Etc.

For years, we here at TR have been quietly sowing the seeds of a Johnny Cash-meets-Darth Vader meme, which we expected to take over the Internet eventually. I believe our first attempt was right here in our GeForce 9800 GX2 review. More recent efforts include this laptop review and the Damagebox 2011 build write-up. Like many good things, our nascent meme has taken some time to germinate and mature, but it has come to my attention this morning that we have, at long last, succeeded.

Behold the images here and here.

Stunning, really. The quality of these two efforts is so very high, I’m practically speechless. Let’s just say that yes, kids, if you put your mind to it, you really can do anything in this life. We’re living proof.

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    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]For years, we here at TR have been quietly sowing the seeds of a Johnny Cash-meets-Darth Vader meme, which we expected to take over the Internet eventually. [/quote<] In the words of Samsung lawyers.....PRIOR ART!!!! [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8E51fMUlgQ[/url<]

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    It’s entirely possible for people to come up with similar comparisons on their own while never having visited or read anything by TR. While not as cool to think about, there are enough people in the world that ideas usually aren’t unique.

    Correlation does not always imply causation.

    • yokem55
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t think I will ever hear “Ring of Fire” the same way again.

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    One does not simply create a new meme…

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I will go out on a limb and say Krogoth is unimpressed by this.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        MMO’s comment is a direct answer to Duck’s. They trade blows at the price point and either of them can effortlessly handle 4 megapixel trolling with healthy doses of AA and AF thrown in.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 7 years ago

          …..Duck’s drivers suck?

          • RickyTick
          • 7 years ago

          I see what you did there. Nicely done.

        • eitje
        • 7 years ago

        MMO is on point.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    This is even a couple of weeks late for Anti-April-Fool’s.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    You know, there’s more to your meme than you realize. Namely, historical reality:
    [list=1<] [*<] the Darth Vader character was (visually) based on the 'Phantom' (Winslow Leach) character from 'Phantom of the Paradise' [/*<][*<] the Phantom character was based on Alice Cooper [/*<][*<] Alice Cooper has said he's a huge fan of Johnny Cash - especially the whole 'black/leather wardrobe' part[/*<] [/list<] I swear I'm not making this up. I'm way too busy to look up all the links right now, but if anyone really, really needs proof, I'll get right on it when I'm back in my office (i.e., Thursday...) EDIT: OK, bored, sitting @ airport, here's two quick ones: [url<]http://www.quotes.net/movies/8773[/url<] and [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXxxtZWz1ec[/url<] I can't find the Alice Cooper interview/quote about Cash right now (I think it was a Rolling Stone interview), but I did come across the trivia that those two both submitted theme songs for James Bond movies (Cash for 'Thunderball' and Cooper for 'Man With The Golden Gun'), and were both rejected 🙂

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    Ah – suddenly the ‘burnin’ ring ‘o fire’ at the end of the re-mastered Episode IV makes sense….

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    I believe that is also the standard issue now to all prisoners at Folsom prison 🙂

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Time for an appropriate quote:

    Cash Vader: Sue, what did Obi Wan tell you about your father?
    Sue Skywalker: He told me enough, he told me you killed him before he could name me!
    Cash Vader: Sue, I AM YOUR FATHER!
    Sue Skywalker: HOW DO YOU DO!

      • 5150
      • 7 years ago

      Now you’re gonna die!

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, that part didn’t quite go as planned, did it?

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    The farce is strong with this one.

    • Metonymy
    • 7 years ago

    Finally you’ve given your mother something to be proud of.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Uh…Why?

      • Damage
      • 7 years ago

      Because the raw cultural material already existed.

      Because sometimes, two notes, when played together, create a chord whose power vastly exceeds the strength of the individual notes.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Thank you for another data point in my ongoing sociological study of fanboy group dynamics. I’ve found that there is an inverse correlation between fanboy militance and the ability to get humor, even when the humor is not disparaging the object of the fanboy’s worship. My dissertation is going to be awesome.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        (incomplete) list of words I do not like simply due to the nature that they were either spawned or propegated: blog, meme, savvy, twitter, tweet, “social media”, DLC, “value added”, entitled.

          • sirsoffrito
          • 7 years ago

          Savvy? What’s wrong with savvy? It’s been around forever.

          DLC though. Just call it what it is: expansion packs. This is one of the rare instances where the ability to instantly get gratification for something is ruining things. No one would run to the store for a physical disk and pay five bucks for new character skins. If we did continue to called them expansion packs though, people would realize what DLC really is most of the time, a pathetic cash grab.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 7 years ago

            i should edit that; I don’t like “computer savvy”, because anyone who says “i’m computer savvy” universally means “i know next to nothing about computers”.

      • jensend
      • 7 years ago

      I’m guessing you didn’t see the connection because you aren’t familiar with Johnny Cash. A quick glance at [url=http://en.wikipedia.org<]The Ever-Reliable Font of Knowledge[/url<] would have sufficed:[quote<]By the early 1970s, [Cash] had crystallized his public image as "The Man in Black". He regularly performed dressed all in black, wearing a long black knee-length coat. This outfit stood in contrast to the costumes worn by most of the major country acts in his day: rhinestone suit and cowboy boots.[/quote<]

    • redwood36
    • 7 years ago

    so say we all

      • RickyTick
      • 7 years ago

      Either I totally missed something, or you’re in the completely wrong ballpark.

        • DancinJack
        • 7 years ago

        I remember so say we all being tied to BSG…

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