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TV you DO make for yourself…

Honourable Greetings!

This is Huliganov TV, or HTV for short, and this as well as some of the traditional style blogging, with texts and images, this will be a properly categorised repository of all the material on my YouTube channel, aka the “Usenetposts” channel, plus the articles I wrote on my previous website usenetposts.com. This will be a little over 50% video based, hence the .tv bracket.

I use internet hosted video for all sorts of purposes, but in the main I put up what I want to do – I used to work, (as the finance director, but the whole team was supposed to be involved in the creative process, so I learned quite a bit about it) of a TV Channel in Russia. My boss had to shape some of my initial suggestions, reminding me that “you don’t make TV for yourself – that’s a golden rule of  TV, you make it for the big audience”. This was of course true and the TV business can’t work any other way. But in a way it saddened me.

But 2005 changed all that. Now we have YouTube. Now everyone can make TV for himself or herself. YT’s motto was “Broadcast yourself” and YT could really be summed up as TV you make for yourself, and this is certainly TV I’ve made for myself. I know full well that there are robots and other methods of driving hits. You can even include some gratuitous semi-nude pics in them and it will drive hits, but that’s not what this is all about.

Before I started filming, I had done some photography – maybe eighteen months’ worth. Prior to that I had been going around the world doing my job and going to so many different places, but it was hard to remember after a while what happened in one place and what happened in another. There was just too much of it. I was wasting my opportunities to set up a store of memories for my own old age, for my kids and grandchildren in the future, to share with friends or even – although I didn’t anticipate it so much at the start – a wider public. That’s why I went on YouTube and started to film all over the place. I simply wanted to capture my life – a life at times so busy I don’t always get to even fully appreciate things as they happen, and sometimes the films really help get the most out of any travel experience.

Since starting to film, and – to my amazement – gaining a growing audience, there’s been a reason to go walking around cities in the evenings and not just stay in the hotels reading. Even at times when I haven’t felt like it and would not have gone for myself to this or that event or place, I’ve been for the sake of the channel. YT has enabled me to get a lot more out of my life and my leisure time.

I am currently slightly about 1700 films on YouTube, and so obviously people find it hard to get straight to what they want from my channel. The categories here are the way to get to the parts of the YouTube collection that you actually want. So it interlinks with the YouTube and enhances it. On the one hand, you can click through to the YouTube films, and see the other comments already existing, and hopefully give me a nice rating over there, but also if you want to start a discussion without the limitations of text and the lack of proper threading that YT suffers from, then you can discuss whatever you like about the film over here. I have set the defaults here to allow discussion threading to next up to 7 levels, which should be enough for most discussions before they start to get silly, and it will allow much more freedom than in YT. Discussion is one of the things this is all about, and even after the Google Plusization of YouTube in the last quarter of 2013, the threading is not ideal although admittedly it is far better than be for and the wise removal of the string length has indeed improved YT interactions.

Of course, this is WordPress, which is a bit more highbrow than the general run of the internet, so I’d appreciate it if people writing comments here would at least try to write in proper sentences and not just txtspk and LOL!!1!, etc. There’s still YT for comments barely over 2 characters long!

In addition to the “TV”, there’ll also be the traditional things like blogs with images, (I do a lot of what I call “gallery” video anyway, so you’ll see what a poor photographer I am if you spend any time here), bogs based just on words, reposts of articles I already put on-line in other places, pdfs, later probably mp3s, and other things also. In short, I hope that this will be a place where I can unite the whole of my creativity, whether done as Huliganov (my most famous “creation”) or not.

The best way to contact me is to leave a message here as a response to one of the posts. Another way is to click through to the YouTube channel, where private contact is also possible, but please note that I don’t welcome it in the case of queries which could benefit others if asked and answered publicly. If you have a question about anything, it’s probable that others have the same question. By the way, I hope to see conversations between my visitors. It is set up so that once you have had a contribution accepted you are then not moderated after that, but of course if this is abused I can block. Those who know me know that I’m very reluctant to block or censor anybody, but there are of course limits of decency and legality. As far as spam is concerned, I have tried to keep it off the site entirely and I have paid good money for the upgrade that keeps this place free of third party adverts for 2014 onwards.

Enjoy, subscribe, and join in!

VDH the H of HTV

  1. Hi Victor,

    This is Kimberly from HelloTalk, a Language Exchange Learning App. I’m writing this letter wondering if you could take a time to look at HelloTalk and review it.

