There is a British comedian, Dom Joly, who made a career out of a short-lived TV show in which he performed hidden camera stunts on the public and on minor celebrities, very much in the Candid Camera style. Trouble is, he only really had about four gags. One of them was a regular character who invaded quiet places like libraries, museums and trains with an oversized mobile phone about three feet tall. He would proceed to yell into said phone in exactly this way, disturbing the peace of all and sundry about.
The show lasted for two series of six episodes. Said comedian then said he had done everything he wanted to do and pulled the plug on his own show. This remarkable display of restraint also indicated considerable commercial awareness, for the BBC promptly signed him up for some reasonably absurd sum of money. Trouble is, he isn't doing hidden camera stunts any more, and without the hidden camera stunts, he doesn't actually have an act any more.
I think there's got to be a new LiveJournal sport: getting celebrities to leave an audio autograph on your LiveJournal. What I anticipate is that you have a cellphone which is set to dial the PhonePost number; when you encounter a celebrity - as you do - you dial up and then get the celebrity to say "Hi, I'm (eg) Neil Gaiman and you're listening to me on jiggery_pokery's LiveJournal". You should ideally also capture video and audio of the celebrity doing this as proof that it really is the celebrity rather than some impersonator.
Of course, we can award points according to the size of the celebrity. I'll start the bidding: 10 points for Tim Berners-Lee, 15 points for Dan Radcliffe, 20 points for Neil Gaiman, 25 points for Tom Cruise, 30 points for Jo Rowling. (I suppose The Leaky Cauldron can claim the JKR 30 already, but it's not a personal LJ so it doesn't count.) Of course, you only get the full score for being the first person to hit a particular celebrity - so when someone takes credit for Neil Gaiman, which will probably be in the next week and a half, the second person to get an audio autograph from him only earns one-quarter credit, the third person gets one-ninth credit and so on.
It's also fun to assign points to even more minor celebrities - to work out who might be worth fewer points than ten. As a guideline, if the celebrity has a LJ themselves, then they aren't a celebrity. (People with weblogs which can be followed on LJ, potential celebrity; people with LJs, not a celebrity. Sorry.) Nominations for one-point celebrities are most welcome; I suggest Ben The Boffin. And, indeed, Dom Joly. Current Mood: trigger-happy Current Music: DI-ddydum dum, DI-ddydum dum, DI-ddydum da dum
To be fair I can't remember much of the soundtrack myself, except that it was mostly British pop music and far funkier than most of the stuff I normally listen to. Then I heard the full-length song which was used most frequently in the "I paint you in one minute - no beards" sketches somewhere else along the line - apparently quite a recent hit over here.
At some point I can remember looking up what the theme tune to THTV was. I could look it up again, I suppose: Connections by Elastica. I'd believe that. Ooh, cheesy MIDI!
I'm sure there are many extremely original things to do with PhonePost that the world hasn't thought of yet. I was kicking around ideas last night, but none of them made such an imapct on me that I can remember it today.
I don't want to try it in case I break something but can I put any transcription that I want down for your audio thing? Can I just put "Chris said that you all smell of poo and wee"? Just wondering since that is the first thought that occured to me when I heard about the whole transcription thing...
You could, but as well you know, there would be some eventual getwattenrevengen were you to do so. :-)
It's quite a clever system. Anyone can submit anything as a transcription but the person who made the call (or, rather, the person whose LJ it is - presumably the same person, but not necessarily so) has the final edition rights. See exampleuser, the first public PhonePosts that most of us ever heard, for an example of how people can play around with the transcription system. Hee!
If I can think of something else interesting to do with PhonePost then I will - and it'll be at a normal volume next time. One quick thought is that when there's a big gathering of people together, it might be a lot of fun to post a mass shout-out plus a serial name-check of all the people together in the same place at the same time.
Either that, or it could be time for a round of LiveJournal Tongue Twisters. Who's up for it?