"A very special Valentine's Day Greeting for those who are not
sucked into the hyper-commercialized, hyper-heterosexuliazed, false symbolism perpetuated by the Capitalist-Industrial complex (but kinda wish they were, anyway)."
(But that wouldn't all fit into the subject line).
Thanks to pedanther
for his initial roundup:
First, the Discovery Channel
loved the whole world -- two versions:
Then, the Discovery Channel invited
people to make their own versions:
Then, Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic XKCD did his version as a comic strip (but unfortunately, now when you click it in the archive, all you get is a little red x in a square)
Then, Olga Nunes, sang the song with Munroe's lyrics, and her friends made an animated version:
Then, they got together again
, and made a live-action version (with some folks that I gather geeks tend to recognize):
Why do I love this
love song, in particular?
First -- it is, decidedly, undoubtedly, whole-heartedly, PRO-FUN!!
Second -- it is encouraging people to break into song (or at least, encouraging people to accept the idea
of breaking into song). One of my pet-peeves with our late-twentieth century, Western, culture* is that people have become afraid to sing where anyone else can hear them. Overly produced, auto-tune "enhanced" music, has done as much, I think to harm people's perception of their own voice as the fashion industry, and photoshopped magazine covers have done to harm body image.
Third -- It's pro-fun. ...Oh, I said that already. Still, it bears repeating. Also, if you must
have an earworm crawling through your mind, this one is better for your mood than "Major Tom."
*The Twenty-first Century is still a little too young to have developed its own identity, I think. I don't think the Twentieth Century got its own feel until after The Great War...
Also: Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the Tiger!