oh that is a hilarious page
Delete - content is non-notable, verging on the nonsensical. --Whouk (talk) 18:55, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
― a board in which there is lively and fuiud debate? (dayo), Monday, 9 May 2011 05:02 (six years ago) Permalink
I have a relative who clearly did this. She had a relatively impressive career in a couple of different areas but at most might be worthy of a stub-sized entry for one of them, and instead wrote this super long bio detailing everything she's ever done and exaggerating minor accomplishments.
― bin caught laden (Hurting 2), Monday, 9 May 2011 05:03 (six years ago) Permalink
Its content was recently replaced with an unrelated article about trees, which was then vandalized Bill 18:00, 13 December 2005 (UTC)Comment this vote for keep is from the same ip address that replaced the article with one about pine trees. Must not think its too important.Bill 22:37, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
Comment this vote for keep is from the same ip address that replaced the article with one about pine trees. Must not think its too important.Bill 22:37, 13 December 2005 (UTC)
― a board in which there is lively and fuiud debate? (dayo), Monday, 9 May 2011 05:04 (six years ago) Permalink
Keep or Delete, it's up to you, but if you're going to keep, then for god's sake get some better content than that in - none of the names cited are "much-loved internet personalities" they are music writers, apart from the last-named, who is a homophobic nuisance poster on the board (who is also probably responsible for putting the article up in the first place).Excuse me, but I am that "homophobic nuisance poster". I didn't put up the article in the first place (it was Tuomas, don't you know) and I am an internet personality. Just the other day, someone walked up to me and said "I KNOW YOU FROM THE INTERNET. TO BE SPECIFIC, I LOVE MUSIC!" -- Love, Esteban ButtezI'm sure the folks at Wikipdeia are fascinated by this, "Esteban".Whatever that means. Also, I hope you know that I have several gay and lesbian friends. One of them works at Officeworks, and he gets me discounts there now and again. He's such a nice guy. -- Cheers Bigears! Love, Esteban Buttez!Keep. The content of the article could be improved, but ILM/ILX is of cultural significance.Delete. As per the above exchange, any entry about "I Love Music" is likely to be persistently changed back and forth for "humorous" purposes by board trolls, such as "Esteban", above. I'm a long-term regular poster on "I Love Music", it's a fun place, but to be honest I really have my doubts about its "cultural significance", despite its appearing in newspapers, and some of the other regulars being published authors etc.
Excuse me, but I am that "homophobic nuisance poster". I didn't put up the article in the first place (it was Tuomas, don't you know) and I am an internet personality. Just the other day, someone walked up to me and said "I KNOW YOU FROM THE INTERNET. TO BE SPECIFIC, I LOVE MUSIC!" -- Love, Esteban Buttez
I'm sure the folks at Wikipdeia are fascinated by this, "Esteban".
Whatever that means. Also, I hope you know that I have several gay and lesbian friends. One of them works at Officeworks, and he gets me discounts there now and again. He's such a nice guy. -- Cheers Bigears! Love, Esteban Buttez!
Keep. The content of the article could be improved, but ILM/ILX is of cultural significance.Delete. As per the above exchange, any entry about "I Love Music" is likely to be persistently changed back and forth for "humorous" purposes by board trolls, such as "Esteban", above. I'm a long-term regular poster on "I Love Music", it's a fun place, but to be honest I really have my doubts about its "cultural significance", despite its appearing in newspapers, and some of the other regulars being published authors etc.
― it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Friday, 3 June 2011 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink
― owenf, Friday, 7 October 2011 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Monday, 27 February 2012 23:11 (five years ago) Permalink
looks like lag∞n
― johnny crunch, Monday, 27 February 2012 23:15 (five years ago) Permalink
Not exactly the same, but I can guarantee you that Mitt Romney's Wikipedia article was written by one of his staffers.
"Although the campus was becoming radicalized with the beginnings of 1960s social and political movements, Romney kept a well-groomed appearance and enjoyed traditional campus events."
"In any case, maximizing the value of acquired companies and the return to Bain's investors, not job creation, was the firm's fundamental goal, as it was for most private equity operations."
