Going Cold Turkey to Youtube Gamers & Vloggers

Definition of ‘Cold Turkey’

As a noun:
The unpleasant symptoms caused by suddenly ceasing to take a drug to which one is addicted.
“stopping the drug may result in cold turkey”

As an adverb:
In a sudden and abrupt manner.
“I had to quit drinking cold turkey”

How I Became a YouTube Addict

It’s nothing to be proud of, but for reasons that many people are probably still not totally aware. But it happened in stages.

Back in 2012 I was introduced to Grand Theft Auto IV . I bought a PC-DVD version of the game – and contemplated installing it. So before I did, I went to YouTube to learn more about it. That’s when the addiction began.

Somehow the first Youtube gamer I discovered was HikeTheGamer . His plays were often up to two hours long. His entourage varied in ages and countries of origin, yet somehow the group made it all work. Yet I got into the game play, watching them sometimes for the entire video. They made it interesting. But the first problem I had was the amount of download!

From there I found a bunch of clever guys who made these games both funny and a parody of the game itself –The ASDF’s . I had only found there archived clips – and spent too much time trying to find them at the current era. They were fun to watch and laugh at, which is what I really needed. It was at that point that I realised I didn’t need nor want a gaming addiction, I was seeking something to laugh at. My next article will explain why further.

From there my addiction was very Doctor-Who-Peter-Capaldi-Incarnation “I came the long way round” – Wherein I finally found the current and very popular YouTube Gamers who had millions of viewers and subscribers. I watched as they grew in fandom in millions every few months. Some of the lads who are now YouTube-stars were being born. But I never felt the inclination to join their ranks – I finally realised that I could get all I wanted from watching them. These boys are funny, hilarious and often had me laughing at odd moments!

So here are all the YouTube Gamers I developed a strong addiction to watching, in order of my awareness of them online:

    (* – My top favorite)

  1. * Lui Calibre
  2. * VanossGaming
  3. * H2O Delirious
  4. Mini Ladd
  5. Moo Snuckel
  6. BasicallyIDoWork
  7. I Am Wildcat
  8. Silent Droidd
  9. CaRt0oNz
  10. The Terroriser
  11. Daithi De Nogla
  12. SeaNanners
  13. Jacksepticeye
  14. … a few others, but these guys are the quickest to remember off the top of my head!

I have since reduced my addiction to Vanoss because the rest will often be in his videos – and the others usually upload almost the same video, just shot from their perspective. This can sometimes be interesting, particularly the audio.

Introducing Vlog-Movies

In early 2016 a Facebook friend told me about Casey Neistat with his mini-movie-style of YouTube creations. As my addiction to online gamers came to an end, watching Casey seemed a natural progression – and soon I realised how I could easily create similar styled videos of my own. Making mini-movies of parts of my life tickled a part of my brain that wanted to record my blogs with audio – and here was the answer.

I am now ALL caught up with Casey’s videos. Yes, all of them. I don’t know why, it is quite voyeuristic. My 18mo son Aidan loves watching Casey’s daughter Francine on my smartphone. Scary, yet cute.

Thanks to Casey, I also got addicted to the vlogs (~not their gaming nor prank channels!) of these guys in order of discovery:

  1. Tom Syndicate
  2. Fousey
  3. * Roman Atwood
  4. * Shonduras
  5. There are a few others, but they appear to have lost their way.

In July 2016 our household switched to NBN

This was the most amazing thing to happen to us. I remember going through the era of dial-up tones, I remember intermittent ADSL and ADLS2 – and now we have NBN, the world-wide-web is coming into our home at SIX TIMES FASTER than we previously had it.

But here is the downside of NBN:

  1. Improved connectivity means no more buffering – meaning you forget to notice that a download is in process. When events happen fast, your brain forgets to remember that the information is being downloaded from the internet. YouTube videos suddenly default to 1080p…
  2. Improved and faster download means you are downloading formidable amounts of data. With limited internet plans, your monthly limit can get maxxed out in two weeks. Sigh. I had to reduce my YouTube addiction.

