Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Internet is a Frightening Place

There's a good reason that I'm a workaholic, which I discovered this weekend. When I have too much free time, I can get into trouble...the internet offers way too many temptations.

Normally, when I'm online, I spent the majority of my time working on at least one of my two jobs. But last night, I had finished one after several long hours, and I couldn't do the other because the website I needed to access was down.

Thus, to kill time, I searched for the lyrics to my favorite tune from "Team America: World Police." (It's a long story why, but to make it short, I wanted to show them to my brother.) Unexpectedly, I found a Flash presentation set to the "Team America" song that had me laughing my ass off at 2 a.m. Before you click the link, please be aware of the following:

The song contains the "F" word...actually, it contains it many, many, many times. If you have ever seen the "South Park" movie and/or have heard the Terrence and Phillip "Uncle" song, you'll know what I mean. Remember, "Team America" is a movie by the South Park creators. If the "F" word offends you, do not click the link.

It also contains other vulgarities, and the Flash presentation shows those vulgarities in detail, albeit in very quick flashes. There is even some brief porno involved. If that would offend you, or if you are under 18, do not click the link.

If you are a sensitive soul who prefers a world of political correctness, do not click the link.

If you read my blog entry about "Wonder Showzen" and viewed the clip despite all my warnings, then promptly went into heart failure, do not click the link. While this clip is not as...well, bizarre as..."Wonder Showzen," the language and quick flashes of porno could send you into a relapse.

Also, be warned that the file is over 6 meg. That shouldn't be a problem if you are on DSL or a cable modem, but it might drive dial-up users to suicide.

If I haven't scared you off, be sure to make sure that there are no impressionable children anywhere near the computer, and then click here

I spent yesterday night watching that clip and busting a gut over the "terrorist cat," among other parts ("broom guitar" is great, too). You definitely need to watch it more than once to take in everything.

As I watched it, I realized that the internet is a frightening place. These days, you can find just about anything if you look hard enough. In the past, I have found video clips of things as obscure as "Wanda the Witch" (a 1970s clip from "Sesame Street") and several entire websites devoted to Bill Jackson (his name won't mean anything unless you grew up in Chicago in the late 60s/early 70s, when you would have know him as B. J., companion of Dirty Dragon and the Blob in Cartoon Town).

Just for yucks, I also tossed in a search on "Kimba, the White Lion." Others of my era may remember that show, and they might even think, "Gosh, that's an awful lot like the 'Lion King.' A lion cub whose father dies and who appears to him in the stars...who has a baboon and a bird as advisors...who battles evil hyenas and a black-maned lion named Claw...nah, coincidence!"

Apparently, Kimba (originally a Japanese cartoon) has resurfaced in various redubbed formats over the years, but I am a purist and only like the version I remember as a kid. Imagine my surprise when I found a website with a video clip of the opening. Yes, the real 1960s opening! If you're a former Kimba fan, or if you'd just like to see Simba's origins, click here and then select the appropriate format when you get to the webpage. Don't worry, this one is totally G rated.

Ah, the power of the internet! People of obscure interests can unite and share their obsessions with the world. It amazes me to realize that it's only been a part of popular culture for a little more than a decade. Now, both of my jobs are centered around the world wide web, and I surf its voluminous waves in my spare time. Soon, I'll have to enter treatment for internet addiction ("Hi, my name is Barb and I'm a netaholic.")

Oh well, I guess it could be worse. Searching for obscurities is better than internet gambling or porno!

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Anonymous said...

That video is hilarious! You seem pretty liberal for Celebration -- have you found that there are a lot of people as free-spirited as you in the town? My impressions (as an outsider) have always been that, although it is a beautiful town, it is pretty conservative and heavily Christian, a place where a lot of people would not appreciate jabs at Bush. Have you found that the town is more diverse than might be gathered just from a first glance? I'm very curious, because it's one of the things that has always held me back from moving there.

By the way, fantastic blog!

Barb said...

There are a surprising number of liberal souls here in Celebration. While I'd prefer a little more diversity, overall it's not as "whitebread" of a place as you might expect. Lots of fun-loving people here, hiding behind the conservative exterior : )