mintbbb's Sift Talk Posts




Time to start thinking about a song and icon/badge-thingy..

for our awesome @PlayhousePals! She is very close to reaching Galaxy. Please everybody, check out her pqueue (http://videosift.com/member/PlayhousePals/pqueued)

[or arrenged by votes (thanks @oritteropo for the format.. got it formatted right for her pquque after a little mishap! ) )) (EDIT: now it is correct! http://videosift.com/search?q=&t=v&u=playhousepals&s[]=r&o=hivotes&vmin=&vmax=&sh=&l=&n=&b=&submit=Search)

to give some extra boost!

I apologize for a messy post - it has been a while since I have done any html.. or VS posting

The Making of Star Wars (Enhanced Edition)

Hihi,

just thought I'd drop by to recommend this (I have not been around lately, so maybe somebody has already talked about this.. in that case, my apologies)

The Making of Star Wars (Enhanced Edition) [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video] by J.W Rinzler, on Amazon as a kindle book for $12.99. The best thing is that if you have an iPad or a new(ish?er?) Kindle, you can see lots of cool video clips. You can still get ithe book itself (with lots of pictures) on an Android tablet, but it won't have the 'Enhanced' material (videos, audio interviews)

I am a big SW fan (until the prequels came), and to me this book is totally fascinating. It tells how Star Wars came to be, all the crazy ideas of making Luke a girl, about Anikin Starkiller and what the first drafts of Chewbacca looked like.. I am not even half way through the book yet, but I am enjoying it a lot, and hoping to save the best parts for the Holidays!

Anyway, Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to all VS!

Storm Diaries - How is everybody doing?

Since Sandy is about to hit, I am sure there are VS people who are affected by the 'storm of the century'. I guess, if you are in a very bad spot, you should already be somewhere else and can't get to VS, or at leasts that's not your priority. I just hope everybody is safe!

But how are things near everybosy? Here in the middle of Ohio, the wind is picking up and getting naasty, and we are not even in near the areas to be the biggest hits. News have been forecasting high wings and power outages because if that (so I better post this before cable goes down). Mr NetRunner is still at work, and he is probably already tired of me IMing him about when can he leave and just come home. But the wind is getting crazy. I do hope my worries about having to rake my yard will be taken care of, though..

I went to the store this morning. Surprisingly I was able to get batteries. Although, if things go like with previous bad storms, the batteries ands flashlights run out only after the storm has hit and most people have their power out.

I have learned my lessons. I have at least 10 flashlights stashed around the house. Luckily we have had gas still working even after the power had gone out. A few years back we were out of power for about 5 days. Gas stove top worked, so I was able to make coffee and heat stuff up, and showers were hot. Luckily that was a September outage, so no heat, nor air conditioning were needed. We read a lot of books during that blackout And grilled! That was not too bad. If there is an outage this time, I don't think it will be that nice..

Anyway, I hope everybody is fine and safe. If you have any 'urban survival' tricks or stories, it would be nice to hear then

Take care!

The Rubies are Coming! Well, they are here already!

Lots of new gems lately, and I am not sure I am keeping up (since I am never up to date on anything anyways..) But the ones I have noticed that JUST got their ruby are:

Norsuelefantti! - Another Finn (Yay! Yay! Yay!)
Lurgee!

Also

Spoco2 got a ruby several weeks ago,
moodonia got a ruby a little over a month ago.

I am hoping both are still celebrating!

Congrats to all the rubies, and sorry if I/we have forgotten anybody! Just post a comment, and I'll add them to here, and apologize for not noticing

And Seltar hit Gold about a week ago, yay!! Keep up the GOOD work, you are on a roll!

Please Holler/Post about any other gems - like I said, I am not the most up-to-date person here, but I thought I'd post, since this is all well worth celebrating!

Good job, keep the vids coming!

I just found this site: http://www.oddee.com/

Too bad they don't have videos (or at least I haven't found any yet), but they have some funny pics!

Like:
12 Unluckiest Moments Caught On Camera: http://www.oddee.com/item_98137.aspx

Not the funniest site I've ever been to, but it will keep you occupied for sure

'Oddee™ is an entertainment blog on oddities, attracting well over two million unique visitors each month. Focused on the odd, bizarre and strange things of our world, its daily articles and sections explore subjects from Science to Advertising and Technology; over 15 million pages are read at Oddee™ every month. '

For all you exhausted people out there, here's cuteness!

I have the flu during Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend for the second year in a row. I am exhausted after cooking, and I am not even working at the moment. I salute all you people who had to work during Thanksgiving/right after Thanksgiving/on Black Friday! I hope you all got to spend at least some quality time with your loved ones, and had a great meal!

