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Merry Christmas from the Kinchlea Kitties

Kitteh Krizmiss

Halle and Celine love their new sweaters.

This year made me a cat person.

Now I’m a LOLcat person.

May God have mercy on my soul.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm, filed under Humour, Internet and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

A Little Christmas Cheer

Here’s one of my favourite versions of the Christmas story:

1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

– Revelations 12

Merry Christmas!

WK

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Jumping the gun on the Old Spice Guy

Full disclosure: I’ve used Old Spice After Hours deodorant for 5 years and counting.

Today I read an article by the Yahoo! TV Blog that it looks like the Old Spice Guy campaign was flop because sales seem to be down 7%. This is farcical. Why?

Because the crux of the campaign was last week.

Since the campaign began in February with the Super Bowl Commercial, there have been 3 new commercials. These commercials are aimed primarily to older women, hence hunky Isaiah Mustafa. (Actually, I would argue that the mustache commercial, which I’ve only seen on the YouTubes, is directed at hipster dudes.) These are the part of the campaign that the numbers are tied to. The blog Jezebel has a few reasons why they think the commercials didn’t work, and I would primarily agree with their points.

HOWEVER, like I said, these aren’t the main course – these were the appetizers for what happened the week everything changed. As of this post, the channel’s upload views are at 109,694,136. let’s cut out 12.2 million from that number and you are getting close to what happened last week. That’s an obscene number to rack up in 7-odd days.

On top of that, let’s all think about the fact that bodywash, deodorant and aftershave are not chocolate bars – you don’t buy them everyday. I would wait a few weeks to let people run out of Old Spice’s competitor products before we assign failure to a huge social media breakthrough campaign.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on July 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Lady Gaga killed the Video Star

Lady Gaga is changing pop music and culture.

When she appeared in the mainstream with The Fame back in 2008, I thought she was just another weirdo who got all flashy for the camera, hot on the heels of every other neo-glam 80’s excess kickback artist that was (and is to some extent) dominating the charts. Her songs were catchy, somewhat crude, but ultimately forgettable. Her music videos were also somewhat weird, but understandable and fairly common fare.

Paparazzi changed that.

Paparazzi was a video that was raw, disturbing, and full of a fairly subversive narrative. Gaga then took this narrative to the stage at the MTV Music Awards where copious amounts of fake blood were on stage at its finale. It was gross and provocative, and Gaga had found an empty niche left by Manson and the Shock Rock of the late 90s.

Then The Fame Monster came out.

Bad Romance, followed by Telephone and now Alejandro, are showing a progression into the various themes of abuse, power, prostitution, and taboos that are now really getting people’s attention. Everyone’s locked in to what is being shown in these videos (734,586,919 views on Youtube as of writing).

Looking back, it’s hard not to see a master plan here. With The Fame, her first videos seem like forays into pop star tropes that saturate the industry. These are capped by what is almost surely the most disturbing paparazzi trope video/song ever created. A song that made everyone turn their heads. It is at this point that things get subversive. Gaga’s latest over-sexed, violent, profane, and nearly unintelligible music videos seem to be revealing a dark and twisted world under the pristine guise of pop music. She’s changing and reforming the industry by pushing it to its limits. And to some extent, this is a good thing.

Lady Gaga a good thing? Let’s set a little straight first. The music itself isn’t really different from anyone else. Her music videos are not appropriate for children, but neither has anything anyone else has done in the past 10 years very appropriate either. The difference is that Gaga is not pulling any punches on any level, making everyone uncomfortable. Because we were sucked into The Fame, The Fame Monster has got us. That monster is feeding on us, dragging us into a world where Madonna and Marilyn Manson had a kid named Gaga. Too much sex, too much violence – something has got to give, and soon.

When will that be? Where is rock-bottom? I don’t know. I’m looking forward to it, though, because when you hit the bottom, the only thing to do is go back up.

I want to see some light in a pop music video again.Go go gadget gaga!

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This entry was written by Will, posted on June 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm, filed under Culture, Music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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