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  • 07/31/15--12:28: Self-Balancing Scooters
  • About

    Self-Balancing Scooters are motorized transportation devices which allow riders to stand on the device like a skateboard and lean in the direction they wish to go, using similar technology to Segway personal transportation vehicles.

    History

    In August 2014, the Chinese company Chic Robotics unveiled its first self-balancing scooter product named the Smart S1. In October, the scooter was featured at the Canton Fair trade show in Guangzhou, China, leading many competitors to make their own variations of the device.



    Online Presence

    On January 7th, 2015, the CNET YouTube channel uploaded footage of an IO Hawk self-balancing scooter at the CES 2015 trade show (shown below).



    On April 30th, fashion model Kendall Jenner posted a video of herself riding a PhunkeeDuck self-balancing scooter around her kitchen to Instagram[6] (shown below, left). Within three months, the video received upwards of 1.1 million likes and 52,800 comments. On May 14th, Justin Bieber posted a video of himself spinning in a circle on a Hyperwalk scooter to Instagram,[3] where it gained over 1.1 million likes and 52,800 comments in the next two months (shown below, right).



    On the following day, singer-songwriter Chris Brown uploaded a video of himself dancing in a room while riding a self-balancing scooter to Instagram[5] (shown below, left). On May 20th, actor Jamie Foxx appeared on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he came on stage riding a PhunkeeDuck (shown below, right).



    On June 11th, 2015, YouTuber Ben Schmanke posted a review of a self-balancing scooter, garnering more than 1.4 million views and 1,100 comments in the first three weeks (shown below, left). On July 16th, 2015, YouTube based Let’s Play group, The Creatures, uploaded a video entitled “Rollerboard” in which the members of the group react to seeing and operating the scooters for the first time (shown below, right). On June 29th, Wired[4] published an article about the history of self-balancing scooters, which speculates that Chic Robotics invented the first self-balancing scooter. On July 31st, The Daily Dot[7] published an article about the Hyperwalk brand scooter, reporting that the transportation device was used frequently by attendees at that year’s VidCon.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 07/31/15--15:49: Craigslist Personals
  • (Massive Work In Progress)

    About

    Craigslist Personals is the name given to the .txt Twitter account @craigslistlove, which showcases various cringeworthy or out-of-context profile descriptions of Craigslist users, usually those attempting to find a love partner on the said website. Tweets made by @craigslistlove are known to be edited into a picture of a fictional character whose personality or presence in the storyline matches the content of the tweet. Most of these images are made by Tumblr users and the characters displayed are usually the ones from Fire Emblem and various anime and manga series.

    Origin

    The account was made in November 2012, with the description “Wisdom from posts found mostly in the personals section of craigslist.org (As if you could make this shit up).” The account has made over 6,000 tweets as of August 2015, including quotes submitted by other twitter users.

    Spread

    (WIP)

    There are many posts on Tumblr tagged with #craigslist personals that showcase edits of the tweets, as well as several single topic blogs such as attackoncraigslistpersonals, assclasspersonals and westerospersonals.

    Notable Examples



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  • 07/31/15--17:39: Cultural Marxism
  • About

    Cultural Marxism is a term used used to denounce political correctness as an attempt to destroy the west. The term is defined as an ideology which emphasizes culture as a main cause of inequalities.

    Origin

    Karl Marx believed that a large enough conflict would trigger revolutions because as he believed communism was the next step in a country’s development because at the time Britain was a capitalistic economy, because this never came true “Critical Theory” was invented as a explanation of why his prediction failed to come to fruition.

    The idea of Critical Theory originated in Frankfurt School after being founded in 1923 after being funded by donations by Felix Weil. “The Institute was founded, thanks to a donation by Felix Weil in 1923, with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany.”[5] Critical Theory was a criticism of capitalistic societies and mass culture.

    Marxist theories as the causes of inequality

    “Critical Theorists have long sought to distinguish their aims, methods, theories, and forms of explanation from standard understandings in both the natural and the social sciences. Instead, they have claimed that social inquiry ought to combine rather than separate the poles of philosophy and the social sciences: explanation and understanding, structure and agency, regularity and normativity.”[6]

    “Using Hegelian terminology, Critical Theorists came to regard advanced capitalist societies as a “totality,” in which the tight integration of states and markets threatened to eliminate the space for freedom.”[6]

    “The ‘inevitable’ tendency of liberalism to collapse into fascism ‘can be derived, apart from any economic causes, from the inner contradiction between the subjectivist principle of self-interest and the idea of reason that it is supposed to express’ (Horkheimer 1987, 21)[6]

    “In Legitimation Crisis (1969), for example, Habermas argues not only that the demands of advanced capitalism restrict the scope and significance of democracy, but also that the state is “crisis ridden” and unable to solve structural problems of unemployment, economic growth, and environmental destruction”[6]

    Summary:

    Marxists believed that the reason why Karl Marx’s predictions about communist uprisings in Britain and other countries failed is that they believed that culture, media and other reasons were at fault thus they created “Critical Theory”. “Critical Theory” holds that reason for countries failing to have communist revolutions like Karl Marx predicted were cultural.

