Monthly Archives: October 2010

Do you Youtube or Vimeo?

I have been a Youtuber (yes there is such a word according to the online urban dictionary) for the past three or so years and have so far been pleased with the site and the opportunities it gives to up-and-coming film makers to showcase their talents/ lack there of :-).

The only time I got really pissed off was when my video “kiss me” by sixpence none the richer, had the audio muted because of copyright infringement (that law needs to be seriously upgraded, man). In my ever so humble opinion there should be a slight exception to using copyrighted materials on Youtube since most of the videos are for non-commercial purposes. I mean how can they censor a video that celebrates the art of kissing (in all its forms)?

I’ve known about Vimeo for a while now but it never really won me over from Youtube since I really didn’t see the point. Just like I wouldn’t see the point of drinking Pepsi since I’ve been a Cola head from birth. Besides, Youtube IS the mother of all video sharing sites. Some hard-core Youtubers actually claim that if you can’t find a video on Youtube it is either not relevant or unmade.

However these days I find myself drifting towards Vimeo with it’s cooler site design and superior support for HD videos (h.264 format)[great source of material for a video editor like myself]. In fact all videos on Vimeo are in this format making for a very crisp picture and sound quality experience when you’re watching videos.

However watching HD videos in Accra, GH comes at a price. Broadband over here can be very frustrating at the best of times. I use Vodafone‘s broadband internet service.In terms of their customer service (this does not only deal with rude receptionists) I and many other subscribers can testify to their hot and cold attitude to quality service delivery. You can pay for download/ upload speeds of 1mps/ 500kps respectively but at the end of the month receive download speeds of 80kps/50kps on average . No exaggerations, I assure you. Further proof of their dishonest corporate culture is in the false advertisement of their “Fastest Internet Cafe in Africa” internet cafe in Cantoments, their head office in Circle and at other locations.Absolute rubbish.

Vodafone's mascot snail

“Fastest” means I should experience speeds close to the advertised one or on average at least 5mps when network load is at peak and more when it is freer. All sorts of Advertisers Association of Ghana’ code where blatantly broken in the misleading of the public into thinking we were going to be served with 40mps on average when the real package was less pretty(but this a matter for another post).

My point is if you live in Ghana and find yourself having to choose between Youtube and Vimeo (that’s if you needed to make a choice at all) then make it based on your connection speeds. Youtube is friendlier to snail-like broadband speeds and has a larger collection and variety of videos than its rival, Vimeo.On the other hand if you are blessed to have super fast broadband speeds or higher then you should have no problems viewing Vimeo, exclusively.

MY FINAL CHOICE? Split down the middle between the two because of my unreliable internet connection. But I guess in the end I am more of Youtuber and will stay that way for some time too; I’m the loyal type.

Youtuber

One who spends so much time browsing Youtube videos that they have metaphorically taken root, in the manner of a potato or other root vegetable. A couch potato of the new millennium.
“Oh man, I haven’t showered in three days. I’ve just been sitting at my desk with a bag of Cheetos watching Youtube videos!”

“Dude, you’d better watch out you’re about to become a youtuber.”

Source: UrbanDictionary

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Kebab seller opens up his brother

jealousy

 

Upon reading one particular story on Peacefmonline, I was flabbergasted about the reasons given for attempting to waste the life of another human being; and in such a personal way too by using a knife.Not only that but doing it to your own blood. Your senior brother.

Yes, men in times past have maimed, decapitated, scarred, paralyzed or even killed because of infidelity or the slightest hint of it. Jealousy is a very powerful emotion.Equally as powerful an emotion as love and hate. Sometimes even more powerful than the famous pair. Jealousy makes you crave for things you don’t have. Things you wish you had. Things/ people you never appreciated when you had them but will do everything in your power to have them just because someone else places a higher value on them.

Jealousy can lead you to commit a whole myriad of sins. These can range from harmless stalking to murder. From following around an ex-lover to stabbing a cheating wife and her lover in cold blood on the bed. This is not to suggest that men are the only sex prone to disproportionate actions caused by jealousy. Women have also been known to stalk (even stealthier than men) or be as brutal in dealing with unfaithful partners as men.

