Ben Folds Is Back With A Final Tribute To Merton

Posted By Ben Goulding, 1 April, 2010 | permalink

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Ben Folds is back with a final tribute to Merton. This video was taken from 4 live shows incorporating Mertonian Chatroulette – approximately 12 minutes a night.

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ChatRoulette Piano Guy Merton Returns

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 March, 2010 | permalink

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Merton returns for part two of his Chatroulette piano playing sensation.

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Top 10 Funny Yahoo Answers

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 March, 2010 | permalink



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Top 15 Funny ChatRoulette Screenshots

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 March, 2010 | permalink

Merton meets Ben Folds


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Merton the Chatroulette Piano Guy Speaks

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 March, 2010 | permalink

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In an exclusive interview, Mashable talks to Merton the Chatroulette piano player via Skype to find out more about the man behind the glasses and the hoodie.

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Ben Folds is Chatroulette Piano Player?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 March, 2010 | permalink

By now I’m sure you’ve seen “Merton”, the piano playing guy on Chatroulette who has become an internet sensation for his freestyling on the the webcam-chat site.

Well, there has been much speculation that the mystery man might be Ben Folds due to his uncanny facial and voice resemblance. To clear things up, during one of his concerts in Charlotte, North Carolina, the real Ben Folds flipped open a laptop on the piano and started playing on Chatroulette.

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So now we know who the hooded piano player is. Actually, we don’t. “Merton” has since said “Not Ben Folds. Seriously. Ben is a much better pianist, and listen to the voice on the “Man in the Dark” part – totally not his voice at all. Besides, wouldn’t Ben cover more of his face to disguise his identity?”.

My brain is frazzled.

Oh, and here’s the original just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

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Top 5 Internet Millionaire Kids

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 March, 2010 | permalink

#1 – Catherine and David Cook

Age at startup: 15 & 17
Company: My Year Book
Net Worth: $10 million

Bio: Catherine Cook, 15, and her brother David, 17, were looking through their high school year book when they came up with the idea to create a free interactive version online.

Catherine persuaded their older brother, Geoff, who was a budding internet entrepreneur at the time, to invest $250,000 in their idea. The site was launched in April 2005 and 950,000 members joined in the first year.

Fast forward 5 years, and the site has a net worth of around $10 million.


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Happy 25th Birthday Dotcom

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 March, 2010 | permalink

The internet celebrates a landmark event today – the 25th anniversary of the dotcom domain name.

It was in March 1985 that we first heard of the term “dotcom”, when a Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer called Symbolics added dotcom to it’s name. In the same year, another five companies did the same, but the trend wasn’t really catching on.

Now, 25 years later, there are tens of millions of dotcom domains, Google’s crawler indexed its trillionth page of registered names in 2008 and there are 100,000 new dotcom names registered every day. It makes you wonder what it would be like if internet or dotcom had never boomed.

Want to see 100 oldest still-existing registered dotcom domains? Wikipedia has them listed here.

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CodeOrgan Turns Websites Into Music

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

CodeOrgan is a very clever website that allows you to turn any website into music. You simply type the URL of any site you want and using a very complicated algorithm, CodeOrgan turns it to music. It’s a very cool website, although not totally accurate, as it didn’t play ‘I’m Too Sexy’ when I typed in Oh, well.

Anyway, here’s some more details on how it works:

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XKCD Pays Tribute To GeoCities

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 October, 2009 | permalink

Online comic site, XKCD, have done a perfect GeoCities redesign on the day Yahoo closed the web hosting site forever.

XKCD GeoCities

Here are some more GeoCities tributes, for all you old school kids. It brings a tear to my eye.

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Do You Know What A Web Browser Is?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 6 October, 2009 | permalink

While many of us may think we know what a web browser is, do we really have a clue? Google tries to explain what a web browser is and then sends an employee out to Times Square, New York, to find out if the general public know what they’re talking about when it comes to browsers. The results are astonishing!

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Via Mashable

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“Did you know?” – Some Crazy Technology Facts You Probably Didn’t Know [VIDEO]

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 September, 2009 | permalink

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This Did You Know video focuses on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology.

