Saturday, August 25, 2012

Challenge Accepted – Meme History

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Challenge Accepted MemeUsed to be mainly drawn on four-pane comics, the Challenge Accepted guy typically portrays instances in real life where he boldly takes on a task that is prone to accidents with blind courage alone and despite slim odds of success.

The Challenge Accepted meme may have first appeared November 2010 in Bungie’s Flood forums in a discussion thread with the subject “When your teacher tells you.” In that thread are different things that teachers may say to the class which the forum members welcome as interesting endeavors:

  • "You need good grades to get into college! You can't get in with D's and F's!"
  • ''You can't add that, you'll blow the entire lab up!''
  • "You can't come to this school, you are not registered."

Before the 4-pane comics variants, “challenge accepted” was a popular catchphrase in How I Met Your Mother, a hit TV situational comedy series. Whereas other characters have dismissed things as mere jokes, Barney Stinson – Neil Patrick Harris’ ladies man character – consider them challenges that seemed unachievable at the start.

Barney Stinson says “Challenge Accepted”


Meme Variants

Challenge Denied MemeChallenge Considered Meme

Besides the Challenge Accepted character, there are also two more that have since become widespread jokes: Challenge Denied and Challenge Considered. Whereas Accepted readily faces the imminent dare, Denied turns it down and Considered is still uncertain if it is worth the time and effort.


Best of Challenge Accepted Meme


Classic Example of a 4 Pane Challenge Accepted Comics


Cleaning the Room Challenge Accepted


Drinking and Girls Challenge Accepted


Trolling Challenge

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Secret to More Traffic from StumbleUpon

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Like so many bloggers out there, I have focused on getting traffic from search engines. As of this writing, 85% of all visits to my site come from organic search results. But there’s one online community that I have greatly ignored as a terrific referral source. The high traffic from StumbleUpon, once you obtain it, has a far more value for blogs whose main income is from CPM ads. Simply put, social media is anything but useless these days.

The Secret to More Traffic from Stumbleupon

But if this is your first time to use StumbleUpon, you may be discouraged by the fact that the social network is already overcrowded with fellow bloggers also trying to promote their own content. Without outside influence, a single page submission to SU, at the very best, grants only 15 hits or visits for that page. Such a number hardly counts in gaining considerable blog income. But fear not; here are some tips on how to be successful on the best social network referral source – yes, it has even surpassed Facebook!

How to Get StumbleUpon Traffic

The traffic from StumbleUpon a submitted page receives depends on a number of factors. While developers have kept mum on how the system really works (no one knows the exact page ranking/popularity algorithm but the devs), a number of SU power users have noticed some things that correlate with popular stumbles. I compiled a list of these factors below.

Number of likes from users. Like many other websites, members of SU have the option to vote up or down a webpage. The more likes obviously mean more instances that the page gets viewed again by more people. However, StumbleUpon no longer mainly relies on likes in order to rank the popularity of a page among other stumbles.

Number of connections. You must also build a reputation as a respected SU power user so that the social network service will recognize that your contributions are worth looking at and recommending to other people. One way to do this is to build an established network by asking other members, especially your personal buddies, to follow you. Don’t forget to return the favor and follow them back as well.

Number of profile visits. One factor before a user will follow you is to check how great your profile is. Through it, potential followers can see your recent upvotes, common interests, followers, among other things. Make sure everything is clean and you’re not riddled with too many ‘spam likes’!

Number of comments and submission. If a submitted page gets a comment or review, it will likely receive a number of views equivalent to the views when the page gets 25 likes. Reviews, after all, take more effort than the click-of-a-button like or upvote.

User influence. The status of the user who leaves a comment, submits and likes your articles also matters. Naturally, assuming he/she already has a solid connection and reputation, his endorsements will generate a lot of buzz. Make sure you get established SU users to check your content. Let them do the initial effort of submitting the page. Afterwards, it will be your task to promote the page to more people, especially to other power users.

Working Together with Other Stumblers

You must join, if not build one yourself, a network of friends whose aim is to get high traffic from StumbleUpon. You can find a common online place like Google Groups or live chatrooms where you can exchange links for others to submit, leave substantial reviews, and vote up.This network must also be comprised of people with common interests. The authority of both submitter and voter is now more important than the mere number of likes and reviews, so be sure everyone is actively trying to establish a solid SU account.

