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Once again, Osho International has claimed old news footage as their own on YouTube and is using this to block my Rajneeshpuram video. It seems unlikely that they have bought the rights to this old footage, but rather are doing this to censor discussion about their failed commune and the brutal actions of some of their old members. I'm going to do what I can to bring it back online. So far, I've attempted to blur the section, but that doesn't seem like it will help. YouTube has offered to let me trim out the section completely, but I would be remiss to do so, as that section includes the fact that Sheela ordered a woman's uterus removed and people drugged until they agreed to stay. I'm going to spend a couple of hours looking into this, but if I can't bring it online quickly, then I may have to just finish my new video and then try to get the Rajneeshpuram video back up afterwards.
Hello everyone! In case you missed it, I'm doing a short, week-long stream series where I make tea and bring on guests to chat for a little while as I answer questions about Down the Rabbit Hole. Feel free to join, it's occurring every day at 1pm PST until Thursday.
An EP for which I played the hurdy gurdy is now available, named "Answerer." This project is the brainchild of the composer for Down the Rabbit Hole, Ryan Probert, who took my improvisation and turned it into five experimental electronic pieces. The one exception is Track 3, in which he gave me sheet music to use. Still, on every track, the goal was to create an "organic" feeling, which was an interesting challenge given the mechanical nature of the instrument.
Basically nothing. I've essentially taken the week off as I wait for my research assistant to get through the book, which isn't a dig at them at all since it's quite thick and they're doing this in between their day job, but it has left me twiddling my thumbs a bit. It's been an absolute treasure trove of obscure information and totally worth the wait, and it should only take another day or two, but I'm bored, so I'm probably just going to start up on the script again which MIGHT be a waste of time since I might have to alter a ton of it later but whatever, I want to write and I'm getting antsy.
Arcaxon is making excellent progress on the graphic design front, creating quite a few new assets. They should be ready well before I'll need them.
Right now, I'm facing a rather difficult decision, and I'd like to hear the opinions of my patrons, since you all are a large part of what allows me to make my videos full-time.
As many of you have seen, I've begun to branch out just a little bit in my free time, experimenting with other forms of interaction with my viewing public. Shows like The Warrens and joining people like Jabroni Mike for livestreams have become something that I enjoy doing every so often. These are things that, barring some sort of catastrophic event, will never supplant or impinge upon the production of Down the Rabbit Hole; it is still very much my passion, and that passion has only grown with time.
However, I am afraid that these instances of more candid speech are betraying the expectations of conduct and behavior that my viewers have come to expect from me.
And so, I'm asking all of you: how does this extraneous content make you feel? I'm certainly not asking any of you to make the decision for me, but rather, I'm curious as to what your gut reaction might be as an individual viewer.
Only one question per person, please! Leave your question as a comment to this post and I'll answer it in a video. Question collection closes after a week.
Happy new year, everyone! I just got back from my holiday break, and I can't even begin to describe how much better I feel. 2019 was difficult in many different ways for me, but I'm reinvigorated and excited to get working in a way that I haven't felt in a long time.
This raises the question: what's coming next?
#1 on the list is catching up on Patreon audiobooks. I've been behind for a while, and I'm excited to be back and up-to-date on them.
#2 are the Patreon Q&As. Later today, I'll be posting the question collection for the Purr Cat Cafe video, and after the audiobooks, I'll be answering the questions in the Wings of Redemption Q&A in an Other Channel video.
#3 will then be the next video. I've got a weird bit of recent history lined up that I think most people don't know about, and I'm very curious to see what everyone thinks about it.
I'll also intermittently be working on a... rather strange project that I have lined up, which you all will hopefully get to see in a few months' time. The Warrens will also see its second episode recorded in the near future, which will be on Mobility Mary. Mike's been chomping at the bit to do this one, and I can't blame him for it.
Thank you all for helping me make it through 2019. While I was in a bad place mentally, I feel like I produced some of the best content I've ever made in this time period in spite of that, and I have all of you to thank; the fact that I have a more stable revenue stream means that I can take my time with these videos and make them the best that they can be, and I can use my capabilities to their fullest. I love my job, so thank you all for helping make it possible.
