This may end up a series ('cause I need an excuse).
If you want to pretend you blog in a vacuum to guard against your readers jumping to other blogs/sites that scoop you, or just do it better, yet you're rational enough to want to avoid the appearance that you're just following your competitions lead while denying them attribution: a) start a forum and create a few sockpuppets which you can use to post updates in your forum w/o proper attribution and then attribute to them your blog updates; and b) simply pretend readers emailed you about the latest and thank them in your blog posts for the tips. Both of these methods give the blog author/site owner plausible deniability, with the bonus subterfuge of feigning popularity.
Commercials 4 & 5 apparently, but who's counting?
I'm not. Not really. But I know where to look. First, if it's worth putting on YouTube, you'll eventually find it on Dennis' account. Second, there's something called myspacetv, and they have a Cloverfield channel (and connections). Last, but certainly not least, Unfiction.
So after some hunting around inspired by/starting with this thread, I've put together the beginnings of a gallery of Cloverfield fan art. It is by no means comprehensive. But I'd like it to be. If you've got a piece of fan art or know of one that's not included, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the url or post it in the above referenced thread. I've excluded attempts at humor as well as those whose authorship was in question. I'll keep building the gallery, and in the event there's interest in this effort (read: I get some help), I'll see about holding a people's choice award in a week or two. Sorry, no prizes (I'm cheap), just bragging rights. Corrections also welcome.
Click on images for the larger versions/source in new window.
Read this post in Unfiction the other day and thought it was interesting.
Doing a search on Tippett Studio's website gave me nothing about Cloverfield, so I started googling all TS employees, and found this:
Peter Konig has worked on over 30 feature films and contributed to over 50 next-generation video game titles. He has spent his career sculpting, designing, concepting, animating and art directing. He has played key roles in many film projects such as Dragonheart (Tippett Oscar nomination), Starship Troopers (Tippett Oscar nomination), Evolution, and Blade II among many others. Pete also recently created another dragon design for the just released film "Enchanted", and is Tippett's art director for the upcoming, top secret JJ Abrahms production "Cloverfield". (Don't bother asking anything about that one because he won't say a word!) Pete lives in Oakland, California. Drop a line and say howdy. peteSPLATtippett.com or rabidskiesSPLATgmail.com
Here's his profile from conceptart.org, a forum he posts on
And a link to his webpage:
There's several examples of his work in both pages, and one thing I know about people that do concept designs, is that they usually have a certain style they like to stick with. Could one of these designs be a "Concept MGP" or maybe the actual beast? There's a couple in there that fit what we think we know about MGP.
While citations remain robust, they are declining.
Conversely, searches have reached new heights.
Just guessing, but the difference might be attributable to the increase in traditional marketing (TV, radio, billboard, etc.) creating more passive interest. Still, with just over 20 days to the release, the drop in citations isn't something that should be acceptable. Perhaps the ARE will shift into high gear come January. Perhaps the writers strike has severely handicapped what could have been (a real shame, since opportunities like this are rare). Or my sneakiest suspicion, the game is stalled because the players haven't assembled all the pieces they've been given, and the producers are content to wait until time pressures force their hand.
Alerted by Melodyman in Unfiction, go to jamieandteddy.com, password: jllovesth to watch Video 6.
Synopsis: Jamie, in a bit of a snit, calls Tagruato and asks for Teddy. Tagruato asks for her address. She hangs up on them. Tagruato calls her back. Again, she hangs up.
Jamie is the only person who speaks in the entire video. No voice is heard on phone.
"So guess what? I'm gonna play your little game and.... I'm gonna call "Tagagato", because it just so happens that my friend's boyfriend found the number for me. "
-Picks up phone-
-Starts to dial-
"So we're gonna call, and we're gonna see who really stole you."
"It's about a million numbers, probably costs me a fortune, but guess what, you're worth it aren't you?" [sarcasm]
-Continues to dial-
"Hi, can I speak to Teddy Hanssen?"
