Secrets of a Reply Girl, Drake and Space Rovers: VICE Today 005

Uploaded by vice on 07.05.2012


OJ: Today, a nerd teaches us about hip hop.
We find out how great cleavage can make you a YouTube star.
And we get higher than we've ever been with a
trip to outer space.
Bi-weekly, bite-sized doses of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll.
OJ: Welcome to another edition of Vice Today.
I'm OJ, filling in for Ryan Duffy, who is either sick or
has been kidnapped by the Legion of Doom.
On this episode, we meet another one of our weird and
wonderful friends from the internet, the Reply Girl, in
the third installment of My Life Online.
Then we find out about the future of interior design in
outer space with our premiere episode of Spaced Out.
But first, we check in with our favorite office house
plant, Hanson O'Haver, for another installment of What's
Up with Drake?
HANSON O'HAVER: Hey, I'm Hanson O'Haver.
So Drake did a couple of interviews recently where he
talked about some hot button issues.
In one, he talked about his substance use, which is
basically that he smokes pot occasionally, drinks a little
bit of wine, and occasionally sips lean.
And then in another interview, he talked about how he's
single, but he's definitely looking for the one.
I think that when you compare these statements to like, for
example, the recent GQ Rick Ross interview, which was like
six pages of just Mercedes and strippers and just like sex
rooms and food and so much weed, it sort of gets at a
larger point about Drake's relatability.
I think that the most interesting part of "Take
Care" is probably when the heartfelt voicemail from his
grandma segs into the beat from "Back That Azz Up."
But a close runner up, I think, is when he says, I've
had sex four times this week.
I'll explain.
Because even assuming that he's talking about four
different people, it's not that much sex.
I mean, Drake's a very famous guy, and presumably millions
of women want to have sex with him.
Whereas, I feel confident that there's probably someone in
this office that has had sex with four people this week.
OJ: You know what, he's not a house plant.
He's actually a fern.
Next up, we travel to Montreal, where we met with
Alejandra Gaitan, who makes her living on the
footnotes of YouTube.
This is My Life Online.

ALEJANDRA GAITAN: So, hi everyone.
I just saw this video about a dog
REPLY GIRL 1: --at a vet's office?
REPLY GIRL 2: --giving his--
the person behind the register a receipt.
ALEJANDRA GAITAN: It's just really, really--
REPLY GIRL 1: --cute.
REPLY GIRL 3: -So anyways--
MALE YOUTUBER 1: There's a trend happening on YouTube
right now which is basically just a bunch of fat-tittied
girls making stupid-ass reply videos to
everything that comes up.
MALE YOUTUBER 2: They're flipping everywhere, even on
this video because it's about reply girls.
There will be about five down here to the left of me.
You look down in related videos, there'll probably be
some reply girls there.
THE LUCHADOR: They do shitty videos.
They're completely terrible.
MALE YOUTUBER 1: Just these girls yapping nonsense for
long enough to fit an ad in so they can make money.
THE LUCHADOR: People take hours and hours and hours to
produce a quality video and original content.
And they just pretty much watch it for pride.
And they get 100 times what I would get in
views, and like this.
MALE YOUTUBER 2: The end result is
almost painful to watch.
MALE YOUTUBER 4: Oh, hey guys.
MALE SPEAKER: Oh, they made me so hot.

ALEJANDRA GAITAN: Peace and love, guys.
See ya.
Thank you very much for watching.

ALEJANDRA GAITAN: Now, in case you don't know me, I am The
Reply Girl, probably one of YouTube most hated
personalities right now.
When I started YouTubing, I was below the poverty line,
and I really, really, really needed a way to get out of
that situation.
Hi guys.
My first month, I made enough to pay a cell phone bill.
It was-- and I worked so much.
Well, it's very simple.
You go on YouTube, and you look for the
videos that are trending.
I like those that are like random and funny.
-Good morning, Senor Luchador.
I brought you breakfast with lots and lots of bacon.
THE LUCHADOR: Alejandra, well, to be honest, she is my
girlfriend's sister.
And all considered, she's my YouTube mentor.
-Hey guys, I just--
THE LUCHADOR (OFFSCREEN): Reply Girl, Reply Girl, I need
some advice.
Haters are trying to get at me.
And you know what, I got to go break their necks one by one.

