This Video will hit 1 mill views very soon.

100 000 views in one day! Not a generic brand video.

FiNAL VERDICT: Prediction Achieved. This video received just over a million views on my prediction date, April 2nd 2014. The official channel commented on my post and added the Vimeo views to the youtube views and they reached a Million views on the day I had predicted. I first saw the video at 1200 views a day after it was posted. 12 days later the video had 1 million views, where will it go from here? 100 million in one year? Can’t wait to see. To all the trolls, suck it!

100 000 views in one day! Not a generic brand video. Uploaded 4 days ago, will it reach a million views by April 2nd 2014? Enjoy

My brand predictions are coming true, exciting,

UPDATE 28 MARCH: VIDEO views are over 600 000! So we might hit the 1 mil view mark sooner than I predicted!

And there are about 5 FAKES on YOUTUBE as we speak, one having a hundred views already, I’ll try and keep track of the fake posts too.

Read more….

 

 

This Video will hit 1 mill views very soon.

Trend Prediction – Dissolve – Update

UPDATE 3pm 26 March 2014: Views at 140 000 today:

UPDATE 3pm 26 March 2014: Views at 140 000 today:
UPDATE 3pm 26 March 2014: Views at 140 000 today:

UPDATE 11pm 25 March 2014: The video creator replied to my Youtube Comment and said that the video was featured as PICK of THE DAY on Vimeo. This has helped the video up to 11,500 views from 1270 yesterday.

UPDATE 9PM 25 MARCH 2014: So the video had 1257 views yesterday, today is is at 5563. That is a 4000 view growth rate in 24 hours. At that trend they will hit 40 000 in 10 days. But the growth should be exponential so I predict 1 000 000 views by Wednesday April 2nd 2014.

I am updating my prediction blog from yesterday. Since my first post the video has grown from 1270 views to 9220 views in one day (11,500 right now actually, 11:30 pm, 25 March). The video was only posted 4 days ago but it has started growing fast. The reason for its growth can be attributed to how great it is. It is something worth sharing as it is both ironic and funny. This advert comments on modern day multi-national companies, and how their adverts might not be as authentic as you might think. Does this make those companies evil, are they trying to manipulate you? Yes they are. Is it evil? No. Every company does it, even you Grandma. Yes even granny tries to win you over from your other granny. Granny masks her capitalism with love. Does she love you? Yes she does, does she love being your favourite granny, priceless.

Ok HIPSTERS before you assassinate me with your comments just take a second to study your favourite brands. Those brands all play in on your ALTERNATIVE (haha) culture. They create the ALTERNATIVE culture with strange patters, retro looking fashion and advertising that emote the idea of being NON MAIN STREAM, of being a hipster….

Visit Dissolve’s website here —–> http://www.dissolve.com/

Google + here ——-> https://plus.google.com/+Dissolve/posts

See the original post here ——-> http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/this-is-a-generic-brand-video

This Video will hit 1 mill views very soon.
This Video will hit 1 mill views very soon.

 

Dissolve.com made a great add using their own stock footage.
Dissolve.com made a great add using their own stock footage.

Dissolve.com made a great add using their own stock footage.

Dissolve.com made a great add using their own stock footage.
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Dissolve.com made a great add using their own stock footage.

 

This stock footage is available from Dissolve.com and is featured in the advert.

The birth of an internet sensation – Trend Predictions.

So I will be predicting the future internet sensations on my BLOG. I will do this as often as possible, when I find something worth sharing. This next advert only as 1200 views currently on Youtube, today is 24 March 2014, I predict it will have over a million views on one month, and that you will see this on your Facebook feed (or google plus or twitter or whatever you use) This video is an advert for a stock footage company and is so smart that it deserves a share. BUZZFEED and Upworthy will be posting this soon, but I’ll be first, helping this video get shared and spreading the word. Here is the video:

PROOF of CURRENT VIEW COUNT as of 24 March 2014 – Click the image to see the low hits, only 1200 or so as of this posting.

