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  • 09/19/14--13:46: Full Movie Gifs
  • Gif Movies, or “Mini Movies”, are movies that are condensed into Gif form . These movies are usually no longer then a few minutes, since the are played in a way were you only see alternating amount of frames. E.g. Every 5th frame or every 10th frame, and so on.

    The first Gif movie was actually the whole movie in its entirety, but is extremely small (probably due to size constraints). The movie was Terminator 2 and it was posted on Riddit by the user sardonically

    Riddit also has a spot just for gif movies where you and go and watch over 150 movies from around the web, all in one spot. You can also place requests for movies.


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  • 09/19/14--22:03: Ed Wood
  • Note: This entry is work in process after when the scrapbooker dones

    About

    Edward Davis “Ed” Wood, Jr. is the film director that he made a cult following films that it was been become a lowest budget that the critics was been considered the worst like Glen or Glenda[1] and Plan 9 from Outer Space[2]. After when Ed Wood Died in 1978 in 1980 it was been rewarded to the Golden Turkey Award[3] for the Worst Director of All Time.

    History

    W.I.P.

    Glen or Glenda

    Glen or Glenda[5] (known as I Changed My Sex!) is an 1953 film that was been directed and play as Glen or Glenda with the help of George Weiss in Screen Classics. After when the film is released it was been gave a negative reviews and it was been considered the worst films ever.

    Bride of the Monster

    W.I.P.

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Plan 9 from Outer Space[6] (known as Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is the 1959 film that was become the Bela Lugosi final film after when he died but it was become as one of the worst film of all time that it was become as a cult following.

    Ed Wood

    W.I.P.

    Spread

    W.I.P.

    Notable Examples

    W.I.P.

    Search Interest



    [1]Wikipedia – Glen or Glenda

    [2]Wikipedia – Plan 9 from Outer Space

    [3]Wikipedia – The Golden Turkey Awards

    [4]Wikipedia – Ed Wood (film)

    [5]IMDBGlen or Glenda

    [6]IMDBPlan 9 from Outer Space

    [7]IMDBEd Wood


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  • 09/19/14--18:48: 8chan
  • It is pointless to spam “+1 work” as it’s just spam and does nothing so Help us by applying for editorship


    About

    8chan is an anonymous image board that gives users permission to create and moderate their own board. The site contains over 1300 imageboards in its own and still expanding. In order for an imageboard to continue being hosted, it needs to get at least one post per 72 hours and the admin logs in once per week.

    History

    W.I.P, please help

    8chan’s Owner : Fredrick Brennan

    Fredrick Brennan is a web developer and designer associated with the company Razor Clicks. He is well-known with the anonymous online community with the nickname “HotWheels” due to a disability he has.

    Search Interest

    References


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  • 09/20/14--18:50: FFXV Car Driving
  • About

    FFXV Car Driving, or sometimes Driving Men, is a photoshop meme in which a cut out of the main character Noctis and party driving a car as seen in the latest trailer of FINALFANTASY XV from Tokyo Game Show 2014.

    Origin

    On September 19th, 2014, an Anonymous user started a thread on 4chan’s /v/ board by posting a exploitable picture of the group driving and looking at the side, letting them know to have fun with it. Over 400 posts and over 100 images were posted on that day.

    Spread

    Due to a brand new photoshop meme, it will take time to grow more popularity. However /v/ continues to make new exploitable threads of it until the other reaches a maximum limit. Its spread slowly grows to Reddit and starts a discussing about it.

    External References

    [1]Reddit – Final Fantasy XV Sidequest


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  • 09/20/14--19:04: Mighty Lips
  • About

    “Mighty Lips” is a Photoshop meme, which originated from oddly styled lips originating from an old Sonic the Hedgehog comic book. These “Mighty Lips” would replace the mouths of the original images the meme would photoshop, leading to comical results. It has since circulated across mostly the Sonic fandom in Tumblr. While usually used on Sonic related images, on occasion the meme was used on other non-Sonic related images.

    Origin

    In 1993, Archie Comics released a comic book series starring the video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog. “Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog” currently holds the record as longest running comic book series based on a video game.[1] However, around the early and middle era of the comic’s run, it had different artists on board the series, some of which ranged from decent to bizarre. Some of the artwork would range from overly cartoonish to Rob Liefeld levels of forced realism.[2] Luckily, newer issues now have a more consistency and came with an appealing art style, which is closer to the cartoonish art style of the video game series itself. But by coincidence, one early comic art stood out the most.



    Spread

    The odd art styles of the early issues would later be collected in a Tumblr blog called “A Moment of Archie Sonic.” [3] It used to receive many scans of old Archie Sonic panels showcasing these artwork. On 2012, the above panel was posted on the blog, with the mod of the blog noticing the way the lips were drawn on the red cartoon armadillo on the left named “Mighty” [4]



    At first, it became an in-joke for the blog, but it soon spread from the blog to the rest of the Archie Sonic fandom, when more Archie Sonic panels were photoshopped with Mighty’s oddly drawn lips. Soon, “Mighty Lips” (named after the character and as a pun) became a popular image macro meme within the Archie Sonic fandom on Tumblr, to the point where it even trickled down to other Sonic related images. [5]

    Notable Examples



    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Sonic the Hedgehog

    [2]Sonic Retro – Archie Sonic Comic Megathread

    [3]Tumblr – A Moment of Archie Sonic

    [4]Mobius Encyclopedia- Mighty the Armadillo

    [5]Tumblr – mighty lips


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  • 09/21/14--15:34: Special Snowfake
  • ABOUT:

    Special snowflakes is a term to refer to people who whine about deserving special treatment.