    “Cultural Marxism” bases it’s ideas off of “Critical Theory” in that both believe that a country’s culture creates inequality; “Cultural Marxism” goes one step further and describes culture and mass media as means of removing the cause of what they believe to be the cause of inequality.

    Spread

    The term is used extensively on far right websites and users. Most notably /pol/, conservapedia, and Metapedia. The word is criticized by many left wingers as being a being something used to describe anything that a conservative doesn’t like or being a snarl word to describe anyone a far Right wing person doesn’t like[2][3][4]

    Search Interest

    Additional Resources:

    Marxist Internet Resource Frankfurt school

    British Library Communist Manifesto

    External References

    [2]Rational Wiki – Cultural Marxism

    [3]The Guardian – Cultural Marxism’: a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim

    [4]Southern Poverty Law Center ‘Cultural Marxism’ Catching On

    [5]IEPFrankfurt School

    [6]Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Critical Theory

    [7]The British Library Manifesto of Communism


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  • 07/31/15--18:54: Super Mario 64 Bloopers
  • WARNING

    This is being researched. If you would like an editorship, let the author know.

    About

    Remember your favorite childhood game for the Nintendo 64 which has still gotten support after all these years? Think of it as your favorite Mario characters doing something funny and then it gets posted to YouTube. Super Mario 64 Bloopers is a wild trend still going strong after about a decade. Often times, SM64 movies are know as Machinima. Not the channel, Machinima. SM64 Machinima are movies which sometimes include excitement, or just comedy.

    Origin

    Former YouTuber Megaman765 with about 37,000 subscribers, uploaded a video titled “Super mario 64 Bloopers” on September 20, 2006. To this day, it has over 400,000 views, about 700 comments, and 1000 likes.

    Spread

    In 2007, MarioMario54321 uploaded a video titled “MM54321’s SM64 Blooper: Mario Jumps The Castle!” where Mario tries jumping over the castle. It currently has 200,000 views, 316 likes, and 356 comments.

    As years go by, more and more users create SM64 bloopers videos as it becomes the next big thing since Mario Paint Composer music. Users like SMG4, Starman3, Royalomg, MJacobBarker, SuperBluey2749, and more.

    Search Interest


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  • 07/31/15--19:43: roddy piper

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    Overview

    In the beginning of July 2015 a Dutch Facebook group[1] called “Klantenservice” (Customer Service) was created. It was not created to help out people but rather to troll them on the messages they leave on Facebook targeted towards companies whom they are dissatisfied with. The victims believe sometimes the Customer Service account is genuine and respond to the trolling. Companies that have fallen victim to the facebook account include Vodafone, IKEA, Burger King, supermarkets and other shops. It is based around the British facebook group Customer Service.[6]



    The motto of the group is “We cannot make it more helpful, only a lot easier”, which is based on the motto from the tax authorities, which is “We cannot make it more pleasant, only a lot easier”.

    The facebook group went viral after the media discovered the group, going up from 11K likes in the middle, 77K on the 21st of July[4] and at the end of July to 136K likes. [3]

    Company Responses

    Responses from the companies that have fallen victim to the troll account have been mostly negative[5]. It caused Burger King to shut down its page for complaints [9], supermarket Albert Heijn deleting its posts and providing a statement afterwards condeming the page [9] and Ziggo stating it wants nothing to do with people pretending to be ’’funny’’.

    The exceptions come from Specsaver (which sells glasses), Gamma (sells tools and work supplies) and Scapino (sells clothing) who could see the humor in it[7]. Specsavers even stated that “Fun that it is now our turn to fall ‘victim’ to the customer service”.

    Threatened lawsuit

    On July the 21st, the theme park Efteling told the newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that it is considering a lawsuit against the Facebook group.[4][5] This was done after a customer under the name Hennie posted a complaint on the Efteling facebook page. He was mad because an employee would have called him a retard while he was waiting to get into a ride. The ‘Customer Service’ then told Hennie that they saw no problem with that. “You act like a retard, so as we see the situation the employee acted correctly.”

