Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Technology Meets [Insert Witty Juxtaposition Here]!


Ahem, so, I can deny it no more... I am an internet addict.

Which is quite ironic to me, since all I knew how to work on my computer before, say, October of this year (if not later) was... Microsoft Word. But since then I have created SO MANY internet accounts! Let's see... facebook, youtube, blogger, formspring, vimeo, livejournal... to say NOTHING of various filesharing websites, such as fileden, mixpod, filefactory, scribd, screentoaster, and others I'm forgetting at the present moment.

This recent obsession, springing from the insane amount of "free" time I have since I am midway through my gap year(s) before college, has also led me to be rather internet savvy, knowing what the hell html and hex coding is and the basics of how to manipulate it for my own purposes, some fundamental hacking and *cough cough* slightly sketchy downloading skills, familiarity with what websites are more useful than others on the web... in fact just all-around knowing my way around the web. Example of the extremity of this change? This summer I couldn't even have told you what a youtube channel was. I remember I once accidentally clicked on a link to what I now recognize as one, and not only had no idea what it was but in fact was afraid I'd come upon some porn. Sigh. Was I that naive?

Anyhow, here's a brief list of my fundamental and most-used sites to update my readers. More posts pertinent to feminism (as opposed to just feminist me) to come. On a related note, the explanation for the recent/ ever since I started blogging lack of regular entries is BECAUSE I have done so much self-teaching on the internet. Not to mention teaching myself how to use imovie and finalcut express, learning what a screencapture is from kelsique, then having to download ishot (found after SEVERAL others were tried) because normal screencaptures don't work during DVD playback, yada-yada. One of my recent favorites is embedding a website within a website, so you'll have to forgive me if this entry takes a bit to load, cause I had the brilliant idea to excessively use this cute little gadget. If it helps, you can click on the title of this post so the only thing on the page is this entry - hence loading is much quicker.

My most recent Video, entitles "A Silent Video Featuring Silent Collages" or... "Silent Collages... With Sound." The first piece is the most beautiful sound and piece known to man.

The following small type is the video description, optional for reading... but then, this entire entry is optional I suppose. But... um, maybe I shouldn't be saying that. Thanks for reading! Er, now I'm sounding needy...

Oops! My Silent Movie Featuring Silent Collages is... not-so-silent. Well, you shouldn't believe everything you read anyway.

This was originally a silent video was created in an attempt to pare down the obnoxiousness of the youtube channel autoplay. But then through excessively harassing Google I found that if you had a soundtrack not advertised by google (with a direct link to itunes), then the autoplay is disabled - yay!

By the way - I have an awesome feminist blog,

A *cough cough* silent video featuring silent collages. You can find most of these images in the following links:

1) I Cannot keepe my wyfe at home; Lute played by Paul O'Dette from the Album "Robin Hood"
2) "Dreaming" by Loudon Wainwright III
3) "Grey in LA" by Loudon Wainwright III

Aright, before I get frisky with my list of major Bemusing Jo Bingo websites, I'd like to exhibit my most recent wonderful web wisdom through a recent accomplishment, a complete make-over of my little sister Koe Halifax's blog - it is a google blog, but the template just didn't fit her right and she so liked the look of my formspring account that she asked if I could fix it up a bit.
Of course she had no idea that it was about a hundred times more difficult to rewrite an entire website's makeup than to set a pre-arranged user-friendly button on formspring to "repeat image background," but what the heck, I decided to do it or die (and as an intense perfectionist to the point of unhealthiness, that is closer to a literal statement than I'd care to tell).

It was really hard, and even once I figured out the background repeat there was a LOT of other things to change both for reading's sake (such as a lighter background behind the writing so that you can actually READ her magnificent (damn her) poems) and for professional-isn't-this-pretty's sake. She picked the image however. If she could, she would be a dragon. Sometimes I suspect she is one secretly.

Well, TA-DAAAA, here it is! Go ahead and click the image if you don't care for the "website within a website" format, or want to bookmark the blog because it is ingenious. - P.S., my favorite poem of hers and of all time is Tribute to Helen Keller, who by the way is one of my three favorite famous figures/ heros: Roald Dahl, Helen Keller, and George Washington Carver.

Okay, now to me me me MY stuff!

NUMBER ONE. Bemusing Jo Bingo! This! What you are reading right now! Isn't it surreal/Outer Limits/Twilight Zone that you can read it within itself since I embedded it? I mean that means for this entry, since I am embedding within, it is... a website within a website within a website within a website within a website.... doesn't that just blow your mind? Like those double mirrors that freaked the hell out of you as a kid. ...Wow, this blog will end up killing my computer, poor thing.

