I’m not great at painting people but sometimes I get an idea for a painting and I just can’t resist doing it … this is another one of those situations and I finally finished it last night. I’ll post more details later – just archiving for now.
Will add notes later … for now just archiving my new video about President Donald J. Trump titled: “President Donald J. Trump: The Road to His Second Term”.BTW obviously I do hope people share and spread this to help spread the word for 2020 but as of now I do NOT expect this video to get even 2% of the views that my original video got (for multiple reasons) but like my original video I made this first and foremost for my own reasons (and as an homage to the God Emperor of course) … anything after that is a bonus. If you do watch some of it I recommend cranking the volume 🙂
Description from YouTube:
This is a silly but sincere tribute intro to Scott Adams and his always-thought-provoking Periscope series “Coffee with Scott Adams”.
Not to be over-dramatic about a 15 second animation but for anyone who cares, I made this because:
A) Scott Adams is one of a very few voices out there today who offers honest, open-minded, calm and always-unique assessments of the news of the day … and that is inspiring (even when I don’t agree with him).
B.) Because he supports President Trump because it’s the right thing for the country, not the popular thing to do.
C.) And also … I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve always wanted to hear Scott’s trademark humming overlaid on top of some jazz music… so figured I’d just do it myself! (Along with the artwork, etc.)
Disclaimer: Not an official product of Scott Adams (don’t blame him for this!)
A few weeks ago, after quite a bit of back and forth, Apple finally reconsidered their position on my app and officially approved it to return to the App Store! I’m not sure if I just annoyed them to death or if they truly saw the error of their initial review but either way … the app is finally free to stay on the App Store and get updates in the future.
Anyhow with the red tape out of the way I spent my free time the past couple weeks making a few changes to the app – the most notable things being:
- iPhone Support (Finally!)
- New fancy icon
- Vimeo Support removed (never used it)
I hope to add cross-device sync in future but will see how bad I want/need that before attempting it (TBD).
As always, I’m very aware I may be the only guy who wants/uses an app like this but if anyone else tries it out let me know what you think.
Months ago after I had recovered from making Super POTUS Trump I was toying around with the idea of a new pro-President Trump project – something along the lines of a Candyland-mashup-with Super POTUS Trump characters. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the idea simple enough to make sense (or fit into my little free time schedule) so I just created some artwork around the idea anyway … just out of curiosity of what the related artwork and potential “game board” might look like. Shortly after this my iPad broke so I couldn’t access the artwork so this project just collected dust –
but after finally getting my iPad fixed a few weeks ago I figured I should get this released soon or else it might never see the light of day.
So … the video below is what this ended up becoming – an “audio-graphical” rendition of President Trump’s legendary run for the presidency! I’m guessing most people who happen to see this will be a bit confused on what the heck it is/etc – but hopefully the above explains the origins sufficiently. If you watch it make sure to go full screen and pick highest resolution you can to see the artwork at the highest quality. And my apologies for the black bars on the side – once again I made a 4:3 illustration in a widescreen world … when will I learn? Anyhow enjoy … and God bless President Trump!
Vimeo/backup link to come if YouTube kills the video for whatever reason.
If anyone wants to see the full illustration behind the video you can view it here.
As some of you know I made (read: quickly threw together) a video a few months back that spliced together a selection of interview clips of Donald J. Trump from the past 30 years. I did it primarily for myself but shared it on YouTube for anyone else who might be interested. After a month or two the video hit ~300,000 views which of course blew my mind … but I figured, hey it’s an election season and people are out there in force looking for stuff to watch and share so I didn’t think that much of it.
Well after a few more months I found out at least 2 other people had re-posted my video in other places (kind of weird/rude but ok) and today I found yet another one on Facebook … crazily enough shared by one of my old college friends who may not even know I made the original! And the combined view count to-date of all of these copies is TRULY mind-blowing (at least IMHO). Here are the numbers as best I can track them (as of today) from all known copies of my video.
|My 2017 Updated Version||1,002,338|
|My copy (the original!)||849,265|
|YouTube copy 1:||3,160,085|
|YouTube copy 2|
(Not sure how to find the view count of this one.
20181207: This poor guy is now banned from Twitter!)
|(New) Facebook copy|
(Seems almost impossible but proof/screen below?!)
(20181207: Video no longer available..hmm)
(Not sure when/who posted it or how many views)
|Current Total View Count||28,178,904|
28 million views!!?? Really?!!
I’m guessing some % of these views are repeats or flukes but even if you discount some chunk of them it is still, IMHO, CRAZY to know that such a large number of people have seen something I literally threw together at my desk over a weekend. I was telling Holly the other day I can barely fathom what 1000 people would look like let alone millions of people (and that was when I thought the view count was ~3 million)! So nuts. Plus, this video is NOT short … it’s almost 30 minutes long – which makes the view count even crazier IMO.
