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Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Lhyzz » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:21 am UTC

Hi, I'm Lhyzz. If you're not in the channel in the evenings, you don't know me. Don't worry about that.

Tonight, the following was brought to my attention: The Live Rickrolling of Next New Network's Tim Shey via singing telegram by Rocketboom (there now you don't even have to click).

My idea, then, was to one-up Rocketboom. We, as a channel, must do a live Rickroll of someone using the actual Rick Astley.

I have named myself Project Coordinator, which means I am just going to delegate all the tasks to you folks. Here are the steps we must take:

1. Choose a target. Someone not so well-known that they have bodyguards (someone suggested Michael Jackson), but well-known on the internet. Someone suggested Tycho and Gabe of Penny Arcade.

2. Contact Rick Astley. He lives in Richmond in Surrey, London, England (according to Wikipedia). I know we have quite a few UK people around here, I'm sure some of you can stalk him. Or contact him via email, through his PR firm, or even MySpace.

3. Fundraising. If Rick actually agrees to do our bidding, I can't imagine he'll do it on the cheap. If we get an agreement from him, we need to raise the money somehow, perhaps using a Paypal money to collect a small amount each from a large number of people. We need to do this without alerting the larger internet community. This may prove the most difficult.

All the rest hinges on those three things. If we cannot achieve each of those targets, the plan is a fail. Ideas? Plans? Volunteers?

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Moo » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:26 am UTC

Is rolling Randall too obvious?
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Shadic » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:27 am UTC

If this gets too much attention, Gabe and Tycho will surely find it, and it will be ruined. :(

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Miles Invictus » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:32 am UTC

Create a list of candidates, and decide on one in secret. That'll prevent them from finding out beforehand.

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Postby akashra » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:38 am UTC

Yeah, but unfortunately some will only chip in if they think the target is worthy.
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby joeframbach » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:39 am UTC

Naming a few significant people in the xkcd strips: Stallman, Doctorow, Kurt Halsey (who??), Hitler, The Donner Party, MC Hammer, Julia Stiles (EPIC), Bill Nye, Robert Frost, God, Frances Drake, Frank Drake

Many of these are dead, so let's cross those off.
I don't know who Kurt Halsey is.

I'm putting in a vote for MC Hammer.
That, or send him to my house. My parents would get a kick out of it.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Lhyzz » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:43 am UTC

Randall is way too obvious, as he's already in on it. Unless we double-bluff him and make him think we're rolling someone else, getting his help, while all along... never mind, I've said too much.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby NMcCoy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:48 am UTC

I think it'll be wasted unless it's someone who would know what rickrolling is. That's something to consider.
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Postby |Erasmus| » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:51 am UTC

stallman would be cool...

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Zak » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:52 am UTC

If only we could Rickroll Hitler...
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Postby koneko » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:40 am UTC

NMcCoy wrote:I think it'll be wasted unless it's someone who would know what rickrolling is. That's something to consider.

Agreed, it needs to be someone who spends time on the internet but perhaps not as much as we.
Also, if Rick Astley can't/won't do it, perhaps a way to play the song very loud and have everyone start singing rather than a single singing telegram person.
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Flayer » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:13 am UTC

I got 20 euro in my paypal that aint going anywhere. :P

You can count that in for seducing Rick Astley, if we're looking for people who mean to chip in.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby thecommabandit » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:24 am UTC

Epic idea.

I think it'd be a lot easier logistically to Rick Roll someone in the UK. I mean, if we want the Rick himself to travel to somewhere in (the) America(s) just to sing his signature tune his agent/whatever might charge us for the flight/charge a commision for the flight in which case it'll be fairly impossible to obtain the needed dough. But then we need to agree on a British target that everyone wants (and get some x-UK-cd people to bring some cameras to record the event in the anals [is that spelt right? damn school computers don't have spellcheck in IE] of internet history so the next generation of children can see our triumph over the rest of the webnet). And there's probably more tempting targets in America.

It seems we have a dilemna on our proverbial and communal hands...
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Postby Toeofdoom » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:14 am UTC

A rick astley lookalike in the same course as me at uni recently rickrolled a scientology protest in person, with a megaphone. Wish I was there.

However, have fun with this project.
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Azrael » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:55 pm UTC

akashra wrote:Yeah, but unfortunately some will only chip in if they think the target is worthy.


Example: You've got my $20 if you roll Julia Stiles.


Damn.

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Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:58 pm UTC

I say we rick roll Ashton Kutcher.. Then tell him he's been punk'd
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:01 pm UTC

Azrael wrote:You've got my $20 if you roll Julia Stiles.


Only if you promise to explain the new wave, next wave, dream wave and cyberpunk to her.
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Postby |Erasmus| » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:02 pm UTC

Toeofdoom wrote:A rick astley lookalike in the same course as me at uni recently rickrolled a scientology protest in person, with a megaphone. Wish I was there.

However, have fun with this project.


that is really awesome...

I should totally have done that today... can you believe people at uni's here are still protesting about VSU(Voluntary Student Unionism). The unions are crap, so i think it's the best thing that could have happened.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Endless Mike » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:05 pm UTC

You should rickroll Jeremy Clarkson. Then you don't even have to leave England.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby MoonBuggy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:08 pm UTC

Clarkson would be a fine target - hell, just watch This post had objectionable content. if you don't believe me, I'm absolutely in.

Yeah, I'm going to hell for that, but Clarkson would still be awesome, and I really would put in some cash.
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby regua » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:11 pm UTC

Rick rolling someone from the UK would make the whole event a lot cheaper, if Astley actually lives in London. And he'd sooner agree to singing not far away from his house.

