Whew! I don’t know about you, but I suspect that if you’re paying attention – as are most WND readers – you’re overwhelmed with the constant, escalating, depressing and disconcerting headlines.
So, what do you say we take a break from it all?
Call it a palate cleanser to remove that taste in your mouth from what’s happening at our southern border, the chaos in the Middle East and the ever increasingly tyrannical government at all levels.
As “The Great One” Jackie Gleason used to say, “Awaaay we go!”
He did it all by himself
Ever been stranded at an airport? Flight canceled, nowhere to go, long wait ahead of you before you’re booked on the next available flight? Arggggh!
Here’s what one enterprising guy did when faced with exactly that situation – a long overnight trip to nowhere at Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport and a lot of time on his hands. Richard Dunn “documented” his travel travails and subsequent overnight layover at the airport by shooting a selfie video on his iPhone, lip-synching it to a dubbed-in Celine Dion cover of the song “All by Myself” that he was also listening to on his iPad. Clever, funny, and totally creative, the video was noticed by Glenn Beck and buzzed around on social media and talk radio. Originally posted on Vimeo, the 5:20 music video was quickly posted on YouTube where it has been translated in other languages:
It took about three hours to shoot and another four hours to edit. Here’s how Richard described it:
“I had a person behind a ticket counter give me a roll of luggage tape before she left. I then used a wheel chair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that. Then I would put it on the moving walkway for a dolly shot. I also used the extended handle on my computer bag and taped the iPhone to my handle. I would tuck different stuff under the bag to get the right angle. For the escalator shot I had to sprint up the steps after I got my shot so the computer bag didn’t hit the top and fall back down. Quite fun!”
In an effort to dispute naysayers who just couldn’t believe one guy with a moving walkway, luggage carousel, escalator and a camera could come up with something so well done, Richard Dunn even did a nine-minute long “behind the scenes footage” video showing how he did it.
“All by Myself” is brilliant. Look and see for yourself why 11 million-plus viewers have clicked on it. What did singer Celine Dion think of Dunn’s music video? “Hilarious and touching! I loved it!”
Social media is watching you
Facebookers will soon see ads on their pages that are tagged to their interests. Here’s the how and the why as explained on Facebook’s blog:
“Let’s say that you’re thinking about buying a new TV, and you start researching TVs on the web and in mobile apps. We may show you ads for deals on a TV to help you get the best price or other brands to consider. And because we think you’re interested in electronics, we may show you ads for other electronics in the future, like speakers or a game console to go with your new TV.”
FB promises that if you don’t want FB to use the websites and apps you use to show you more relevant ads, they won’t: “You can opt out of this type of ad targeting in your web browser using the industry-standard Digital Advertising Alliance opt out, and on your mobile devices using the controls that iOS and Android provide.”
Dad, are you … crying?
By the time you read this, Father’s Day 2014 will have come and gone. But it’s never too late to share this heartwarming video produced by Dove for – who else? Dads! To all of the fathers reading this, enjoy the video and Happy (belated) Father’s Day!
There was a plethora of Father’s Day photos found on Facebook over the past weekend. Here are a few:
Bing flies the flag
Yay, Bing! While many of us commemorated the U.S. Army’s anniversary and Flag Day last Saturday, June 14, by displaying Old Glory on homes and social media, it did not go unnoticed that the Bing search engine featured the Stars and Stripes on its page, while Google chose to ignore both American holidays, preferring to feature the World Cup on its search page. It’s one of the reasons I use Bing exclusively to search the Internet. How about you?