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Sword making dude youtube playlist

There's a dude who makes swords, and he's on YouTube. And there's a playlist of his videos. I know that's probably one of the worst SR headlines you've ever read, but it's accurate.
 
And it's cool. In a different life, I too was a blacksmith/machinist. Check it out.
 

 

Fans of a certain Internet feline

Might enjoy “Sally Forth” on today's comics page.

Grandparents Go Viral On YouTube

Bruce and Esther Huffman kiss during a interview Thursday in McMinnville, Ore. The elderly McMinnville couple has gained unexpected fame after their accidental webcam video reached viral status on YouTube. The three-minute clip of Bruce and Esther Huffman's attempt to snap a photograph on their new laptop computer had reached more than 285,000 viewers by Wednesday evening. Video here. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Question: Have you seen this YouTube video?

Tuesday graphic: looking at social sites through the eyes of SuperHero Comics

We are dedicated to collecting and posting interesting, odd or slightly useful graphics and charts, wherever they may be. All we ask for is clean and fun infotainment.

Today's offering is a cool find, a superhero treatment of popular social media sites. We found it at the uber-social site FreestyleInteractive.co.uk. The infographic is from the Freestyle Interactive digital agency.

We dig the cool and clever takes on sites like Flickr. and Google+. 

Hope you all like it…

Learning To Tie A Tie Via YouTube

In an email, Arpie writes: “On Facebook the other day a friend was proud of her 13 year old son who went to YouTube to learn how to tie a tie.  I've used YouTube for everything from how to fix a bicycle break to fixing my plumbing.  I know Idaho Dad used it to learn how to drywall his basement.

Question (from Arpie): What is the weirdest thing you have used You Tube for?”

Merit Pay Splits YouTube Star, IEA

On Monday, Jonny Saunders, a student at Timberline High School in Boise, unleashed a powerful speech against education reform plans proposed by Superintendent Tom Luna, an address that has become a local YouTube hit, garnering more than 18,000 views in less than 48 hours on the social media site. In the speech, Saunders labeled Luna as a crook, beholden to corporate interests, and said that the reform plans would lead to a poor education system in the Gem State. During one portion of his speech, Saunders vehemently argued against merit pay, saying that the plan would ultimately lead to educators to only teach to tests. What makes his merit pay presentation particularly interesting is that it came at a pro-education rally to protest Luna’s plan but one controversial element of the plan, merit pay, is supported by the largest teachers’ organization in the state/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Photo courtesy Idaho Reporter)

Question: Does Jonny Saunders disagreement with the teachers union on merit pay take away from his passionate speech against Superintendent Tom Luna's education “reform” proposals?

Spokane agency 14Four helps develop social media ‘sobriety test’

Social Media Sobriety Test from TDA_Boulder on Vimeo.

Spokane creative agency 14Four has helped put together a social media sobriety test meant to stop Facebook or Twitter users from posting stupid remarks after partying.

The Spokane company developed the free software plug-in for Webroot, a Boulder, Colo.-based web security firm. The project stemmed from past work 14Four has done with Colorado ad agency TDA, the lead agency for Webroot.

The test’s tagline is “Nothing good happens online after 1 a.m.” The test can work on six social sites, including YouTube and MySpace. The tool also allows for adding custom websites.

TDA Account Director Christi Tucay said 14Four was hired to code the sobriety test software and design how it interacts with the user. “14Four took our idea and made it happen; they built all the Flash, HTML and javascript that makes it work,” Tucay said.

The onscreen test can be set manually to force the user to complete a challenge before posting a message at preset times of the day or night. The extension has six challenges, selected at random, that force the person to answer or do something.

One challenge requires a person to keep the mouse cursor inside a moving circle appearing on the screen. If the person can’t do that, the user fails the test.

The challenge might also ask you to type the alphabet backwards, or use your mouse to guess how long 30 seconds is.

Jeff Oswalt, 14Four’s president, said his firm jumped at the idea when they were first asked by TDA to collaborate. “We saw it as an awesome idea. Plus we would be getting paid for work, which is also a great idea.”

