Frum Judaism, holidays, Judaism, rants, Uncategorized, YouTube

Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same

Back in December, I talked about the Maccabeats, the Yeshiva University  cappella group and their video “Candlelight,” which brought in over 4.7 million hits on You Tube. Although extremely catchy, I honestly can’t stand that song. Even worse, I couldn’t even go on Facebook anymore without being bombarded with the overkill of linking to the video. In the end however, I decided to take the high road and compliment the group for capitalizing on the weak taste of today’s society for the sake of their own popularity as well as in finding a way to publicize a better understanding of the holiday via song.

I concluded by saying that “I look forward to their next big hit about how “they tried to kill us, failed, so we feast” celebration.”

But after watching the group’s newest song and video entitled “Purim Song,” I would  like to take that back that previous statement… Because I never wanna look forward to something that lame ever again. Continue reading “Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same”

Funny, News

SNL Bar Mitzvah Sketch: Only half-funny

Now don’t get me wrong, I love SNL. I watch it religiously… But this sketch kind of fulfilled the stereotypical joke about SNL sketches: They start off great, throw in a few a good laughs, but sour really quickly once the three-minute mark hits, and then it’s gone on too long and it’s all downhill from there.

As to what I mean when I say “half-funny” – the first two parodies with Taylor Swift and Jay-Z were pretty funny. Jay Pharoah nails every single impression they give him (if only the writers gave him a role that’s not an impression!). But after that, it gets ugly.

With the Katy Perry and Cee-Lo Green performances, the sketch begins to reek of trying way too hard to over-milk the sketch’s theme joke (in this case, Jewish jokes) to the very last drop. And while this is typically a trademark technique of SNL comedy, which at times produces some great laughs – e.g. The Secret Word, or anything that includes Stefon, it too often results in lame jokes that make you groan and wanna shake your head because you feel like they could’ve made the sketch so much funnier, but blew it big time.

And as for the whole idea of the sketch itself, I just thought the concept was unnecessary and overdone. To capture my inner Weekend Update anchor: Really, SNL? A sketch where Jews make fun of themselves? How original…

Try doing that at a mosque for an Islamic festival and see what kind of reaction you get… Now that’ll be entertainment! Not to mention it’ll remind people of that classic SNL “cutting edge, pushing the envelope” style of comedy we all grew to enjoy at a young age…

And it’s not like I’m offended by the sketch, because I wasn’t. That they were poking fun at a time-honoured Jewish tradition, which has been tarnished by corny dance parties (aka the old it’s more bar than mitzvah joke), it didn’t really bother me.

But from a comedic perspective, well… let’s put it this way: the moment I saw the Star of David from the backdrop of the synagogue at the beginning of the sketch, I knew this was headed for trouble…

I’m also kind of surprised they didn’t even use Andy Samberg for this sketch, in fact I’m impressed.

Perhaps this sketch would’ve been funnier had they included Kristen Wiig in it. She’s just too funny 🙂

common sense, Frum Judaism, rants

Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court

It pains me to post this, because I’m torn between whether or not I should laugh at this or shake my head in utter disappointment at the ridiculousness of this absurdity. I’ll choose both:  Oy veh…

In a nutshell, it’s all a big understanding really – a result of two people from different ethnicities playing a crazy game of broken telephone. But I gotta to criticize both sides here. Continue reading “Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court”

Loser List, News

Loser List #9- The five morons charged for stealing the Auschwitz entrance sign

FILE- This two photo combination shows above: a Polish Police ...
Above: a Polish Police handout provided early Dec. 18, 2009 showing the entrance sign missing after it was stolen. Below: An exact replica stands in place of the original sign, which was quickly put up later that day

Reports say that Polish police have recovered the stolen “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the Auschwitz death camp and arrested five people in connection with the theft.

The alleged thieves, males aged 20-39, were taken into custody early yesterday morning (Dec 20) after police raided a house where they found the sign cut up in three pieces – each piece containing one word of iconic saying.

Continue reading “Loser List #9- The five morons charged for stealing the Auschwitz entrance sign”

Facebook, media, Random

Watching Twitter when Facebook goes down

So I’m on Facebook at around 5:30 last Thursday (Dec 10) afternoon (5:21 to be exact – you’ll see why later), when all of a sudden the server goes down and nothing is responding.

