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2013-03-05 11:57:12 AM
Well, that site is blocked at work.  So I'll just post one of my favorite memes.
 
2013-03-05 11:58:14 AM

blatz514: Well, that site is blocked at work.  So I'll just post one of my favorite memes.


Annnnnd, preview is your friend.  Let's try this again.

cutestuff.co
 
2013-03-05 12:14:06 PM

blatz514: Well, that site is blocked at work.  So I'll just post one of my favorite memes.


Here you go:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EouHnOxPizo
 
2013-03-05 12:22:18 PM
I don't remember that one.  The VHS tapes I DO remember circulating were the Heavy Metal Parking Lot videos and the one of the Farting Preacher.

Good times, good times.
 
2013-03-05 12:27:16 PM
expected to find picture of Al Gore
 
2013-03-05 12:33:23 PM

brap: I don't remember that one.  The VHS tapes I DO remember circulating were the Heavy Metal Parking Lot videos and the one of the Farting Preacher.

Good times, good times.


I don't remember the video either, but I'm sure I remember the audio.  HMPL is of course an absolute classic... have you seen the official DVD documentary on it?  Its quite awesome, and loaded with a ton of extra features.  They even track some of the people down, etc.
 
2013-03-05 12:38:02 PM
I LEARNED IT FROM YOU, RON!
 
2013-03-05 12:39:34 PM
This is amazing.
 
2013-03-05 12:46:33 PM
Reagan....man I sure miss getting to vote for that man.
 
2013-03-05 12:48:37 PM
I saw the original speech in 1986.  It made me take more drugs.
 
2013-03-05 12:50:00 PM
Cool! Now we just need to track down whoever did the Max Headroom incident.
 
2013-03-05 12:54:22 PM
I remember this! Man, bootleg tapes were fun as hell. Shut Up Little Man? Or the best was when some folks in the british punk group CRASS tape spliced a phone conversation btw Ol'Ronnie and Maggie Thatcher, and released it to the media, whole bought it completely...

...good times.
 
2013-03-05 12:56:40 PM

blatz514: Well, that site is blocked at work.  So I'll just post one of my favorite memes.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net

still my all time favorite. the thread where the admins get pissed is an all-time classic
 
2013-03-05 12:56:57 PM
this the guy?

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-05 12:57:15 PM
The internet is much older than 1986....
 
2013-03-05 01:00:17 PM
I wonder how many kids the kind of drug education that suggests marijuana = cocaine = heroin farked up.  I mean, if you end up trying ganja and realize that it isn't bad or habit forming and is, in fact, quite pleasant perhaps they were lying to you about heroin or PCP.
 
2013-03-05 01:01:42 PM

Mercutio74: I wonder how many kids the kind of drug education that suggests marijuana = cocaine = heroin farked up.  I mean, if you end up trying ganja and realize that it isn't bad or habit forming and is, in fact, quite pleasant perhaps they were lying to you about heroin or PCP.


I believed it, until I wa about 14. Our politicians still do.
 
2013-03-05 01:05:23 PM
That video was pretty damn funny.
 
2013-03-05 01:06:13 PM
maybe we can start a just say yes club--maybe tie it into fark?
 
2013-03-05 01:06:30 PM

Rockstone: The internet is much older than 1986....

did not become popular or commercially available until the early 90's, Metacrawler was your search engine, and you installed NetScape b/c IE sucked.
 
2013-03-05 01:07:28 PM

downstairs: brap: I don't remember that one.  The VHS tapes I DO remember circulating were the Heavy Metal Parking Lot videos and the one of the Farting Preacher.

Good times, good times.

I don't remember the video either, but I'm sure I remember the audio.  HMPL is of course an absolute classic... have you seen the official DVD documentary on it?  Its quite awesome, and loaded with a ton of extra features.  They even track some of the people down, etc.


Don't forget the Metallica air drummer.
 
2013-03-05 01:11:34 PM

johndalek: maybe we can start a just say yes club--maybe tie it into fark?


Just say "fark it."
 
2013-03-05 01:13:44 PM

brap: I don't remember that one.  The VHS tapes I DO remember circulating were the Heavy Metal Parking Lot videos and the one of the Farting Preacher.

Good times, good times.


Here's something else I remember:

Back during the 1992 presidential race, there was a guy who called himself "The Invisible Man" who made these audio edit remixes of George HW Bush and Bill Clinton speeches and set them music. I think they got a little bit of airplay on WMMR in Philly.

Anyone else remember those? I've never been able to track them down.
 
