August 1, 2006

The Irresistible Camera

It's amazing what some people do when they have access to a camera.

In the case of Ghyslain Raza of Quebec, Canada, it took the form of filming himself doing StarWars light saber moves. Unfortunately, leaving the video tape laying around resulted in it being posted on Kazaa and then edited by all those people who seem to have too much time on their hands to add visual and audio effects, spoofing Star Wars, the Matrix, the Hulk and others. Ghyslain dropped out of school and the net community rallied to buy him an iPod and sent him several thousands dollars in cash. You can get the scoop and links to the edits on Wikipedia.

Playing time: 1:48

For others, what seemed like a good idea at the time looks different in retrospect. Gary Brolsma of Saddle Brook, NJ, a.k.a. The Numa Numa Dancer, posted a video of himself lip-synching and chair-dancing to a Romanian pop song. It led to airings on CNN and VH1, an appearance on "Good Morning America" for Gary and millions of viewings and downloadings. But Gary now regrets posting it and is embarrassed and distraught. More detail here.

Playing time: 1:37 but it loops.

For others, the fame is not only welcome but exploited. The Back Dormitory Boys have followed up their hilarious lip-synch of I Want It That Way with As Long As You Love Me, some Chinese song, Get Down (You're The One For Me), Don't Lie and the New Pepsi Song (in German), all with a roommate in the background working on his computer. And now somebody (I hope it is the BDB) has leveraged the traffic into an attempt to sell the domain name.

So, may more people go crazy with cameras and the Wunderfool Blog wil never run out of material.

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