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First there was a great commercial for the Discovery Channel.
Then there was “xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel.”
Then there was the animated adaptation of that xkcd strip.
Full credits here.
This is fabulous and the cast is magnificent.
Smiling so hard my cheeks hurt . .
It fills me with little warm bubbles of pure awesome and joy.
That was a nice little treat on a Sunday! Or any day, but since I happened to see it on Sunday...
It should be noted that our sections were DIRECTED BY ELISE MATTHESEN.
Thanks for the smile at work on sunday. Nice to see you guys. (and everyone else)
This is fabulous. I don't suppose it would be possible to put up a cast list, out of pity for those of us who recognise only three or four people but know the others are probably people we read and love.
Jonathan S @ 7: if you click the link beneath the embedded player, you'll find yourself at Olga Nunes' site--she has a list of contributors.
Jonathan S @7: Click the full credits link below the video.
And I still can't stop grinning.
Hey, that picture Patrick is holding looks familiar! It's the Doyle-and-Macdonald joint LJ icon, isn't it?
...no, no stalking here, officer, honest.
Indeed, that print was given to us by Doyle & Macdonald.
Also, the sign behind us reads "Hooray, Hooray / The Country's Risin' / For Henry Clay / & Frelinghuysen."
Great fun, and I would not have seen it otherwise. Thank you! Now to go share the link here with some other friends.
This will quickly get more viral than H1N1.
But... where's Randall ?
Both thumbs up.
Oh, what fun. Thanks. I needed that.
I shared it on LJ. I may go over on Facebook and post the linkie too.
I'm smiling deeply. Thank you!
Anybody else remembers the "Doctor Who" version?
I needed that! It's wonderful. And was a partial unicorn for this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/feb/07/job-losses-universities-cuts
I absolutely adore this. Spreading it around and bookmarking it for those times when I just need a little boomdeyada. Thanks to all involved.
Brilliant concept, too.
I'm joining the "off to link" brigade.
This is so great I'm emailing it to every hacker space I've been to!
This one is pretty cool too.
What a nice thing to see at the end of a busy Sunday afternoon. I love the whole world! (And I'm impressed that you got your own Boomdeyada.)
This is just delightful!
The internet has made me cry (with joy) so many times this weekend.
Yesterday, I watched a Jack Russell puppy being born on a livecam.
This is really awesome. Also, I was surprised how many of the people in this thing I recognized, seeing as I mostly hang out in the fringes of this corner of the internet. Crowning moments of awesome in this for me were Bruce Schneier singing "I love Cryptography" and Neil Gaiman singing "I like a mystery". I also recognized our hosts, which is weird, since I cannot for the life of me remember where I'd seen their pictures. I'm also wondering now if the change from "I love elections" to "We like elections" was accidental, because at first I heard "We like collections", which would have made perfect sense too.
Now heading off to educate myself about the doubtlessly wonderful people I did not recognize.
The internet is pretty cool :)
...I love Making Light
Boom de yada, boom de yada
I just sent this to a whole bunch of folks.
If they don't appreciate it, I'm not talking to them ever again.
Bookmarked, in a whole new category created on the spur of the moment for things like this which make me smile, laugh, and weep happy tears. Just what I needed on a stressful Monday morning where I've been trying to set up a timetable for university.
Boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada.
I love this!
You think Munroe has noticed this yet?
Have you also seen this one? :-)
Patrick @ #11.
Thanks. I paused it and hoping to read the sign, but couldn't. Thanks from a compulsive reader.
I wish I recognized more people (though I did think "OMG" when I recognized Neil Gaiman).
Also, unrelated: is Tor still doing summer internships? Given that the entry about them is, er, the age of a third-grader by now, I thought I'd ask.
Begun, the Meme Wars have.
It began with ad hoc Meme Reenactment Societies, and it was too late to do anything about it by the time we realized that some of those MRS's were actually AI's running human behavior simulation sets....
The trouble with Meme Reenactment Societies is the rec.arts.sf* costume they want Patrick to wear.
I'd settle for the GEnie SFRT costume; I found a Salmon to go with it.
Oh wow, well done all. So very happy now.
Syd @8 & Pendrift @9: Thank you.
(Actually, my first reaction was WTF that video WTF? on IM, but we'll just boil it down to fantastic.)
So full of win!
T, wait -- what costume do they want Patrick to wear?
You're braver than I am. I was afraid to ask.
Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada ... Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada ... Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada ... 
