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A Social Network Christmas Story

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

For those of you out there who are addicted to Facebook (yes, I am one of you…), this video is for you. Have you ever watched an entire story, relationship, conversation or just some good ol’ drama unfold in your news feed? This clever take on the story of Jesus’ birth through Facebook was created by Igniter Media. There a media website that dedicates their time to creating mini movies that tell big stories. Here is what they had to say about this particular project:

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.

Watch the video after the jump…

Coca-Cola Does Inception

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

Coca-Cola is famous for their Christmas campaigns. From catchy jingles to cute polar bears and penguins, the genius minds behind some of Coke’s more successful campaigns have all occurred over the holiday season. The even light up their delivery trucks with Christmas lights for the winter months. These guys take Christmas very seriously. Their famous “Holidays are coming… Santa Claus is coming…” ad campaign ran for years fell into disuse in 2001. The company restructured their holiday ad campaign to have each countries ads produced locally to suit each region’s holiday needs. How thoughtful?

However, the idea was a flop when Coca-Cola was flooded with calls to the information center asking them where the famous jingle had disappeared to. Many comments stated that the commercial’s song was a significant start to the holiday season. The company reinstated the jingle to its ads in 2007. The concept was originally conceived by U.S. Advertising Firm, Doner. I am sure they were glad to get this billion dollar campaign back in their hands, considering that Coca-Cola is the 6th largest company in the world when it comes to advertising budget.

This year, the company took on yet another approach drawing inspiration from a popular Christmas prop, a snow globe. While Santa takes a look at one of his snow globes, the people inside feel the effects of the shake and are brought together for the holiday season. YouTube user, Railok did one better. He took the concept of the video, and turned it into an Inception parody using the song Mind Heist from the blockbuster film. I think its incredible and works perfectly for the song and video. I saw the parody first and then watched the original after. I think I like the parody better. You decide.

Check out the video and the original after the jump…

A couple weeks ago, Tyrell interviewed Darude, the creator of the infamous techno/trance song “Sandstorm“. Interestingly enough, a couple days “Sandstorm Techno 2010″ was uploaded to YouTube, a video showing a house that has computerized Christmas lights to the beat of “Sandstorm”. Mattson Lights releases a video of their creation each year, and it’s absolutely amazing. The lights are computer controlled and synchronized to music using Light-O-Rama hardware and software and their display consists of 96 independent circuits. The house is located in Surrey, British Columbia, which makes me want to check this out in person, considering it’s only about 40 minutes away from me.

Donations for this year’s display go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. If you wish to make a donation online, please click the following link: http://www.bcchf.ca/mattsonlights. Last year, they raised $4263.76 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Amazing! The display is dedicated to the memories of Palmerino & Elvira DeVita.

Watch the spectacular video after the jump…

Good Old Chrismukkah & Festivus

In: Random Reads, Tyrell

We can thank Seinfeld and The O.C. for these holiday catch phrases. I’m sure you’ve used at least one of them in reference to your Christmas and Holiday plans. But if you just use them through association and aren’t actually sure of their origin then I’d love to explain them both to you. Here we go.

Festivus is celebrated on the 23rd of December. Its a way to celebrate the holidays without giving into the pressure of the hype the holiday season can bring. Although Seinfeld brought it into popular existence, it was actually a holiday created by Seinfeld writer, Daniel O’Keefe’s father. The original Festivus was celebrated in February of 1966 to celebrate the first date that Daniel’s father had with his future wife. Seinfeld introduced it on their show in an episode called The Strike, when character Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) tells Kramer how he created the alternate holiday.

Chrismukkah was first introduced on The O.C. when Seth Cohen (played by Adam Brody) decided to create a name for the holidays in his household. With his father being Jewish and his mother being Protestant, he just puts the two holiday titles together and creates, Chrismukkah. All this, at six years old. Seth also describes it as eight days of presents followed by one day of lots of presents. The show featured a Chrismukkah episode in all four of its seasons.

Check out videos for both holidays after the jump…

We’ve highlighted YouTube’s Most Watched Videos of 2010 and Gawker’s 100 Viral Video Mashup, and now here’s another worth checking out. Videogum has released their annual montage of the Best Viral Videos of 2010. The way they make the clips flow together coupled with their choice of videos and the order in which they put them in is perfect.

Videogum has summed up the year’s most ridiculous and hilarious videos into a few minutes, but they have a disclaimer:

This compilation is comprehensive but is in no way complete. Just off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen videos that for one reason or another were not included despite being real joys to watch. For example, Dad Ruins Justin Bieber Just Like Dad Ruins Everything. And for another example, Pants on the Ground. Ultimately, the retrospective of the Best Viral Videos of 2010 is created by a human being, i.e. a Mistake Factory, so please cut him some slack, whoever he is. Oh, and a quick message to 2011: GOOD LUCK, PAL.

Check it out!

Check out the video after the jump…

Extreme Caroling: When Good Carolers Go Bad

In: Patrick, Random Reads

This is brilliantly hilarious. A group of eager Christmas carolers feel there shouldn’t be a curfew for spreading Christmas cheer and decide to start singing on people’s doorsteps, regardless of what time it is. Naturally, most residents are not very merry about this idea when it wakes them up. One guy eventually calls the cops, when the carolers refuse to leave.

The 5-0 eventually arrive (three cars), saying the sheriff’s office is looking for “Angry Christmas Carolers”! Hahaha. After chatting with the cops for a while (who themselves can’t even keep a straight face), they eventually perform for their songs for them – full out.

The video then busts out into a sequence of clips of the carolers singing in Target, Walmart, Denny’s, 24 Hour Fitness, and more. You have to watch this.

Check out the video after the jump…

A few days ago, Patrick listed the Top 10 Music Videos played on YouTube in 2010. That same day, the website also released another year end list- The Most Watched YouTube Viral Videos. Just to clarify, this list excludes major label music vids but includes everything else including movie trailers. The list is also comprised of parodies, indie music videos, music covers and random hilarity. I’m almost certain you’ve all seen the majority of these.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane at some of the videos that caused many of us to copy and paste the link to our Facebooks, Twitters and IMs accounts. I know I’m guilty of charged in a couple of instances.


Number of Views: 17.9 million (as of press time)

What do you get when you give millions of tween girls internet access? You get Twilight’s trailer for it’s third installment into YouTube’s Top 10 list for 2010. With “Breaking Dawn” hitting theaters in 2011, expect that trailer to make a serious run for most viewed that year.

the rest of the videos after the jump

When visiting Vancouver, there are a lot of sights and sounds to take in. You can walk along the seawall, check out the Olympic cauldron, shop on Granville Island or check out the Aquarium in Stanley Park. Another adventure I recommend for everyone whether summer or winter, is a trip up to Grouse Mountain. What’s great about Grouse is that it literally is in Vancouver’s backyard. Located just a few minutes north of the Lonsdale Quay, a trip up the mountain offers a range of views and activities no matter what your mood.

There are two ways to get up to the top. One popular way in the summer months is to tackle the intense hike of the Grouse Grind. The 2.9 kilometre (1.8 mile) hike up the face of the mountain is considered to some as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Over 100,000 people climb the grind each year seeking that over-the-top workout that not only tests your body’s endurance but your mental stamina as well. An average hike takes approximately one and half hours but novice hikers should prepare for a two hour trek.

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