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Drumless Versions Of My Latest Live Show!

My latest live performance on my Alesis Nitro Mesh drum set has been one of the most well received videos I’ve done ever on my channel. Down at the bottom of the description there’s a link for drumless versions of all the songs in an Audacity project.

I would absolutely love to hear some of your versions of these songs! Record your own video and send me a link!

Being Non-Binary, and why I look different in so many of my videos

Above is a selection of videos where my appearance is quite different in each video. I’ve had a lot of comments lately of people either making fun of my looks or giving me complements. It doesn’t really bother me when people try to insult me (though I really think you should get help), but I wanted to create this post to help others who may be similar to me in how they handle their personal appearance.

First off, I view myself as an entertainer and educator, and when I am at my best, I am taking very good care of my appearance and presenting myself in my videos in a way (or at least trying) that I feel looks good. Second, I guess I could be described as somewhat non-binary, at least in my fashion choices. I like men’s and women’s clothes. I also wear makeup sometimes. I really don’t think it is a big deal at all, but some people can’t seem two wrap their heads around this concept.

Some of my vids, I’m just straight up lazy, and my hair is sloppy, and I’m basically still in my pajamas, haha. But my more recent videos I’ve been trying to change this. I’m using better mics, and making sure to use my good camera, and when I dress up for my videos, I have been wearing some makeup to enhance the features of my face that I actually like (like my eyes).

Being in the public eye is an odd phenomena. My videos have been viewed close to 2 million times at this point. This doesn’t really make me a celebrity exactly, but still it is quite a lot of people to be looking at, criticizing and judging me based on my appearance. I’m also very into fashion, and enjoy taking risks. Sometimes it works, and sometimes… well, it doesn’t. But you don’t really know unless you try it.

So this is me not apologizing, but saying to those who face similar challenges, that you’re not alone and I’m right there with you.

Thanks to all of you who have kindly supported me and keep me moving forward.

Anthill Recordings Mix Tape Vol. 1

Well, maybe it’s not a real ‘tape’ per se, but I wanted to make some mixes of the music on my YouTube channel, since it is interspersed within a ton of other content.

Some of the videos in here have very little views and were uploaded a very long time ago (one way back in 2010!).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mix. If you want to be included in a future mix, just let me know and send me your link!

I Found The 8-Bit Guy’s Old YouTube Channel!!!

I’m sure if you’re a reader of my blog you know of the famous-ish YouTuber known as “The 8-Bit Guy” previously known as, “The iBook Guy”. He’s a YouTuber that does all kinds of cool retro tech videos and is part of the YouTube Retro-tech Nerd Trifecta of LGR, Techmoan, and 8-Bit Guy.

Anyway, I love a lot of his work and was browsing some weird old YouTube videos about obsolete VGA cameras looking for video samples. While I was watching a video about the this insanely crappy Vivitar Digital Camera, I was suddenly struck with the thought, wait a minute, I know that voice! That’s 8-bit Guy!

And sure enough, if you watch the video for long enough, a much younger, 2007 8-bit Guy reveals himself brandishing a headset mic to give his thoughts on the cheap camera, and it is glorious!

The video is part of the channel called MyPCHelp, and appears to have been a collaborative channel with 8-bit and some of his friends. Their oldest video is back to the earliest days of YouTube and is called “Defeating Spyware – Trailer” (below) and it was published all the way back to December 18th 2006!

The trailer is a good precursor to one of the finest pieces of Internet nostalgia on YouTube, “Defeating Spyware – Chapter 1”.

I really got a kick out of randomly happening upon this channel, and I thought I would share it. This video could easily be remixed into a Vaporwave smash hit I have no doubts.

Booting a vintage iBook G4 from a USB flash drive

I love vintage macs, especially the PPC era macs like the iBook G4, and the Powerbook. For many years I always thought that booting from a USB stick was impossible on these systems, but alas it is very possible and not even that hard! You just have to do things a certain way.

  1. When you’re creating the Mac image on the USB stick, it has to be done in a very specific way. You cannot use a USB 3 stick, nor even a USB 3 port! You must use a USB 2 (or 1) drive and port.
  2. You need to create the USB stick on a Mac, or with Transmac for PC. On a mac use Disk Utility and the restore disk image feature to create the USB drive. In Transmac, open it in administrator mode, then right click the drive you want to put the image on, and select ‘restore from image’. Transmac gives you a 15 day trial, which is plenty long enough to burn Leopard or whatever Mac image you plan on restoring.
  3. Put the usb drive in the iBook, then turn it on and hold down ‘apple key, option, O and F keys right after you hear the mac chime. This will get you to the open firmware screen.
  4. At the command prompt, type: boot ud:,\\:tbxi   If that doesn’t work try boot usb0/disk@1:,\\:tbxi or boot usb1/disk@1:,\\:tbxi
  5. At that stage you should see mac os installation boot starting, if none of those above commands work, you can still try all of the other troubleshooting steps at http://ben-collins.blogspot.com/2010/08/booting-your-ibook-g4-from-usb-stick.html This is the blog post where I got the firmware instructions from to begin with and is probably the best documentation online.

I’m guessing this should also work on later Intel Macbooks in the 2006-2010 era, but don’t have mine anymore to test it, so I’m not 100% sure.

Good luck!