The Talkin’ Vedalken edited & uploaded this video while I was at boot camp, and he did a great job! He even added a counter for how many references I make to Little Kuriboh’s Naruto: The Abridged Series (15 if memory serves).
Well guys, I hope you enjoyed this fun look back at my back catalog of videos! I’ll put up links and stuff sometime this weekend when I have a bit more time to work on it. Until then, have a good one! Bye!
Well folks, I can’t believe that five years (and a week) ago today, I signed up to the biggest online video distribution website in the world, not to mention the breeding ground for up-and-coming talent in the media industry.
Now granted, I have nowhere near the large subscriber base of people who joined YouTube around the same time as me (sXePhil, TokyoCooney, RodgerSwan, etc), but despite that, I still make videos chronicling my life and how it has changed over these past 5 years.
Heck, I can even go back a year and look at the kind of videos I was doing then and see the differences between then and now. I believe that my videos underwent a major change after I graduated US Navy boot camp in late August 2010. I also started doing the N-FAQs series on a regular basis around this time as well.
Now before I get all gushy-eyed, let’s begin our trip down memory lane and look at my Top 10 videos of the past 5 years! Due to the time limits on YouTube (15 minutes as of 03-08-2011), I split up the video into two parts. In this video, we’ll be going over my Top 5 videos that are primarily on YouTube. Here we go!
This video marked my very first attempt at using video editing software (Sony Vegas, which I still continue to use even today, although I keep it up-to-date), whereas my other videos were filmed in one take and sometimes compiled via Total Video Converter, like in my very first guitar video. Vlog 04 is also a very early precursor to the Life In…Video series.
This video to me was the beginning of a more refined editing sense in my videos. I had done a bunch of at-the-time new things like add music & record while riding on my bicycle. Although I replicated it on videos afterward, I feel that I haven’t quite recaptured the mojo of this video!
These two videos I believe are my most under-rated of all time! I had to split this video into two parts because of YouTube’s at-the-time 10 minute time limit, but it seemed to work out just fine. I did things a lot differently in this video that I haven’t done before or even since, like add those pixelated transitions ala Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. I had a blast recording & editing this video, and I believe it really shows! Even Rodger Swan, one of my YouTube heroes, gave it great praise and always referred to it as one of my better videos!!
01 (TIE) – Al Di Meola LIVE at Anthology San Diego [02-19-2011] – Midnight Tango + Medley (Full HD 1080p)
In this video, I show you around the Grand Lake Lighthouse in Celina Ohio.
In Celina, the most notable place is Grand Lake, which is Ohio’s largest inland lake. The majority of our festivals involve the lake, such as Lakefest and the annual Regatta (boat race), and provides a great excuse to get insanely drunk among other things.
I am proud to debut my newest series of videos, where I take you to different places and show off the landmarks and such. And yes, this series will continue when I’m in the Navy and visiting many different ports-of-call.
Feel free to leave me your comments and suggestions for future videos; after all, how else can I improve my videos if nobody says anything? Also, be sure to read & subscribe to my blog (link’s always at the top of every video) to keep on the up-and-up wit what I’m up to.
I might be getting a new guitar or a camera soon, depending on how much I get back from my income tax return.
If I’m able to get a guitar, I’ll be getting a PRS SE One in Antique White. I want to add a neck humbucker to it as well as change the positions of the volume knob and the 3-way pickup selector switch that I’ll need.
If I’m unable to get a guitar, I’ll just get a Sanyo Xacti VPC TH1.
I’m also getting close to raising the amount for keeping TheAndySan.com online for another year with only about $20 left to go!
As far as my weight goes, I finally reached my goal of losing 15 lbs this past Friday! My Navy recruiter decided to reschedule when I go back in to MEPS for this Thursday-Friday so I’ll just be doing more situps and running outside to shrink my waist until then.
Even though I lost over 15 lbs and can fit into Size 34 jeans again, which I haven’t been able to do since high school, I’ve only lost an inch around my waist. It’s certainly not bad, but I expected to lose more inches along with the pounds.
Well, it’s been fun, but I’m gonna hit the sack soon so I’ll see you guys on the flipside! Have fun!
P.S: If you didn’t hear any background music, it’s because I had to remove it. If I did, I probably should have listened to HikoSaemon in the first place and used something with a Creative Commons License, haha!!
BGM Title: “With Me” from the game “Sonic and the Black Knight”
BGM Artists: Emma Gelotte, Tinna Karlsdotter, and special guest Marty Friedman
Over the weekend and doing without Internets, I decided to listen to Endgame, the newest album by Megadeth. Let’s begin the review:
I’ve been a fan of Megadeth since the Countdown to Extinction era, although I was a casual fan back then. I enjoyed their radio hits like Symphony of Destruction and Angry Again, which I still think is one of then-lead guitarist Marty Friedman’s best solos, alibiet one of his simplest.
It wasn’t until around when Guitar Hero II came out, with Hanger 18 on it, that I began to look deeper into Megadeth’s discography to find all the good stuff that I was missing by sticking to only the Megadeth that I heard on the radio, especially albums like Rust In Peace and Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying.
Since Megadeth frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine acquired new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, formerly of Jag Panzer and Nevermore, back in early 2008, many fans including myself have been wondering what this new guy will bring to the arsenal of Megadeth. Read on, Megafan!
