It’s that time again: Another Throwback Thursday video and today’s Throwback video is from 2010 where I talk about a dark chapter in Herkimer County history: The forgotten murder case of Roxalana Druse, a woman who was convicted of murdering her abusive husband in the late 19th century and whose case was eventually overshadowed by the Chester Gillette case.
Also this week I reedited the original post for the blog portion of this story because my Yahoo Contributor Network account expires today. The link for it is right here:
And here is another Throwback Thursday video for you from 2009: It’s the other surviving Black Cat Weekly video which involved a side effect of the notorious diet pill Alli (made famous by a blog rant from AngryAussie); two Texas farmers find a dead animal that resembles the fabled chupacabra; and I was also there when the news reported the unveiling of the now-popular website People of Wal-Mart.com where people post photos of the worst-dressed Wal-Mart customers.
Starting today, I think I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon as far as doing some Throwback Thursday posts on the blog. And what I plan to do is to post some videos from early in my YouTube career that I did not initially post to the blog when I first uploaded the video to YouTube. It’s an opportunity for newcomers to see my earlier work and might offer some nostalgia to longtime viewers as well.
For my first Throwback Thursday video, I am posting the first of two surviving videos from when I first attempted to do news videos back in 2009. It was to be a news segment that I called “The Black Cat Weekly” where I told the news basically like normal Internet people tell it: Report the news then follow it up with snarky remarks. I had done five videos in all but unfortunately my venture into news proved to be unpopular and I took down all except for two videos.
Among some of the stories I talked about in the video included a Tunisian woman made an outrageous claim that she was pregnant with twelve kids just to get on television that was ultimately proven to be a hoax as well as a piece on the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber being released from prison on account of the fact that he was dying and so on.
But the one story that actually ended up becoming the main story of the video was a local story I did on a gay teen who sued Mohawk School District (it has since merged with the Ilion School District) because the faculty there did not do enough to protect him from bullies. In the wake of the story, my video got circulated and there were other videos made about this topic. I even got a comment from the kid thanking me for getting his story out. I originally did the story simply because it was news and gay rights is a pretty important topic these days. But when you get comments like that, it makes you realize that you made a difference. And that’s a good thing. He won his suit against Mohawk and changed schools.
So anyway, hope you enjoy the video and next Thursday I will be posting the other surviving Black Cat Weekly video.
In the meantime the links to the stories I used are here:
The second post for today is my other finished project that I did for my Creative Video Techniques class and this one was a promo I did promoting the opportunities that Radio/TV Broadcasting majors have using the HCTV Channel 99 studio up at the college and includes interviews with three students who are part of the HCTV Channel 99 crew offering advice to people who are interested in pursuing Radio/TV Broadcasting at Herkimer.
Both this video as well as the previous video I just posted can be found on my YouTube channel which I like to call my Google Plus channel which is more or less under my real name contrary to my number one rule in my How to Survive on YouTube video not to reveal your real name (unless it is in some way marketable) but since I am going professional so to speak I think that it is time to start using my real name. The channel is listed as Tim (Blackcatloner) Haines and as soon as I get my new laptop that channel will be the home to my out-of-character vlogs that I started on Blip.
If you want to subscribe to the channel, here is the link:
This post will be dedicated to showing off my two Creative Video Techniques projects that I finished last semester at Herkimer College. Both were completely edited with Avid Editing Software, the same editing software used for movies and TV shows. Probably as soon as I get my new laptop which will be closer to the start of next semester in August.
The first video that is posted above is a video I did where I had to do a 30-second commercial for a fake product and I chose to do one on a product called the App Buster 2000 and its purpose was supposed to be that it would be used to block annoying Facebook app requests.