 ... they're going to love sitting next to me on the airplane, as I sing along earwormishly for several hours... 
 ... but it's such a lovely collection of awesome!
Well, the classic Usenet costume is Hawaiian-print boxer shorts, a back scratcher and a large, empty plastic soda bottle; t-shirt with illegible slogan optional. The rec.arts.sf* variant would, of course, be an appropriate elaboration.
Odd, that's the first embedded YouTube clip I've noticed that doesn't work on the iPhone (it doesn't work on Olga Nunes's site either). Worked fine on a real computer though. I wonder why.
How very cool! I loved that song when we sang it at Guides, too.
Earl@47: do not forget the sombrero and flippers.
If anyone hasn't yet seen Wil Wheaton's awesome performance on "Criminal Minds", go find it and watch it. Even if you've never seen "Criminal Minds".
Earl Cooley, in #47, is asserting a generic costume for Usenet people, not describing the specific PNH livery to which Teresa was referring. Harry Payne, in #49, is misreading Earl.
The actual answer to Elise's question in #44 is found here, here, and here. Much further discussion ensued, but you can search for it yourselves.
Cory Doctorow and his Red Cape... PRICELESS!
I always did wonder how the song went. I "Boom-De-Yada" my way through work all the time!
I found myself surprised at how many of the people in that video I've met! Glorious!
Say, did the entangled sheets disappear or am I losing my mind?
("Who said that one excluded the other?")
I heard that.
10 PRINT "Oh, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou."
20 GOTO 10
Serge @55: Nope, it's the pillow fight scene.
Pendrift @ 57... I guess I need to have my ears checked.
Serge (58): I've always thought ears looked better in stripes.
To paraphrase Jerry Lee Lewis, a whole lot of fun goin' on.
Mary Aileen @ 59... Lobing out verbal grenades, eh?
This is just lovely and makes me all manner of happy.
But now I wonder, has there ever before been a commercial with its own fandom? I guess maybe the "Got Milk?" campaign which has spawned so many poor imitations might count, but I'm not entirely certain of that.
Serge (61): Just waxing verbose.
"Harry Payne, in #49, is misreading Earl"
Oh, it's what I do best...
This thing is now up on Wired.
My college age daughter just sent me the link. (and followed immediately with another note "in the unlikely event you haven't seen it yet".) It's gone viral!! :) Awesomesauce!
(FWIW, she recognised Bruce first (she first 'met' him when she wasn't a year old, and sees him regularly); and then started really paying attention to see if she knew anyone else and says that she's met Patrick and Neil, but not at the same time.)
Who's the cutie in bed with the Muppets?
Xopher, that was one of my first thoughts as well. :-)
Here's another good video along similar lines to the Discovery Channel one, from the 90s.
I think it got popular enough that they released it as a single.
Thank you. It's rare to have a laugh and a (sort of) cry at the same time. Just a simple joy.
People keep asking who this or that person is, as if I hadn't ended the post with the line "Full credits here." This makes the baby blogger cry.
Jeez, people. Click on links. Also, stand up straight. And comb your hair, it looks like a rat's nest.
Ah, I didn't scroll down far enough. I find some of the words a little hard to make out in the video, so I have to count up or down from the last one I can discern.
Also, the cute guy in bed with Muppets is credited as "Team Genius," which I doubt is his actual name. From the TG site I think he's Todd Michael Rogers.
I'm just sorry Patrick identified the text on the sign posted behind us. I was looking forward to people trying to figure out what it says.
Teresa @ 73: Mrs. Arkansawyer thought that's how I'd deciphered it--as she started to read it to me off Patrick's comment I finished it with her. All due to my copy of "How To Steal An Election", in this case--that little rhyme is on the soundtrack or in the notes, I do believe. I did recently date a snapshot for her by reading the headlines off a New York Times so I had her psyched.
Perhaps we could have a version for Making Light?
I love the world
I love the fluorosphere
who writes for Tor is here
I love the dinosaurs
And all their sodomy
I can tell real publishers
apart from vanities
What a nice set of videos - it had been a while since I'd seen the original xkcd. And one of the YouTube Related Links led to the cheerful Neil Gaiman Talks About Buttons video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HD5yh8ar2I
Tatterbots, #69, that was THE AWESOME. Thank you very much.
(Erik Nelson's #75 was pretty good too, mind you.)