    ORIGIN:

    Originally taken from a line in “Fight Club,” where Brad Pitts character says, “You are NOT unique and special snowflakes!”

    SPREAD:

    The term became popular in forum posts to criticize people who get their feelings hurt easily, demand special treatment or ask for certain comments be taken down. (Often comments calling them special snowflakes.)

    AUTHORSUNITEDBATTLEAGAINSTAMAZON

    The term has come to increasingly refer to the demands of Douglas Preston, and his group Authors United, that Amazon give special treatment to traditionally published writers since writing books is a special activity.

    Clay Shirky on the demands by special snowflakes: https://medium.com/@cshirky/publishing-and-reading-6a80139d13cc

    JA Konrath says writers are not special snowflakes: http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca/2014/09/nonsense-united.html

    Roxana Robinson flips out that she isn’t a special snowflake: http://bloom.bg/1ybSQfG via @BloombergTV


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  • 09/22/14--05:41: Yo-Kai Exercise Number One
  • About

    Yo-Kai Exercise Number One” (Japanese: ようかい体操第一, Yōkai Taisō Dai-Ichi) is a song for a Japanese role-playing video game Yo-Kai Watch[1] produced by LEVEL 5. Since the TV anime series for the title started in 2014, this song has been a popular subject for singing/dancing covers and a well-used musical resource for MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND).

    Origin

    The song “Yo-kai Exercise Number One” was originally made for a promotional video for the 1st title of Yo-Kai Watch released for Nintendo 3DS on July 11th, 2013. Then, the TV anime series for Yo-Kai Watch started in January of the following year and the song was used for the ending theme in the first 24 episodes. This anime ending version was sung by a Japanese idol group Dream 5.[2] For the main target ages of the title, this song featured simple melody lines and danceable choreographies.



    Left: 2013 official promotinal video | Right: Dream 5 Dance edition

    Spread

    This catchy song succeeded to earn a much popularity among kids along with the title itself which became a big social phenomenon in Japan.

    In addition to this, this song became to a popular subject for tributes and parodies on NND in the summer of 2014. There were 2 remarkable videos that led to a substantial increase in popularity of the song on NND. One was a cute dancing cover posted to both NND and YouTube by a famous niconico dancer Manako (まなこ) on August 12th.[3] This girl was an ex-member of DANCEROID[4], a dance unit formed by famous female niconico dancers and officially supported by niconico and Japanese major music company AVEX. The other was a Z-Kai CommercialMAD called “Z-Kai Watch” posted on August 16th. Each of them had earned over half-million or one million page views within its first month. And the amount of tribute/parody videos for this song had increased to over 1000 in the following month.[5]


    Niconico Z会ウォッチ
    Left: Manako’s dancing cover | Right: Z-Kai Watch

    Various Examples

    Dancing Covers


    Niconico 「ようかい体操第一」歌って踊ってみた。タイ焼き屋Niconico 【全部俺らで】ようかい体操第一【やってみた】
    Niconico 【彩羽真矢】妖怪体操第一【踊ってみた】
    Left: Attack on TitanCosplay | Right: Former Takarasienne[6] Maya Ayabane

    MAD Videos


    Niconico 修造ウォッチNiconico 気違ウォッチ
    Left: Shuzo Matsuoka | Right: Chargeman Ken!
    Niconico 粉砕ウォッチNiconico ののむら体操第一
    Left: Toei Spider-Man | Right: Ryutaro Nonomura’s Crying Appology

    Search Interest

    External References

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

    [1]Wikipedia – Yo-Kai Watch

    [2]Wikipedia – Dream5

    [3]niconico Douga – 【まなこ】ようかい体操第一 踊ってみた / Posted on 08-12-2014

    [4]Wikipedia – Danceroid

    [5]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag ようかい体操第一

    [6]Wikipedia – Takarazuka Revue


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  • 09/22/14--11:56: Sam Pepper
  • About

    Sam Pepper is a YouTuber best known for his video prank series. He came under criticism after he conducted a proported prank which involved pinching women without their consent.

    Online History

    Social Media Presence


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  • 09/22/14--12:41: Corpse Party
  • (Article is a work in progress, help is greatly appreciated, and i’ll do my best to work on this at least once a week)



    About

    Corpse Party (Japanese: コープスパーティー) is a Japanese series of survival horror games made for PC-9801, PC, PSP, and PS Vita. The story revolves around a group of teenagers who preform a ritual called Sachiko Ever After, but the ritual drops them into a parallel universe where a school called Heavenly Host, which was demolished in the 1960’s, still exists, is haunted, and is surrounded by endless forest. If you die in the school, there is no Heaven, no Nirvana, you shall simply feel the pain of death forever.

