Read this post. But first, let me take a #charlestonselfie

I try really hard to keep up with the local social media scene but current music? Not so much.

It’s safe to say I would have never heard the #Selfie song by The Chainsmokers – satirical commentary on our love for selfies – had the wife and kids not introduced me to it maybe a week ago to tease me about taking a selfie.

So I guess it’s no wonder I missed local superstar DJ extraordinaire DJ Natty Heavy’s April 1st spoof of the song which is hilariously set in Charleston.

The song hits all the right notes: Hootie and the Blowfish, Bill Murray, seersuckers, cobblestones, rickshaws – as well as many of the popular nightspots.

Big hat tip to Christian over at Holy City Sinner for introducing me to the track. I can’t stop listening to it.

James Bond’s Daniel Craig reportedly spied in Charleston

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It might be Oscar night, but if Charleston social media is to be believed, the Holy City laid out the red carpet to ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz (‘Oz the Great and Powerful’) this weekend.

What proof is there? Good question. We should always be suspicious of what we read on social media – like that time people actually drove all the way to Rita’s on Folly Beach because a couple of women reported seeing Channing Tatum there (Hint: It wasn’t Channing Tatum).

And there was that time a local tour company pretended it was Justin Bieber.

The main source of the Daniel Craig report appears to be staff at The Macintosh, including restaurantuer Steve Palmer. Though I’ve since found posts on Facebook indicating they ate at Halls Chophouse Saturday night and also Muse today.

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Your Charleston Instagram pics from the last week (or two)

Via @pzoeller

Via @pzoeller

Some great pics this week, er, the last two weeks.

I apologize for missing last week. Things get a little hectic around here.

Keep the #postandcourier pics coming. We continue to see a good mix of subject matter: beaches, skies, architecture, fountain, Charleston living.

Keep up the good work!

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Ice in South Carolina: the gifs that keep on giving

sleddingSouth Carolina isn’t used to harsh winter weather conditions so when most of it is, say, covered with a sheet of ice for a couple of days the results can range from the funny to the absurd to the dangerous.

Here’s a look back at all three, otherwise known as that blog post in which Andy played with makeagif.com.

The dangerous:

Mount Pleasant and Charleston officials closed the Ravenel Bridge again last week mainly in large part because of this from two weeks earlier:

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and this:

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and this:

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More ice than you can fit in your tea: Charleston via Instagram

Via @liquidmatrixity, click for link.

Via Mary Catherine James click for link.

I’m sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I last put together a (supposedly) weekly Instagram gallery.

As you know we had a little bit of ice a week ago that caused a bit of a mess.

I’m going to ignore the fact that no one seemed to notice the gallery’s absence and take solace in all of the great photos tagged with #postandcourier.

Another strong week with, believe it or not, quite a few ice shots you might not have seen yet, like this leaf photo from Mary Catherine James.

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Charleston’s Darius Rucker uses Twitter to respond to fans, critics

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When he’s not singing, Darius Rucker is often tweeting. Post and Courier/file.

Following celebrities on Twitter is usually a one-way street. Not only do they rarely follow you back, you’re lucky to ever get a response.

Take Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, for instance: 90 million followers between them and most of their tweets range from self-promotion to mundane.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see celebrities like Charleston’s own Darius Rucker take the time to respond to both fans and critics on Twitter, as he did Saturday.

Rucker let loose some fun facts you might not have already known, such as: he never signs autographs with ‘Hootie’, his golf handicap is a 6.9 and his favorite winter sport is curling. You can also find out what happens if a woman throws her panties at him while he’s on stage.

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Ravenel Bridge blocked – A short history as told through social media

By Wade Spees/postandcourier.com

By Wade Spees/postandcourier.com

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is kind of like the power at your house. You don’t realize how much the Lowcountry relies on it until it’s shut off.

Since it opened in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge has been closed for extended periods of time only a handful of times.We’ve seen it most recently with the ice and #Ravalanche falling ice situations last week.

With the rise of social media over that same span, each of the incidents has been pretty well documented as people use it to seek and pass along information. For old time’s sake, here’s a look back at the previous high-profile bridge closings:

On Friday, police say Phillip DeClemente fled from a traffic stop and later called police to tell them he was waiting to surrender on the Ravenel Bridge – the same spot in which he led a with police nearly two years earlier. The original Storify story about it was viewed more than 140,000 times.

The bridge was blocked again for several hours seven months ago when police say another man threatened suicide. The incident pretty much shut down the town of Mount Pleasant for the duration, as you can see here. The incident also led to this now famous picture from Post and Courier photographer Grace Beahm Continue reading

Last week’s Charleston Instagram photos: The calm before the winter storm

Via Mark Swick.

Via Mark Swick.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking about snow. Ice.

Frozen fountains. Snow-covered palmetto trees. Kids beaming each other with snowballs.

Photo ops.

I totally get you. But the winter weather isn’t here yet, so sit back and enjoy some great photos from the last week.

We’ve got a pretty good mixture of skyporn, architecture and even some human-made snow.

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How did Charleston Police end up in this viral Justin Bieber meme?

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At first glance, this picture circulating social media (Twitter especially) seems like just another joke aimed at boy singer Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami on charges of DUI and resisting arrest.

But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).

Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.

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Charleston trick shot is a SportsCenter Top 10 hopeful

Should this video showing 12-year-old Jackson Stebbins kicking a football into a basketball net appear on SportsCenter? Proud mom Ellen Stebbins from here in the Charleston area believes so.

Stebbins said her son, a soccer player who attends Moultrie Middle School, had been practicing the shot for about an hour Saturday when she went out to check on him. He said, “I’m going to get it in the net, I’m going to get it in the net.”

He gave his mom a hug, flipped the football and made the shot. “The power of a mom’s hug,” she said.

Stebbins is asking for your support to help Jackson’s video get some air time. You can retweet it below:

As of publication the video had 6 views. How many did it have when you watched it the first time?