We now have a YouTube channel

We now have a YouTube channel. We only have one video up so far and have a whole lot to learn about properly editing videos but the only way we are going to get better is to keep creating new ones and learning as we go.

Given how long we have been in the planning stage for our channel, it felt good to get an email from YouTube yesterday with a note saying:

Way to go, We Are Grateful For!
Your video is now on YouTube.
Our first thumbnail for our very first YouTube video. Clicking it will take you to the actual video.
Our first thumbnail for our very first YouTube video. Clicking it will take you to the actual video.

Once we reach 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url which will be much easier to remember than our current YouTube channel url of https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaootiG0s5bgCWPHTzfPi5g.  Since our YouTube channel is linked to our blog, we have named the channel “We are grateful for cats” and hope to get that for a custom url.   Mostly it will be videos of our two rascals but we may occasionally feature other cats on there also.

If you get a chance to check out our channel, we would be grateful for any feedback as it will help us improve.   Neither of us has ever done video editing before so we are learning as we go.

We started out with a music track on the video but took it off as it seemed too loud to me and there doesn’t seem to be any way to reduce the volume of it in Adobe Premiere Elements 15.  How important is it to you for a video to have music?

We are grateful for our new venture because

  1. we love sharing what our cats are up to with others
  2. the challenge will be good for both of us.   It is easier to keep doing what you already know but it is when you learn new things that you force your brain to create new pathways and that keeps it much healthier.

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Pacing

I am grateful that my video editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements 15) arrived yesterday.  I have never done video editing before and am spending time watching YouTube videos about it before I even install the software.

I will be using Adobe Premiere Elements 15 for the YouTube channel we are creating.
I will be using Adobe Premiere Elements 15 for the YouTube channel we are creating.

I need to be careful to find the balance though between keeping a pace that allows me to handle what is already on my plate and not trying so hard to dot every i and cross every t before I start to create videos for our new YouTube channel that it never gets started.

My goal is to find the balance between the wisdom of “We’re all on our own journey and we are exactly where we need to be today” (found at “7 lessons I’ve learned from practicing yoga“) and Roberto Blake’s exhortation to “Just get started.”

 

Today is also the first day of my online four week Autumn Mindfulness and Meditation course with Ram Dass.  I definitely need to make time for that also.    

I am grateful for these reminders on both sides of the equation so that I don’t get too frenzied as my health suffers every time that happens but I also don’t go so slow that every passing turtle and snail yells “get out of the way grandma” at me.

 

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Thank you for the music…

I did not, as some do, “grow up with music.” But music was often in the background, providing a tempo to my life. And over time, certain songs and albums have taken on special meaning for me.

I grew up listening to a certain amount of country music, but mostly, I listened to ABBA, Styx, Supertramp, Alabama, etc. Some of the songs that particularly stuck with me:

  • The Logical Song – Supertramp
  • I Touch Roses – Book of Love
  • Styx – Renegade
  • Styx – Come Sail Away
Two of ABBA's greatest songs
The two songs playing here sum up the optimism that I look for in life.

But ultimately, ABBA probably had the most influence, with two of their greatest songs:  “I Have A Dream” and, well…  the title of this post, “Thank You For The Music”

 

 

 

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One step closer to our YouTube channel

We are still working towards eventually creating a YouTube channel where we can share short videos of our cats’ antics.  We are going with Adobe Premiere Elements 15 as our initial software.

When I checked Amazon for it Tuesday, I was quite happy to find that it was Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day.  I love synchronicity!   We picked it up for 50% off of the regular price, bringing us one step closer to creating our YouTube channel.

It is due to arrive September 21st.  Between now and then, I will continue to spend time watching tutorials on YouTube both on

  1. specifically how to use Adobe Premiere Elements 15, and
  2. starting a YouTube channel.

 

I am grateful to Amazon for the 50% off sale and to all of those who do videos on YouTube to help beginners like myself learn. Most of all,  I am grateful to our cats, without whom we would not have an incentive to begin a new endeavor.   We may be biased, but we believe others will enjoy their life stories and antics.

Johnny's reaction to learning that we are planning a YouTube channel featuring the antics of our two rascals.
Johnny’s reaction to learning that we are planning a YouTube channel featuring the antics of our two rascals.

 

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Grateful For Math!

JaI know, yeah. Nobody really likes math, right? But I am grateful for math and all it does for me!
 
 

Pretty Pictures
Color fractal generated by me!
Color fractal generated by me!

Really simple math, repeated many thousands and thousands of times (which is why we use computers to do it), generates really neat patterns like this one, and so many many others. The same math, extended and used with care, lets movie makers and game designers create amazingly realistic scenery of places that never existed, and ensures no two examples look alike, unless they want them to.
 
 

Calms My Fears

I’m sure most everyone has seen that picture on the Internet claiming to show that radioactive waste from the Fukishima Nuclear Reactors is contaminating the entire Pacific Ocean. It’s got tendrils of angry red sweeping out from a red and purple body trailing around the edge along the West Coast of the USA, and out across the rest of the ocean. Unfortunately, it’s a fake – it’s actually predicted wave heights from tidal waves caused by the earthquake that caused the Fukashima reactors to break down. Yay, Math helping to save lives! But I knew that things weren’t really nearly as bad as that chart was showing, because I did a bit of math in my head about the publicly announced leakage rates (I used the worst ones claimed by the people wanting it to be as scary as possible), and jotted a few numbers to figure out that it would take several trillion years for the Pacific Ocean to be that badly contaminated, by which time the radioactive half-life of the waste would have made it harmless!