2013-03-05 01:16:13 PM
I like the video.  But is it me, or does its creator sound like an insufferable artsy douche?
 
2013-03-05 01:17:37 PM

alizeran: I remember this! Man, bootleg tapes were fun as hell. Shut Up Little Man? Or the best was when some folks in the british punk group CRASS tape spliced a phone conversation btw Ol'Ronnie and Maggie Thatcher, and released it to the media, whole bought it completely...

...good times.


Have you seen the documentary about "Shut Up Little Man" ?  Its great... totally worth watching.
 
2013-03-05 01:19:44 PM

downstairs: alizeran: I remember this! Man, bootleg tapes were fun as hell. Shut Up Little Man? Or the best was when some folks in the british punk group CRASS tape spliced a phone conversation btw Ol'Ronnie and Maggie Thatcher, and released it to the media, whole bought it completely...

...good times.

Have you seen the documentary about "Shut Up Little Man" ?  Its great... totally worth watching.


I have. I wouldn't call it "great" as the material is stretched a bit thin, but it is worth watching.
 
2013-03-05 01:24:22 PM
Postcard cats dispute this claim of meme primacy:

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-03-05 01:29:31 PM

brap: downstairs: alizeran: I remember this! Man, bootleg tapes were fun as hell. Shut Up Little Man? Or the best was when some folks in the british punk group CRASS tape spliced a phone conversation btw Ol'Ronnie and Maggie Thatcher, and released it to the media, whole bought it completely...

...good times.

Have you seen the documentary about "Shut Up Little Man" ?  Its great... totally worth watching.

I have. I wouldn't call it "great" as the material is stretched a bit thin, but it is worth watching.


Yeah I watched it... What it lacked in documentarian cinematic flair it more that made up for in actual footage of the characters that were so influential in my teenage years whom had only previously existed on cassette tapes.

I'm still on the fence as to whether the internet has or has not cheapened prank culture.
 
2013-03-05 01:38:43 PM

brap: downstairs: alizeran: I remember this! Man, bootleg tapes were fun as hell. Shut Up Little Man? Or the best was when some folks in the british punk group CRASS tape spliced a phone conversation btw Ol'Ronnie and Maggie Thatcher, and released it to the media, whole bought it completely...

...good times.

Have you seen the documentary about "Shut Up Little Man" ?  Its great... totally worth watching.

I have. I wouldn't call it "great" as the material is stretched a bit thin, but it is worth watching.


Yeah, "great" was probably a bit much on my part.  However, for some reason (and I collected these types of tapes in my youth)... I had never heard about "Shut Up Little Man" until I saw the documentary.  Probably made my experience better than those that already knew of the tapes.
 
2013-03-05 01:46:36 PM
Bah, in my day your browser was rn, gopher, ftp, and archie. We were drowning in a sea of memes! Every 36 hours you would login and start to download the next kilobyte of a multipart file in alt.sex.binaries.lolcats, and in a few scant fortnights, you could assemble the black & white .rle image, which would fail six times out of seven because of someone's damned call waiting somewhere between Acron and Bowling Green.

/but we were happy...
 
2013-03-05 01:48:28 PM
I thought The Reagan was defeated long ago by Dr Horrible.  How does it have a video?
 
2013-03-05 01:51:29 PM

downstairs: Yeah, "great" was probably a bit much on my part.  However, for some reason (and I collected these types of tapes in my youth)... I had never heard about "Shut Up Little Man" until I saw the documentary.  Probably made my experience better than those that already knew of the tapes.


You would probably like "Red" a movie that reenacts the Tube Bar Tapes, prank calls made to the bar's  bartender in the 70s.

Stuff like, I'd like to speak to Al, Koholic,is there an Al Koholic there?

It was a classic, everyone had those tapes.
 
2013-03-05 01:52:14 PM

Psychopusher: I like the video.  But is it me, or does its creator sound like an insufferable artsy douche?


It's not just you. I kind of wanted to punch him in the face by the end of the article.
 
2013-03-05 01:55:09 PM
Richard Dawkins is rolling in his grave.
 
2013-03-05 02:00:50 PM
Fark-N-Noodle Reagan....man I sure miss getting to vote for that man.

Yup, he was a real peach:
http://consortiumnews.com/2012/01/23/reagans-hand-in-guatemalas-geno ci de/
 
2013-03-05 02:03:02 PM

sid244: Rockstone: The internet is much older than 1986.... did not become popular or commercially available until the early 90's, Metacrawler was your search engine, and you installed NetScape b/c IE sucked.


