See you in 2017 – although probably a lot less

I think we can all agree that 2016 sucked nuts and that we’re all happy that it’s over.  But on a personal level, 2016 was one of the best years of my life.  I was crazy busy this year and some of you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging a lot less.  Well, I hate to say it but I think the time has come for me to retire (or at least mostly retire) from VCN.  I started this site back in September of 2009 and I feel like 7 years is a pretty respectable lifespan for a goofy wordpress blog.  Right now I have no plans to shut down the site so it should still be here for a few more years.  But as of January 1, you won’t see many new articles from me.  I might blog every once in a while if I get really worked up about something but those posts will be few and far between.

If you’re a long-time reader of Video Contest News, I’d like to thank you for your time and interest.  (Even tough I’m retiring from this site, I’m going to continue entering video contests.  So you never know, you might wind up competing against me some time.)  I’d also like to thank all the companies that have sponsored VCN over the years, especially Tongal and Mofilm.  Both of those websites are incredibly awesome and their staffs really understand filmmakers and their needs.

One final thought; I wouldn’t mind passing this blog along to some other video contest addict.  So if anyone out there is interested in taking over VCN, let me know!  VideoContestNews@gmail.com.

Good luck and happy new year to all!

-Dan L.

 

A bored Grandma used her square hair-do to set a Doritos world record

As you guys have probably noticed, Frito-Lay isn’t running the Crash the Super Bowl contest this year.  Instead they’ve been asking fans to set chip-related records as part of their “Doritos Bold 50” celebration.  Most of the winning videos are pretty boring (make the world’s tallest house of cards with Doritos!) but I finally found one that’s worth watching.  On November 15th, someone named “Marie” won $1,000 and set a new record for “Most Doritos Bags Stacked on Head at One Time.”  With the help of some guy (probably her grandson) she managed to balance 15 bags on her her head at once.  It seems pretty obvious that the guy in the video was the mastermind of this whole thing.  The woman is clearly not enjoying herself as she sets her record……



Maybe she was just meditating to keep her body still but that lady looked pissed and/or bored AF.  But good for her for agreeing to help out the mystery bag-stacker.  And good for the guy for realizing that the lady’s hair would make a perfect shelf for a giant stack of chips!

There are still a few weeks left in 2016 and Doritos will probably run a few new record contests before the end of the year.  So if you think you can do the most push-ups while eating Doritos, visit https://www.doritosbold50.com/records to claim your prize.

The 2016 Chicago SantaCon is on for December 3rd!

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If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I have some personal business to discus.  I’ve been to the Chicago SantaCon maybe 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years but this year I’m helping to promote the event.  So, if you live in the Chicagoland area and you enjoy Christmas, beer, dressing up like Santa Claus, having fun, walking around in the cold, caroling, beer, making merry and beer, you may want to check out this year’s SantaCon.  If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Santa Con is basically a big Chrismasy bar crawl.  They happen all over the world but it seems like Chicago does one of the best ones.  It’s not as sloppy and stupid as the one in New York but it’s also not as tame as some of the Santa Cons that happen in other cities.  I think it’s just the right level of ridiculous.  The word is that some guy is running a second Santa Con in a different part of the city but ours is the real deal.  It’s the original Chicago Santa Con and it’s been around since 2005.

The 2016 schedule has just been released.  Here it is:

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016:

Noon to 1:00PM – Congress Plaza Hotel Bar.  520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

1:00 to 1:15PM – Steps of the Art Institute for photos and caroling.

1:15 to 2:30PM – Beef and Brandy and The Bar Below.  127 S State Street.

2:30 to 3:30PM – Santa takeover at The Bean/Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

3:30 to 4:30PM – Bar Louie – River North.  333 N. Dearborn Street.

4:30 to 6:00PM – Adelines (Formerly Celtic Crossings). 751 North Clark Street.

6:00 to 8:00PM – Brehon Pub 731 N Wells St # 1

8:00 and beyond – General Shennanigas

If any VCN actually want to go this year, let me know and I’ll buy you a drink!

Reason #273 to worry about Donald Trump: He has no idea what Net Neutrality is

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Last night I watched MSNBC’s “Commander in Chief” forum and as usual, Donald Trump said a bunch of batshit crazy things.  In case you missed it, he believes that a president can purge all of “the generals” and replace them with new and much better generals, he thinks that his intelligence briefers are sending him secret messages via body language and he’s adamant that we should go back into Iraq to “take the oil.”  But Trump is so delusional and misinformed it’s hard to keep track of all his terrible ideas and opinions.  So here’s one you may have missed; Donald Trump is against Net Neutrality.

Or at least he says he is.  I looked up his position and it seems like he doesn’t actually know what Net Neutrality is.  Here’s what he said about NN last time there was a push to preserve the rule:



I guess Trump thinks that Net Neutrality will force cable companies, websites and radio stations to give equal time to both sides of an issue.  And that’s a outrageously stupid conclusion.  Net Neutrality isn’t about bringing back the “Fairness Doctrine.”  It’s about making sure that Internet Service Providers treat all websites the same.  Because we currently have a neutral Internet, ISPs can’t charge extra if customers access sites that send or receive a lot of data like Youtube or Netflix.  If the rules were to change, using the Internet would become very expensive and not for nothing but it would probably do serious damage to the budding Video Contest industry.

According to Gizomodo, that one tweet is basically all we know about Donald Trump’s position on Net Neutrality.  Maybe if someone explains to him what it actually means he’ll change his mind.  (Maybe we should tell him that ISPs might throttle access to Twitter.)  But eventually some Telecom stooge will tell him what to think about NN so his position will probably just get tougher and stupider by the first debate.