School’s out Friday

Where have I been? Why has this been available on YouTube for 7 months and I have remained ignorant of its existence?

My daughter said I’ve been living under a rock, and she just may be right. Trying to keep abreast of all that’s new means you sometimes miss the lighter side of life. I tripped over Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battles on YouTube and fell in love with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s rendition of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Bass‘.  He is far more entertaining! You’ll have to venture 8 minutes in to see him Lip Sync ‘Super Bass’ but the rest of the battle is worth watching anyway. Stephen Merchant holds his own with ‘Boom! Shake the room’. Do watch.

Emma Stone went into battle with Jimmy three days ago and they’ve already scored over 11 million hits on YouTube. I’m still incredulous when I hear people say they have never visited YouTube. If you’re a teacher and don’t realise that YouTube is the television of your students’ generation then you’re the one living under a rock.

Have a great weekend. Lip sync to your favourite song in the car. You may entertain a fellow traveller at the lights. 🙂



School’s out Friday

OK. I am prepared to admit right here, right now, that I was 19 years old in 1984 when the original Footloose movie was released, and that might have something to do with why I find this Jimmy Fallon segment so appealing. If you’re from my era, I’m sure you’ll find it appealing too, and if you’re not from my era, I’m laying odds that you’re going to enjoy it even if you don’t know the context it is derived from.

And to help you with the context, here was something that was prepared a little earlier, in 1984 to be exact. The final scene from the original Footloose movie, where Kevin Bacon  shakes up the dance floor with his smooth moves. Compare it to the Jimmy Fallon segment, and you’ll see that Kevin hasn’t let 30 years affect him too greatly. I’d like to say that I can still shake up the dance floor like I did 30 years ago, but I don’t get all that many opportunities to test that theory out. Unless, of course,  you count dancing in my kitchen without an audience as proof of concept. I can lay testament to the fact that I’ve kept up with the times and could give Beyonce a run for her money, but I think my kids (who sometimes are my unwilling audience) would contest this.

Enjoy your weekend. Find a dance floor and shake your booty – even if it’s in your kitchen. The world needs dancers. 😉

School’s out Friday

Now, if you’re not a Twitter/Facebook/Instagram or any other social network user you might not have any clue what Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are going on about in the video above. If you do use a social network where hashtags are a common form of curating ideas around a theme or conference experience, or expressing an opinion or statement about how you’re feeling, then you’ll be smiling and possibly laughing along as you watch.

The hashtag is an artform in itself. Don’t use it, and you may struggle to find the tweets you’ve shared, overuse it, and what you tweet is in danger of being lost in a form of hashtag hell. New York magazine has identified seven kinds of hashtag abusers, and the first on their list is the kind that I think delivers you into hashtag hell. Here’s their description;

1. The Hashtag Stuffer

The most common form of hashtag abuse. The Stuffer is incapable of simply sharing a photo of his July Fourth fireworks; he festoons it with #firework #fireworks #july4th #July4 #pretty #boom! #red #white #blue #1776bitches! (Not an exaggeration. A quick search of #fireworks took me here.) Sometimes #he hashtags random #words in sentences.

So, lesson for you all out there. Avoid at all costs the temptation to become the Hashtag Stuffer. Your tweets will become those that are passed over in the stream, avoided at all costs because you can’t see the words for the invasion of hashtags polluting them.

Enjoy your weekend. Grand Final day here in Melbourne tomorrow, and my team are contenders. Go Hawks! 🙂