-Pause, person on other line talking, but can not be heard.-
"Can I speak to someone that speaks...American."
-Pause, same as above.-
"Oh, ok, you speak both. I'm looking for Teddy Hanssen.
-Pause, same as above.-
"Ok, thanks, I'll hold"
-Pause. Jamie mouths "I hate you" to camera.-
"Hi, I'm looking for Teddy Hanssen."
"This is Jamie Lascano."
"I'm calling from America."
-Pause, Jamie laughs-
"I'm not telling you my address."
-Jamie hangs up. Puts phone on bed-
"Surprise, surprise! They've never heard of you!"
-Jamie throws up her hands-
"You know what, I'm so sick of your games. This is the last video you're getting from me. I'm officially done."
-Phone rings. Jamie picks it up and looks at caller ID-
-Jamie answers it-
-Pause. Again no voice from phone heard.-
"I don't speak....whatever."
-Jamie hangs up-
"Great. Thanks Teddy. Now they're calling me. Prick."
-Jamie shuts off camera-
Interesting find by JookNy21 in Unfiction. CloverfieldMovie.com is a sponsored link on google search, and the descriptors that follow it range from "Those Things Came Out of Nowhere! 01.18.08 See It First." to "Did You Guys See That? 01.18.08 Be The First." to "I Saw It. It's Alive! 01.18.08 See It First." to "Whatever It Is, It's Winning. 01.18.08 See It First." and "It's Really Close! See It First. 01.18.08" So, confirmation, Things (read: monsterS).
Question(s) For Hypothetical Interview Of Drew Goddard, Matt Reeves, JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Amy Powell, Etc., AKA Puppet Master (PM) Of Your Choosing
Reading through the Matt Reeves interviews was a good time. However, while it was pretty clear--given the verbosity of his answers--that Matt wanted to talk about certain things, the questions themselves weren't really in-game. I also got the sense that Matt wasn't really equipped to field questions from the hardcore alternate reality players. That's not a criticism. Matt's job is the film itself. Still, there's some irony in the fact that the people reading those interviews the closest didn't have their questions asked. And while it's likely that the wrong people (entertainment reporters and sf/horror zine columnists) will continue to get the interviews, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that one or two or even a few of the PMs read Unfiction or one or more of the Cloverfield blogs (read: the alternate reality players). So for purposes of this exercise, pretend that you are interviewing your chosen PM(s) (i.e. the one(s) you suspect know(s) the answer(s) to your question(s)) and post your question(s) here.
The aim, other than to entertain ourselves, is to given the PMs something they want to talk about the next time they do an interview.
-Would you describe the alternate reality internet campaign as a game or an experience or both? Or more generally, what do you hope the fans will get out of it?
-What's the story behind 1-18-08.com?
-Are there any released clues or puzzles as yet unrecognized or unsolved such as on T.I.D.O. Wave?
-Aside from the unexpected size of the online response to the Teaser, have you been impressed and/or disappointed by the exploits of the fans online. Examples?
-What Cloverfield blogs or forums, if any, do you read?
-Are there more in-game websites waiting to be found?
-Continued in Unfiction...
Edit: Is fan art.
Pretty good whatever it is.
So this image was posted in Unfiction by a poster calling him/herself throwbackchampion under the subject: Cloverfield Marketing Style Guide Design.
Seems a bit off to me in that it reminds me of GodZilla which doesn't follow with what we've been told to expect.
*While I can appreciate the sentiment behind spoiler free blogging, it's just not realistic--given 'the mystery' is the primary reason for the buzz/blogging--for fans following Cloverfield to expect they can avoid the answers.
Laz the Serious in Unfiction posts about two International sites for Cloverfield. Note the url extentions .com/intl/??/. So in addition to Laz's two, I've added /uk/. There are probably a bunch more. Anyway, there are differences, so fun to look at.
You could probably find it if you click around the Character MySpace Pages there in the sidebar, or you could just go here.