My turkey turned out pretty good this year, despite the flu. But it started a week ago, so the worst is over. I am still coughing like a horse(!?), and so is NetRunner. We don't usually get sick at the same time, but this time we did. He got sick about 2 days after me. Our home is filled with joyous noises of coughing and constant nose blowing! Lovely!

I feel for this grasshopper. He either is confused, or has a headache (like me! Coughing all the time sucks!)



Anyway! I promised some cute photos, so if you can take all this syrupy goodness, here are some links!

Warning: Arctic Fox Pups Are Obscenely Cute
http://www.buzzfeed.com/catesish/warning-arctic-fox-pups-are-obscenely-cute

World's Cutest Sleeping Animals
http://teddyhilton.com/galleries/index.php?pgid=7565

Cats Planking! Need We Say More?
http://teddyhilton.com/galleries/index.php?pgid=7205&category_id=newest&category_start=0&category_end=4

Baby turtles vs. strawberry
http://hungeree.com/?p=3548

Artist discovers the 'REAL' Angry Birds - computer whizz brings app birds to life
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059410/Artist-discovers-REAL-Angry-Birds-Kerala-India.html

And the funniest dog story ever!:

Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/dogs-dont-understand-basic-concepts.html

Fun with my new VS Decals!

I received my Pumpkin contest award decals yesterday, and promised Lucky I'd take some photos of them.


They are really easy to just stick and remove. I do not know how they work, but they are not glue-like sticky, they just .. stick. And peel off! They leave behind no residue, and 'can be reapplied up to 30 times'!

I got 2 small ones and one big one. The small ones are about the size of my LG Optimus:


Unfortunaterly I can't stick one to my phone, since it would cover the camera in the back


It was such a grey day and I couldn't get good pictures. The flash seemed to eat away all the color of the decal, so I ended up not using a flash. That's why the photos are a bit dark.

Here's one sitting in the back of a monitor:


On a tablet cover:



And the last one, pretending to be a refrigerator magnet:


Unfortunaterly my car is quite dirty right now, so I didn't stick the bigger one on the car window yet. The bigger one is definitely large enough for that (there's a pic on Lucky's post about the decals).

If anybody else has gotten decals, snap some photos and link them here!Hopefully your pics are better than mine. I really like the decals, and like I said, they are extremely easy to remove, yet they stick to things really well

Thanks for the decals, I will try to be creative and find many fun spots for them!

Boise_Lib gets his Ruby Slippers! Well, got them a bit ago..

This post is a bit late, since he got his ruby about a week ago, but I feel like it definitely deserves a sift talk post! I know DH NetRunner wanted to do a congratulations post, since Boise_Lib sifts a bunch of the political stuff. But so far Net has been too busy with RL and work, and not near a computer when I reminded him. So I just decided to post this when I had a free moment. I know Boise_Lib sifts a lot of fun non-political stuff too, so everybody in the sifts should at least know his name!

Boise_Lib has been around for a few years, but I think he just all of a sudden decided to become a super-sifter, and he has been on the top15, he has earned himself level 52 necromancer, level 27 thumbnailer and level13 assister, among other things. He seems to always be ready and happy to throw some qualities and promotes on your way, and he is just super nice, and a GREAT sifter!

Let's all bow down and congratulate him, I have a feeling that a diamond isn't too far into the future, and then some!

Congrats on your Ruby! Keep up the good work!

How to have more people entering VS contests?

I love the contests VS has been having, and I will do my best to enter as many as I can The prizes have been fabulous (the coolest I won is the http://shop.videosift.com/product/The-OCD-Chef-Cutting-Board) and I don't think it is that hard to submit an entry (I suck at pumpking carving and yet ended up carving one anyway ) - in most cases you have needed to sift a video of the subject, take a photo or video, or just post a facebook link!

Yet the number of participants has been pretty small - just 6 in the OCD giveaway, 6 in the pumpking carving.. Even the member-arranged cheesefest had less cheese this year I think.

We have a fabulous community here, and I'd love to see more people entering the fun contests. Like I said, the prizes have been fabulous, and the contests are FUN! The scavanger hunt was driving me nuts, but it was fun!

HOW to encourage more people to enter? I was thinking that how about a BADGE! We have badges for doing all sorts of things that help VS out, why not give badges also for entering contests. It seemed like the LoungeLizard badge added people to the Sift Lounge

Hey, you could even have a contest to name the badge!

Thank you for reading. Badge or not, I hope more people will enter the future contests, because I don't want them to end just because they don't draw in too many sifters!

Oh Sweden, and your moose..



Sorry, but as a true Finn I have to post some articles about Swedish things that are just .. silly

(And I think Elks are moose that live in North America, but still, a moose is a moose. This is a moose!)


