Wednesday, December 16, 2009

YouTube: What The World Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009

I just discovered this interesting post: YouTube Blog: What You Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009

2009 has been the biggest yet for online video, and thanks to our better Internet connections in Kenya, we are now also able to feel part of this. For the first time YouTube is sharing its official Most Watched lists. For these lists, YouTube looked at view counts of YouTube's most popular videos this year. There is no specific list for Kenya yet (something I hope YouTube will take on in 2010), but here is the global list:

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Well, I am not a big fan of Susan Boyle (no. 1), but I love water and babies, so the Evian Roller Babies (no. 5) is my favorite one on this list.

And you, did you watch any of these top five videos in 2009? If not, where have you been?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Out-of-Office Autoreply: I May Be Promoted to Management

It's that time of the year again when most Kenyans are planning for their long end-of-year holidays, so we need to think about what contingency plans we can put in place for the time we are out of the office. An out-of-office autoreply for our e-mails is one approach and here are some nice ideas I came across:
  1. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
  2. Sorry to have missed you but I am at Kenyatta National Hospital having my brain removed so that I may be promoted to management.
  3. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me until I return from vacation on 4th of January 2010. Please be patient and your email will be deleted in the order it was received.
  4. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again. (The beauty of this one is that when you return, you can see how many people did this over and over).
  5. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as "Wairimu" instead of "Njoroge".
So, which one should I put? (please don't vote for number five)
And what are you going to put as your out-of-office autoreply?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shuga: Cool Movie About Sex, Major Hype in Kenya

"Let's talk about sex. Let's talk about all the good things. And the bad things that may be. Let's talk about sex."
(lyrics from a hit song by the American hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa released in 1991)

Fast forward to 2009, 18 years later...
Another generation. The babies made during the 'let's talk about sex' era are now sexually active themselves.
"Hi ni story ya ma boys, in gear five,
Madem wa fly getting down with the music, feeling fly,
Furahi day nights, music vibes, sweat and sex in the air.
This is a story of true love, lust, broken trust,
It is the story of bright lives, entwining and colliding,
Hi ni story ya morning after, mabyebye baadayes,
Madoa sugu zimeachwa
So what do you do when the party catches up with you?
Has the ride been worth it?"
Shuga, MTV’s Staying Alive hard-hitting drama is screening on Kenyan television stations. Shuga follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife-edge due to their love of risk and danger. It's a story about sex with a great story line and good actors. Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she’ll do to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty?

We like Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Ayira, because she is a great main act, has lips to die for, and her sex scenes are oh so hot cool! Ayira is a beautiful, confident and vivacious 22-year-old, grade-A college student. Originally from Langata she now lives in Buru Buru with her mom and little sister. Her father left Ayira's mom for another woman six years ago - an act which deeply affected Ayira. She is now determined to get her mother and sister out of the financial strain her father left them in, and see a return to the comfortable life they once enjoyed. She has a steady, loving boyfriend called Ty, however Ayira is distrustful of men due to her father's behavior. She wants more and she wants it quickly. Her hunger and impatience for life clouds her judgment and sense of values.

Shuga is generating quite a buzz in Kenya, the series actually seems to be quite appealing to the young urban middle and high classes. Shuga seems to challenge young people and is igniting a movement to change their sexual behaviour. It's educating, it's provocative, it's funny: "Don't let your erection determine your direction!" Kenyan youths are asking each other: "Who are you in Shuga?" It's amazing, young people have even gone for tests after seeing this movie. Others, who are not that interested in the sex aspects, are saying Kenya has actually great potential for a vibrant movie industry.

Fine, enough said. Time to watch the three episodes now. Let me know what you think.

Shuga Episode 1: Diva has hopes of the high life, meanwhile the fast boys flex their masculinity and Virginia plays hard to get.