"While there have been many biographical parallels between the lives of George Romney and his son Mitt,[nb 23] one particular difference is that while George was willing to defy political trends, Mitt has been much more willing to adapt to them. "
"Throughout his business, Olympics, and political career, Romney's instinct has been to apply the "Bain way" towards problems."
― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 17:37 (five years ago) Permalink
Keepin' a little BYU spirit on other campuses.
― Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink
Jonathan Edwards, folk musician
Edwards toured as the lead in the Broadway musical Pumpboys and Dinettes when he met an old friend from the folk circuit, Wendy Waldman, in Nashville. She and Mike Robertson convinced Edwards to come to town and record a country album. "I've been making country-sounding records all my life, but never in Nashville. Yeah, let's do it." Edwards said. So, Natural Thing was produced, recorded, and released on MCA/Curb Records in 1989. "I was crazy about the songs we selected from those great Nashville writers, and the acoustic-based production that Wendy and I put together was just a joy to make and to listen to. I count that as one of the best albums I've ever been involved with."
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:23 (four years ago) Permalink
who did he allegedly "say" this to?
― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:09 (four years ago) Permalink
my brother once suggested to me that we create and maintain wikipedia entries about each other, and i looked at him like he'd just said "hey let's cut our thumbs off and drink sewage."
― some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:23 (four years ago) Permalink
What, out of your thumb holes?
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:26 (four years ago) Permalink
― some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 02:28 (four years ago) Permalink
Brandyn "H*Wood" Bordeaux (born March 6, 1988) is an American born mash-up recording artist. H*Wood is a proud Denver, Colorado musician whose music reflects his elecletic upbringing ranging between electronic, pop, dance and dub-step all while effortlessly rapping the lyrics; the style is considered to be innovative considering electronic and dub-step are generally genres known for its music production rather than its lyrics.
― nakhchivan, Saturday, 21 July 2012 19:54 (four years ago) Permalink
― Misc. Carnivora (Matt P), Saturday, 21 July 2012 20:28 (four years ago) Permalink
Glenn Alan Medeiros (born June 24, 1970, Lihue - Kaua'i, Hawaii) is an Hawaiian singer and songwriter of Portuguese descent who was a mega-star in the late 80s and 90s.
― turn left onto bisexual woman (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 22 October 2012 21:25 (four years ago) Permalink
― 乒乓, Monday, 10 December 2012 01:17 (four years ago) Permalink
At age 16, Varner picked up the guitar for the first time. Frustrated that she wasn't instantly as good as Hendrix, she dropped the guitar and became a part of Alexander Hamilton High School's Academy of Music's Vocal Jazz Group.
― Pat Finn, Monday, 10 December 2012 01:27 (four years ago) Permalink
― Sax Blatterday (jaymc), Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:26 (four years ago) Permalink
― 乒乓, Friday, 14 December 2012 02:20 (four years ago) Permalink
― the horse world of the bludgrass (unregistered), Wednesday, 2 January 2013 02:38 (four years ago) Permalink
― things that are jokes pretty much (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Saturday, 5 January 2013 23:04 (four years ago) Permalink
― cwkiii, Friday, 15 February 2013 19:30 (four years ago) Permalink
― cwkiii, Friday, 15 February 2013 19:31 (four years ago) Permalink
― Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 17 March 2013 18:38 (four years ago) Permalink
Concerning his writing lyrics, he has stated in one interview, "...it's a connection to the sub-conscious a side-stepping of the rational brain to let what's in you spiritually manifest itself in your creative medium. I mess with words as they come flying out of my brain uninvited. I think it's more like prose-poetry sometimes, hypertext, concentrated meaning in a seemingly abstract construction. It can be a little puzzling but there is a narrative but not in the literal sense we are used to... You have to absorb and translate...";and in another, "...you have to make the words count, but the order in which you put them is the really fun time. It's all code, puzzles, concentrated meaning. It has a surreal coloring but it's much less random than you'd expect." About how his writing style has changed over the years, he has said, “...I began with a much more structured style of writing that fit the conventional pop song structure, I think within that structure you can create puzzles and language is a beautiful instrument to manipulate in this way. I have tried to move into more abstract , DADA territory with some of the later work, the meaning becomes coded like hypertext. The narrative is back to front or a zig-zag pattern of small movies. Tone Poet is a balance that can be achieved between narrative and nonsense, they’re interchangeable and I really have no idea sometimes what is going to happen until I sing, it’s instinctive mostly but occasionally the words are written down randomly and call to you in a sequence that fits."
