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YouTube Turns 5 – 17 May 2010

clip_image001Today is the fifth birthday of YouTube (the popular video sharing site). Happy Birthday YouTube! What better way to celebrate than this Google Doodle? But why a Google Doodle?

Founded by early PayPal employees; Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, was activated in mid-February 2005, and the site was grown and developed over the following months. It became the world’s fastest growing website during Summer 06. By the week ending 16th July, it had grown in popularity by 75%, with 12.8 million unique visitors.

But why a Google Doodle? Google realised the threat of YouTube to its Google Video site, and became interested in buying the site in that year (2006). Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion. They promised though, that YouTube would remain separate of Google Video, keeping the appeal of both sites.

These days, everyone’s got YouTube, from myself to Her Majesty The Queen, the BBC, and Barack Obama. YouTube videos have a ten-minute cap on their length to avoid feature films and TV shows being illegally pirated on the site. However, around Christmas 2009, official channels were able to put full length TV shows up on the site, for free viewing by ‘TubeSurfers’.

Today, YouTube announced that they hit 2billion hits a day. That’s a staggering figure.

May YouTube continue for at least the next five years. Long live YouTube!

A Day of Disasters – 30 March 2010

Today hasn’t been one of the best, but I’m glad it’s over now. For example, I had my saxophone exam during school hours.

So, I was happily being driven along, and we arrived. Remaining “cool, calm, and collected with charm” I set about arranging my pieces. Once they were all in order, and I had warmed up, I proceeded to the exam room. The first piece went pretty well. But things went pretty pear-shaped when the examiner (a nice-enough chap) asked me to remove my crook (part of the instrument) to get the water out. As I was putting it back on and tightening the screw, the screw broke, leaving me with a broken saxophone just ONE-piece into the exam.

It was – to say the very least – an unmitigated disaster.

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From that point on, my confidence was totally knocked, not to mention the fact that the mouthpiece kept slipping making playing the instrument very hard. I know, then, that I have failed the exam; but I do hope I haven’t failed it too harshly.

Back at school, and I give the Mini-DV cameras back which I borrowed yesterday for filming the dance show. Then, I realise that I had forgotten the Mini-DV tapes, so the ICT technicians were less than best pleased.

The lessons actually weren’t that bad at school, though I did lose my Games Football kit in either English or Food Tech, so I’ll have to look for that tomorrow.

There was a glimmer of good news, when our school’s head of ICT lent me a brand new, hairy, Sony Hi-Def camcorder. I think I was the first person to use it properly, and came in very handy when I was re-recording the angle which completely mucked up yesterday.

Of course, you don’t know how well it’s all come out until the edit, but we can live in hope.

Thank you for reading,


Filming the Dance Show – 29 March 2010

Today was the night I would be filming the school’s annual dance show, to eventually sell with profits going to the school.

It was always going to be hard work, so I got school to lend me THREE Mini-DV cameras and a couple of tripods. Very nice of them, except you couldn’t set them to manually focus without manual exposure.

This meant every time the lights came up after a black period on stage, there was a blur for 6-7seconds. This is not clearly right, people won’t PAY for that.

So, after a little bit of a girly nag to a proper ICT teacher, I managed to find out about a Sony High Definition camcorder they have. This would be perfect, but not sure if I’m going to be able to get it yet.