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Friday Frivolity – Airtoons

airtoons.jpgI don’t fly a lot, but I fly enough to get a kick out of these Airtoons. Enjoy the dozens of pictures on this section of Friday Frivolity.

From the website:

    What Are “Airtoons” Anyway?
    Parodied airline safety cards! During my college days back in ’99 I was on a flight somewhere when I realized that the safety instructions in front of me had no captions. I thought to myself, “why is that guy’s life jacket dispensing red licorice?!” So I decided to add some captions to the emergency evacuation instruction placards that everyone who flies the friendly skies is familiar with. I showed them to my pals, and they suggested that I build a site housing the silly plane crash pictures. So I did!

By the way, Mitch Joel on SPOS #41 asked for crazy travel stories. Send yours in mp3 to him at mitch@twistimage.com or call +1 206-666-6056. Or visit Shel’s Road Weary blog to commiserate.

Friday Frivolity – Galaticast, geek parodies

galacticastMet these great folks at Podcamp last weekend. So of course, I had to check out their shows. Visit Galaticast.com for hilarious parodies of the geek world. From the website:

Background: GALACTICAST is a weekly comedy show parodying all the worlds of geek-dom. From their apartment studio, Casey McKinnon and Rudy Jahchan (along with the other Galacticast players) mash-up their love of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, and video-games to bring you hilarious sketches every Monday morning.

My favorites so far are Galacticut and Survivor: Dune. That last one actually makes me laugh just thinking about it. Subscribe, sponsor and enjoy. Something to take the edge of Monday…

Forward Meet-up

Well, after faking a geek dinner with some of my PR heroes, I finally had the opportunity to really meet some of my PR folk face-to-face this past weekend. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. WAY more.

In what turned out to be the best Forward meet-up in Ohio this year, Erin Caldwell, managing editor; Paull Young, director of the Forward Podcast; and I, principal contributor, got together to discuss the state and future of young PR professionals; share some great dinners; and enjoy each other’s company. Forward, of course, is the on-line springboard for up and coming young PR professionals. Paull stopped by on his way back from Canada and Erin made the journey direct from DC. My ever-patient wife and I hosted the Forward meet up.

We spent some time wandering aimlessly through the rolling eastern Ohio landscape surrounded by horses, buggies, and our own voiced ruminations.

It was a great moment of social media flexing the social aspect of its name. Real people with real relationships from places in the world real far away meeting face-to-face to discuss the things that brought them together in the first place. No one knows this better in this space than Paull.

If you’ve not had your first meet-up with on-line faces, it’s all true what they say. You feel right at home. Of course, I was at home, but you know what I mean.

After a fresh change of batteries, the three of us recorded hours and hours of audio of our groundbreaking, intellectual discussion that was only interrupted by the sound of my wife pointing out that we’d been talking into the TV remote for three days. As it was too late to record any more, I dropped them off at the airport.

Thanks for the visit, Forward team, next time we’ll try to choose our recorders more carefully. Enjoyed every second. Peace.

Friday Frivolity – Aussie Humour

As many of you know, Paull Young is on his world blogging tour. Having been all over the east coast, he’s now in Canada enjoying some of that fine Celcius weather. Not to worry, he informed me that he had the proper winter sandels on, so he’ll be fine.

I’m thrilled to announce that Paull and I are going to meet-up today in an undisclosed location, share stories, have a few beers, and probably do something stupid.

In honor of my inevitable and real meet-up, I’ve found a website about everything Australian that I’ve enjoyed reading over the last few days. It’s called Convict Creations: The hidden story of Australia’s missing links (no comment from me) and I just stumbled upon it one day. I have no idea if it’s accurate, I’ll have to ask Paull, but I’m certain that at least some of it is. Either way, it’s brilliant and I’ve enjoyed the information.

This website is huge, and you can get quite lost in it. It’s fun, though, and I’d be interested in knowing others opinions on it. I, personally, have a “thing” for emus.

I’d like to leave you with a few quotes out of the Austrialian Humour page.

  • It is proper to refer to your best friend as “a total bastard”. By contrast, your worst enemy is “a bit of a bastard.”
  • Historians believe the widespread use of the word “mate” can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or “mateship”. Alternatively, we may all just be really hopeless with names.
  • If it can’t be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, it’s not worth fixing.
  • If there’s any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you’d be a mug not to go.
  • If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine, but then spend all night drinking the host’s beer. Don’t worry, he’ll have catered for it.
  • When tipping in a restaurant, we add 10 per cent, and then round down to the nearest large-denomination note. Yet, miraculously, we still believe we’ve tipped 10 per cent.

Friday Frivolity – Star Wars parody

So I’m revealing a little of my inner geek today, but I couldn’t help it. Occasionally, you can stumble upon something on YouTube that strikes the funny bone in a way that surprises even you.

