Monthly Archives: October 2010

Summing up the first year of Huliganov TV on WordPress


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I set up Huliganov TV in October 2009 – can’t remember the exact date but there was only one post that month.

The idea was to make a repository in one place where all my youtube work could be:

a) referenced more easily, with categories that enable people to get to the bits of the large collection that they want
b) grouped in similar items
c) made available for more detailed discussion than the commenting mechanisms on YT allow
d) I could see for myself how many different groups and categories have emerged from the work.

I had hoped by now to put many more of the YT collection across here, but I’ve been doing it in historical order, and the first six months have now been done. I have done video number 75 today, and there are 134 posts, including this one. That means in fact that video is not the vast majority of the posting that I thought it might be, but I’m quite happy about that too.

Two major factors caused it, firstly the fact that my old site www.usenetposts.com which was hosted by a certain provider, kicked me off. That provider failed to answer any of my mails and changed the c0ntrols so that I could never add anything, and I wasn’t going to pay for hosting non-dynamic content. So I stopped paying, then I did get emails, and I said why I wasn’t paying, and then the content got kicked off, even though I had been overpaying this guy for years.

However, all that content is backed up and I’ve started putting it up here also. The second factor is that sharing videos directly to WordPress was suspended about six months back by YouTube. They say that it was in response to customers, but I don’t remember being asked, but I suppose they meant their paying customers, the advertisers. In addition I have also just felt from time to time like writing something new for here, or including here on something new I’ve written somewhere else. It may duplicate material which is out there, but on the other hand at least I still have it if it gets wiped in the other place, which can happen and does happen, for sometimes very understandable reasons. So what else has been achieved in this first year? The hit count started to rise up in the second part of the year, from about April, and I’ve had several months now between 1500 and 2000 visits per month. The annual total on my stats was 15,196 visits as of now, and one Sunday in April saw a freak flurry of 154 visitors, the record for one day so far.

I have around 20 subscribers, and if that’s you then many thanks for that. If that’s not you, then please do sub. Also please note if you don’t have a WP account that the whole blogging experience, such as commenting, as well as what you see while reading the blogs is enhanced greatly if you have your own wordpress account. That only requires a free account, none of the plug-ins which you might want to subscribe to which help to support the work of WordPress. 

I finally ought to mention that through most of the year I’ve been using the excellent theme Inove, and now I changed to a recent theme called zBench, just to make a nice cut-off for the second year, and so that things do not get too samey. Inove was great, and I’ll stick to it for the time on my other vlog, which is http://www.Quoracy.com – please pop in over there also from time to time.

Stay with me for another year, and don’t be a stranger!

Viktor D. Huliganov

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Besame!


  
 
 

Video number in my collection 75
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    8 September 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Besame, a capello, 
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 31 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 514
Number of views at time of posting: 649
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 2
Comments per thousand views: 3,1
Likes at time of posting: 6
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 1,2
Votes per thousand views: 16,9
Ratio of comments to votes: 18%

Unusually low ratio of comments to votes, but what is there to say? Just two guys mucking around having fun. Sure, we killed the song, but that’s the time honoured tradition for this particular song!

Aquarium in Hotel Irbis Moscow


 
  
 
 

Video number in my collection 74
Production date:    3 September 2006
Playout date:    7 September 2006
Camera:    Fuji Finepix
Post Production:    Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location:    Hotel Irbis, near VDNKh, Moscow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Fish
Soundtrack info:    Oy, tvetyot kalina (The snowball tree in blossom) V. Golovtsova
Languages used:    Russian 
Animals featured:    Leporinus, Notopterus, Labeo, Scatophagus, Monodactylus, Ancistrus, Puntius
Date added here: 16 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 500
Number of views at time of posting: 2 560
Number of views per day: 1,7
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 11
Comments per thousand views: 4,3
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 2
Likes to dislikes ratio: 2,0
Votes per thousand views: 2,3
Ratio of comments to votes: 183%

 

 The hotel I stayed in last weekend had this fishtank in the lobby. It had many technical things wrong with it, being overstocked, underfiltered, underlit, and with many issues in the mix of fish, but quite a pleasant film came out of it, with the vocal efforts of V. Gotovtseva singing “Oh snowball tree in blossom” as a makeshift soundtrack, mixed with the sounds from the lobby bar.
 
 The Irbis Hotel in Moscow is quite well placed, and was quite cheap. I used it just for the one night after getting back from the Russian Far East. I was getting pressured to fly straight on, back to back to Warsaw to go to the baptism of my old boss’s new child, but I would have been ridiculously tired after the trip back from the far east and I wanted to go into Moscow and debrief the colleagues on the audit anyway, so this hotel was just the place.
 
 “This tank is doomed” comments quite rightly one commentator you can click through to see. It is a text book example of people buying fishes and not understanding what they are doing. Some of these fishes will become seriously large, and they will be the only ones left.
 

