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Meme Monday: O Rly?

Posted by zedpop on 09/07/07

Popularity: High

Context: To be used when something of a highly dubious nature is stated in a post. Or can also be used when something contradictory is posted. It is also rarely used when a thread gets too wordy to interject a small notion of stupidity. Though originally just a text meme it has forever become synonymous with a certain snowy owl with it’s head cocked to one side.

From: The phrase “o rly?” was used on the Something Awful Forums at least as early as August 2003. The original “O RLY?” Snowy Owl image macro is based on a photo taken by nature photographer John White, which he posted to the newsgroup alt.binaries.pictures.animals in 2001. (wiki)


O Rly?

 Definition: Shorthand for Oh, Really? as in “Oh, really? I didn’t know that”


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Frente! – Bizzare Love Triangle

Posted by zedpop on 07/07/07


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Posted by zedpop on 06/07/07

My Mum Hand-Knits An iPhone – Daddy Types

Awesome does not really begin to cover this one. Totally awesome does not even cover this one. Even giving it 1000 Awesome Points(tm) does not cover this one. The only true, true justice is in the picture.



Behold! the mighty iPhone has been replaced and upgraded. The new black is the knitted iPhone!

Her [my mother’s] iPhone is the same size as the original: 2.5 x 4.5 inches. She made it with #6 needles, and had 15 stitches, 6 per inch. The body is made using a stocking knit stitch, knit 1 purl 1, with 6″ of black, and 3″ of grey added to the end. This ends up being much easier than setting in a separate screen section.

I’m speechless. The details go on from there. Visit the site and read up on how one would go around creating their own knitted version of the $600 beast. My hat is doffed to the knitter.

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Arctic Monkey Endangerment!

Posted by zedpop on 05/07/07

Arctic Monkeys “shiver” at Live Earth Hypocrisy – Yahoo!

Oh no, whatever shall we do, some whingy British band is vying for attention and are lashing out at Live Earth! I’m sure we’re all just shaking in our footy pyjamas. Disappointing sales of there second album, the fact that nobody cares about them after their breakout and despite their massive popularity 15 minutes ago, I don’t remember ever hearing one of their songs. Like so much fireworks Arctic Monkeys have fizzled out. Stupid name and all. I believe they too Franz Fedinand with them.

But, whoa! what crap through yonder internet breaks?

Large parts of the band’s hometown of Sheffield were flooded at the end of last month after a deluge of mid-summer rain that some blamed on global warming. Two people were killed.

But the band wonder why anyone would be interested in the opinion of rock stars on a complex scientific issue like climate change.

Because scientists are boring as bat shit and nobody puts them on TV. Oh, and nobody respects them. But here, you have fans, people who love you music and that thing you do and would listen to you if you preached slapping grandmas for peace.

Bob Geldof, the architect of Live Aid and Live 8, the two biggest awareness-raising concerts in history, had a public spat with Al Gore about the need for the event.”Why is he (Gore) actually organising them?”

Because, numbnuts, some people still don’t get it. Some people are hopeless that there isn’t anything we can do. Some people don’t even believe in global warming.  Raising awareness isn’t just “hey, it’s here! look!” it’s also about what we can do for the situation. Remember?  the theory behind your own concert wankfests? Like you’ve got a copyright on them?

If it takes a concert by popular artists to wake people up, then I’m all for as many as we need. Here’s to President Gore.

President Gore

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8 Thing You Hate About Me

Posted by zedpop on 04/07/07

Stolen From The Curvature – 8 Random Things About Me 

* We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.* Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

* People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

* At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

* Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I struggled with religion for a while and then with my emerging atheism. I’ve come to love and accept that there is no god.

2. I, with help of my then girlfriend, now wife worked my way out of $24K of debt.

3. I love meat and cheese but hate Lasagna, go figure.

4. I have a benign cancer. It’s a bit like a birthmark, only scarier.

5. I’ve seen every episode of Star Trek: TNG

6. I couldn’t swim until I was 13

7. I only work where I do for the health insurance

8. I still believe we can salvage the good country out from what it’s become. This goes for America, too.

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Transform And Roll Out

Posted by zedpop on 03/07/07

Why The Original Transformers Movie Is Better Than Michael Bays – Slate.com

 Like it ever stood a chance. The new Transformers movie is finally out and the nerds (myself included) are out and about braving sunlight and contact with girls to see it. We’re both foaming at the mouth and shaking our fists at the same time. This is going to be the most loved/hated movie of the season.