Most of the time it’s just a computer problem, but I’m at school and the Internet usually runs smoothly (unlike at home, where using a certain phone kills the connection… of all the technology, they can’t avoid that problem…sigh)

Trying to figure out what’s up, I log on to Twitter and see if there’s an answer. Why not? That’s where everyone seems to find out everything right away, including Michael Jackson… I have an account and I don’t use it often, partially because I’m too drawn to Facebook and to me Twitter still has that loserish stigma of people posting stupid moments like “I just flushed the toilet!”

At about 5:23, I type in “facebook” into the search engine and see who’s included the word in their tweets. I’m surprised to see only two tweets, only one of them about what’s wrong with facebook.

20 seconds later a notification pops up on the screen telling me there have been “25 new tweets since I started searching.” I click the link and now it gets fun.

What’s wrong with facebook?

Ahhh! facebook isnt working = end of world

no facebook ugh

Why isn’t facebook working????

#Facebook is down for the count.

Another 20 seconds later comes another notification tells me of 100 new posts since I began the search. Which means more comedy.

facebook moving slow. time to get on

Twitter’s dead and Facebook is slow as Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🙂

Facebook Is Totally Down

stupid evil facebook! its gone downhill in my opinion.

Another 20 seconds pass, another 100+ posts. And repeat the cycle… (inhale, read, laugh, exhale, new notification…)

I love how people migrate to Twitter now over everything. It’s kind of like that engagement post I did not too long ago, except to larger scale and about not so important things (i.e. facebook going down).

Too me it’s just comedy, but it is interesting to see the trends of people resorting to another social networking site when another one goes down.

Here’s my tweet @ 5:24:

it’s funny when i check twitter when facebook is down… now there’s a tidal wave of tweets coming in

I would’ve posted the screenshots at the time but work came first at the time…

Nuff’ said.

Current Events, Facebook, Israel, Judaism, life, Thoughts about Life

Engagement fever: It’s more contagious than H1N1

Let’s see here… in about the last 12 hours, I’ve found out that seven friends/acquaintances just got engaged. That’s seven friends, 4 engagements.

Sorry, check that… Make it eight people… just found out about another…

Actually make it 9 (I’m dead serious!, well even though that last one happened a little over a month ago, I only found out about it now…) So now it’s 9 friends, 6 engagements…

All this makes me wonder about the nature of announcing engagements in the Jewish world and with keeping up with them, especially with the medium of the internet making it so much easier to spread the word. And with that, here are a few observations I’ve compiled about the whole shtick: Continue reading “Engagement fever: It’s more contagious than H1N1”

Random, rants, Uncategorized

Throw it on the Ground!

Inspired by Andy Samberg’s SNL Digital Short (and in a personal moment of ranting at things that find a way to suck), here’s a few things I think should be thrown on the ground: (because the moral of the story is: “YOU CAN’T TRUST THE SYSTEM!!!”)

H1N1 Virus – It’s not SARS people, so freaking out and becoming crazy germaphobic is creating borderline paranoia. It’s okay to be germaphobic, but don’t shove it in my face (I’m talking to you CP 24… And you too 680 News).[leafs.jpg]

Toronto Maple Leafs – Or should I say the Maple Laughs. I’m not surprised anymore when they’re getting whupped. Vesa Toskala – Ground! Jason Blake – Ground!  Ron Wilson – Ground! Penalty Killing (or lack thereof) – Ground!! Screen of Death – Quite possibly the most heinous sight a PC user can see on their computer. If the screen itself doesn’t lead to the slow and pain death of one’s PC  (RIP Tevy’s First PC; 2001-2007), than the throwing of it (or of things at it – like fists or drop kicks) at the sight of BSODs would be the final blows.

USB Keys – No matter how bloody organized I try to make myself, I always manage to lose them. A little over three weeks ago,  I LOST TWO IN ONE WEEK!!


All that was pretty much on those devices were all of last year’s important and vital work worth carrying around with me, which then enable me to show them or bring em up whenever I desire… a time which happens to be now since I have to make a portfolio of previous works. Now I have to get them from home or @ school (G-d help me if the BSOD takes away my home copies of all that hard work).

It also sucks that I can’t even safe my work @ school since idiotic Centennial College doesn’t allow you to safe your work on their servers, which happen to be weirdly cleaned up and deleted at the end of everyday. What an example of stealing one’s work, time, convenience and money – since people now have to spend it on unreliable USB keys, all because the university is too lazy to allow students to back their files at school (like other normal schools like  U of T allow you to do so.)

Nuff’ said.