Irina struts her funky stuff


 
  
 
 

Video number in my collection 73
Production date:    6 September 2006
Playout date:    6 September 2006
Camera:    Fuji Finepix
Post Production:    Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location:    Home, terrace and 12th floor. Photos at old place in Szara.
Other people featured: Aunty Irina
Genre: Family
Soundtrack info:    Girl from Ipanema half-karaoke version
Languages used:    Portuguese, Russian
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 14 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 499
Number of views at time of posting: 40 415
Number of views per day: 27,0
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 22
Comments per thousand views: 0,5
Likes at time of posting: 11
Dislikes at time of posting: 8
Likes to dislikes ratio: 1,4
Votes per thousand views: 0,5
Ratio of comments to votes: 116%

 

 This showcasing of the charms of “Aunty” Irina was done back in the day at her own initiative, by way of a little potential matchmaking for her – but since she is now spoken for if you like this you’re too late! Hence this is a video that is not listed any more on YouTube. It is up if you know the link, but it’s not being broadcast in the usual way.

It was a very popular film until I took it offline.  The feature of “unlisting” enables me to put some videos in this blog which you won’t find if you only follow me on YT itself without being subscribed to this blog. All the more reason to follow over here as well as on YT!
 

Scutigera -Let it not envenomate you!


 
 

Video number in my collection 72
Production date:    6 September 2006
Playout date:    20 August 2006
Camera:     Fuji Finepix
Post Production:    Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location:    House in Lesozavodsk, Primorskiy Kraj, Siberia
Other people featured: None
Genre: Nature
Soundtrack info:    Through the Greenwood, Andrey Vinogradov
Languages used:    English titles
Animals featured:    House centipede Scutigera coleoptrata
Date added here: 10 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 512
Number of views at time of posting: 1 978
Number of views per day: 1,3
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 17
Comments per thousand views: 8,6
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 1
Likes to dislikes ratio: 4,0
Votes per thousand views: 2,5
Ratio of comments to votes: 340%

 This was the first of several films I put up on my return from the Far East of Russia in 2006. I still had a very small memory card and so there is unfortunately still very little footage – which was galling as the trip was so amazing. It was at this time I started looking for solutions to make the videos longer.
 
 On the subject of these centipedes one could write rather a lot. They are certainly quite alarming creatures to find you are sharing a room with, but the people who have them in their houses don’t like them being killed, claimingthat if they were not there the problems with cockroaches or even more poisonous spiders would be far worse.  All theysuggest is to check the bed before you get in it and check your shoes before putting them on. Even if they crawl over you while you sleep, they say, you won’t be bitten if you don’t move on them. Your choice!

Personally in Russia I batted my room mate Scooties, but I did manage to tolerate them in a recent visit to France, and nothing bad happened. There were lots of insects in the French place, so I am not sure that they deserve their reputation of doing good work against all the other invertebrates…

Granada!


 

Video number in my collection 71
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Granada, a capello, Lara
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 10 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 532
Number of views at time of posting: 663
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 3
Comments per thousand views: 4,5
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 7
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,6
Votes per thousand views: 16,6
Ratio of comments to votes: 27%

 A second impromptu duet with my Spanish friend Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, who visited me at the office one day, taking time away from his massive Aloe farm in Brazil. This version of Lara’s song was not practiced, just off the cuff, and the website with the words had them all muddled up, so once again this is far from perfect, but great fun.

Amapola a la Polska


 
 
 
 
 

Video number in my collection 70
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Home on the terrace
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Amapola, Spanish folk song
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 9 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 531
Number of views at time of posting: 997
Number of views per day: 0,7
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 7
Comments per thousand views: 7,0
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,8
Votes per thousand views: 9,0
Ratio of comments to votes: 78%

 

Fue visitado por Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, un conocido artista y amigo mio de Espana, y cantamos juntos la cancion “Amapola”.
 
I was visited at the office by a friend of mine from Spain, the well-known singer and Aloe vera farmer Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, and we sang the song Amapola for your enjoyment together, the first of three Spanish duets we did off the cuff.
 
Unfortunately we hadn’t had time to practice, it was all off the cuff, and we weren’t anticipating the frequent key changes in the track. We also couldn’t hear it as well as the computer picked it up, so the last verse is truly discordant on this. That is probably why more folk have disliked this one than liked it. It was fun though.

Czech and Polish climate scientists just don’t get along – so who will be the right ones and who will be the wrong?


Gulf stream map

The North Atlantic's thermohaline circulation

 

Radio Praha, on their website http://www.radio.cz, published the following piece today which I allow myself to quote in order to comment on it below.
Czech meteorologists allay fears of Arctic winter

07-10-2010 14:18 | Daniela Lazarová

In recent days Italian and Polish forecasters have released reports suggesting that this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years. The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream which has allegedly slowed down in connection with the oil spill off the coast of Florida. Some scientists claim the stream will not be able to compensate the cold from Arctic winds –and according to their theory as the Gulf Stream wanes and eventually disappears Europe will have to brace for Arctic winters. Czech meteorologist Jan Pretel says this is utter nonsense: Read the rest of this entry

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