    The post got more than 20.000 likes and was shared hundreds of times. Hennie did not understand that the actual Efteling wasn’t the sender and acted hostile. “I’m not a retard, where did you get the guts to say that”, after which he tagged his friends in the message and states “Look what they’re saying about me, I am not taking this”.

    A spokesperson of the Efteling called the response on Hennie from the ‘’Customer Service’’ an act of trolling,. Ultimately it was decided to remove the complaint because of the swearing used in it. Hennie has received a message that the response was not from the Efteling, but he has not responded to that. The Efteling has stated that if something similar occures where their name is being used, the theme park will take steps against the Customer Service.

    External References


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  • 08/01/15--21:48: Otakon
  • Overview

    Otakon (a portmanteau of Otaku and Convention) is an annual anime convention that takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center located in the Inner Harbor District. It takes place over three days during July/August and first started in 1994 [1]. It is the second largest North American anime convention to date.

    Otakon’s Logo

    Background

    [currently researching]

    The first time of Otakon started on July 29, 1994 to July 31, 1994 in Days Inn Penn State, State College, Pennsylvania. It was organized by Otakorp, Inc.

    Notable Developments

    [currently researching]

    Starting 2014, Otakon created another convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also it was announced in 2013, as of 2017, Otakon would move to Washington D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center [2].

    Notable Memes

    Ice Cold Water Man

    The Ice Cold Water Man is a street vendor who is notable for his slogan, “I got that ice cold water, and it’s only one dollar.” He appears at Otakon throughout the years attempting to sell water.


    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Wikipedia- Otakon

    [2]Anime News Network- Otakon Moving to Washington D.C. in 2017


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  • 08/02/15--08:09: The Ol Razzle Dazzle
  • W.I.P. Feel free to request editorship

    About

    The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (also known by the longer phrase ‘Give Em’ The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’,) is an image macro series highlighting images of various characters that seem to be performing a dance routine. Often the images depict the subject with one of their legs outstretched.

    Origin

    While the term ‘razzle dazzle’ has been coined since the 1950’s, the most likely origin of the meme is from the award-winning 2002 Musical film Chicago (a remake of the 1975 theater musical of the same name,) where a song titled Razzle Dazzle featured bold, flashy dance sequences and the specific lyric “Give em’ the ol’ razzle dazzle,”


    Spread

    W.I.P.

    Various Examples



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – Razzle Dazzle

    [2]The New York Times – Chicago – Cast, Credits, and Awards


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  • 08/03/15--02:47: Who's A Silly Pony?
  • About

    “Who’s A Silly Pony?” is a phrase associated with the character of Applejack from the Hasbro animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, often paired with images of her acting clumsily or making odd faces.

    Origin

    The phrase is taken from media from the first generation[1] of the My Little Pony franchise, made by Hasbro between 1981 and 1992. A compilation of MLP-related songs[2] including one titled “Applejack’s Song”, released as a mail order disc or cassette in the United Kingdom, spawned both the phrase and the music typically associated with it.



    Spread

    The MLP image hosting site Derpibooru has a tag associated with the meme, with other 210 images as of August 2015.[3] DeviantArt returns over 3,400 results when searching for “who’s a silly pony”.[5] The MLP fan works wiki cites it as an example of a meme associated with Applejack.[4] Many examples of the meme consist of a crossover featuring G1 Applejack interacting with G4 Applejack (examples below).



    The original complete song has also been parodied, often in the form of videos consisting of G4 animations coupled with the G1 music (example below).



    Notable Examples




    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]My Little Wiki – Generation 1

    [2]My Little Wiki – Seven Songs and a Story

    [3]Derpibooru – Who’s a silly pony

    [4]MLP Fan Wiki – Memes associated with Applejack

    [5]DeviantArt – who’s a silly pony


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  • 08/03/15--03:04: We Bare Bears
  • About

    We Bare Bears is a Cartoon Network original series created by Daniel Chong and first premiered on Cartoon Network on July 27, 2015. The series is based on Chong’s short-lived webcomic, “The Three Bare Bears”. Before its’ television debut, the eponymous pilot episode premiered at the KLIK! Festival on November 6, 2014. It is the first Cartoon Network show to be based on a webcomic.

    History

    Daniel Chong is a former Pixar and Illumination Entertainment employee who is the creator and executive producer of this series.

    The Three Bare Bears

    Chong created the webcomic, “The Three Bare Bears”, and posted the first page on Blogspot on September 7, 2010.[1] The webcomic was originally a parody of the fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where there were three different species of bears instead. But later pages moved away from the parody and became it’s own original story. Much of the personalities of the bears were left intact in the series but much of the content was toned down for children’s television because the webcomic contained violence, swearing, and alcohol use. Out of all the bears, Panda has the most radical difference because he becomes more a nervous wreck and a romantic in the series.