THE LUCHADOR: So what happened was that she
showed me her check.
And it was a nice check.
For what she does, it was a very, very beautiful check.
ALEJANDRA GAITAN: I always wanted to be an autonomous
worker or have a company or make money on my
own, be my own boss.
And I just never knew what exactly I wanted to
do to make it happen.
I just knew I wanted--
I want it to happen.
I started programming but that didn't work out very well
because I'm not--
I'm not a very good programmer.
And I also did some babysitting, but
that's how it is.
THE LUCHADOR: I tried doing replies myself.
And believe it or not, it's a harder job than
you think it is.
It's long, it's boring, tedious.
It's annoying.
I mean, it's not a fun job.
And the haters, the people out there who are hating on reply
people and like, oh, what they do is brainless.
You know what, do it yourself.
If you don't like it, don't do it and don't watch it.
Simple as that.
There's times that these haters, they're posting videos
and threats about finding her address, her IP address, and
knowing where she lives.
I've seen posts on YouTube, people actually posting, and
they thought that they found her address.
And they post it everywhere.
What kind of a bad person are you to take a hated person's
address and post it to the public?
So someone, some crazy person comes over and sees the
address and does something that they're going to
regret later on.
Oh, Jesus.
If only they knew.
I'm waiting.

OJ: Geez, that was really sad, but I was kind of distracted
by something else.
And finally, we check in with those crazy, underfunded nerds
at NASA to find out what their interior designers have in
store for us once Earth has become a barren wasteland.
This is the series premier of Spaced Out.
EVAN TWYFORD: Three-dimensional design, for
me, was always kind of the greatest form of creation,
being able to take an idea from that very tiny amount of
energy, being this idea in your head, and then
formulating that into a fully functional
three-dimensional product.
Take that step further, I always kind of wanted to
design the ultimate
three-dimensional object, right?
And so, designing space vehicles, to me, was like that
ultimate form of creation.
It's like, what's the most bad-ass thing you can design
would be a spaceship.
And NASA really was kind of the final frontier for me.

My name's Evan Twyford, and I'm a habitability designer at
NASA's Johnson Space Center.
EVAN TWYFORD: We, in our group, do conceptual design
for NASA's Human Space Flight.
A lot of these projects are coming down as major, kind of
campaign-level design projects where they're saying, hey,
we're doing a mission to the moon.
We're working on a pressurized rover.
We've got this idea, and we want you guys to
help us make it happen.
So starting off with sketching and rendering, very
conceptual, take it to a full-scale, mock-up phase out
of wood, foam core, low-fidelity materials.
We use those to kind of sketch out the volume of how big the
vehicle might be and how it might feel on the inside.
Part of what we'll do when we're designing a habitat is
we'll look at how the corners, how the edges are treated,
what type of paint schemes are going to go inside.
There was actually an issue with one of the colors that
they had painted on the International Space Station,
where one of the hatches was like a salmon color.
And the crew really disliked it, so we try to
avoid salmon now.
And then working out the details in a CAD system on the
computer and developing a fully-functional prototype.
EVAN TWYFORD: The type of design at NASA that we do kind
of crosses the line between fine art and engineering.
So it's a lot more problem solving, though, which is what
makes it really exciting.
So this is the SEV, the Space Exploration Vehicle on the
chassis, Gen1B.
For interior design for space vehicles, there is certainly
the problem of confinement, which is a psychological issue
for crew members over time.
So we have to deal with ways of designing environments and
designing products that will reduce the effects of feelings
of confinement in space.
Yeah, so this is the interior of the SEV Rover, Gen1B.
And most of the interior design elements was a product
of our team, as well the robotics team that we've been
working with on this vehicle for some time.
And we've been charged with making the interior of the
vehicle more comfortable and more luxurious, if you can
call it that.
EVAN TWYFORD: Seeing as most of us haven't actually been to
outer space, it can make things very difficult
sometimes because everybody has a different opinion, or
different assumptions that they're making about what that
experience is like.
It's a very testing and evaluation-intensive work
So we have to do whatever we can to ensure that these
products will work in their intended environment.
So sometimes that means flying products or mock ups on a zero
gravity flight in the parabolic aircraft.
Sometimes it means going out into the desert and testing
them in a very harsh kind of desolate environment that
might be similar to what we would encounter in space.
EVAN TWYFORD: There's always that kind of thing with
designers between, are you going to be like a stylist or
are you going to be a problem solver?
And you can look at a product, and say this accomplishes
exactly what we needed to accomplish, and that's what
makes it beautiful, and that's what makes it successful.
It's a very pure design problem that we're dealing
with, which is to create products and environments that
the crew will find useful and will make them successful and
productive in their daily routines.
MALE SPEAKER: Go for main engine start.
T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5--
all three engines up and burning--
2, 1, 0, and lift off.
The final lift off of Atlantis.

EVAN TWYFORD: The shuttle program and the International
Space Station were started in the '80s as sort of a
longer-term analog for human space flight and establishing
a permanent, human presence in space to start to learn more
about how humans would behave and interact in longer-term
space flight scenarios.
EVAN TWYFORD: I kind of felt like a lot of people, in
general, are maybe not as excited by the International
Space Station or by the shuttle program, or at least
not as much as they were maybe in the '80s when the shuttle
was brand new.
I just hope that we can really re-engage people in the right
way, and get people excited about space flight because
this next generation of space vehicles is going to be the
most bad-ass that we've ever seen.
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