Whether you are taping a flyer to a pole to advertise the bike you're trying to sell or putting up a poster advertising your new cleaning business, you may want to think twice about including your phone number after reading Textastrophe. Gathering up correspondence that the author has had with people who have posted their phone number publicly, Textastrophe is a hilarious read and one of the better web projects of the year. While the exchanges are harmless, at times they are laugh-out-loud funny. A perfect candidate for a website-to-book deal.
Happy: The World's First 24 Hour Music Video
NOBODY dominated 2013 like singer/rapper/producer/musician Pharrell Williams. He is featured on Azealia Banks' debut and guests on 2 Chainz' single Fed's Watching. He shows up on two cuts on Daft Punk ubiquitous Random Access Memories, contributing his falsetto to the No. 1 hit, Get Lucky, and recent single, Lose Yourself to Dance. Pharrell also appears on Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. Both Get Lucky and Blurred Lines have hit No. 1 on Billboard.
While those singles have been collaborations, Pharrell recently launched the world's first 24-hour music video for his new solo project. Happy is his attempt at creating a unique interactive component for videos. With 24 hours of footage you can skip through and experience, Williams is building on the idea that Arcade Fire and a few other artists have embraced, treating music videos as platforms to experiment and create new ways to engage the audience. Happy features highly shareable content, as viewers can send moments from the video to their social networks. The site had a built-in viral component and was an effective way to get people talking about Williams' solo work, with 750,000 views in the first day.
Video of the Day: Knife Fight with Ilan Hall
Knife Fight is a gritty, fast-paced cooking competition featuring Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall overseeing after-hours, head-to-head battles between the hottest up-and-coming chefs in his L.A. based restaurant, The Gorbals. You can watch an extended look at the first episode on YouTube, but you may need to find the series elsewhere online, as it doesn't look as if it will be broadcast in Canada right off the bat. Tv.esquire.com also has clips from the show. Worth seeking out if you are a TV foodie.
Podcast of the Week: Bret Easton Ellis
Author of Less than Zero and American Psycho and the creative force behind Lindsay Lohan's recent film, The Canyons, writer Bret Easton Ellis has launched a new podcast series. He wasted no time in setting the tone for the show, with hip-hop mega star Kanye West as his first guest. The two talked about the complexities of the creative world, how Menace II Society was an influential film for West, the evolution of his albums, how Kim and Kanye binge watched Breaking Bad and a bunch of other stuff that Kanye never talks about.
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