    HelloTalk is an app which is similar to WhatsApp but has more features on language learning. Such as in-app translation, text-to-voice, voice-to-text, transliteration, and grammar correction. So far, there are more than 100 languages in the app and over 1,200,000 users worldwide. By using HelloTalk, one could learn and practice a language with native speakers.

    To know more about HelloTalk, please visit:

    I look forward to hearing from you.



  2. Abdul Wahid

    Hi Victor,

    This may sound like a silly question but I feel like i’ve ready everything but know nothing! Do you have a video of step by step procedures (or s.th similar) of how Gold List works? I only found out about it yesterday and am excited. I have been trying to learn Arabic for such a long time (a year). I work really hard (like, 2 hours every day) but can’t seem to recall anything. At times, I really lose motivation but constantly push myself to keep persevering. If you do have something, that would be fantastic. If not, where can I read about it. I’m sure I’ve seen it somewhere on this site but have got confused and lost it again. It sounds like what I’ve been looking for!

    Many thanks,



    • Have you seen all the various articles about the Goldlist which you’ll find under the category “Goldlist methodology” here? They should help.
      I think you need to read them and also the stuff I wrote in the Polyglot project book (free on docstocs, see http://youtube.com/syzygycc ). It sounds as if you are in the classic situation of trying too hard. What languages have you learned until now and what methods have you tried? What do you do for these two hours a day? In fact over 600 hours should give you a good command of Arabic, if done properly.


      • Abdul Wahid

        This is the thing. I’ve been doing it for so long but can barely put a handful of sentences together. The class I was taking would get us to look at stories and translate them in class and then get us to memorise about 30 words for the next lesson that would be relevant for the story in the next class. So most of the time i was spending was trying to memorise lists of words. We would also have a vocab test at the beginning of the class. I’ve never actually seen it like 600 hours, which makes me feel even worse! I am a native speaker of English and Bengali (A south-east Asian language), but this is my first attempt to learn a language. Thanks for the advice, which I will check out, but I’ve always done better when someone has shown me the steps as we’ve gone along (I get really confused following instructions and trying to visualise them). I will give it a shot though, but for future, it would be great if a step by step video showing the actual book etc would be great. By the way, I did find a two part one where you speak with a heavy Russian accent, but the part two is not there. Any ideas?!!



        • All the parts are in reverse order in the section here (not the page but the category, which you’ll find under languages and linguistics in the right hand navigation bar).

          You had the problem that you were forced to memorise consiously words, ergo you switched on your short-term memory and it was foreseeable that after two weeks none of this would be recalled. Teachers do this to assure themselves a lifelong income, from the students blaming themselves for their failure. I wrote about 100 pages about this in the Polyglot Project which is free and I can’t write nearly as much here as I wrote there, but as you know you have the ability to learn languages when you don’t even try to. Nobody asked you to learn words for next Friday in Bengali (by the way my cat is a Bengali too) or in English, but you did it well enough. You only failed in these taught languages because of the ignorance of the teacher.

          The thing to do is to get the book which should have 40 lines deep, and start writing the vocab in blocks of 25, dating and numbering them from 1 to whatever multiple of 25 you are on. The headlist is always on the top left of a notebook which is open, and has two pages to write on, a left one and a right one.

          When you write them out you do it without making any attempt to memorise them. You can think about them in an interested way and if associations present themselves, you can think about them, but don’t try to create them and don’t try to remember anything there and then, just enjoy the words.

          Then carry on and do more and more, but always leave a gap of at least 10 minutes between each 25. You turn the page and do another 25 on the top left of the next page, and you number it 26 to 50, and put the date on if it’s different. You leave the three quarters of the double writing area blank for the future.

          After doing this for at least two weeks, possibly more – up to two months I go – you then return to the beginning again and you look honestly at the words you wrote at the start. You then select those of them that you know and you put an x by them. You also try t combine them so that two words make a small phrase or can be learned as part of a small list together.

          The you rewrite the words you don’t go in this more condensed manner, trying to achieve it so that one third less is written (about 17 to 18 lines, but you don’t have to be religious about it as long as some progress is being made) again, in writing them out you don’t try to learn it, but the fact is that the unconscious memory will have sampled some without you needing to take over the process consciously, and that’s basically what happened when you learned English and Bengali.

          And the rest is a continuation of the same. the second list is called the first distillation and is at the top right area. You date and number it so that it has its own numbering system, If there are 17 in the first page, then the second page, where you had Headlist 26-50 you end up with say D1 18-34.

