I’m going to start posting my videos here again. This one’s a fun 20 minute romp talking about serial fraudster Jacob Wohl (I can’t believe he isn’t in prison) and how to spot “fake news”.
Category Archives: YouTube
How to spot “Fake News”
Another spectacular week of Trump train wrecks
It’s so easy for me to find material with Trump and Co. moving from crisis to crisis. Whether it’s his supporters, his lawyer or Trump himself being neck deep in shit, he’s the gift that keeps on giving. And he topped off the week beautifully with a call in interview to Fox and Friends that got so bad, the hosts themselves ended up cutting him off mid sentence.
Filed under Politics, Video Blogging, YouTube
Australia’s Banking Royal Commission and ANZAC Day controversy
It’s somewhere between fun and bizarre to watch the conservative LNP government act like they wanted a Royal Commission into the finance sector now that the scale of malfeasance in that industry is becoming apparent.
Also, with ANZAC Day approaching that means it’s time to get ready for the relatively recent national sport of people who call anyone who disagrees with them a snowflake losing their tiny little minds if anyone’s response to ANZAC Day deviates one iota from their declared orthodoxy.
Filed under Politics, Video Blogging, YouTube
Malcolm Turnbull loses 30 Newspolls in a row
Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters are trying to argue (with some merit) that him losing 30 Newspolls in a row is meaningless in and of itself. But it was one of the key metrics he used to justify knifing then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott and so now Turnbull’s detractors will use it against him.
And the though of more infighting within the conservatives fills my dark heart with glee.
Filed under Politics, Video Blogging, YouTube
St Patrick’s Day green Poitin cocktail
I celebrated St Patrick’s Day this year with some traditional Irish potato spirit – poitin/poteen. I even coloured it green with the help of some limes.
Filed under General Angriness, Video Blogging, YouTube
Game ON – win prizes and ticket upgrades!
For most of the last year, I’ve been working with the organisers of Game ON, a great event that will be held on May 22-24 in Sydney as part of the Vivid Festival. Game ON brings together interactive gaming and online video into one amazing weekend showcase. It’s a great weekend for both creators and fans to get together with some of the stars of YouTube and the gaming world and I have some great bonuses to get you extra excited.
Buy your tickets here: http://gameoninteractive.com.au/buy-tickets/
- Game ON gear
- Computer games
- Turtle Beach gaming headsets
- Autographed posters
So get your tickets, share your excitement and be in the running for great prizes!
My video camera has a “smile sensor” that results it taking photos while you shoot a video if it senses a nice smile which might therefore make a nice picture. It’s an interesting feature that is more than a bit hit and miss in practice. It almost never takes photos when I make videos alone (I guess I don’t smile much) or when I do rant videos with AIDzee but if the video involves sitting and talking with someone for an extended period it often takes a lot of photos like this example from a recent shoot with Jez:
I’ve also occasionally used this to make lo-fi animations like this example with AIDzee:
For this week’s TFU Friday video my camera took just two photos along with the video (which is in itself unusual) and one of them in particular stood out to me:
The combination of the fact I seem to be staring at something I’m holding and the blue background made me think this was ripe for photo manipulation. A big problem is that I suck at this sort of thing. The obvious solution was asking people who are actually good with photoshop to do something. So I put out the call and hooo boy did people respond.
First up Mel did this demonic number on me:
She also did this tasteful monochrome version:
Mel also does great “artistic reconstructions” using Photoshop on her YouTube channel.
Then David did a nice Warhol-style interpretation:
Then Daria put me with a particularly large burger that is making the zombie horde jealous:
Then we get to the Tony Abbott inspired ones. I swear I didn’t ask anyone to do this. Sam had me in front of Parliament House (love the blood stains!)
William had a similar vibe but it appears the Liberal Party are cheering me on.
Richard incorporated AIDzee and I into a two-headed beast (which I’m sure he’ll love). I’m not sure whose brain we have or what we’re doing with it in a lab.
Lizzie decided I was the Destroyer of Worlds!
And Shaun seems to have taken the beheading theme to the logical conclusion.
Thank you, internet.
The mathematics of trolls
Filed under YouTube
- People who state the complete opposite of the truth as a “fact” (e.g. climate change deniers). There is absolutely no point in engaging with people like this. When someone can aggressively assert an easily provable lie as the “truth” there is no way forward. Conspiracy nutbags fall into this category as well.
- Really hateful commenters (bigots of any stripe). I simply refuse to give these vermin a platform.
- People bringing up something I have directly answered in the video as if I hadn’t answered it. Repeating the answer never gets through to them.
- People who assert that I said something I clearly didn’t (or people who want to tell me what I think or what I am – reality be damned). I know what I said, what I think and who I am. I don’t need some random idiot who knows nothing about me spouting rubbish driven by their own prejudices.
