Friday, September 6, 2013

Who is A.J. Jenkins?

One day, I was fiddling with my phone and Jack walked over and said, "Can you play the ABC song on your phone?" I viewed that as a challenge, did a quick search, and soon the boys were enjoying a YouTube version the ABC song on the phone.

Eventually, I wanted my phone back, so I fired up YouTube on the PlayStation 3 and directed them there. I noticed that the same user, "KidsTV123," had uploaded other phonics videos, and that the songs were credited to "A.J. Jenkins".

Being who I am, I did a Google search to see what information I could turn up about either. KidsTV123 has a pretty basic web site where you can buy songs or videos (the videos worked pretty well for keeping the kids distracted on the plane). As for A.J. Jenkins, very little is available about him on-line. A quick search turns up mostly links to his songs or posts wondering who he is.

But Google searching is an art form, and I was able to come up with a few facts through more complicated searches.

1) His name is "Alistair J. Jenkins" and he lives in Japan.

2) There used to be a Wikipedia page for him, but it failed Wikipedia's "General Notability Guidelines" and was deleted, because Wikipedia is run by jerks. Seriously, he has over a billion views on YouTube, and he's not notable enough for you, Wikipedia? Anyway, according to the (former) Wikipedia article, he is French, which seems surprising. There are also some things that seem inconsistent about the article, such as the fact that he started uploading to YouTube in 2012 (it was 2009), and the idea that he was born in 1964, started writing children's music at age 48, and released his first children's song in 2003. I expect higher standards from you, Wikipedia User Raiders696969!

3) As seen in the K Song, he is friends with "EricSurf6", another Westerner living in Japan. I tweeted at EricSurf6, but I have yet to hear back.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Casting Call

Received via e-mail; passed along without endorsement...

Hi, I am wondering if you can share this with your readers.
Thanks
Michelle
Good People Casting
WE NEED TWINS!
NOW CASTING A SAG NATIONAL COMMERCIAL FOR A MAJOR SPORTS APPAREL BRAND!

Good People Casting (http://www.goodpeoplecasting.com) is now casting female IDENTICAL twins for a MAJOR sports apparel commercial. It's a SAG national, which means a potential for a big payday!

We're looking for identical twins who look 15-26 and are cool and athletic.  Would love to see twins with distinct features like lots of freckles, gap teeth, cat eyes, super long hair below the waist. Although not required, if you play sports, let us know!

Can be anywhere in the US!

MUST BE AVAILABLE THESE DATES
CASTING- Now through May 15th (we'll simply need a short interview, depending on where you are, we'll either have you come in to our studio or do a Skype interview)
CALLBACKS- May 17th
FITTING- May 21st
SHOOT DATES- May 22nd

We will contact you with audition/interview time and place!

TO SUBMIT:
Email ALL the information requested below ASAP to:

Be sure to include:
1. Your name(s)
2. Contact phone number(s)
3. At least two photos of you and your twin- must cleanly show your face and body type! (jpg format please)
4. If you have any experience playing sports, let us know here.
5. Please put in the subject of the email: TWINS 
Thanks!

Thursday, January 31, 2013