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Don’t You Hate Fault Finders?

To be perfectly clear, I am not talking about people who notice a mistake of some kind and then in a friendly way point it out and maybe even offer a suggestion to fix it.

No.  I am talking about those individuals who are so twisted as to actually find enjoyment in finding and nit-picking every single miniscule fault in anything and everything you do.

To these alleged “people” (I use the term very loosely here because I cannot think of a strong enough polite word for what I really want to call them) there is nothing so satisfying as the act of tearing down your work, your ideas, your implementation of those ideas, every mistake you make no matter how small is the most satisfying thing they can do.

It lets them show their superiority not only to you but to everyone that happens to be around.  This is especially important to the fault finder if they can perform their particular brand of destruction where your superiors can see it.  They not only want to destroy your work, they want to destroy you as well.  Professionally, psychologically, emotionally and if they could get away with it, physically.

The fault finders in this world have ruined more good things than you might imagine.  Things that the majority of people appreciate.  How many times have you seen something good come to a stop because the fault finders have managed to ruin it?  Too many by far I am sure.

Fault finders are everywhere.  Their obsession to destroy anything they themselves did not do or create that is even remotely appreciated by others is unfathomable.

What adds even more to my hatred of these creatures is that they themselves seldom if ever create.

Most of them exist only to destroy.

If you’re one of these fault finders I sincerely hope that somebody destroys something you value most.  Ideally while you are forced to watch helplessly.

AudioMicro Stealing Youtube Partner Revenue

I have been using royalty free creative commons licensed music from incompetech.com for well over a year.  Not only that but anytime anyone talks about needing music that they can use in monetized videos that doesn’t cost them a fortune I’ve encouraged them to check out the huge list of royalty free titles at incompetech.com

Recently, Kevin MacLeod (the genius behind the music) decided to use the services of a company called AudioMicro 1 to earn some money from his music.

They are using Youtube’s content id system to claim his music in the videos of anyone that uses it.  For NON-partners this has almost NO effect.  For Partners however, things aren’t so good.

When the content id match happens youtube automatically rejects the partner’s claim submitting that video for revenue sharing.  Instead, AudioMicro 1 is getting the benefit of any and all revenue generated by views and ad clicks on that video, presumably on behalf of the artist.

To remedy the situation the partner has to dispute that claim.  This can take anywhere from one to four or five days.

Once the dispute is processed and AudioMicro1 drops the claim, the partner can finally submit that video for revenue sharing.

The problem is that by then it’s too late.

You see, unless a video suddenly goes viral, most of the views it will ever get happen in the first day or two after it’s uploaded.  Because of the content id claim the revenue those views generate is lost forever to the partner.

Essentially this means that AudioMicro1 is STEALING that revenue from the partners.

On his website (incompetech.com), Kevin Macleaod has said that all anyone has to do is email AudioMicro1 and request that they be whitelisted to “opt out” of this mess.

Even though I shouldn’t have to, I did this.  I got an email from AudioMicro1 telling me that I was whitelisted and that there would be no problems, that claims would have no effect on me or my partner status.

I made a test video that used several pieces of music from incompetech.com.

The video had barely finished uploading when I got two emails from youtube.  One was an automated notification that the video had content owned or licensed by AudioMicro1.  This in spite of the fact that they had just told me this wouldn’t happen anymore.

The second email was from Partner Support informing me that they could not approve my claim for revenue sharing on that video.

Obviously the claim that shouldn’t have happened is very definitely having an effect that AudioMicro1 said would not happen.

This means that once again I have to dispute that claim (and they then have to drop it) before I can submit that video for revenue sharing.

In short, it means that once again they have stolen whatever revenue I might have earned from that video in it’s first couple of days.

Angry as hell, I made this video in response to this crap: Whitelist FAIL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W7brpInTMI

I then sent this video to Kevin MacLeod via twitter ( http://twitter.com/kmacleod ) in hopes that he would finally see the truth of what this company is doing in his name and do something to put a stop to this thievery.

In order to insure that he actually sees this, I’m asking everyone to send this video to him, by twitter or whatever other means you can use.

The way AudioMicro1 is doing business is flat out WRONG and it needs to stop.

When they do this to a non-partner it doesn’t cost anybody anything.  Doing it to a partner is costing that partner potential income, however small it might be the partner still has a right to that income.

Please, help me make sure that Kevin Macleod finally understands how these “people” are ruining his good name.

As it is now, in spite of how much I love his music and how well it fits what I’m using it for, I will have to stop using it until this mess is over with.  This means I’ll be spending a large part of the next month or two searching out new music, listening to hundreds, perhaps thousands of titles to find the dozen or two that I need.

[Update Apparently Kevin Macleod is not insensitive to the needs of youtube partners trying to earn a living with their videos.  It seems he’s working on getting things straightened out so that this kind of thing does not continue to be a problem.]

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Most Alleged “People” Just Don’t Get It

Why do I say that?  Because it’s true.  Most ‘people’ (and I use the term loosely) live in their own little world and haven’t got the slightest hint of a clue about the part of the socio-economic ladder under them.  Instead they, in their simplistic stupidity, simply assume that everybody in the world can do things just like they do.

A perfect example

Last night I wrote about a computer problem I am having.  I also posted about it on Facebook, hoping that somebody, anybody, would be able and willing to give me a clue about how to get it fixed.  I should have realized that I would be a 900 year old man swimming in anti wrinkle creams, trying to stave off eternal prune-ness before anybody would actually get what I’m saying long enough to have a useful, constructive answer.

Instead, one of the idiots I’m talking about that passes themselves off as a human being had this oh so wonderful suggestion:

Buy a MacBook

All I can say is that it’s a damned good thing that he didn’t say it to me in person because I think that I might well have given serious thought to going totally postal on the idiot.  However because this was on facebook, I decided to let him have it in words.  Here’s what I wrote to him in reply:

I *H*A*T*E* answers like that. They’re presumptuous in the extreme.

First, I wouldn’t buy an Apple computer for any reason, I hate Apple and Apple products with a passion. The last thing they made that I liked was the Apple ][e back in 1983.

Second, I cannot help thinking how wonderfully arrogant it is that people assume that I can just run out and buy another computer. I only WISH I had that kind of money!

In actual truth however, I have been fighting tooth and nail to keep from losing EVERYTHING since my wife died in Dec 2008 and I lost her half of the household income.

This is some kind of very odd software problem, not something that needs me to throw several hundred dollars that I DON’T EFFING HAVE at.

This problem is having a SERIOUS effect on my ability to earn the meager bit that I do to supplement the pittance that I get from social security disability. And no, I CAN’T just go out and get a regular job.

So no, I can not, would not if I could, just run out and “buy a macbook”.

While it’s not the same as tearing his head off and shitting down his neck, it was extremely satisfying to let him have it in words rather than blood.

It reminds me of my mother’s skill with what she called “The Posion Pen” and also that I know for a fact that I inherited that skill.  I think that I’m going to be writing a lot more “Poison Pen”.  If only because it feels really good telling people what I *REALLY* think.

Oh and Paul, If you decide to un-friend me over what I wrote, you go right ahead and knock yourself out.

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