Guide to the Pop Culture References in my 2012 WordCamp Victoria Session
I guess you can’t really call yourself “WordPress Awesome” unless you have spoken at an official WordCamp. I’m glad I have that covered now. My session was called “Blog Comments: Validation of How Awesome You Are” which covered why having credibility for your blog is important, and how to generate comments on your blog to give an appearance of credibility.
Within the talk there were a lot of Pop Culture references. Some were subtle and some were most likely only obvious to me. I had a few people ask me about some of the references that may have been missed which prompted me to put together this post showing each of the references I used in my session.
While not mentioned in the slides, I dressed in a black suit and skinny tie to represent the Reservoir Dogs.
In my opening slide I used a still from the scene where Alec Baldwin unleashed a torrent of ‘eff bombs‘ and tells a group of real estate agents that only the top two closers will be keeping their jobs.
I accidentally skipped over it but was supposed to say “I haven’t done any public speaking since 1984” which is a reference to the line that Christopher Walken said after killing Dennis Hopper’s character.
To start my section on how people judge blogs I used an image of Judge Wapner handing over a gavel to Judge Milian.
To continue the judging section I used an image of Sylvester Stallone from the film Judge Dredd.
I referenced a post that I wrote some time ago on “Dork and Beans” where I tried to make a statement of how I dislike how the law likes to dish out free passes to celebrities. It instead turned into an RDJ bashing session. Due to that post I received my first ever hate mail/death threats (check out the comments)
I created a banner for the imagined Samuel L. Jackson blog called “The Art of Being Badass”
I used an image from the first level of the game to illustrate the point about “starting from the beginning.”
I used the fact that Link starts off with a wooden sword and then keeps getting a better sword as a metaphor to show how this strategy involves starting off slow and then building up.
I again referenced this game and used a quote from the very beginning of the game “It’s dangerous to go alone” to illustrate that we will need the help of others to be successful.
The terrible and expensive chocolate that has been self titled “Worlds Finest Chocolate” was used to show how you can’t just ask random peole for help. You need to have some kind of credibility with people before they will help you.
I used my old man voice and modified the scene where George Clooney is looking to get a motel room.
Continuing on the theme that you need credibility, and that you have built in credibility with your friends and family.
On the slide where I mention using the power of Facebook I showed an image of He Man and said “by the power of Facebook.” I had no magic sword to hold aloft.
During my section about using Facebook I used an image of Mark Zuckerberg.
When speaking about looking for locally written blogs I used an image of Mr. Rogers.
In the “Stalking for Credibility” section of the session I used an image of Tom Hanks from Catch Me if You Can looking over some documents as the main image.
A shot of Vanna White and the puzzle board was the main image used in my “Bonus Round” section.
On my final slide I had created a QR code that I was hoping people would scan. When the code was scanned it would redirect you to a page on my site that had Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Any other references that may have come up were purely coincidental and due to the fact that I make pop culture references to illustrate my point pretty much all the time (which drives my wife crazy). I use pop culture references in pretty much all my blogs posts to illustrate some kind of point, so naturally I had to use them in my Wordcamp presentation.