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It’s an Internet Miracle

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I’ve been doing a lot of trading on SwapaDVD over the past few months. I’ve been able to get rid of DVDs I don’t like and stuff that I’ve upgraded to Blu Ray for so it’s been a good site. The way it works is someone requests a DVD from me then I mail it to them. In exchange I get a credit good for one disc. I can use that credit to order a DVD from someone else. It goes on and on. Once you receive a DVD, you go to the site to mark it received in order to give the sender credit for it.

Recently I ordered a copy of Year of the Dragon starring Mickey Rourke. After I hadn’t received the disc for awhile, the sender sent me the following private message:

HI JAMES

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE DVD YEAR OF THE DRAGON BY NOW, PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAILBOX, AND MARK RECEIVE SO THAT I CAN GET MY CREDIT.

THANKS

Needless to say, I was slightly offended. First of all, there’s no need to yell. We can settle our differences in a civil manner. Secondly, I know how the site works and I know how to check my mailbox. There’s no need to tell me how to do this. I got it. It just so happened that I was able to get to my PO Box the next day and the DVD was there. I sent the following message back.

Thank you for the reminder, Pat, but as you saw by my address, this was sent to a PO Box. Unfortunately with my current schedule I am unable to get the post office during operating hours throughout the week. As a result I am only able to check the PO Box on Saturdays. I just did and your DVD arrived safe and sound.

PS: When you write in all caps on the Internet it means you’re yelling.

Have a blessed day.

James.

I figured that would be the end of it. I can go on with my DVD in hand and continue doing whatever I was doing while this other guy could get his credit and maybe have a little food for thought when dealing with other people on the Internet in the future. Then two days later I receive the following:

James
thanks for the tip! and now,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !

Did I do the impossible? Did I actually teach someone that types in all caps that it’s rude to type in all caps? Did I make a change? I like to think so. I also like to think that the Internet is a better place because of it. You’re welcome, Internet.

Internet Superstars to TV Reference

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OK. Check this out. I want you to watch this. You’ve probably seen it already, but watch this.

This video has almost 28 million views on YouTube right now. One of those millions of views hit someone at The Office as this past week we saw this:

I think this is awesome. Yes, there have been bits and pieces of stuff from YouTube that has floated into network Television (the Star Wars kid spoof in Arrested Development is the first and funniest that comes to mind) but I think this is so great. Television shows have spoofed and made jokes at all these aspects of pop culture from movies to radio to commercials and now the Internet is making this influence and with user generated content no less! So seriously, does anyone want to sponsor my wedding? I’ll do something like this if someone wants to sponsor it. No joke.

In other news, this should be a further kick in the ass for myself to actually film something.

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