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Top Ten (Benign) Stalker Songs of All Time (from my iTunes library)

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Well, okay, maybe not of all time, but at least of the selection that lives in my library of music.

Anchor & Braille — Wedding / Funeral

It’s a song written from the perspective of a guy who is feeling remorseful of letting go of an old friend. It’s for her funeral or wedding ’cause, you know, that’s not creepy.

“I’m a great burning lament to this day
But I realize now you’re in a better place
Hands will tremble
As you’re lowered down the aisle
But you won’t look at me
Not so much as smile
I want to stand up and speak my peace
And let your hollow pieces walk away.”

Dude, you’ve got some emotional issues. I’m seriously considering setting up an eHarmony account for you.

Cascada — Everytime We Touch

Ok, I don’t  think it’s meant to be a stalker song, but this lady is just a bit obsessive… Strangely enough, this video reminds me of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit video, but I prefer this version. 

“I still hear your voice, when you sleep next to me.
I still feel your touch in my dream.
Forgive me my weakness, but I don’t know why
Without you it’s hard to survive.”

If you’re hearing voices, you should seek professional help.

GLaDOS — Still Alive

A song written just for me by a megalomaniacal  supercomputer who wanted to kill me. So sweet.

“I’m not even angry.
I’m being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!”

…anyway, you should play Portal if this makes no sense.

Stellar Kart — Kiss the Girl

Yes, this is a cover of a song from The Little Mermaid. Yes, I have this song in my iTunes library. LISTEN TO THOSE STALKER LYRICS, THOUGH.

“Yes, you want her
Look at her, you know you do
It’s possible she wants you too
There’s one way to ask her
It don’t take a word, not a single word
Go on and kiss the girl”

Death Cab for Cutie — I Will Possess Your Heart

The title says it all. Also, 4 minute guitar intro.

“You reject my… advances… and desperate pleas…
I won’t let you… let me down… so easily.”

I’m sorry, but, um, I’m calling the cops…

The Afters — Myspace Girl

“You asked me what I wanted… I want you!”

Would you like fries with that?

Needtobreathe — Girl Named Tennessee

This one’s just kind of like a failed stalker song…

“Oh, she danced away with my heart and soul
Who she was, I will never know
Danced away with my hopes and dreams
My sweet girl from Tennessee”

In one night, you placed all of your hopes and dreams in a girl? Overconfident, much?

Fall Out Boy — My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

I’m really not even sure. Certainly sounds stalkerish to me…

Owl City — Deer In the Headlights

This was a free download from iTunes. I promise I didn’t buy this…

“Met a girl with a graceful charm,
But when beauty met the beast he froze.
Got the sense I was not her type
By black eye and bloody nose,
But I guess that’s the way it goes.”

No… I’m pretty sure you’re doing it wrong.

Relient K — Faking My Own Suicide

“To get your attention, I’m faking my own suicide…”

Yeah, yeah… that’ll do it.

And those are the stalker songs from my music library. What’s your favorite stalker song?

~XK

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The Top 10 (clean) YouTubers

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Just as much as the next college kid, I really like funny YouTube videos. I happen, however, to be quite picky with my humor. I hate all of the videos that too-often glorify human anatomy, use words that make old ladies blush, or just generally fail to keep their content clean. I’ve listed my favorite clean YouTube video makers below.

1. Rhett and Link (RhettandLink)
My favorite YouTube video makers are two guys from my home state of North Carolina. They make incredibly random videos, but they are extremely funny. They also have a daily morning video podcast on their secondary channel that’s quite amusing.

2. Julian Smith (juliansmith87)
In a very close second to Rhett and Link is Julian Smith. Julian has produced some of my favorite videos. He has a unique sense of humor, and his film style is fantastic. This video even features Rhett and Link.

3. Mystery Guitar Man (MysteryGuitarMan)
This fellow is a new addition to my favorites list, but his videos are really entertaining. In addition to guitars, he often takes ordinary objects and makes music with them. He uses stop motion techniques quite often.

4. Mike Tompkins (pbpproductions)
This guy makes some of the best voice and mouth music you will ever see. All of the music that he makes is made entirely by sounds he makes with his mouth (with a fair amount of autotuning). Quite impressive!