Why I abuse people who disagree with me
I still get people asking why I abuse anyone who disagrees with me even though I’ve effectively answered the question multiple times over the years. I assume they keep asking because they’re stupid. To be more accurate, they don’t ask: they complain and whine that I abuse people. So they’re stupid whiners.
It’s fair to call people who make these complaint stupid because they are factually wrong. I don’t abuse everyone I disagree with. I disagree with everyone I disagree with. In the vast majority of cases, when someone posts a comment I disagree with I simply ignore them.
I think it’s worth reiterating that when people make an issue out of this, we’re talking about people I am RESPONDING to. I don’t go around chasing people to make negative comments on their videos/ channels/ blogs, even when they make personal attacks on me. We are talking about people who come into my domain and make comments that nobody in their right mind could think I’d have an interest in seeing.
The idiots I take the time to rip into are a subset of the ones who make obnoxious comments. Sometimes they say something so egregiously awful or clueless they thoroughly deserve to be ripped apart. Sometimes it’s just the smug self-righteousness they exude. Other times it’s the obvious total lack of thought behind the comment.
And there’s on more thing: I’ve dealt with thousands of these idiots over the years (not even a slight exaggeration) and I’ve gotten very good at picking losers who aren’t used to being called to account, just by the tone of their comments. I find these opinionated little dweebs to be particularly deserving of punishment. I often go to their channels and get a confirmation of the sort of comments they leave all over the place and I’m almost never wrong.
These scumbags sped their time spraying around negativity and develop an insanely distorted view of how important their “contribution” to the world is. Here’s a news flash, meatheads: your contribution to humanity is less than zero. You are an actively negative force that makes it harder for decent people to interact. The world would be better off if you didn’t exist.
This is why blocking is one of the favourite weapons in my arsenal. I can’t literally make them cease to exist. You know, unless I hire an assassin. Which I totally haven’t done. Shut up, you can’t prove anything! WHERE’S THE BODY?! There’s no case without a body!
I got distracted.
While my central topic here is why I rip into people, it is actually far more common for me to ignore/block/delete these idiots. I thoroughly recommend this approach to people over engaging with obnoxious commenters. This is mostly because these dribbling morons are not capable of engaging in any meaningful way. Their extremely limited thought processes barely go as far as far as vomiting out their pathetic brain farts and demanding they be acknowledged. And they will NOT shut up!
So don’t hesitate to shut them up. Besides relieving you of their non stop drivel, it’s a timely reminder to them that they aren’t the ones in control. If you allow them any level of control, i.e. you succumb to the mistaken idea you “have to” let them comment, they will never let you go. You don’t have to justify what you do in your own domain and you should never let other people dictate how you conduct yourself – that is your own decision to make.
But back to those times when I choose to rip into people rather than ignore them. To the people who say “you just abuse anyone who disagrees with you” I say “Your mother is a dirty stinking whore.” The other thing I will say is “no I don’t.” That statement is so far wide of the truth that it doesn’t deserve any other response. If you are going to make a comment that stupid, fatuous and WRONG I don’t feel inclined to bother with you.
If you’re convinced this is something I actually do, I don’t fucking care. If you harbour some belief that I am somehow compelled to respond to everyone in a way you find acceptable simply because they watched my video and commented then you’re a deluded fucking moron. So far as me producing video or written content and someone watching and commenting goes, there is no comparison at all.
The hours of effort that goes into creating content versus the seconds it takes a moron to smash their ugly face into a keyboard and provide their “insight” means their precious little comment has earned them precisely nothing. They don’t deserve anything in return and the twisted sense of entitlement that comes from fuckwits who think they have a right to be addressed just makes me more likely to treat them like the shitstain they are.
As for anyone who wants to say “that’s fair enough but you go too far,” there’s only one person who gets to decide what an acceptable response is. Guess what? It isn’t fucking you. I simply don’t have the time to waste worrying about whose feelings I’m hurting and my sanity is too valuable to me to be fucked about by morons on the internet who think they’re the centre of the universe.
If you have a problem with this, you essentially have two choices. You could follow the advice of Gandhi who famously said “harden the fuck up, princess.” Failing that you could always fuck off. It’s that simple. If there is anyone still labouring under the misapprehension that I’m focused on retaining viewers at any cost, let me correct that right now. I checked my YouTube stats and I’ve blocked thousands of accounts over the years. If you have a problem with anything about me and it’s too much for you to manage to keep that shit to yourself, let me know. I won’t hesitate to add you to that list.
I would have a lot more viewers on YouTube if I wasn’t in the habit of blocking people and/or telling them to piss off when they annoy me. But I’d have a lot less sanity. Of course, in your own online interactions you should follow your own path. If it works for you, it’s the right thing for you to do.
But if you’re wasting any of your life agonising over how I treat anyone online, that’s just sad.
Filed under Blogging, General Angriness, YouTube