I get by with a little help from my friends…

So I thought I’ll give a quick shout-out to one of them. My friend, Jon, has started putting recordings of himself playing piano, guitar and singing up on YouTube and, I have to say, they’re pretty good. He taught himself everything, and he plays by ear, which is harder and harder to find these days. Everyone, check him out, give him a quick “Like” on his YouTube videos, or subscribe to his channel.

Here’s his cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciF-YyAVk70

Check his youtube page out.

My dog does NOT like balloons

After preparing for my brother’s birthday party on the 6th of October (Happy birthday, Jad!), a balloon or two was left out on my living room floor. My dog, a tiny, tiny yorkshire terrier, was horrified of them, and started freaking out, barking at the balloons, crying, etc. It was truly hilarious. Being the crazy sadist that I am, I decided to record him (with a few family members) messing around with this balloon… its truly hilarious. You should check it out. It made me laugh… and thats not entirely easy.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmYMvSiGgA0

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Origional music is always interesting.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBDkJwCAD-0&feature=PlayList&p=5EF175B603EEAF1B&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=12

This is interesting, and clearly has nowhere near the amount of hits it deserves. Its a cellist and a beatboxing flute (the latter of which I’ve seen more and more of recently) playing in the Union Square metro station. Its interesting, so check it out. Here’s a link to most of their videos strung together in a playlist.

Its good, I promise.

my iPod VNC tutorial

As promised, I said I’d turn my old youtube video into a (much) updated tutorial.
All I’m going to do is teach you how to control your computer with your iPod Touch or iPhone. All this means is that you can see your computer screen on your iPod, and you can click/type/etc. just as you would normally, except on your iPod Touch.

Its also nice for fooling your friends into thinking you have Windows XP on your iPod Touch.

Ok. To start, you will need 3 things:

  1. Client software (i.e. what lets you VIEW other computers) for your iPod Touch.
  2. Server software (i.e. what clients connect to) for your computer.
  3. Internet connection for both your iPod Touch AND your computer
  4. Access to the router that your computer is hooked up to (assuming that you are not using dial-up or are only using a modem).
  5. About an hour of free time.

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finally, after over a month…

I gave up. As you may or may not know, my highest hitting youtube video, a tutorial on how to control your computer remotely with an iPod Touch/iPhone, was taken down because Youtube’s contract with Warner Music Group expired. I wasn’t the only one affected: thousands of videos were removed or muted. At first, I thought “Ok, I’ll just wait for a new contract to be written up and published.” Nothing has even started to happen on this front so far, and finally, I used Youtube’s Audioswap feature to swap the audio of my video (Which was “Reset” by Mutemath) with some arbitrary electronic song from Youtube’s Audioswap library. Sadly, everyone watching my video now sees an advertisement for the song about 10 seconds into it, and the song doesn’t fit with the video any more. Fantastic.

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Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

I just thought this video was too good to pass up.

 

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY

To be honest, I’ve never seen stop animation quite like this.

Let me know what you guys think. I personally have never heard of this artist before, but he looks like he’s worth investigating. You can check out his myspace here, and his iTunes page here.

For the record, the video above is in high quality, so the song plays better (trust me, its worth letting it load). If you’re anxious, view the original quality version here.