So I have had to go cold turkey.

I chose Only two with which to stay connected:

  • Vanoss . Okay, and H2O Delirious. That guy makes me laugh.
  • Casey. Well, Shonduras . That guy makes me really laugh and cry, I don’t know how he doesn’t break his limbs more often!

Why tell you all this?

Because I want to focus more on my photography, graphic design and MY OWN VLOG. I got so caught up in everyone else that I forgot my own goals and aspirations!

Oh, and to get them out of my browser bookmarks. ;)

My Best 10 Browser Bookmarks for March 2016

Every so often I like to list all the ‘WWW Finds’ I have collected in my browser. Here are my March 2016 bookmarks…

20160311_1143071. First let’s listen to music while we go through them all. Open this, then another tab… Sean is definitely his father’s son.

2. If you have been involved with web-design since the 1990’s, you will know Molly. You might even know here story. Well, she is back. Molly doesn’t let anything stop her.

3. I have used many unusual symbols and characters from here to appropriately populate my website with symbols so that both javascript and other scripts validate properly. It’s a thing I do. So should any web site creator.

4. This is one of the coolest (or is that koolest?) programs any artist can use. I was using it a few years back for stitching panoramas. Now I see it can also be used for straightening architecture – so I may resume using it again.

5. Ever wondered what a reasonable rate you should charge for your work? I remember those days. Who am I kidding? There are still days where establishing an appropriate fee is difficult, because some clients have little to no budget available. But it isn’t about those clients : It’s about establishing your value based on all factors involved – i.e. location, tools, rush-fee, and more. Check this out, it’s worth the read.

6. When a page starts with “Jedi Religion is a very non-dogmatic, non-organized religion. As such, there are few if any rules that can be expected to be followed by all believers“, you know it’s going to get super-loopy the more you read. Yet, for us die-hard star wars fanatics, this is important. Just don’t take it too seriously. Hey, my imaginary figure is as real as yours!

Old Camera 7.Have a Canon camera? Think it doesn’t have enough confusing features already? Then get some more. Aha, this is gonna confuse the heck out of you within seconds of downloading. I am so glad I hesitated.

8. Everyone wants to make movies these days, particularly to put on Youtube. It’s only free with Windows Movie Maker. Sure, it is limited, but pictures of cats and children don’t need much post-production.

9. This less-than-helpful-video makes me laugh each time I see it. Because it happened at our wedding, and I know it happens at other weddings. Thankfully never (at least to my knowledge) at the few weddings I have photographed.

10. Once you get hookedb, you may never exkcape. Only a power failure will do it.


And that is all. See you next month for another list.

CSS Snippets + Sites of Interest

I wrote similar posts to this one a few years ago, but two new loves have stolen my night and online life: Children.

Our first little-man was 2.75 years ago, our most recent lad was born on March 2nd 2015. Aha,  just 3 days ago. He is still in hospital with mum as she recovers from her belly-slashing. I have only hugged him three times, helped him have his first bath, and rocked him to sleep once. He is adorable.

But I digress.

I am a HTML trawler. Yes, I scrape your HTML to learn how a thing is happening and how I can reproduce it. Rest assured, I don’t simply copy and paste. I copy and paste into an editor, test it to ensure I have all the components … then carefully research it. I want to know how and why, it has always been my passion. Heck, when I first got online in 1998, I spent about two years reading LOTS of information regarding HTML and CSS (and a few other webdev languages) as my main focus.

Which is a great segue into my favourite paragraph by Daniel Mall: It says everything about my (sporadic) reading, testing, writing, coding and creating CSS/HTML over the last 16 years. Here it is:

Construction Site I read as much as I could from people like: Mike Davidson, Shaun Inman, Jason Santa Maria, Dave Shea, Jeffrey Zeldman, Jeff Croft, Andy Budd, Eric Meyer, Ryan Sims, Jeremy Keith, Garrett Dimon, Jared Christensen, Mark Boulton, Wilson Miner, D. Keith Robinson, Faruk Ateş, Ethan Marcotte, Derek Featherstone, Greg Storey, Cameron Moll, Roger Johansson, Khoi Vinh, Dan Cederholm, Dan Rubin, and so many more.
/…/ When these people wrote a new post, I read it.
/…/ This was a community I wanted to be associated with.

