• Penquis Valley Band Videos

    A few years back, I collected up all the home videos my Dad made of my band performances and made him a DVD.  I went to make a copy of the DVD a few months back, and ran into copy-protect issues for no apparent reason.  To make a copy, I was going to have to import them all into the computer, and reburn it.  Then a brilliant idea struck me.  If I’m going to import them, why bother with a DVD?  YouTube is so much more convenient!

    This afternoon I uploaded all the videos to YouTube, except for one.  The final video on the disc had severe issues being imported, and after the fourth try I gave up.  Here’s a link to the playlist with all the band videos :) The videos span 1991 to 1998.

  • Construction is perpetual at Cair Denbar

    I don’t think construction on Cair Denbar will ever stop. Its the first structure I ever built, and it will never quite be finished.

    New Gate & North Hall
    I expaned the Map Hall and redid the balcony and stairs to the North Gate
    New ceiling inside the Chapel
    New ceiling inside the Chapel
    Old Balcony, now the Atrium. Connects the castle to the chapel.
    Old Balcony, now the Atrium. Connects the castle to the chapel.
    This used to be an open balcony, but I closed it in
    This used to be an open balcony, but I closed it in
    Rearranged the Library
    Rearranged the Library
    New side of the Map Hall
    New side of the Map Hall
    Expanded Map Hall - Stairs to the gate are new all indoors
    Expanded Map Hall – Stairs to the gate are new all indoors

  • YouTube Updates

    I broke down and migrated my Minecraft videos over to my other YouTube account.  It’ll just be simpler that way, not having to manage two channels for no real reason.  While updating things, I found out that NOW I can actually create multiple channels.  Before when I tried, it was a fluke with a Google Apps account (where I use sethen.com with google) that you couldn’t create multiple channels.  Apparently that has been fixed, and nobody told me.  Good going Google!  Not that it matters now, I’m not popular enough haha.  But if I ever do get popular, I CAN make another channel again.  Not sure I can use the same url again.. but who cares. Here’s the link:


    Also, I was completely shocked that one of my videos has 1,300 views!  Here it is, for your entertainment pleasure :-D

  • The Great YouTube Debate

    While sitting here waiting for massive chunks of the ITE website to upload (part of a large web migration project, I might write about it later), I’ve been toying around with some things on my website and beyond.

    I currently have 2 YouTube accounts…. And I’m debating if I should just use one.  I’ve had my own personal one for years now, but there’s one hitch with it.  Its so old, it predates Google buying YouTube, so its stuck with my non-google username.  LlamasinDisguise.  It really doesn’t bother me, its still an awesome username.  But at one point, I wanted to try and get my Minecraft videos out there, and didn’t want it under LlamasinDisguise.  I decided to jump through some flaming hoops, and then over a row of busses, etc etc, and setup a MentokMinecraftr account.

    The one thing I’ve discovered, is my new account has had hardly ANYONE view it.  The vids have like 4-20 views and whatnot.  On my old account, 4 subscribers, and almost 4,000 views.  I’m thinking it would make more sense to just put the Minecraft videos onto my original account, and make a sub-section for it.  It would be MUCH simpler to manage too, as the other account requires me to log into a different gmail.  (I had this whole evil issue with Google Apps not being able to have multiple youtube blah blah blahs.  It was quite infuriating.)

    Anyone got an opinion?

  • Brilliant Idea

    I had a brilliant idea this morning!  I have this DVD I made several years back, of all the band concerts my Dad had recorded over the years.  Recently, I was trying to make a copy of said DVD, when my computer informed me that it had copy protection, and I couldn’t do so.  I found this kind of odd, as I have no memory of putting any kind of copy protection on it.  So I figured whatever, I’ll have to rip them and burn a new DVD.

    But then the brilliant idea struck me.  I’m going to attempt uploading them to YouTube!  I have a YouTube account sitting there gathering dust, why not use it.  Then I don’t need to make DVDs for people, linking is so much simpler!

    Not sure how well it will work out though… the quality is sub-par.  I mean, we’re talking an old-school shoulder-mount VHS camcorder here.

    But we will see :-)

  • I’m surrounded by web stats

    Just spent the evening screwing with multiple Piwik installations.  For those who don’t know, Piwik is a website analytics tool type thing.

    Well, I upgraded the WayFar Piwik, and the TRC PiWik, and both started having issues.  Apparently I’ve upgraded so many times, the things were just starting to glitch. Found the solution was deleting ALL the files online, and uploading the current version fresh. Seems to be fine now.

    Also was a little upset when I saw that Sethen.com had NO stats for months going back.  I hadn’t realized that every time my theme was getting updated, it was wiping the Piwik code out of the footer.  Found a simpler method: Install the damn plugin.  Now I even get charts and shit on my dashboard!  What fancy new things.

    Now I’m sitting here waiting for the TRC Piwik to finish uploading so I can go to bed.  Good thing I took an inadvertent nap earlier.

  • Let’s try this again, shall we?

    I’m back on the weight-loss train.  I’ve taken Step #1, and switched back to Diet Pepsi.  I’ve done this once before, years ago, and just simply from switching to diet soda I lost 30 pounds in a handful of months.

    I tried to do this switch earlier this year, but I couldn’t stick with it.  I think it was just the cans.  I’ve been an avid drinking of Mt. Dew in cans for years now, but Diet Pepsi in cans sucks.  It goes flat WAY too fast, and then it tastes like crap.  I’m gonna do bottles this time around and see if it makes a difference.

    Once I’m comfortable with Step #1, we’ll move onto Step #2: Walking.  Step #3 will be a major attempt at eating healthier.

    Small steps….