TO THIS DAY VIDEO: The Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can manifest in horrible ways and severely affect an individual later in life. Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and feelings of being unloved or inferior can all be traumatizing outcomes of the effects of bullying.

Shane Koyczan has begun a bullying project to help confront bullying. His poem, To This Day, which has been transformed into a brilliantly animated video, is on its way to becoming viral. To This Day powerfully illustrates the effects of bullying and has been put together by dozens of animators.

The To This Day Project is a very powerful and moving video and should certainly be shared as extensively as possible.

To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan (The Effects of Bullying)

I can remember being responsible for some nasty name-calling at school. It made me think that the group mentality around bullying has a lot to do with self-preservation. In other words, if someone else is the victim of bullying, then that decreases the chance of you being the victim. It's a nasty circle.

Anyway, I hope Shane's brilliant video offers some good insight into the detrimental effects of bullying. Please share this post however you can and help educate others on this important issue.

Here's some splurb from YouTube:

"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point." - Shane Koyczan

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Shane also sends out one new poem each month via email. You might like to join him.

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PAPERMAN: Full Animated Disney Short Film

I wanted to share something really special with you guys and gals. This is the most beautiful little animated love story brought to us by Disney. It's called Paperman :-)

Paperman Full Movie in 3D

Here's the Paperman splurb off YouTube:

Paperman Disney Short Film"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. First-time director, John Kahrs, takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, "Paperman". Using a minimalist black-and-white style, this animated love story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Paperman" pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction."

Thank you for bringing this animated love story to the world...

* I highly recommend watching this on YouTube, in HD, in full-screen!

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PARODY VIDEO: The Car Guard Song (Eminem feat. Rihanna)

THE boys who brought us Braaiday - Rebecca Black parody, are back with a new, uniquely South African gem of a video. The creative videographers have released “The Car Guard Song” - a story-driven tale about the plight of the South African car guard.

Now, granted that not all South African car guards are as dedicated to looking after our four-wheeled friends as our hero in this video; The Car Guard Song has a lot to do with presumptions, attitudes and about giving a little more.

In a country where car-related atrocities are regularly committed, the car guard has become an important position in our society. The car guard industry is also a major employer of people who have made some wrong turns in life – such as ex-drug addicts and convicts.

If anyone feels offended by this production please at least state why you feel so. There is no doubt that some will somehow see this song as racist or offensive but you need to justify why you feel so. Just saying “I'm offended” or “this is racist” really isn't bringing anything to the table.

For those of you who appreciate great production values, good song lyrics and the relevance of such videos, sit back and enjoy the following Car Guard Song brought to you by Derek Watts and the Sunday Blues!

The Car Guard Song - Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues
(Eminem feat. Rihanna Parody)


Here's the splurb from YouTube:

Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues are back with another typically South African-themed parody video. The "Braaiday" creators turn their attention to car guards, and give you a glimpse into a previously unseen world - one where anything can happen whilst you are away from your beloved vehicle.

Featuring a cameo or two from several well-known faces, this video will make you laugh, cry and reach for a R5 coin all at the same time! You'll never look at the brave men and women who put themselves on the line to protect your car in the same way again.

And if you haven't seen the Braaiday video yet, this is a must-see!

UPDATE: The creators of The Car Guard Song will be interviewed on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 tomorrow morning at 6:20am. I'll post the clip here once/if it becomes available on YouTube!

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VIDEO: Valentines Day ideas (good idea bad idea)

VALENTINES Day is that nauseating time of year when capitalism is in the air; but we call in “love” or give it some other facade. It is the time of teddy bears, chocolates and prick-less roses which adorn many a street as we near February 14.

If you're a hopelessly romantic girl with a guy, you're likely expecting Valentines Day to be the most romantic day of your life. If you're a guy with a girl, you're likely dreading this moment and wondering if your stuffed teddy bear or box of chocolates idea will suffice.

Originality is a rare trait when it comes to Valentines Day. If you're thinking of “doing something special” this year, here are some good and bad Valentines Day ideas – brought to you by the boys who made the brilliant Braaiday video.

Valentines Day: Good Idea Bad Idea - Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues

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VIDEO: Macbook thief gets defamed on YouTube

I CAUGHT wind of a fantastic story on 5fm while stuck in traffic this morning. Apparently some guy had his fancy new Macbook Air stolen from him. A while later, Steve (we’ll call him Steve) remembered that his Macbook had an auto backup function which automatically backed up his data to an online server. When Steve went online to have a little peruse through his data he skillfully managed to find the identity of the Macbook thief. Not only that, but Steve also came across a video the wannabe rapper had made using his newly acquired Macbook Air.

Steve reported the identity of the Macbook rapper to the police and uploaded the video to YouTube. It has now seen over a million views and is appropriately titled, “don’t steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers.” The rapper has asked that the embarrassing video be pulled from YouTube and that he was sorry for stealing the Macbook. Steve and his new fan base told him to get bent.

Don’t steal computers belonging to people
who know how to use computers


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