Monthly Archives: May 2010

Count von Weytzentrenner sings “Was ein Wunderbar Welt”



Production date: 18 June 2006
Playout date: 18/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker with effects
Location: Home.

He’s back. The Count Sproey von Weytzentrenner with his unmitigated gloating over the success of Germany in the first part of World Cup 2006. I can’t believe that is already four years ago, I think the Count may be due for an new airing during this year’s World Cup in South Africa. Not only is he jingoistic about Germany, in football – also, he claims that Louis Armstrong is originally a German, and that the original of the song “What A Wonderful World” is in German.

In the German original, the singer hearing the babies cry, and watching them grow, takes comfort in the knowledge that one day he will be able to employ them in his factory.

Huliganov’s “End of the World”


Production date: 15 June 2006
Playout date: 16/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker
Location: ul Kopernika, Katowice, in my then office.

In this video, Huliganov discusses the literary device known as the “pathetic fallacy” and illustrates it with a 50’s song by the poet Skeeter Davis, “The End of the World”.

This was a piece I did impromptu, as I had half an hour before a meeting and the idea had presented itself on the drive down to Katowice. Here we see the early Huliganov crystallising into the character we see in later videos.

This still has a medium degree of popularity, and even the same day as I upload this there is a video response by Atticus Stount.  I also used stills from this video for a couple of channel icons that are going around, which you may have spotted.

For example, this one:Straight from this video

A thorn in the thide of thpeech?


Someone over on the forum at How-To-Learn-Any-Language had the following query about the thorn, or ‘th’ sound in Germanic and other European language families:

It’s interesting that Gothic had this sound but of the Germanic languages, only English and Icelandic have this now. Greek and Spanish have it also. What’s the connection, and why the other languages haven’t this sound more?

I found this query very interesting so I wrote the following response. Read the rest of this entry

My Daily Telegraph Christmas 2007 Creative Writing Competition Entry


This item was first published in the website of the Daily Telegraph – as I have a space in its blog section. In fact, it’s still there. They are also still doing the creative writing competition which I entered a few times and ended up in the top six out of twenty or thirty entrants about half the times I did it. Including this one, the first one I ever did, back in Christmas 2007, which appealed to the judges although intentionally written in broken English. It addresses the cross-European culture that was emerging in some British firms that had been employing many Polish migrant workers. This is less topical today now that half of them have gone back to Poland and the remainder are more assimilated into British ways by now, but at the time the piece seemed quite topical and people liked it. Read the rest of this entry

Scenes from the Polish Countryside


Production date: 10 June 2006
Playout date: 16/6/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker with various effects
Location: West Poland

This was on the way back from Copenhagen, I was about to go on to Gorzow Wielkopolski and meet one client there – someone who later became a firm friend and still is – and just kept on with the experimental filming and photography here and there, but it’s still small because of the tiny memory card. Looking back I really regret not getting a bigger one sooner and not starting filming sooner. Thanks to this hobby my memories of the last four years will always be crisper and newer than those of the previous time.

I would liken having film with the motion and the sound included in comparison with pure stills photography as something akin to the comparison of having a still camera and not having a camera at all. Video with sound adds more than you might think.

However, it also enables you to add your own sound, and what this may well be my first ever attempt at is adding own recorded sound (this one was a recording taken with a sony dictaphone in Church) on an “environmental” vid (that is a video taken outside where you would be going anyway – your natural environment. It’s not about environmentalism) or “travlog”. I had already added bits of mp3s not recorded by myself to films, but I think this is the first to do this. It was a nice match between the Church choir singing a song – not very technically excellently, but with a fine spirit – the Church is http://www.kosciolbozy.org – and the scenes of a girl feeding her goat which I was lucky enough to spot, and the poppies growing by the roadside and the stork footage (the latter gets repeated in its own film). There is something of Poland in the film.

The sepia effect you’ll see on this film, by the way, is a technique which I only ever used the once, although in theory it wouldn’t necessarily hurt to use again – this is in fact the holding of polarising sunglass over the camera lense. No sepia after-effect was actually used here. This could be useful in situations where there really is too much glare of the sun.

Arty-farty hotel room


Production date: 9 June 2006
Playout date: 16/6/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker with various effects
Location: First Skt Petri Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

I found this hotel overpriced at the time, although probably everything in Denmark is and so in retrospect I blame the country and not the hotel per se. This was four years back and these days you can pay as much if not more for less good hotels in less interesting places. And this despite the recession! There was some pleasure in the arty-fartiness of it. I still took very little footage at that time because of the memory card situation. I regret I didn’t buy a bigger memory card earlier, as I really got very little footage of Copenhagen, in fact what I filmed was really only inside the hotel room!

The Goldlist Method – Response to Appraisal and Critique by Group of Hardcore Polyglots and Linguists


Here is an article on the goldlist method which I wrote very recently on the How to Learn any Language forum in a thread which was very useful on the whole for the system – some of the top linguists and polyglots you can find on the net are there in that discussion, and they are putting this methiod to the test. Now some of them have already had the most tremendous success learning languages with their own preferred methods and are naturally suspicious of new-fangled approaches like this here Goldlist Method – some of them had criticisms to make, which are addressed below, but among them are plenty of hardcore linguists and polyglots who seem to really like the method. They are the hardest group to please, and you’ll see that despite the dissenting voices there are many who stand up for the method and more people do seem to approve of it than disapprove. And I don’t think I’ll ever have a tougher audience for this. Read the rest of this entry

Bear necessities


Production date: 12 June 2006
Playout date: 16/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker
Location: Home, Ochota, Warszawa

How this got to over 1600 views is beyond me, it’s just a musical muckaround to calm down my daughter, who had woken in the night. One thing I can tell you from the stats is that almost all that was in the first two years – the second two years it has been up have had next to nothing. The line on the graph has gone flat.

It goes to show two things, I suppose. One is that YT is a bit of a lottery – a much better film which happens to be allocated less auspicious referral points will get fewer views than a purely incidental film which had no work in it. The second is that cute evidently counts for something, and using a Disney title can help. It would be interesting to see whether new life can be breathed into this film by using it a s a video response – the problem is that these days the vast majority of “heavy duty” content providers on YT are ignoring or rejecting video responses even for relevant videos, let alone speculative ones. Also it will be interesting to see if purely the act of placing this here on 3rd May 2010 has any impact on that flat line or not!

Sorry, purely nerdy spiel in this one, but it may interest you-tubers who also speculate on why some of their vids sink and others swim, or as in this case at first inexplicably swim, but then suddenly sink!

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