A look at citations suggests the contest widget was a success relative to the Teaser (July) and Trailer (November) appearing in theaters. Not sure, however, whether the jump in citations is attributable to the "contest" or whether the "footage" contained in the widget should get the credit. I'm leaning toward the latter since I thought the widget footage was a better show than the Trailer.
Edit: Wait. My above analysis fails to take into account the simultaneous (w/widget release) up tic in interviews.
Oh Eight got a tip of posters in the NYC Subway.
In Unfiction, kosmopol has started a reference of the Cloverfield Press press. Useful now. But should also be interesting in the end.
Good luck trying to make heads or tails of the leaderboard vs. grabs displayed on the widget. What exactly "seeded" means, I don't know. But it's not my widget, so I'll let more invested parties sort it out.
Oh Eight reports.
Dennis, in Unfiction, posts that he received an email from "The Whistle Blower", from email addy: email@example.com. The email had attached a pdf titled: pseunmoisuf.pdf. I've taken a snapshot of it.
Lastly, it should be noted that Dennis posted this to Unfiction before he posted it to his blog (read: he's a team player). The handwritten note reads:
Americans, No Oil Here! They must have known before they built! - The Whistle BlowerUpdate: kosmopol in Unfiction has produced a translated copy of the pseunmoisuf.pdf. Click on it for the large version.
Dennis clued me into an issue with feed readers when I don't use the title field in my posts. So Titles are back.
Tired of AICN's trying too hard to be funny shtick, so I didn't get very far, but they've got the needy chatter of someone who says they saw Cloverfield. But I'm going to send you to JJAbramsProjects for it, 'cause he's made it kid safe, less spoiled but mostly, he's cliffsnoted it. Or at least I think he did, since I still didn't read it.
Via Clues who has scans of the full article.
Bryan Burk, Producer: "...so basically the fans named the movie. ... All of their reactions, to quote them, was that it was one of the rare occasions where the movie lives up to the trailer."Oh Eight also has a few links to Sci Fi Wire.
Another Matt Reeves interview. This one at AICN.
Hi Amy. :-)
This one via Clues:
We did, however, learn that the monster is not named in the movie ("We took to calling it Clover ... when the movie comes out, people are gonna name it") -- Michael Stahl-David/MTVSounds familiar. But that's my old horse. My new horse. However, whoever said GrumpyPants deserves a cookie.
A check of the leader board. I see two Cloverfield blogs: Clues (#4) and 1-18-08 (#5). Possibly others, but who can tell given some of the names. At #2, csshhmp? Looks like a one of those techheads I speculated about. My favorite bitch at this particular juncture, however, is that the usual suspects (harryknowles [AICN], /film, chud) are playing. Aren't these the same people that get the packages from Paramount, that have benefited from the knowing leaks, that attend early screenings anyway through their contacts? Dicks!
There should be a rule against them playing. But not really though. I understand perfectly that the game is designed to market the movie via the widget. That being the bottom line, who (at Paramount/Bad Robot) really cares whether the winners are also deserving in the altruistic sense. I didn't throw my hat into the ring because based on my traffic alone, it would have been futile. But now that the game is taking shape, I see that it really wasn't a contest for the hardcore fan/blogger/poster to begin with. Which is fine. Really. What I'm getting at is, while I'm clearly interested in pointing out the unfairness of it all, I'm absolutely not bent because of it. So don't get me wrong. The rich get richer, I know.
About the change in style. I've been stretched increasingly thin for some weeks now. Not complaining. Couple that with the ever increasing buzz in anticipation of the rapidly approaching release and . . . I started to drift. What I mean by that is, without the time to put an original spin on what I was posting, the redundancy of posting it in the face of all the other Cloverfield blogs posting exactly the same thing was getting hard to ignore. So the style change is my answer as I'm committed to seeing it through. Shorter, quicker posts, both to keep pace with the increased quantity of news, and as a stopgap to compensate for the failing search feeds (the increase in inexpert "chatter" is quickly outmoding their usefulness). The way I figure it, I have two last things to offer, a continuing interest (even fascination) and an expert eye. So, I'll do my best to show you what I see. Apologies if the new format is a bummer.