Of course, I’m not talking about forcing people to like and comment. That would be considered spamming. What you need to do is simply suggest a site and let them decide for themselves if your content is worthy of being promoted.

Instead of handing out the direct link to SU, let your network see your content first and have them use your blog’s widgets – adding the StumbleUpon badge is a must! – for submissions/likes/reviews. Besides other reasons, this is to avoid raising red flags in StumbleUpon.

Final Thoughts

As I continue looking for more secrets on how to raise the traffic from StumbleUpon for your content, I will update this post accordingly. In the meantime, start building your SU account by following me.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Which type of moviegoer are you?

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Every time you go to a cinema, I am sure you will encounter a particular kind of movie viewer. While each persona has its own ups and downs, most of the time you will come out annoyed and not satisfied when the movie ends. It won’t hurt to know which type of moviegoer you are either, just so you realize how you’ve annoyed other movie fans as well.

The Silent

The Silent

… need absolute silence during the entirety of the film and will go “Shhh!” fiercely on any sort of noise. Any interaction with them is immediately responded with an intense stare.

The Emotional

The Emotional

… constantly cry throughout the whole movie. Even the opening sequence  of the movie studio logo will cause them to burst into tears. Always have a tissue ready to hand out to them. At least that will muffle the noise of their incessant nose blowing.

The DisturbersThe Disturbers

… did not come to see the movie but just to loiter around and annoy other people within earshot. Their nonstop annoyance ranges from loud talking on the phone, throwing popcorns, to aiming laser pointers at the movie screen.

The PsychicThe Psychics

… have not seen the movie ever since but can already predict the ending early in the movie. Their guesses can be very accurate to the point that it ruins the surprise. They won’t hesitate to brag that, yeah, they’re just that cool.

The Damsel in Distress

The Damsels in Distress

… unleash piercing banshee screams in horror movies that make your hair stand on end. Any scene in the movie becomes scary every time they shriek.

The Giant

The Giants

… are virtually harmless creatures except to the people sitting right behind them. Those unlucky fellows have no choice but to watch the movie, with half of the screen blocked from view by the Giants.

The Hyena

The Hyenas

… easily get amused, heartily laughing at every scene. The hysterical laughter is so contagious that you can’t help but laugh as well, even at scenes where you’re supposed to cry or be serious.

The Self-Proclaimed Critic

The Self-Proclaimed Critic

… does not hold back from voicing out their opinion regarding every scene of the movie, especially the bad parts. You’d want to avoid them as much as possible unless you want to feel like you’re watching with the director’s comments turned on.

The Seemingly Satisfied

The Seemingly-Satisfied

… behaves normally during and after the movie, because he has no fucking idea what the movie was saying.

Did I forget a kind of moviegoer? Let me know in the comments!

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World of Warcraft – Character Choices

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One of the toughest decision you have to make begins right at the very start of your World of Warcraft journey: choosing a character. Granted, this popular MMORPG lets you create more than one, but you’ll eventually focus on a single character – your main toon – as if you live through him/her. Knowing what you want from the start will prevent you from wasting time and effort. For instance, you could spend day after day leveling on a character and then realize you’re not really finding yourself of loving the game as much as you should.

World of Warcraft Blood Elf Mage

The first choice you make in WoW is when you log in on a new account for the first time. The game will ask you to select a realm – the term Blizzard calls its multiple servers. A character, at most times, can only interact with another on the same realm, so make sure you’ll be playing on the one where your friends currently are.

World of Warcraft Realm Selection

Realms are classified into four types: Player vs Environment (PvE or Normal), Player vs Player (PvP), Roleplaying (RP), and RP-PvP. Players who want to thoroughly follow the story in World of Warcraft without major interference from other players should choose a PvE server. On the other hand, those who have blood lust against other players should opt PvP. RP and RP-PvP are essentially the same as the previous two, with the sole difference of encouraged heavy roleplaying.

World of Warcraft Character CustomizationOnce a realm is chosen, the next decision to make is your character itself. If you really want to blend in with the game, you should give your toon a name that is appropriate for its class, gender, race, and others. The name should also be easy for others to remember and must abide by Blizzard’s naming policy.

Waging a never-ending war against each other, there are two playable factions in the World of Warcraft. Swearing allegiance to one faction therefore makes you an enemy of the other. On one side are the humans, gnomes, draenei, worgen, and dwarves that fight for the glory of the Alliance. On the other hand, the tauren, orcs, trolls, blood elves, and goblins have banded together as the mighty Horde. Each of these races have distinct racial traits that give advantages in certain situations.