Likewise, the scare stories about the Deepwater drilling rig disaster. Sure, in our normal experiences of pumping gas into our cars, it was a lot of oil. But when you compare it to how much water there is in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s just nothing! And since there’s normally oil seeps all over the world in the bottom of the oceans (and even on land – the La Brea Tar Pits, oil seeps in Pennsylvania that led to the first major oil wells being drilled there), there’s bugs that eat oil – and they would be feasting on the oil from the leak. Sure, a lot of it floats – it takes a very small drop of oil to make a really big shiny layer on a pool of water – but a lot of it gets eaten, making bugs that then get eaten by other things. It just wasn’t that big a disaster.

Or the horror of nuclear waste. Again, I dug up the worst claimed amounts of nuclear waste created per year. I made several estimates of the average density of that waste, and figured out how much space it would take up. I was actually rather surprised at how small it is! Then I went and dug up the size of some of the craters from nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s, and did some simple division. Would you believe we could stack all of that waste into just one of those already radioactive craters for over 100 years before it would fill up? And there’s quite a few of those craters still out there…
 
 

Mathematical Puzzles

There’s all kinds of really fun little math puzzles I enjoy. Things like Sudoku, to really odd ones like the Kollatz Conjecture. I trawl YouTube looking for videos on them. Some of my favorite channels include Mathphile, Computerphile, Sixty Symbols, and Three Brown One Blue.

So, really, I love math, and I’m grateful for the beauty and safety it provides me. How about you? Do you hate math, or do you think it can be all kinds of fun?

 
 

Shared Laughter

What I am grateful for today is the strengthening of the bond between Jamey and I that occurs when we share things – in this case shared laughter.

As noted in other posts, 11 month old Johnny, who we have spoiled because we almost lost her as a very young kitten (see Pictures for a bit of her history), firmly believes that anything she wants is hers by right.   She regularly goes on alert when I start to pet Night and often comes over to insist that I should be petting her instead.

Last night, Johnny started to look interested when she noticed that I was petting Night. Jamey told her “if you want, I can pet you too.”   Johnny promptly sat up and changed position – facing away from Jamey and giving a big yawn.   We both burst out laughing at her timing. 

Johnny turning her back to him after Jamey offers to pet her.
Johnny turning her back to him after Jamey offers to pet her.

Jamey said he could just picture her saying “right” in the same tone that Bill Cosby used in his Noah skit.    This used to be a very famous comedy sketch but I don’t know how often it is played now-a-days, so for those who may not know the tone of voice that Noah used when saying “right,” I am including a YouTube video.

 

We would love to hear about something your pet(s) have done that made you laugh.

 

Walmart

Walmart is close and has almost everything we need. That is important to us, since I cannot drive (for medical reasons). I can easily walk over to Walmart when necessary.

Walmart's parking lot
Walmart is only about a 5 minute walk away.

With very few exceptions, they have almost everything we need most of the time so we rarely need to go to any other store.   What we can’t get at Walmart, we usually just get online from Amazon.

 

Our new digital camera / video recorder

Today we picked up an ONN 18-megapixel digital camera with a 2.4 inch screen with 4x digital zoon and a 16 GB SD memory from Walmart that records pictures and videos.  

 

Starting a cat video YouTube channel

I plan to use it for taking more videos of the cats as I do want to start a small YouTube channel based on our cats because

  • they are so central to our lives
  • I think other cat lovers will enjoy their stories
    1. as they both had a very rough start in life and 
    2. being positive for Feline Leukemia, will both have a much shorter lifespan than normal
    3. yet, at this time both are happy and enjoying life and keeping us entertained with their antics

For now, I will be experimenting with the new camera and watching lots and lots of YouTube videos to learn how to start a new channel.    I will also post the cat videos to the blog so that readers can actually see the antics of our cats instead of just reading about them in our posts.

 

We Are Grateful For YouTube Videos

We are grateful for YouTube
We are grateful to YouTube for education, entertainment and music.

Jamey and I both use YouTube for a wide variety of things including:

  • To educate ourselves about topics of interest  – in Jamey’s case, usually science and math and in my case, frugal and organizational tips, historical information plus learning to be a better WordPress blogger.  We both listen to Ted Talks and channels like Today I Found Out.
  • Entertainment – everything from various talent shows to comedy, including our favorite comedienne, Jeanne Robertson.   We hope to see her show in person next year.  Jamey gets a kick out of her “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store” and “Men Don’t Know the Style in New York City,” while my favorite is her 2 part video “Don’t Line Dance in the Ladies Room.”
  • Music – I love the way YouTube suggests related music as I often happen upon an old favorite that I have not heard in ages.

We do have Amazon Prime and also use Netflix but time and time again I find myself turning to YouTube instead as often I am looking for something for just 5 – 20 minutes at a time.

For all of these reasons, today’s gratitude post is dedicated to the folks who give us YouTube.  Thank you to both those who work at YouTube and those who take the time to create and post YouTube videos.  

I have watched many YouTube videos but never created one. That is next on my learning agenda so that I can start to post some videos of our cats playing.