Let's make some weird shit this year.
Episode 1 of a new podcast with Jabroni Mike where we look at weird and dumb things. To kick things off, we learn about... how to mix alcoholic drinks with semen.
Hi everyone! Just a little progress update to let you all know I'm still alive. This last video was surprisingly exhausting so I decided to take a little bit of time off. Sort of. I'm catching up on Patreon content. I'll be all caught up this week which is exciting and then I'll be back to work on the next episode. I plan on it being a shorter one this time around, somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Thank you all for bearing with me!
And if you're new from the Wings video: welcome! Thanks a ton for supporting me; the stability that my patrons provide is fantastic and lets me take my time on Down the Rabbit Hole to make it what it is today.
I have officially dropped the price of the Audiobook tier from $10 to $5! This change is retroactive, so anyone who pledges this amount will get the 11 audiobooks previously published under that tier.
If you were at the $10 audiobook tier, it is now technically deleted; Patreon recently made some backend decisions and decided you have to declare what tier you want, so those already pledged at that tier will have to re-select the Audiophillic tier to get access to the audiobooks again.
Hello everyone! This is a public call to ask all of you what YOU would like to see in a $5 tier. It's something I've been putting off and I'd like to have it ready before the new video's out to provide people with something a little less extreme than the bump from $2 to $10.
Leave your ideas for a $5 tier in the comments!
As you might know, the composer for Down the Rabbit Hole, Ryan Probert, will write sheet music for my more musically-inclined patrons in case you want to try your hand at playing them yourself! This is the sheet music for the section in the Hurdy Gurdy episode speaking about the movement of the instrument to the beggar class, a gorgeous, slow piano piece. If you record yourself playing, PLEASE let me know! Enjoy!
Hello everyone! I am at long last mostly recovered and feeling human again. I mentioned this in the Patreon Discord as well, but I just returned from a trip to Austria to spend time with a friend where, ironically, I caught a cold exacerbated by my still-raw throat. It has been a bit of a brutal month.
However, work on the next video forges onward. Unfortunately, just before I left for Austria, my computer broke down (likely an issue with the power supply), and I'm taking the opportunity to just upgrade my slightly outdated desktop; working on the old one was becoming quite the pain.
While I wait for my new computer parts to arrive, I'm continuing research and beginning work on the script. One of the planned centerpieces of the new video is a section heavy in graphic design to help deconstruct a particularly important and interesting part of the narrative, and I think it will provide a unique dimension to the subject even to those already familiar with it. I'll admit a bit of schadenfreude on my part; as I mentioned, this next video is on the fall of a YouTuber, and this event is notable for the subject's incredible series of failures.
Thank you, everyone, for sticking with me. Taking time to recover from such severe and debilitating illness has been an indescribable boon, and I have you all to thank for being able to do such. My voice is intact and my energy is returning; I'm ready to crank this next video out. Let's do this.
Hey everyone, I know this progress update is coming a bit early, but some things have occurred that I think merit an update. I've been hit by a string of bad luck recently: I contracted a particularly aggressive and debilitating strain of strep throat that had me in a bad way, and the first round of antibiotics were unsuccessful in treating it. I since have been put on new antibiotics and these seem to be working, but for the past week I've been trying to recover and my throat is still not healthy enough to record this month's audiobook, so it's going to have to come later.
Which brings me to my second piece of bad luck. Even if my throat were well enough to record, my desktop has broken down. Since I've been meaning to upgrade it for some time anyways, I'm going to get new parts that will make editing faster and easier. I've been working on a semi-budget computer for a while, and it only makes sense to acquire a more powerful rig at this point. In the meantime, I'll be able to perform research on my laptop, even if it's a bit more laborious.
I'm sorry that the productions of the last two videos have been so troubled, it's been a strange few months. Thank you all for supporting me through it; the consistency of Patreon has given me the opportunity to address issues that otherwise would make it much more difficult to continue in the long-term. To better health and a new video.
Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been so absent, I meant to get you guys updated earlier this week but I came down with strep throat. The new video is well underway, and research is going well. It's definitely been a bit brutal emotionally, but the research is not nearly so difficult to perform as the videos such as TempleOS because it's been catalogued so much better. I wouldn't be surprised if this was another longer one, between 40 minutes and an hour, but we'll see when it's time for scripting. I plan on using a lot of original footage for this one, like the TempleOS video, because the subject is very self-explanatory in a lot of instances and I prefer to let it speak for itself whenever I can.
Thank you again everyone for your support, and I'm looking forward to returning to the internet with this video in a way that I haven't for over a year now. It definitely will be a return to form. See you all soon!
On May 1st, at 7pm EST, artist, host, and good friend Cocadope will be interviewing me on my experience as a video producer. Follow the link and you can ask questions that may be asked in the interview!
I thought, instead of a normal progress update, and since the next video is nearly done, I'd offer you all a sneak preview! Please keep the link to yourself, though!
Sorry this one's text again, this should be the last text one before going back to the audio updates.
My instrument is now finished! I'm going to be making the trek in the next few days to retrieve it and record the final segment for the new video. After that, it should be just a few more days of editing before the new episode is finished. However, I do also still need to order lighting equipment, so it may be a couple of weeks before the video is ready if my current lighting situation isn't able to capture the detail I need. If I do have to wait, I'll begin research on the episode after this one.
Thank you so much everyone for being patient as I undergo some significant personal upheavals.
Hey everyone, sorry I've been so bad at keeping up on progress updates. This last week wasn't terribly productive, but this hasn't delayed the release of the video at all, as I'm still yet to receive the instrument I'm going to use as a demonstration. Ryan is finishing up the music for the episode, with just one last track to go. Arcaxon also is well underway with the graphics, and they're looking quite good so far.
Without going into too much detail, my mental health has been less than good due to personal issues, and it's made it difficult to focus on work. (This has nothing to do with burnout of DtRH) Nevertheless, I'll do my best to push through and get this out to you as soon as I can.
I was in a stream with Jabroni Mike recently, looking at awful bootlegged action figures. Check it out here.
I recently teamed up with MemeInsider, providing narration for their video digging into the history of Justin Y.
As you might know, composer Ryan Probert has been lending his immense talent to the Down the Rabbit Hole series, providing original tracks to accompany the videos, and the solo piano piece at the end was especially moving to many. He has requested that I make the sheet music available to my patrons, and I'm more than happy to oblige. Attached to this post is a PDF of the sheet music to this gorgeous piece. If you decide to record yourself playing, please let me know so I can listen and share it! I'm absolutely certain that Ryan would love it, too.
The script for the next Down the Rabbit Hole is finished. For reference, the Furries video was about 6,700 words long, and this script is just barely shy of 10,000 words long. However, this doesn't include all of the time that will be dedicated to archival footage, which will likely push the video to at LEAST 1:10:00, if not 1:20:00. Thank you all for being so patient with me. I'm taking a break tomorrow, maybe just going to give it a final edit, so I have plenty of energy to record the narration.
Hello, everyone! I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have tomorrow, since I'm SCUBA diving, so I'm doing the progress update a day early.
Right now, I'm with family on a trip, but I brought my laptop along so I could continue to do work and research while I'm gone. I was expecting this last phase of research to take a bit longer, but things are going quite quickly, and I plan on starting the script before I return home (before the next progress update). I'm tentatively scheduling this video for early December, though I could see it coming out significantly earlier than that. Surprise surprise, I suspect it's going to be another long one, around 30-40 minutes long. There will be plenty of source footage being used to help illustrate the events, as well; the vast majority of research time spent on this has been spent skimming over the utterly massive amount of video available, but I've found some fantastic gems I can't wait to share with you all.
I apologize for not cutting together the Q&A video for the GameLife episode earlier; my time has been largely spoken for recently, and I wanted to spend as much time as I could before this trip researching for the next Down the Rabbit Hole. I'll cut it together as soon as I get home.
See you all next week!
Hello everyone! You might have noticed that there was an extra name in the credits of the last Down the Rabbit Hole. Ryan Probert has begun composing original pieces specifically for the show, and he's given me permission to share the sheet music for some of the tracks with all of you. This one is Owlin' Wolf, which made an appearance in the Furries episode.