As though Sunday didn't give me enough to smile about! (She's talking Saints Football, back away slowly...) No, seriously, last night I was wandering around downtown New Orleans in a daze yelling "I love everybody!" and had *no* idea that *this* was on the net. How full of synchronicity and golden fuzzy delightedness!
I like to eat frittatas,
And sailing in regattas.
Eric @ 75:
I love troll bingo
bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd
Erik, damn it. Sorry about that.
I'm now trying to imagine how one films "bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd".
I think it involves one person trying to say "boomdeyada" while someone standing behind the speaker has their hand clamped over the speaker's mouth.
Daniel: I'm just the writer. That's the director's problem.
I think the best way would be to just silence the soundtrack but keep their mouth uncovered so that those who don't want to hear them don't have to but those who really want to know can read their lips. Maybe with disemvowelled subtitles.
It's spelled bmdyd but pronounced " ".
wait, someone said they sang this song in guides. is it a real song?
Just so wrong.
#85: Google, Google, Yup! "I Love the Mountains."
My first time through watching, I hadn't looked at the credits, and I thought, "Hey, they got someone who really looks like Cory Doctorow to wear the red cape and goggles."
Reminds me of the time I was watching My Fair Lady on TV with my Nana, and while the female lead was singing 'I Could Have Danced All Night' Nana said "She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn."
David, #89: Hee! I've done that too. It was at a National Space Society meeting (we were in the dealer room there), and I remarked to somebody that wow, that guy looked amazingly like Bruce Boxleitner. Well, there was a good reason for that -- it was Bruce Boxleitner, who was on the NSS Board of Governors.
Slightly tangental, the BBC dancers do the BBC post-apocalyptic rave theme
Delight! Joy! Silliness!
I love the punnery
from all the witty folk.
boomdeyada boomdeyadda boomdeyadda boomdeyadda
I love my knitting
with yarn so soft and bright
sdn @85, not just a real song (as linked by Stefan Jones @87), but a round.
For the round singers out there, it splits after "hills", and can be broken into four parts.
sdn @ 85: Yes. The version I learned:
I like the flowers
I love the daffodils
I like the mountains
I love the rolling hills
I like the fireside
Where all the lights are low
Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boom
Rhythm a bit straighter than in the videos (we put "I" on the downbeat every time), tune very similar, and as Naomi Parkhurst said, we sang it as a round in 4 parts.
Singing was my favourite part of being a Guide. Eventually I left to join a wind band instead.
Hoookay. With inspiration from Erik Nelson @75, Paul Duncanson @81, and Victoria @93, and apologies to Avram @80 because I couldn't fit in frittatas, here goes:
I love the punsters
I love the fluorosphere
I love the Latin jokes
The recipes with beer
I love the dinosaurs
and all their sodomy
I love the knitting
I love the language posts
I love the poetry
And yes, I love our hosts
I love troll bingo
When one swings by this way
I love the comment threads
I love the medic stuff
I love the kind words
You get when things get rough
I love community
Yes, Making Light is neat!
#83 I'm now trying to imagine how one films "bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd bmdyd". / I think it involves one person trying to say "boomdeyada" while someone standing behind the speaker has their hand clamped over the speaker's mouth.
At last, an answer to the ancient koan "What is the sound of one hand clamping?"
Lila @50: And why why WHY is Criminal Minds not on Hulu.com yet? Nor Big Bang Theory?
Teh Dumb, it is to sulk.
Pendrift @ 96
I just got around to watching this properly, which means on a computer with actual sound.
It's awesome, but you know that.
When people talk about the problem of leisure, or how people would find life meaningless if they didn't have to work, I shall point them at that. (John Barnes and Karl Schroeder, I'm looking at you.) Here's this thing made out of pure awesome, and I mean that literally. It was conceived and filmed and put together just because it seemed like a good idea. This is the kind of thing free people do if you let them be free.
Boomdeyada, boomdeyada etc.
Jacque @98: Teh Dumb, it is to sulk
That's because CBS wants you to go to their web (www.cbs.com) site and watch the episodes there.
I have no problem watching NCIS and Numb3rs. Plus, they also air classic series like Star Trek TOS, The Twilight Zone and MacGyver as well as others. Just look under the "Shows" category in their menu bar.
Two different times, I've gotten a "How are we doing? Take some time and give us feedback." pop up. This is usually just before you start watching a show.
The CW does that with Supernatural. You can go to Hulu for the updates, but to watch the actual episode, you have to go to the CW site.
I have to say, I like internet TV. I haven't had cable in 15 years because the carrier wouldn't let me pick and choose the channels I subscribed to. Now I can.