    We Bare Bears

    “We Bare Bears” premiered on Cartoon Network on July 27, 2015 with two 11-minute episodes, “Our Stuff” and “Viral Video”. The series is much more lighthearted and family-friendly than the webcomic where the art style was cleaned up and the bears given a cuddly and rounder look. The designs of the bears now look straight out of “Adventure Time”, another Cartoon Network show.



    Opening Theme – “We’ll Be There” by Estelle

    The opening theme for the show, titled “We’ll Be There”, was performed by singer Estelle, who is well-known for portraying the character Garnet from the hit Cartoon Network show Steven Universe.



    Reception

    The premiere of “We Bare Bears” was well-received with a little over 2 million viewers in the United States. Before the premiere, reception on the Internet welcomed the show with open arms. The premise of the show was found to be endearing by many and a fanbase developed shortly after it was announced.

    Fandom

    On the Internet, the show is very popular on the website tumblr where hundreds of fan art and images can be found by searching “We Bare Bears”. The subreddit /r/webarebears was created by the user Olfbir on May 10, 2014.[2]

    Relations to Steven Universe

    Much of the show’s popularity comes from Steven Universe fans who were excited for new Cartoon Network shows after the success of that series. As noted above, the opening theme of the show is sung by Estelle, who plays the character Garnet. Chloe Park, a young girl who is a child prodigy that got admitted into college at a young age is voice by Charlene Yi, who also plays the character Ruby. And, the parallels of three main adult characters and a young child were found to be uncanny. The three bears are compared to the Crystal Gems and Chloe is compared to Steven. What’s funnier is the characters are genderswapped.

    Related Memes

    #bearstack

    On June 17, 2015, the Cartoon Network channel on Vine released a short promo titled “#bearstack” which was used to promote the show. Shortly afterwards, the promo went viral and many variations of the stack were made with other characters.



    Chloe Park

    Chloe Park, voiced by Charlene Yi, is a young girl who is a child prodigy that was admitted into college at a young age. She first debuted on the 4th episode, titled “Chloe”. Chloe is a smart, adorable, and socially awkward girl who is uncomfortable talking and interacting with humans, but she enjoys spending time with animals and as a result gets along with the bears and feels more comfortable around them. Before her debut, she was popular on Tumblr but soon after her episode premiered, the reception was very well-received with the episode having the most views so far. Her “adorkable” personality and appearance was found to be very endearing by Internet users and she became widely popular.



    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Blogspot – Goldy & The Three Bare Bears

    [2]Reddit – /r/webarebears

    [3]Wikipedia – We Bare Bears


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  • 08/03/15--04:56: "Нет!" / "No!" Poster
  • About

    Нет! or the No! Poster is a Soviet Russian anti-alcohol propaganda poster depicting a man refusing a shot glass by making a dismissive motion at a hand holding holding it.

    Origin

    The poster was originally made in 1954[1] by a poster artist Viktor Ivanovich Govorkov (1906-1974)[2], as part of an anti-alcohol campaign following Stalin’s death.


    Spread

    [wip]

    Various Examples

    [wip]

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]riowang.blogspot – Just Say Nyet

    [2]redavantgarde.com – Govorkov Viktor Ivanovich

    [3]pointsadhsblog.wordpress – Soivet-Era Temperance

    [4]lurkmore.to – Нет!!

    [5]netlore.ru – Нет!


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  • 08/03/15--14:08: Activist Angie
  • Facebook Comment generated a lot of criticism when suggested activist should stop activism because it’s a distraction from “the cause”. This ignited a storm of meme variations of “Angie” showing up at historical events telling everyone to stop activating because it’s a distraction to the cause. Other memes included attaching known memes to a screenshot of the actual post.


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    About

    The Mission Impossible Theme Song is the signature tune from the Mission Impossible media franchise.

    Origin

    In September 1966, the American television series Mission: Impossible premiered on the CBS network, which featured an original theme song composed by Lalo Schifrin. In 1967, the theme reached the #41 position on the Billboard Hot 100.



    Spread

    In 1996, the Irish rock band U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. composed a remake of the theme for the film Mission: Impossible starring Tom Cruise.



    On December 20th, 2011, the Goldentusk YouTube channel uploaded a parody of the theme, which gathered upwards of 300,000 views and 620 comments in the next four years.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/03/15--20:45: Snoop Dogg Instagram Meme


  • about

    Snoop Dogg Instagram Meme are a series of images posted by Californian rapper Snoop Dogg on social media site,Instagram, with the captions involving the term meme, and asking whether or not the pictures can become “memes”. The images are often posted on cringe threads and act as examples of lack of knowledge of meme culture.

