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Real Content: The Band, Episode 1-1

Written on July 21, 2009 by
eye catching, informative, music, news

The title of Ringl’s last post is pretty accurate. It appears that’s what Warptubes is becoming, a “dump” for Ringl’s Digg compilations.

But never fear, ‘Tubers: Shaw has come back to save you from boredom. My long hiatus was due to the work I’ve been doing with NBC. My band here in Houston, known as AquaTree, got picked up for a new mockumentary series entitled “The Band”.

I managed to get permission to share the short pilot with you, the readers. The series has unfortunately been postponed until the fall due to our upcoming world tour.


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Written on March 10, 2009 by

My good friend (and occasional nemisis), Shaw, has much more experience with this topic than I do. He subscribes to a “hack a day” RSS feed, has constructed a media-mac out of a broken macbook, and has a guitar amp case that makes people offer him money on the spot to have him build one for them.

My projects are not as good. But I ran across this fantastic video and wanted to share. Enjoy:


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Texas Rodeo

Written on February 28, 2009 by
blog, informative

Everything is done a little differently here in Texas. This week, schools get out early and roads are shut down because of an old fashioned Texas Rodeo.

Did I say roads shut down? Oh yes. It’s a Texas tradition to have a “trail” ride on horseback down some of the busiest roads in Houston, and I got to witness it. Traffic stretches on while horses do their business on the pavement. How picturesque!

Yesterday featured another big event of rodeo week called “Go Texan Day.” Business men swap their suits for jeans and boots, silk ties for bolo ties, and my roommate claims he saw a twenty gallon hat. I think I got away without wearing the full garb since I’m a newbie. Next year, I’d better have some western gear or I might be taken out for an old fashioned hanging!

All of these events are just the beginning. All next week there will be rodoes, country music, and more square dancing than your boots can handle.

Random happenings like this are one of the many reasons that I love living in the fastinatingly weird Texas. I know Texas isn’t alone in these unusual events; what are some of your hometown traditions?


Companion Cubes!

Written on February 24, 2009 by

Here’s something a little different: a video How-To. It’s not very in-depth, but shows off exactly what I’m talking about:

Sorry for the crappy quality, but the video thumbnail is awesome! If you’re still not sure how to get started, here’s a quick step by step:

1. Find

Find a cool character to print out on There are plenty to choose from: video game stars, comic book heroes, and all sorts of geeky characters to choose from.

2. Print

Print off your favorite design. Make sure if the design is two pages that your printer settings don’t resize the pages in a weird way.

3. Cut

Use scissors or an exacto knife to cut out all the shapes. Be very careful during this part, but make sure you’re thorough. There are plenty of little slots you’ll have to cut out, so an exacto knife will be almost a necessity.

4. Fold

Carefully fold along all the lines and start assembling the cubes. No tape is required for this, but it might help everything stay together.

Once you’ve put it all together, you get a pretty sweet decoration for your desk to show off how huge of a nerd you really are. Happy crafting!

On a side note: what in the world should we call Warptubes fans? Warpies sounds too much like a disease. Any ideas?


I laughed at the Mark Hamill line… apparently I’m a little dork for a storm trooper.

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Written on February 14, 2009 by
blog, informative

I’ve found some parodies that I’d like to share.

Last week I shared this video, today I found an interesting revision.

And of course Chocolate Rain has inspired several different versions. And I’m not quite sure how to classify this inspired video.

Thinking of music videos, I’d like to point out literal videos. These are overdubbed music videos where they have the artist sing what is actually going on in the video. The best ones are Tears for FearsHead Over Heels  and A-Ha’sTake On Me.

Usually these things are distributed by venues such as Saturday Night Live, or whatever flavor of the month Comedy Central is funding, but thanks to the internet anyone can submit quality content for the entire world to enjoy.

…of course that also means for every one good video I have to wade through 100,000 others.

I’ll take what I can get.


Shaw replied on February 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Why have I never seen that video of Tay Zonday doing “Never Gonna Give You Up”? That is… simply amazing. The best Youtube content combined in one fantastic video. I can’t believe I haven’t seen that before.

Speaking of Chocolate Rain and Never Gonna Give You Up, I did happen to find some pretty unique covers of both using, out of all the music creation software out there, Mario Paint: Chocolate Rain – Mario Paint, PaintRoll’d


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High Five

Written on February 12, 2009 by
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For our latest mission, Agent Lathan gave out 2,000 high fives by standing next to a subway escalator during the morning rush. Five additional agents spread out along the adjacent stairs, holding signs that prepared commuters for the upcoming high five fun. Enjoy the video first and then check out the mission report and photos below.

via High Five Escalator at Improv Everywhere.

Those of you on the interwebs who know me personally can attest to the fact that I am a man who loves high fives. I find the video above enlightening.

It is no secret that I’ve been busier of late. And I’ve been finding that my free time is a commodity that must be properly distributed. Unfortunately, that means those of you who have been waiting for me to post something new (my wife), are left hanging when I’m unable to get something up in time.

My solution is to work ahead a bit. What I am doing is setting up my updates ahead of time where I can, and when it’s my turn to throw something up I’ll have it set to update at noon on the expected day. If for some reason I’m behind, I’ll go ahead and take my lunch at Whataburger with free wifi access and get together what I can.

Love and Kisses

Shaw replied on February 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

And in the mean time, Shaw slaves away, posting all the time and providing valuable content for our readers!

On a side note, I’m pretty sure we use the word “interweb” in every post now. I really hope that doesn’t become our “Superman” in Seinfeld.


