The toy train II

The Toy Train II

Back in 2009, I made a little video called "The toy train" and published it to YouTube. As 2017 turned into 2018, that video was seen more than 25,000,000 times. Almost ten years later, I made a follow-up video that can see it here or on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Caxq70zwjI The tracks were set up for my … Continue reading The toy train II

Excessive bass is the bane of modern music

bass boost sucks

In much the same way that too much sugar will give you diabetes and too many calories will make you fat, bass-boosted music ends up being a hollow, crappy experience that will make you deaf and piss off your neighbors. And hopefully, it will also bring you lots of fines for noise violations, fines which … Continue reading Excessive bass is the bane of modern music

More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

In 2009, I wrote a post entitled "Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania". In 2011, after a couple more years in the country, I wrote another post entitled "Rampant piracy in Romania". The end of 2017 is practically here, I've been in the country for nine years and I can now say … Continue reading More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

A way to make Shuffle better in iTunes and on iPhones and iPods

I don't know about you but I've listened to all of the songs in my iTunes library. Repeatedly. Over and over and over. I keep buying new ones but inevitably, the play counts add up. And the ones I didn't want to listen to, I skipped over. Repeatedly. Over and over and over. And therein … Continue reading A way to make Shuffle better in iTunes and on iPhones and iPods

How can a normal YouTube video garner so many copyright claims?

Have a look at a screenshot from my YouTube account, listing the various copyright claims made on a single video of mine. That's eight copyright claims, one of which still remains to be released if the music publisher in question, Believe, will do the right thing. How can a simple video like this, where I … Continue reading How can a normal YouTube video garner so many copyright claims?

Do not use iMovie sounds for YouTube videos

Updated 4/24/12: YouTube has greatly improved the copyright claim dispute process in recent weeks, and it seems that even copyright holders have gotten much more responsive and willing to relinquish claims falsely flagged by YouTube's Copyright ID engine. These are all good steps in the right direction!  Are you a YouTube Partner? Great! Then don't … Continue reading Do not use iMovie sounds for YouTube videos

Rampant piracy in Romania

Not sure if you know this, but Romania is a virtual no man's land when it comes to movies, books and music. Romanians often get to watch movies before they're in theaters in the US, and there's a large loophole in Romanian copyright law that makes it nearly impossible to prosecute those who break the … Continue reading Rampant piracy in Romania