Xmas Playlist

My Xmas playlist on YouTube. I hope you enjoy the music and that you have a safe and happy holiday. Continue reading


Top Ten YouTube Channels I Discovered This Year

With billions of visitors daily, YouTube is one of the most well-known and popular video streaming sites on the internet. With millions of channels on the site, and more being added every day, there is always something new to discover.

Sometimes the channels we discover are brand new, with only a handful of videos available. At other times we may discover for ourselves, channels that have been producing content for years, with thousands of subscribers having found them before us.

This is definitely the case when it comes to myself. Due to the fact that I don’t watch YouTube nearly as often as some, I am often a latecomer when it comes to the discovery of channels. Many of the channels I discovered this year are neither new or unknown. They were, however, new to me. Continue reading

Awesome Anime Reviewers

Anime Reviewers

Anyone who has ever met me will be aware that my two greatest obsessions are reading and Harry Potter. If you and I have more than a passing acquaintance, you will know that my third love (aside from family, of course) is anime.

Unfortunately, aside from a couple of Facebook friends (and my own children), I really don’t know anybody else who enjoys anime anywhere near as much. Oh, I know plenty of people who dabble. People whose experience of anime is limited to Pokémon, Astro Boy and the more popular Studio Ghibli films.

Now, I am by no means an anime aficionado. In fact, as much as I love anime, I still regard myself as a casual viewer. But with most people I associate having watched even less than I have, where am I to find new anime to watch?

I can find new titles by browsing the store shelves but, while reading the box will give me a pretty good idea of what the show is about, it really doesn’t tell me whether or not it is any good. With an extremely limited budget, I am fairly keen to spend my money on anime I will want to keep. This is where YouTube comes into its own. Continue reading

Trendo Update

As many of my loyal readers know, I have recently completed a series comparing the video sites Trendo & Daily Motion. In the end, I found that my needs were best met by Daily Motion. However, it seems that these posts are no longer relevant, as Trendo is no longer an option..  Shortly after moving from a free site to a subscription based service, the site closed down, citing escalating hosting costs. Members have been assured that all  money will be fully refunded. This leaves DailyMotion as the only viable alternative to YouTube for amateur content creators.

Trendo Vs DailyMotion Part 3

daily motion screenThis is the third, and final post in my series about Trendo Vs DailyMotion. Part 1 was about my first impressions. Part 2 was all about uploading videos. This post, Part 3 will be detailing my final impressions. Continue reading

Trendo Vs DailyMotion Part 2

trendo logoIn my quest to find a viable alternative to YouTube, I have been road-testing Trendo & DailyMotion. This is being done in three parts. Part 1 was dedicated to joining and to my initial impressions. Part 2 is all about how easy it is to upload. For the purposes of his post, I uploaded two videos to DailyMotion. Then, using the same videos, I uploaded one to Trendo and embedded the other in Trendo. Continue reading

After Ever After

Trendo Vs Daily Motion Part 1

Having made the decision to leave Google behind as much as is possible, I am gradually experimenting with the various Google alternatives scattered about the web. The first Google product I will be replacing is YouTube. In  order to facilitate this, I am currently road-testing two video sharing communities. The first is Trendo, the new kid on the block, the second is the well-established site called DailyMotion.

For my first comparison, I have opened an account, customized my profile and uploaded two of my old videos. Here is the verdict so far. Continue reading

The Human Side Of Google’s Stuff Ups

3 Awesome Videos About The New YouTube/Google Plus Integration

YouTube & G+

English: YouTube icon Nederlands: YouTube icon

English: YouTube icon Nederlands: YouTube icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, they’ve gone and done it. They’ve killed YouTube. With each change that Google has made, YouTube has become a little less enjoyable and this last move is the final straw. By forcing users to open a G+ account in order to make, read or receive comments, Google will scare away a high proportion of content creators. After all, what is the point of posting videos if we cannot access the resulting discussions?