    Origin

    The series started as a horror RPG called Corpse-Party on the PC-98 platform, the combat is notably similar to the gameplay of the Mother series, a comparison is below.



    Left: Earthbound | Right: Corpse-Party

    Remake

    In 2008, the game was remade and released for the PC platform in Japan as Corpse Party, with all new characters, a new story, and full voice acting, containing over 5000 voice clips. The game has 9 main characters, listed with images of them below.

    (I would have used a spoiler but they were being a bitch and not working)


    Satoshi Mochida


    Naomi Nakashima


    Ayumi Shinozaki


    Yoshiki Kishinuma


    Yuka Mochida


    Seiko Shinoara


    Sakutaro Morishige


    Mayu Suzumoto


    Yui Shishido


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  • 09/22/14--15:56: Reptilian Humanoid
  • About

    Reptilians or Reptilian Humanoids are a purported species of shape-shifting aliens with reptile-like characteristics who occupy positions of power on Earth and manipulate humanity for their own benefit, often associated with conspiracies about the Illuminati.

    Origin

    The exact origin of conspiracy theories regarding reptilian humanoids is unknown. Professor of political science at Syracuse University Michael Barkun, the idea may have been inspired by stories written by pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard, including his 1929 story “The Shadow Kingdom” which contained references to anthropomorphic snake people. In 1967, Nebraska-based police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted by reptilian humanoid aliens.

    David Icke’s Babylonian Brotherhood

    In 1999, author David Icke released a book titled The Biggest Secret, which argued that the descendants of reptilian aliens from the Draco constellations were inhabiting Earth as a group known as the “Babylonian Brotherhood” and had taken key positions of power in human governance.

    Spread

    On July 16th, 2007, YouTuber Archangel Systems uploaded a video titled “Reptile Woman – UFO Reptilian / Demon Morphing,” featuring footage of a woman purportedly shape shifting on camera (shown below). In the following eight years, the video accumulated more than 3.7 million views and 2,600 comments.



    On February 24th, 2011, comedian Louis C.K. a clip from his appearance on the Opie & Anthony Show in which he accuses former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld of being a reptilian (shown below).



    On February 29th, Redditor iLickChildren posted the Wikipedia entry on reptilians to the /r/todayilearned[2] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 850 votes (82% upvoted) prior to being archived. On March 16th, 2013, YouTuber Teotl Nahualli uploaded a video titled “Obama’s Alien Reptilian Bodyguard,” featuring low-resolution footage of a man in a suit at a 2012 AIPAC Conference, claiming he appeared to be a shape shifting reptilian humanoid (shown below). In the first two years, the video gained over 1.53 million views.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 09/23/14--07:28: This Is My Jam
  • “This is my jam”, “that’s my jam” or “my jam”, is a phrase people use when hearing a song they really like.

    ORIGIN
    Not much is know on the origin of this saying but is believed to have started in the late 70s early 80s. Even thought it was once only used for music, it is now acceptable to be used for anything one really enjoys, as seen in the beginning of the Key and Peele episode.

    SPREAD
    The phrase has been used in many movies, TV and songs over the years and is popular to use on Vine. Some other shows include The Regular Show, Key and Peele and The Lego Movie.

    VARIATIONS
    There is also another variation where people use the term literally. Like comedian Bo Burnham.


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    Overview

    Jasmine Tridevil’s Breast Implant refers to a possible hoax in which Florida-based massage therapist Alisha Hessler (a.k.a. Jasmine Tridevil) claimed to have undergone surgery to implant a third breast in the center of her chest. The purported motivation for the surgery was to appear less attractive to men and to launch a reality television show.

    Background

    On August 10th, 2014, Hessler uploaded a video to YouTube titled “3 Breasted Woman” in which she dances while wearing a revealing bikini (shown below). In the first two weeks, the video gained over 2.3 million views and 1,200 comments.



    Notable Developments

    On August 11th, 2014, Hessler launched a Facebook[1] page and uploaded a photograph of herself in which she appears to have a third breast in the center of her chest (shown below).



    On August 13th, Hessler created the @JasmineTridevil[3] Twitter feed, which garnered upwards of 7,000 followers in the next two weeks. On September 9th, Hessler uploaded a video in which she answered frequently asked questions, revealing that she got the surgery to make herself unattractive to men (shown below).



    On September 15th, Hessler tweeted[4] a photograph of herself, which accumulated more than 590 retweets and 350 favorites.



    On September 22nd, Hessler was interviewed on the Florida radio show The News Junkie, during which she claimed to have called over 50 doctors until she found one that was willing to perform the surgery for $20,000. She also revealed that she hoped to become a reality television star and had hired a film crew follow her around.



    On September 22nd, Something Awful[2] Forums member Drink Cheerwine submitted a forum post highlighting photos of Tridevil. On the same day, BuzzFeed[6] published an article about Hessler’s implant story.

