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Riding That Pony Solo

Posted in Kidz These Days, The Internet, The World Is Effed by CMO on Friday, June 11

These videos and more can be found at Dancing Alone to Pony, which as you can see, is people doing some solo grinding to Ginuwine’s 90’s club banger Pony.

Nevermind he’s in a kindergarten classroom at 4AM.

I’m still trying to find a way to sync up all the videos so they dance in unison.


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Posted in The Internet by CMO on Friday, March 5


Having spent the last year with a pretty much constant feed of the internet, it’s not that often that I stop and think about what I’m seeing.  I’ve gone to the edges of the internet and its interesting what you find out there sometimes. Take Nicolas Sassoon. A True ‘digital artist,’ he creates a lush, atmospheric picture using nothing much more than an animated gif image.

He’s turned this:




Sables (2008)

And This:


Intense Internets, right? It’s like playing Ed Ruscha atari games in the dark…

Check out his website.

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A Novel Idea!

Posted in The Internet by CMO on Wednesday, February 24

In the digital realm, ad-supported content is king. YouTube, Hulu, your favorite blog/podcasts, the scrabble rip-off iPhone app I spend way too much time on. These are all examples of things that are free thanks to ad support. Hell, they pretty much all exist because they have ad support! But this is old news, right?

Well, some people have yet to get that memo.

I’m looking at you, Jeff Bezos.

Here you have this magnificent device in the Amazon Kindle. It’s gonna revolutionize books, save the environment, keep people from going blind! Sure, that’s true but as of lately, I think you’re starting to let that fire go out (if you’ll pardon my pun). Between the plethora of cheaper e-books that have hit the market as of late, and recently introduced iPad, you’ve got to be asking yourself what can I do?

The largest book retailer in the world Amazon has the resources to dominate the e-book market, but due to an unattractive pricing structure, and crippling DRM, the Amazon Kindle has become an unattractive gadget to those of us who guzzle content on a limited budget.  There just isn’t enough free content for me to spend $259 on a gadget that I can’t put my own library on.  Similarly priced, the iphone was no brainer.  On top of putting my own music on it, the majority of downloaded content I can have for free.  Sure, it’s all full of weight loss and body part enlargement adverts, but what isn’t these days? Seriously, have you gone outside?  Watched TV? Opened a magazine? And if I use the app to the point where I’m starting to wonder if ‘Six-Pack Abs truly are only 2 weeks away’ then i’ll probably buy that app, and have the ads removed.

The point is I don’t HAVE to pay for it.  Whether or not I actually will pay for it is irrelevant, because everyones happy.  I (the consumer) get free content, the content provider gets money from the adverts, and the companies get an audience for their advertising. Some people don’t want the ads, and they pay to have them removed.   Problem Solved.

So what’s the solution? Here’s a Novel Idea: Product Placement.   Amazon teams up with companies to provide series of free novels that have that companies products placed throughout the e-books, providing a classy, uninterrupted advertising experience within a novel, as compared to some bad photoshop ads for teeth whitening and hair removal cure-alls.

For this example, Coca-Cola and Amazon have teamed up to bring you three classics.

One Classic Deserves Another

Oh sure, people will argue that product placement will take away from the power and the integrity of the novel.  Just like how Burger King and Nike took away from the latest Twilight movie? And how  the over produced lingerie commercials transport me back from the Island? We’re used to it.  Especially when what we get in return is free.


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AIDS-3D: Think about it.

Posted in Kidz These Days, The Internet by CMO on Thursday, February 18

Discarded Mask (2007)

Burning Bluetooth (2008)

Meet AIDS-3D, otherwise known as Daniel Keller and Nic Kosmas. Two American artists based in Berlin.  It’s hard to really describe these guys, but from the information I’ve gathered, I’d say they form feedback loop of what’s happening in the current art world to the point of abstraction or ‘Answering questions stoners ask with an absurd rhetorical question in the form of visual art.’ In other words: I like it, but I don’t get it.  I mean I get it, but only as much as someone can get it. Right?

In any case, they seemed to have blown up on the internet last year, so there’s a wealth of articles on them, which paint them to be irreverent and über-informed.

AIDS-3D Website

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Growing Up On The Internet

Posted in The Internet, The World Is Effed by CMO on Tuesday, February 2

No kissing or yucky stuff.

Growing Up On The Internet is a compendium of Yahoo Answers of pre-adult questions. Scary and informative at the same time.  Let me rephrase that, Scary but informative.

A couple of my favorites include:

Is it worth spending 300 dollars on yugioh cards even though idk if will still be playin in 2 months?

Is masturbating uncool in society?

What should a 14-year-old wear going over to her boyfriend’s house?

My mum is not speaking to me and calls me a waste of her time!?

What do you think of those “artistic” girls?

Makes you want to have a buttload of kids, right?

Pleasant. Forever.

Posted in The Internet by CMO on Tuesday, February 2


Click To Launch

One of the more unsettling things I’ve seen on the Internet, Three people caught in a politeness infinity loop.  Keep watching. Especially the guy on the end. I imagine if that’s what the fourth ring of hell is like.

I also recommend checking out the rest of the website.  Intense Internetting. To put it in perspective, finding Moresoon was like seeing The Lawnmower Man in theatres. Ahead of its time.


Best Regards, Nigerian Banker

Posted in The Internet by CMO on Tuesday, September 15
I received my first email from a ‘Nigerian Banker’ in 2000-2001, as a freshman in college.
A brand new scam at the time, I was actually convinced for a while that Mr. Solomon Eze was going split 2 million dollars with me if I would pay the 2000 dollar fee to transfer the money to a foreign account.  I finally realized it was a scam when I received a second independent Nigerian Banker with a similar but different reason and offer. But not before actually looking into my bank account to see how much money I could come up with…
Looking back now, I shake my head at my younger self, but it made me cynical none-the-less.  Soon there after I began trolling my spam accounts for these Nigerian Bankers.  It took me a couple times, but soon I was saying, ‘Absolutely, I’d be more than obliged to make the bank transfer to your account, but first, you have to pen the script for my cop drama television show because my writers had quit and I didn’t get the money until I I finish the show.’
Needless to say he gave up on me before finishing the script, but not before telling me a plot-line about a six year old baby-man who was a drug king-pin, which I imagine looked something like this:
Soon though I found a online community dedicated to this scam-baiting, as it’s called.
From the 419eater homepage:
So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers,simply to waste their time and resources. Whilst you are doing this, you will be helping to keep the scammers away from real potential victims and screwing around with the minds of deserving thieves.It doesn’t matter if you are new to this sport or a hardened veteran; if you are wasting the time of a scammer, or frustrating them in any way well that’s good enough for us, and we would welcome you to join with our now
very large community. Although this site concentrates mainly on the Nigerian 419 scam, we are happy to deal with other types of scams if and when the opportunity arises. We also have a large team of experts dedicated to the removal and closure of fake
scammer banks and sites.
They go on to call it a Cyber-Sport, and have a trophy room where ‘scam-baiters’ post their conquests over these Central African con men.
I am amazed the lengths that both the scam-baiters and the con-men/victims go, resulting in surreal images like this one:
419 eater
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