Wow, me too! And the funny thing? I am rereading their blogs & articles again after a long hiatus. It feels like finding old friends. None of them would know me, but I feel like I know them. Many of the site designs have changed (that’s how well I feel I know these people, I remember some their sites from 10 years ago!), yet their writing style is much the same, though evolved. The webdev bug is strong in me and ready to resume learning.

So now let me show you what CSS/HTML I have found via my #scrape&learn process. I won’t explain each, I simply show them. If you have an interest in this field, you will see the value in them:

Restoration of Rotunda on River Torrens

FIXED ABSOLUTE

/* Sits at base of page, beneath all text. Could be used as a fixed base */
.base { background-color: #666; color: red; text-align: center; padding: 0.5em 0; position: absolute; bottom: 0; left; 0; width: 100%; }
.base a { color: green; text-decoration: none; }
.base a:hover, .back a:focus { color: yellow; }

// Found here

VIEWPORT

Version #1

<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width,initial-scale=1″ />
AND
/* Fix for device screen width */
@viewport {
zoom: 1.0;
width: extend-to-zoom;
}
@-ms-viewport {
width: extend-to-zoom;
zoom: 1.0;
}

Version #2

<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1, minimum-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, user-scalable=no” />

JITTER

<p class=”jitter” style=”left: -4px; -webkit-transform: rotate(-1deg);”>

Example here

Cliched View of Adelaide Iconic Horizon That’s enough samples for you. Three each time is enough.

Okay, next I show you interesting #webdev sites. I am always finding and reading tidbits of information about stuff I think can make my own site look better, or else which I can incorporate into #holdingbay pages. Yet since delicious.com fails for me regularly, I will post as articles with my descriptions. Plus it keeps my browser bookmarks tidier! Here goes…

1. Textile live web editor ~ A WYSIWYG editor where the code is on the left an the output is on the right. Includes the final HTML output for easy insertion into the page of choice. I use it for creating blog posts. Textile is so much easier for attaching URLs.

2. Fillerati ~ Lorem Ipsum is often confusing for clients. I had a client a few years back who asked if the content had been hacked on a #dummysite I was showing them. Sigh. This may still confuse them, but at least my english-speaking clients will at least go “Ooooh!”

3. A Pixel Identity Crisis by SCOTT KELLUM January 17, 2012 ~ Basically, pixel definition changes the defined appearance of a site on a smartphone. A long read, but our design process will improve for it.

4. Stephen Coles ~ Visit his ‘bits of work’ pages. Mostly visit to see how he uses his website. Inspirational. # |

5. Carolyn Wood ~ Another great web site design. Simple colours, easy to follow, uncluttered and to the point.

6. HappyCogI have visited their site many times over the years. The home page has changed dramatically since last I looked. Thankfully their articles are still cognitive. ;)

7. Quantity Queries for CSS by HEYDON PICKERING March 03, 2015 ~ Wow. Heavy reading, yet very interesting. May have to read that again. I can see already it will be worth it to incorporate into my site, thereby making it easy to access from a tablet or smartphone. Can see potential for expansion.

8. How to Build an App (.tumblr.com) ~ The thing most fascinating is the slightly tilted paragraphs. The answer is in the HTML. I have included in my sample CSS above. PLUS the article is interesting and educational.

9. What is your ViewPort size? ~ With so many smartphones and devices on the market, how can you be sure of the dimensions of any of them? Yes, this site can tell you. Email to yourself, open in browser on your device. Voila!

