A Surprise (Non-BTTM) Minor Hit Video!
Monday July 26th 2010, 2:44 am
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Who Knows?

I have always considered my personal YouTube channel more archival than promotional.

Nevertheless, my channel has spawned a minor hit. “Baseball Revenge,” a short sketch comedy video Jason, and I made with Matt the summer before college, was featured on Yahoo! Sports over the weekend. It’s the first video from my personal YouTube channel to be viewed more than 20,000 times. For that matter, it’s also the first to be viewed more than 2,000 times.

Here is “Baseball Revenge.” It is nine years old:


This is a very mathematical YouTube graph showing video views for this video:
Baseball Revenge Views
You may not be mathematical enough to understand it. That green spike on the right is the day people viewed the video. The green line to the left of that, which runs along the bottom of the graph, represents the entirety of human history all the way back to November 19, 2008, a dark time during which no one watched the video.


I knew the video had been posted somewhere popular when I was notified that the number of comments had more than doubled:
Baseball Revenge Comments
Now there are four comments and even a (hidden) spam comment! Wow. To top it all off, none of the commenters are telling me I should get cancer and die. That’s a refreshing change.


There is a neat new feature on YouTube that, if a video has lots of views from a different website, YouTube automatically displays an “As Seen On:” title underneath the video. In this case, underneath this video, it says “As Seen On: sports.yahoo.com.”
Baseball Revenge As Seen On
Better Than The Machine doesn’t have any official YouTube “As Seen On:” links, although, I’m certain we would if the feature had been implemented way back in Twenty Ought Six.

If you’d like to check out any of the other videos in my archives that I do not believe will ever cross the 200 view threshold, let alone the 20,000 view threshold, mosey on over to my YouTube channel. Or don’t. If I’ve learned anything from this, it is that lethargy is the key to success. Write that down and look at it often, kids. Or don’t.


Tap… tap… is this thing on? Come on, hop to it, Facebook!
Sunday July 11th 2010, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Family, Health (Not Cancer), Me, Myself, and Reid

Facebook is having trouble importing my (and lots of other people’s) blog entries to “Notes.” By which I mean Facebook is not importing my (and lots of other people’s) blog entries to “Notes.”

All my hilarious and leukemic antics of the past month (and sporadically before that) are missing from Facebook, including, but not limited to:

-A trip to Washington, D.C. to spend Independence Day with my sisters that I slept through!

-Apple geniuses not only repairing my graphics card, but also going so far as to give my laptop a shiny new casing!

-Fun with foot-and-mouth disease, a very painful mouth and throat disease that only animals and very lucky humans like leukemia patients get!

-And who could forget my conviction as being a Russian spy?

Classic! And much of that stuff actually happened!

I changed some settings and am hoping this blog entry will automatically be posted on Facebook, rather than only linking back to reidlevin.net. We shall see. Oh yes, we shall.


Now playing: Taranchula – Moving Very Slowly
via FoxyTunes

“This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult”
Thursday June 24th 2010, 2:25 am
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!

Thanks to Sarah for introducing me to Hyperbole and a Half, and particularly to the post “This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult.” Hyperbole and a Half is a blog with jokes and feelings, and it has art that seems like an amalgamation of the cartoons of Don Hertzfeldt and The Brothers Chaps, even if the blogger herself considers them to be “shitty drawings.”

Adulthood has been on my brain a lot lately. It also seemed to be a popular topic of conversation among friends in New York City during my most recent visit. I want to catch up on the years I’ve missed, then maybe I’ll be ready to start considering becoming an adult. I’m fairly certain that’s how it works. At least I hope it is.


Now playing: The White Stripes – Little Acorns
via FoxyTunes

Twitlog: Several 140-Character Stories I Meant To Blog About

Since my last entry, I’ve missed several topics I wish I’d blogged about. Knowing full well from prior experience that if I gave each of these many topics their own posts, I would quickly feel overwhelmed and, just as quickly, give up. So I decided to write about each of these many topics in one entry I’ve dubbed a “twitlog.” Aware of my propensity for verbose verbiage, I decided to treat each story as a Twitter post by limiting each of them to 140 characters. Onward!

-Last Vid: Bobby Fitzsimmons (of screen & stage) vlogs. Los: great! But whycome so few hits for funny video? I want to play Bobby’s cousin.

-New Vid: Crazy lady thinks cat is her son; boyfriend aghast. YT Comedy Spotlight! Moms Day dedication: to all moms, not just the crazy ones.

-Ebert: Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too) I’ve been saying that! If only I were a movie critic, they’d listen… and pay! Er, just listen.