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The New Design Is Up!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 September, 2009 | permalink

Okay guys, so if you follow me on twitter @pigjockey, you may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve been working on a new design for the site, and here it is!

It’s completely different from the previous look. It’s cleaner, faster-loading and with a bunch of new features.

Starting from the top, there’s still a search feature so you can browse entries from the archives, however this works through Google now. Moving down, on the sidebar, I’ve kept the RSS/Twitter/Facebook/email subscription links, so please feel free to check them out. Still on the sidebar, there are three little tabs for you to check out recent posts, browse by category or browse the archives by month.

A completely new feature I’ve added is the calendar. If you missed a day, you can click on the link to that individual date and you’ll be presented with all the posts from that day.

Then we come to recent comments. These recent comments are more detailed than the previous ones, so if you make a comment, you’ll be seeing your name and comment there. Just below the recent comments is a tag cloud, so you can browse by tags. The more popular the tag, the bigger it’s font.

You’ll probably have noticed the small “share” button below each post entry. If you hover over, or click it, you’ll see a list of options including email, print and various social media which you can use to share that post. I really appreciate you guys spreading the word whenever you can! Let’s let people know about Pig Jockey.

So that’s just about it. Hopefully you’ll check out all the new features and if you stumble across any errors or problems with the site, I’d be grateful if you could contact me.

Thanks guys.

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The First Video Ever Uploaded To YouTube

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink

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This is the first video ever on YouTube, uploaded at 8:27PM on Saturday April 23rd, 2005. The video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo. Who would have thought then, that YouTube would go on to become one of the biggest and most popular sites on the net?

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Microsoft Is Racist

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 August, 2009 | permalink

Microsoft has apologized for pasting a white man’s head onto a black man’s body in a photograph for it’s official website.

Microsoft US
Microsoft Poland

The original photo featured a white man, an asian and a black man who were attending a meeting, which was published on Microsoft’s main U.S. site. However, on a version aimed to appeal to Polish customers, the black man’s face was replaced with a white man’s.

Microsoft later apologized on it’s official Twitter feed.

“Marketing site photo mistake – sincere apologies – we’re in the process of taking down the image,” it tweeted.

An official spokesman added: “We are looking into the details of this situation.”

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Twitter Releases New Homepage

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 July, 2009 | permalink

New Twitter Homepage

Twitter has just released it’s new homepage. The new design focusses on search and popular topics. For those of you that use Twitter, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s more sleek and pleasing to the eye than the previous homepage.

Twitter’s functionality is still the same, however it’s redesign makes it more accessible to new users and more interactive as well as putting more emphasis on Twitter trends.

This is another step forward for Twitter, in making it easy for businesses to make money from the micro-blogging site.

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CSS Is Amazing Mug

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

If you’ve worked with CSS I’m sure this mug will make you laugh. It’s like CSS in ie6.

CSS Is Awesome

You can buy one at for $12.95. A great present for any web designer.


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Swine Flu Tracker Website

Posted By Ben Goulding, 21 July, 2009 | permalink

With swine flu spreading at it’s fastest pace across the world, scientists in the UK have launched an online swine flu survey to monitor the spread of the virus and keep people better informed. contains information about symptoms, transmission, treatment and asks visitors to answer a number of questions in order to gather information about swine flu hotspots and the latest figures on how many people have the flu in different areas.

If you’re interested to find out more, please visit here.

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Eternal Moonwalk

Posted By Ben Goulding, 13 July, 2009 | permalink

I recently stumbled across a site called “Eternal Moonwalk.” It’s a nice tribute to Michael Jackson, with the king of pop himself starting a moonwalk, then followed by thousands of his fans from all around the world each doing their own moonwalks one after each other to form a cool collaboration.

You can even submit your own moonwalk to appear on the site!

Check it out for yourself here.

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You Can Recreate Star Wars!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 July, 2009 | permalink

Claim your place in history now. Star Wars Uncut is giving you the opportunity to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope.

Star Wars: A New Hope

The website has split the entire movie up into 473 parts that are each 15 seconds long. All you have to do is click on a scene to claim it, make your 15 second clip and upload it. Once all 473 scenes have been filmed it will be put together to form the movie…with YOU in it.

If you’re interested, check it out here.

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