No One is Safe from YouTube’s Adpocalypse!


So, recently I checked my video manager and saw that I was finally struck by YouTube’s Adpocalypse. Since it had started, back in June or July, I had remained unscathed. My ad revenue had actually increased somewhat. Not significantly, but compared to what other YouTubers have said about their revenue decreasing, I haven’t lost out at all. Although, I don’t make much on YouTube to begin with. I might earn a YouTube check once a year, if that.

I’ve only gotten 2 of my 60-something videos flagged as “Not suitable for all advertisers.” And they’re older videos with not many views. It won’t really impact me at all, but I have been hit, nonetheless. No one is safe from the Adpocalypse!

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TheSkepticalAtheist Draws – A New Series


I guess it’s the time for new series on my YouTube channel. My last post was about the new series I started where I live streaming Skyrim. This new series is a little bit different. I decided I’d like to explore my more artistic side and put some drawings up on my channel.

I decided to call it “TheSkepticalAtheist Draws,” just because I’m creative like that. The basic gist of these videos is that I sit down at my computer and I just start drawing. I don’t have any preconceived ideas as far as what I’m going to draw. I pretty much let the lines take me wherever they want to go. For me, it’s a form of meditation. The only thing on my mind in that moment is the line I’m drawing right then. I find it’s an excellent way to clear my mind and relax.

I also put together the background music in these videos. I try to compose it to match the mood of the drawing. For the first drawing I did, I actually made the music after I did the drawing. I’m going to try composing the music first for the next drawing I create, then listen to that music as I draw. It will be interesting to see how the music affects the drawing, as opposed to the drawing affecting the music in the first video.

Hopefully watching these videos is as soothing and relaxing as it is to make them. They’re also a lot of fun to do, aside from the editing and the rendering process, which is actually torturous. When I was rendering this first video, it got to the point where there was 5 minutes remaining, then the power went out! I had to start all over again, then the rendering froze at about 77%! The editing and rendering took longer to do than the actual drawing. I’m hoping that the next videos go smoother than this.

Below is the first video in this series, as well as a link to the playlist where all of these drawing will eventually be found. Thanks for visiting, and please like, share, and subscribe to my channel, TheSkepticalAtheist!

 

TheSkepticalAtheist Draws Playlist

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Live Stream Series]


So, I’ve decided to try something a little different with my YouTube channel. It partly stems from an interest in trying out live streaming, and also a strong affinity for The Elder Scrolls games – Skyrim in particular.

I’ve decided to live stream an entire play-through of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, from beginning to end. At the time of writing this post, I’ve gotten my first episode completed. I’ve created my character, a Wood Elf, and I named him Ugly Rub. In this episode, I finished off with getting the Dragonstone from Bleak Falls Barrow, returned to Whiterun, and discovered that there’s a dragon attacking the Western Watchtower. When I pick up next time, I will be battling the dragon and I will be able to unlock my first shout, “Unrelenting Force.”

I have no idea how long this will take in total because I’ve never actually finished the game before. There are so many side quests, and opportunities to just wander around in the world of Skyrim that I’ve never actually completed the game, so this will be an interesting experience. So, if you’re a fan of Skyrim, or if you’ve never played it before, check out my videos. I’m still getting the hang of doing live streaming, managing the chat (I do try to interact with everyone), playing the game, and trying to keep things interesting with some commentary. Below you’ll find link to the playlist that contains each video in the series.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.

Skyrim Live Stream Playlist

How To Remove Songs From Your SoundCloud Stream


In this video, I show you how to remove songs and tracks from your SoundCloud stream. Prior to their platform update, there used to be a little ‘X’ next to each track, allowing you to delete it from your feed. After that update, unfortunately, they took away that functionality. It’s been a few years since that update and the people at SoundCloud still refuse to restore that feature.

And this isn’t for lack of trying. I’ve tweeted directly to SoundCloud only to be completely brushed off by their support team.