You can click this image for an enlargement to set as your desktop picture.

And of course, by extension, my picasaweb album ... which is all of the images I have ever posted to this blog, quite a number, and a very pretty array if I do say so myself, which I just did. In writing. Not out loud.

Feel free to click this image out of pure curiosity at its detail.

NUMBER TWO. This was actually my first personalized website - blogger was chronologically second, even though it, and not my youtube account, became the main attraction. (You can tell that this is an ego trip entry, can't you...)

NUMBER THREE. Facebook Page for Bemusing Jo Bingo! Gotta love selling out. Just kidding. This was really for convenience - most of my regular readers don't have blogger accounts so they don't receive any email/ other cyber updates when I post, though they do check facebook, so I thought this an easy solution. Plus, as google so cutely puts it, "Welcome to the official Facebook Page of Bemusing Jo Bingo. Get exclusive content and interact with Bemusing Jo Bingo right from Facebook."

And I figured I'd include my cutesy facebook sidebar:

NUMBER FOUR. Formspring. Usually used as a pure outlet for the ego, but in this case... well, it still is, but I'm trying to take each question about my blog and me SERIOUSLY as you will no doubt see if you look (again, click the image for the link if you so choose).

By the way, the donkeyhead woman image is from an Andrew Lang Fairy Tale that is hilarious, "THE STORY OF DSCHEMIL AND DSCHEMILA."

NUMBER FIVE. Vimeo - an account created when youtube threatened after a second (in my opinion, unfair) copyright infringement that the third strike would result in the deletion of my account. So, vimeo will be used for clip compilation videos, which youtube was too squirmy to keep, even though it has PLENTY of them that have remained there for years. Hmph.

And Lastly, a Livejournal account, which will actually be mostly personal and unseen, as I will be practicing with free-writing and a new novel idea that I'd like to keep hush-hush for now - however, I do mean to have the occasional public entry, just for kicks! - So sorry for the completelty blank body embroidered by such a pretty title and sidebar (not the right sidebar - it is a free account so there have to be advertisements, yuck. At least it has the pretty key on top. That's why I'm so in love with google blogger - well, one of many reasons - no advertisements!).

Oh yeah, and all of these websites are on the left sidebar of my wonderful blog that I am SOOO enjoying making, even if no one read it (though please do, readers are welcome) - (and I'll have you know, I created the vimeo and youtube badges on the side myself.)

Okay, to close. My most recent youtube video, not a Bemusingjobingo original (forgive the ego talk. Will resume humility in next post, somewhat) - but a clip of my FAVORITE Frasier moment, and that's saying something, because I own all eleven seasons and it is my favorite show, the Simpsons being second. And they have a LOT of good moments... good premise + good writing + good actors = absolute bliss.

(P.S. A combination of those two loves is in the Simpsons episode "A Brother From Another Series," Season 8, episode 16 - I highly recommend it. The same guys who do the voices for the two brothers in Frasier do the voices of side-show Bob (a recurring character in The Simpsons, who always wants to kill Bart, voiced by my beloved Kelsey Grammer) and Cecil (voiced by the adorable and unfortunate for me, gay, David Hyde Pierce). Here is a link to a decent quality megavideo - um, video of the episode. Catch it before it gets deleted, haha.)

WAIT!! I forgot I learned how to embed megavideo, too! Will my talents never cease! (Thanks for tolerating the ego-trip, if you've made it this far that is.)

Okay, so the megavideo - er, video was deleted, which bites. (The major downside to having a blog - links sometimes DIE! Makes me angry...) Here's another embedding which hopefully WON'T expire:

Ta-ta ,
(notice the similarity to "ta-da" - I just did),

-Just Call me Jo

P.S. Cough cough, to close FOR REAL... a video I saw a while back - a classic, a gem - and pertinent to feminism. I love it so much, the more because I have what is called a "thing" for asian guys (not kidding or exaggerating here), and I am a caucasian.

P.P.S. So much for short posts. Haha... Ha.


  1. HEY I didn't know you did another post. I am DAZZLED by your computer abilities. I would never have the ability to remember all these ways of doing stuff, embedding, using gadgets, etc., nor would I have the patience anyway.

  2. Those fabulous (and at times illegal) skills, I also find bedazzling, and must bow my head in shame for my ignorance. However, I KNOW as you are my most DELIGHTFUL acquaintance, you will teach me at least most of what you have learned (pirating stuff..ahem ahem). You will OF COURSE be obliged or I shall have to set some nasty dragon spells in your ro...ahem ahem. Scratch that last part. I course I was kidding...*evil grin*