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If it walks like a goat and screams like a human, then it MUST be remixed on YouTube

You’ve probably already seen the video. Maybe several of them. But did you know how big the goat really is right now? It’s the top trending animal on YouTube this month. Why? Well, because they yell like humans and we have an insatiable appetite for the ridiculous. But c’mon, they’re a little funny, right? If you haven’t seen any of the goat remixes, check out this video showing how some well-known YouTubers react.

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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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life. nature. you. make the connection.

A two minute video is weaving its way around the world in a digital murmuration via the collective fingertips of the web—as all magical and breathtaking journeys do.

I stumbled across this video a few weeks ago and the awesomeness of it keeps creeping back into my mind when I least expect it.

Two girls in a canoe—Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith—on the river Shannon, become a captive audience to a nail-biting, jaw-dropping performance of the reality of life around them.  This murmuration of Starlings doesn’t care about their mortgage payments, piles of dirty laundry back home, homework assignments, or the time-waste of selfish gossip that floats between even the best of us.  Nor have they been taught the ideals of self-deprecation.  They just are what they are—beautiful life.

I wonder how I would react if I were one of the girls sitting in that canoe, witness to the basic truth of nature.  I keep coming back to the same conclusion.

Cry.  Fall out of the Canoe.  Float away.

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

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