following Ninur, Savant released four albums in 2012: “Vario” in February, “Overworld” in June, “ISM” in September and “Alchemist” in December.[1]


    On August 8, 2014, Savant released “Protos”, his tenth album.[2]


    Reputation


    Concerts


    Savant has performed all over the world, travelling to the US, Canada, the UK, France and Switzerland. His first tour was in 2009, and he has actively toured since.[13]


    Savant – Ascent


    On December 4, 2013, Savant – Ascent, developed by DPad Studios, was released on Steam, the App Store, the Google Play Store and Gamersgate.[4] It is a fast-paced action game starring Savant’s avatar, an alchemist seeking to climb a magical tower and claim the Philosopher’s Stone. The game features tracks by Savant, including “Kali 41”[6] and “Butterfly”[7] (both from the album Cult). The game went on to win the GameMaker’s Game of the Year award later that year.[11]




    On April 8, 2014, Savant – Ascent was added to the Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 as a beat-the-average reward.[8] The bundle sold 179,831 units and made slightly over US$700,000.[10]


    Other works


    On August 21, 2014, Size DOES Matter was released on the Google Play Store. It features several Savant tracks, such as “Melody Circus” and “Living iPod”.[14]

    Personal Life


    Despite being a well-known successful musician, Savant has never had any formal music training. His early composing experiences were with Rave eJay, an early musical arrangement program, and FastTracker, a music tracker program.


    Savant cites Daft Punk, Nintendo and Contra as some of his influences. His favourite game is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.[12]


    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]savantofficial.com – BIOSAVANT
    fn2. Bandcamp – πρῶτος (Protos) | SectionZ / 8-8-2014
    fn3. YouTube – Alekzander Vinter
    fn4. savantgame.com – Savant – Ascent
    fn5. Steam – Savant – Ascent / 5-12-2013
    fn6. YouTube – Savant – Kali 41
    fn7. YouTube – Savant – Butterfly
    fn8. Humble Bundle Blog – Savant: Ascent, Syder Arcade, and The Shivah join Humble Bundle: PC and Android 9 / 8-4-2014
    fn9. Bandcamp – Ninur | SectionZ
    fn10. Wikipedia – List of Humble Bundles
    fn11. YoYo Games – Savant – Ascent | Showcase | YoYo Games
    fn12. stopthenoise.com – "Interview: Scholar:http://www.stopthenoise.fr/interviews/interview-savant/
    fn13. Bandsintown – Savant Tour History for 2009 – 2014
    fn14. Google Play Store – Size DOES Matter – Android Apps on Google Play


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  • 08/28/14--02:44: Free! Ending Dance Parodies
  • About

    Free! Ending Dance Parodies (Japanese: Free!EDパロ) refers to a series of parody videos reproducing a dance in the ending credit movie for Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, the 1st season of a Japanese TV anime series Free!. It was a popular subject for fan works among female fans on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2013.

    Origin

    The TV anime series was produced by Kyoto Animation and aired 12 episodes between July and September 2013. Its ending theme “Splash Free!” was sung by Style Five, a group formed by the voice actors for main characters: Nobunaga Shimazaki[1], Tatsuhisa Suzuki[2], Tsubasa Yonaga[3], Daisuke Hirakawa[4], Mamoru Miyano[5]. And as same as their previous works, "Hare Hare Yukai" for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" for Lucky Star, the studio inserts its favorite rendition, characters’ smooth dancing which begins from 0:18 in the footage.



    Spread

    Fans inspired by this dancing scene soon began creating their own version and post it to NND. Its amount had reached to 70 in the airing period, and increased to near 100 until the start of the 2nd season in July of the following year.[6] Many of them are reuploaded to YouTube as usual.[7]

    Various Examples


    Niconico 【手書き】兵長とエレンでFree!のEDパロNiconico 【手描き黒バス】Free!EDパロ【おまけつき】
    Left: Attack on Titan | Right: Kuroko’s BasketBall
    Niconico 【手描き】F.r.e.e!EDダンス【ダンガンロンパ】Niconico 【手描きマギ】煌帝国でFree!ED
    Left: Dangan Ronpa | Right: Magi

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Nobunaga Shimazaki

    [2]Wikipedia – Tatsuhisa Suzuki

    [3]Wikipedia – Tsubasa Yonaga

    [4]Wikipedia – Daisuke Hirakawa

    [5]Wikipedia – Mamoru Miyano

    [6]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag Free!EDパロ

    [7]YouTube – Search results for the keyword Free! EDパロ


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  • 08/28/14--03:21: Host Club Opening Parodies
  • About

    Host Club Opening Parodies (Japanese: ホスト部パロ) refers to a series of parody videos of reproducing the opening credit movies of a Japanese TV anime Ouran High School Host Club by hand-drawn animation. In a reflection of its fanbase, it had been particularly practiced by female users on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2007-2010.

