oh my god the comments on this livestream i’m dying
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I recently saw this on the front page of reddit, which made me think about how reddit’s opinion of the YouTube community has changed in the past year.
It used to be that reddit made fun of YouTube comments, and that the only YouTube comments that got any attention were the idiotic ones. (It was similar to how tumblr treats Yahoo Answers.)
But in the last few months, more and more excellent YouTube comments have been highlighted by the reddit community—so much so that reddit seems to have mostly abandoned their belief that YouTube is a place where uninformed people make uninformed comments.
Of course, the quality of discourse on YT still leaves a lot to be desired. But our experience in nerdfighteria has always been that you can have really interesting, productive, compassionate, and hilarious conversations on YouTube. Conventional wisdom is that online commenting sinks to the lowest common denominator, but my experience has been that if a community rewards certain kinds of comments—the funny ones, the generous ones, etc.—newcomers to that community tend to raise their game.
I’m not sure I’ve noticed quite the shift in Reddit opinion that you’re describing, John. Here are recent highly-rated YouTube comments (labeled as such) in /r/funny:
1752 points 11 hours ago - “YouTube on Jobs.” - the comment you refer to
936 points 8 hours ago - “YouTube on Overly Attached Girlfriend” - YouTuber telling OAG she should do porn
673 points 10 hours ago - “YouTube Gold” - one YouTuber calling another YouTuber ‘retarded’ for not understanding that 62 seconds is one minute and 2 seconds
90 points 2 hours ago - “YouTube on a new game show” - describing a game show based on Deal or No Deal where people win food
782 points 1 day ago - “YouTube idiots are idiots” - a YouTube user comments a downward arrow indicating ‘faggot’ and another user points out it’s point at the OP’s username
Unfortunately this is hardly exhaustive, especially since not all YouTube comment postings have YouTube in the title, (for example, here’s an unlabeled YouTube post on the front page as we speak).
Here’s what’s at the top of /r/youtubecomments (a place where some people advocate YouTube comment screencaps in /r/funny should be put instead) right now:
55 points 5 hours ago - “I apologise if this has already been posted but… Folks I present you the gaming community!” - YouTuber says there aren’t even 2 million people on Earth
unknown points 1 hour ago - “You tried.” - YouTubers argue about which is the biggest country, both make incorrect arguments
70 points 23 hours ago - “Meanwhile in the year 1452.” - YouTuber says thumbs up if you’re watching in 2012, another commenter sarcastically claims to be watching in 1452
33 points 20 hours ago - “The hypocrisy…” - YouTuber says that ‘u’ is not a word but ‘tho’ is
108 points 1 day ago - “Yes, yes it is.” - YouTuber responds to the song ‘I Ran’ to say that Iran really is far away
(The only other subreddit I tried to check was /r/pics who doesn’t seem to have had any highly rated YouTube comments submitted recently.)
Is Reddit willing to laugh with instead of only at YouTube a lot now? Sure. More than they were a year ago? Maybe. But to say they’ve “mostly abandoned” the view that YouTubers are uninformed is a bit of a stretch, I think. Those things still get upvoted.
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In which John discusses job creation, small businesses, how the work of bankers can actually decrease worldsuck (contrary to popular belief), and how credit crunches affect economies around the world. I also discuss the microfinance web site kiva.org, which allows all of us to make loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world.
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So it’s 4am and I’m still here, awake, keeping an eye on school closings for my sister, watching lots of old videos from my favorite YouTubers, John and Hank Green. When one of them travels somewhere they like to do “thoughts from places” videos. I decided to rank my favorites at the moment.
Top 5 Favorite “Thoughts from Places” Videos (So Far)
#5: Thoughts from Places: YouTube HQ
“But it’s not magical and it’s not evil, either. They’re just people. Mostly very cool and talented people, but just people, and they work in a place…”
Question to the universe: why couldn’t Robi get to play Melchior just once?
He was in Spring Awakening three times. You’d think he’d get a shot at it eventually.
