Crazy Sour Candy Face

Lately, I’ve been really craving sour candy but it seemed that none of the typical sour candies I found in stores were sour enough. I don’t know the reason I had this craving–maybe it means I have a vitamin c deficiency or something–but whatever the reason, it lead me on a quest for the most sour candy I could find.

I wanted to find some quantitative comparison of the various sour candies available. I thought it would be nice if there was some measure of sourness like the Scoville scale for peppers but it doesn’t seem there is. I wonder how hard it would be to develop one.

What I did find was this blog called ‘Sour Candy Reviews’. The blog is run by a woman named Robin and she also has a YouTube channel featuring video reviews of various sour candies. The video reviews are great to watch so if you get a chance search YouTube for sourcandyreviews and watch them.

One of the candies that Robin reviewed is called Toxic Waste. And she gave it a rating of Ultimate Sour so it seemed promising. I didn’t know where I could buy these around here so I went to the manufacturers site and found that they were available at Walgreens stores. I drove to the nearest Walgreens and they did have them so I picked up a package of Toxic Waste and I also picked up a package of Warheads candies which are another extreme sour candy.

I decided to document my experience in the following video. In this video, I try two different Toxic Waste flavors and then a lemon Warheads candy. If you are looking to see a crazy sour face, I would say the third one is really the money shot. It also seems that I’m not the only person who has done this, because there are quite a few videos of people doing the same thing in my related videos. So this could be a youtube phenomenon that hasn’t quite taken of yet.

Hope you enjoyed that.


Our Cruise on the NCL Gem

We recently took a cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem. It was a 10 day Southern Caribbean cruise out of New York City and stopped in St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten and Tortola. It was a lot of fun, and it was good to escape the cold and snow.

Here are a couple of videos I put together from the cruise. The first one consists of scenes of New York shot from the balcony of our stateroom when we left. We were on the starboard side, so as we left we got a good view of the Statue of Liberty.

The next video consists of highlights on the whole cruise. You see our dinner at the Tepenyaki Japanese restaurant on the ship, and various shots from our stops. The shots of the cave are Harrison’s cave in Barbados. Check out the “Ben and Marco’s” bar/restaurant in St. Maarten that looks like the “Ben and Jerry’s” ice cream logo which is funny.

That’s it for now. I’ll probably be posting more as I edit them.

Why I like the Internet.

Here is a video I posted on YouTube that I took while driving through a carwash:

A few days after I had posted it, I was playing around with youtube’s insight feature and I found that there were a lot of views coming from an embedded player hosted on this blog. I was really amazed that they found my video so quickly. The webmaster regular searches for videos of Grafton, and since I had used ‘Grafton’ as one of the tags on my video, she found it. I read a few articles on the blog, and I really liked the content so I’ll probably be visiting there.

If you want people to find your videos I guess you need to try to find tags that differentiate it from the others because you never know who will be searching for that tag. There seems to be a million carwash videos(which is seems amazing to me, but two of them are mine so I guess I shouldn’t be so shocked). But adding the tag Grafton is what got my video noticed. If you take a video of driving through a car wash in a Maserati, make sure you tag it ‘carwash maserati’ and not just ‘carwash.’

Now the other thing I learned from the webmaster over at the Greater Grafton Blog is that a large percentage of videos tagged Grafton were of trains and if mine was of a train, it probably never would have made it. Sure enough I searched youtube for ‘Grafton train’ and found quite a few matches. I didn’t have the heart to say that I was thinking of shooting a video of the train.

The third thing I learned is that I’m not the only person taking videos of this particular carwash. A commenter of the post about my video included a link to a video of her husband going through the same car wash:

As you can see, they went with the humor angle whereas I went in a different direction with mine. I’m thinking if this trend continues, Grafton car wash videos might become a cliche like the train videos. By watching this video, I found that thehe person who posted it has quite a few videos some of which are quite good, so I subscribed to her youtube channel.

So all because of one video I uploaded, which isn’t really that good, I discovered two people publishing content on that interests me, which is what I love about the internet. I often think “No one reads my blog” or “No one sees my videos.” “What’s the point?” And then something surpricing happens and you realize it isn’t the people who aren’t reading it that make a difference, it’s the ones that do.


Brad Delp, Steve Lukather and Eddie Van Halen Jam — Wild Thing

This is a video that I ran across on You Tube that features the late Brad Delp, jamming with Steve Lukather and Eddie Van Halen performing ‘Wild Thing’. According to the description, it took place at the opening of the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas.


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Great Collection of Guitar Lesson Video’s on YouTube

I ran across this post on Digg, and found that, in a addition to this video, this user has posted a ton of free guitar lesson videos to YouTube. He has a lot of songs in a range of styles. The quality of the video is pretty good for YouTube and the quality of the instruction is better than a lot of commercial DVD’s I’ve seen. Check it out.

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