Finally, you will need to choose a character class. Each class has a different set of skills and role in combat (DPS, tanking, and healing), among other things. For instance, those who would like to deal tremendous damage from afar can pick either the mage, warlock, and hunter. The rogue, on the other hand, specialize in melee combat. With the ability to withstand the most devastating blows, warriors and death knights fight at the frontlines as tanks and protect the ranged classes. Furthermore, healing the wounded is the primary task of the priest. The remaining classes – the druid, monk, and shaman – are hybrids or capable of specializing in one of the three roles.

Of less priority in character choices are gender and appearance (hair, skin color, etc.). They do not have a significant impact to the game, aside from aesthetic purposes.

While I previously mentioned that the choices to make are permanent, Blizzard offers customizations for your character. For a certain amount of fee, you will be able to switch factions, race, realms, and more. Only changing from one class to another is not available.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

My Top List for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Living responsibly for your health is not limited to just regular exercises, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding vices like smoking and binge drinking.

Here’s my key to a healthy lifestyle:

A Bath

A Bath
A Glass of Milk
A Glass of Milk
Mental Growth
Mental Growth
Oral Hygiene
Oral Hygiene
Sex Life
Sex Life
Social Life
Social Life
Stress Relief
Stress Relief

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World of Warcraft – How to Reach Max Level Fast

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So that your character can level up requires certain experience points (XP or EXP) thresholds. As you progress to higher levels, the more XP is needed. A variety of things in World of Warcraft will let you gain experience. For instance, you can kill mobs, discover new areas, mine ores, gather herbs, and completing quests.

There is not a single method that guarantees reaching the maximum level within the shortest possible amount of time. Actually, it is a combination of those actions I mentioned above (among others) that constitute what people are calling “power-leveling.”

A QuestgiverHere are ways to help you quickly level all the way to max:


Rewarding you with arguably the most experience points, quests are intended to guide you along the story of the World of Warcraft. Item rewards are also given from time to time, letting you improve your character’s stats and ultimately boost your chances of surviving the challenges that the game throws at you.

Random Dungeons

Available starting at level 15, you can find a group for random dungeons via Dungeon Finder. This lets you earn extra XP, not to mention a random rare item, once you take out the last boss.  This bonus reward combo is only obtainable up to seven times every week, so you can either claim it all in one day or spread it out throughout the week to avoid monotony. Additionally, NPCs near the dungeon entrance may send you for a couple of dungeon quests that, while more challenging, reward further XP. For the smoothest sailing, have a group with friends who are easy to coordinate with before enlisting for a random dungeon.

Recruit a Friend

If you have encouraged a friend to try out World of Warcraft via Recruit a Friend, his game characters can group up with yours in order to receive experience points thrice the normal rate when killing monsters and turning in quests at the same time.

Rested XP

Sooner or later, you will have to leave the game and get back to reality for some sleep and whatnot. But instead of immediately closing the game, lead your character to thrice nearest inn or capital city first. This way, they will also be able to rest and gradually earn rested XP. When you log back in, you can gain double experience as you kill mobs until your rested XP is fully consumed.


Power-leveling secondary toons (once your main and/or first character has reached max level) is easier when you equip them with heirlooms – equipment that are bought using honor points and/or gold and are usable for all characters in one account. As much as 40% overall bonus experience is attainable when wearing multiple heirlooms.

Heirloom Tooltip

First Aid

Classes who don’t have innate healing spells should learn the First Aid profession. Bandages recover life faster than the HP regeneration gained through eating. The precious seconds you save are better spent for leveling your character.


World of Warcraft used to be like other MMORPGs, insisting players to grind in order to level up. A tedious process of repeatedly killing mobs over long periods of time, grinding does not offer the fun you’re supposed to have in the game.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Demotivational Posters – Meme History

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A demotivational poster or picture is an image that is made up of a picture bordered in black and accompanied by a subject title and, in most cases, a tagline. While intended to dishearten the reader of his moral strength and self-esteem, demotivators are actually a good resource of Internet humor.



Despair Inc LogoThe meme is generally attributed to Despair Inc, a Texas company that makes a satire of motivational posters (usually found in large corporations and offices as sources of work inspiration) since 1998. The merchandise by the company has spread widely all throughout online forums and blogs. They even provide a do-it-yourself tool for anyone interested to create their own posters.