Victoria @101: That's because CBS wants you to go to their web (www.cbs.com) site and watch the episodes there.
Nuh-uh! They don't even have eps on the at cbs.com. I looked. I really did. (Well, okay, it's possible I missed them. But I looked.) (And of all the shows to not have on the web, seems like BBT makes the least sense...)
But, in any event, I hadn't said:
"The Awsome, she is Awsome."
I look forward to watching the Awsome with sound.
Jo, #100: how people would find life meaningless if they didn't have to work
Oy. My default classification for anyone who says that seriously is that they fall somewhere along the spectrum of "lacking imagination / internal resources" to "anhedonic". People who have imagination and understand pleasure are perfectly capable of making their own meaning in life. Which is to say that I'm in violent agreement with you.
Paul Duncanson @ 84: I think it'd be best to leave the sounds of the consonants but silence as much of the vowel sounds as possible. "B md'y d , b md'y d , b md'y d , b md'y d ..."
You know you rock, right?
Pendrift @96 *applause*
*blush* Thank y'all.
Real credit goes to the fluorosphere, without which that wouldn't have existed.
Pendrift... You do realize that you now must film your version.
(because, really, nothing else needs to be said.)
Joel @ 105: I am not a sound editor but it seems to me that that would be difficult, perhaps impossible, due to there not being any real gaps between sounds. Easier to keep the music going, silence the vocals (with or without a hand clamped over the troll's mouth as the director chooses) and disemvowel the subtitles.
I think you just tipped a whole pile of grated awesome on top of the awesome sauce.
As Serge (should have) said "Your mission, should you choose to accept it...."
This moose now has mental pictures of:
I love the punsters (Serge being hit on the head with a plush trout)
I love the fluorosphere (Patrick and Teresa with _big_ light up globe)
I love the Latin jokes (various reprobates in togas falling about)
The recipes with beer (Terry and others)
I love the dinosaurs (Stegosaurus with quizzical expression)
and all their sodomy (Same stegosaurus holding sign saying Yipe!)
I love troll bingo (troll with bingo machine big LED display showing things like PKB, IKYABWAI, etc.)
When one swings by this way (Someone calls "House!", Teresa appears and points Acme Disemvoweller at troll, music continues without vocals.)
Bmdyd bmdyd (displayed on bingo machine in time to music )
I'm going to have difficulty sleeping tonight due to a fit of the giggles, and It's All Your Fault, _ALL_ of you!
Cadbury Moose @ 112... Why a plush? Think I can't handle the trout, chum?
Jo Walton @ 100: Making art was one of Barnes' answers for a life without work, was it not?
SDB @ 85: The Boomdeyada song is originally a counterpoint line from the Hoagie Carmichael song Heart and Soul (audio).
Oh, god, Serge, don't bait him.
Oh, come on, John, it's a good hook. Or do you smell something fishy? I thought the Moose was just doing stream-of-consciousness.
Serge, 113: Ah, the worm turns.
I hadn't notice that! (Even though I have heard the thing. Both of them. Too many piano-players in my impressionable childhood. And Girl Scouts.)
John A Arkansawyer @ 116 ...
Oh, god, Serge, don't bait him.
Bait him? He's long since been hooked!
I've never been so in-sole-ted.
Stop carping about it, Serge.
He's just leading him on and will then let fly.
Stefan, don't you think that's creel and unusual punishment?
OK, everybody stop now. Fin!
Just kidding. I would never say that reely.
That hook is getting me in treble.
What a tail!
Stop teasing or eelpout about it all day.
When I was at summer camp 30-odd years ago, I learned it a little differently:
I love the mountains
I love the rolling hills
I love the fountains
I love the daffodils
Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyay.
Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyay.
Jacque @102 Nuh-uh! They don't even have eps on the at cbs.com. I looked. I really did.
I believe you.
Every so often a series will go on a short holiday/hiatus thingy there. Keep checking back once a week. CBS only has 2-3 episodes up at a time. Each one ages off as the weeks progress to be replaced by a new one. Even if there is nothing new to replace the episode, it still ages off the site.
I presume they air re-runs during the mini-haitus. The on line clip and interview quotient seems to increase accordingly when no new episode is up for viewing.
I've only seen new episodes up on the CBS web site. I assume that their "web reruns" are the DVDs.
FX: Moose apologises to Serge, claiming it wasn't done on porpoise.
Cadbury Moose @ 132... Was that an haddock comment?