    Origin

    On November 1st, 2014, the rapper posted a selfie to his Instagram[1] with the caption “meme”, followed by more similar selfies with snoop dogg making faces. In February of 2015, Imgur user hashtagyoureit posted an album featuring all the selfies with the caption “meme??” On January 28th, 2015, news site The Berry made an article featuring all of the photos titled “Snoop Dogg really wants to be a meme”.[2]

    Spread

    Although the images had little exposition when they first appeared, they quickly gained popularity in 2015 on sites like Tumblr[3] with multiple photoshops of his face in the selfies on images related to memes.

    Notable Examples


    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/03/15--23:21: North Korea
  • Editor’s Note: Work in progress.


    About

    North Korea is an Asian country which constitutes the northern half of the Korean peninsula. Although the country claims to be a socialist state, it is closer to a totalitarian dictatorship with a notable cult-of-personality around the Kim family of rulers. As international tensions between the country and other nations rose in the 2010s, the country became the subject of many jokes and memes.

    History

    In 1894, the First Sino-Japanese War was fought between China and Japan over rule of Korea, and in 1910 Japan officially took over the Korean peninsula. In 1945, Japan gave up their rule on the peninsula following their loss in World War II and Korea was split into two halves, with the Soviet Union occupying the northern half and the United States occupying the southern. North Korea was officially formed in 1948 with Kim Il-Sung as its leader. In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War and prompting the formation of a demilitarized zone between the two halves. North Korea slowly became more independent following the war. In 1994, Il-Sung died and was replaced by his son Kim Jong-Il. In the 2000s, the country began to involve itself with nuclear technology following the United States’ new consideration of the country as a threat. In 2011, Kim Jong-Il died and was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-Un. In 2013, North Korea attempted to create intercontinental ballistic missiles, which sparked an international crisis.[1]

    Internet Presence

    North Korea’s official presence on the Internet at large is extremely limited, as most of the country’s populus uses an Intranet system named Kwangmyong; most Internet connection in the country is limited to government officials as well as hackers hired by the government. The North Korean government runs the website Uriminzokkiri, which is connected to the government’s Central News Agency.[2] Uriminzokkiri also runs profiles on sites such as YouTube and Twitter.[3][4] Several North Korean websites also exist for, though most are blocked in their home country and are intended for those outside the country.[5]

    Outside of its official Internet presence, many websites are dedicated to North Korea. Some websites, such as 38 North, have the intent of informing about the reclusive country, others approach more niche subjects; the website such as Pyongyang Traffic Girls, for example, focuses on the country’s female traffic conductors.[6][7]

    Notable Memes and Events

    Kim Jong-Il

    Kim Jong-Il was the second leader of North Korea, succeeding his father Kim Il-Sung in 1994 and ruling until his death in 2011. Although he was not as popular a subject of memes as his son Kim Jong-Un, he inspired at least one meme in the form of Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things.

    Kim Jong-Un

    Kim Jong-Un is the third leader of North Korea, coming into power after his father’s death in 2011. Due to his portly appearance and youth, Un has been the subject of various jokes and memes online, which include Hungry Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong-Un Bent Over, and Kim Jong-Un Looking Through Binoculars.

    2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack

    Operation North Korea

    Justin Bieber to North Korea

    Best Korea

    /r/Pyongyang

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – North Korea

    [2]Wikipedia – Internet in North Korea

    [3]YouTube – Uriminzokkiri (Korean)

    [4]Twitter – Uriminzokkiri (Korean)

    [5]North Korea Tech – The North Korean Website List

    [6]38 North

    [7]PyongyangTrafficGirls.com


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  • 08/04/15--02:31: Ipo-chan


  • You better not be watching any porn, dasar mesum~!

    About

    Ipo-chan is a moeanthropomorphized character for the Indonesian web filtering service Internet Positif.

    Origin

    Internet Positif is a web filtering service developed by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics. The service was created for the purpose of blocking certain websites and content that has been deemed inappropriate for users to access and is used by several prominent internet service providers in Indonesia.


    On July 26th, 2015, the Indonesian doujin circle Spring Roll posted 2 drawn images of the humanize version of the service which was given the name “Ipo-chan” on their Facebook page.[1] Ipo-chan’s designed is credited to illustrator Rouzille Erzabalna.

