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Where To Find Phil Nelson Online, April 2021 Edition

I’ve found things are easier when I post these periodic reminders of where I am doing stuff online these days, and how people can get at me or support me or both. Not many changes from our previous edition in December 2020. Bold items are new. As of right now you can find me at the following online haunts:

  • I am @philnelson on Twitter
  • I co-host OpenCV’s Weekly webinar with Satya Mallick, Thursdays at 9am PDT
  • My Patreon, where you can support me directly each month and get exclusive content and early access to stuff
  • My newsletter on Substack is where you can subscribe for free (or $5/mo) and support me while getting a little more personal view on things than I post elsewhere, sent out every Thursday.
  • My Twitch where I sometimes stream video games, and we do RetroStrange Movie Night on every other Saturday night
  • Discord: I’m philnelson#1094, and we have our own Extra Future server
  • My Thingiverse account, where I post my 3D printable models
  • Extra Future, this place here, my blog since 2008 or so, where I announce and release things
  • My Itch account, where all of my (pay if you can / free) video games are hosted including the recently-released Chipping Challenge plus old experiments like Duck Jumper, Rassler, and Haunted Floating Eye
  • The RetroStrange YouTube where I upload the intros to every Movie Night and some additional content
  • My LinkedIn where I mostly follow and post about computer vision / artificial intelligence projects.

Ongoing Projects

  • RetroStrange Movie Night, a curated public domain movie night that runs every two weeks. There’s a Facebook group, too.
  • RetroStrange TV, a 24/7 streaming public domain TV channel that shows old Movie Night movies and shorts curated by me and Noah Maher.
  • LOFI SCIFI on RetroStrange, the 24 hour streaming old time radio science fiction channel
  • Divergent League Baseball, my simulated fantasy baseball league – the new season is starting soon.
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Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service

A strong but honest headline about Googe’s new bullshit:

  • Participation in the new service requires that your entire catalog be available for streaming, at high resolution.

  • Participation requires that you not release your music elsewhere earlier, e.g., no early releases for fans or backers.

  • You no longer get a choice of whether to do nothing, block a video, or run ads. Ads are mandatory.

  • Five year contract.

  • If you don’t participate in the new service, then the option to obtain Content-ID ad revenue from the free version of Youtube no longer exists.

  • If you had previously been getting Content-ID ad revenue and choose not to participate in the new service, your channel will be deleted and all videos using your music will be blocked.

These are all non-negotiable and mandatory, btw.

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Jay Leno uses indie YouTube video; NBC gets it taken down

Obviously The System Works:

NBC/Universal used a YouTube video by an indie comedy duo (without permission) on The Jay Leno Show – then had the video taken down with a copyright claim.

NBC’s position seems to be that they own any content played on any of their programs? I guess it’s nice to see their position put so bluntly.

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YouTube Instant

Start typing, it auto-fetches the most relevant video and starts playing it.

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How To Challenge a Wrongful YouTube Takedown

A helpful video by Know Your Meme. Feel like I’m just reblogging Waxy today.

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Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video

Simultaneously taking Ogg out back and putting one it’s ear and making the streaming video wars much more interesting. Gruber’s questions are my own: Will Apple or Microsoft support VP8? And will Google support it at YouTube?

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YouTube Alleges Viacom ‘Secretly Uploaded’ Content To YouTube, While Suing Them For It’s Presence

This kind of thing is par for the course with major conglomerates like Viacom. They want the “buzz” but have to pretend they’re being horribly damaged financially.

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YouTube Removes Most Popular Fan-Uploaded Rickroll

30 million views means a whole lot of dead links. Wonder why they waited 3 years?

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How Useful Is YouTube’s 5-Star Rating System?

5-star ratings utterly dominate the distribution of overall votes. 1 star votes are in “second place”, but as the graph shows it isn’t even close.

Star ratings really don’t work well on the internet. YouTube would be much better off with a simple “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” system, and doing their algorithmic magic on those.

The short answer to the question in the title of this post: not very.

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Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version

One of the most insane videos of the 1980s gets the Literal treatment. Plenty of good moments, here. “What the effing crap?” indeed.

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Hausu (1977) “Killer Lampshade”

Stick with this clip. I think by friday it may still be high in the running for most batshit thing I’ve seen all week.

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The Old Rickrolling

Apparently, the co-writer of “Never Gonna Give You Up” has made a total of about 16 dollars from YouTube views of the song’s video. The article doesn’t say how much he’s made from other revenue streams. I find it impossible to believe that the Rickroll meme didn’t make him plenty of money from things like increased radio play, sales on iTunes, and so forth.

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The Associated Press Follies Continue With YouTube

The AP threatens an AP affiliate for embedding videos from the AP’s own YouTube account. It’s like watching a drunk vomit on himself.