    Origin

    The anime was produced by studio BONES and aired between April and September 2006. Its opening theme song “Sakura Kiss” was sung by a Japanese female singer/idol Chieko Kawabe.[1]



    Spread

    As a part of fandom for the manga/anime, hand-drawn animated videos reproducing the opening/ending credit movie by other anime/game characters began to be created by female fans after the Japanese video hub site was launched in the following year. According to the search results[2], users seemed to post videos actively from the middle of 2007 to 2008. And many of them are reuploaded to YouTube.[3]

    However, the amount of videos in this series isn’t so large and it contains many unfinished versions which length is less than 10 seconds. This is because it’s one of the famous characteristics of female creations that users are allowed to give up finishing their works and post imperfect creations with a bunch of excuses.

    Various Examples


    Niconico 【完成版】FF6 ホスト部OPパロ【手書きMAD】Niconico 【手書きMAD】グレンラガンでホスト部OP【完成】
    Left: Final Fantasy VI | Right: Gurren Lagann
    Niconico 【遊☆戯☆王OPパロ】千年高校デュエル部
    Left: Yu-Gi-Oh! | Right: Gintama[4]

    Search Interest

    [Not Available]

    External References

    Editor’s Note: Registration is needed to browse the original videos listed in this section.

    [1]Wikipedia – Chieko Ochi

    [2]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag ホスト部パロ

    [3]YouTube – Search results for the keyword ホスト部パロ

    [4]niconico Douga – 【腐向け】銀/魂でホ/スト部OPパロ【完成版】 / Posted on 03-22-2008 (defunct)


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  • 08/28/14--11:08: Diggersby Tho?
  • About

    Diggersby[1] (Japanese: ホルード ) is a Normal/Ground-type Pokémon that has the appearance of a large rabbit. Evolving from Bunnelby[2] at Level 20, this Pokémon is often scoffed at for being very ugly and useless.[3][4]

    Origin

    Diggersby was first introduced in Pokémon X and Y, which were released worldwide in 2013.[5] The phrase “Diggersby Tho” comes from a stream on YouTube by shofu[6], shown below.

    The phrase is often considered to be a forced meme[4], due to the fact that it is often spammed on forums. As of August 28, 2014, Diggersby Tho has 3 separate Facebook communities, [7][8][9], and 1 Twitter account[10].

    External References

    [1]Bulbapedia – Diggersby

    [2]Bulbapedia – Bunnelby

    [3]Imgur – My sister started crying because cute bunnelby evolved into ugly diggersby

    [4]GameFAQs – I don’t understand Diggersby tho?

    [5]Bulbapedia – Pokémon X and Y

    [6]GameFAQs – Diggersby tho?

    [7]Facebook – Diggersby Tho

    [8]Facebook – Diggersby Tho

    [9]Facebook – Diggersby Tho

    [10]Twitter – DiggersbyTho


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  • 08/28/14--11:42: INSA
  • About

    INSA is a British street artist and designer best known for producing “GIF-iti,” a series of animated GIFs that reveal the progression of his graffiti paintings in time lapse sequence.

    Online History

    On July 1st, 2005, INSA created the blog Insaland,[6] highlighting notable examples of his work. On July 8th, 2008, a video featuring 35 of INSA’s street paintings made for the IAM1 Journey Nike Sportswear project was uploaded to Vimeo (shown below, left). On June 6th, 2010, Vimeo user Recoat uploaded an time lapse animation of INSA painting a mural outside a warehouse in London (shown below, right).



    On June 18th, INSA posted the video to his blog, along with a GIF featuring an animation of a mural painted on a wall in Brussels, Belgium (shown below).



