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My Latest Video

December 16, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

On Thanksgiving Day, I posted a note about my new Flip Mino HD, a pocket high-def camcorder that David Pogue reviewed favorably in the NYT the week before and that I ordered three days later. It arrived on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, just in time for me to take it to the airport when Gail and I picked up Joel a few hours later. As I noted in the post, I filmed Joel at the airport as he passed through security and approached us, to his annoyance. I also set up a youtube account so I could upload my videos for others to see. At the end of my post, I promised that high def video would be coming your way soon.

I apologize for not keeping my promise. It’s three weeks later, well past soon, and I have yet to post a video. To make up for this delay, here is my latest video. Have a look, then continue after the jump.

Oops. Wrong video.

Well, actually, as you probably realized, you’ve been rickrolled. Gail and I are probably among the last people on the internet to know what it means to be rickrolled. It took us until Thanksgiving to learn about it. I’ve been intending to blog on rickrolling ever since. Of course, you, savvy interneter, don’t need to be told, but let me say a few words anyway.

To be rickrolled, of course, is to be tricked into clicking on a link that you anticipate will take you to some place related to the context under discussion, only to be dumped at the 1987 music video of Rick Astley singing Never Gonna Give You Up. Wikipedia has a good account of rickrolling. What awoke us from our rickrolling slumber on Thanksgiving Day was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, which had an especially clever rickroll, courtesy of the Cartoon Network. Their float featured characters from the series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Watch what happens when they sing Best Friend, originally recorded by Harry Nilsson as the theme song to The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.

We missed the actual broadcast of this on TV — we were busy cooking. But we did cluelessly catch it on some blogs later in the day. After another day of research, we finally figured out what was going on.

Happy Rickrolling.

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