Saturday, October 24, 2015

Assorted Critters


Parm said...

Hey, (music included) that was a nice end to the weekend. Thanks for that.

There were obviously any number of WTF moments, right? Like, as one fer-instance, that 2D giant grasshopper in the airplane museum (or whatever that building/venue was)?

W. "Not a fan of St. Urho for obvious reasons" Biscuit said...

RE: the 2D grasshopper--it's on display at the excellent Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum just outside of Hood River Oregon. I didn't get the story at the the time but a closer look at the interpretive sign near the 'hopper's head says St. Urho's Day.

According to legend, St. Urho chased all the grasshoppers out of Finland by shouting "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen" (Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to hell!)The trailer-ized grasshopper and the Jeep behind it are apparently featured in the annual St. Urho Day festivities on March 16th.

As far as the music track goes--I've been reluctant to add "my own" music lately because a couple of choices have triggered warnings for using copyrighted material. It's weird because some songs will get flagged and others will (seemingly) be allowed without a problem. I don't have any way of telling if there's an issue until after I upload the video. It's a pain to have to delete the offending video and then upload the whole thing again sans backing track.

So anyway, youtube offers a bunch of canned songs as a way to avoid the copyright problem. There is a fairly large library from which to choose, but many of the songs come with associated ads. In this case I was able to pick a track without ads that worked out pretty well. The drawback with using the approved tracks is that they don't match up time-wise with the length of the video. Oh well...

Parm said...

Those darn copyright lawyers.

Actually, just because a song is copyrighted, doesn't mean it can't be played, you'd think. I mean, what if Paul McCartney wanted to post his own little home video using one of his own songs that he owns (rather than stuff owned, say, by Sony); YouTube is gonna tell him he can't use it cuz it's copyrighted? That just begs the real question, which is, do you have the right to use the music.

Granted, their solution probably works a fair amount of the time. As for which songs trigger the warning, maybe they use Shazam to identify the song being used, and then compare that song to some list they have of songs to avoid and songs to just kind of ignore. Some music owner gripes and moans on the record and their songs get added to the "nope" list.

Just random thoughts on a Tuesday night.