It’s something they’ve been “working on.” This was 2 years ago. How hard is it to add a little ‘X’ next to each track? My interpretation of this is that they have no plans of restoring this functionality, and we have to live with without it. But, much to SoundCloud’s chagrin, there’s a workaround for this…

So, in order to accomplish this, you’ll need to be using Google Chrome as your browser. You’ll be downloading a plugin called SoundCloud Hide which will give you the ability to remove any song or track from your SoundCloud feed. Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Hopefully that helps! And, thanks for stopping by.

How To Sync Your Music Library Between Computers


 

This video outlines the steps necessary to synchronize your music library between 2 or more computers. I use MediaMonkey for my music and media manager, but this method should also work for iTunes, as well.

The software required to use this method is free (other than MediaMonkey). You’ll use FreeFileSync and MP3Tag. Thanks, and I hope this video helps!

 

Some Useful YouTube Search Queries


This video highlights some useful search queries you can use on YouTube. These include finding your videos on other people’s playlists, finding out who has favorited your videos, video responses you’ve made or responses people have made to you, and also finding out if anyone has featured your videos.

Playlists

In order to search to see if your videos are in anyone’s playlists, enter the following in your Google search:

“your username” site:youtube.com/playlist

This will list any playlists which contain videos by you, or any user you put in the “your username” part of the search.

Video Responses

You can also search for video responses. If you’re curious about finding video responses you’ve done, or video responses people have sent to you, you can enter the following into a Google search:

“your username” site:youtube.com/video_response_view_all

This will give a list of every video response which is associated with your username.

Featured Videos

If you’re curious to see if any of your videos are featured on another person’s channel, you can enter the following into a Google search:

“your username” site:youtube.com/user/*/featured

This will give a list of any channels which are featuring your videos. Unless someone else is featuring your videos, in most cases only your own channel will be listed in the search results. The asterisk (*) is a wildcard which will allow you to search any user. If you’re looking for a specific user, just replace “*” with “username.”

Favorited Videos

Finally, if you’re curious to see if anyone has favorited any of your videos, you can type the following into a Google search:

“your username” intitle:”Favorite videos” site:youtube.com/playlist

This works by using the “intitle” command to look for any pages on YouTube that have “Favorite videos” in the title. Specifically, in the “youtube.com/playlist” path. This will give you a list of any people who have favorited your videos, and which videos they’ve favorited.

Hopefully this information was useful, and don’t forget to watch the video. Visit my YouTube channel and subscribe, as well!

How To Search YouTube Comments Using Google


Here is the most recent video describing how to search for YouTube comments. (Updated 10/30/2016)

The below video is the older version which may or may not still work for you…

In the above videos, I explain how to search through all YouTube comments using Google’s search engine. YouTube’s “Comment Search” utility does not function well, if at all. When attempting to use YouTube’s comment search, I found no results when searching for my username.

The method for searching and finding comments on YouTube is actually quite easy. It just took a bit of luck stumbling upon how it was actually done. The basic format for a Google search is as follows:

“Your search term here”* ago site:www.youtube.com/watch

In the quotation marks, you include what you’re searching for in the comments section. The trick is what follows the “site:” command. You include “www.youtube.com/watch,” and this is what tells Google to search in the comments section of YouTube.

The below quoted section is what has changed since YouTube integrated with Google+. There is no longer an “all comments” section, and all comments are actually indexed inside the video’s “watch” url.

If you’ll notice, when you watch a YouTube video and you look in the comments section, you’ll see a link saying, “See all.” If you click that link, you will be brought to a page which contains all of the comments for the video you are watching. Upon seeing that address was similar for each and every video, I decided to try including that web address in my Google search and it worked!

The only problem is that it takes Google a long time to index the results for every single comment on YouTube. In Google’s search tools, you have the option to search for results within the last 24 hours, last week, last month, etc. If you search for comments in the last 24 hours, you’ll probably have a tough time because they probably won’t be indexed yet. Same with comments posted within the past week. It isn’t until you get into the last month and later that you get consistent results.

So, I hope that’s helped some people out with searching for comments. I know a lot of people have been complaining that YouTube’s “Comment Search” doesn’t work, and I’ve come to the same conclusion. Just use Google instead.