Clint Eastwood in Mime Form
- Blog Post by: James Lileks
- December 12, 2012 - 12:12 PM
Let's see if I can time this so the date stamp is 12:12 12/12/12.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Updated Seinfeld Twitter feed has “gone viral.”
@seinfeldtoday, a new Twitter feed that imagines what Seinfeld episodes might be like if the '90s sitcom were still on the the air, sprang up two days ago and already has more than 122,00 followers.
The feed features haiku-like descriptions of potential new episodes set in today's world of the Internet and Twitter.
For example, a recent tweet: "Jerry discovers Newman is secretly an Internet famous fan fiction writer. George gets aroused reading 50 Shades of Grey, questions self."
There was movement! I was more interested in a story in the sidebar: Jerry Seinfeld Defends Use of the Word 'Really' in Angry Letter to New York Times Critic Really? Really? Really.
REALITY Local man writes run-on sentence, because of reasons:
In a lawsuit that threatens to throw back the door on Storage Wars and reveal all the unbelievable things that just happen to be hidden there totally by coincidence, a former cast member of the A&E show has sued its producers and the network, alleging that it is nothing but a staged "fraud on the public." David Hester—a frequent purchaser of abandoned storage units known on the show as "The Mogul," because of irony—has claimed that A&E "regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia" inside the storage lockers that he and other cast members bid on, such as a BMW Mini and "newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley's death" that are really valuable, we guess.
Really? As long as “Hoarders” is real, my world remains intact.
In related entertainment news: If you're getting tweets that says Gandalf has cancer, his agent says no.
INTERNET It only took 42 hours before Ikea Monkey was mashed with Ruined Icon. Obvious, yes, but well done.
And speaking of the lady we know as the Fresco Ruiner: she’s selling her own work on eBay now. Like this.
TECH This story popped up in my Zite feed for “Minneapolis,” which always tosses out the oddest things. This is either your idea of an interesting interactive opportunity, or hell: Nibletz reports on a local photo-tagging social-network / floor polish / dessert topping app, Peerparazzi.
Peerparazzi says they provide an exciting new picture taking and social experience. Everything in the photo can be tagged, the people, places and things. Tagging photos within Peerparazzi allows you to automatically send the photos to the people that are in them. On the business side, businesses can claim themselves in photos so that tags become interactive. A tag for a Wendy’s or McDonald’s could send a user to an interactive promotion. A tag for a shopping mall could send out a daily deal. A tag for a museum could send a user to a website. Peerparazzi founder Damen Johnson believes that people are more likely to interact with product photos shot by their friends and family rather than just regular advertising.
Maybe I’m just thick and old, but I don’t get the point. There’s a link to the angellist site where people put up ideas and wave their hands, hoping investors notice. The description:
With Peerparazzi we create a fun interactive way to get your picture taken. You check into a location like foursquare and take pictures like instagram. The unique thing about it is you take pictures for others checked into the location and have your picture taken by them. You earn points that go towards your social celebrity status. All of your activities and tags within your photos can become ads for the locations and businesses once they set up an account and claim their locations and tags.
Good luck to them; I'm sure there's an audience. Personally, I think: Why? For God’s sake, why? Granted, I’m not the target market here, because I’ve never checked in to Fours quare for anything, although the service is useful for identifying people you want to unfollow on Twitter. Oh who’s the mayor of the Lake Harriet Bandshell Ice Cream Stand? You are? What sort of Borgia-like political strife went on behind the scenes to elevate you to that lordly position? I use the most basic tags imaginable on my own Instagram photos, because I really don’t care if they come up in a search for old rusty neon signs don’t even tag my own computer files, because my own filing system is so obvious, clean, and logical, that I’m never more than four or five folder clicks away from what I need. Unless it’s a pdf of the dog’s rabies vaccination record from 2002. That stuff’s on CDs in the basement. (Numbered, arranged chronologically on a spindle.)
But! If you want to add tags and help businesses and get ads and think that this increases your social celebrity status, to use a phrase that sums up everything annoying with contemporary culture, go ahead. This app had better include filters, though. Everything needs filters. Twitter just added filters to their own picture-posting features, lest any shot of a heart drawn in coffee foam NOT look like a faded Instamatic shot from 1973.
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