    Seandainya Internet Positif ada versi Gijinkanya :3
    namanya I.Po-chan , hobinya blokir website.
    luarnya kliatan galak, tapi sebenarnya bullyable ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Posted by Spring Roll Circle on 26 Juli 2015


    If Internet Positif had a Gijinka version. Her name is I.Po-chan. Her hobby is blocking websites. She may look intimidating from the outside, but she can be easily bullied.

    According to an interview on Jurnal Otaku,[2] Rouzille explained that the idea behind Ipo-chan has been around for about a year prior to her unveiling. The character was inspired when the Minister of Communication and Informatics who created Internet Positif stepped down from office back in September 30th, 2014.[9] Rouzille later decided to unveil the character after seeing the positive feedback over another gijinka of two Indonesian instant noodle brands that was created by pixiv user Valoreins.[3]


    Ipo-chan prototype design

    Spread

    The popularity of Ipo-chan was picked up by several Indonesian news sites such as Alfido,[4] Duniaku,[5] MetroTV,[6] and Kaori Nusantara.[7] On July 30th, 2015. a thread regarding Ipo-chan was submitted to the Indonesian forum site Kaskus.[8] The thread subsequently gained over 680 posts and 423 shares in less than a week. On July 31st, 2015, Jurnal Otaku published an interview with Ipo-chan creator Rouzille Erzabalna.[2] On August 2nd, 2015, Youtuber Ace Yoen uploaded an MMD video titled “Ipo-chan – Marine Dreamin’” (shown below) which gained over 19.000 views in less than a week.


    Various Examples



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 08/04/15--02:32: Desktop Ponies
  • Pone entry in progress…




    About

    Desktop Ponies refers to both an application and the animated sprites which said application uses. When using the application, the sprites, which are mainly characters from the Hasbro franchise My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP: FiM) roam around the screen, occasionally display a message, and can also provide some sort of interactivity – similar to the desktop agents like Bonzi Buddy and the numerous “Virtual Desktop Girls” which were popular in the Early 2000s.

    Origin

    In April 2011, the fangame “Derpy Delivery” by Grit was uploaded to his now-defunct Hamalonesandwich website, and showcased on fansite Equestria Gaming [1]. The original Derpy sprites from this game [2] would serve as the basis for the sprites of Desktop Ponies. The Desktop Ponies project began on Ponychan’s /collab/ board later that year, before temporarily moving to its own website, and also spawning a DeviantArt [3] group run by the application’s main developers and artists.

    Spread

    As of this writing, the group’s DeviantArt page has over 248,830 pageviews since it was founded on June 23, 2012 and on Ponychan [4] where it began, the people posting about the project managed to fill up 9 threads to their maximum post limit , and are now on their 10th and current thread on the new /fan/ board. Desktop Ponies sprites are released under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license, meaning people cannot charge money or receive it (via donations or voluntary payment) at all in exchange for custom-made Desktop Ponies sprites or anything related to the project.

    Notable Examples

    Browser Ponies

    On May 25, 2012, Desktop Ponies was reimplemented in javascript under the name Browser Ponies [5], allowing web developers to embed Desktop Ponies into any site through the site’s code. On any site (that enables iframes) without the Browser Ponies code, they are still viewable on that page by using a bookmarklet.

    Search Interest


    External References

    [1]Equestria Gaming – Derpy Delivery / Posted on 4-04-2011

    [2]Sprite Database – Derpy Delivery sprites / Posted on 5-29-2011

    [3]DeviantArt – Desktop-Pony-Team / Posted on 6-23-2012

    [4]Ponychan – Old Desktop Ponies threads list / Posted on 11-29-2014

    [5]GitHub – Browser Ponies / Posted on 05-25-2012


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  • 08/04/15--10:24: Sneakerheads
  • About

    Sneakerhead is a proper term to refer to a person who collects or admires sneakers, often to elaborate extremes. Sneakerheads have a large, multifaceted online fandom.

    History

    General sneaker fandom came to popularity along with the general fashion associated with hip hop, but many sources often pinpoint the release of Nike’s first edition of the Air Jordan sneaker, in 1985, as the beginning of sneaker collecting.[1] This shoe was produced originally for Michael Jordan, and when they were released to the public they sold well, and continuing partnerships with athletes and other celebrities has given sneaker culture.[2] In 1986, Run DMC released the song “My Adidas,” an homage to the brand the group favored as part of their regular style, cementing the link between hip hop and sneaker fandom.