Screenshot of date and video view count, this video is about to become famous. Hipsters are going to hate it.
Screenshot of date and video view count, this video is about to become famous. Hipsters are going to hate it.

This video is a great example of a Capitalist MEME. Read more about different types of Memes by clicking anywhere on this line of TEXT!

So you might wonder why is this a MEME? Well the video is obviously advertising, but the subject matter is main stream media. The video comments on the modern day obsession with being current, young and technologically advanced. The make fun of Apple and Google and Samsung, all massive international companies that try and create a sense of authenticity and technological advancement. Dissolve is a stock footage company and their range is very impressive. As a film editor and director myself I know how handy great stock footage can be. Dissolve has it all, and all in HD at affordable rates.

This advert comments on modern day multi-national companies, and how their adverts might not be as authentic as you might think. Does this make those companies evil, are they trying to manipulate you? Yes they are. Is it evil? No. Every company does it, even you Grandma. Yes even granny tries to win you over from your other granny. Granny masks her capitalism with love. Does she love you? Yes she does, does she love being your favourite granny, priceless.

Ok HIPSTERS before you assassinate me with your comments just take a second to study your favourite brands. Those brands all play in on your ALTERNATIVE (haha) culture. They create the ALTERNATIVE culture with strange patters, retro looking fashion and advertising that emote the idea of being NON MAIN STREAM, of being a hipster….

Visit Dissolve’s website here —–> http://www.dissolve.com/

Google + here ——-> https://plus.google.com/+Dissolve/posts

See the original post here ——-> http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/this-is-a-generic-brand-video

UPDATE 9PM 25 MARCH 2014: So the video had 1257 views yesterday, today is is at 5563. That is a 4000 view growth rate in 24 hours. At that trend they will hit 40 000 in 10 days. But the growth should be exponential so I predict 1 000 000 views by Wednesday April 2nd 2014.

UPDATE 11pm 25 March 2014: The video creator replied to my Youtube Comment and said that the video was featured as PICK of THE DAY on Vimeo. This has helped the video up to 11,500 views from 1270 yesterday.

blue jasmine meme

Meme Culture – Modern or Mind Control?

So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.

A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.

Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.

But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.

EASY MEMEs: 100% effective:

TROLL FACE:

Troll Face, Coolface MEME
Troll Face Meme started on September 19th 2008 but only reached MEME status around February 2012, almost 4 years later.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED. So Emma pulled a face that looked very similar to Troll FACE MEME, so she joined the JOKE. This is how Memes evolve and spread, most people who has never seen the ORIGINAL could still find it funny, but those that know about the ORIGINAL TROLL FACE will have a deeper experience with the joke.

 

So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!

But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com

“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART[1] handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem

Troll FACE origins.
Troll FACE origins.

Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.

ORGANIC MEME:

A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.

MANUFACTURED MEME:

A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.

CAPITALIST MEME:

The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.

These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories.  We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

The original photo was changed to become a Meme, the creator of the image had no control over the MEME.
The users create their own custom MEME messages using the original picture of the baby on the beach. This is a User Active MEME.

Manufactured MEME:

This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.
This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.

CAPITALIST MEME:

Capitalist Meme or Organic?
Capitalist MEME? or Organic? Does this help the Daft Punk Album? It does, so might belong to both groups.

So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.

My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.

Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.

PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…

NEXT POST PREVIEW: Has MEMEs gone political?

Political Memes?
Political Memes?
Political Memes
Political Memes
Political MEMEs
Political MEMEs
LOL
HAHAHA

 

 

 

Meouth was so cute, I had to make this comic style pic of him sittig in the drain pipe.

Can pets leave a legacy?

What is a legacy? Dictonary.com defines it as:

“Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor…the legacy of ancient Rome.”

My cat Lucy is very ill, after 14 years of life it seems her path is winding to an end. I want to go back in time and play with her longer, allow her to sleep in my bed and wake me up at the worst time by pushing her wet black nose against my big fat nose. As a kitten I had to hold her tightly against me while she tried to bite and scratch me. She had a fear for people and I could see she needed to know that she could trust me before she would accept me. After weeks of restraining her and taking her nails and teeth in my flesh she got a taste for me so to speak.

