Rick Astley Profiles 4Chan’s moot for Time.com

I’m really liking Astley’s reaction to the RickRolling:

Back in the ’80s, I was known for being reclusive, often shying away from media attention. It’s perhaps ironic that the Internet phenomenon of Rickrolling should bring my video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” to a new generation. But that’s one of the great things about the Internet. Young people now have easy access to material that they ordinarily wouldn’t have been exposed to.

Before I heard about moot — the mysterious 21-year-old creator of the influential Web message board 4chan.org, who just happened to win TIME.com’s online poll to determine the world’s most influential people — I used to think some young kid had stumbled across my video and thought it would be funny to send it to his mates, and it just kind of caught on. I suppose at first I was a little embarrassed by it. I always liken it to when people look through their photo albums or home videos from 20 years ago and think, Gosh, did I really wear that? The difference is, thankfully on the one hand and perhaps a bit scarily on the other, mine are out there for the public to see whenever they want. I find some Rickrolls really funny. Have you seen the one with President Barack Obama? Someone has cut up his speeches and put them together so that he sings “Never Gonna Give You Up.” It’s totally amazing. I find it bonkers, by the way!

Using a Blog to Find Help for a Homeless Family in San Francisco

From Boing Boing:

We talked, and I learned her name was K. and asked her about the shelters in town. She rattled off the names of homes that I know are where abused women and children escape to when their lives are in danger.

None of the shelters had rooms for her and her children.

Then it dawned on me that maybe I could do more than give her $30 and hope someone else gives her another $30 so the young family can find a place to sleep tonight. I asked her if we could share her photos and her story so that somewhere, some of you might be able to help.

K’s eyes are perpetually brimming with tears. She’s tiny and her hands are chilled. Baby M is sleeping under a blanket on her chest. The two younger children, D and Little K, are relatively quiet considering their ages. At 7 and 9, they could be tearing up the sidewalks, but they’re not.

When I explain to K about my blog and that I hope that maybe someone out there reading might have a way to help, she thinks it’s a good idea and says it’s okay to take the pictures. “It can’t be any more embarrassing than what I’m doing now,” she says.

Question of the Day

Sorry that the site was down a bit earlier. Had some problems getting flooded by a rogue bot (Or something of that nature).

Have you ever had to stay overnight in a hospital?

I’ve been lucky so far with that. The closest I came was during the Grammy’s the year Michael Jackson was winning everything for Thriller and I came had an allergic reaction to penicillin that I was taking for a bout of strep throat.

Joe Biden’s Advice


Vice president Joe Biden said today he would tell his family members not to use subways in the U.S. and implied schools should be shuttered as the swine flu outbreak spread to 11 states and forced school closures amid confirmation of the first U.S. death.

“I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said when asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation.

Biden made his comments during a brief interview on NBC’s “Today” show during an interview with Matt Lauer.

“I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation suggesting they ride the subway. ”

The vice president also implied that schools should be closed as the threat of swine flu increases.

(via J-Walk)