Day 163 – A Youtube ad that I actually enjoyed

I was served this advert this morning ahead of a video I was going to watch.

I automatically skip all the Youtube ads as soon as I am able to, but this one caught my attention, I watched it all the way through and I actually quite enjoyed it.

I mean, yes, it clearly starts in San Francisco and then races to Pretoria, but other than that mild inconsistency, very amusing. (To be honest, I’m also rather irritated that the thumbnail gives the plot away a bit, but these are mild concerns.)

Sadly, in looking it up to share here, I typed the name of the company into the Youtube search bar, and so you can guess what has been on the front end of every subsequent video I have opened since then.

So tomorrow, look out for a new post on here:

Day 164 – A Youtube ad that I am thoroughly sick of.

Sanitise [psst]

Day 137, part 2 – Youtube plugin test

I’ve been having a few problems with embedding Youtube videos on the blog.

They appear just fine, but when you go back, some weird additional coding has been added to each embed code, and the video no longer shows.

Just a big gap. Embarrassing.

So I’m trying out a plugin to assist me with this problem. Let’s see if it works.

If there is no Hans Zimmer/Alan Walker crossover video above, it hasn’t.
However… well, I guess you can work out the alternative.

That said, this problem never seems to manifest itself immediately. So let me revisit this in a few days time and see what’s going on.

Thanks for reading this far.

Day 46 – Concerts and production

Given that there’s no sport and no socialising at the moment, I have found myself trawling the internet for stuff to watch.
They are generally quick trawls. You don’t have to look very far.

One of the things I have been enjoying is some of the concerts that have been made available for our lockdown entertainment. And one of the things that amuses me about them is just how polished a “proper” concert video is when compared to what’s being offered at the moment.

NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING, you understand…

I’m very grateful to have these things to watch.

Here’s an example: my man-of-the-moment Baxter Dury playing an intimate gig in a French penthouse, BTV:

versus this from his bedroom for the Royal Albert Hall Home a couple of weeks ago:

Don’t be fooled by the impressive title page. Click through and it’s wonderfully laid-back, fun, sweary and deliciously informal and almost amateurish: backed by his son on guitar when the recorded backing track didn’t work and with a half dead fern in the background.

Love it!

One more example, and this one is somewhere in the middle. It’s an OMD gig and yes, the footage was also recorded BTV – last year, in fact – but never readied for performance. So you occasionally get hands in front of the camera, it gets bumped by energetic concert-goers and there are sometimes chunks missing between the songs. Who cares? It still looked and sounded great on the big 4K TV in the corner of my living room.

We watched this premiere on Saturday evening after winning the Captivity Pub Quiz Part II by a whole half a point. Really good evening, and some good memories of seeing them really live back in 2012.

Will we ever do concerts again? I wonder.

In the meantime: more online gigs, please.

My Instagram

I get quite a few requests for details of my Instagram account, despite it being linked to just over there on the right.

Anyway, here it is, along with a few other of my accounts you might want to follow:

My Instagram
My Flickr
My Twitter
My Facebook
My Youtube

And a couple of my Spotify playlists:

inspired by 6
just another indie/britpop playlist

I look forward to record (no pun intended) numbers of listeners.

 

Please feel free to add me on your social network(s) of choice.
Unless you’ve had enough of me already; in which case, why are you still reading this?

Sidebar links update

It came to my attention that the title of my blogroll “What I Read” (just down there on the right) was actually rather inaccurate, given that I wasn’t reading many of the links therein, and hadn’t for some time.

And not just that.

The fact is that I’m reading less and watching more. Call me lazy if you want, but actually for me, there’s just more good content being produced on Youtube than there was before. I’m particularly enjoying learning photography and editing techniques from several experts at the moment, and so I felt that my sidebar needed updating to reflect this change in my reading and viewing habits.

I mean, I could go through the new additions, but given that they’re all right there…

 

Ag, you do the maths.