People should not be forced to join a site they do not wish to use merely to properly use a completely separate site of which they are a member. Internet users rejected G+ and Google Video and the majority will not be happy about being forced into using what they rejected. Corporations are supposed to listen, and respond to, the needs to their customers. They are not supposed to, as more and more are, tell their customers what they want, need and must use.

I, for one, have had enough. I am utilizing the ultimate power of the consumer — the ability to take my business elsewhere. I’m not sure if it possible to have an entirely Google-free web experience, but I am going to get as close to that ideal as I can. Therefore, over the next month or two, I will be road-testing alternatives to every Google product I currently use.

Gradually, as I find and join, these alternatives, I will be closing down my Google accounts. The first site I am trying out is a YouTube alternative called Trendo. What do you think of Google’s master plan to force everybody into using G+? Are you going to do so or are you, too, trying to find other sites to frequent? Let me know in the comments section below.

Q & A Revisited (Again)

It has been a while since I took this survey. Since I have several new readers and since my answers may have changed, I have decided to take it again. I have provided a link in the related articles for those who wish to compare my answers to the original. Feel free to post the same questionnaire on your own blog and link back here so I can see your answers.
I stole this from fiernymph:

1. What is the thing in life you are most proud of accomplishing? Overcoming my Agoraphobia.

2. What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Had sex on the front porch of my MIL’s house.

3. Who or what is your first thought in the morning? What time is it?

4. What’s the most unusual item that you have ever just found?
An expensive, fully functional chest of draws left on the side-walk with a sign saying ‘Free’.

5. What’s the one thing you would really like to tell someone but you can’t? I still don’t know.
6. What is the one thing you wished you had the guts to do but probably never will? Go back to Uni.

7. Has there ever been a love in your life that you wished you had never let go? No.
8. What is your dream vacation? I would dearly love to visit Japan.

9. If someone gave you $1 million dollars (an anonymous donation), what would you do with the money? Buy a small house and a large car. If there is any left, I would invest it for retirement.
10. If you had one wish, for anything in the world, would you keep it for yourself, give it to someone else, or make that wish for someone else if you knew they wouldn’t use it? I’m afraid I’d still take the selfish option here.

11. What is your favorite way to spend free time when you have it? Blogging.
12. If money were no object, what is the one thing you would indulge in to make your life better? Still a house.
13. Have you ever wanted to be on reality show? Yes, but only for the money.
14. How many miles per hour do your normally drive over the speed limit? Still don’t drive
15. What was your last thought before going to sleep last night? Stressing over bills.

16. If you could meet ONE person on your friends list [this could mean your blog, Facebook, YouTube – basically anything online] that you’ve never met before, who would it be? CheekyChickenHead (YouTube) or Father Bob (twitter).

17. If you could meet one person, alive or dead, and spend 3 hours with them, who would it be? Voltaire (the goth singer, not the historical figure).

18. If someone gave you 500 dollars, but the catch was you had to use it all frivolously, what would you do? Mani-Pedi, Waxing, Hair, Makeover, New outfit, Dinner out – I’ve never done some of these things – is $500 enough?

19. When you went to high school, did you attend a large high school and have a large class or was it a small school? Average.

20. What was the last piece of clothing you bought and why? Avon version of the Aah Bra because my under-wire bras both died and I heard that style of bra is ultra-comfy. True, by the way. It is THE most comfortable bra I ever wore!
21. Are you named after anyone? No
22. Favorite food item that you don’t like to tell people is a favorite? I have no qualms about stating my favourites. My problem is settling on just one thing.

23. Do you lurk on your Instant Messenger to avoid people you don’t want to talk to? I don’t use IMs.

24. If you could take on any profession for a day… what would it be and why? CEO of Microsoft because I just may earn enough to put a deposit on a house!

25. Ever dinged someone’s car in a parking lot and just drove off? No, because I don’t drive (not that I would anyway).

26. Anything you don’t have the strength, skill or nerve to do, but you’ve dreamt/had a passing fancy about doing? Being a famous artist. Unfortunately I can’t draw to save my life.
27. What was your most embarrassing moment? Mostly I get embarrassed when I say something completely incorrect.