The Local: Drunken elk desperate for just one more mouthful of fermenting apples lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden.

When Per Johansson of Särö, south of Gothenburg, returned home from work on Tuesday it was dark outside and the rain was coming down hard. Suddenly Johansson heard a bellowing noise from the garden next door.

“I thought at first that someone was having a laugh. Then I went over to take a look and spotted an elk stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground,” Johansson told The Local.

The unfortunate elk was desperately entangled in the tree’s branches and was kicking ferociously as Johansson approached.

“I thought it looked pretty bad so I called the police who sent out an on-call hunter. But while we were waiting, the neighbours and I started to saw down some of the branches and then the hunter arrived with a saw as well,” said Johansson.

The group tried to make the elk more comfortable but to no avail.

It wasn’t until the fire brigade arrived on the scene and managed to bend the tree to the point where the exhausted elk could slide out of the branches that the animal was finally freed.

According to Johansson, it looked very much like the elk was severely drunk after eating too many fermenting apples.

Drunken elk are common in Sweden during the autumn season when there are plenty of apples lying around on the ground and hanging from branches in Swedish gardens.

While the greedy animal was reaching ever higher to reach the delicious but intoxicating fruit, it most likely stumbled into the tree, getting itself hopelessly entangled in the branches.

And from what Johansson could gather, this particular animal had been on a day-long bender.

“My neighbour recognised it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day. She was pretty sure the elk was already under the influence,“ said Johansson.

When the inebriated elk was freed, it lay for a while on the ground, seemingly unconscious.

After emergency services had ascertained that the animal was still alive, Johansson was told to keep an eye on it and call the hunter straight away if it seemed to be suffering.

But by the morning the hungover animal had stood up and cautiously moved a few metres away.

After a while it went on its way, although Johansson suspects it is still skulking around the neighbourhood.

“We often see elk stuffing their faces with apples around here but this is the first time we found one perched in a tree,” he told The Local.


iframe? wtf is iframe? can I embed them?

Hihi,

I browsed the sift talk a bit, but didn't find an answer - well, a definite one anyway..

. Maybe I am just totally not into code and I can't figure out what to change, if anything can be changed to use an embed with <iframe crap> ..

I know Vimeo changed to using iframe thibngs as a default, but they still let you get the old 'normal' embed. ("This is our new embed code which supports iPad, iPhone, Flash and beyond. Don't like change? Use the old embed code instead." )

I just went to 'The Onion' site today and wanted to submit something and the embed started with '<iframe...> That, of course gave me the 'The embed code you submitted does not appear to be valid' when I tried to submit my video..

SO! Anyway: My questions:

Will VS start supporting iframe embeds.

If not, is there a way to change that embed manually to make it VS compatible?

Is there a way to have a not-so-coding-or-computers-wise (= dumb as a boot when it comes to code, like me) people to submit iframe embed to VS?

Oh, and can we have a *notadupe command too?

Pretty please! I know you guys are busy, but you are also smart and those things would make life easier for little sifters like me

*sits and begs*</iframe></iframe>

Break.com embeds not working!?

I just posted a video from Break.com: http://videosift.com/video/How-Not-To-Do-A-Motor-Swap. When you try to play, it just spins and spins. The original is definitely a working video.

I found some other videos of mine from Break acting the same way. Luckily I was able to find most of them from YouTube and just swapped the embeds. But none of the sources were dead. They are all active.

Since I am no coding person, I don't know if there is something wrong with the embeds or what.

I am not looking forward to finding replacements to all my videos from Break.. So any help/insight would be appreciated!

A Quick 'This Would Be A Nice Avatar' post

I do love, love, love http://pictureisunrelated.com/

One of the pictures there was:

http://pictureisunrelated.com/2010/08/01/wtf-photos-videos-right-back-at-you-dr-angrius/

I am SURE there are people on VS who would love to make that as their avatar pic - Or am I wrong??

ANYWAY, just wanted to post it, just in case.. it just seems VS'ish..

AAh hah, I obviously have forgotten how to post an image file..


Thanks for welcoming me back 'home'! :)

I became a sifter for a little 2 years ago. Now that I check, I find Lucky's post (http://happy.videosift.com/talk/MintBBB-in-the-Weekly-Top-Users) that's dated 2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago. My first sifing milestone After that I was sifting like a crazed person, got my crown and burned out about a year ago.

I took a looong break. I was gone about a year, but now I am back. At first I was a bit disoriented with some of the new channels and changes - backup embeds, badges.. But I started sifting, because I missed VS And because Choggie is gone, again. Hope for good. Nothing personal, chogster, but I do not want to be in VS if you are still here. You were not mean to me, actually you were quite nice, but I do love my DH NetRunner and you and him didn't get along to say it nicely..

