videos

so yesterday, i wrote a blog about not procrastinating making videos, and today i made this:

the reason i was able to do this is Tiff.

usually, i would have gotten the idea to make that video, reminded myself of the other projects i still haven’t even started yet, told myself i can’t start another project until i finish those, and that would be the end of that.

but now Tiff is editing those two bigger projects that, let’s face it, i was never going to get around to, leaving me free to make little projects like that. just in making that little video i learned a lot and got a refresher on a few lessons. next time i’m inspired to do something it’ll be better because of that. 🙂

ps. i posted this on VlogusSporadicus. and if you don’t know what that is, you should go check it out!

>snafu

>something has to affect you for you to make a video about it.

the bits you take out of a video can be just as telling (if not more so) than the bits you put in.

i made a video about a list of the “proper” terms to use for the disabled. while editing the video i constantly thought, “no, take that out. you don’t want to spoon-feed people. let them come to the conclusion.” also, i didn’t want it to ramble on. i wanted it to be short, clipped, blunt.

unfortunately, i overlooked that sometimes a little encouragement with the first spoonful is necessary.

but enough about spoons. Steve commented on my video, clearly a bit offended. i clarified the best i could with a 500 character limit, but found that i needed to say more. because clarifying myself made me think about why i posted the video in the first place.

Steve was offended because he thought i was blatantly disagreeing with the “politically correct” terms. (and in a few cases, i was) but terminology on a list did not move me to make a video. the existence of such a list moved me to make a video.

the most telling of the footage on the cutting room floor was the part about my autistic brother. they said not to use the term “autistic” but to say instead, “a person with autism” thus punctuating that they are a person. however, i find this insulting. the fact that they feel the need to point out that he’s a person is saying that someone could ever make a mistake otherwise. such that if you don’t point out that you are in fact talking about a person, one could reason that someone autistic is sub-human.

with a few exceptions, the entire list is like this. it contains some contradictions, but it’s mostly a list of euphemisms.

eu⋅phe⋅mism  [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm]–noun

1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

the mere fact that they feel a need to have a euphemism suggests that there is something wrong, or dirty or offensive that needs to be smoothed over and made acceptable. i find this concept, when applied to the disabled, appalling.

i’ve learned an important lesson about video editing tonight. some things need explanation. even if you’re preaching to the choir. otherwise, people may get the wrong idea.

i’m looking forward to tomorrow’s video (already edited an ready to post). no one will get offended! except maybe if you’re a stoner.

the list and video in question:

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>better today

>ok. new day! thank God!
yesterday wasn’t my favorite. my nose had morphed into a faucet. i erased 4hrs. of updates on my blog post. my video wanted to take no less than 36 hours to load. i was not a happy camper. i wasn’t even a camper. my car had broken down 2 miles from home on my way to the camp site. (that was all metaphor. i never attempted to go camping.)
but yesterday is over, and my nose is not leaking today, i’m not going to accidently erase huge chunks of my blog post, and my video is not taking over a day to upload! i have much higher hopes for today! in fact, i had higher hopes for yesterday, but it was persistent upon not meeting my expectations.
so, hopefully, everything will go as it should and i won’t accidentally yell at my friends in my video about email. :/
and the new video apologizing for it should be live soon. *sigh* weird, bad days FTL!
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>no video, yes video

>so now that i’ve declared that i’m going to start making more videos, i can’t find the charger for my camera. :/

i’m pretty sure i left it at work, but that’s beside the point. the point is i wanted to do a video this weekend and now i can’t. 🙁 this is upsetting.

i still have to upload my 10 minute video of City Walk. i can’t believe it’s that freaking long. i will NOT be surprised if no one watches it. or if they skip through parts of it. i probably would.

so, i was watching the new charlieissocoollike video and i noticed in the comments (cuz i’m a weirdo who loves reading comments) a girl who said people had told her she looks like a female Charlie. which is funny because i had just been thinking how much Charlie’s sister looks like a female Charlie. but this girl comes in second. and her videos are pretty good.

the discovery of her channel has inspired me to start making an effort to explore more random channels.

oh yeah, and there’s a woman who lives in a tent behind the grocery store. she just moved there in the past week. the last few times i passed, she wasn’t- erm- home. but today i saw her and gave her $50. i need to get more cash so i can do this more! 🙂

my declaration and swatsch’s video:

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>Videos-A-Plenty

>so… who’s stressed out cuz they have to re-shoot one video, and do another that they should have done yesterday? yeah, yep, that would be me. i was supposed to have that stuff in the can! i don’t know what happened!
ok, this is bad. now i’m lying to my blog. blatant neglect is one thing, but when the lying starts…
i, in fact, know EXACTLY what happened. i was like, “yeah, i know i have vids to shoot, but i’m just gonna sit here and watch YouTube, and talk to Sam, and Karolina, and Emma, and Amy instead. i’ll shoot later.” and then it was later. and i made a vid on my laptop. and the mic picked up the sound of the fan in my laptop, so now i have a P4A video with shitty sound, and that’s simply unacceptable, and… this is a run-on sentence, i’m gonna use a period now. sorry for those i’ve offended with my complete abandon of grammar.
so long story short, i have to start churning out video as soon as i get home!
the good news is i did make an audio track for the P4A video intro. it’s kind of bad, but i’m gonna use it anyway. so don’t make fun of me when you hear it, k? thanx!

so… yeah. one day i’m gonna actually have to work while i’m at work. i am NOT looking forward to that day! there’s too many things to do online!

ps. i love that one of the options in the dropdown when i type a “p” in the labels box is “half blood prince” followed by “harry potter.” :)<!–

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