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NewNuma.com 11058 My Video


Playout date: 4 February 2007
Duration: 3:43
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,487
Likes at the time added to HTV: 13
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 61.9%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 25
Camera: Hypercam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: music video
Music used: New Numa by Variety Beats, featuring Chad Russell
Languages used:
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This is the final entry to the contest. About ten posts about on this blog, you may remember seeing my initial attempt which was disqualified by the judges for having “nudity” (the guy was in fact in plum coloured underpants) and for using parts of another movie (purposes of satire weren’t clearly defined on YT back then). My entry here has rememdied those issues, and the shifting position of the underwear got past the censors even though in some respects it was worse than the so called “nakedness” of the first attempt, but it still didn’t win. It was an “also ran”. One among a couple of hundred entries by the early YT community. The one which did wouldn’t be winning any contests these days, but these days there’s no YT community so there aren’t any contests.

Things do tend to go full circle though. When the next big thing is somewhere else maybe YT will still be a community of die-hard survivors who went through the corporate years unnoticed, like early mammals among the therapods. Who can say?

The various tricks and edits that I have here are about where I was after the first 140 or so videos and all the experimenting I had been doing. Today I would spend a lot longer on something like this, and produce something with many more cuts, but then again I doubt I would have time to do it anyway.

Anoth thought, has anyone noticed how Russian is considered a “cool” language to learn and people are anxious to learn it and then show themselves off speaking it, or singing it, in this case? That’s good, but the learner always has difficulty in realising that there is more still to come and in this case the Russian is admittedly a bit painful, and I advise those who are learning the language not to learn the mistakes in this song. Probably a native helped them, but not that much.

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Geneva evening e-video


Playout date: 4 February 2007
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 688
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 7
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Christopher Chadwick, Katarzyna Ogrodnik-Zawadzka
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Die Lorelei, and Auf Fluegeln des Gesanges bei Heine, and Roeslein rot in Japanese.
Languages used: English, French, German, others
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Visiting Geneva or Senf, as the Germans have it, on business, seeing the Rat Museum, the Place de Nerves, and watching a game of wizard chess with colleagues and hearing a chess song from Armenia, before going on to visit the wall of the Reformers and seeing all the important Calvinists and the Church Calvin preached in, as well as eating at the Carnivore Restaurant, where charcuterie calls for sharp cutlery. Finally finishing off at Lemon Lake. A good time was had by all.

Huliganov sings Piaf


Playout date: 3 February 2007
Duration: 4:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 556
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 7
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 56.3%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 19
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Office
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: La vie en rose, Piaf
Languages used: French and English
Animals/plants featured: Ameca splendens in background
Other remarks:

It’s important to get the throaty r just right when singing Piaf, so obviously Viktor Dmitrievitch Huliganov would not be the consummate performer he is without gargling a bit and doing some warm-up exercises before embarking on this French classic, extolling the virtues of a life in pink.

Mandarin Chinese made easy


Playout date: 2 February 2007
Duration: 1:08
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,908
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 50.0%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 14
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Lesozavodsk, Siberia
Other people featured: David Yang, Wincy Liu
Genre: Friends
Music used: None
Languages used: English, Mandarin
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This footage was taken further east than China, over in the Rusian far east with collegues from the Horwath (now Crowe Horwath International) network’s Beijing office. We had a summer valuing for Bank of China a huge Siberian forest as big as a European country, full of tigers, bears, snow leopards and chipmunks.

Here David Yang and Wincy Liu demonstrate some Chinese tongue twisters and we practice the phrase “Ni zhen niu” – or “you are a genuine ox”, along with the de rigueuer thumbs up sign, which apparently menas like “well done”, “you’re a good bloke”, etc.

A brave, new country?


Theresa May has stated that the UK will not recognise Catalonia as an independent country and other EU leaders have also closed ranks against this new country, but it seems as though Governments of any country have a conflict of interest when it comes to recognising or not recognising break-ups of other countries We were happy to recognise the break-out states from Yugoslavia or the former Soviet Union.

What individuals think, which is supposed to be the central tenet of a democracy, seems to have been left by the wayside here. Theresa May probably has not asked enough UK people for their opinions to know whether British people are ready to recognise Catalonia as an independent state or not.

This poll is not just for the British. If you are human you can take part in it. Please give voice to your own personal recognition or non-recognition of the Catalan Republic.

Please share all you can so that we can have a nice representative sample of all on-line people from this planet.

 

Many thanks, whichever way you voted.

 

If ye love Me, keep My commandments


Playout date: 31 January 2007
Duration: 3:12
Views at the time added to HTV: 66,348
Likes at the time added to HTV: 76
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 11
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 87.4%
Comments at time added: 32
Total interactions at time added: 119
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: None
Location: Church of Holy Sepulchre, Warsaw
Other people featured: Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna
Genre: Concert
Music used: If ye love me, by Thomas Tallis
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This performance by Richard Berkeley’s Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna of Thomas Tallis’ wonderful setting of John 14:15-17 has been enjoyed by many people in this YT clip. Indeed, although the Church (where Chopin’s heart lies entombed in a pillar) was full of people on the night, one hundred times as many have heard this thanks to the wonders of YT and social media.

Richard Berkeley was then and remains now one of the treasures among the non_polish community of Warsaw. He has contributed immensely to the cultural and social life of this city and of my family’s experience of it. His view that music brings people together is only part of it. His great personality also has that effect. When I look through my contacts I am sometimes amazed to see the number of people I met through Richard.

