The real-life housing market might be in the dumps, but a Hollywood real estate mogul is making a killing in the virtual world. Jon Jacobs, aka “Neverdie” in the massively multiplayer Entropia Universe, just sold a virtual nightclub for the actual price of $635,000.
Proceeds from the sale will fund Jacobs’ virtual planet-building ventures, which could in turn create actual revenue streams for Hollywood, the recording industry and traditional media sources. Really.
Today I discovered my anthem. I’ve always wanted an anthem. For a while I had a “Big Pimpin’” ringtone and was sort of hoping that could be my anthem, but I had to be honest and admit that it doesn’t work at all since I’m neither big nor a pimp in any literal or colloquial sense of either word. However, Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” fits the bill to a T. The song is from Yankovic’s new album, Straight Outta Lynwood, which won’t be released till September 26. But the single is so good that it was leaked on the Internet nearly a month ago. (Yeah, yeah. I’m a little slow on the draw. Had YOU heard it before now?) It’s a spoof on the song “Ridin’” by Chamillionaire, and the theme is that Yankovic yearns to “roll with the gangsters” but can’t because he rides a Segway, edits Wikipedia, and gets off on popping bubble wrap. My favorite part (the part that hits a little too close to home) is when he sings: “My MySpace page is totally pimped out/ Got people beggin’ for my top eight spaces/ Yo, I know pi to a thousand places/ Ain’t got no grills but I still wear braces.”Watch the video below and ROTFLOL (sorry, that’s the whitest, nerdiest acronym ever). Don’t miss the Donny Osmond and Seth Green cameos… —Megan Miller
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