    Hoax Speculation

    On September 22nd, 2014, the hoax debunking website Snopes listed Hessler’s surgery as a hoax, pointing out several inconsistencies in her story. On September 23rd, The Daily Dot published an article quoting board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, who stated that he “would be happy to go on record claiming that this is a falsified story and essentially not possible.”

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Facebook – Jasmine Tridevil

    [2]Something Awful – The Future is Now

    [3]Twitter – @JasmineTridevil

    [4]Twitter – #3boobs

    [5]The Huffington Post – Woman with Three Boobs

    [6]BuzzFeed – This woman claims to have had plastic surgery


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  • 09/23/14--12:22: He For She
  • About

    He For She is a feminist campaign launched by the UN supported by Emma Watson.

    Origin

    On September 20th, 2014, actress Emma Watson gave a speech[1] at the UN, in her capacity as the Goodwill ambassador for UN Women, to announce the launching of the He For She campaign. She explained the campaign, saying:

    “I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”

    On September 21st, YouTuber uploaded a video of Watson’s speech, within 48 hours the video gained over 2.5 million views.



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]He For She – Emma Watson Speech

    [2]He For She – Emma Watson Speech


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  • 09/23/14--16:00: ASFR
  • Much like the Furry lifestyle, ASFR (alt.sex.fetish.robots.) are people with an attraction to humanoid robots, to people acting like robots or people dressed in robot costumes/cosplay. The initialism of the name came from a no longer excising news group, but followers also go by the term “technosexuals”. For some in the ASFP community, things like robotic appearance, motion, or sound are important. For others, a completely life-like android is that is wanted. A even smaller part of the group wishes to be transformed into robots themselves.

    ORIGIN
    The first movie to sexualize a machine would be the female robot Maria in the 1927 film Metropolis.

    SPREAD
    ASFR content includes but is not limited to science fiction movies, television shows, novels, short stories, illustrations, manipulated photographs, songs and even television commercials. Most are portrayed as strictly sexual objects, like in the movies Blade Runner and A.I.


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  • 09/23/14--16:03: Lankyposting (HE)
  • About

    Lankyposting, also known as HE, refers to the practice of posting images of Lanky Kong, a character from the 1999 video game Donkey Kong 64. The practice itself began as a way of satirizing fan hype for potential playable characters in the Super Smash Brothers series by requesting that the supporting character should be included on the roster of the fourth installment. It is often compared to Baneposting.

    Origin

    On January 10th, 2007, YouTuber ChangeDeGuerra uploaded the “Donkey Kong Rap” taken from the opening of the 1994 Nintendo 64 platform game Donkey Kong 64. During the rap, each character from the game is introduced with several verses describing their attributes and his abilities, often starting with the word “He,” including the orangutan Lanky Kong (shown below).



    He has no style, he has no grace.
    This Kong has a funny face.
    He can handstand when he needs to,
    And stretch his arms out, just for you.
    Inflate himself just like a balloon.
    This crazy Kong just digs this tune!

    Spread

    On August 5th, 2014, the original poster (OP) of a Super Smash Brothers general discussion topic on the /vg/ (Video Game Generals) board on 4chan jokingly included Lanky Kong as one of the officially announced newcomers in spite of no such announcement taking place.[1] Following the thread’s creation, some users began to ironically support the notion that Lanky Kong should be a playable character. On August 8th, a post dedicated to Lanky Kong was created by “I Will Namefag Until Lanky Kong Is Confirmed,” which contained the lyric “He has no style” from the “Donkey Kong Rap.”[2]


    On August 14th, a 4chan[3] user coined the term “Lankyposting” in a Lanky Kong thread. On September 6th, Tumblr[7] user nicocw posted a photoshopped image of Lanky Kong in front of an inspirational quote background reciting his verse in the “Donkey Kong Rap,” which gained over 4,500 notes in three weeks (shown below).



    On September 8th, Redditor HEHASNO launched the /r/HEmeme[4] subreddit for examples of Lanky Kong photoshops. a subreddit for Lankyposting was created.[4] On September 19th, the /HE/ 8chan[5] board was established for posts related to the meme.

    Notable Examples



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]4chan Archive – /ssbg/: Lanky Kong Newcomer Edition

    [2]4chan Archive – HE HAS NO STYLE

    [3]4chan Archive – ‘I don’t want lankyposting to become a thing.’

    [4]Reddit – r/HEmeme

    [5]8chan – /HE/

    [6]4Plebs – HE

    [7]Tumblr – nicocw


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    Overview

    Hyperinflation in Gaia Online began in August 2013 after the release of items known as “gold generators” several months after Gary Schofield became CEO of Gaia Interactive, the company that runs Gaia.

    Background

    Gaia Online is an anime-themed social networking, gaming and discussion forum site. Members of the site’s community are known as Gaians and each is represented on the site by an avatar that can be customized with different skin tones, facial characteristics, hair style, gender, race and clothing. Through their avatars, members can interact with each others in Gaia Towns, Rally, and other Flash spaces, some of which have been created for paid sponsors. The site contains a variety of different subforums, including boards for general discussion, news, lifestyle, role-playing, entertainment, games and art.