She was my little Burmese kitty, ready to play and jump and sleep on my homework. She and my little sisters cat Meouth ( a fat ginger tabby) became great friends, they became brother and sister. Meouth passed away a few weeks ago, and Lucy almost mourned herself to death. After 14 years with Meouth she seemed to miss him beyond anything. She would smell his left over furr and she would meow a special meow that we all recognised was her calling Meouth. A legacy is leaving a lasting message. A lasting story. Making an impact.

Lucy is just a cat, but she is a symbol of my childhood, our family starting a new life in Cape Town. She and Meouth came into our lives and enriched every moment. When I held Lucy for the first time in 1999 I knew I loved her. As a kid I never thought of the end of her life. 14 years later I realize it is my duty to her to hold her one last time, I need to be with her when she dies. Hold her, be with her, make her feel safe in those last moments.I want to calm her like she has me. I want her to trust that I love her, and that her life meant so much to me.

Her legacy is my legacy. Lucy kept me warm, made me feel safe. She gave me company when I was a lonely 15 year old boy from a small town back in a big city. She calmed me when I was sad, purring me to sleep. A legacy is more than just property or fame. A legacy creates a lasting change in the world. You create a legacy by your behaviour. How you choose to love, act and react. Did you face your fears or did you allow them to consume you? Did you go for your dreams or did you hope they would fade away? Were you there when you were needed, did you lend a helping hand? Lucy thought me a lot about responsibility and love. She showed me that you should only trust people that are willing to bleed for you, people that will be there for you no matter how crazy things get. Or how difficult.

The ancient Egyptians had a cat god called Bast (Bastet) who represented protection, fertility and motherhood. The Egyptians hoped they would keep the cats soul alive, so that it could return to its owner to serve them in the afterlife. Here is another extract from WikiPedia:

“In 1888, an Egyptian farmer uncovered a large tomb with mummified cats and kittens. This discovery outside the town of Beni Hasan had eighty thousand cat mummies, dating to 2000-1000 BC.”

Lucy you are just a cat, and I am just a man. I will be there for you till the end, be it tomorrow, be it today. You added to my legacy, a part of who I am was created by you being in my life. I wish you could find Meouth again, he is somewhere eating…

 

PS: If you have lost a beloved pet please leave your story in the comments below.

Lucy gives me the LOOK HOW CUTE I AM look.
Lucy gives me the LOOK HOW CUTE I AM look.
My sisters CAT Meouth!
My sisters CAT Meouth!
My cat Lucy trying to get me to stop working on the computer.
My cat Lucy trying to get me to stop working on the computer.
My sisters CAT Meouth! And my dad, and Lucy my cat in the corner.
My sisters CAT Meouth! And my dad, and Lucy my cat in the corner.

 

 

 

blue jasmine meme

My First Meme – Do you remember yours?

So Wikipedia defines a MEME as:

” An Internet meme may take the form of an imagehyperlinkvideopicturewebsite, or hashtag. It may be just a word or phrase, including an intentional misspelling. These small movements tend to spread from person to person via social networksblogs, direct email, or news sources. They may relate to various existing Internet cultures or subcultures ”

My favourite MEME has to be GRUMPY CAT and the YES BABY.

Here is Grumpy CAT:

Grumpy Cat MEME
Grumpy Cat MEME

Here is the YES BABY:

 

YES BABY MEME
YES BABY MEME

So I always wondered who actually took the time to make MEMEs. It seemed like a bit of work. Yes some are super easy, but others can be very elaborate, even multiple images or animated GIFS are used.