Hey guys! As I was gone for much of the last week, there's not a ton to report. Got a little bit of research done for the next episode. I'm going to be flying out again next week (schedules lined up super weird for me) but I'll be working while I'm gone, so I should be able to provide another progress report next week, though it'll be in text by necessity. I'll see you all soon!
Largely for archival purposes, I'm making my book The Distended Eye available to the public. While I'm not terribly proud of it anymore, it goes against my archival instinct to bar it entirely from the scrutiny of readers, and so I'm offering it for free as a PDF. It's definitely a sophomoric effort in my eyes, but people have told me they enjoy it.
Progress on both the secret creative project and the next DtRH continues.
Research for DtRH has uncovered some previously-thought-lost material.
As you all have probably noticed, my reward tiers are remarkably sparse. The chief reason for this is because I haven't wanted to take time away from working on videos to produce things outside of my core content.
However, I think that the time has finally come for a change (and yes, I'm aware that change out of me comes at a glacial pace). It's exactly as the title says: I want to start producing audiobooks again. I used to do so waaaaaaaay back in the day, but I was doing them far more frequently than I could sustain, and they were exhausting to do. Those old ones, as of this evening, will be available for ALL patrons, though I believe that my performance then is not even close to what I can deliver now.
So what's changed? As some of you might recall, I used to have bloopers as a $2 reward tier, but phased those out when I realized I wasn't making quite so many mistakes. I was recording lines at twice the rate that I once had, and I was making fewer major mistakes. And so, I think I've grown efficient enough now that I could record and cut together audiobooks at a reasonable rate.
The secondary reason for this is that I believe my weakest aspect is my narration, and recording audiobooks would be a good way for me to practice.
Audiobooks will be released monthly, and will likely be 20-30 minutes long apiece. While my process has gotten faster, I still don't want to take TOO much time away from producing videos to record these. After all, you're supporting me to make my core content, right?
I'm thinking of setting these as a $10 reward tier. The time and effort required to make these is still considerable, and will probably eat up a full work day for each of them (I'm a one-man show, after all), and so that tier seems reasonable. I want this to be a way to reward my higher-tier patrons for their continued support.
Each month, I will put out a small poll with a number of public domain works to choose from which I think would make good audiobooks, I'm thinking four each time. $10 patrons will be able to vote for as many titles as they like. The one on top will be recorded later that month, while second and third place will be recycled for voting the next month. The one with the least votes will be removed from polling entirely, at least for some time, and replaced with another potential work. Suggestions for poll options can be put in the comments of any audiobook-related post.
Thoughts and opinions on this are absolutely welcome. If the majority of people are happy with this, then I'll put up the poll for the first audiobook very soon. I already have a few works in mind, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Glad you guys like the audio format! I'll use it from here on out.
Progress updates are moving to Fridays
Much of my work last week went into the new creative project.
Meeting with cameo partner Wednesday to discuss next topic
Time to bury myself in this thing at last.
Just got back from a week-long vacation, so not a ton of progress to talk about.
Working on a story delivered entirely through Twitter, will likely have a contract signed tomorrow with the company. More details next week.
Next DtRH will be my second crossover ever.
He's done much of the research already, so the production time for this video should be shorter.
Hey everyone! I know I'm a day late, but I was mega tired after getting home from my trip to Canada. (A 7 hour drive on the highway with one of the windows stuck open will take a lot out of you) I just wanted to assure you all that I hadn't forgotten about the progress update. Now that I'm more settled in my apartment, I want to start doing them as video updates again, which I'll film tomorrow. While I didn't get any work on the next DtRH done, I did get some work done on something else during my vacation, and I'm excited to share it with you. This is gonna be super cool. I'll also be discussing the return of audiobooks!
See you all tomorrow!
Hey guys! I'm going on my first vacation in forever, so there won't be a progress update next week. Didn't want to leave you guys in the dark. See you all soon!
Hey guys! Official merchandise is finally here, featuring the gorgeous logo made by Elise McCall. There are hoodies, tees (men's and women's), tanktops, mugs, and v-necks available now in black.
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