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.


 

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!

 

Video  —  Posted: August 13, 2016 in Information, Knowledge, Technology, YouTube


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!


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.


TheNobodyPMK And The Meaning & Future Of Humanity

In this episode of “Your Question(s) Answered,” I got 2 questions from TheNobodyPMK. His first question was…

What is the purpose of human existence?

In my response, I claim that because life wasn’t created or designed for a specific purpose, life in and of itself doesn’t have a “purpose.” It’s up to us to find our own purpose, to make our own purpose. Purpose is really just a byproduct of our psychology and is not an inherent property of existence, or life in general.

His second question was…

If we as a species were forced to leave this planet and go colonize on another planet would that be immoral? Unnatural? Are we even intelligent enough to not make the same mistakes we made on this planet?

This question occupied the bulk of my response to him. I claim that humans aren’t intelligent enough to avoid the same mistakes we’ve made in the past. Not only that, but that due to the very nature of existence, struggle and strife are the very basis upon which survival rests.

In terms of the moral question, not only do I think that it wouldn’t be an immoral decision to occupy another planet, but I believe the opposite to be true. It would be immoral not to seek out new planets to colonize. The bottom line is that our planet Earth is going to run out of resources, and if we do nothing to solve that problem, we are at fault for not fixing it. Not fixing it will only lead to mass suffering.

Watch the video to see my responses in all of their glory.

That’s all.


What a crazy few days this has been. It all started with a simple Tweet about what happened to my wife at American Girl Place in New York City on Friday, July 15. And now, I feel like I’ve made her practically famous! I want to say, first of all, that I had no idea that my Tweet would garner this much attention, and that I know a lot of you have been withholding judgment about what happened because I didn’t provide much information on my Twitter account.

To be honest, I had no idea anyone would even want any additional information. I am completely blown away by all of the positive feedback and support my wife and I have received from the tight-knit community of women who breastfeed. With that being said, I want to give you her account (she doesn’t blog) of what actually happened at American Girl Place (609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street, New York, NY 10017). This is what she posted on her Facebook account immediately after it happened…

So, we were at American Girl today and Lainey was really needing to be nursed. She was way overstimulated and inconsolable. So, Sundi found a place with comfy chairs in a semi-private area. Well, this rude woman comes over to me and says, "You need to do that somewhere else. Try the fitting rooms," and walked away.

Well, I went downstairs to the fitting room and asked the woman there, “Can I nurse her here,” referring to my screaming-bloody-murder child at this point. She says, “I need to find out.” She comes back a few minutes later and says, “Go ahead, whatever.” She then continued to talk about me to another worker just outside the fitting room door I was in.

I was crying. I have heard of this happening to other women but have never experienced it myself. How awful…

I’ve read some comments about this story and I have to say that, while I understand some of the skepticism, I feel pretty offended that some people would say that she was probably being “obnoxious,” or that she was being an “exhibitionist.” My daughter was hungry and needed to be soothed. This woman at the store told her that she needed to “do that somewhere else.”

I’ve also read comments about how women need to “get some spine” and stand up for themselves. I don’t know that it would be as easy to do it as it is to say it. Unfortunately for me, I was home because I had to work this weekend, so I wasn’t capable of defending her and her right to breastfeed wherever she decided, and I’m not sure that she knew that it was illegal to force her to feed somewhere else. I didn’t know the law either!

So, while I am disappointed at some of the undue criticism toward my wife, I can understand due to the fact that the whole story really wasn’t made public. I’m hoping that by posting this, some of the more pertinent details have been made clear.

I also, again, want to say thank you to everyone who responded with encouraging words, support and all of the positive feedback. It was really inspiring seeing so many people come together for my wife.

If you’re interested, you can follow my wife on Twitter. She doesn’t use her account that often, but she has been using it lately to read all of the feedback about this. Her account is @jotography. Mine is @XepticalAtheist.

Again… Thank You!


A Question From TOMMYfromtheBRONX

So, this time around I got three questions from 2 different users! I’m moving up in the world! The first question came in from TOMMYfromtheBRONX. Somewhat of a humorous question:

Why am I the coolest, sexiest man on YouTube? I know, but do you? lol

I did my best to answer that one…

ManlySlut, Christians VS Atheists On YouTube, And Debate

The next two questions came from YouTube user ManlySlut. Here’s what he asked…

Question: Since a lot of atheists make fun of Christians on YouTube, there has to be a goal to put all this effort in. The goal, I assume is to rid Christians from the world. So, my questions are, “What is the best means for this?” and “What are the best arguments against Christianity?”

I basically respond by saying that I don’t think that, as atheists or skeptics, our goal should be to rid the world of any type of religious belief or idea. It should be to analyze every claim based on its own merits and determine whether or not it contains any truth value.

One of the major points I address is the fact that no one who is entrenched in a belief system is going to be convinced by any amount of reasoning, evidence or facts if they aren’t willing to change their mind on their own. I talk about how when I was a Christian beginning to question my own beliefs, it wasn’t through any reasoning or evidence explained to me be someone else. It was only through my own desire to understand other points of view and a willingness to open my mind to other ideas that I was able to walk away from my previous beliefs.

When it comes to the True Believers, it’s really pointless to try to persuade them to change their minds. We need to focus on the fence-sitters. People who aren’t sure about what they believe. These are the people who are willing to consider all of the evidence and arguments.

I think that if we (skeptics, atheists, etc.) focus our message on the fence-sitters, we will be much more successful. Not only that, but by making these arguments, evidence, etc., available, they also serve to possibly plant seeds in the minds of the True Believers. Hopefully, over time, the constant exposure to these ideas will chip away at the hardened mindset of these people.

Conclusion

Anyway, watch the video and get a better idea of what I mean.

And, finally, if you’ve got any questions for my next “Your Question(s) Answered” video, you can submit them with this form. I’d be glad to make an attempt at answering them.

Oh, and don’t forget to visit my YouTube Channel (TheSkepticalAtheist) and subscribe! And, if you’re interested, you can visit my fan page on Facebook. I’m “The Skeptical Atheist.”