    Users receive “Gaia Gold” that can be used to purchase items on the site by posting and replying on the message boards, browsing the site and playing games. “Gaia Cash” is a virtual currency introduced in 2007 that can be purchased for $0.01 each. Users can buy items with both gold and cash at virtual shops on the site and can trade among each other in a virtual marketplace.

    Prior state of Gaia Online’s virtual economy

    For much of the time, Gaia Online’s virtual economy remained stable due to the efforts of previous managements. Craig Sherman, Gaia Interactive’s CEO from 2007-10, said that “Up to 99 percent of the experience online is free at Gaia.”[1] At the 2007 Virtual Goods Summit, he continues to emphasize that everyone starts out fair[2].

    In August 2007, due to growing concerns over inflation in the virtual economy[3], Gaia hired economists Michael Boskin and Saar Golde, (later known to Gaia as Sagger-AT3), to help on managing the economy[4] (which, at that time, Boskin has judged as healthy). Golde introduced a 2% tax on all marketplace transactions[5] and stopped inflation from going out of control twice during his tenure[6]. David Jesse, Gaia’s former Vice President on Product Management & Business Analytics revealed in the 2009 Virtual Goods Summit some of the methods they used to manage inflation[7], which included arguments against the sale of Gaia Gold. Mike Sego, the succeeding CEO, was also concerned about inflation, as he was among the speakers at the 2010 Engage Expo on the topic of managing virtual economies and avoiding currency devaluation[8].

    Gaia Online’s economic stability encouraged users to save up gold for the items they want. Gaia user M o l d y Lunchboxx (better known nowadays as Boxxy), for example, quested to have an Emo Bag (one of the site’s monthly collectible items), which was worth 350,000 Gaia Gold in January 2008[9]. And in her first video, she said that she considers herself poor for never having 100,000[10]. Over the years, the price of said item fluctuated widely, but at manageable levels.

    Early gold generators

    Gaia Online had sold gold generators (items that gives its purchasers randomly-generated amounts of gold) several years earlier, beginning in April 29, 2008 with the gold generator named “Bag of Win”[11]. Gaia staff member Panagrammic admitted in a journal entry that selling the Bag of Win indefinitely would hurt the economy[12], and Sagger-AT3 revealed that he initially disliked the Bag of Win but approved the sale of said item as an experiment[13]. Two more gold generators were released in 2008: “Bag of Win 2” (July 30)[14] and “Gold Gold Revolution Wheel” (December 24)[15]. For the next four years, Gaia didn’t sell additional gold generators.

    Schofield’s early days in Gaia

    In March 2013, Gaia Online appointed Gary Schofield as its new CEO[16]. One of the first things Schofield did is to terminate several staff members[17], among them Panagrammic[18], who closely worked with Sagger-AT3 on maintaining the virtual economy. On June 18, Gaia’s staff confirmed that they’re working on an 18+ sister site[19]. And days later, Gaia Online began the Summer Sale[20], where the Angelic Halo, the site’s first collectible item, was sold at the equivalent price of $999[21] despite statements against sale of past collectibles several years ago[22].

    By July, anonymously-written reviews of Gaia Interactive from Glassdoors.com were posted in the forums for the first time[23], and the users became aware of the discontent among Gaia’s current and former employees. And in August 15, Josh “L0cke” Gainsbrugh, one of the site’s founders, announced his departure through his journal, citing that “Gaia has a new direction” and that he “will not be included in that adventure”[24].

    Highlights

    First release of Flynn’s Booty

    In August 22, 2013, Gaia released a gold generator named “Flynn’s Booty”[25]. In the accompanying FAQ, the staff said that “it is not predicted to have any long-term negative effect on the economy”[26]. By September 16, Flynn’s Booty was offered to those who would buy at least $5 worth of Gaia Cash[27]. By September 26, Flynn’s Booty returned in the cash shop.[28] Thirty minutes after the announcement, users started gathering evidence to prove that Flynn’s Booty is the biggest source of inflation in the site[29].

    In September 19, Jason Loia, the COO of Gaia Interactive, made a presentation about gamification[30] for Manos Accelerator, a mentorship program for Latino entrepreneurs[31]. One of the slides displays Flynn’s Booty as an example, while another elaborates on the application of Skinner’s Box to games. By October 6, pictures of Loia’s presentation began circulating within Gaia’s forums[32], and users were angered over being compared to lab rats and began seeing the management as the ones responsible for the hyperinflation. Rosann “Ling” Yip, another founder, announced her resignation shortly[33], leaving Derek “Lanzer” Liu as the last remaining founder.

    Users were already demanding the discontinuation of Flynn’s Booty[34] and the termination of both Schofield[35] and Loia[36], and the discovery of Loia’s presentation fueled the users’ efforts even further. The staff responded through discontinuing the weekly “Ask the Admins” threads[37] where users can submit questions for the staff to answer; removing from public view the profile of Flynn, the non-playing character associated with Flynn’s Booty; deleting threads and posts that mentioned the names of Schofield and Loia[38]; and banning those who insist on posting those names. To circumvent censorship, users began giving Schofield nicknames like “Goldemort”[39] and “he-who-must-not-be-named”[40].

