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So Many Useless Pages

Every once in a while I see a web page that is so incredibly useless that it makes me want to start reviewing websites and doing my best to warn people away from wasting their time with them.

While I have not yet decided to go ahead with this idea I am tempted more and more often to do so by some of the things I see on the web.  One good example of this is a site called truckstop that had, among many other useless things, a posting about a number of weird ipod stories.  Each ‘story’ was in fact nothing more than a one or two line blurb with the gist of the story in it, followed by a word or two on a separate line.

You can tell by the way it’s written and the placement of that word or two that it is supposed to be a link that leads to the full story that the blurb talked about.  However somebody was alseep at the switch when they wrote it because out of the dozen plus ‘stories’, not one of the things that should have been a link was one.

This is a good example of really sloppy writing.  The writing in the article itself wasn’t really bad but by not including links where they obviously should have been the reader is left feeling like they’ve been the victim of a bait and switch con.

They were promised weird stories about ipods and only got a bunch of blurbs that don’t link to details like they should have.

So how about it, should I start doing reviews of crap like this?

Why Watch Bad Videos?

After my last post mentioning My video review series “Watching Bad Videos (so you don’t have to)” It occurred to me that because I’ve had questions about the title of that series and why I chose it.

It’s really simple.  There are a zillion movies out there and even more youtube videos out there.  The problem is in finding the good ones.  It’s a problem because 99.99999% of them are absolute total irredeemable crap.  There is so much crap that it’s actually pretty hard to find the really good stuff.  Kinda like looking for a particular drop of water in the ocean.

Most of the good videos and movies are lost in the crowd of crap.  Oh sometimes word of mouth will help a movies but videos, unless you’re one of the very few fortunate people who get featured on the youtube front page or have the resources of triangle direct media working in your favor, then your videos are probably going to be lost in the ocean of youtube crapola.

My aim with WBV is to help make it easier to find the good stuff.  To do this I watch A LOT of videos, the overwhelming majority of which are total crap.  However when I find good ones I will do a review of them and provide links to them.  This helps lesser known (or totally unknown) video makers get some much needed and much deserved exposure.

I’ve done 18 episodes of WBV so far and starting this week I’ll be doing a LOT more of them.  My goal being as always to bring out the gems from that ocean of crap and share them with everyone.

You can suggest movies and videos for me to review easily.  Just mention it on twitter using the hashtag #watchingbadvideos.  I have a filter set up that looks for tweets using that hashtag and I will try to use as many of your sugestions as possible.

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A Reprieve From The Cold

Today it seems that I’ve gotten a reprieve from the onslaught of deep cold weather as the temps today have reached into the low 50’s.  Given the temps over the last few weeks this is practically a heat wave.

That, combined with the fact that I’ve gotten some fresh inspiration means that I’m feeling better overall and will very likely be actually getting a bunch of stuff done over the next several weeks.

Watch this space for announcements of upcoming episodes of “Watching Bad Videos (so you don’t have to)” and let me know of movies and youtube videos that you’d like to see me review.  Just tweet ’em using the hashtag #watchingbadvideos and I’ll use as many as I can.

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Minecraft: An Unexpected Game

I can honestly say that I never expected a game like Minecraft.  In today’s world of ultra-high resolution super slick graphics, you wouldn’t expect a game with graphics that look like something out of 8bit computer history to be anywhere near as successful OR as addicting as Minecraft is.

The player’s avatar isn’t exactly James Bond in a new suit of blac label clothing, instead our blocky looking hero starts out wearing a sort of blue green shirt and purple-ish pants.  Unless you make some armor and / or install a custom skin, that’s about as good as he gets.

This is what’s called a “sandbox” game, in which you acquire resources and then use those resources to make tools and then better tools that you use to get more resources.

You also make weapons that you need to fight off the assorted bad guys, one of which has a tendency to walk up to you when you’re not looking or paying attention and explode!

I got interested in it after seeing this video about it.

You see, the best thing about this game is that it is completely open ended.  There is no set “win” conditions.  You can explore an world that seems endless because of it’s sheer size, approximately eight times the size of Earth, or you can build just about anything you can imagine.

Want to build a super castle the size of a football stadium?  Want to build an entire city?  Explore underground networks of caves and hazards that seem to go on for miles?  All of this and far more is possible.

Shortly after I got it I began making my own minecraft videos.  Here’s the first in what I expect will be a long lived series.

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Youtube Channels That Deserve Notice

This video points out some youtube channels that deserve to have a lot more notice than they have.

Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.  Watch it on youtube and you can get the links to those channels in the video description.

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