Raul Labrador Releases ‘Family’ Ad

The Labrador for Idaho campaign today released its closing ad in the race for the First Congressional District entitled “Family.” The ad, which will begin airing over the weekend, spotlights Raul’s family values and his determination to get to Washington and start working to restore the American dream for Idahoans/Raul Labrador campaign news release.

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Phil Hart Tells His Side Of The Story

On his Twitter account moments ago, Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, provided a link to 5 YouTube videos that “tells his side of the story and clarifies misleading articles in the press.” The video below is the first of that series. You can see the rest of the series here.

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Hudson’s Hamburgers — Looking Back

I found this on the We Love CDA Facebook site — all the things you need to know to discuss Hudson’s Hamburgers intelligently:

Ad: Allred Raps Otter On Ed, Taxes

In his latest post, Kevin Richert/Idaho Statesman writes: “In his latest TV ad, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred conflates two of his main campaign talking points. He criticizes Republican Gov. Butch Otter for presiding over a $128 million budget cut to public schools, while pushing a tax increase.” He writes more here. And then asks whether the message is on point.

Question: Is the criticism leveled by Democrat Keith Allred about Gov. Butch Otter in this ad legitimate?

What to expect waiting in line for Saturday’s Spokane Apple store opening

SMALL ADDENDUM: This same post earlier said the city’s first year take of $175,000 would be a big help to cash-strapped coffers. That of course is a fairly loose guess and not based on any Apple-provided sales estimates. And, on further review, that money will help the city but not that much. A recent SR story said the city has a $12 million budget hole to fill.

Of course we’re still excited about the opening of Spokane’s first Apple retail store this Saturday, at 10 a.m.

Not because of the 1,000 free T-shirts. We’re hoping the Apple cash registers start popping genormous numbers and the end result will be a hefty injection of new state sales tax dollars into city, and county, coffers.

A city official said the Spokane store, on a likely projection, will generate $175,000 per year in sales tax revenue for the city. Considering how strapped the city is, that’s a big help.

We’re adding this link to a YouTube video of last weekend’s Apple store opening in Turin, Italy. About 700 people were in line when it opened.

Points to note:  the Apple store staff go out of their way to be overly helpful, especially on Day One.

And, of those in line, easily 85 percent are males. So, be forewarned if you get in the queue before Saturday’s 10 a.m. opening. Be sure to have your conversational gambits all-guy, all the time. The checklist: sports, “Battlestar Galactica,” “Community,” and the reasons why you don’t much care for the Kindle… You might also comment about how it’s nice to see the ladies come out for the event, as well.

Graphic ITD Ad Targets Young Males

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is receiving federal money – and free television commercials – to educate young male drivers about the dangers of not wearing seat belts when operating vehicles and the agency is doing it in an eye-opening fashion. ITD released a commercial on Aug. 26 on YouTube entitled “Faceplant” which shows several pedestrians crashing their heads into the windshield of a young male driver before he, while not wearing his safety restraint, is rear-ended by a large truck/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here (beware graphic).

Question: Too graphic?

Stickman At Work

Monster Hat Tip — to Don Sausser, for providing this YouTube of Coeur d’Alene’s Stickman at work in his breezeway in the shadow of East Tubbs Hill:

Golfer Gets Wet On Floating Green

“I was at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course with my buddies and one of their dads recently,” posts the individual responsible for this YouTube video from August 2008. “It’s a beautiful course and we had a great time … some more than others. We were on the world famous Floating Green, which is pretty spectacular… anyways, I pulled out my phone to catch Jim’s dad chipping out of the bunker… ” H/T: Get Out! North Idaho.

Allred Responds To IACI Attack

Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise posts: “Allred released this YouTube video to rebut IACI’s charges, saying the Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter were wrong to assume that 2011’s state revenue would be no better than 2010’s, prompting an precedented cut in school funding. ‘2011 isn’t going to be as tough as 2010, not for the economy, but it will be a lot tougher on our kids,’ said Allred, ‘who will go into overcrowded classrooms with fewer resources because Otter called it wrong.’” More here.

He’s Back!!!

Many of you have seen the Charlie the Unicorn videos on youtube. Up until recently there were two of them. Now Charlie’s back in his third epic adventure! Enjoy…

If you haven’t seen the first two, I’d recommend watching them before you watch this. Charlie the Unicorn 1 Charlie the Unicorn 2