Nine is enough. I will try to write these style of posts once a week. Heck, with WordPress I can schedule them – and I still have hundreds of interesting articles and sites waiting to be re-revealed. Watch out for them…

Dell Upgrades Causing Intermittent Buzzing

My DELL laptop, running Windows 8.1, started buzzing every 60 seconds during YouTube video’s earlier this evening (16 Feb 2015). It was annoying and I wasn’t sure what was doing it. Was it Youtube? Was it the laptop? Was it my gaming software?

Rather than being an average user (ie: wondering how much I would have to pay Richard Pascoe to fix my laptop), I researched online to determine if it was a known issue.
Colour Coded

TIP #1: The first thing you learn on most ICT help-desk’s is that Mr Google is your best friend. Heck, every job interview I have there is nearly always this question:
Q: What do you do if you don’t know the answer to a user’s query?
A: Google it.

Bingo. I had to test a few key words; Initially I was thinking it was due to Nvidia updates,  so I searched Google for ‘recent Nvidia update problems’.

TIP #2: Always seek for your issue with the word ‘problem‘ in the search. Then select ‘Search Tools‘, drop down on ‘Any time‘ to ‘Past week‘, thereby reducing search range to most recent information. If you don’t, it will default to the most common looked at page – which are often many years ago!

Initially some of the results suggested Nvidia, but most were not recent enough. I suspected the issue might be closer to home: The laptop. So I changed to the search parameters to ‘dell audio buzzing’, the answer was revealed and verified in the DELL community support forums:
Pile of Computer Boards

1. Open ‘Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features’
2. Remove ‘Dell Support Assist’ and ‘Dell Support Agent’
3. Reboot or Restart your machine.
4. Play youtube video to test if issue persists.

DISCLAIMER: This remedy fixed my laptop with its specifications. It may not suit every brand or computer. If you are not sure or don’t feel confident doing this yourself, I highly recommend Richard Pascoe, the Adelaide Tech Guy. I get no kickback from recommending him, we are just good friends.

Using Twitter to Get Camera Recommendations

Rear view of Professional SMC Member

Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.

For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.

Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:

I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…

With only one response, I chose to follow the link.

Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”

Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:

Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.

Bookmarks of Interest

Roped Rock God

Despite two real-world events today, I’ve still managed to get onto the online world to visit and read a few world wide web sites of personal interest … and here they are for others to read.

OK, they are really published here so I don’t have to bookmark them on my computer. Since Deli.ci.ious changed hands I have found it to be more useless than a watch with no hands.

What this list really shows how extra-eclectic my reading often is. One of them has music playing in the background – a little old hat for web sites, yet this is cool.

  1. The Business Mistake that Cost Me $1.5 Million – Entrepreneur Jen Bilik learned a lesson the hard way when she trusted the wrong person.
  2. Backed by first round’s dorm room fund, Pagevamp turns Facebook pages into Websites.
  3. Why businesses should act human on Facebook.
  4. Conran imagines a digital camera with a retro spirit .
  5. StartUp Weekend Adelaide . Being a long-term resident and worker in Adelaide, I had to mention this page. I really should get along to one of these events, just to see what it really is all about.
  6. The difference between a Mobile Site and a Full Site by Jakob Nielsen.
  7. The Innovative Brain

Monitor Failure

For anyone who think they can determine a person’s personality by the web sites they visit … good on you.
For anyone thinking this is just an average post, I agree. It’s time I started writing again. Again.

Learning the Bo Diddley Beat

I like finding and reading/watching all manner of interesting articles from all over the world wide web. I have done so for over ten years, and surely will continue garnering loads of information of all subjects. Even if pointless. Yet tonight’s find isn’t useless, yet maybe just a little left field for me.

Being an ardent U2 fanatic, I particularly enjoyed this guitar lesson. Yet I don’t play guitar. Yet now that I have learnt how to create a ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ on a guitar, the next time I get to hold a guitar, I will attempt to try this out. No doubt failing miserably.

That’s all. So as they do in Twitterland, and now on Facebook, here is a hashtag #justsaying