-Rachel moved up and out to D.C. Rebecca is graduating on Friday and got into law school. I’m writing in my blog in the middle of the night.

-Dad and I met current Minnesota Senator and former SNL writer and performer Al Franken the other day. He was extremely nice and personable.

-How could I have possibly forgotten to mention burping as a side effect of iron overload? Hmn… maybe it’s because I’ve been busy burping?

-Weekly bar trivia, I think I love you.

-The Fam is going on a cruise next week to honor Boo’s graduation & acceptance into law school, Roo’s promotion & move, and my 1 YEAR TO GO!

-I’ve been feeling well enough to restart physical therapy. Crack! Snap! Oops! Those exercises hurt enough that I’m not sure I can do PT. Ow.

-I went to my first Derby Day party/benefit. Mmm… mint juleps. It was a blast until the last 90 seconds-we had to watch some horse race.

-The Levin Fam is being honored by the ADL for community service & leadership. I serve the community by making videos about boobs and farts.

-My ANC is great, but my platelets are so low that I’m off chemo until at least after the cruise. Note to self: don’t get stabbed on cruise.

Funny parody of Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ Empire State Of Mind. Star Wars, I admit I’m still in love with you despite George Lucas’ best efforts.

-I’ve tried so hard to enjoy the new Steven Page-less BNL album. It’s very, very okay. But it lacks a certain… Steven Page.

-New “Give A Shit” lyrics: Earthquakes, volcanoes and the oil spill/My candidate still says, “Drill, Baby, Drill!”

Whew, okay I think that does it. This turned out to be a fun challenge. Maybe I’ll wind up making more of these. We’ll see how I feel about it a few days out. At any rate, I enjoyed doing this enough to create a new category for these things (’cause you know, this entry wasn’t already in enough categories).

For the record, “twitlog” is a double portmanteau, and I love me some portmanteaus. First, of course, there’s the Twitter-weblog combination, which is an apt description of all these Twitter-style stories in my blog. Second is the more self-derisive combination of “twit” and “log”; with the “twit” being myself, and this effort being the only “log” of what happened in the unintended space between more frequent and detailed blog posts.

I’m such a nerd.


Now playing: Guster – Jonah
via FoxyTunes

Hey! iHave Never Seen This Before…
Wednesday January 27th 2010, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Sodapopcornculture, Who Knows?

iSuspect iKnow what this is about…


“The Phantom Menace” and The Pillars of Good Filmmaking
Thursday January 21st 2010, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!

I’ve been told I’m a little late in recommending this, but I don’t care! It is too awesome for me to stop telling people about it now.

Do yourself a favor–especially if you like, ever liked, or ever had your heart broken by the Star Wars saga (though that’s not even necessary)–and check out this absolutely hilarious review of “The Phantom Menace.”

Not only is it hilarious, but it’s also an excellent guide to what makes a good movie and why “The Phantom Menace” is such a perfect example of what not to do. It’s seven videos long, but you can start and stop and come back to it later if you need to do so. The other reviews on The Red Letter Media YouTube channel (even for movies I haven’t seen or can’t remember) are just as hilarious and insightful.



Brilliant New Music Video That Will Make Your Day
Tuesday July 14th 2009, 12:56 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Friends


I’m going to start off just by saying: little children breakdancing. And doing it well.

If you’re looking to brighten your day, please watch this music video. Even if you’re having a great day, please watch the video; it’ll put a smile on your face! The video was created and directed by Better Than The Machine’s video director Ballard C. Boyd for Kristin Andreassen’s song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes”. There are also some cute little animations by my good friend Wes Mallgren. The song itself won the John Lennon Songwriting Award in 2007 and was featured on A Prairie Home Companion.

I personally had nothing to do with this video (other than being friends with the people who made it), but I’ve sure enjoyed watching it a whole bunch.

Oh, and if you have any friends who might like this video, by all means, please pass the link on!


Tweet, tweet.
Monday April 20th 2009, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!

I’m on Twitter. I blame Rachel.

I’ll keep blogging, too. I think.


How I Feel About Inauguration Day…
Tuesday January 20th 2009, 12:51 am
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!

It’s already been said so beautifully, how could I possibly try to top this?



O+M=G (Nerds+Videogames=A Post That Won’t Make Any Sense To Most People)
Tuesday December 30th 2008, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Who Knows?

There exists a website for/by people as anal-retentive (read: crazy) as me. Standardized covers for the videogames on my bookshelf?! So this is what they call a “nerdgasm”.

You may commence making fun of me… nnnow.


Now playing: The Beatles – All You Need is Love
via FoxyTunes