Clearly a genius.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 March 2013 18:49 (four years ago) Permalink
― Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 14 April 2013 23:33 (four years ago) Permalink
Professional Children's School was founded by two reform-minded New Yorkers, Jane Harris Hall and Jean Greer Robinson. Ardent theatre-goers, the women learned of the plight of the city's professional children - young people working on the New York stage. Public and private schools of the day did not accommodate the schedules of stage children and, more often than not, children were simply skipping school to work on the stage. Some reformers talked of banning children from the stage entirely. Determined to help these "unknown friends on the other side of the footlights," as Mrs. Robinson would later write, the women decided to found a school especially for New York's professional children. On 6 January 1914, PCS admitted its first two students in borrowed quarters in the Theater District. An immediate success, the school enrolled over 100 students within its first year.
― huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Thursday, 9 May 2013 04:58 (four years ago) Permalink
Not written by the founders, obv, but clearly by the school's publicist
― huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Thursday, 9 May 2013 04:59 (four years ago) Permalink
This is just a press release disguised as a wiki entry:
― Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:06 (four years ago) Permalink
Besides singing and songwriting Jizzy has also turned his hand to story writing, writing 3 books to date "I Got More Crickets Than Friends", "Angst For The Memories" - and 2006's, "Unhappy Endings", a collection of short stories, all of which are all slightly twisted, bizarre.
― tight in the runs (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:44 (three years ago) Permalink
― also known as Princess Chunk and Captain Chunk, real name: Powder (soref), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 01:06 (three years ago) Permalink
(I all in favour of writing their own wikipedia article btw, especially when it is done with the kind of verve and flair on display here. Also the people on the talk page getting butthurt about lack of objectivity on wikipedia's Anne Pigalle page are baffling/hilarious.)
― also known as Princess Chunk and Captain Chunk, real name: Powder (soref), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 01:09 (three years ago) Permalink
― A Skanger Barkley (nakhchivan), Monday, 9 December 2013 00:03 (three years ago) Permalink
The Mau-Mau's [sic] were started in 1978 by Rick Wilder (formerly the singer of the Berlin Brats)The original line-up from Hollywood, California was Greg Salva on guitar, Roderick Donahue on bass, and Rick Sherman on drums. They started out playing at The Masque in Hollywood. Greg was replaced by Mike R. Livingston in 1979 after Greg moved to New York and Rod was replaced first by Oscar Harvey and then by Scott Franklin (onetime bassist in The Cramps). Rick had been chosen to be MC of the Penelope Spheeris movie The Decline of Western Civilization but was dumped after he insisted he be able to say what he really thought of every act before their clip (it was probably not going to be too complimentary).The Mau-Mau's are probably the only one of the original bands from The Masque era that do not appear in The Decline. Wilder’s somewhat eccentric attitude toward the record industry and the generally extreme lifestyle of the band members contributed towards a long period of obscurity despite being well known by most in the early Los Angeles punk rock scene. The Mau-Mau's can be seen briefly in the movie Rock 'n' Roll High School, have appeared the movie "Cocaine and Blue Eyes" starring OJ Simpson and were included in the compilation Hell Comes to Your House II.The Mau-Mau’s are releasing SCORCHED EARTH POLICIES..THEN AND NOW, featuring Doors guitarist, Robbie Krieger, playing the solo on a cover of the Wilder-Campbell punk classic, "(I'm) Psychotic", as well as Krieger's production work & also that of punk pioneer, Geza X. Gideon.
― combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 30 December 2013 16:08 (three years ago) Permalink
'FranKo' are a young, pop-rock band from South London UK. Their blistering live style is matched by their unique, savvy songwriting and sharp looks. Having already made their mark, the 4 piece has achieved plenty - playing for London's City Showcase, touring in Thailand, taking their live show to NYC and supporting Elliot Minor on their Solaris UK national tour.Hard working and naturally charismatic, they are currently putting together the finishing touches for their latest collection of songs, which finds them realising a compelling new sound. They have just completed 2 tours of the UK (supporting ROOM 94, then Dave Giles) and just before that returned from Music Matters in Singapore (and a sold out show in Bangkok) where they were lauded as one of THE bands to see at the festival. During Music Matters, FRANKO contributed performances to international charitable single 'Fix You' by Music Matters For Japan - which is out now. Their international and home-grown fanbases continue to swell as more and more towns and territories latch onto their distinctive sound. Fan pages have been springing up all over, including those in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina - and the guys make sure they service their fans diligently, and with the respect they deserve.Earlier in the year, FRANKO were nominated as finalists in 2 categories at the inaugural St Helier Cider Online Music Awards: Best Rock Act 2011 & Best International Unsigned - and winning Best Rock Act.December will see them playing to a potential 100,000 people over 6 days at Birmingham's NEC, where they are the only live band appearing at the Clothes Show Live event, lining up alongside acts like Alexandra Burke and Parade. And January 2012 sees them looking to take their live show to the Asian market, including a slot supporting Incubus in Thailand.On the 29th March 2013, FranKo announced on their Facebook page they were going on a break to Re-invent themselves. 
― soref, Saturday, 1 March 2014 01:20 (three years ago) Permalink
the entry does not mention the most interesting thing about FranKo, IE that their singer is one of the flatmates from the BT adverts.
― soref, Saturday, 1 March 2014 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink
also their name makes them sound like they were named after frank kogan, but I think that's just a coincidence
― soref, Saturday, 1 March 2014 01:26 (three years ago) Permalink
― Thanks in anticipation of your opinions (nakhchivan), Saturday, 8 March 2014 23:38 (three years ago) Permalink
Wow I love this
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 18 April 2014 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink
im dying at "Life 2.0"
― ciderpress, Friday, 18 April 2014 20:15 (three years ago) Permalink
Terry is enjoying Seasons in the Sun living on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada currently working on a new Gospel album with famed guitarist James Burton which should be out later this year.
― macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:17 (two years ago) Permalink
― Daphnis Celesta, Friday, 8 August 2014 11:08 (two years ago) Permalink
Between 1998 and 2001, Doyle's band Dum Dums were among a handful of successful guitar bands amongst a glut of all singing, all dancing boy-bands and female pop starlets. While touring the "toilet" circuit (small clubs across the country such as "The Charlotte" in Leicester and "The Camden Monarch" in London) in the UK, they were signed to Wildstar by Ian McAndrew (Arctic Monkeys, Travis) and exploded across the radiowaves.
― soref, Sunday, 4 January 2015 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink
After two years, Archer felt the time was right to start writing again but was hindered by writer's block. Although this did not prevent her from being initially creative she found it difficult to finish anything musically. However, she did not let this stop her from expressing her creativity in other ways, and she began painting and moulding clay.
In 1999, she bought a Sunderland A.F.C. season-ticket, after attending a match with her musician partner John Hughes.
― soref, Sunday, 4 January 2015 21:54 (two years ago) Permalink
HistoryDigitiser revelled in controversy, inspiring vitriolic criticism both from various external groups, and Teletext's editorial team, who viewed the writers as troublemakers, but were unable to axe them due to the magazine's phenomenal popularity. Pages were often altered without the writers being told, with sub-editors sometimes deleting entire frames of reviews, fearing that they were missing some risque gag which might cost them their job. Digitiser's use of language was such that its writers saw this as a challenge to slip in many more subtle, yet far more risque, gags which - while lost on Teletext staffers - did not get past its audience.
