I'm having exceedingly bad luck with computers lately. Not only does IE consistently crash when I'm updating the website (and don't even bother telling me to use a different browser, I know this already and were I someplace else, I would be doing so), the other day I couldn't upload ANYTHING to youtube without crashing any of my browsers at home (Firefox, Chrome), and last night my production laptop (where I edit all of my videos) fried another power adapter.
What the fuck?
This is the second time this has happened ... the first time the adapter ended up working periodically, but I finally picked up a universal laptop power adapter (which was $70 right there) and thought I solved the problem once and for all.
Obviously, I was wrong.
It worked well for about a month, and then last night--pfft! No more. And this universal power adapter (unlike the one that came with the laptop) as a little blue LED indicator light on it that tells me when it's working. No such light anymore.
I think it has something to do with the battery and my hypothesis is that if I leave the battery disconnected from the laptop, I should be able to keep this from happening again.
Until then, I'm off to find a third laptop power adapter because I've got a popular and fast-growing internet show to edit.
This morning I discovered that two of the ten original episodes of Talking Heads still remaining on youtube were flagged as copyright violations.
The two episodes were Horbawrong and F*CK (for the songs "Dirty Love" by Frank Zappa and "She Hates Me" by Richard Cheese, respectively. This is was the exact reason that I pulled all of the episodes in the first place ... and I figured I'd be able to fly under the radar for a little while with those remaining ten that I had up.
Sure enough, though, the copyright nazis have finally struck and the first two victims are Horbawrong and F*CK. I've deleted the episodes from youtube ... but they most certainly are still available in the playlist on the right (that pretty little Talking Heads graphic).
The remaining episodes will likely get pulled from youtube ... eventually I get original music in there and put them all back where they belong.
A year ago, getting featured on YouTube was huge doings. One feature would launch your entire channel into stardom. YouTube has changed the dynamics of the "featured video" and now it doesn't have anywhere near the same impact. Perspective? If a video was featured a year ago, it might have easily gotten 500k views; today, little more (if any more) than 100k.
That means the holy grail to lowly youtubers is no longer even remotely attainable--it's completely nonexistent. A void has been created, a void that is in desperate need of being filled.
This is where Krumbine's Talking Heads comes in. A change in title? Maybe. At any rate, the goal is to cultivate a venue that can be a launching ground for up-and-coming youtubers. An opportunity for talented people to get recognized.
Maybe this is what Talking Heads was always about, and it just took the show it's self getting featured to realize its full potential.
Late last year I started writing a script for a television series called "Web Heads" (it was a tentative title--I still don't care for it much, but it does fit). I don't quite remember if I was writing it exclusively for a contest or if I had started writing it before I found out about the FOX contest. Either way, I ended up hitting the wall in the second act of the script and couldn't finish it in time. (I did submit the pilot episode of FILM SCHOOL REJECTS, although it didn't go anywhere.)
Even now, however, that first act of the first episode of Web Heads is really fucking good. It's about a rag-tag group of video-makers who got start-up funding from a wealthy benefactor. The story opens right as their success is beginning to peak--also right when rumors about their financing getting pulled starts running rampant.
What's amazing is that not only does this script represent an eventual show I dearly hope to be part of one day, but the reality I crafted within the script is a reality I'm slowly working towards, myself.
So, the question is, do you want to be my benefactor? I've got a whole list of pretty kick-ass and innovative projects that are ripe for productions. And even if you don't have millions (okay, or thousands) to funnel into a start-up internet production company, the least you can do is buy a book or a T-shirt ;)
Quick housekeeping note: the comments on this website don't allow actual "replies" much less notifications of replies ... so if you leave a comment, be sure to check back for a response (if I don't email you directly).
I think a lot of people made out well yesterday and at the very top of the list is misspacman08. Here's the story:
At about 9am, Eastern Time (US), Monday morning, Victor (gimmeabreakman) posted the first episode of the Talking Heads: Youtube Rejects miniseries.
In 24 hours, the video got over 1400 views and over 100 comments. If I got those numbers on something I posted on MY channel, I'd be shitting my pants right now.
The trickle-down effect had been substantial. Heather told me that within the first four hours or so, she gained 70 new subscribers. Big doings, for sure, since the episode was about pimping out her channel. I don't know about the specifics of her first 24 hour sub-count, but maybe she'll post it in the comments (pretty please??;)
The comments have been amazing to read. A lot of people are complimenting details in the editing that most hardly even notice (or maybe they just take it for granted). Many people are also attributing the editing to Victor, but hey, it happens.
What it boils down to is this: I've begun to view Victor's channel as more than just a regular youtuber of the partner variety. This man, who I have a great deal of respect for, basically opened the door to his channel for me and my ridiculous show. Gimmeabreakman (as Heather so eloquently put it) gave me quite the break.
By no means does the excitement stop there.
By 6:30, I had a request for more Talking Heads from another respectable youtube partner ... which, once you see how the Youtube Rejects series wraps up, is exactly one of the things I was hoping for. So it was pretty fucking cool to clear that mark on day 1.
Since today marks the launch of the Talking Heads miniseries that I've been talking about SOOO much as of late (wink-wink, nudge-nudge), it behooves me to write a little something about collabs.
As much as I've expressed my distaste for collabs before, I must go on record with saying that I do, in fact, enjoy working on collabs--it's working on collabs with people who don't share my passion for the project that I deem distasteful. And this is very rarely the case, so it is by no means the norm.
That is why, along with my own small projects, I want to dedicate a fair portion of my channel to a special kind of collab. The idea, for now, will be in the vein of Talking Heads (just so you have a reference point) but will likely be under the header of the "New Episodes are Forthcoming" ditty that I've been fooling around on with Obsquatch.
But here's the point of the show. Just like the current version (and Talking Heads before it), NEaF will be dedicated to working with youtubers who deserve more recognition.
I've often talked up this website as being "creativity's hub", a place to find the brightest and most talented of youtubers ... and I'd like NEaF to represent that.
My aim is a new episode every week, with a new youtuber every week. If you want to be on the show, message me on youtube or email me at jordancg (at) gmail (dot) com.
for leaving the best damn comments I've ever read.
for bestowing an awesome opportunity at a lowly youtuber or three.
for being the sexy beast of a man that he is (sorry Obs, but it's not cheating if we've never touched penises!)
she knows, nuff said.
for being my Canadian counterpart, dependable, and just a decent bro-mate (it's like a soul-mate only ... um ... nevermind)(sorry, Obs and Dep!)
.... both the miniseries I've spoke of in the past as well as the original 30-some episodes of the original series. The archives are coming exclusively to this pages within the
I just typed a whole blog and Internet Explorer crashed right as I was clicking the publish button. So of course, I lost it all.
Obviously, I should really type this shit outside of the browser, huh?