Richard, if you should chance to be reading this, thank you.

Fitzwilliam crushes Leicester on Uni Challenge


I am particularly pleased to see a Russian student from Fitzwilliam on the team, although Howe who studies Japanese is also a man of taste with his subject of study as well as his articles of tricotage. Subarashii desu ne!

Here they are again some weeks later smashing Magdalen, Oxford, and doing not only themselves and Fitz but all of Cambridge proud;

 

 

And finally they meet their match against Merton:

But an excellent battle and an excellent run, well done!

RL102-2 part 2


Playout date: 31 January 2007
Duration: 11:13
Views at the time added to HTV: 27,284
Likes at the time added to HTV: 208
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 99.0%
Comments at time added: 73
Total interactions at time added: 283
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home and Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Ya Vas Lyubil (“I loved you”) by Pushkin, a capello
Languages used: English and Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

An explanation of the varying degrees of formality and how to address someone in Russia, the idea of “vy” and “ty”, when to use name and patronymic, when to use diminuatives. Explanation of how the periphrastic “do” is not present in Russian, and that the present tense contains I do, I do do, and I am doing. Owing to the size, the lesson is split into two parts.

Huliganov’s Russian Course RL102-2 part 1


Playout date: 28 January 2007
Duration: 16:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 36,587
Likes at the time added to HTV: 204
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 99.0%
Comments at time added: 55
Total interactions at time added: 261
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Daszkiewicz Theme from Sherlock Holmes
Languages used: English and Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

An explanation of the varying degrees of formality and how to address someone in Russia, the idea of “vy” and “ty”, when to use name and patronymic, when to use diminuatives. Explanation of how the periphrastic “do” is not present in Russian, and that the present tense contains I do, I do do, and I am doing. Owing to the size, the lesson is split into two parts.

Huliganov’s “Brown Eyes Blue”


Playout date: 21 January 2007
Duration: 5:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 909
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 21
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 30.0%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 39
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Crystal Gayle “Brown Eyes Blue”
Languages used: English, little Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Huliganov explains the poetic metaphor in the lyrics of this Crystal Gale number. Clearly eyes cannot be both brown and blue at the same time. It is all down to the use of an oxymoron, but “hopefully her eyes went brown again afterwards”.

My Old New Numa Contest Video


Playout date: 17 January 2007
Duration: 3:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,174
Likes at the time added to HTV: 16
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 28
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 36.4%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 48
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: music video
Music used: “New Numa” by Variety Beats ft Chad Russell
Languages used: Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

I have a few things to say about this video. Let me start off by saying it may be that some readers of Huliganov.TV around the world cannot see the video as it has a copyright claim! This is truly outrageous seeing that we, the early YT community were invited and encourages to make an upload videos for a competition to showcase this very song and they HAD to include the song, which was made available for that very use. Nothing was said about needing to remove the videos afterwards. If anything illustrates the goalposts shift between the Old YouTube and the new Google “Do no evil? Do no making me laugh, more like!” mentality, then this is it.

The term “numa” refers to the popular name of the record “Dragostea din tei” or Love from the Lindens in English by the Romanian group O-Zone. The chorus goes “Vrei sa pleci, dar nu-ma, nu-ma iei” meaning “You want to go, but you aren’t taking me, not me”. As the Romanian enclitics for “not me” are repeated a lot, it became known among those who have no idea what is going on in this catchy tine as the Numa song, and it was made notorious in YT not so much on its own account but because of a video of a guy called Gary Brolsma who danced in his seat n front of his webcam enthusiastically to this song. He was then roped in to be a promoter of this competition, although his actual link to this second song, which is written in broken Russian, is highly tenuous.

This video was my first attempt but had to be replaced as the panel rejected it as an entry because they didn’t like me borrowing the Seacrest cartoon in the middle and they also didn’t like the guy in his red underwear in this version (both these things were removed as you’ll see later in the final competition version I sent, and also I realised that the singer was referring to Grey Poupon mustard so that’s also changed in one point, not that it helped me). The panel guy or lady who wrote to me thought that the person (any physical resemblance to Gary Brolsma unintended, probably) in his undies was actually naked and had red plums. OK, thats just the fantasy of that person, but I had to change it. It was supposed to be a swipe at the bad grammar in the song, as he says “ya lublyu tebya, vy lubite menya” switching obliviously between the singular familiar and the polite plural forms of “you” in Russian, hence the real focal point is the switch from singular to plural pronouns with regard to the lady addressed.

Old Man River (Soft Cell Version)


Playout date: 14 January 2007
Duration: 5:21
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,773
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 26
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 29.7%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 40
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” by Soft Cell, but a cover version linking that song and it’s chord progressions to the classic American spiritual genre song “Old Man River”.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

With a popularity rating of under 30%, this experiment was not very highly appreciated by the listenership on YT. But then again, whenever two songs are placed together the fans of each get all upset.

You can find a very charming piece on YT where John Denver and Karen Carpenter, both voices now late and of fond memory, combine in a medley of the Scots staple “Coming through the rye” and “Good vibrations” and even two such wondrous voices and performers as these two face a barrage of outraged comment criticism and wurzel thumbage.

Therefore I can’t feel too bad at the reception of this attempt by me to juxtapose the mincey soft cell number with the American classic, but stil I thought it was quite clever. That’s probably what lies at the root of a lot of my problems, come to think of it…

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