Comparisons to Metallica have plagued Megadeth since the very beginning, and when comparing Metallica’s Death Magnetic to Endgame and seeing which band came the closest to how they were at their peak, it’s got to be Megadeth.
Granted, Metallica put out some killer material for Death Magnetic and I’m excited that they’re returning to their older style, but Megadeth has worked long and hard to put their over-commercialized and quite frankly un-Megadeth albums like Risk behind them.
The first single Head Crusher reminds me of the crazy-ass Peace Sells era, and even a little bit of the So Far So Good So What era with the oft-ignored Jeff Young on lead guitar. Poor-poor Jeff, but I digress…
Many a Megadeth fan cringed when they heard the acoustic intro to The Hardest Part of Letting Go…Sealed With a Kiss. Megadeth and grandpa’s guitars? Yeah, like it’s never been done before *coughAToutLaMondecough*. If you can stand to wait a minute or so, then you’ll be treated to an interesting combination of Megadeth and a string orchestra. It honestly reminds me of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, if it was lead by Dave Mustaine. Fun Fact: Al Pitrelli, the lead guitarist that replaced Marty Friedman after he left in January 2000, plays a major part in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as plays in it.
Broderick’s playing style has been compared frequently to Marty Friedman’s, whereas the previous lead guitarist Glen Drover’s style had been compared to Chris Poland’s, although I think that Broderick’s style is closer to Mustaine’s than anyone else’s. Some might call this a complement, and in most regards it is.
However, in the context of Megadeth where the guitar’s leadwork can switch players at the drop of a hat, it’s best when both players have a unique style so that we can tell each player apart when they’re doing their thing. It’s one of the reasons why the Mustaine/Friedman lineup is considered the best, although the Mustaine/Poland lineup produced some of the scariest guitar playing of the 80s this side of Cacophony and Racer X.
If you liked or at least tolorated the style of Megadeth’s previous album United Abominations, then you’ll be in fairly familiar territory, especially when it comes to Mustaine’s vocals. I miss his Alice Cooper-esque snarl, which has turned into more of an Andrew W.K.-esque grunt over the years. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it just doesn’t work on every single song.
Dave’s vocals have little to no change in tone and intention from song to song, unlike during the Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction eras where he would switch up between his trademark snarl and growl as well as switch to a surprisingly good singing voice. We’re not talking good from a technical level like Christina Aguilara, but a much better singing voice than one would expect from someone with a vocal style like Dave.
Ever since Dave stopped using Jackson Guitars and switched to using other brands like ESP and now Dean Guitars, I’ve noticed that his tone has gotten a lot bassier and less trebley. Although it still sounds like Dave, I do miss that extra bit of treble that made his guitar tone sizzle.
Chris Broderick, while quite the impressive player who’s been talked of highly by Dave in many interviews (even once comparing finding Broderick to Ozzy finding Randy Rhoads), doesn’t seem to have found his own style within Megadeth. I listened to some of his older material to gain a better perspective on his overall style, and it seems that while he appears to be a very stiff guitar player, every once in awhile he cuts loose and it’s fun to watch him go to town.
He hits all the right notes cleanly and everything and is definitely the best lead guitarist Megadeth has had since Marty Friedman (just watch him play a Megadeth classic like Tornado of Souls), but he needs to put more of himself into his playing or else he’ll just be another guitarist trying in vein to outshine Chris Poland and Marty Friedman.
Despite having a new lead guitarist who hasn’t found a distinguishable style, inevitable and eternal comparisons to Metallica, and vocals that lack dynamics, Megadeth’s Endgame is still proof positive that classic thrash and speed metal still runs strong without having to tune down to Drop-Z like everyone else currently in the metal genre.
Tracks To Give a Clicky-Click
– Head Crusher
– How The Story Ends
– 44 Minutes
– Dialectic Chaos
– Bite The Hand
– The Hardest Part of Letting Go…Sealed With a Kiss (just make it past the 1:42 mark, guys!)
P.S: Thanks for all of your comments and support over the years! If it weren’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have made it to this, my 100th video!!! Here’s to many more videos!!!
At the time, I was saving up for a PRS SE Custom 24 in Whale Blue and had around $60. Before I had to suddenly move back with my folks, I had amassed $134.02 total. Keep in mind that I got all this strictly from tips and all of the change in my wallet left over at the end of the day as well as some change found lying around. However, I did keep eight quarters (that’s $2 for my international audience) in my wallet just in case.
Besides the PRS, I want to own The Dean From Hell, a Jackson Kelly, a Jackson Kelly Star (think of a Kelly fusing with a Randy Rhoads asymmetrical V), and a Carvin V220 (which is quite the unique instrument indeed).
The Jackson Kelly and the Carvin V220 were both used by Marty Friedman when he was in Megadeth and Cacophony respectively. I tried unsuccessfully to get his signature Ibanez SZ model, of which there are two versions: one in blue with two humbuckers and another in red with a single humbucker and a killswitch instead of a volume knob. Do I really have to say which one I wanted? *it’s the blue one*
As always, enjoy the video and comments are appreciated, but be warned: if your comments are hateful, demeaning, or just plain mean, I will block you. I will reply to them though for all my nice viewers to see, but not you! Life’s too short to be consumed with negativity. Enjoy!!
P.S: This post was made with Two! Minutes! To Midnight!! This has been your complementary Iron Maiden reference, and please enjoy the rest of your stay.