Not to mention that video formats such as MPEG-1 didn't exist till 1993. Netscape Navigator was first released in 1994. I don't recall at what point thereafter I saw my first internet video but I recall it was small and had lousy quality because it had to be since it still took a fair while do download with my 56K modem.
 
2013-03-05 02:10:22 PM

Rockstone: The internet is much older than 1986....


true but in 1986 it was not widely commercially available and therefore not a viable source to spread entertainment or information. It started commercial spead about 1992 and even then was only something us nerds did for about 6-8 years afterwards
 
2013-03-05 02:10:40 PM
Finally a positive drug story!
 
Bf+
2013-03-05 02:12:47 PM
lovetoedit.files.wordpress.com
Memes?
 
2013-03-05 02:13:29 PM
Kilroy says "What?"
 
2013-03-05 02:25:17 PM

brap: I don't remember that one.  The VHS tapes I DO remember circulating were the Heavy Metal Parking Lot videos and the one of the Farting Preacher.

Good times, good times.


We used to use the farting preacher "Robert Tilton" as the mascot for our public access cable show back in the early 90's
 
2013-03-05 02:28:42 PM

alizeran: I'm still on the fence as to whether the internet has or has not cheapened prank culture.


On one hand, you have the Farva-style pranks like Jackass and CKY; on the other hand, you end up with awesome pranks like Prank Wars. So yeah, it's hard to tell.

HairBolus: I don't recall at what point thereafter I saw my first internet video but I recall it was small and had lousy quality because it had to be since it still took a fair while do download with my 56K modem.


The first internet mash-up video I ever saw was in 1995. It's a low quality fan made ST:TNG parody (NSFW) that I have since put on my youtube channel. My brother got it off the U of Illinois network, which had T1 connections in the dorms back then. The next video I saw back then was a little known video called "The Spirit of Christmas".
 
2013-03-05 02:29:17 PM

HairBolus: I don't recall at what point thereafter I saw my first internet video but I recall it was small and had lousy quality because it had to be since it still took a fair while do download with my 56K modem.


media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-05 02:31:47 PM
After looking at this article I'm even *more* confused as to what the fark a "meme" is.  And I have my MCSE and CCNA...!

WHAT THE FARK
 
2013-03-05 02:34:30 PM

Titanius Anglesmith: We used to use the farting preacher "Robert Tilton" as the mascot for our public access cable show back in the early 90's


Small world.  I had a public access cable show.  I think it was the 80s/90s equivalent of "I'm in a band."
 
2013-03-05 02:54:47 PM

ristst: After looking at this article I'm even *more* confused as to what the fark a "meme" is.

Memetic. A self propagating idea. Dont be distracted by the medium. I think it was a Dawkins book in the late seventies. Didn't he coin "memetics"?/i, too, have some capital letters that follow my name, but yours are worth more in scrabble, so...
 
2013-03-05 03:03:03 PM

ristst: After looking at this article I'm even *more* confused as to what the fark a "meme" is.  And I have my MCSE and CCNA...!

WHAT THE FARK


This really wasn't a meme. At best it was a viral video.

CSB time:  I had a tape of this in the late 80s. Wife was working in Manhattan and we got all the cool VHS copy of a copy of a copies. We got this one, fun with father, and even the original South Park xmas card (soxmas).

Good times.
 
2013-03-05 03:22:03 PM
Memeing goes back like 40,000 years.Those ancient cave paintings? Analog memeing
 
2013-03-05 03:24:11 PM
I used to play this one on my college radio comedy show circa 1985.

Can of Poison Meat
 
2013-03-05 03:29:18 PM

sid244: Rockstone: The internet is much older than 1986.... did not become popular or commercially available until the early 90's, Metacrawler was your search engine, and you installed NetScape b/c IE sucked.


Netscape?  I remember going from Lynx to Mosaic...

/adjusts onion
 
2013-03-05 03:29:40 PM

alizeran: ristst: After looking at this article I'm even *more* confused as to what the fark a "meme" is.Memetic. A self propagating idea. Dont be distracted by the medium. I think it was a Dawkins book in the late seventies. Didn't he coin "memetics"?/i, too, have some capital letters that follow my name, but yours are worth more in scrabble, so...


Gotta few more - MCP, MCSA (couple different OS versions), & MBA for starts.

But all the computer certs in the world don't mean squat if ya can't get the job done....and there are a lot of what we call "paper certs" out there (folks who manage to pass the cert exams with no actual job experience).

Plus some of the absolute best system admins I know have ZERO certifications.
 
