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My review youtube channel just passed the lifetime views of my main channel. It's insane that by mentioning a popular product caused the videos to overtake my years of videos in less than two months.

Luckily this is not getting me down at all. I will still try to make art, because that's what I want to do, but the fickleness of youtube, is what it is.

P.S. I learned a new insult for fat people from a commenter who told me that if I wanted the purple mattress to stop causing me pain, I needed to stop being a "hamplanet."

ticks

Feb. 26th, 2017 04:56 pm
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First tick of the season, no clue how I got it. It must have dropped on me from a tree. It was in my hair. Knowing what a tick feels like without seeing it, is not a skill I wanted to have.
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For various reasons I decided to give the purple mattress the week that the youtube commenters insist you need for your body to "get used to it." (Not because they insisted, but because many commenters did say it took them a while and now they love it.)

I'm on night 6. One more to go.

And oh, the pain... last night I said, "sometimes it hard to know the line between perseverance and stupid.

So unless some miracle happens tomorrow, the purple is STILL not for me. There is physically no where for my shoulder to go.

On the plus side, my sleep number is going to feel SO GOOD.

So tired too... Zzzzz.
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I decided to splurge on a fancy cat tree.

before and after )
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So I posted this oddly popular review of the purple mattress saying that I slept one night on it and it was really really bad. This is how the youtube comment sections mostly goes:

them: "you're supposed to try it for a week at least, the company says so."

me: "I know, but I wasn't just uncomfortable, the pain was really bad."

them: "You still need to give it a week."

P.S. My main channel has only ever "earned" about $2. This review channel has already "earned" $22... boggles the mind and makes me a little sad, since the music takes more effort and thought.
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There are a lot of days when I question that I actually graduated from MIT because my brain doesn't seem to be all that good at things.

Tablets

Feb. 4th, 2017 11:49 am
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I bought a new tablet, even though I thought I shouldn't, because google "upgraded" my nexus 10 into brokenness. I wish I hadn't. I hadn't realized the resolution of the 10 was good enough to out class current tablets and my new one has poor resolution. I think this wouldn't be as much of a problem if it didn't also have a shitty number of colors. Everything looks cel shaded and since I use my tablet mostly to watch youtube, neflix and amazon video, this is likely unacceptable.

I can't return it without incurring a restocking fee.

Anyone want to buy a decent, but not amazing to look at, 10" tablet for $150+tax? Asus Zenpad Z300M-A2

youtube

Feb. 2nd, 2017 03:12 pm
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I got some silcone stretch lids and they sounded so good I made a video.

My negative review of the purple mattress, despite me not posting a link anywhere has gotten more views in the past week than my main channel has gotten all month and has "made" more money than all my other channels combined. I hit on something there and should clearly review more products.
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This is going to sound like a post full of complaints. I want to say that these are nice problems to have and more observations and maybe even asking for advice.

The nexus 10 seems to have been desupported by google in a broken state. There are some videos (both in the youtube app and in the foxnow app) that have a point that will cause the whole tablet to crash and reboot. I'm not alone in this problem. I don't want to spend money on a new tablet just because my current one was "upgraded" into brokenness. I guess this means I need to figure out how to downgrade it and what to downgrade it too (it's had this bug for a lot of versions, actually.)

I can't get my twitch stream to be as good as it used to be. The new version of obs does something that doesn't do compression as well as I think I have evidence it used to (with downloads of my old vods.) I've tweaked all the common options, but I think I need to either be more aggressive or, again, seek out an older version. Many people say they are having problems with the new "studio" version that they never had with Classic.

I bought an inexpensive sunrise clock that is supposed to gradually come up from dim to bright, but it's concept of 1% light is almost the same as it's concept of 50% light. I don't really need it to be gradual, but I feel a bit ripped off and I'm still not sure if I shouldn't just return it because it didn't do what it claimed and it wasn't that cheap, just cheaper than most of sunrise clocks out there. Maybe I'll just leave a review.

I posted a review of the purple mattress to youtube. A very short, "not good for fat people" video. I didn't link it anywhere at all and it's not on my main channel. It has more views in the last week than almost all of my other videos. Blows my mind. I wish I had more things to review like that. Maybe I should make a video review of the clock. ;)

Waiting on my new sleep number bed. Not looking forward to trying to get rid of the two old mattresses once it arrives, but looking forward to getting them out of the house.

Haven't gone back to Facebook and while I miss keeping in touch with people, I've heard more of my friends consider leaving because the atmosphere there still isn't healthy. It's been a balance for me to stay informed and stay sane.

My friend who let me perform harp and handpan ant her event wants me to perform with something else, so I'm trying to work something up on hammered dulcimer, but I'm not sure I'll get it together in time. I'm trying to practice a little with my looping pedal, but I can't quite seem to hit the foot pedal without messing up my rhythm while doing it.

I really want to finish another youtube video, but there's been a mix of too busy and making excuses.

TKD remains awesome.
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I tried the purple last night. The purple mattress is NOT for curvy, fat, side sleepers. Worst sleep I've had in a long time and given that sleeping on the floor has not been good for me, that's saying something.

So now I have to decided what I'll order. A cheap sleep number or should I be diligent and look for something else.