    On May 10th, 2013, INSA launched the GIF-iti Tumblr[3] blog, highlighting animated GIFs using photographs of his street art. On May 7th, 2014, INSA posted[4] an animation of a mural titled “C’est La Vie” he completed at the Kubuneh village in Gambia as part of the Wide Open Walls Project.[5]



    On May 14th, INSA’s work was featured on the art and design blog Designboom.[1] On May 23rd, several of INSA’s animated GIFs were highlighted on the art news website Beautiful Decay.[2] On June 17th, 2014, a time lapse video of INSA and street artist Madsteez painting a mural titled “The Worlds Largest GIFI-ITI” on a wall in Taipei, Taiwan was uploaded to Vimeo (shown below).



    Notable GIFs



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Designboom – Insa animated grafitti gifs

    [2]Beautiful Decay – Street Artist INSA Animated Graffiti GIfs

    [3]Tumblr – Gif-iti

    [4]Tumblr – Gif-iti

    [5]Facebook – Wide Open Walls

    [6]Insaland – Insaland


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  • 08/28/14--12:12: Brandjacking
  • About

    Brandjacking is the act of sabotaging a commercial or political social media campaign by re-appropriating the message out of its original context or objective. While this practice shares some common elements with threadjacking, brandjacking can be distinguished by its anti-commercial and subversive nature, as it is most often used in cases of online vigilantism or boycott campaigns.

    Origin

    The term “brandjacking,” a portmanteau that consists of “branding” and “hijacking,” was coined by the U.S. brand protection software company MarkMonitor for its product BrandJacking Index®, a quarterly report that measures the effect of online threats to branded entities. The word made its first appearance in print in a Business Week article titled “Brandjacking on the Web,” published on May 1st, 2007.

    Threadjacking

    Brandjacking is similar in concept to the longer-running practice of threadjacking, or making a deliberate attempt at steering a forum discussion thread away from the original topic by bringing up an irrelevant topic, usually one that is more provocative.

    Spread

    Throughout the late 2000s, the term continued to gain momentum mainly through its increased usage in the context of marketing strategies and public relations, though by early 2010, several different “brandjacking” tactics had become embraced as popular tactic s for ad-hoc protests and boycott campaigns by 4chan pranksters, hacktivists and political activists in the social media.

    Notable Examples

    Poll Rigging

    Send Justin Bieber to North Korea

    Justin Bieber to North Korea is an Internet prank orchestrated by users of the imageboard 4chan in June 2010, which aimed to rig an online poll to select North Korea as a destination in Justin Bieber’s “My World” tour.

    #IWantRepeal

    On June 7th, 2012, with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law less than a month away, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) unveiled a social media campaign using the hashtag #IWantRepeal. At first, the hashtag campaign against the healthcare bill seemed to be taking off with valid signatures, but shortly after its launch, the political news blog Wonkette published an article titled “Everyone Must Spam GOP’s Anti-Healthcare Reform Livestream Thing Immediately,” which apparently inspired its readers to visit the NRCC’s blog and spam the printer with irreverent signatures. Soon enough, the petition came under the invasion of trolls who sought to derail its message by submitting fake signatures, which were then printed onto the paper and streamed in real time.

    #ExilePitBull

    #ExilePitbull is an online petition launched in July 2012 with a mission to send rapper Pitbull to the small town of Kodiak, Alaska, as part of his promotional campaign for the Sheets energy strips in which he pledged to visit and perform at any Walmart store that received the most votes in an online poll.

    Dub The Dew

    Dub the Dew was an online contest to name a new green apple-infused Mountain Dew drink on the website DubTheDew.com. In August 2012, the contest was raided by 4chan users who flooded the poll with joke names and subsequently hacked the website’s front page.

    Operation Kinder

    Operation Kinder was a prank orchestrated by members of 4chan who encouraged other posters to vote for a child model nicknamed “Victor” in an online contest launched by the Italian confectionery company in November 2012 to choose an image of a child model to be displayed on the boxes of Kinder chocolate bars in Kazakhstan.

    Taylor Swift’s Biggest Fan Contest

    Taylor Swift’s Biggest Fan Contest was an online voting contest by the Boston radio station Kiss 108 FM giving away a chance to meet the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. In July of 2013, the contest became the target of an online raid by users of the imageboard 4chan.

