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In order to promote the launch of their new video game “Burnout Dominator,” Electronic Arts has teamed up with AOL to offer an online poll asking what music gives people road rage. At present, over 1,700 voters have responded with tracks such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Meatloaf’s “Bat out of Hell,” and Feeder’s “Buck Rogers.” The game is available for PS2 and PSP for $39.99. We don’t know why the Hoff’s “Jump In My Car” didn’t make the top ten because, quite frankly, that pushes us over the edge.


Read More | EA via Reuters

Gallery: Online Poll Reveals Top Ten Road Rage Tracks


It seems that televised “Meet the Candidates” programs are getting a jump start on YouTube, which will be airing videos posted by the candidates on their News and Politics site. Others can watch the vlogs and add their own video opinions and comments.

“Interactivity is what really fuels the engine on YouTube and candidates and users were striving for ways to communicate with each other,” said Steve Grove, head of news and politics.

The idea comes from the site’s “You Choose ‘08” initiative that began in Febuary to allow the candidates to strut their stuff. First up is Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who yesterday responded to the issue “What do you believe is America’s single greatest challenge and what would you do to address it?” It seems to us that the candidate, in a typically political move, managed to turn the tables by responding to the question with another question.


Read More | YouTube

Gallery: YouTube Features Face-Off for Political Candidates

While we are not sure if the Cheddar Pegasus can change the world, we admire the ingenuity on behalf of its creator, I-Wei Huang, aka Crabfu. The animator/character designer for steam-powered video game characters decided it was time to bring his ideas to fruition. His latest creation, the Steam Beetle, is run by wireless remote as it puffs around your yard, and whistles while it


plays. I-Wei’s creations, which include the Steam Crab, the LocoCentipede, and the Trilobite Tank, are not for sale, but he freely shares his concepts so that you can build your own.

Read More | Crabfu

Gallery: Cheddar Pegasus Runs on its Own Steam

Tubey trophyYouTube just cannot stay out of our headlines today. We just discovered that it will be presenting awards for the top user-generated videos of 2006. Users of the service can vote for their favorite clips under the categories of “most creative, most inspirational, best series, best comedy, musician of the year, best commentary and ‘most adorable video ever.’”

“We wanted to call out some of the most popular videos and let the users choose which ones deserve some additional recognition,” said Jamie Byrne, head of product marketing.
Get your videography skills and your cat that flushes the toilet together, and you just might be a winner of the first annual Tubey award. The winners will be announced March 25th and will receive a trophy and a “prominent spot” on their site.

Read More | BBC

Gallery: YouTube to Award Best Videos of 2006

InterRobot has developed a bot that dispenses tissues. Really. Designed for hospitals or elite social gatherings, Mospeng-kun detects a human, greets it cheerily, and offers her/him a pack of Kleenex. If the gift is taken, the bot merrily thanks the recipient, reaches into a cartridge, and pulls out another pack for the next human, all the while keeping track of whomever he meets. Mospeng-kun is available for rent for your next shindig for 100,000 yen ($835.00) for 5 days. The tissue idea may be clever, but we would prefer our robot handing out weenie wraps and tequila shooters.


Read More | Pink Tentacle

Gallery: Mospemg-kun Designed For Those With the Sniffles

It seems that YouTube is breaking into politics. Someone has creatively combined the “1984” Mac launch commercial with images of Hillary in this slickly produced video. Although the camp of Obama is not taking credit for it, it may nonetheless start a political war that will be decided on the Internet. Just as Nixon’s looking dreadful on television in the debate against Kennedy may have cost him the election in 1960, it may turn out that the one with the cleverest YouTube campaign may be our next President.


Read More | YouTube

Gallery: Hillary Mocked on YouTube Anti-Commercial

A friend of ours sent us this video, taking a look at the history of storing media, starting from the old-school film strip. You know…those huge reels you used to watch Martin Luther King, Jr. videos on in elementary school back in the day? While the video is simple, we figure it’s an intresting look at the evolution of storing media. Check it out for a look how to create your 21st Century Shoebox.

[Thanks, Doug!]

Gallery: A Look At Storing Digital Media