'Humor' Category

Rise of the Clones – Flappy Bird Breeds Everything From Flappy Wings to Flappy Schappelle!

Posted by Dale Carr on March 26th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

One month after Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen took his global sensation off the app store over 1000 clones have copied him. The app store has been inundated with replicas and clones of the app which has changed the face of mobile gaming.
We haven’t seen anything like this for quite some time. Clones and exact replicas of Flappy Bird have now taken over the app store with apps like Flappy Wings, Flappy Rainbow, Flappy Star, Falling Bird –Son of Flappy and even Flappy Schapelle making the app stores top 100.
It would appear that Dong Nguyen – the creator of Flappy Bird wasn’t motivated to do a copyright claim as so many people have ripped him off. All the Flappy Bird clones out there are using Dongs exact design, mechanics and overall idea of Flappy Bird.
Important to note that although Dong didn’t register his copyright, he still has copyright protection in Australia and other countries. Many of these app companies are in breach. We will be following the story to see how it transpires and report as more news becomes available.
Dong is still earning over $50,000... Read more

GDC 2014: Reflections and Ruminations

Posted by Neal Leavitt on March 25th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

So another Game Developers Conference (GDC) has come and gone – 400 panels, roundtable discussions, lectures, tutorials, 350 exhibitors, 20,000+ attendees. Seems like every gaming publication and industry analyst swooned and fawned over Project Morpheus, Oculus Rift, Valve’s Steam Controller and how virtual reality in general is poised to take over the gaming universe.
What was also interesting, however, were the findings of a survey conducted before GDC opened its doors for the 28th time last week, a few emerging gaming industry trends, and one rather dopey game that even its developer said “is a small, broken and stupid game” – yet has now garnered literally millions of views.
The second State of the Industry GDC survey polled more than 2,600 North American game developers who attended last year’s conference. According to GDC, notable trends “include a preference for the PlayStation 4 platform for console developers, the prevalence of self-funded projects and the changing reliance and relationship with publishers.”
The survey indicated that 20 percent of developers intend to release their next game on Sony’s PlayStation 4, slightly edging out Xbox One’s 17 percent. Developers also want to do their own thing – 64 percent want to self-publish. And... Read more

Zach Galifianakis Jumps The Fern With President Barack Obama

Posted by David Murdico on March 11th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I used to love Between Two Ferns... and always looked forward to new episodes... until today. If you haven't seen it yet, Zach Galifianakis interviews President Barack Obama.
Actually, I'm conflicted, because I love comedy, I write comedy and I run an online video and social media marketing agency, so I should love the idea that a web series is featuring the President of The United States.
I should also love that they're doing it for marketing purposes, because that's exactly what I do... make funny videos for brands, businesses and startups for marketing purposes.
What I don't like about the video, is that the President is blatantly schilling the Affordable Health Care Act / www.healthcare.gov (yeah, I'll give it a plug) , and they're blatantly calling attention to the fact that the President is blatantly schilling healthcare.gov, as part of the gag, as if that would somehow make it more watchable... like everyone is in on the joke.
Throw in a joke about Kenya and the President's birth certificate, to make Zach seem confrontational and legit, make the President appear to have a great sense of humor about it, give the President a few scathing lines to throw back  at Zach and everyone will watch... Read more

Web/Text Messaging Jargon Rules the Biz World

Posted by Neal Leavitt on February 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

A client recently emailed me that ‘121 meetings might be the sensible approach’ – we were strategizing about holding a press event in advance of a conference.
SMH (‘Shaking My Head’), I wanted to have a bit of fun so SCNR (‘Sorry, Could Not Resist’), I lobbed back a zinger that we should shoot for 122 meetings, figuring AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), the client had inadvertently made a typo.
AWK (‘Awkward’). Brain freeze. He meant ‘1 to 1’.
I thought about adding a smiley along with the reply but TBH (‘To Be Honest’), if I see one more emoticon, FMCDH (‘From My Cold Dead Hands’)…you can fill in the rest here.
All of the aforementioned further elucidates what’s finally happened. Internet/text messaging slang has taken over the business world, for better or worse – so, to quote the Borg from Star Trek, ‘resistance is futile.’
AAR (‘At Any Rate’), I started wondering how certain Internet slang, acronyms and text messaging aphorisms have steadily crept into our daily lives. How did this happen?
AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), lots of theories abound but here’s a favorite – Harvard sociology professor Steven Shapin noted a few years ago that... Read more

Legolas, Get the LinkedIn Map

Posted by Tara Meehan on February 26th, 2014 at 9:33 am

Imagine you are Legolas, an Elf of the Woodland Realm, and you have just watched a close friend, Gandalf the Grey, fall into the cavernous depths. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately depending on your mindset, you manage to escape physically unscathed. Now, imagine that buddy of yours is a LinkedIn connection and that aforementioned mountainous black hole is your untapped social network. You have no idea what it contains or how deep it goes. All you know is that it has no clear beginning and no definitive end. You are, for the sake of this exercise, Legolas without the map. Your cool arrows will do you no good without a place to point and shoot. But don’t panic Orlando Bloom, there is hope. Your network need not be your personal Mordor. Legolas, get the LinkedIn map!
Though LinkedIn Maps has been a feature of the social network for several years, many users are still unaware that they have a map. Not only do all LinkedIners have one, it is a tremendous Jackson Pollack-esque visualization of your ever expanding natural market. If Legolas were on LinkedIn, I’d imagine he would have many arrow makers, dwarfs, and Cate Blanchett in his network. That would... Read more