Animated GIFs are fun. They’re all over Tumblr. Yet they’re a mystery to a lot of people — I’ve seen many a messy gif made with sites like gifsoup and people admitting they just don’t know where to begin in making their own. Allow me to teach you*, Tumblrites, how to make a simple animated gif from a YouTube video using all entirely free programs. Awesome. (I just figured out gifs in GIMP last night so experienced GIMP users should forgive any GIMP stupidity contained in this tutorial :P) *assuming you aren’t on a Mac because I’m not sure GIMP is available for you. Everyone else should be okay. I’ll be demoing from Windows 7 (don’t hurt me.) Today, I will be making this simple gif: THINGS YOU WILL NEED (THEY ARE ALL FREE) Mozilla Firefox (Because of the next bullet point) 1-Click YouTube Video Download (Firefox Add-On) — this is for getting the video off YouTube (if you don’t need to get a video off YouTube it doesn’t matter, obviously, but most people seem to want to know this part so I will cover it) Avidemux — this is a video editing program that will quickly and easily take a chunk of a video and save all the frames as separate images for you, which will make the whole process more painless. Awesome. GIMP — It’s an image editing program (like Photoshop but for people who don’t have money (but have morals)). It will allow us to make our gif, and it’s pretty awesome free alternative to Photoshop for general image editing things outside of making gifs as well. Download/Install those as necessary and then ONWARD! Find a YouTube video you’d like to make a gif from (the section you wish to animate should be no more than a few seconds long for best results). Using 1-Click YouTube Video Download, download it to your computer — choose “MP4” (or “HD”) formats. I’m going to download this promotional video for the Japanese production of Spring Awakening. Now open Avidemux and open your video (as a side note, if Avidemux won’t open the file, try dragging the file onto it and see if that works). If you get an “H.264 detected” message just click “No.” Find the place you want your animation to start (try using the arrow keys to nudge to the perfect spot). Click the button. Find where you want the animation to end, and click the button. Now File > Save > Save Selection as JPEG Images… and give your set of images a name (you might want to create a new folder to save them in just to stay organized). Check and make sure Avidemux successfully saved a bunch of JPGs where you told it to (there should probably be around 50-100 images depending on how long your animation is): Awesome. Now let’s open GIMP — we’re going to have it take all of those frames and spit them back out as an animation! Once GIMP is open, drag the first image in the sequence (the one ending in 0000) into GIMP. Now you’re going to want to drag about every other image on top of that one (so they all will end up layers within the same document). The reason we don’t drag in every one is it’s not really necessary — the animation will still look smooth without every frame, and we have to be careful about how large our file size ends up. Make sure you can see the Layers dialogue (Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Layers) — it should be full of all of your images. Now you’re going to want to crop and resize as necessary. In GIMP you crop using this tool: Click and drag to choose the area you want to keep and hit enter to crop it. To resize, go Image > Scale Image… You probably don’t want most gifs to be over maybe 250px at most in height or width. Now we need to tell GIMP how long it should play each of these frames. To do this, we double-click on the name of a layer and add the number of milliseconds it should last for in parentheses after the name, like so, and hit enter: 100ms should be pretty good for something like this. Do this for every layer. Let’s check out how it’s looking, shall we? Go Filters > Animation > Playback and click the play button. If everything’s going right, it should look good! Let me show you how to make it fade to black if you so desire, and then we’re almost finished: Fading to black I’m going to keep this pretty simple. First I will go to the last frame of the animation (that’s the layer at the very top of the layer list) and duplicate it (Layer > Duplicate Layer, or there’s a little icon right at the bottom of the Layers window that does it). Then I will make a new layer (Layer > New Layer etc), make sure my foreground color is black, and go Edit > Fill with FG Color. Over in the Layers window there’s a slider to change the opacity of a layer. I’m going to want this black layer to be at about 50% opacity. Then go Layer > Merge Down. We’ve now successfully created a layer that is partly faded to black. Now make another new layer again and go Edit > Fill With FG Color to fill it with black again. You’re probably going to want the black layer to stick around a little longer, so I’ll set mine for 1000ms instead of 100ms (and I’m going to go back and set my half-black layer from the previous step to about 70ms just to make that transition a little smoother). All Done?! Once everything looks peachy, go Filters > Animation > Optimize (for GIF). When the new window comes up, go File > Save As…, give it a name, go to Select File Type at the bottom of the window and choose GIF Image. It’ll ask you if you want to Merge Visible Layers or Save As Animation — we want to save an animation of course! Hit Export. You’ll probably want to keep all the options in the next window as the defaults, so just click Save. A ha! An animated gif! A little roundabout perhaps (especially if you’re used to Photoshop as I am…)? Perhaps. But did you just make a gif all by yourself for free and without any weird tags from websites or anything slapped on it? Yes you did. And I’m sure it’s beautiful. GO FORTH WITH THE POWER OF GIFs. I hope this was of some use and not too confusing. If you have any questions about this tutorial (or spot any mistakes) you can drop it in my ask box and I’ll see what I can do for you. Now I need to go quickly eat lunch because I spent almost all of my break between classes writing this. The things I do for you, Tumblr.