    Cybersquatting

    @Qwikster

    When Netflix announced it was splitting their company and renaming the DVD service to Qwikster, they neglected to notice that the Twitter handle was already in use. As a result, hundreds of Twitter users began following @Qwikster, unaware that it was the personal account of Jason Castillo and not affiliated with Netflix. Though Jason Castillo had not updated his Twitter since August 16th, 2011, he logged in again on September 19th, 2011. In a tweet that has since been deleted, he announced he had over 3120 followers and had received three offers to buy his handle. His avatar was originally a caricature of Elmo smoking, but Castillo has since changed it to a stylized Barcelona Football Club logo. Over the next day, he made several tweets referencing Netflix and selling his account but by the afternoon of September 20th, 2011, they had all been deleted.

    WHMCS

    On May 21st, 2012, members of UGNazi impersonated British billing company WHMCS’ creator and lead developer Matt Pugh to obtain access codes to the company’s servers, which they used to temporarily take the site offline, delete important data and hijack the company’s Twitter account.

    Westboro Baptist Church Facebook Page

    On April 17th, 2013, Redditor grink submitted a post titled “Westboro Baptist Church’s Facebook Page Hacked by Anonymous” to the /r/funny subreddit, featuring screenshots of a Facebook page titled “Westboro Baptist Church” with a logo associated with the hacker group Anonymous. In the first three months, the post gained over 5,700 up votes and 250 comments.

    Hashtag Hijacking

    #McDStories

    #McDStories was a promotional Twitter hashtag created by fast food chain restaurant McDonalds in mid-January 2012. McDonalds hoped that users would use the hashtag to share fond memories but consisted mostly of criticism and general negativity.

    #AskJPM

    #AskJPM was a promotional hashtag launched by the American multinational banking company J. P. Morgan to provide college students an opportunity to communicate directly with a senior executive in November 2013. However, upon its launch, the hashtag was immediately hijacked by Twitter users criticizing and mocking the company for its alleged unethical business practices.

    #PotToBlame

    #PotToBlame is a Twitter hashtag started by television personality Nancy Grace in a series of tweets vilifying the use of marijuana as a recreational drug. Upon its introduction in April 2014, days before the annual celebration of cannabis culture on April 20th, the hashtag was promptly hijacked by marijuana enthusiasts on Reddit and turned into a catchall term for sharing positive stories and inspirational messages.

    #MyNYPD

    #MYNYPD is a hashtag campaign launched by the New York Police Department in April 2014 as a community outreach program on Twitter. While intended as a feel-good social media event to boost the image of the NYPD, the hashtag stream quickly became flooed with photographs of its uniformed officers resorting to violence.

    #WhyImVotingUKIP

    #WhyImVotingUkip is a Twitter hashtag launched by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a rising right-wing political party described by some as the British counterpart of the United States Tea Party, that was subsequently hijacked by the critics in May 2014.

    #AskThicke

    #AskThicke is a hashtag introduced by VH1 in order to solicit questions for a Q&A session with singer Robin Thicke. Upon its launch in mid-June 2014, it was quickly overtaken by Twitter users mocking and criticizing Thicke and his most popular song “Blurred Lines.”

    #IfIWereABoy

    #IfIWereABoy is a hashtag sign holding in which women reveal things they would do if they were of the male gender. Introduced by the pop culture blog Elite Daily in August 2014, what began as a discussion of gender roles was subsequently derailed into a campaign against male circumcision.

    Parody Products

    PETA’s Pokemon Black & Blue

    Pokémon Black and Blue is a Pokémon parody videogame released by the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in order to protest animal cruelty. The campaign asserts that the game highlights mistreatment and exploitation of the creatures by keeping them in Pokeballs, comparing it to how circuses keep elephants chained up except when performing.

    Let’s Go Arctic!

    Let’s Go! Arctic is a mock advertising campaign created by Greenpeace and The Yes Men in June 2012. The hoax consisted of an elaborately staged gaffe at a fake event arranged on behalf of Shell Oil Company, a mock website purported as the company’s social media hubsite and a fake press release alleging that Shell’s lawyers are considering legal actions against the involved parties.

    Dumb Starbucks

    Dumb Starbucks is the name of a coffee shop that opened in Los Feliz, California as a parody of the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. Upon its opening in February 2014, the store gained much notoriety online after photographs of the storefront began circulating on various social media sites.

    LEGO: Everything Is NOT Awesome

    On July 8th, 2014, Greenpeace uploaded a YouTube video titled “LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome” which featured a model of the arctic built with LEGOs. As oil, which came from Shell oil company, began to cover the model the Lego Movie song “Everything Is Awesome” played in a minor, and thus somber key. The video called for those watching to encourage LEGO to end its partnership with Shell. The video was covered by many websites including The Guardian and Forbes. In less than a week the video gained over 3.1 million views.