Of course I know that there are people other than JJ Abrams responsible for Cloverfield, but it's just so easy to point at Abrams (and Co.), so why bother with anyone else? Anyway, I guess I'm going to have to start making exceptions as JookNy21 notes the others are starting to come out of the woodwork. In this case Matt Reeves, the Director, gives an interview to ShockTillYouDrop.
Facebook I don't get, but they have a page for Cloverfield, so that's something. Speaking of the contest, it's officially underway--so head on over to Clues and grab his widget.
Edit: I notice the counter on the widget is lacking (i.e. #grabs was there before). Not sure what that means (didn't want players to have too much information, didn't want potential players to be discouraged, it will be back--so technical issue, ...), but I liked it more, was more of a spectator friendly sport, with the count.
Looks like News is preping to go head-to-head with Clues. Makes sense given they are the two heavyweights among the Cloverfield blogs. News on the SEO end, and Clues when it comes to authority (which equates to content). While I don't have their actual traffic numbers, I do know that both enjoy lots of comments (edge Clues) and lots of traffic (edge News based on the spike in my own traffic when he linked here). But, assuming either enjoys time on the leader board, I suspect it will be short-lived.
"The creature is as shocking and unexpected as the preview." -- JJ Abrams
Cloverfield Clues has some MySpace updates, and got an email from the powers that be saying that they didn't really mean for him to Grab This! quite so soon. Too bad that, since if CC's data is lost, it will be that much harder to deliver him that deserving win (read: I'm guessing that without the head start, true/honest Cloverheads won't stand a chance against the techheads). Not tptb's problem though, given the aim of the game.
Thanks Dennis for the heads-up.
p.s. As I've said before, Dennis has been and remains the hardest working Cloverfield blogger. Yet, he remains just a humble blogger. So if anyone deserves to win a prize, it's him. The widget above is his, and those are his grabs and not mine. So if you're going to grab it, you'd be doing a good thing if you grabbed it from him.
Hint: The "blog" aspect of this site is secondary. Instead, imagine this is the front page of a magazine about Cloverfield, and the two sidebars there on the right are where you can find the latest content.
If you're new to Cloverfield, the Neither Spurious Nor False, Jamie and Teddy and Character MySpace Pages are official movie sites (i.e. created/run by the movie makers). Get to know them since watching these sites for updates is what fans of Cloverfield do.
Below those three elements are a blogroll of Cloverfield blogs and feeds of their latest posts and comments. Think of these guys as this magazine's staff writers -- they've been hand picked and it's pretty much guaranteed that they'll be writing about the latest Cloverfield news.
To the far right are Boolean search feeds from Blogsearch (Google), Technorati, Google News, Bloglines and various bookmarking sites. They are in order of proven utility. That means, Blogsearch has proven the most consistent and fast when it comes to finding and listing posts and articles containing the key words. Technorati is second, and so on and so forth.
After that, swing by Unfiction for the best human powered Cloverfield filter.
December “Tip for the Field”
Many of you have written in and complained that when you get into a demonstration situation and it goes array, you often find yourself alone in a jail cell for hours or trapped outdoors with inadequate food, clothing, or hygiene options.
To address this need, I’ve created a “Survival Kit” of essential items to take with you to any gathering, should you be captured or forced to flee society for several days.
1. “Warm towel”
2. Dried fruit
3. Small comb
5. Flare gun
6. Swiss Army Knife
I’ve been making pre-packaged “Survival Kits” of my own for distribution at Tidowave rallies. $30 per set. Please contact me on my cell for purchase.
Please send all flowers and sympathy cards to Margaret. She’ll pass them on to the appropriate parties.
Call To ActionBeing discussed in Unfiction.