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RSS: What & Why?

Written on February 10, 2009 by
informative, technology

Out on the wild and untamed frontier of the interweb, many locales are vying for your attention. No doubt there are plenty of “regular stops” on your daily or weekly web safaris; websites that provide you with entertainment, news or time wasters.

But don’t you get tired of typing in those long convoluted web addresses like You might even have to put “h t t p colon forward slash forward slash w w w dot” in front of it! Or how about those websites that don’t update regularly, like when it’s Ringl’s turn to post here on Warptubes! (Hey-o!)

What if I told you that you could go to one place and get everything you wanted from all your favorite websites whenever new content was posted? My friends, the dream is a reality.

Most websites on the internet have something that we in the “biz” call a RSS Feed. What in the world is a RSS feed? Say you find a magazine in the grocery store that you really like. It’s a pain that next month you have to go to the grocery store again to pick up the newest issue. It’s so much easier just to subscribe to the magazine and have the new issues sent to you! That’s the magic of RSS. When you subscribe to an RSS Feed, you will get the latest updates from that website sent directly to you!

Want to get started? Just follow along here. In order to subscribe to a RSS Feed, you need a Feed Reader (called an “Aggregator” in the biz). Blah blah blah, technobabble. You just want a link and a tutorial. Follow along:

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Google Reader is like the mailbox in which you receive your magazine subscriptions. It grabs the latest news and articles from websites and puts it all in one place for you to access from any computer. For a simple break down of what exactly Google Reader does and how it can assist you, watch this video:

To start adding websites, sign in. If you don’t already have a Google account, click “Create an account” in the bottom right.

Once you’ve made an account or signed in, you’ll see the main screen with some introductory information


Now for the fun stuff! Click the picture-3 button in the top right and type in one of your favorite websites. For instance, “Warptubes” or “”


Google will then find the website or feed it thinks you want. Look for the one that seems right, then click “Subscribe”


From then on, your favorite websites will show up on the bottom right under Subscriptions. The number next to the Subscription name is how many new unread items have come in.picture-7

When you’re checking out your Subscriptions, the new articles and updates will come through looking like this:


It’s not exactly the same as you’re used to seeing from your favorite website, but all of the content will be there and will look much cleaner with a lot fewer ads (if any!). I call that a sweet deal. If you do need to see the article in its original context, just click the title at the top. That link will take you straight to the page where the update was posted.

Not sure if your favorite website has an RSS feed? If Google couldn’t find it when you clicked “Add a subscription”, then look around on the website for a icon that looks like this:


Click on that and copy and paste the URL into Google Reader’s “Add a subscription” box, and viola! You’re set.

Google Reader has revolutionized my internet browsing and brings all the content I want directly to me. This tutorial will hopefully save you some time, too, while still getting all the news and articles you’re used to!

This ended up being a long post, but if you followed along and can get into the habit of using Google Reader, you will be much better off!
Still not sure about something? Have some questions? Post in the comments below and I’ll give you some advice.


– Shaw


Stinkin' Hilarious

Written on February 5, 2009 by


Update! I forgot it was Shaw’s update day and when I saw that story I just knew that it needed to be shared. I posted it without seeing the front page.

In the future I’ll probably delete duplicate posts, but for now I’ll leave it up as a tribute to being on the exact same brainwave as my esteemed colleague.

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Grab bag

Written on February 3, 2009 by

Today I just want to give everyone a gift, and that gift is a look at the circus sideshow that the internet can be. These are all worth checking out!

  • I don’t think my cell phone will ever kill me, but this is a terrifying article. Go read it now.
  • News outlet turns a (admittedly rediculous) lawsuit into a “class war.”
  • The sad thing is that I’ve worked with people like this. They’re real!
  • A kid gets taken to the dentist and his father records the hilarious results.
  • What I wouldn’t give for a phone number like this
  • Bambi fans probably shouldn’t click.
  • Read these back to back and insert witty social commentary.
  • This ad campaign would have totally hooked me… I’m not sure if it’s because of Sesame Street or free tacos though (spoiler alert: it’s the tacos)
  • I would watch pro wrestling if it was like this.
  • I’m going to cut 10 facebook friends and get a free whopper. Shaw, I’ll bet you wish you’d waited to do your friend audit.

Okay… so hopefully you all find those as wonderful as I did. Let’s hear it in the comments what you enjoyed most.



Flash mobs

Written on January 29, 2009 by

Yesterday my cohort sent me a link that led me to this google maps streetview scene.

These sort of shenanigans are the sort of thing that I love to see and read about. There’s just something about the subtle, “most-people-won’t-get-this” humor that I don’t really love because of how funny it is, but because of how people react to it.

Which leads me to a subject that I only know about secondhand, flash mobs (it’s not what you think). A flash mob is a group of people who have determined to do a certain thing together at a certain time when it is altogether unexpected for the everyday joe. It is worth looking around for these stories. Some flash mobs have seen greater than 4,000 people participate for no other purpose than to get a couple laughs. Most all end up having the effect of causing general chaos and confusion to the point that everyday people walking around start to come up with their own theories as to what happened.

Then there always end up being unintended side-effects. Some of course where people start getting ansy and call the cops. But there end up being other situations where a flash mob or other group do something out of the ordinary for a good cause. Such as a flash mob of zombies in order to raise awareness for the need to give blood. Or even a group of friends that will submit themselves to playing the worst game ever created in order to raise money for charity.

So good, bad or indifferent flash mobs and the like seem to be here to stay. I, for one, am for them.



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