The thick black border comprises around 20 to 40 percent of the whole image. The central picture usually offers comic relief and is the focal point of the image. To complement it, a title is added below, usually white and in all caps. The tagline or caption, in smaller font, will often avoid mentioning the nature of the central picture but rather give a misleading reference.

Over time, however, demotivationals have been simplified into memes. They are no longer restricted to satirising corporate and educational themes. Crude and bizzare images are commonly used these days with simpler, yet still funny, captions.

To help Redditors, the Demotivational subreddit has a straightforward guide on how to make a good poster:

Motivational Demotivational
Pretty, uplifting picture
Related picture
Inspiring line
A line that does not inspire and is ideally funny
How to Make a Demotivational Poster

Best of Demotivational Meme

Ask Google Anything

Multi-Talented Annoying Orange
Poor Dratini

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor – Meme History

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Also known as the Mordor meme, the statement “One does not simply walk into Mordor” is an unforgettable line by Boromir in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a 2001 epic fantasy film. Images macros all over the Internet often use either the scene where the character originally speaks the line or the fictional location Mordor.

Mordor meme
In the scene, the Council of Elrond discusses how the One ring must be destroyed by throwing it in the fiery chasm of Mount Doom, to which Boromir rebuffs.

One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor – Origin of Meme

Elrond: The ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you must do this.
Boromir: One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten-thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

Snowclone Variants

The word walk is usually replaced with another verb to better suit with the image. Mordor may also be substituted in images where the location is the relevant subject. An early example of this variation is found in Something Awful.

One Does Not Simply Drive Into Mordor
The Mordor meme remains popular even to this day. In 2006, internet humor blog My[confined]Space posted a failed Telnet connection to Mordor whereas, in 2007, I Can Has Cheezburger puts up an image of Boromir riding a big cat:

One Does Not Simply Telnet Into Mordor
One Does Not Simply Tank Cat Into Mordor

Google Maps Easter Egg

Even Google has its own Mordor easter egg in its Maps service. If you get walking directions from The Shire to Mordor, the cautionary advice will say “One does not simply walk into Mordor,” instead of the usual “This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

Google Maps Mordor Easter Egg

Best of the Mordor Meme

Lord of the Rings Plot Flaw
One Does Not Simply Wok Into Mordor
One Does Not Simply Barrel Roll Into Mordor

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Is Plants versus Zombies 2 Out?

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Yes, another PvZ game is coming out this year, but not the sequel you want. Actually, since the first game launched, developer PopCap Games have sent out a lot of game teasers which merely revealed availability of the original Plants vs Zombies game in other platforms (Xbox 360, Chrome, etc.) and not the much-awaited sequel. Still, I have my fingers crossed for a PvZ 2 release soon. And by soon, I mean between 2011 and 2020. We waited for more than a decade for Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2, so why not this too?

So what’s the latest thing PopCap has for its zombie fanatics? Drum roll please…

PvZ Presents Talking Zombatar

It’s PvZ Presents: Talking Zombatar! I repeat, this is not the pseudo-tower defense game you’ve all been waiting for. This is just another potential cash cow for the game dev while they are still brainstorming as to how to make the true sequel a refreshing experience. Seriously, does it take that long?

Talking Zombatar

Anyway, this app for the iOS/Android lets you have your very own pet zombie. And really, who doesn’t want a pet zombie? I’m sure everyone loves an undead chained in their backyard constantly gnawing and gnashing, with the occasional groans of “Zombie kill… Zombie hungry for brains…”

The Zombatar minions, however, are 3D zombie characters that you can interact with a la Tamagotchi. You have a variety of shirts, pants, hair, and shoes to dress up your pet. There are also facial features and cool dance steps to boot. After you’re done pampering your pet, you can then show him off at social networks by adding him on your own pics and vids, complete with animation.

To make it feel like an actual game (it’s really not), you can interact with your pet. Poke the mindless creature with your finger and he’ll react in a jerking way. You can even talk to him and he’ll repeat what you just said in a Zombie-ish speech.

PvZ Presents: Talking Zombatar

And lastly, just like the wait with Plants versus Zombies 2, you’ll have to hang on until later this year for this app’s release. It will be free, except for the in-app purchases you’ll have to make to get the coolest outfit for your zombie. They deserve the best, don’t they?

PopCap LogoRead PopCap’s press release here.