If you can type, you can make movies…

December 5, 2010

Part of why the glass is more than half-full at The Future of Publishing: Xtranormal. If you can type, you can make movies…a very nifty site. I was going to make you a nice movie to prove it, but one runs into payment demands very quickly:

  1. The default actors and set for any Showpak (i.e. those that come with the starting scene) are free.
  2. You may use whatever actors, sets, and sounds you like and preview with them, for free.
  3. If you use premium (payable) actors or sets, you will see the points widget above the preview to indicate that they cost money.
  4. To publish and share your creations, you will need to pay for the premium actors & sets that you are using, or switch to free ones.
  5. You can buy actors and sets using Xtranormal Points, our new virtual currency, by clicking the blue ‘Buy more points’ button, or by publishing your movie.
  6. Points are available in value bundles of various sizes according to your needs.
  7. Buy a points bundle with a credit card, and then use the points to pay for your assets and publish your movie.

So instead I’ll show you someone else’s movie called, So You Want to Write a Novel (which I can’t find on Xtranormal, as there’s not a search feature. Google points of course to the YouTube version).

Voice of Reason: “You do realize it takes years of honing your craft before you’ll be ready to produce a publishable book? And that’s assuming you’ve spent the last twenty years reading hundreds of novels.”

Hopeful Writer: “I’ve been living my life. Not wasting my time reading. What do you think I am? Some kind of dork?”

The same Google search points also to a popular guidebook on this topic, by Lou Stanek, PhD.

UPDATE: January 10, 2011, A long-winded entry on eBooks, showing off another format, and the ability to ruin an animation through failure to edit:

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Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream”

August 28, 2010

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

In Washington “Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday at an event organized by the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.”

Here, via YouTube, is the full speech.


Courtesy of History and Politics Out Loud the audio and the transcript online.

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Why God Gave us YouTube

August 19, 2010

You’ve gagged on Gaga and barfed on Bieber. Now, and for the first time, the real purpose of YouTube is presented for your viewing amazement!

Remarkable. If you can’t watch the whole thing, make sure you see the kid starting just after the 3 minute mark. Otherworldly. The Master Vittal Gole of Wai Maharashtra India points out “Each player has different nature and talent. Just enjoy it!”

More videos and the story of the Indian sport of Mallkhamb are available online, not surprisingly quite a bit more interesting than the lifes of #1 and #2 on YouTube.

As “Seaoftea” so deftly notes in YouTube’s comments: “WTF is this? Why isn’t this in the Olympics?” The Master responds: “That’s why I’m promoting it!”

YouTube: all is forgiven. I would never have discovered this on broadcast TV’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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The Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time

June 16, 2010

ReadWriteWeb does a periodic analysis of the all-time top 10 YouTube videos (by the simple metric of number of views). As reported on the site with its latest summary (June, 2014):

We first did this list in August 2007, at which point Evolution of Dance by comedian Judson Laipply was number 1 with nearly 56 million views. The next update was September 2008, when Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend pop music video was number 1 with 103 million page views (although commenters argued that it may have gamed the system). In January 2010, Charlie bit my finger – again! was number 1, with 148 million views.

(June 2010) Our latest update shows that Lady Gaga has made a big impact in 2010 on YouTube, with 2 entries into the top 10 — including the number 1 video of all time! Perhaps a sign of the times that she shunted Susan Boyle out of the top 10.

I take note that the top 10 list includes 6 music videos, 2 male comedian videos and 2 cute baby videos. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance gained the top spot according to ReadWriteWeb with 217,720,898 views. I just checked YouTube and in two weeks it has gained over 20 million additional views. I’d never realized that clicking on the view number provides a drop-down mini-analytic chart that illustrates the time period of the video’s ascendancy and some key demographics.


Laga Gaga has risen quickly — less than six months have passed since the video first posted. By contrast, the #2 video Charlie bit my finger – again! first debuted in May, 2007.

On the other hand, it may well remain on the charts well after Lada Gaga gags.

The story continues:

By the beginning of January 2011, Justin Bieber was at number 1 with over 400 million views for Baby—and that video went on to hold the top slot through most of 2012. Here are the top 10 as of June 2014:

Check ’em out here….

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A (Very) Short History of YouTube

May 2, 2010

In a post last week on Mashable, Stan Schroeder reminds us that the first video uploaded to YouTube was on April 23, 2005. “The video is titled ‘Me at the zoo,’ he noted. “It was shot by Yakov Lapitsky and it’s only 19 seconds long, showing one of YouTube’s founders, Jawed Karim, at the San Diego Zoo.”

Could you feel the tension as Karim states: “…the whole thing about these guys is that they have really, really, REALLY,….um…long…(and here his hand motion seems intended to help him find the word — will it be something other than “trunks”?)…trunks…and that’s cool…”


“The video doesn’t look like much,” Schroeder observes, “but it sparked a revolution; by July 2006, more than 65,000 videos were uploaded to the site every day. In October that same year Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion — a reminder of how fast things move in the age of the Internet.”

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