          And you carry on doing that until you catch up with the headlist, but if you find yourself already reviewing and distilling things which are less than two weeks, then you should start expanding the headlist instead.

          Once the first distillation has passed two weeks, it’s time to do the second distillation at the bottom right, and again all the same principles apply. After another two weeks you’ll be distilling that one off to the bottom left. After another two weeks you can start a second book for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh distillations. I call this the silver book and the book with H and D1, D2 and D3 the bronze book. You may need several bronze books per languages but only one silver book. If you need to go further you get a gold book, and one of these would do for all your languages, as you know only have a small percentage of the original headlist, and you’d never fill the book.

          Is there any part of that you are not clear about? If so, let me know and I will try to explain it another way. I’m happy you asked because probably there are other people who have the same questions but may be too shy to ask.

          After you’ve been doing this


          • Hi Vicor,

            That explanation has really helped me out and I think I now know what I need to do. Based on your explanation I attempted to create a basic plan for learning over the next few months, which I really would like for you to see. The one query I had at this stage was ‘overlap’. For example, in my plan I’ve planned to do 4 headlists a day, 7 days a week, 28 headlists a week. Over the course of 4 weeks, this gives 112 headlists and consequently 2800 words. Do I do ALL the headlists first (112) and then move on to D1 – do ALL D1, then D2 and ALL D2, etc etc all the way to D7. That is, do I leave 4 week gaps for all movements across distillations? Or do I move to D1 after two weeks, in which case D1 distillation of headlist 1 will coincide with the beginning of headlist 57 (28 headlists per month, beginning of 3rd week), and this overlap will keep on continuing with D1 distillation of week 3 coinciding with beginning of D2 distillation? I know that sounds complex and I’d really like to send you my excel plan sheet if that’s confused you. I just want to know if its ok to be doing distillations and headlists on one day etc?

            Many thanks,



          • Abdul Wahid

            Hi Victor,

            Sorry to hound you like this but this is just an addition to my previous response and it would be great if you could help out with this also. Essentially, following on from my previous response, the reason I’m asking about ‘overlapping’ etc is because I really want to learn as many possible words from now until October 2011. This is because I am planning to go to Syria for a year and so really want to arm myself with as many passive words as possible in order to activate them immediately (don’t want to be like the Callan person you mentioned who immersed themselves on and off for three years and said something along the lines of ‘would meester like cup off tea’ – hillarious, in stitches when I read that). Is it possible to distil 14,000 words through 7 distillations from now until then? Is this unrealistic? How can I do it without potentially having to do new headlists plus counteless distillations in one day? I know it’s a lot to ask for you to write a ’10 month plan’ for me, but any pointers of how this is feasable (or not) would be appreciated. And if not, what amount of words is feasable in this time?

            I am truly indebted,

            Abdul Wahid


  3. Abdul Wahid

    Hi Victor,

    This may sound like a silly question but I feel like i’ve ready everything but know nothing! Do you have a video of step by step procedures (or s.th similar) of how Gold List works? I only found out about it yesterday and am excited. If you do, that would be fantastic. If not, where can I read about it. I’m sure I’ve seen it somewhere on this site but have got confused and lost it again.

    Many thanks,



  4. Hello Victor,
    I was looking at your book store on Amazon.com, especially the Russian language learning textbooks. It would be nice if you gave an option for buying the Kindle digital versions for download, as well as the hard-copy, because I think it would make your book store usable internationally and you might get more customers.

    I’m presently taking an interest in Kindle (for PC) Russian textbooks because I rather fancy using the “Notes and Marks” facility to scribble my own notes all over the book to aid my learning. Unfortunately at present many of the Kindle conversions are unsatisfactory because the Cyrillic text has been transferred as graphics, not put into a Cyrillic font, but some Russian textbooks can be found which have been converted to Kindle properly.

    Apart from that, I just wanted to say “Hello”. You often entertain me with your videos and writings, though some are too learned for my understanding.



    • Thanks for that, Peter. You are right that it’s probably about time I improved the stores a bit and included Kindle amongst them, especially as Amazon is finally releasing Kindle all over the world. Personally I am thinking of having a DX one with global free GPS for Christmas. I’m not sure how much that “notes and marks” facility uses up the memory, though.

      Delighted you enjoy the videos and hope you get something out of the ideas I’m developing on here as well. See you round.



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