Nevertheless, Teletext's senior staff felt that something was amiss, and often saw controversy where there was none.
On one occasion, a sub-editor, who shortly afterwards was promoted to editorial director of the company, rang Rose to insist he remove a "disgusting" reference to "fingering the index". When Rose pointed out that it was a play on "index finger", and that it had not even dawned on him that it might be considered rude, the up-and-coming sub-editor is alleged to have fallen silent for a few seconds, before insisting that it was still deliberately provocative, and should be deleted. A similar confrontation occurred over a reference to "The three Rs", during which sub-editors believed that - despite Biffo's amused protests to the contrary - the "Rs" part of the phrase was meant to sound a bit like "arse", rather than a reference to the famous educational principle.
Campaigns were even waged to have Digitiser's writing team fired - both within Teletext by its editorial minions, and beyond (by disgruntled Amiga, Sega, Sony, or Nintendo fans, not to mention the staff of Mean Machines and Official Nintendo magazines - whom Digitiser frequently poked fun at). Such reactions merely served to redouble Biffo's resolve to be controversial and edgy, and as he often wrote on the letters pages, Digitiser "hates everyone equally, man".
For every person who hated Digitiser, there were dozens more who loved it, both for its fair and unbiased judgements of games, its informed style, and its unique and often bizarre tone. Doubtless, Biffo's battles with his employers helped to give Digitiser a defiant, anti-establishment air.
Things finally came to a head in 2002, when Teletext gained a new senior editorial team, who lost patience with Biffo's pushing of the envelope of what was acceptable on a mainstream text service. Even though they could not quite bring themselves to get rid of Digitiser and Biffo altogether, they ordered that the magazine be reduced to three days a week, and have all humour and character stripped from the pages. Despite massive evidence to the contrary, and being one of the most popular features sections on Teletext, Biffo has said since that he was told the reason for this was because the humour "excluded people".
It seemed as if the "suits" had finally won, and with Biffo's screenwriting career taking off at the time, he could have chosen to walk away from it all. However, he chose to stay on, writing the pages anonymously, as it only took 45 minutes out of his working day. "Money for old rope," he has said subsequently.
The decision later backfired on Teletext, when Digitiser's viewing figures plummeted to half of what it had been previously, and viewers spent the next nine months inundating the company with letters of complaint, demanding it be restored. After thousands of emails and letters had poured into Teletext they were forced to go back on their previous decision, and asked Biffo to reinstate the humour, and return Digitiser to its daily glory. However, for Biffo the damage had been done, and his last shreds of faith in the company had been shattered. He returned Digitiser to its earlier style for one final, five-month run as a thankyou to the fans - which included a special ten-year anniversary celebration, complete with a glowing eulogy by author Alex Garland - before Biffo handed in his notice in December 2002. The lights finally went out on just over ten years of Digitiser on 9 March 2003.
Digitiser was replaced by GameCentral, which featured the same number of sub-pages, but less of the humour.
The writersThe founding writers of Digitiser were Mr Biffo (Paul Rose) and Mr Hairs (Tim Moore) who, as Biffo himself says, only began working on it in order to "amuse ourselves and get free games". Hairs was fired by Teletext in May 1996, and Biffo continued to write the bulk of the magazine solo, apart for occasional, part-time contributors, who helped him out with the letters, tips, and charts pages.
These temporary assistants went by the names Mr Cheese, Mr Udders and Mr Toast. Digitiser also ran a weekly opinion column, written by various guest writers, usually prominent members of the games journalist community (such as Violet Berlin and Stuart Campbell).
Recent newsIn their 10 December 2006 episode, videoGaiden inducted Digitiser into their videoGaiden Time Capsule with the aid of Colin Baker in his outlandish Doctor Who outfit, and the song Lavender by Rose's favourite band, Marillion.
Regular charactersRegular characters appeared on the service both to fill up space left by short reviews and letters, and also to flesh out the content provided by the writers.
The Man With a Long Chin (later just The Man) - The Man kept a regular diary in which he would detail the job he had been doing that week, before (usually) getting fired at the end of the week. One of The Man's jobs saw him working in a burger bar. He was eventually fired when he replaced the toilet paper with gloves from the lost property box, and someone froze to death in the toilet.