I was watching BLUE JASMINE with my boyfriend when all of a sudden her character reacted to something her ex husband said. Her reply to his statement was a heartfelt “WHAT! Are you CRAZY!” . Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for that role a few days ago, and that moment won my heart. The next evening when I got home from work I told my boyfriend about the MEME I had made, and how people in this world was so CRAZY. And the crazy people have the audacity to call us gays predators and try and make laws that discriminate against us. And they use dumb arguments, like the Adam And Eve story, or Corinthians. The conservative republican views are so crazy and sad, but they think it is not ok for a woman who was raped by 3 men, stabbed, to have an abortion. Yes I’m going a bit deep with my argument, but the far right conservative republican mindset will cut you with every “weapon” they think they have.

I defend gay rights all over the social media platforms. I have a rehearsed speech for all 3 GAY BASHERS.

TYPE 1: Holy Man – Uses the bible and says that god created gay people, you were born this way, but you can change.

TYPE 2: Peace Man – This christian gay basher uses derogatory bible verses and 1950 propaganda to argument that being gay is unnatural behaviour because animals in “the wild” are not gay. He is wrong, google it if you do not believe me, you basher reading this blog just to troll me. I see you baby…

TYPE 3: Nazi/Stalin/Terrorist – These are those high school bullies that used to call you a FAG. They would hit you, verbally assault you and break you down to the point of no return. They also believe it is their christian duty to beat the gay out of you. Scare you to death of the social rejection of being gay,shame you. If you do not commit suicide before you turn 21, you should be safe.

Ok there are more types of gay bashers, but if you are not one of these 3 that is great, that means there is hope for your heart. I would watch a BuzzWorthy video about two gay dads, then some ignorant fool will write one of the above mentioned styles of comments. So I used to Google bible versus to fight back, I read more of the bible then them. Then I’d waste 20 mins of my time arguing my case for a open and loving future, where we can all just be bi until proven otherwise.  But those days are over, I can now use my MEME to answer for me “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” , Cate Blanchett in tears from the frustration of the stupidity of masses. The ignorant, closed minded, shoe boxed lives most people live in. I won’t get too deep, no time for tears, we have LGBT people out there going to Jail for who they are, their colours muted in Russia, their bodies destroyed and vandalised. WE NEED TO ASK THEM! THESE so called LEADERS, these so called SAINTS, these so called righteous men and woman, we need to aske them—–> What? Are you Crazy!

 

SO HERE IS MY FIRST MEME:

blue jasmine meme
Use this MEME to say how you feel when ignorant people spread hate against LGBT people and other minorities.
#bluejasminewhat

 

HOW TO USE: Copy the RED link next to this line called COPY ME:———————->   http://stephenbekker.co.za/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bluejasminewhat.jpg  

Now when you find a stupid comment, PASTE that red LINK in the line above, and then the MEME will pop UP as a REPLY (COMMENT) Works great on FACEBOOK and Google+. 

EXAMPLE:

How to spread a meme
How to spread a meme

Need to go to bed, sun is rising outside. Will fix my grammar in the morning, writing bug falling asleep.

screenplay new title image jpg

A page a day – Challenge Accepted by Stephen Bekker

By Stephen Bekker

So we all know that writing ANYTHING takes forever. At least for most of us procrastinators out there. I know I am a procrastinator but I also know that MOST people are. And whether you are in a creative career or not, the true procrastination does not happen at work. Oh no, at work you work really hard for your BOSSES, afraid to get fired or maybe you slack, but the work gets done. The real procrastination happens after work, in what some people call “free time” (Time is obviously not free. Most of your time is spent working so that you can hopefully one day have more free time). That broken cupboard you wanted to fix 4 years ago. That trip to New York you’ve been promising your boyfriend. Or that million dollar screenplay you are just too tired to type when you get home after a long day of unfulfilling work…………………………………………………….

 

We need to realize that it is not this moment that matters, in the stories you dream up you know that it is all about the climax, all about THE END. Yes the journey is important but when a friend does not want to go see a new movie, and he knows you’ve already seen it, he just asks you what happens in the end. Have you got, or are you, the person that talks so much during a movie or tv show that they lose track of the whole plot. You/They then pretend to continue watching and just before it ends they suddenly want to go make popcorn. So you let them go. But you do not stop the movie, they are too far gone…..When the person comes back after 2 hours they ask, HOW DID IT END?

