Category Archives: With Another Person

Good old-fashioned lover boy


 

Playout date: 18 February 2007
Duration: 3:02
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,992
Likes at the time added to HTV: 18
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 78.3%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 32
Total interactions to views 1.6%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Keghart, music, and Sophie James, choreography
Genre: Duet
Music used: “Good old-fashioned lover boy” by Queen
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

One of my favorite Queen songs and also probably the most under-rated of all, since most people seem not to have heard of it these days. I was lucky enough to find one version of it in early YT to sing along with.

Quote of the clip: “If things go right, just hold on tight”

You’re my best friend


Playout date: 13 February 2007
Duration: 6:55
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,836
Likes at the time added to HTV: 23
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 74.2%
Comments at time added: 8
Total interactions at time added: 39
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Ken Bankston
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: “You’re my best friend”
Languages used: English and Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

One of my viewers, Uptodat, asked for a Don Williams number, but when I heard this I knew it was one I wanted to dedicate to Elena, and you will see some of our wedding photos in a gallery.

Thanks to my Hawaiian and Californian buddy, Ken Bankston, a super musician, provided the guitar and a backing vocal for this. I also play the mouth organ a little in it, and translate one verse in Russian.

Quote of the clip: “I’m always hungry”

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.

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.

Sophie at Warsaw Zoo, December 2006


5 October 2017

Playout date: 4 December 2006
Duration: 7:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,451
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 4
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 16
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Chung Kuo” by Vangelis, “Kichikichi Batta” by Tomozaku Murakami, plus ambient zoo noises
Languages used: English and Polish
Animals/plants featured: Patagonian conure, peacock, mandrill, chipmunks, ring-tailed lemur, and dozens more
Other remarks:

What a cutie Sophie was at age six! They grow up quick though. Featuring a bit of chipmunk talking, plus criticism of bad behaviour by other zoo guests (something I regularly have to do, more’s the pity), and the stars of the show, the talking cockatoos.

Re Polski Vlog [Polish Vlog]


Playout date: 26 November 2006
Duration: 6:15
Views at the time added to HTV:   31,666
Likes at time added: 72
Dislikes ” ” “:  3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.0%
Comments ” ” ” : 1
Total interactions by time added: 76
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Reply to other vlog
Music used: None
Languages used: Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This is a great example of what was going on in the early days of YT. Things like this are barely happening in the YT community today in fact it is hard to speak of there being one past the third year of the existence of the site. One of the things that fell by the wayside as YT got more corporate in the wake of its transfer to Google was that the feature for replying to a video with another video, which the community liked to use, was gone. This video was an example of the use of that reply feature. The feature disappeared but videos YouTubers had made using the featured stayed on in the lists of the person making the video but were no longer linked up to the video they were responding to, and now I doubt you will even find the one I was responding to.
Aeric Winter was one of the prominent YouTubers in the early days, prolific for a while in making videos, and very community minded. He organised a get-together in Berlin and I attended (you’ll see some footage of this in a later video) with my family and met Aeric. At this stage, we only knew each other on line. He liked Poland and had spent a while studying here, and wanted some feedback on his Polish.

Knowing that all real Poles ever do in this situation is compliment you on your language without giving useful feedback, I did what I could to help. An unusual side-effect of this was tht I ended up getting contacted by Polish radio and a few sentences by me after a phone interview appeared on the broadcast for languages day. It remains one of my most-viewed videos, with almost 32,000 views. Aeric’s own channel went into abeyance as he had little time for it once he started his career, and although he had very good stats for the early time, over time this video has outperformed even his originals in terms of views. I hope all is going well with him, he was and am sure still is a really nice bloke.

 

Why did God create the world knowing that it would fall into sin? (from a private conversation, by kind permission)


Victor Berrjod
Davey, why did God create the world knowing that it would fall into sin?

Because through fall and redemption man achieves a oneness and intimacy with God that no angel ever had. As Jesus put it “he who is forgiven much, loves much”.
But what about those who don’t believe?
If they don’t believe that they need forgiveness, then they won’t ask for it or believe that they can have it, and then neither will they love.
It’s definitely a better deal to believe.
I was about to say that if there was no Fall, then everybody could know God forever, but then I remembered Satan.
So why did God create Satan knowing that he would betray Him?
In the main people disbelieve because they choose to disbelieve, because they love something else, usually a sin, more than God and wish to continue in the rebellion against God, and the biggest rebellion against God is to disacknowledge Him entirely by unbelief.
Why did God make Satan or angels capable of falling? A precursor probably to human redemption. Angels are from the beginning supposed to minister to the heirs of salvation. Human believers will judge angels. If Satan was made fallible, it was also for our good.
When it says “all things work together for good to them that love God, to those that are called according to his promises” I take it literally.
Even what Satan determines for our ill becomes good, just as Joseph said to his brothers that they intended him harm, but God intended it for good.
Do you think I should share these explanations with a broader public on HTV?
Yes. They are important topics
And it’s a good answer.
Do you mind being quoted or shall I say “one friend asks”?
You can quote me.
Since you are open about answering, I can be open about asking.

Chinese from scratch – a 1260 hour work Programme optimising your result.


Mandarin Ducks, Beijing Zoo Français : Canard ...

If you want to learn Mandarin you can’t duck out of the time it takes – you can only optimise it. Here we see some mandarin ducks optimising their time on a lake.

Reader Jarad Mayers wrote the following very good question:

Hi,
I want to learn Mandarin. I am not sure how to go about it. This is the very first language I am attempting to learn. I have not done anything yet. I am on very tight budget and currently not employed. I tried to access the free material on Mandarin (http://fsi-language-courses.org/ )but it is no longer accessible . I was wondering if I could use your experince and if possible sort of outline the steps I need to follow.

BTW, I am not sure where to post my question. I am sorry if this the wrong place for posting it.

Thanks,
Jarad

I’ve prepared the answer as a table – it is a whole programme to 80% of Chinese that you’d need to get your degree, read newspapers, live an everyday life in China. The rest after that comes down to vocabulary building for which I’d recommend the goldlisting of dictionaries or of bilingual literature. You could spend four times as much time getting from 80% Chinese to 100% Chinese (ask Vilf “the Gilf” Pareto, he’ll tell you why, or might have done, until 1923 – now you’ll have to look up what he thought in order to know why, or simply accept it).

Real Chinese philologists like Victor Berrjod might give you other useful sources better than the ones I have listed. All of the ones I have listed are available on Amazon. The audio courses are expensive so it will pay you to shop around a bit.

1260 hours, based on the number of years/days in Daniel and the Book of Revelation, also happens to be a typical year’s work in a modern Western company. Read the rest of this entry

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