For the record I do not claim the video itself has any kind of artistic merit. It really is just a bunch of interview clips that were all individually available on the internet already and I just sliced them up, threw them together and put some music to it. By the way if you’re up for a laugh check out some of the comments in the original video comments thread … some people REALLY hated the piano music! Either way I’m very glad so many people have been able to see some of these clips. Trump is certainly not perfect but the media really does twist the truth so badly. #MAGA!
Again this post is certainly not me bragging or anything I just think the view count for this video is crazy … and after finding the new Facebook copy today I had to post about it and tally the numbers. Here’s the
original (updated, post-inauguration) video for reference/etc.
Counts Above Last Updated: 2016/08/03
I’ve updated the video to include the Republican convention, the general election victory and the inauguration. New version embedded above and here for anyone interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=305-erOr3jk
FYI I made a 15 minute version for people who don’t have 40 minutes to watch the (mostly) uncut version. This new shorter one is here.
Fun side note – someone from a Japanese TV station contacted me about airing some (or all) of this video on their television channel! I of course said yes. Sadly I don’t have a clip of how/when it aired … so it could have been in a positive or negative light – no idea. Either way a cool thing I thought. Here’s a pic to recap:
Just couple spots I saw my video pop up where other people were referencing it 🙂
My 2017 Update copy just hit 1 million views on YouTube! Other totals above updated as well.
A few months back I finally decided to try making an app to solve an issue that has been a (nerdy) annoyance of mine for quite some time. The issue, if you haven’t deducted from the title of this post, is the fact that neither YouTube nor Vimeo “remember” the place you last left off in a video if you can’t watch the whole thing in one sitting. So the core idea behind ResumeTube is to always “resume” where I leave off in a YouTube or Vimeo video.
I’ll admit this may sound like a silly, shallow “problem” to some people but I think anyone who consumes YouTube and Vimeo video content on a regular basis will understand and appreciate the frustration factor here. However, ultimately I made this app for myself so I’ll judge it’s success on whether I continue to use it or not long-term.
See below or head over to the Apple App Store if you want to read the full app background, future ideas, etc. Head over to the ResumeTube Facebook page if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about it! Please leave an app review or a Facebook like if you can to help out!
PS: Any friends and family interested in trying this out let me know and I’ll send you a promo code.
App Store Details
Finally a YouTube and Vimeo video player that saves your place!
Have you ever found yourself scrubbing the YouTube or Vimeo video progress bar back and forth trying to remember where you stopped watching a video last time only to experience one or more of the following?
* You can’t remember where you left off
* That the 6 minutes you had to watch a bit more of the video are now gone
* All that excessive scrubbing makes your video player or network go haywire?
Maybe I’m the only one who has far too frequently found himself in the above situations … but if you have also been frustrated by this kind of thing as well I hope you find this app useful as I do.
I made this app for me but if other people find it useful that’s great!
The main purpose of this app is to make it easy to watch videos from YouTube and Vimeo over multiple sittings without losing your place. The goal is to never have to scrub back and forth to find your place in a video ever again!
* Simple web video player for YouTube and Vimeo videos
* App will always resume a video where you last left off!
* Can import YouTube and Vimeo video URLs as well as YouTube playlist URLs.
* Jump-ahead and jump-back [15-600] seconds!
* Jump-to specific time in video!
* HD video support
* Time stamp detection in video descriptions (tap a time stamp to move the video to that point!)
* Allows up to 48 videos at once in playlist
* Basic playlist filtering and search functionality
* 4 color themes to choose from
Pending time and interest I may add some of the following features:
* iPhone version
* Dropbox Sync (so your video progress data syncs across your devices)
* “Favorite” video flagging
* Favorite time stamp video bookmarking (save spots in a video to return to later!)
* Playlist categories
* Better video list edit options (batch delete, etc)
* More intuitive YouTube playlist management
* Support for other video services besides YouTube/Vimeo?
* On a side note I have to give a shout out to an app/platform I use named “Plex”. Plex reminded me that all video can (and should) have intelligent “resume” functionality and I use it exclusively for all my TV and movie watching. However Plex’s system for resuming YouTube and Vimeo videos has been fairly buggy for me for the past couple years so I had no choice but to make my own app!
* All YouTube, Vimeo and example video content copyrights belong to their respective owners.
* Sometimes if there are network connection issues on your end or a video host’s end this app or your device may need to be restarted before video playback will continue.
* Certain videos may not play through this app depending on how the author or video host have configured the video embed settings.
* Tapping the YouTube or Vimeo logos in the bottom right corner of a video may cause the YouTube or Vimeo app to “take over” this app’s window. If this happens you’ll need to do a full close of the app and relaunch it. Still looking for a fix for this.
* Report any issues found at the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ResumeTube-139143359823864