ANYWAY!

I just want to thank everybody who has welcomed me back.. who was asking me to come back during my break.. who has been voting for my weird selection of videos and checking out my pqueue Who's upvoting and commenting and making me feel good to be back!

I cannot ask for a better start! I saw people having badges and was wondering if I'd ever get any, now that I've been gone. But it didn't seem to be a problem. I've even gotten a bunch of #1 videos, and now I feel guilty for coming back and doing so great!

Don't hate me because I am beautif.. I mean successful! Just kidding!!!!

Again, I just wanted to say thanks for your support and for the warm welcome. I hope to be sifting for a long time and trying not to go crazy and burn out! Oh, and me and Net have been on vacation for the last 2 weeks. That's why I have been able to grab good embeds every morning Back to work tomorrow (part time tho, yay!), so I might slow down.

I will promise to try to vote for more stuff, and even *gasp* comment every now and then. Try, that's all!

Love you all!

- Mint

Cutting down my VS time - Thanks Everybody

I did sift tons for a while, I enjoyed it, and thanks for all the votes I got I even got my crown, and got to be #5 of all time! It was fun, exciting and I loved it!

Maybe I am just generally depressed atm, but I don't feel like going out and finding any videos to sift. I never was active on commenting, so that won't change... But right now, I just don't think I can find anything to sift, and I can't even come here to watch the stuff people submitted, because I am just burned out.. or depressed, or something..

I am sorry I am cancelling my charter membership for now. But if I am not active, my little barista paycheck can't really afford too much. Especially when I have cut down my hours at work because I feel like I am going to have a nervous breakdown if I work over 20 hours a week.. NetRunner is fine so far, he's working just fine and making most of the money for the household, but I can't make him pay for my addictions, especially when my addictions are not very stable..

In any case, I want to say THANKS, Thanks, and thanks..! It has been fun! I love this place, and I hope to be back, and sane one day soon. I am so sorry I haven't upvoted more, checked out more submissions, sponsored more newbies.. Good Lord, I should not be crying when I am typing this, but I feel like I am saying goodbye to a friend.. even if most of the people here never even knew me.

Like I said, I love this place, I might be back and be active, I might be back and just submit a video every now and then.. I don't know.. I just want to stay sane

- Mint

OMG! Time to Celebrate! Gratefulmom gets her Gold-100 Star!



Thanks rasch187 for the fabulous picture! I would have let him make the post had I known he already made a pic like that! He's AWESOME! (yes, I am editing like crazy..)

BUT:

Time to celebrate! VS is up and running, and Gratufulmom is sifting tons of good videos faster than you can say 'issiftbotsentient'!

She is a big fan of Grateful Dead and Phish, but in addition to music videos, she also submits cool science stuff, politics, Gordon Ramsay, TV, stand-up. I always find her sifts enjoyable.

My favorite is Supernatural- Teddy Bear Suicide clip, because I am a big fan of Supernatural too!

Also take a look at her pqueue, and give those a vote!

And like I said, just a very short time ago when she got her Gold Star, so good to have more active females here!

YAY and Congrats Gratefulmom! Keep up the good work, and start thinking about what channel you'll make. It won't take long!

OK, my video is just in my Pqueue..

Actually, it isn't that bad. It means you are the FIRST person to submit it to Videosift! And what I love about VS is that there are no multiples, like in YouTube etc. You submit your video, and it stays here, for forever (please ChipIn and donate - no, this isn't a paid advertisment by VideoSift Fundraiser, I just hope VS will stay!)

There are lots of hidden gems in VS! Not all of them get actually sifted, but they are there! I need to remind myself of this every time my video goes to my pqueue. It is still here! You can beg, or hope others will find it and promote.. But whenever you search for whatever, you will see all submitted ones, not just the ones that were 'sifted'!

Getting one sifted just grants a little bonus, a star point. Get enough star points, and you get noticed more. But we ALL should pay more attention to the pqueue ones, including myself. Just that instead of checking out YouTube, you could see if the video you are searching for is in VS. IF so, and if it is not 'sifted' yet, just give it a upvote! Well, give it an upvote anyway! Cleaning up eric3579's dead videos list made me see what fun/cool stuff stuff we have here! Yes, that reminds me, also check the deadpool often!

Probies, also.. just keep trying to submit videos! It is great that you just want to be here and comment, but I am sure it won't be TOO hard to get a video sifted if you try. get rid of your 'P' and have 2 slots to submit!

Give me, or any other willing (Who's volunteering??) sifter a distress call, and we can promote your video. Unless it is total crap, or a self-link, or a monkey-frog sex video!


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