    As a result, some users have left Gaia and went to other avatar-based forum sites where they shared their grievances over the site’s operation[41][42][43][44], while others resorted to vandalizing Gary Schofield’s Crunchbase entry.

    Subsequent gold generators and unannounced rules update

    Despite the mass uproar and departures over the continued sale of Flynn’s Booty, the staff said in a statement released on November that “there are a large number of users who do like these items”[45]. By December, Gaia’s Terms of Service was updated without prior notice. In comparison to the previous version[46], the newly-amended version[47] contained provisions against disparaging, ridiculing, and scorning Gaia employees and officers [Sec. 4a] and posting personal information (such as names) of Gaia employees [Sec. 4q]. In addition, an amendment was added to allow Gaia to shut down the site without any warning [Sec. 3]. At the same time, gold generators began receiving other names like “Divinity’s Reach”[48] and “Santa’s Super Sack”[49]. Succeeding gold generators were released with different names and increasing amounts of gold payouts.

    Months after constantly-releasing gold generating items, some users were alerted that they were approaching the gold limit[50] of 2,147,483,647 gold and that they were increasing the limit[51] to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 gold[52]. Shortly, new gold generators, starting with “Make It Pour”, started offering amounts beyond the previous limit[53]. In the 2014 FanimeCon, the staff said that they consider the marketplace as healthy due to increased activity[54].

    Book mention

    On May 9, 2014, the MIT Press published a book by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova entitled “Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis”, where the virtual economy of Gaia Online is specifically cited as an example of hyperinflation:

    …New users in the online community Gaia Online were complaining that they didn’t have enough virtual currency to afford the items traded on Gaia’s user-to-user marketplace. The publisher heard the complaints and responded by giving the users more currency. But all this meant was there was now even more currency competing for the same number of items, driving goods prices even higher. New users were left almost as disappointed as before.[55]

    External References

    [1]Reuters – Kids socialize in a virtual world as avatars

    [2]3PointD – Virtual Goods Summit – Why Virtual Goods Matter

    [3]Gaia Online Announcement – New marketplace and its listing fee

    [4]CNet – Big-shot economist to advise teen virtual world Gaia Online

    [5]Gaia Online – A note about the 2% listing fee in the marketplace

    [6]LinkedIn – Profile of Saar Golde

    [7]SlideShare – Managing Dual Currencies

    [8]Engage Expo – Virtual Goods Conference

    [9]Gaia Online Chatterbox Forum – B O X X Y’S QUEST

    [10]Youtube – FOAR 4DDI FRUMBOXXY

    [11]Gaia Online Wikia – Bag of Win

    [12]Gaia Online – Panagrammic’s Journal

    [13]Gaia Online – Sagger-AT3’s Journal

    [14]Gaia Online Wikia – Bag of Win 2

    [15]Gaia Online Wikia – Gold Gold Revolution

    [16]Gaia Online Community Discussion Forum – Just wanted you all to know about some changes in the management (Archived from now-deleted original)

    [17]Gaia Online Community Discussion Forum – FYI: Regarding recent staff changes

    [18]Gaia Online Site Feedback Forum – Who’s idea was it to fire some of the best staff we have?

    [19]Gaia Online Site Questions & Assitance – Is Gaia working on an 18+ webpage?

    [20]Develop-Online.Net – Gaia Interactive to host Spectacular Summer Sale!

    [21]Gaia Online Wikia – The Spectacular Summer Sale

    [22]Gaia Online – Sagger AT3’s Journal

    [23]Gaia Online Site Feedback Forum – Wow, Gaia. How can I trust you when employees don’t?

    [24]Gaia Online – L0cke’s Journal

    [25]Gaia Online – Real Flynn’s Booty

    [26]Gaia Online – Flynn’s Booty Item Mini-FAQ (Archived from now-deleted original)

    [27]Gaia Online – Has anyone else got this Flynn’s Booty PM?

    [28]Gaia Online – Flynn’s Booty is Back!

    [29]Gaia Online Site Feedback – Flynn’s Booty – Keep Protesting!

    [30]30 Days of Travel – Fun and games

    [31]Manos Accelerator – Manos Mentor-Driven Latino Accelerator Program

    [32]Gaia Online Site Feedback – This upsets me greatly, Gaia – now including an AtA response

    [33]Gaia Online – Ling’s Journal

    [34]Gaia Online Site Feedback – Want proof we hate Gold Generators?

    [35]Gaia Online Site Feedback – New Strategy: I would PAY for you to fire the CEO.

    [36]Gaia Online Site Feedback – OH GODPLEASEFIRETHECEO!!!

    [37]Gaia Online – Gaia Online Company Update

    [38]Gaia Online Communtiy Discussion – Who all does this apply to, and is it right?

    [39]Gaia Online Site Feedback – You just deleted my thread about the CEO ******** YOU

    [40]Gaia Online Site Feedback – Wow Gaia

    [41]Ernya – Banned three times in one day

    [42]Trisphee – Is this the worst mistake an avatar site could make?