Shuga Episode 2: The Fast boys get caught slipping, while Ayira thinks she is playing Felix, meanwhile everything becomes clear with why Virginia has been acting distant. It all goes pear shaped for the fast boys, as Leo Kenneth and Skola wake up regretting the night before, sweating over some bad news. Meanwhile Ayira thinks she is playing new squeeze Felix, but is she the one in control? Or does he have much more to gain from her than she does him? And what about the implications with long term man Ty? We find out the reason behind Virginia’s erratic behaviour, she’s been hiding something from Leo.

Shuga Episode 3: Everything comes to a head in the final episode, Ayira has it all to lose, and Skola is free falling to his lowest point.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Google Zeitgeist: Kenyans are Searching for KRA

Just like last year when Palin beat Obama, Google released its 2009 'Zeitgeist' today. Each year, Google examines the billions of queries that people around the world have typed into Google Search to discover the 'Zeitgeist' - the spirit of the times.

Globally, requests for information on Michael Jackson tops the “Fastest Rising” category (could this have something to do with his death maybe???), followed by other household names like Facebook, Twitter, and New Moon. Here is the list of the fastest rising search terms at the global level:
  1. michael jackson
  2. facebook
  3. tuenti
  4. twitter
  5. sanalika
  6. new moon
  7. lady gaga
  8. windows 7
  10. torpedo gratis
No, I don’t know what sanalika or mean, or why so many people were looking for a free torpedo, but that's what we have Google for, so if you really want to know, just Google it.

This year, Google also released specific lists for Kenya.
As expected, Kenyans expressed a rising interest in Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
But surprisingly, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is the second fastest rising search in Kenya! Is that because we all want to pay our taxes now - or do we want to learn how to avoid them?
The English Premier League dominates the Sports Top 10, with Arsenal beating Manchester and Chelsea!

Here is the full Google 'Zeitgeist' 2009 for Kenya:

Fastest Rising
  1. facebook
  2. kra
  4. jobs in kenya
  5. youtube
  6. nairobi university
  7. gmail
  8. bing
  9. twitter
  10. yahoo
Most Searched for Kenya
  1. jobs kenya
  2. kenya airways
  3. nation kenya
  4. public service commission
  5. kenya revenue authority
  6. kenya law
  7. kenya news
  8. nation newspaper kenya
  9. orange kenya
  10. central bank of kenya
Most Popular Sport Searches
  1. arsenal news
  2. chelsea
  3. champions league results
  4. manchester united news
  5. real madrid
  6. liverpool fc
  7. usain bolt
  8. cristiano ronaldo
  9. roger federer
  10. football
Most Popular
  1. kenya
  2. facebook
  3. yahoo
  4. mail
  5. jobs
  6. google
  7. management
  8. love
  9. youtube
  10. wikipedia
Most Popular News Searches
  1. kenya
  2. arsenal
  3. obama
  4. facebook
  5. manchester
  6. kcse
  7. somalia
  8. premier league
  9. michael jackson
  10. chelsea
Most searched for celebs
  1. michael jackson
  2. rihanna
  3. michelle obama
  4. usain bolt
  5. tyra banks
  6. chris brown
  7. cristiano ronaldo
  8. lady gaga
  9. roger federer
  10. bob marley
Yes, I have to admit I also did a search for Rihanna in 2009. And you, what have you been searching for in 2009?

Hey You, Don't Be Silly, Put a Condom on Your Willy!

It's World AIDS Day today, and I am honouring it by sharing five of my favorite condom commercials. So please don't be silly, and put that condom on your willy!

(Note from the Editor: Def Dames Dope was a girls band from Belgium during the 1990s. One of their notable lyrics included "Hey you, don't be silly, put a condom on your willy". In South Africa, the band was the opening act for a tour of La Toya Jackson)

1. The Little Bastard

2. The Giant Condom

3. Doggy Style Balloons

4. My Mom Said I Could

5. Bubble Gum

So, which one do you like most? Hey, are you still there? Or have you left for the bedroom?