The Man's Daddy - a bizarre ant/elephant creature who declared himself to be a famous comedian. His jokes tended to be disjointed, usually relying on a nonsense answer. His jokes included: Question. Why did Superman wear his pants outside his trousers? Answer. Because he was a pervert., Question.: What do you call a dog wearing a policeman's hat? Answer: PC Dog-hat and Question.: What do you say if there is a seed in your pie and a man in your yard? Answer: "Seed pie leave now". Question: What do you call a man who sits on bended knee in a crop field while playing a guitar? Answer: Kneel Farm-Strum(Neil Armstrong).
Mr. T - A take on Mr. T from The A-Team, who would dispense worldly advice, while warning kids to stay away from his bins. His distinctive vocal style was brought across by the use of capitalisation of entire words in a sentence.
Phoning Honey - Would phone up stores in order to make prank calls, and present the transcript for readers' perusal.
Fat Sow - Presented the news page, and began every article with a wild insult, and a demand that the reader stop whatever they are doing to pay attention to the rant. Rose allegedly received a written warning when Teletext's editors deemed Fat Sow's comment "What's the matter lads - too fat and stupid to get into the army?" as "Grossly offensive towards security guards".
Zombie Dave - A reanimated corpse who appeared on the news page and punctuated the items with comments written in the manner of the shambling dead. This was frequently used as an excuse to get rude comments screened on the family-friendly service, such as when he described Tomb Raider's Lara Croft as "thrr brrrd wrrz thrr tttrrrdz".
Insincere Dave - A send-up of fanboys, marketing staff and ultra-positive reviewers; in particular the over enthusiastic Dave Gibbons who at that time was the games reviewer for the BBC Ceefax service. Dave would comment briefly on the news items of the day in an overly optimistic and enthusiastic fashion. Famously, any spare space on the line his comments occupied would be filled with exclamation marks, further emphasising his "sincerity." Example: on a story about a pink casing accessory for the Dreamcast, Dave commented that, "Now your DC can be in the pink!!!!!!!". Very occasionally, a more deadpan Dave would appear: on a story regarding Microsoft's intention to ensure that the Xbox marketing budget outweighed Sony's PS2 expenditure, Dave remarked that, "Money is the most important thing." Dave's comments were usually preceded by a rather acid take on the day's gaming events, adding a further element of juxtaposition to Dave's enthusiasm.
The Snakes - A pair of beatboxing snakes, which would argue in a manner similar to that of Ali G (but pre-dating him by some years). Led to the catchphrase "I Cuss You Bad", along with the use of the word "Skank".
BW - A faceless quizmaster, who was a bizarre parody of Bamber Boozler, quizmaster of Teletext quiz Bamboozle
Gossi the Dog - Perhaps Digitiser 's most controversial character, Gossi hosted a regular gaming gossip page. On one occasion, the Broadcasting Standards Commission upheld a complaint about the Gossi page, which alluded to Gossi's master thrashing the talking cartoon dog with a belt. Gossi's page also led to the dismissal of Tim Moore, who - while Rose was away on paternity leave - printed an unsubstantiated rumour about a fellow games journalist. Teletext's editors allegedly used Rose's absence (who remained useful to the company for his graphic design abilities), and the journalist's complaint, as an excuse to fire Moore.
Doctor Derek Doctors - A sinister megalomaniac, whom Biffo and Hairs secretly removed from air, after a concerned mother rang to say she found him "Perverted and disgusting".
Chester Fisho - Chester gave views on the news of the day laced with masses of sexual innuendo.