    According to Mental Floss, some estimates said that by the early 1990s, one in every 12 people in America owned a pair of Air Jordans. Nike worked hard to release more versions of the shoe so that people could collect different types, and many other brands attempted to imitate Nike’s success by working with celebrities, athletes, and artists to release high-concept, limited edition sneakers.[6]

    Resurgence

    While the term sneakerhead was in occasional use throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it rose to prominence in the early 2000s, when sneaker collecting came back into style and brands began reissuing retro 1980s sneakers. According to a 2004 article in the New York Times, the relaunch of the sneaker trend originated in Lower Manhattan, but was also immediately popular online.[3] An early and popular online forum for sneakerheads was NikeTalk, which was launched in August of 2000, and had over 23,000 users by 2003.[4][5]

    Various editions of various sneakers can fetch thousands of dollars on eBay and other auction sites, and Nike and other brands release limited runs to ensure that collections are high-value. Several times in the history of sneaker collecting, riots have broken out at shops set to sell rare or limited edition sneakers; often a new shoe release can inspire fans to camp out overnight outside of stores set to have it for sale, like Supreme in New York City, which is well known for carrying the newest, most desirable rare sneakers.[6][7]

    Online Presence

    Sneakerheads have a variety of websites where they trade news about sneakers, including (in order of member size) Sole Collector (over 402,000 members), SneakerFreaker (over 211,000 members), NikeTalk (over 130,000 members), and the Hypebeast sneaker section. Forums remain an active way to communicate, where news and shoes are often discussed and traded. In addition, many hip hop and basketball news sites have a tag or section for sneaker news.[10]

    Sneakerheads also maintain a presence on other social media sites, forming closed groups on Facebook, often centralized around a specific locality, for discussion and trading; many of the groups in larger metropolitan areas have thousands of members.[8] The subreddit /r/sneakers has over 53,000 readers, and other subreddits, including /r/kicksmarket and /r/sneakerdeals, specifically for buying and selling, have several thousand more readers.[9] Popular sneaker-themed Tumblrs include kicksoncards, airville, and kickzzondeck, but there are hundreds of different tumblrs devoted to sneaker collecting or exhibiting personal collections.[11][12][13]

    Sneaker Collecting in Popular Culture

    Sneakers have had a long-standing influence on hip hop fashion and music, with many songs explicitly devoted to the love of shoes, often in overlap with basketball fandom. Many celebrity basketball players and hip hop artists have created custom shoes named after them, notably the Air Yeezy, which was created in partnership with Kanye West, and the Air Jordan 10 OVO with Drake. In addition, there have been several exhibitions of sneakers as art objects, including “White Dunk: Evolution of an Icon,” a show devoted to artist takes on the Nike Dunk shoe, which toured to Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles, in 2004,[14] and “The Rise of Sneaker Culture”, a historical retrospective shown at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015.[15]



    Sneaker Fetish

    Sneaker-wearing women have inspired a fetish, often referred to as “Chicks in Kicks” or “Girls in Kicks.” The fetish usually features a scantily-clad or nude woman wearing collectible sneakers. These photos are shared online via the subreddit /r/sneakersgonewild[16] or with the hashtag “#ChicksinKicks.”[17] It is not to be confused with the #SneakerGirls hashtag, which is often just female sneakerheads exhibiting their sneaker collections.[18]

    Related Memes

    What Are Those?

    What Are Those? is a video remix and parody series stemming from a short clip of a man loudly asking a police officer “What are those?” while panning to his black work boots. The phrase is a reference to a manner of disrespect for a sneakerhead.



    Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz

    Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz, sometimes referred to as “Tiptoeing in My Jordans,” is a 2014 hip hop song written and performed by Houston, Texas rapper Riff Raff. On Vine, the titular chorus of the song inspired a series of video clips in which people or animals are shown literally dancing on their tip toes.



    Search Interest



    External References


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  • 08/04/15--13:33: HitchBOT
  • About

    HitchBOT was a non-ambulatory talking robot designed to make a cross-continental trip across Canada entirely by hitchhiking through a relay of road trips. After beginning its maiden journey in July 2014, the robot completed its original mission within a month and continued to travel across parts of Europe and the United States, sending geolocational information from various places en route. In August 2015, the robot was destroyed by unknown vandals in Philadelphia during its cross-continental across the United States.

    History

    In 2014, Canadian professors Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University and David Harris Smith of McMaster University created HitchBOT as a social experiment to see if the immobile robot could complete a cross-country journey by hitchhiking. Despite its barebone appearance of a cartoon-like robot, HitchBot was equipped with a camera, GPS device and 3G connection to chronicle its journey online in real time, as well as solar panels and a cigarette lighter socket for power sources. In addition, the robot could carry on basic conversation and provide "Wikipedia ":/memes/wikipedia facts to serve as a traveling companion while in vehicle with a driver.