 

So when you end, like DIE! What happened to that cupboard in the end? Did you ever go to NEW YORK with your boyfriend and have a super gay evening? And that screenplay? Never happened? That is so sad……………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………..  …………………..E………………………………………T……………………………………E…………………R…………………………………………….N…………………………………A………………………………………..L………….. ……………………………………….spooky, death!

 

I will not leave you HANGING in that depressing thought too long. I will tell you how to make that script happen. No I am not selling it to you for only 50 dollars for the PDF e-book whatevers. No it is so simple. Do a small piece of the work every day. That broken cupboard needs a good sanding then some wood filler and lastly a fresh coat of paint. Split that task up into small pieces/tasks , do one thing a day. And if you skip a day then do double the work next time. It would take me 9 days to fix that cupboard if I did one thing a day, how much TIME would you take? If you skip more than 2 days you fail because then the task of writing 3 pages becomes too much.

 

90 Pages. It will take you 90 pages to finish a normal length screenplay according to all sources. The streets the place to go! Ok gay joke, suck it Russia, UGANDA!. MOVING on. 90 pages, one page translates into 1 minute on screen. So let us do the math! (ACTUALLY there is  website that calculates dates for you! Brains are not needed, sjoe…>> http://www.convertunits.com/dates/daysfromnow/90 <<)

June 3rd 2014, I will have a full length feature script if i write one page a day. 

The first draft of your million dollar movie could be done on the 3rd of June this year if you start today… How does your story END?

The eye of Ra is watching, but what did it see? Who will write with me? Time will tell. DAY 1…

Hong Kong
Me and my dad ate with monks at this temple in Hong Kong, EPIC!

 

New York , Times Square , 2010
New York , Times Square , 2010

 

GAY Uganda Refugee

Cape Town Gay Pride 2014 – Uganda takes center stage.

On the 1st of March we had Cape Town pride. With all the gay rights violations happening around the world it seemed very hard to pick a theme for this years pride. To me Uganda was the biggest topic for gay rights this year. Yes Russia had made a very unfair anti-propaganda law that would make being an out gay illegal, telling gays that they better not show anybody how gay they are. Russia used a very sneaky law to do almost the same as Uganda, except Uganda made it illegal to be gay, not only can you not be out, you can not be gay in anyway or know any gay people. You will go to jail for being who you are, and if you are a known gay in prison I do not see you coming out of prison alive.

 

So I created my Uganda Gay Pride Flag to create awareness and to have a resource for other LGBT pride parades.

Please download the UGANDA GAY FLAG by clicking anywhere on this line of text. 

CLICK one this line to download the HEART SHAPED UGANDA Flag. 

 

Please use the Uganda Heart or Normal Gay Uganda Pride flag at your next pride or gay rights rally.

 

Hundreds of people loved my shirt design that me and my boyfriend was wearing. Many other people wore UGANDA shirts and South Africa’s second largest political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) had all their LGBT members wear UGANDA T-Shirts (PICTURE BELOW). My mother and father was also at pride wearing P-FLAG shirts. ( Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.) My dad and mom have started a Somerset West / Strand PFLAG group on Facebook, please follow them by clicking HERE. I am really lucky to have parents that support me and love me. Me and my sister are LGBT and they give us all the support and love we need to thrive. We all had a great out and pride parade, so enjoy our pictures and remember to keep the message strong, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!

GAY Uganda Refugee
A mini bus that talks about refugees from Uganda who are escaping to South Africa to be safe.
DA Loves Uganda
DA Loves Uganda
LGBT Friends
LGBT Friends
Gay Pride Eye  Candy, Hunks
Gay Pride Eye Candy, Hunks
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
DA (Democratic Alliance)  Supports LGBT rights
DA (Democratic Alliance) Supports LGBT rights
Mr Gay SA
Mr Gay SA