One lesson gained from reading this story is whatever reasons you would have to take an action do take it after a lengthy logical argument with yourself. Ask yourself two very simple questions; “What would I gain if I walk away” and “What would I lose if I don’t”. Quick fire decisions always lead to regret especially when they turn out for the worst. I mean how would you feel, rotting in prison for life, knowing very well that all you could have done would be to breath in and out, taking that extra second to make your decision before you pulled the trigger.

In the case concerning the kebab assailant, I lay a sizable portion of the blame at the feet of religion and backward traditional beliefs that brainwashed this man so thoroughly that he saw nothing wrong with killing another human being.It is during moments such as these my atheist side takes over so completely that any trace of my theist half is eviscerated.

>>READ THE FULL STORY HERE<< (WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURE INSIDE)

-Duke-

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My Latest Video “LOST”

This is my most recent video that I have on youtube.com. I got inspired to do something after watching inception. Believe me when I say it is one hell of ride as a movie experience. Although it took me a second watch to really get my head around the plot it was still very enjoyable as a movie and as an intellectual experience. So again Christopher Nolan lives up to the bill of having never made a bad movie to date. But I digress…

The video is my interpretation of the film “penrose stairs” with more focus on the main character’s feeling of being lost. I hope you enjoy the weird tone the movie added to the video.

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Funny money in Ghana

Ghana Cedi

Personally I feel completely indignant and embarrassed when the faintest insinuation is made as to the genuineness of my bills. I work hard for my money and when I feel the need or want to spend it I feel completely disgusted when a seller demands to check my money for flaws.

One incident that comes to mind is when a “kenkey” seller consulted other sellers to check whether the crisp GH5 cedi note I had given her was a counterfeit. I felt insulted. I kept wandering if  my nose had a criminal-looking crook in it . In the end my note checked out (after intense scrutiny from a committee of about five other sellers)

I have handled counterfeit money before. I know what a bad counterfeit looks like and the very good ones are practically indistinguishable from genuine currency; that is until you decide to take a closer look. They both can make a big fool out of you when for instance you think you’ve made a GH10 cedi sale only to realize that you are stuck with worthless coloured paper.

This is a global problem and as is stated here, a very big business. This is the ultimate aim of every goon, mobster or gangster walking the planet. To print their own bills. If it was possible, even customize it in the process with a pimped out head shot .

NOTE TO SELF AND OTHERS- Always Check and double check the bills you handle if you are receiving change for goods you buy. If it is possible get a bank cashier to run your cash through a money counting machine if you are receiving physical payment for a major transaction.

-Duke-

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Consistently inconsistent

My inability to be consistent, doggedly so in one particular task for a sustained period of time is causing me great head ache.

I seem to have a chronic disease that prevents me from finishing anything substantial that I start. I write sporadically when I should be doing it on a daily basis. I only sketch when I am hit in the head by an invisible inspiration pebble.

At 25, I am yet to complete any thing of substance that I started well, with a lot of conviction and mental energy. I am losing friends because of the number of times I blow hot and cold. My slight manic-depressive disposition doesn’t help matters either.Controlling the wild side of me is some times like ” having a four year old jumping on your lap”, to quote Michael J. Fox. And when the ultra-mellow side also takes over, it takes a fucking caterpillar to scrape me off the ground.

I am dealing with this though; painstakingly.

And so I have decided to post at least one blog entry every day from now or stop blogging at all. The only time I will excuse myself is if my circumstances prevent me from blogging. A hand injury, interrupted access to the internet etc…

To better days ahead.
-dUke-

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Blogging blues

I seem to be suffering from an acute case of BNS (Blog Neglect Syndrome)

No fear though ( for the people who do find time to read this blog), I will be updating this blog, eventually, but in the mean time I will be spending more time working on the short stories I’ve always wanted to write, learning programming from scratch, learning the ropes of my film editing career, read a whole lot more relevant material than I usually do, especially about black culture and black history since I have realized that my outlook on life and general taste is too white-washed, and also practice DJing on my newly acquired laptop. Sweet.

I will be blogging about the aforementioned things when I do get a working schedule (time table) for the blog and for my personal life.

-Duke-