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This is the latest video from 2Cellos, released last week. It is getting one million views per day.
2CELLOS is a duo of young Croatian cellists. More from their Facebook page:
“Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. Their unique cello version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. Within only a week, this YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.”
I wrote about their “Smooth Criminal” video when it first came out. Glad to see their popularity growing.
How is this not like “Shouting fire in a crowded theater”?
In case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the story: A “funnyman” tricks a US Olympic athlete into tweeting a fake video purporting to show a wolf on the loose in the athlete’s hotel in Sochi. The funnyman’s network (ABC) knows about the plan, but keeps mum. The story goes viral, as other legit news networks (NBC, CNN) report it as true. The funnyman goes “Sike!” ABC goes:”It is a piece of comedy.” Ha-ha!
Not everyone’s laughing. Said Lou Ferrara, Associated Press vice president and managing editor overseeing Olympics coverage:
“It wasn’t just that it was a potentially viral video. The news was that security may have been breached where the athletes stay. How did a wolf get into a place that was supposedly fortified? Was there a hole in the fence? Were there other weaknesses? How did it get past the guards? Was it even a wolf? These were all legitimate questions in the context of what has been reported about Sochi.”
In my opinion this “prank” goes well beyond stupid and irresponsible, into malicious and probably criminal. Confession: I am a little angrier than usual because I thought the story was true and shared it on social media as such. I am also no fan of ABC’s for other reasons.
Here’s the video:
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Oblivious A.T.’s potpourri of impressions from Super Bowl XLVIII
I only watch one football game per year. Apparently it’s illegal to call it Super Bowl any more, but I don’t care. Super Bowl Super Bowl Super Bowl Super Bowl. SuperBowl. #superbowl. (hi, AK47!)
So, without further adieu (joke!), here are some impressions:
- The TV image is crisper than I ever remember seeing it (on the same set).
- Why are the Broncos orange? Orange is reserved for Florida, or — in extreme circumstances — Georgia. The Broncos are white (remember OJ?). I kept getting confused throughout the game.
- Ronan Farrow is live-tweeting the show, as he did the Grammys two weeks ago. One of many parallels between the two spectacles. Other: Bulgarian-Canadian Nina Dobrev is there, as are Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell, Michael Douglas, etc.
- I don’t understand the game.
- GoDaddy commercial: Superimposing Danica Patrick’s face on a bodybuilder’s torso is grotesque. I get it: This year the males are the meat, the female is a business owner. Nice try, still disgusting.
- Bruno Mars and the Chili Peppers slay the half-time show.
- Bob Dylan appears in an artsy vintagey commercial for an Italian car manufacturer. The times, they are-a-changing. Fo sho.
- A Belgian brewing conglomerate panders to the US military. Anything for a buck.
- Maserati reminds me that I need one of their cars.
- Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney’s wife — always classy — looks younger and prettier every time I see her.
- By comparison, Michael Douglas looks like he has aged ten years in two weeks. How did he get so old in the two weeks since the Grammys?
- The Broncos won. Or maybe it was Seattle. The white team won. Good for them. I feel genuinely happy for the coach, who looks like a genuinely nice guy.
- OK, new Sherlock at 9:58. Switching to 13.
I borrowed the title for this post from my friend Brian Timoney.
I just got served this banner ad on a website I visit several times a day. Clearly, my privacy is in danger.
[UPDATE January 27, 2014] You can buy Lorde’s album Pure Heroine
(featuring the Grammy-winning song “Royals”) from Amazon.
Everybody will be talking about Lorde tomorrow, so let me get ahead of the pack and predict that Lorde will win a Grammy tonight with “Royals” — for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, or both. (Here is the full list of 2014 Grammy nominations.)
Below is the original “Royals” video. The subsequently-released US version removed the tennis court scenes in the end, for some strange reason.
What do you get when you cross Miley Cyrus with Beyoncé? You get 17-year-old Marrialle Sellars, who dominated the Detroit auditions of American Idol Season XIII, and — according to this observer — already won the competition.
See Marrialle’s audition, performing Grenade by Bruno Mars:
Windows Phone is not dead. The maps below show the countries where Windows Phone outsells the iPhone. Those countries are: Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The top map is a static (image) map; the bottom map is interactive. Data source: Forbes. Maps by me.
“If you are very very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you are very very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.” –John Cleese, paraphrasing Cornell University professor David Dunning, after whom the Dunning–Kruger effect is named.