I’m a child of the 70s and 80s, so Star Wars is a big part of my life, and, well, my name is Luke. Do you know how many people I meet actually say to my face (heavy breathing) “Luke, I’m not your father” and then laugh like ninnies? 60% of them, I swear.

Anyway, here’s a little Star Wars clip from [adult swim], work-safe, but definitely geek revealing. Hilarious, though. Enjoy.

Feed readers can click here to get the vid.

Update: I love it when a Friday Frivolity actually produces useful news. Speaking of YouTube, Podzinger just announced that it now searches audio of YouTube videos. From the Podzinger blog:

“YouTube has garnered a huge amount of press and interest over the past year. Its reputation as a grass roots online forum for sharing is cemented by it being the driving force behind Time Magazine’s choice to name the online generated content user/owner as their Person of The Year. Now with this new PodZinger feature, you can access and search YouTube material allowing for more specific search of their user generated content. Now besides simply searching on the metadata of the video files, you can search for terms that are actually mentioned inside the audio, allowing for a greater likelihood you will find relevant material. We’re also automatically organizing the videos into channels based on the actual content of the video. Today you can narrow your search within entertainment, sports, and anime. And we’ll continue to add more.”

This is huge. If you’re not aware of Podzinger, you need to be as it’s a revolutionary product that allows you to search audio and video. I’ve used it quite a bit, and it’s not perfect, but it’s getting better and it’s a fantastic start to searchable audio.  Thanks to FIR for pointing me to this news. For more information about Podzinger, check out the site or this FIR interview or Managing the Gray interview.

Friday Frivolity – The Perfect Gifts

Tired of searching for that perfect gift this holiday season for that one special person who has everything? Me too. I mean, my wife already has me – what else could she want?

Perhaps she’ll want an action figure of her own awesome self. Boing Boing points me to some great holiday gift ideas including this make your own action figure. There’s even an update from a reader suggesting where you can get your own! Other gifts include this naughty tech gift and this…uh, thing.

Go out and get yours today!

Friday Frivolity – Vote for Turkey of the Year

I got a note from Beth Farrell, former OPR co-blogger who sent along this note.

In celebration of Turkey Day aka Thanksgiving, vote for the biggest turkey of the year. Click on the link below or click here http://www.party411.com/thanksgiving-turkey.html . Thank you!

Beth

After months of exhaustive research, Party411.com has narrowed the list down to 11 very qualified candidates for TURKEY OF THE YEAR.

Each nominee for Turkey of the Year was selected based on his or her moral character, revolutionary ideals, intelligence or overall contribution to society – or lack thereof.

All nominees were advised earlier this morning of their nomination, the following is what each had to say:

George W. Bush

“I’d like to thank Texas and my wife Lydia, um Linda, um Laura. Hee hee hee.”

Dick Cheney

“In my defense, Whittington does kind of resemble a pheasant!”

Kim Jong Il

“I’m not afraid of the U.S. I’m not afraid of the U.N. I have a Nuke.”

Hugo Chavez

“Bush es el Diablo!”

John Kerry

A democratic spokesman advised us that the party has asked Mr. Kerry to refrain from speaking to anyone, ever again, for as long as he lives.

Mel Gibson

“They started every war. They killed all the dodos. And they’ll be the reason the moon crashes into the Earth and kills us all.”

Paris Hilton

“Could someone turn out the lights?”

Terrell Owens

“There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘TO’ in touchdown.”

Tom Cruise

“Katie is my anti-depressant.”

Britney Spears

“Kevin, you drive me craaaaaazy, so bye bye bye.”

Ken Lay

Mr. Lay could not be reached for comment because he was buried with Enron’s money.

Vote for your favorite HERE. Each vote is an automatic entry to win a free life-size cutout, either of a Turkey of the Year nominee or other celebrity. Twelve cutouts will be given out in all.

Disclaimer: Beth is engaged in some sort of “work” for Party411.

A Virtual PR Geek Dinner

Update: I made New PR ! Thanks, Constantin.

Well, I had this crazy idea. And like a fool I acted on it. I couldn’t help it. It was driving me crazy. I had to let it out.

Since I’m in Ohio and jealous of all the geek dinners and social media events, I made one up. Yes, I fabricated a geek dinner with some influential PR podcasters and me at a bar.

And well, sure, I took a few creative liberties. But only at the expense of other people, see. Deep down, I’m sure they truly appreciate the attention.

Special thanks to the guys at Inside PR (Terry and David) and For Immediate Release (Shel, Neville) for being good sports about this (I hope). Special guest appearance by Paullscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It comes in at 11:10, and my testers enjoyed it. I hope you do to.

Link straight to the mp3 here.

Friday Frivolity – Pie Charts

From Boing Boing.pacman.jpg

Friday Frivolity

Still one of my favorites. Ask a Ninja explains podcasting.

Check out the podcast blog and subscribe via iTunes or your favorite podcatcher for a good laugh now and then.