Random Late April Fools’ Day Thoughts


  • My original idea for today, that thankfully never got past the concept stages, was to release a new song and hype it as my best work to date. The actual song would have been a cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up“. I reserve the right to do this in the future (As I’ve mentioned in a serious manner before, his vocal range is generally similar to the range at which I’m most comfortable singing).
  • Speaking of “Never Gonna Give You Up”, Youtube had my favorite prank of the day, taking you to the video for the song in question whenever you tried to watch one of their Featured Videos. Honorable Mention goes to Dancing With the Stars, where I’ll admit I didn’t catch on until about halfway through the segment.
  • Continuing to speak of “Never Gonna Give You Up”, fully two thirds of search strings that led people here today were Rick Astley-related. I find this highly amusing.
  • I note that my Project Wonderful ad campaign for some reason didn’t update at all today. Weird. I tried raising my overall spending limit a bit, so we’ll see what happens with that.
  • Speaking of Project Wonderful, tomorrow I’ll be replacing the Donate button with a small ad. As I mentioned yesterday, literally anything I get out of that will be an improvement over the donation button.


    • James on April 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    The Rickroll fad is strange… it’s not really all that funny outside of kind of poking fun at 80’s pop culture but man, it’s one of the bigger trends out there. Its still not as stupid as the staged and vaguely racist “Leroy Jenkins” fad. Rickroll is harmless fun but moderating on gamefaqs has immunized me to being surprised at it. Also: don’t try to sing like Rick Astley.

    • emptyeye on April 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Aaron of Aaron in Japan more or less agrees with you–his exact words were close to “As someone old enough to remember the first time Rick Astley was popular, I’m completely confused at his becoming an Internet phenomenon.” I get the feeling that so was Rick, honestly.

    As for trying to sing like him…you’re probably right, though I think sometime it would be a fun exercise to see if I could match the production on his vocals–I sarcastically remarked on another one of his songs, “Dear Producers, trying adding a touch more delay and reverb to his vocals…I don’t think you used enough.”

    • James on April 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    What’s funny though is he is probably financially set for life from that song, so I certainly don’t blame him. It won’t be long before it turns up in a commercial somewhere, more royalties and there you go.

    So don’t listen to me– sing like him!

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