Like any good geek, Transformers was a staple of my cartoon diet and Optimus Prime was my home boy. Megatron was scary as shit and Starscream was the sniveling psition jockey that usually led to the Deceptacon’s downfall. I even remember the episodes where he got what he wanted but missed Megatron too much. See? even evil is sweet.

But this isn’t about childhood memories, it’s about the crushing hulk of the new Transformers movie versus the old made-for-tv one. I’ll tell you this much when Prime bites it in the first one I cry. Every time, I cry. I loved Prime and to watch his noble animated sacrifice just tears me up inside. Nothing was more human that what Prime did at that moment. He knew that the Autobots would be lost without him but that if he lived, the world would be lost.

I’m going to guarantee you, even without having seen the new one yet that there’s not going to be a shed tear in the house. That no fanboy is going to cry if be-lipped Optimus croaks or if Scorpionok gets smushed. More likely we’ll be gawking at the special effects because that’s what a movie is these days, it’s special effects.

The original had none of the budget, none of the whiz-bang and none of the promotion, it was simply a good story voiced by some awesome actors and that’s what made it a cult classic. A perfect seguay between the first and second evolutions of Transformers. Of course I’m fully expecting a TV return of Transformers, but I don’t know if it will be the same or if it will be CGI’d into an unregonizable mess.

Stick with the basics. Good. Evil. Transform. Theme Song.


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Meme Monday: Oh! I See What You Did There

Posted by zedpop on 02/07/07

Popularity: Medium

Context: To be used when you pick up on something subtle. Also can be used ironically when the joke is staring you right in the face. Most often it’s used when someone photoshops an image and the change is hard to find, yet once found, quite humourous.

From: Source unknown, though it’s been seen on FARK.COM and SA Forums.


Oh! I See What You Did There

Definition: Obvious really, once studied you get the intended idea or joke hidden in the item. It can also rarely relate to wordplay and punnage.

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Speedstar* – Unbreakable

Posted by zedpop on 30/06/07


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All I Ever Wanted Was Ziggy-Zig-Ah

Posted by zedpop on 29/06/07

(Spice Girls Announce Reunion – LATimes.com)

As if their “legacy” wasn’t enough, as if Spiceworld was not good enough for them the Spice Girls are back to haunt us again with pure pop craptacularness. If you don’t remember the Spice Girls, feel lucky – feel very lucky. An early nineties phenomena of five English “birds” bouncing in tops to small to music too bubbly. Is the horror coming back yet?


Is the visual reminder helping at all? Just imagine the ginger one’s tits flopping out when she curtsy’s to the Queen. There, classy aren’t they?

In this age of bands reforming – The Police, Duran Duran, Poison, Genesis for one thing only and it’s sure not the music the last thing we need is a reformation of a prefabbed group. Weren’t they crap enough the first time? do we really need to have it all over again? But I bet you that these concerts will sell. People will go and see the Spice Girls. Don’t you get it, if you support terrorism, then it keeps happening! And this is the worst kind of terrorism there is – musical terrorism.

When has a reformation ever actually worked? They get together and then they realise why they broke up in the first place, what a wonderful lesson. Can’t we just all agree to move on? It’s obvious that these groups are greater than the sum of their solo parts but it’s alot easier to ignore the solo artist than it is the “mega band”. It just gets worse when they don’t even realise that their time is up.

Twisted Sister is still playing, but they know it’s a joke. They don’t make a lot of money doing it and they don’t crap on about it either. The most polite thing the Spice Girls could have done, other than not reform at all was to do it quietly and work their way back up.

hahahahaha. Oh, nevermind.

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Just Ignore That, It’s Only The Law

Posted by zedpop on 28/06/07

Story (LATimes.com)

Isn’t it good to know that when you get subpoenaed you can just stick out your tongue, put your hand, fanned out and go “narnie-narnie-narnie”? So next time you get summoned for say, a federal crime you can just not turn up, tell them that you’re taking your ball and going home?

What do you mean I can’t do that? Surely if one man can do it, so can I? Sure the president’s a powerful man but even he isn’t above the law is he? is he? Oh fuck, he is, isn’t he? He’s already proven that he can twist the truth and he’s already proven that he can never be accountable for anything that goes wrong.

Surely Americans can’t be that blind – let me break it down for you:
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