    [43]Solia Online – Ex-Gaians Anonymous

    [44]Menewsha – Hello

    [45]Gaia Online Blog – Community Q&A Blog -

    [46]Gaia Online – Terms of Service (archived version from December 11, 2013)

    [47]Gaia Online – Terms of Service (archived version from December 18, 2013)

    [48]Gaia Online Announcement – Score some amazing rewards with Divinity’s Reach!

    [49]Gaia Online Announcement – Santa’s Super Sack in La Victoire!

    [50]Gaia Online Community Discussion – They are increasing the gold cap!

    [51]Gaia Online Staff Updates – Marketplace and Trade Gold Cap

    [52]Gaia Online – SO WHATWOULDYOUPAYFORSOMETHINGLIKETHIS

    [53]Gaia Online Announcement – Win tons of gold with Make It Pour!

    [54]Gaia Online – Gaia Panel Q&A at Fanime today

    [55]MIT Press – Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis, p. 219


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  • 09/24/14--09:20: French Youtube Celebrities
  • About

    As Youtube has been growing in popularity worlwide since 2005, it gave birth to many internet celebrities, such as RayWilliamJohnson, TomSka or Lindsay Sterling, who inspired a lot of people to create their own podcasts using Youtube.
    In France specifically, the rise of internet and vlogs as an entertaining medium motivated several people to start their own Youtube shows and series, from webseries and viral videos to gaming and movie reviews.

    Stand-up Comedians

    Cyprien

    Cyprien Iov, also known as Cyprien and Monsieur Dream[1] is one of the first French vloggers to use the concept of internet podcasts by dealing with daily subjects. He first posted his work on dailymotion and then on Youtube in 2007 with his first video Qu’est-ce que Ouedan ? (French for What is Ouendan). His Youtube channel[2] has gained more than 6 million subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 10 million views. A sister channel, Cyprien Gaming[3], was born in 2013 in which Cyprien can be seen playing videogames with various guests.
    Due to his popularity on the French web, Cyprien began making appearances on French television as a guest but also a commentator, especially on the NJR12 channel. he also launched his own clothing brand, named Narmol[6], a French slang for “normal” that became one of his most famous catchphrases.

    Norman

    Norman Thavaud[4], also known as Norman is a comedian who does podcasts in similar ways and about similar themes as Cyprien. The same way, his debut was on dailymotion before reaching Youtube in 2011 with his channel Normanfaitsesvideos[5] (French for Norman is doing videos). As of september 2014, he has gained more than 5 million subscribers and his videos average 5 millions views. His increasing popularity allowed him to make appearances on TV as well as starring in french movie Pas très normales activités (the title can be translated to not that much normal activity in English) in 2012. He also performed as a stand-up comedian touring around France in 2013.

    Hugo Tout Seul

    Hugo Tout Seul (Hugo All Alone in English) is a French podcaster and comedian doing videos in the same style as Cyprien and Norman. He made humoristic videos with Norman and Cyprien with their group “Le Velcrou” in 2008 before breaking up in 2010 and he joined Youtube in 2011. His channel[7] has reached more than 1 500 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 2 million views.

    Viral Videos

    Salut Les Geeks

    Salut Les Geeks (Hello Geeks in English), often abbreviated as SLG[8], is a Youtube show presented by Matthieu Sommet in which he reviews three different videos he gathered from the web with satire and humor. Created in 2011, his show is known as being the first French equivalent of the Equals Three, a format popularized by RayWilliamJohson. As of september 2014, his channel[9] has gained more than 1 million subscribers and his videos average 1 million views.

    What The Cut

    What The Cut is a Youtube show presented by Antoine Daniel reusing the same format as the Equals Three. Starting in 2012, The show features Antoine Daniel analysing three strange videos he gathered from the web. His channel[11], as for september 2014, has gained more than 1 700 000 subscribers and his videos average 2 million views.

    Video Games

    Le Joueur du Grenier

    Le Joueur du Grenier is a French Youtuber specialized in reviewing retro video games, in same vein as the AVGN, since 2009. More info can be found in his respective Know Your Meme article.

    Squeezie

    Squeezie is a French Let’s Player well-known for his funny reactions and humorous antics. He started his channel in 2011, featuring him playing a wide variety of videogames. As of September 2014, his channel[12] has gained more than 2 800 000 subscribers and his video average 1 million views. he is also a recurring guest in Cyprien’s sister show Cyprien Gaming.

    Movies

    Le Fossoyeur de Films

    Le Fossoyeur de films ( Movies’ Grave Digger in English), presented François Theurel, is Youtube show about movie reviews and all sort of themes revolving around movies in general. Starting in 2012, his channel[13] has accumulated a little over 280 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 200 000 views.

    Miscellaneous

    Linksthesun

    Linksthesun is a Youtuber that started his channel[14] in 2006. As of september 2014, he has gained over 750 000 subscribers and his videos average 1 million views. He is well-known for two of this shows in particular:
    - The first one called Point Culture (Culture Point in English) in which he adresses 20 points surrounding a token cultural theme.
    - The second one called Non mais t’as vu ce que t’écoutes ? (Did you see what you’re listening to? in English) that deals with French current popular songs that he analyses and critics with humor and satire.