The “event” discussed in our last meeting has, unfortunately, had some problems. Therefore, we’ll be staging a repeat “event” for the weekend of the 14th. Please contact Randy on his green mobile for updated information.
JAMIE: Hey Teddy. Uh, well, you haven't called, you haven't written, I haven't heard from you, probably in about a month, so... today's December 9th and I'm gonna open your gift. I wanted to do it over the phone with you, but you haven't called, or responded to any of my text messages... pretty much, completely disappeared from my life. So, I'm gonna open my gift, because I gave you my word, that I would wait, and here we go! [Takes off gift wrapping.] At least you're good at wrapping...[attempts to open box.] This needs scissors... Uch... [slices open the box.] You can't even pick up the fucking phone and let me know anything? [Takes out a Slusho! hat, and puts it briefly on her head.] Thanks, for the hat. [Throws hat away.] You know, most people send jewelry. [Takes out a small packet.] (sigh) "Primary Evidence. Freeze ASAP. Jamie, don't eat this." [Throws away packet. Takes out a tape recorder and presses play.]
TEDDY: [From tape recorder.] Jamie. Listen to me. Alright, this is not a joke. If you're hearing this before we've spoken, then it means that I've been captured by the company called Tagruato. Okay, TAG-RU-ATO. Now listen. You... this is important. Don't call the authorities. It'll screw everything up. Just sit tight and wait to hear from Randy, he knows to call you. We're on their station, okay, and it's like they've found something? Or they're making something, but-- but the point is, I can't-- I'm not gonna be calling you again, you're not gonna hear from me again. I just want you to wait for Randy. He will explain-- [Jamie stops tape.]
JAMIE: Oh my God. Oh, my, God. You know, Teddy, if you were seeing someone else, all you had to do was tell me. Like a man. You know, I'm not playing your stupid games anymore, you're a prick, and I am done.
Just a reminder that Cloverfield Clues is putting on a Podcast today at 7:00 EST, with special guest Scott.
Click here for details on how to listen/chat/call-in...
I read somewhere that the podcast will last at least 2 hours, so plenty of time for comic relief.
Make one too and win a prize! But slusho.jp is overloaded with excitement! (read: check out Clues who has gathered up most of the good stuff if Slusho! isn't cooperating.
Edit: Here is a screen shot of the entry form (click for larger version) and a copy of the rules:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
The "Slusho! Happy Commercial Contest of Joy" (the "Contest") begins on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 6:01 p.m. Pacific Time ("PST") and ends on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PST (the "Contest Period"). The Contest provides Slusho! fans with the opportunity to create and submit their own Slusho! commercial on the Slusho! Website -- www.slusho.jp -- (the "Website"). Entrants can get more info about the Slusho! product to use in their commercial from the Website. By participating in the Contest, each participant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Bold Futura, LLC, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, No. 1422, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (the "Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects.
ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years of age, or the age of majority in the state of his/her residence, whichever is older, at the time of entry are eligible to enter the Contest. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor and any of its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies (collectively, the "Contest Entities"), as well as members of their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) or household are ineligible to participate in the Contest or win a prize. Additionally, professional writers, directors and producers are ineligible to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited by law.
HOW TO ENTER: No purchase is necessary to enter this Contest. Eligible entrants must go to the Website during the Contest Period and follow the directions to fill out and submit the entry form for the Contest ("Entry Form"). The Entry Form will require entrants to include a URL link to their video commercial for Slusho! (a "Submission"). Entrants are encouraged to keep their Submissions limited to a length of approximately thirty (30) seconds or less, and Submissions should not be longer than one (1) minute. Only one Submission from each entrant will be considered for the Contest. In the event of multiple Submissions by the same entrant, only the last Submission will be eligible and all other previous Submissions by such entrant will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which Submissions have satisfied the entry requirements. Sponsor will not notify participants whether or not their Submission has been rejected or accepted. All Submissions must be actually received at the Website by the end of the Contest Period in order to participate. Sponsor's computer clock will be the official time keeper for this Contest. Proof of entering or submitting information or material is not proof of receipt at the Website. Each Submission must be made by an individual entrant, only on the Website. Submissions made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial promotion subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited.
