Sock puppets, awkward pauses and references to ‘junk’… these are a few of my favourite things.

One of the things that I love most about the internet is that I can sit in my pyjamas and shop for talent. Networking around the world is as easy as an email. How awesome is that? It works out well for me because if I was paid for all the internet trolling I do—I’d be a kabillionaire.

I always start out Googling with one thought in mind, and then quickly find myself buried deep into something completely off-topic. Then, about 90 minutes later, I act all surprised in a how-did-I-get-here animated display—like finding yourself in the weird part of YouTube. And you know that I know that you know what I’m talking about.

Daniel Luke, animator extraordinaire

I have a short attention span. Most of the time I can discipline myself back to my original search topic, but occasionally I stumble across someone who piques my interest—usually because they can do something that I can’t—and my entire search for the day becomes how can I do what they do. Enter, Daniel Luke—crazy, mad skills animator from downunder. He was yesterday’s trolling experience.

Here’s an animation video that he submitted for a Loop De Loop contest. They had teamed up with YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) and celebrated with the theme of Condoms. If you’re wondering how to have THAT conversation with your teenagers—Daniel’s created a 45-second public service announcement to help you out.  It has all of my favourite things—ukeleles, sock puppets, awkward pauses and references to ‘junk’.  And yes, he wrote and sang the song.

Loop de Loop – Condoms from Daniel Luke on Vimeo.  Find Daniel here.

I decided that if I shared a public service announcement as noble as this, then I could justify my awesome powers of troll. Right? Yeah, I thought so too.

Now I’m going to go do some Googling on animation schools.

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