    Benzaie

    Benzaie, real name Benjamin Daniel, is a French Youtuber primarly known for his work as a podcaster on the TGWTG website. He launched his own channel on Youtube, BenzaieTV[15], in 2011. Most of his work ranges from game reviews to movie reviews in his “Hard Corner” shows but he also produces X in 5 seconds videos. His channel has accumulated about 300 000 subscribers as of september 2014 and his videos average 200 000 views. In similar vein as the AVGN, he produced a movie about his Hard Corner show that was released on April 1st 2014.

    Webseries

    Le Visiteur du Futur

    Le Visiteur du Futur[16] (Visitor from the Future) is a webseries directed by François Descraques about a ordinary young man who is constantly disturbed by a time traveler trying to stop catastrophies. Starting in 2009 on Dailymotion, the series expanded itself to 4 seasons, books and comics strip and it won 4 awards that the 2013 Los Angeles WebFest. As of september 2009, the Youtube channel WatchTheVisitor[17] has gained over 140 000 subscribers and its videos average 300 000 views. They also were broadcasted on television, on No-life channel.

    Noob

    Noob[18] is a webseries directed by Fabien Fournier that focus on people playing an imaginary MMORPG, in similar vein as webseries “The Guild”, and showing actual characters the players control interacting with each others. It started in 2008 and expanded to 5 seasons, books, comic strips. Noob started a crowdfucking campaign in 2013 in order to raise money for a movie project. The campaign became the most funded one in Europe with more than 681 000 euros achieved. In response, Fournier announced an upcoming movie trilogy. Noob also won an award at the 2014 Los Angeles Streamy Awards for “Best International show”. As of september 2014, the Olydri production channel[19] has gained over 180 000 subscribers and its videos average 30 000 views. They also were broadcasted on television, on No-life channel.

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia (French article) – Cyprien

    [2]Youtube – Monsieur Dream channel

    [3]Youtube – Cyprien Gaming

    [4]Wikipedia – Norman Thavaud

    [5]Youtube – Norman Fait Des videos channel

    [6]Narmol

    [7]Youtube – Hugo Tout Seul channel

    [8]Wikipedia (French article) – Salut Les Geeks

    [9]Youtube – Matthieu Sommet channel

    [10]Wikipedia (French article) – What The Cut

    [11]Youtube – What The Cut channel

    [12]Youtube – Squeezie channel

    [13]Youtube – Le Fossoyeur de Films channel

    [14]Youtube – Linksthesun channel

    [15]Youtube – Benzaie channel

    [16]Wikipedia (French Article) – Le Visiteur du Futur

    [17]Youtube – Watch The Visitor channel

    [18]Wikipedia (French article) – Noob

    [19]Youtube – Olydri channel


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  • 09/24/14--17:05: Ello
  • About

    Ello is social networking platform currently in an open beta testing phase. Ello was created as a competitor to site’s like Facebook, with founders claiming they will never mine user’s data or display ads to users.

    History

    Ello[1] was originally created in 2013 for a private group by founder Paul Budnitz, the graphic design firm Berger & Fohr and the creative technologist collective Mode Set.[4] The site’s FAQ claims it was made as a alternative to social networks which base their revenue on advertising.

    “We built Ello because virtually all the other social networks were cluttered, ugly, and full of ads. We began to feel manipulated by the networks themselves -- many of our posts were never seen by our friends at all, because ads had taken priority. We came to realize that a social network that has ads is a social network created for advertisers, not for people. Every move we made was tracked and recorded, and every post we made was read and sold to other companies so they could show us more ads.”

    On March 21st, 2014, The Daily Dot[5] published an article about Ello titled “What is this mysterious, anti-Facebook, social network?” On March 24th, the Vice tech news site Motherboard[3] published an interview with Budnitz, who argued that sites like Facebook and Tumblr were “advertising platforms” and not real “social networks.”

    Facebook Exodus

    On September 10th, 2014, drag performer Sister Roma posted an announcement that she was considering shutting down his personal Facebook profile to focus on her drag persona “fan page.”



    The following day, The Daily Dot[6] published an article about the Facebook policy. On September 12th, The Daily Dot[7] published a follow-up article titled “Facebook’s real name policy is dangerous for LGBT users.” On September 19th, executive director at Radar Productions Michelle Tea submitted a post asking what alternatives to Facebook existed, to which several users replied linking to Ello.



    On September 22nd, The Daily Dot[8] published an article titled “The Great Gay Facebook Exodus Begins,” noting that many LGBT Facebook users were abandoning Facebook for Ello. On September 23rd, a page selling Ello invites for $500 each was launched on eBay.[2] On the following day, Laughing Squid founder Scott Beale tweeted that one of the invites had been sold.[9]

    Search Interest

    External Refernces


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  • 09/24/14--23:43: Perfectly Looped Gifs
  • About

    Perfectly looped gifs are typical gif animations that fluently repeats itself without any corruption between the last frame and the first frame.


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  • 09/25/14--08:53: Joseph Gordon Levitt
  • About

    Joseph Gordon Levitt is an American actor best known for his roles 500 Days of Summer and 3rd Rock From the Sun.


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