5. The Slow Mo Guys (theslowmoguys)
As the name implies, this channel consists of two guys who shoot slow motion video. They have a super nice camera with which they film, so their videos are top-notch (slight language is very occasionally used.)

6. AndrewMFilms (andrewmfilms)
This guy really likes to play with special effects, and I enjoy watching his videos. He has a good sense of humor, and his effects are getting ever-better.

7.The Piano Guys (ThePianoGuys)
Some of the best music on YouTube. Period. The videography is great, as well.

8. Corridor Digital (CorridorDigital)
These guys, aside from FreddieW, are some of the best special effects artists on YouTube. It’s easy to forget that these are YouTube videos and not mainstream productions.  (Warning: can be quite gory and occasionally use language.)

9. Freddie Wong (freddiew)
I hesitated to put Freddie’s channel on this list, as his videos sometimes are not “clean,” and I said this was a list of clean YouTubers. Overall, his videos are really sweet. He has very nice special effects, and a good sense of humor. (Warning: His videos are often gory and sometimes have foul language.)

10. Tessa Violet (MEEKAKITTY) & NANALEW (NANALEW)
These two are really funny, and their channels provide great light entertainment. Tessa has a really random video blog that she occasionally updates. When these two get together to make music videos, the results are really entertaining.

11. JeffChrisJosh (JeffChrisJosh)
Ok, maybe I’m cheating a little bit here, but I have to throw this channel in. This is my friends and my channel, and we really don’t know what we’re doing. Expect some much better videos this summer, though, most likely to be inspired by Julian Smith/Rhett and Link.

There you have it! Twelve of the best YouTube channels out there! (In my opinion, anyway.) Keep in mind that I had a really hard time deciding which videos to post to represent the channels. A lot of these guys post in many different styles, so I encourage you to check out their other videos. Who did I miss? Do you make videos? Feel free to leave your favorite channels in the comments.
~XK

How To Make a Webcam Time Lapse

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Once again, I am straying from my normal mode of posting randomness to bring you a tutorial-type post. In this post, I am going to lay out my method of using a webcam, a laptop, free software, and Sony Vegas 9 (or freeware programs) to make a time lapse video.

First of all, I have a fairly good webcam, a Microsoft Studio, that is capable of shooting 1080p video and taking 8mp still shots, so the results of your time lapse will vary with the quality of camera. Various free programs exist that allow you to make time lapse videos, but most of them are either buggy or limited in function; I couldn’t use Tilaphos to shoot in HD, and Booru is pretty buggy.

The solution to my problem lay in a very simple method of image capture. The laptop is not able to be used for other functions while it is capturing the image, but that was no big deal to me. My solution is to use a software auto-clicker to press the photo button at a certain interval.

  1. Download the auto-clicker here. (This is safe software that I’ve had no trouble with; no installation is required.) Unzip the .zip file and save the folder to a location that is easy for you to find.
  2. Open your webcam software and browse to a screen that shows a capture image button. For those of us with Microsoft webcams, this is a little image of a camera.  
  3. Once you have opened the software and have your webcam pointed at your subject, open the auto-clicker. Set the point at which you want the mouse to click by clicking “Locate” and then clicking on the image capture button.
  4. Set the time interval (how often the software will capture an image) in the “Click Interval” section. The units are milliseconds, so if you want to take a picture every 5 seconds, set the first number to 5000. Ignore the second number, and leave the “To” box unchecked.
  5. Make sure that “Left Button” is selected, and set the number of clicks if you wish. (If you set the interval at 5000 ms, and you want to record for an hour, set the value to 720. Click the Start button and let take pictures for as long as you want.
  6. To turn your images into a time lapse in Sony Vegas, open the program, go to Options > Preferences > Editing, and set the “New image still length” to .050. When you insert the images into your timeline, the images will be the right length to play back at 30fps. Tweak your output settings to whatever you want; I set mine at 8mbps 1080 30fps in .wmv format.
  7. Alternate: If you do not have Sony Vegas, here is a tutorial detailing how to make a time lapse with various free programs. I recommend using Virtual Dub.

Here’s the result!

Have fun! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
~Chris