Monday, March 22, 2010

Adults Only - This Is Why I Love The 'Net

Have you heard of this Chat Roulette thing?  This is what kids are doing these days, and we parents need to be on top of these things (see how I'm tying this into the whole MommyBlog gig?).  So you sign in with your webcam and you hit "go" and you video chat with random strangers.  I haven't done this, mainly because it's reportedly 90% people showing their daddy parts, if you know what I mean, and now because I'm afraid I'm going to end up in a YouTube video.

Ok, so about a week ago I saw this video go by.  As it says, "This video may contain swears," so save this for nap time, kids.  Or do what I did and put on a video so your kids will ignore you.

And it's AWESOME!  It elevates this whole ChatRoulette thing to an art form, even though it contains swears.  And a lot of people hear the piano style and the voice, and they see the glasses and the obvious disguise hoodie and the name "Merton" (no one is really named Merton), and they think, "OMFG that's Ben Folds!!!"

I love Ben Folds, by the way.  We saw him in concert and it was awesome.  He's so talented and he totally seems like the kind of guy you could have a few beers with, right? 

And this morning I'm checking my RSS feeds and I find this:


Now I'm thinking I may have to get on ChatRoulette, after all, so that I have a shot at being in a Ben Folds video!

And now you know what's going on with the rest of the Internet.


Jen said...

so it IS him! You're good!

RobMonroe said...

That's freaking hilarious!

Did you see the Daily Show piece on it? I think it was two weeks ago, but well worth the time to hunt it down. I think it's the funniest thing they have ever done!

Amy said...

I did see the Daily Show sketch - it was hysterical. :)

Jen - I wish you'd had a webcam so we could've checked Chat Roulette out when I was at your house. We could've been in the Ben Folds video!

I guess the kid who invented CR and owns the domain is a 17 year old Russian. He's about to become very wealthy! Lots of big companies are trying to buy the code and the domain name from him. If he's smart he'll sell it now, while interest is high and before everyone moves on to the next big thing.