I got the king sleep number out of the basement and cobbled together a twin xl set up, so at least I'm back on the platform. It is very much less than ideal, however. It was good to get the king out, however, because it seems to be aging out, so after this has all been resolved, we'll try to get rid of it on craigslist. The other mattress too.
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G is trying out a purple mattress right now. We've decided that instead of a king, we're going to try two twinXL mattresses and that way we can each find what works best for us. But because of that, I'm currently sleeping on the old king on the floor.1

Now here's why the post. Just putting the king on the floor has caused me to wake up in more pain. Since we have a platform bed, this isn't the lost of a box spring, so either it's something about the physical elevation (maybe colder on the floor) or something psychological or something I'm not figuring out. It might be that we've worked hard recently to cut the light out for G, and I'm not waking up as smoothly because of it and it's just now catching up with me.

Most animals sleep and I think all mammals sleep and we get very messed up when we don't sleep, so I don't quite understand why it's so hard to get a good nights sleep when you are in a safe place on a soft thing designed for sleep.

1 The plan is G will try the purple, then decide if he's keeping it or not, then I will try the purple and then decide if I like it or not, so it will be a while before we both have a twin XL something that we're trying out. G right now is leaning towards keeping the purple, so that's at least something.
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I recently tried to by checks. The company that the bank ordered checks from (deluxe.com) required my account information before even giving me a quote and then sprung shipping on my that was more than the price of the checks. Then walmartchecks.com sprung a $3 "processing fee" on me just before check out.

Bah.
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This trip to Canada I found myself saying "excuse me" like someone from the states and I felt like I no longer spoke Canadian.  I was driving me batty.

Just as we were leaving a Canadian asked me "How are you?" and when I said, like an american, "fine" without thinking, he called me on it and said, "but it sounds like you have a cold."

So I no longer speak my native tongue.   
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Why yes, I know I'm very bad at quiting taiko.

I wrote a taiko song and I kind of like it, but we haven't actually played it start to finish.  We're preforming it next Tuesday.   Whee!

If I like the video, I'll post it here next week.

P.S. I have a new youtube channel for my overwatch videos.  I won't post those here, because it's not really me creating things.  I also tested out doing a twitch.tv "show" today.  Some techinical problems to work out, but I didn't hate watching it back, so that's a win.  (You know how sometimes you can't stand your own recorded voice?) 
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Here are just a few things I've learned about smoke detectors this week:

Co detectors age out.  Two of ours did so within days of eachother.   The brand I have, despite having a voice, uses 5 beeps to tell you that.  In the middle of the night, you just assume it's low battery and then get confused when it doesn't stop beeping with fresh batteries.  (then you find the breaker, pull it's batteries, reset it and then look up on the Internet what it's trying to say, rather than reading the key on the back of the unit, but it's 5:30am and you aren't thinking so straight.)

Wired detetors will only talk to those of the same brand.   This makes swapping out one of our 11 detectors for something nicer, like a nest, impossible.

Very grateful they still sell our detector.  Hoping it comes soon, since the third is likely to age out soon. 
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I got my bodan today (deputy black belt.) This is the last belt before black, but I'll be working a year on refining the knowledge and getting physically stronger (I'm still missing the ability to pass my 1.5 mile run and my standing long jump.)

I was really looking forward to changing my Fb banner to all my past belts lined up, but since I'm still avoiding FB, I can't do that, so I'll post it here, even though it's not a banner.

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I had to take a break from FB. It wasn't just being bombarded by the news and politics, but it was that blame was being thrown everywhere and people were shutting down attempts to help and attempts for hope. I know some people need their anger right now, which is why I decided to just stop reading for a bit. So far it seems like an excellent choice, though I'm so used to it being what I do between doing things, it's habit to check (which is also a problem.) I do still want to know what's going on with my friends lives, however, so please tell me what's going on in your own lives.

I wonder if I could filter for posts that have no outside link. It wouldn't avoid all the politics, but it might help some.

Since I don't see many people in person, it's hard to just decide to cut it completely out of my life, but it really feels like an unhealthy thing right now.

P.S. I'm still reading news, so this isn't about shutting out reality.

EDIT: It's been very healthy to not read it, so I don't think I'm going back anytime soon. I have so much more free time too!

Adventures

Oct. 24th, 2016 11:11 pm
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I learned how to cast on twitch, then learned you need an average audience of 500 viewers and 3 scheduled shows before you can even display a button that will let people give you money, so that's likely a dead end for making even a trickle of money. I might still cast because it archives the cast and then I can download it for material for any Overwatch videos I make. It was a lot of fun getting it working and testing out my stream. I haven't done a camera overlay because I'm still wrestling with not having audio from the room, since G shares the room with me. If you care, my twitch channel is: https://www.twitch.tv/forgotten_aria

My sister asked me on a last minute cruise, but I had to turn her down. I've never done a cruise and this was going to be 14-days and really the holiday season gets wicked busy very quickly. It was extremely tempting, however, especially since I really want to do one someday.

I got my driveway drain finished before the big rain, but I think the pipe leading from it was over capacity. At least there was no lasting puddling once the rains eased up.

I really wish I liked running more than I do.
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I promised I'd post new youtube videos here. I got a new intrument, a Xaphoon and proceeded to make a duet with my soprano sax.  I'm not very happy with it, so instead I made a "here's my new Xaphoon" video with some noodling.  If I get some time, I'll try the duet over.  Is this against my promise to post things that aren't perfect. I don't know.  I'm still allowed to have a line, no?

I haven't been making time for making videos.   A lot is just being busy with things, but mostly it's because I've been enjoying playing Overwatch a lot and haven't been making the youtube making a priority.  Though perhaps waiting until I really want to be doing it isn't the worst thing in the world.

I bought the Xaphoon as a possiblity for something to play in the rain for School of Honk

So what is a Xaphoon? It's a pocket saxophone. )

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