Friday, May 16, 2014

The Randomness that is Youtube

Yesterday I was contemplating what a strange thing youtube is. It's like America's Funniest Home Videos combined with The Truman Show, except that people know you're watching their every move. It also seems the weirder the personality, the more popular they are.

It is also weird which strange things become popular, or 'go viral'. Nyan Cat is a good example of this. Who knew a cat head on a pop-tart with rainbows shooting out of its behind would get several million views.


I'm currently working on an animation for youtube. It stars a cartoon corgi puppy. We'll see how it does. I'm also working on a project for my cousin, so that's why I haven't done much with Dragon and the Wolf lately.

Here's a brief sampling I was playing around with:

My new animation program and I are really beginning to understand each other. Usually, after I've spent hours trying to do something, it suddenly clicks and when I finally figure out how to do it, I think, "Wow! That's really simple."

It's a great program. Pretty intuitive and user-friendly.

The main problem I'm having with animation right now is finding time to work on it. I  haven't been doing as good with getting up lately (due to a few long nights with Kevin), but either I'm going to have to start getting up with Grig again, or I'm going to come out at night when the two of them are sleeping and I can't.

I find that happens quite frequently.

I love animating. My main problem at this point is backgrounds. I'm not so good with them, and I'm not as interested in drawing them as I am in drawing the animals and such. However, the more I practice, the better I get, so I guess I'll overcome that obstacle too.

There are definite advantages to youtube and things like it. It is nice to be able to keep in touch that way and show awesome videos to friends, family, and perfectly random strangers. However, the more scandalous ads that pop up in the sidebar make us think about maybe purchasing some adblockers. We like youtube, but if the images that appear on it get much worse, we might have to take our videos and go somewhere else.

We'll see what the future holds.

For now, we rather like the randomness that is youtube.


  1. Plus with YouTube you can learn things from experts. Last month I taught myself how to cast on in knitting. I have researched things like fixing weird things on my car. I love the visual learning process. I have only begun to scratch the surface. I am not really into the popular stuff. I can get sucked into researching (aka surfing) the internet as it is. This is a wonderful time when you can learn so much. However there is also lots of bad. The same pipeline that allows the good also allows the bad.

    1. That has been something I loved too. It's nice to have so many helpful people on there. We love animal documentaries too.