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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Linkfest - Happy July 4th

Happy July the 4th! This week's link fest remains politics free with links to an amusing Star Wars parody music video, Atari's 40th, Snorkisms, YouTube 301 views, and SDCC schedule.

RIP Andy Griffith
An icon died today as Andy Griffith died at the age of 86. For your parents’ generation he was known as the town sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show. For me, I grew up on him as defense attorney Matlock. His 60+ year long career included movies, specials, radio, and a whole lot more. Condolences to his family.

The Star Wars That I Used To Know
Take the Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" music video, and some Star Trek fan frustration and here is the result. Pure gold, if only to hear "George Lucas" sings his response to the complaints.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Schedule
Hit the link to view the full schedule for the five day event that starts next Wednesday. The SDCC is the biggest con of the year as the studios show with the famous people to promote their slate of movies and television shows. Hopefully video from the more interesting panels will pop up online. A summary of the TV and movie panels is here.

Happy 40th Atari
Hit the link to read up on the creation of Atari, the company that single handedly created the video game market we all enjoy. Sure games were around before then but Atari proved that there was a viable market with creating games to play at home on a console.

The Amazing Spider-Man Super Preview
Hit the link to view 25 minutes from The Amazing Spider-Man, TV spot, clips, behind the scenes stuff and more.

Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night via Dominoes
A cool video that re-creates Starry Night via 7000 dominos and 11 hours to build.

Why Does YouTube Videos Freeze at 301 Views?
Hit the video below for an explanation on why videos tend to freeze at 301 views for a half day or so. While the reason behind to 01 is based on a programming decision, the 300 part is apparently an arbitrary number that was chosen as the point in which error checking is done to verify that the first 300 views were legit. At the time probably a good idea but in this day where a video can get millions of views (and in some cases suspected many are fake), it seems that error checking no longer serves a purpose.

If you are a fan of Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60, etc.), this is an amusing video. It takes some of his writing habits and strings them together to reveal just how often to repeats himself in various characters and situations. This might prove particularly amusing while watching his latest show, Newsroom.

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