YOUTUBE STYLE: 2012 retrospectives are all around, and YouTube has put together some of its biggest hits of last year. The most-watched cover song of the year was Canadian band Walk Off the Earth doing Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know (the hit with Kimbra). It’s cute because all five members of the band play one guitar. Other top YouTube vids were Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive, a spoof Obama vs Romney rap and the Kony 2012 documentary. No prizes for guessing the top YouTube hit of the year.
MINCHIN STYLE: Brilliant Aussie comic Tim Minchin has something to say about the vagaries of YouTube with his YouTube Lament.
THE TYPOGRAPHICAL KITTEH: Especially for Tim, and also graphic designers with a sense of humour, here’s If Fonts Were Cats.
STAR WARS: ENDLESS WARS: There was a geekgasm all over the internet when it was announced that Disney is going into the Star Wars business after acquiring Lucasfilm. The Gameological Society’s Star Wars: Sequel Debacle Simultron is a handy device that lets you pick the best writing-directing-acting team for the job and how much coin it will generate at the box office. For example: Star Wars: A Fistful of Wookiees, directed by Joss Whedon, will do $121 million.
CLOTHES MAKETH THE FILM: Speaking of the geek god Whedon, according to Clothes on Film (clothesonfilm.com), he and Drew Godard put a great deal of thought into the costumes for The Cabin in the Woods, as the archetypes shifted within the movie. And you thought it was just a simple, hilarious horror-comedy. bit.ly/SYDuoH
OUTDOORS, GREAT: Forget all that indoors stuff, the really important question for 2013 is: what’s the weather doing? MetService has rejigged its website and it is now a onestop shop for weather, tides, moon phases, surf … it’s still a work in progress and feedback is welcome. metservice.com