Well... know anybody interwebnationally famous who lives in the United Kingdom?
Clarkson would be a great target. And he surely won't find the preparations here, even if they got some attention in the Internet.

Or we can just hire an Astley look-alike and actually rick roll Rick himself... that would be epic.

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Postby @trophy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:22 pm UTC

Simon Cowell? (I mean, if we're going to be rick-rolling someone in London)

And yes, you win like ONE THOUSAND internets if you can successfully rick-roll Julia Stiles. ONE MILLLLLIIOOOONNNNN if you can do the same to Scarlet Johansen. :lol:

Also, I'm pissed cause my rick-roll thread got deleted. (sad face)
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Moo » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:30 pm UTC

El Senor Fruit Swing wrote:I say we rick roll Ashton Kutcher.. Then tell him he's been punk'dxkcd'd, keo'd or pwnd
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A lookalike may be easier to convince and perhaps cheaper (although we should still try to find out from the Rick man himself first). I'm very curious what he makes of the rickroll; whether he thinks it's awesome that he's made a comback into popular culture somehow or if it all just really annoys him.

Gordon Brown just popped into my head, and the hilarity of his confusion since he is pretty damn unlikely to follow internet culture. Not a suggestion; just a random thought.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby segmentation fault » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:00 pm UTC

joeframbach wrote:Julia Stiles (EPIC)


oh my GOD yes.
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Postby Robin S » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

Moo wrote:Gordon Brown just popped into my head, and the hilarity of his confusion since he is pretty damn unlikely to follow internet culture. Not a suggestion; just a random thought.
The same thought popped into my head independently, and I say it's not a bad idea as random thoughts go.

It's irritating that Randall's already in on it, given that the cost of the flight etc. would quite possibly have been marginal compared with the actual price Astley will want.

Maybe if we find a way to convince Astley himself of how funny this would be, we could get some slack on the price?
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Postby @trophy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:11 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:Maybe if we find a way to convince Astley himself of how funny this would be, we could get some slack on the price?


... and now you're thinking like a promoter. We need a fora member with charisma who lives in/near London to take Rick out to a nice dinner and explain to him this wonderful opportunity we've created for him... any takers?
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby aetherson » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:12 pm UTC

Someone will have to explain Julia Stiles...(which means I probably lose...)
I mean, yeah she's hot and all...

I vote for Rick rolling Simon Cowell (I refuse to try and spell his name correctly if this is misspelled. I will not use more brain cycles on something so inane and is associated with American Idol) because that would be awesome.

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Robin S wrote:Maybe if we find a way to convince Astley himself of how funny this would be, we could get some slack on the price?


... and now you're thinking like a promoter. We need a fora member with charisma who lives in/near London to take Rick out to a nice dinner and explain to him this wonderful opportunity we've created for him... any takers?


Or you could ask ID and her Master to take him to dinner...
That might just convince him to do it for free :D
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Postby thecommabandit » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:29 pm UTC

@trophy wrote:Simon Cowell?


FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! MAJOR AWESOME IDEA!!!

When are the next Pop Idol/similar talent show crap auditions? Get Rick or a RIck-a-like to audition and Rick Roll the whole bloody panel! Take a boombox or something as well so we can play the tacky music =D

This also eliminates the difficulty in finding out where the target is. I mean, say we wanna Rick Roll Clarkson. Besides getting him when he's recording Top Gear we don't know where he's gonna be and when. Whereas Rick Rolling the panel of Pop Idol will be easy, they'll be just sitting there waiting for a bunch of people to sing at them.

The major question is... will they know what the hell a Rick Roll is?
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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Endless Mike » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:40 pm UTC

You know only a small portion of people auditioning actually get to the panel, right?

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Postby tryptanymph » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:42 pm UTC

I say we go mega epic. Contact Rick, and the Download festival. Then, in the middle of some crazy ass Slipknot song or something, Rick bounds out from the corner of the stage, and the music changes, and we EPIC rickroll a heavy metal festival on TV.
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Postby The Spherical Cow » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:48 pm UTC

Of course, it's only funny if the person who is been roll'd get's it. So it can't really be Gordon Brown or Simon Cowell. This is not something they're likely to be into.

It needs to be someone nerdy. Like Rickrolling Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby ZeroSum » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:50 pm UTC

Bill Gates would be good; he likes pranks.

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Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:57 pm UTC

we could turn this into a sitcom..
WHY DONT WE RICKROLL AMERICAN IDOL!!!!!1
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Postby cypherspace » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

argyl3 wrote:Speaking of epic Rick Rolls:

http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/ ... 26,00.html

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Postby segmentation fault » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:43 pm UTC

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Re: Official XKCD Project - Epic Rickroll

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:41 pm UTC

Lhyzz wrote:Official

You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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Postby @trophy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:47 pm UTC

ROFL at the Princess Bride Reference... and why don't we rickroll a hacker con? Like, airpwn was created to replace all the images in everyone's intarwebs with a "You've been pwn'd" picture, right? But we know from upside-down-ternet that all kinds of amazing things can ALSO be done via that method... so let's use them! Let's set it up so that middle of the keynote address at whatever con we invade everyone's browser redirects them to our rickroll.

Or, you know what... fuck it. Let's just go splice into Rick's cable like in the cartoon...
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Postby Thunderbird4! » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:48 pm UTC

Rick Rolling Rick might just bring the universe to its own end... I like it.
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