8/24/2009

Youtube linking tutorial

I thought I'd write a very small guide with some handy links for posting Youtube links, let's get right into it:

Long links:

Often Youtube will tack on information to the link, information you really don't need and that makes the link unnecessarily long. Let's look at two examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp1Lap5JCQo&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ_Kip3FP0Q&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmonkeysforhelping.blogspot.com%2F&feature=player_embedded

Basically, all you need is the link up to the first & mark, just strip the rest off, as such:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp1Lap5JCQo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ_Kip3FP0Q

There, doesn't that look much nicer?

Selecting the format:

Some videos will be available in a higher quality/higher resolution. You can tell from the lower right corner of a video having a small button reading either HQ or HD:


Now, all you need to watch the HQ or HD version (High Quality has a higher bitrate i.e. looks better; and HD also has a higher resolution (larger picture)), is to click that icon, but what if you want to let the recipient see that version automatically? Just tack on '&fmt=18' at the end of the link for the high quality version, or '&fmt=22' for the HD version, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h88uhmlANyU&fmt=22

and they end up on the better version available automatically.

Linking into a specific moment in a video:

Sometimes you want to show off something that is in the middle of a video. No problem, you can do that too! Just tack on #t=XXmYYs to the end of the video. Where XX is the number of minutes into the video, and YY is the number of seconds. Here's an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjdvQI7B77Y#t=01m35s

Note that you can combine these tricks, but the time have to be at the end like this, where we both specify that we want to watch the HD version, and jump into the a specific moment of the clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h88uhmlANyU&fmt=22#t=01m10s

So, there you have it!

4/15/2009

And there she is!

Spring. Slow as molasses but sure enough - there she is! Rubbing her eyes and stretching her arms while yawning wide enough to scare the flowers out of their sleep in the ground. Winter has been one gothic emo girl this time around and she has been in a constant state of fluxuation, earning her the name Urban Slush Puppy in my book. Spring seems perky and willing to wake up though and we went from just a few degrees Celsius, to a whopping +16 in just a few days. Granted, as I type this it's just +3 and 6 AM, but you got to hand it to her, that was a commendable effort on her part!

Now I just wish for the gravel to be swept up so I can see if my inlines are still usable at all. That and a cup of tea, but the latter can easily be procured.

Good morning Spring - you've been sorely missed!


1/03/2009

A slightly surreal trip

I've disliked Holidays for many years now, mainly due to the fact that my relation to my parents and siblings are utterly broken and only held together by blatant denial. Let's just say I don't approve and do not wish to participate in any games of faux holiday joy which only leaves me feeling drained, sad and bitter. This year was really OK though and I have several friends to thank for this. I am currently on my way back home to Gävle after being a guest of Gaijin. With five hours to go and recuperating after food poisoning I will try to nap now.

Posted by ShoZu