SUBMITTED MATERIALS: "Material" includes to the extent applicable (a) any information and material (e.g. video, music, photos, writings, statements and comments) submitted by an entrant in or in connection with the Contest, including without limitation the Submission; and (b) an entrant's name, likeness, voice, image and other characteristics. Entrants are not permitted to submit any Material created by anyone other than themselves. If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on the Materials (including without limitation a Submission), they are required to designate the individual submitting the Submission as the agent of the group to enter the Contest, to agree to these Official Rules and accept any prize (if judged the winning Submission) on behalf of the group. Neither Sponsor, nor any of the Contest Entities, are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising under or related to the Contest. If a dispute as to the identity of an entrant cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected Submission will be deemed ineligible. By submitting Material, each entrant represents and warrants to Sponsor that (i) the Material is wholly original with the entrant and does not infringe upon or otherwise violate any right of any third party, (ii) the entrant has all rights necessary to submit the Material in the Contest in accordance with these Official Rules and to grant all rights in the Submission to Sponsor, and (iii) no party other than the entrant has any right, title or interest in and to the Material or any part of the Material. By participating in this Contest, each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and the Contest Entities and their respective affiliates, employees, officers, directors, and agents from any claim, liability, injury, damage or other loss arising out of or related to your participation in the Contest, including without limitation any Material submitted, and any failure on your part to fully comply with these Official Rules, and any acceptance and use of any prize. Material must not contain offensive or lewd content, as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. All Material submitted will become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By entering the Contest, each entrant irrevocably grants, transfers, sells and assigns to Sponsor a fully-paid, exclusive right and license to publish, perform, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, morph, scan, edit, alter, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize and otherwise use, and permit others to use and perform, the Material in whole or in part, throughout the universe in perpetuity in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, including without limitation on the Internet, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Sponsor and its services, all without further notice, consent or approval from or payment to such entrant, and each entrant hereby releases Sponsor and the Contest Entities from any liability arising out of any such use. Each entrant agrees that Sponsor has no obligation to use or continue using such entrant's Material. Submissions that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered for a prize. Sponsor makes the final determination as to which Submissions are eligible to take part in this Contest and may be considered for a prize. Certain Submissions may be featured from time to time on the Website during the Contest Period, in Sponsor's sole discretion, and Website visitors may be invited to vote for their favorite featured Submissions; being selected as a featured Submission and/or receiving Website visitor votes is unrelated to the Judging Criteria (as defined below) and does not guarantee selection as a prize winner in the Contest. For the avoidance of doubt, any Website visitor voting is independent of the Judging Criteria and obtaining the most Website visitor votes (if any) does not entitle any such Submission to any prizing.
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DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the state and/or federal courts located in Los Angeles, California; (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.
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WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to "Slusho! Happy Commercial Contest of Joy" Winners List, 1223 Wilshire Boulevard, No. 1422, Santa Monica, CA 90403. All such requests must be received no later than six (6) weeks after the end of the Contest Period. These Official Rules will be posted on the Website during the Contest Period and for six (6) weeks thereafter.
But this time the Cloverfield Universe has unleashed a new weapon. Longtime readers of this blog know I'm not a longtime fan of MySpace, and while it makes sense that a bunch of twenty-somethings would still be using the MySpace accounts they created in high school to "chat" with one another, I honestly can't bring myself to go over there and learn to navigate their cluttered social network. Not that it would be difficult. I just have an aversion to the place. Anyway, Dennis--the hardest working Cloverfield blogger--knocked one out of the park as far as I'm concerned with this post. Now I can stay current with the character's MySpace accounts without actually having to go to MySpace. Thank you Dennis.
Of course, now I expect similar updates from this point forward. But that shouldn't be a problem for the hardest working Cloverfield blogger.