Am I my brother's kipper?
Even from up here on my perch, I can see this thread is full of crappie puns. You people have bass imaginations. But I suppose I shouldn't carp, no matter how angary you make me.
Indeed, the punsters might come over and kick your wrasse.
Fear the wrath of Cod!
Totally OT, but I was wondering if anybody here would be willing to post about the elimination of the Chair of Palæography at KCL, the only such chair in the English-speaking world. There's a petition, a facebook group, and it's finally making the rounds on the BBC, Grauniad, and even a New Yorker blog. Training in the field integral to so many other academic fields. Losing one of the few centers for the study is a tragedy.
Why Making Light? Think about it. This is perhaps as important to our cultural future as any astronomy program. And Making Light is a fandom node. How often does palæography figure into a sf story or film? (OK, sometimes it's epigraphy, but hey, first they came for the palæographers, then the epigraphers) ALL the TIME. Hell, how many discoveries were made on Buffy because of Giles' mad ancient manuscript skillz? And that's just one show. I bet the ML readers could come up with hundreds of examples.
But think of a future where this knowledge doesn't exist. No post-apocalyptic rediscovery... writers would have to imagine worlds where the skills weren't there -- or where they had never been lost, which would make it less dystopic, I guess. Anyway, sorry for the length. I may post something similar on my blog, but ML gets so much traffic, maybe somebody could raise awareness a little?
Discovery Channel has made a sequel to its original ad, as well:
Erik, I love it, but we need more verses.
TNH: New game? For as we know, the joy around here is in the conversations.
Somewhat tangentially, Ezra Klein featured a Google talk with Randall Munroe, author of xkcd as his Lunch Break yesterday.
It's an hour long, but he's just darling. He starts off apologizing for writing a search algorithm that bombarded Google Maps.
Randall responds wth a story of talking and not talking to Neil Gaiman.
thanks, stefan. i had never seen the commercial either.
my own version, as the NHs might guess, is about what i hate, so i won't share it.
Wow, that was awesomeness.
That matches what I learned at summer camp about 20 years ago. The song as I know it has a slightly different tune from the commercial, though it sounds like Hank Green ("I love this bakery") learned it the same way I did.
Whereas, when the Supremes yielded up their judgment in one of the Gitmo detainee cases, the song that kept worming my ear was "Boumediene boumediene boumediene boumediene..."
Oh, noes! TwoLumps.net has gotten ahold of Boomdeyada! (current URL is just the main website, so it'll get replaced when the next strip comes out; probably the permanent URL will be http://twolumps.net/d/20100308.html .)
Hoover vacs don't go yada, but you can make this one go boom.
David Harmon @#153
Indeed. While the tale does not involve a Hoover, the late Dean A. Grennell noted that an acquaintance had spilled a can of shotgun powder while reloading some cartridges, and proceeded to vacuum up the spill while smoking a cigarette. The inevitable happened, and the punchline was "You haven't lived until you've had a rocket-propelled Electrolux loose in the shop."
Moose... That sounds like one for the MythBusters, and not just because of the boomboom potential.
Serge: are they mad enough to suck up a lighted cigarette using a vacuum cleaner with a pound of shotgun powder it it's bag? (I suspect the answer is not just "yes", but "Hell, Yes!".
Another reported (not by Dean, I can't remember where it came from) vacuum cleaner incident was the one where cleaning was being done next to a gas or flammable vapour leak. The arcing from the motor brushes ignited the gas/air mixture and the vacuum cleaner ejected its motor assembly with a loud "Whoomph!".
A third incident (non-explosive) was Medium Brother's problem with an industrial carpet cleaner. He attempted to use it to clean up spilled paint stripper (or brush cleaner) - the solvent attacked the structure of the transparent plastic dome on top of the cleaner, causing it to implode like shattered glass.
(Replacement parts were very expensive so a new one was fabricated out of thick plexiglas.)
Moose @ 156... The MythBusters would reply "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."
In episode 31 (first aired May 18, 2005 according to mythbustersresults.com), Mythbusters did look at the myth of the "shop vacuum jet engine" (the myth being that a shop vacuum could turn into something like a mini jet engine if it's used to vacuum up gasoline). They called it "myth busted".
#152 is still hanging around from a week ago. The name did spark an interesting discussion, though.
On the other hoof it brought this thread to my notice again.
Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada....
...and it's done it (#157) again!
Hurrah! (wanders off to fix the lawnmower, smiling)
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