Thursday, August 28, 2008

Absentee Blogger Activated

J-Dubb has gone missing. Absentee blogger has been activated. Absentee blogger is a powerful algorithm that calculates the exact blog post that J-Dubb would have written, and writes it in his stead. Pretty convenient, huh?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Network - Darkness Rising

One year has passed since the attempted takeover of YouTube by The Network. The mysterious "Executive" was banished into the abyss...

wasn't he?

The Network - Darkness Rising

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

J-Dubb's Moral of the Week

Have you paid your tithe?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This Weeks Urban Legend

Claim: Tapping the sides of a soda can will prevent it's insides from spilling over when you open it.


Status: False

See the full story.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

J-Dubb's Moral of the Week

Recycling old Moral of the Weeks from two years ago is tasteless, but hell, it's a funny picture.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Moepickles: A Legend is Born

So, last night I attended The Winekone's live show on BlogTV, and witnessed the creation of a new legend; The Legend of Moepickles. Unfortunately, the show doesn't seem to have been recorded, so I can't link you to it.

Basically, Tony(The Winekone) began addressing a visitor to the room, moepickles69. I don't know exactly what initiated it, whether Tony randomly picked Moepickles out of the group, or if Moepickles wrote a comment, which I didn't see, that Tony responded to. I think it may have been that Moepickles referred to Tony as a legend, or something equivalent, because Tony then began to talk about how Moepickles goes way back in YouTube history, basically describing her as a YouTube matriarch, and how Tony remembers watching Moepickles back when she was just getting started, etc. This was ironic humour, as Tony had never heard of Moepickles up to that point. 

Edit 8/5/2013: Tony was not joking. Shortly after I wrote this post, Moepickles filled me in on the story, and apparently Tony really had known her for years. I'm not sure why I didn't edit this afterward, but years later, Tony has informed me of my error:

"I WAS BEING SERIOUS THAT I KNEW HER SINCE FOREVER. YOU RUINED EVERYTHING."
-Tony Huynh

I apologize to everyone who has been deceived over the years by this blog post.

Edit 2: Um, did anybody notice that this entry was posted on 8/5/08 and this edit was made on 8/5/13? I swear to God, I didn't plan it that way. Weird. 

-End of Edits-
 
I then took the opportunity to declare Moepickles to be a YouTube Legend. That's right, Moepickles is now legendary. I tried to find moepickles69 in a YouTube search, but I couldn't find one. I did, however, find a moepickles without the numerical suffix. So head on over to Moepickles channel and give her a legendary shoutout.

Animal of the Week is the Bronzed Cowbird

Photographer: Luther Goldman; Image source: Jim Conrad's Naturalist Newsletter

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Elusive 166

I've been in a subscriber lull lately, or so it would seem. The truth is, I've actually been gaining new subscribers, but I've also lost a couple. I don't know who they were or why. They weren't people who commented on my videos ever, and probably didn't even have videos of their own for me to have noticed them. Whatever the reason, I've watched my subscriber count go back and forth between 164 and 165 a few times over the last couple weeks.

One person subscribed to me just before I posted "E-begging Scandal", and then two more subscribed to me as a result of "E-begging Scandal". At this point, I was excited to have 165 subscribers. I figured it wouldn't be long before I had 170. But then, almost as fast as those two people subscribed, I found myself back down to 164. I figured it must have been someone who watched my video and got offended because I didn't say that e-beggars should be hunted down and hung by their scrotums, like they wanted to hear. Either way, it's disappointing to lose a subscriber when you don't have that many. Why can't they stay subscribed and go unsubscribe from someone who has 17,000 subscribers, or something?

So then I saw a bulletin on my profile from FruityMcGayman. If you don't know, Fruity is a channel whose soul mission is to subscribe to every channel possible. The FruityMcGayman icon can be seen gracing subscriber lists all over YouTube. In the bulletin, he said that he hadn't answered subscription requests for awhile because he hadn't been logged on, and to send a pm(private message) if we had sent him a request that he hadn't answered. It just so happens that I sent him a request quite some time ago. Since then, I've been subscribed to by knockoffs such as ClownyMcGayman and DeadyMcGayman, but no Fruity. So I sent him a pm, and shortly after, I was up to 165 again. But before I knew it, I was back down to 164.

Well, now I'm back up to 165 again, and it's an interesting story. This weekend, when I watched Smosh's "We've been Suspended" video, I found a comment which started with, "Chill the f**k out!" Now, normally I would ignore this, but I'd had a few glasses of Jim Beam and a martini that night, so I decided to respond with, "F**k off." After all, Smosh has spent 3 years making YouTube sketches and are the most subscribed channel, so they had every right to be upset. Then I read the rest of the comment, and realized that I was in error. This person had basically said that everything would work out for them. So I explained my current state, and apologized.

Before I could do that, however, I found that my comment had a response from someone else. This person said something along the lines of, "Well, this is important to them, so you f**k off." See, the thing about the comments on YouTube, is that when you reply to someone elses comment, your reply shows as an independent comment for awhile before showing up as a reply to someone else. So this person thought that I was telling Smosh to f**k off. So I responded with, "That was a reply to someone elses comment. Thanks for your concern though."

That's when I got the idea to check out this persons channel. So I clicked on their username and watched a few videos. As it turned out, I liked what I saw. I favorited a couple, commented, and subscribed to their channel. Last night, I found that they had subscribed in return, putting me back up to 165.

And really, that's the best kind of subscriber; the ones who you interact with, rather than just someone who gives you a bigger number. I don't have a clue who unsubscribed, or if they even watched my videos. Maybe they unsubscribed because they didn't watch my videos, and they were doing house-cleaning. Or maybe they only subscribed in the first place hoping that I'd return the favor, and I never did.

Well, anyways, let's see if I can actually move on to 166 now.

Superstar of the Week is Frederick Douglass

This Superstar of the Week was chosen by Frederick Douglass of
Greedo Shot First.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Smosh Suspended



After nearly 3 years of making sketches for YouTube; most subscribed channel, Smosh, was suspended on July 30. The above video was posted on Smosh's alternate account, IanH. Their channel is back now, as of August 2, but there is still no explanation as to why their account was suspended. I visited the Smosh forum to see if I could find anything out. While sifting through pages of childish comments written by teenagers, I found that the suspicions among Smosh fans generally have to do with either the old Pokeman music video, or a shot of the Toy Story movie case in the latest video, raising hairs with Viacom.

YouTube drama-stirrer, Renetto, has a different theory. Renetto's latest drama battle has to do with the DMCA (digital media copyright act), and with YouTube's paranoid gestures to comply with the DMCA, often at the expense of content providers. Renetto attributes Smosh's DMCA complaint to the ease which one can file a complaint, and to YouTube's "shoot first ask questions later" attitude. He believes that some random person filed a DMCA complaint on Smosh, intitiating the suspension by trigger-happy YouTube. Renetto also seems to imply that he was the person who made the complaint, in an attempt to bring the problem to YouTube's attention. He states that it would be a perfect move due to the fact that Smosh is highly visible, even outside the YouTube community, and a false claim resulting in their suspension is sure to draw the eyes of YouTube.

Smosh still has yet to post the official explanation as to why their account was suspended on any of their YouTube channels, Smosh.com, or on their Myspace page. They might not even know at this point.