    Milestones

    • On July 27th, 2014, HitchBOT embarked on its first cross-country journey across Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia; the robot successfully completed its trip in 25 days, arriving at its destination on August 21st.
    • In February 2015, HitchBot made its first intercontinental journey to Europe, traveling for days by hitchhiking in the Netherlands and Germany.
    • On July 17th, 2015, HitchBOT began its cross-country journey across America from Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California. On August 1st, the trip came to an abrupt end after the robot was found maimed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Online Presence

    On April 29th, 2014, the website HitchBOT.me[3] was launched, which contains information about the robot, blog posts, news articles and a media gallery. In June 2014, a HitchBOT Instagram[6] feed and Facebook[2] page were launched, which gathered upwards of 25,400 followers and 105,000 likes in the next two years.

    Destruction

    On August 1st, 2015, Twitter user @AndreaWBZ[7] posted a photograph of a destroyed HitchBOT on the ground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (shown below). In the first 72 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 500 retweets and 200 favorites.



    Surveillance Camera Hoax

    On August 3rd, 2015, YouTuber YNGKillers uploaded a video titled “HitchBoy Surveillance Video,” purportedly showing surveillance camera footage of the robot being destroyed by a man while being obscured behind a garbage can (shown below). That day, the tech news blog Gizmodo[4] published an article titled “Here’s Video of the Jerk Who Killed HitchBOT.”



    On August 4th, Gizmodo[5] reported that the video was likely faked by YouTube pranksters Jesse Wellens and Ed Bassmaster, due to the lack of surveillance cameras at the filming location. While the article speculating the video was a fake, it noted that it was unclear whether the robot had actually been destroyed.

    Social Media Presence

    In June 2014, a HitchBOT Instagram[6] feed and Facebook[2] page were launched, which gathered upwards of 25,400 followers and 105,000 likes in the next two years.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Wikipedia – HitchBOT

    [2]Facebook – HitchBOT

    [3]HitchBOT.me – HitchBOT

    [4]Gizmodo – Heres Video of the Jerk Who Killed HitchBOT

    [5]Gizmodo – Vloggers Faked a Surveillance Video

    [6]Instagram – hitchbot

    [7]Twitter – @AndreaWBZ


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  • 08/04/15--16:12: Sad Satan
  • About

    Sad Satan is a deep web horror game featuring distorted music and audio. It has been called the creepiest game of all time and is played by many lets-players.

    Origin

    The date of when the game was made is unknown but the first lets play of the game was on Jun 25, 2015 by a YouTube channel called[1]Obscure Horror Corner. the channel is ran by a user named Jamie. He played the game after a anonymous viewer of his was checking the deep web and found the game. The game was talked about on the website [2]Kotaku on Jul 1 2015 by a user named Patricia Hernandez who said that the internet is a vast, unknowable place. The parts you and I interact with on a daily basis are a very small sliver of what’s actually floating around out there. The web can go deep, and it can get dark. In the deep corners of the internet, a video is said to game exist. It’s called “Sad Satan,” and it’s a horror game unlike any other I’ve come across.



    Spread

    On Jul 4 2015 Popular YouTuber [3]DrossRotzank did a discussion of Sad Satan on the Deep web the video has 2,000,000 views as of August 2015 and has become the most popular video that is related to Sad Satan



    Sad Satan was featured in a YouTube video called Top 15 Disturbing REAL Deep Web Sites on July 30 2015. The video was made by YouTube channnel [4]Top15s. The game ranked the 15th spot. The video has 120,000 views as of August 2015



    Gameplay

    The games title screen does not show the name of the game at the top of the screen all it says is Game title and plays the song [5]I Love Bejing Tianamenn reversed and has a distorted image in the backround.



    The game starts in a dark hallway walking forward, it’s hard to make out what’s waiting for you in the distance. The only thing you can hear is your footsteps, one after the other, acting as a reminder that something tangible exists within these shadows. The walking continues for a while. It almost seems as if they are walking in place, eventually, the player does get closer to the flickering light. This is where the strange, muffled sounds start. The voices turn into a growl. The player simply keeps walking forward. Eventually, the character finds themselves in the initial hallway once more, only this time, it’s corrupted, unstable. A yellow line flashes on the ground every few seconds. One of the creepiest part of the game is that notepad files constantly open saying 666



    Search Interest

    External refrences

    [1]YouTube – Obscure Horror Corner

    [2]Kotaku – Kotaku

    [3]YouTube – DrossRotzank

    [4]YouTube – Top15s.

    [5]YouTube – I Love Bejing Tianamenn


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