28. If you sing in your car…do you stop when someone pulls up along side you? No I dance too (oh I don’t drive though  – I’m the passenger lol)

29. Would you go into outer space if given the chance? Definitely not.
30. You’ve just found a suitcase filled with enough money to make all your financial dreams come true, what do you do with it? Hand it in and hope it isn’t claimed!
31. Have you ever passed gas in an elevator that was empty on purpose? No

32. Metal or ink? Ink

33. Tell us something about yourself that most people do not know. I was raped when I was 12.
34. If money was no object, where would you take your family for a weeks vacation? We would totally go to Japan!

35. Name one friend from your past that you have lost contact with that you would like to be re-connected with. I don’t really feel a need to reconnect with anybody.

Websites I wouldn’t want to live without

We all have websites that we visit on a regular basis. Websites that have become a part of our daily lives. You know the ones I mean. Those sites where downtime or lost internet connection causes withdrawal. When you can’t get back to them soonest, you start to miss the site, you begin talking about it with your friends, you check twitter to see what’s going on (is the downtime explained, is it a trending topic), you start to panic if the downtime lasts more than a couple of hours, your fingers type the url in thin air…

Sometimes, it seems like we just can’t live without our favourite sites. Here are my top five sites I wouldn’t wish to live without. What are yours?

Number 1: WordPress

WordPress is the site that hosts my three blogs: Ravings of a Lunatic Mum (my personal blog), Quotes, Votes & Random Notes (where I record random bits and pieces that have caught my interest) and Lemonade (my family’s blog which I am in the process of transferring from Multiply). Since so much of my life is recorded on this site, it is definitely the one I would miss the most.

Number 2: BookCrossing

For those who don’t already know, I am an avid BookCrosser. This means I attach labels and a tracking number to my books when I am finished with them and then leave them laying about somewhere for a new reader to find. This is my biggest hobby (besides reading, of course) and it is loads of fun. It is such a thrill when a book checks in after being absent for a few years and it is wonderful to be a part of a community of book lovers. This is also where I keep track of my extensive wishlist.

Number 3: LibraryThing

This site has proved to be an invaluable tool in keeping track of my books. What do I have on my shelf? Which books have I lent out? What did I previously own, but have now released? When did I read this book? How long have I owned that one? It is a great place to create a catalogue of all your books and, like BookCrossing, you can catch up with a bunch of other book lovers.

Number 4: G-Mail

Everybody needs an email to survive these days and I strongly dislike using the one provided by my ISP. I much prefer to have a web-based address and, out of all those I have tried, Gmail seems to suit me best.

Number 5: Crunchyroll

I prefer not to utilise free anime on YouTube and such because there is no money going back to the artist. However, I cannot afford to buy every single anime I want to watch. That is why I have a subscription to Crunchyroll. It isn’t expensive and I can watch as much anime as I wish while having the piece of mind that Crunchyroll only provide those anime for which it has paid the license fee. I cannot get all of my favourite anime there, but it narrows down the field of what I have to buy, and gives me a chance to discover anime I would not otherwise have watched.

So those are my top 5 websites I wouldn’t want to live without. Why not go and check them out?

Does Anyone Read the News Anymore?


News (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I cannot remember the last time I actually sat down and read a newspaper. Likewise, I don’t remember when I last watched the news. These days, I get most of my news from the internet.

In fact, I’m ashamed to say that the majority of my current affairs knowledge comes from two sources – twitter and facebook. That isn’t to say I don’t do any research. Quite the contrary. If I see something on twitter or facebook that captures my interest, I then use google to look up reputable sources for more information. Getting my news in this manner has some advantages. Firstly, I find the facts to be more reliable (and enjoyable to read) than traditional mainstream media. The daily half-hour of news, and our local rag, tend to be sensationalist, biased and very light on facts. In contrast, non-mainstream online news sources tend to be less sensational, more factual and, while still biased, can be balanced out by searching sites reporting the same news from a different point of view.