    Search Interest

    [not yet available]

    External References


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  • 08/28/14--14:18: Undercover Colors
  • About

    Undercover Colors is a brand of nail polish that changes its color upon coming into contact with any liquid containing incapacitating agents, such as rohypnol, xanax and GHB, or more commonly known as “date rape drugs.” Invented by a group of male students at North Carolina State University in early 2014, the nail polish has received mixed reception in the blogosphere, with some praising the company’s efforts at preventing sexual assault on campus, while others criticized the product as an ineffective solution to combating rape culture that places the burden of safety on women.

    Origin

    In early 2014, the company Undercover Colors was founded by North Carolina State University undergraduates Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim. On January 16th, the domain for the company’s official website UndercoverColors.com[4] was registered, containing links to the company’s social media feeds and a donation page.



    Spread

    On April 15th, the Undercover Colors Facebook[1] page was launched to provide updates and news related to the anti-rape nail polish product. On August 22nd, The Daily Mail reported on On August 24th, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[2] published an article about the nail polish. On August 26th, the pop culture blog Animal New York[6] published an article titled “Date Rape Drug-Detecting Nail Polish Won’t Work,” which speculated that the nail polish would have limited accuracy. On August 26th, political reporter Andrea Grimes[7] posted a tweet joking that it would be difficult to make men wear rape prevention nail polish, which gained over 8,100 favorites and 8,000 retweets in the first 48 hours (shown below).



    The same day, Redditor atrain444 posted a sarcastic reaction image macro titled “How the guys who invented a date-rape drug detecting nail polish feel after being attacked by feminists for promoting rape culture” (shown below). In two days, the post gathered more than 3,600 votes (92% upvoted) on the /r/AdviceAnimals[8] subreddit.



    On August 27th, The Huffington Post[3] published an article criticizing products like Undercover Colors, claiming they “perpetuate rape culture.” The same day, Time[5] published an op-ed blog post writer Soraya Chemaly, which argued that the anti-rape nail polish placed responsibility on women for avoiding rape.

    Search Interest

    External References


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    This video has X views but there’s only Y people in the world?! Hacks?!. This meme is a popular fad in Pewd’s videos. Also, this meme’s origin started on YouTube when the popular YouTuber, PewDiePie, uploaded a video on hate comments set for spam titled: MEANCOMMENTS.

    The video – which currently has 13,500,000+ views – had one comment posted (possibly as a troll) from a person by the name of “robert” Saying, “How can pewdiepie have 26 million subscribers while there are only 7-8 million people on earth?? fake accunts..?”. Skip to 4:09 on the video below to see the moment.
    This gained popularity..as of course Pewds is pretty popular. This lead to others commenting on Pewd’s videos saying things like, “How can there be 301 views when there’s only 67 ppl on Earth??! Illuminati?!”

    However, it hasn’t just spread to PewDiePie’s videos, but others as well.


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    Note: not to be confused with the Team Fortress 2 meme


    About

    Overtime is a quote yelled by Spongebob in the show Spongebob Squarepants.

    Origin

    In the episode ‘Rock-a-bye Bivalve (episode 49b of season 3), Spongebob found out that Patrick was watching TV instead of caring for a scallop named ’Junior’ and dumped Patrick’s briefcase of sundaes and doughnuts on him (Patrick). Patrick the proceeded to say “so this is what I get for working overtime?” and Spongebob then gets angry and yells “OVERTIME?!”.

    Popularity on YouTube

    The scene where Spongebob yells overtime is popular with YouTube Poop and Sparta Remixes.

    Video examples

    Sparta remix

    Overtime in G-major

    Spongebob drops by Squidward’s house while yelling overtime


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  • 08/28/14--20:51: Rin Stripper Dance
  • [W.I.P. I do not need a bunch of annoying Captain Obviouses parroting ‘+1 work’ to me when I’ve made it clear it’s still in progress. Wait until I’m done]

    About

    Rin Stripper Dance refers to a series of parodies revolving around a dance performed by the character Rin Matsuoka within the ending song to the second season of the anime Free!, titled Free! Eternal Summer. After the anime first aired, the scene grew in popularity online, spawning a number of derivatives.

    Origin

    Spread

    Various Examples

    External References.


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