2013-03-05 03:34:38 PM

brap: Titanius Anglesmith: We used to use the farting preacher "Robert Tilton" as the mascot for our public access cable show back in the early 90's

Small world.  I had a public access cable show.  I think it was the 80s/90s equivalent of "I'm in a band."


Huh?  The 90s equivalent of "I'm in a band" was... "I'm in a band."

/was in a band
//along with everybody else who was cool  :D
///a public access show sounds pretty sweet, too, though
 
2013-03-05 03:49:27 PM

3rdtimearound: Finally a positive drug story!


If only Bill Hicks had seen this video when he was alive.
 
2013-03-05 03:57:44 PM

WillyChase: 3rdtimearound: Finally a positive drug story!

If only Bill Hicks had seen this video when he was alive.


I'd be surprised if he didn't.  It started circulating 8 years before he died, if I'm reading correctly.
 
2013-03-05 04:17:55 PM
So, kinda like Youtube Poop?
 
2013-03-05 04:27:51 PM

Oldiron_79: Memeing goes back like 40,000 years.Those ancient cave paintings? Analog memeing


www.modernhumanorigins.com
LOL Bulls
 
2013-03-05 04:28:49 PM

timujin: sid244: Rockstone: The internet is much older than 1986.... did not become popular or commercially available until the early 90's, Metacrawler was your search engine, and you installed NetScape b/c IE sucked.

Netscape?  I remember going from Lynx to Mosaic...

/adjusts onion


I remember buying the NOVEL red box to add the tcp/ip stack to my Windows 3 machine.

/it was the fashion at the time.
 
2013-03-05 04:30:31 PM
Didadidadididodo Diiidadidido,
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2013-03-05 04:57:02 PM
Might be a bit of confusion about Internet / World Wide Web here ...


(PS. Which MCSE? MS Certified Systems Engineer or MS Certified Solutions Expert)
 
2013-03-05 05:26:58 PM
Man the guy is a cawk...a clever cawk, but a cawk nonetheless.
 
2013-03-05 05:31:50 PM

signaljammer: Fark-N-Noodle Reagan....man I sure miss getting to vote for that man.

Yup, he was a real peach:
http://consortiumnews.com/2012/01/23/reagans-hand-in-guatemalas-geno ci de/


recommended reading:

25.media.tumblr.com

/at least when Reagan said he had no recollection of events, he was telling the truth!
 
2013-03-05 06:07:22 PM

puckrock2000: I used to play this one on my college radio comedy show circa 1985.

Can of Poison Meat


That was what I was originally thinking of when I saw TFA.
 
2013-03-05 06:27:02 PM

Psychopusher: I like the video.  But is it me, or does its creator sound like an insufferable artsy douche?


I agree. I think the video is funny as hell, and he's not wrong that there is a difference between cat photos and what he did. But what was the political message of his video? "Just say no" is silly? Well...okay. That message wasn't terribly original, even if the vehicle he chose for it was. I think the "sharp words" the author of the article promised are more her own interpretation...but he does appear to take himself too seriously.
 
2013-03-05 06:57:06 PM
1986?  Yeah, I was too stoned/drunk/bolivianmarchingpowdered to remember such a speach, but I do remember marching in the street in '87 against that bastard Constitution shredder Ronnie Reagan.

/lawn, off it, it's a fine sinsemilla bluegrass
 
2013-03-05 10:16:03 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Cool! Now we just need to track down whoever did the Max Headroom incident.


During Horror of Fang Rock?  That was Captain Midnight.  I have that on a VHS tape somewhere.
 
2013-03-05 11:20:59 PM
So if it wasn't for the 1980s, Ronald Regan, drug PSAs and that guy we wouldn't have memes?  OK, cool.
farm8.staticflickr.com
oi47.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-05 11:32:00 PM

Big_Fat_Liar: Quantum Apostrophe: Cool! Now we just need to track down whoever did the Max Headroom incident.

During Horror of Fang Rock?  That was Captain Midnight.  I have that on a VHS tape somewhere.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs
 
2013-03-06 02:08:35 AM
You mean people mashed up audio and video before the internet?

Don't tell the Church of the SubGenius!

And whatever you do, definitely do not listen to  Episode #1400 of The Hour of Slack (rerun of Episode #849 "Media Barrage 5" - weekly since 1985).
 
2013-03-06 04:41:00 AM

Mark Ratner: Psychopusher: I like the video.  But is it me, or does its creator sound like an insufferable artsy douche?

It's not just you. I kind of wanted to punch him in the face by the end of the article.


This is what it took to be really originally creative and funny back before the internets. You basically had to be an insufferable artsy douche from New York that people kind of wanted to punch in the face.
 
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