Secondly, I am able to access a far greater variety of news articles. Stories that are not considered interesting or sensational enough to make it into the mainstream media; stories that the mainstream media are either too scared or too biased to cover; local news from other parts of the world that would normally only be interesting to locals, but which I find entertaining to read – these are all areas that I cannot access through my news programs or newspapers.

Another advantage to accessing my news in this way is that it is easier for me to filter out the crap in favour of those articles that really interest me. I no longer have to sit through an entire news program to hear that one short story, or sift through an entire newspaper in order to find a tiny article hidden somewhere in the back. I no longer have to run off to library if I wish to know more about whater event is being reported – I can simply open another tab and google the topic.

I know that there are disadvantages to accessing news online. Lets face it – there is a lot of crap out there growing from a lot of bullshit. However, if one is careful to check the facts, is attentive to the reliability of sources, aware of biases and researches a story thoroughly, then internet news can be a more reliable and convenient option.

Where do you get your news?

Thumbs Up

…to ‘Honk if You Love Japan’. This guy has promised to donate $600 for every million views, so head on over to YouTube and check him out:

Nicholson Vs. Brooks

Last night I did my seventh speech from the Competent Communicator Manual. The exercise is ‘Research Your Topic’. The title is ‘Nicholson Vs. Brooks’ and the time is meant to be 5-7 minutes (mine was just over 7:18 minutes). This is the second time I have given a speech without notes. Continue reading

My First Driving Lesson

A speedometer using kilometres per hour. (km/h...

A speedometer using kilometres per hour. (km/h) By the way, the car is not driving. The speedometer has been raised using a computer that can control various systems of the car. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had my first driving lesson last Monday. It was…interesting. Scary. Exciting. Fun. Freeing. Easier than expected.

The very first thing I had to do after pulling away from the curb was to make a turn. I was absolutely terrified and on the verge of tears. Thankfully, I had a very calm, very understanding instructor. For those in the Rockhampton area, I highly recommend Jenny’s Driving School. Jenny managed to calm me in those first few moments – no mean feat.

So, after managing the turn without hitting anything or anyone, we were off at a speedy 25-30 kilometres per hour. We drove around the block a few times, until I got used to left turns, then e drove through another part of the estate where I had to make some right turns. We ended up in a dead end, so I had to complete a 3 point turn to get back.

At this point, Jenny decided that we needed to drive around the estate on the other side of the main road. So I drove on the main road and swung a right into the estate. We drove around the estate for a while, practising left and right turns as well as roundabouts. Then it was back onto the main road to head home. The limit is 100km but there was no way I was driving that fast! I travelled along at a more sedate 50-60 kilometres per hour. Thankfully, everyone behind me was quite patient!

Finally, I arrived back home, shaken but exhilarated. I am actually looking forward to my next lesson.

Point for improvement: I kept thinking I was too close to the curb and winding up too close tho the middle of the road.

Note to self: DON’T spend the night before a driving lesson watching Road Safety ads on YouTube! The whole time I was driving I was paranoid I’d hit a child or something.

Australia Bans Small Breasts (and female ejaculation)

Australian Classification Board

Australian Classification Board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Australian Sex Party (ASP) said Wednesday that the Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. It comes just a week after it was found that material with depictions of females ejaculating during orgasm are now Refused Classification and Australian Customs directed to confiscate it.

A bad message

Australian adult blogger Ms Naughty says we need to look at what this ruling says to Australian women:

“Why ban small boobs? I can only assume it stems from paranoia that flat chests somehow stir up the pedophiles. And you only need to mention that “p” word to start a full-scale moral panic in Parliament.”

“Shall we put such hysteria aside and look at what this ruling is saying to Australian women? Basically, it’s classing a certain normal female body type as obscene. It’s declaring all flat chests to be automatically juvenile, something that should not be viewed by anyone because of a fear that it will stir up “base instincts” in certain people.”

“Can the Classification Board be any more insulting or sexist?”

Full Story:http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/australia-bans-small-breasts/

This is absolutely disgusting. Will they be banning guys with small dicks? Will they be forcing girls to get breast implants next? In this day and age, when there is such a huge issue with body image, this is only going to lead to worse problems. Vote the sexist pricks OUT!