Mock advertisementsDuring Teletext's 16-year run, many of its subpages would have adverts inserted on the last page. Digitiser decided to create their own spoof adverts as a result. One of the most notable was for a fictional German music compilation called Rock Meister!, which included stereotypical German words as in "Rock ze nacht mit ROCK MEISTER!!", instead of the official "Rock der nacht!" as the advertisement was poking fun of stereotypes made at the German language, alongside stating the compilation is "Musik fur die LONGHAIRS!". Artists on the compilation were listed as Roxette (although they came from Sweden) and The Scorpions, while "NOT A REAL GERMAN ADVERT" was placed at the top left of the screen instead of the usual "NOT AN ADVERT". This was done as a viewer contacted Teletext over a previous spoof believing it to be real.
Reveal buttonThe reveal button was a feature that was made heavy use of on Digitiser. Pressing this key on your television remote made some previously hidden text appear, sometimes with a blinking effect. Typical jokes would tell you to press reveal to see what a certain character thought of your letter, or a news item, and you would be presented with a surreal non-sequitur, such as a man shouting "Swayze!" The weekend edition would often feature a full-length "story," told through "Reveal-O"s (as they were often called - see "Digi-Speak") on every page.
The most controversial "Reveal-O" appeared right at the end of Digitiser's life, on the final page of the final letters section. It purported to be a picture of "the real Turner The Worm (a cartoon character from Teletext also created by Rose) being sick". Pressing the reveal button then uncovered an image that many have likened to a recently ejaculated penis.
The end-of-year quiz featured lizard like creatures pointing to the correct answer with its tongue when the button was pressed.
Digi-SpeakA further element of Digitiser's other-worldly charm was its unusual take on the English language. Often this amounted to little more than using "the" in unusual places or adding curious suffixes to existing words (including, but not limited to -uss, -O, -ston, -Oh! and -me-do), but occasionally invented whole new sounds using words that never been used in that context, such as "huss" becoming an exclamation of joy.
Another very common Digitiser phrase was the expression "mess up". It was used to mean erring or failing, to rebuke or discredit a person's opinion ("You, sir, have messed up."), as an adjective meaning substandard or faulty ("messed-up animation"), and as a noun meaning any negative thing ("there are several mess-ups"). The phrase, like many others, was embraced by the readers who often used it in their letters. The author Alex Garland was a Digitiser fan and named a chapter in his novel The Beach "Messed Up" in its honour.
Using tramps as similes ("That's like putting lipstick on a dead tramp and calling it a supermodel"), the phrase moc-moc-a-moc and irrelevant sentences which read merely "And!" were all elements of the Digitiser lexicon.
It was common practice for Digitiser to mock the names of contributors to its letters page. Generally, the more obvious the better (for example a reader with the surname "Major" could well find themselves being referred to as "John"). Notable bits of name-calling included Digitiser viewer Matt Gander being rechristened "non-shiny goose", and a Mr. Tedesco being called "Safedeway", alluding to supermarket chains Tesco and Safeway.
Bubblegun.comBubblegun.com is a website that was established by Paul Rose, and featured contributions from several other writers. Touting itself as a Pop Culture version of Digitiser, this site gained popularity around the last few years of Digitiser, being named by Select magazine as one of the UK's top 10 "maverick websites". Though Paul Rose has not written for the site in over a decade, it remains as an archive run by its former designer, Steve Horsley. Though remaining unaffiliated with Rose - who has distanced himself from it - Bubblegun has featured new material from all-new contributors.
Digitiser 2000In late 2014, Digitiser received an online revival of sorts with the launch of Digitiser2000.com, a website featuring a mixture of games news and reviews, articles and humour, in the traditional Digitiser offbeat style, and featuring many of the characters and features previously seen in the Teletext era of Digi. The content for the new site is largely written by Paul "Mr Biffo" Rose and was essentially self-funded at launch; Rose has since enabled a crowdfunding page through Patreon to enable readers to contribute towards the site's running costs (though the site's core content will remain freely available for all to view).
― Finn McCoolit (wins), Friday, 3 April 2015 23:34 (two years ago) Permalink
needless to say, they had the last laugh
― Finn McCoolit (wins), Friday, 3 April 2015 23:36 (two years ago) Permalink
what maudlin night of the soul caused you to look that up
― Albanic Kanun Autark (nakhchivan), Friday, 3 April 2015 23:40 (two years ago) Permalink