Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mystery Blog Post

Just so you know, I had written an absolutely delightful post about Lerner and Lowe's classic Broadway musical Camelot for this week's Musical Moments feature. However, the post appears to be lost in cyberspace limbo. You see, has a very irritating little glitch occasionally. To their credit, the good folks at YouTube have made it as easy as possible to post a video to your blog. They accommodate a variety of blog hosts and all the information for your blog is preloaded with your account registration so it literally takes one click to make a video appear on your blog. Once you make that one click a confirmation message comes up that says "This video will appear on your blog shortly." You then click "okay" and that's that. (Okay, technically that's two clicks--but still pretty easy.)

The only problem with this system is the word "shortly" in the confirmation message. Shortly. It's so vague. Shortly as in a few minutes or a few days? Apparently it can be either of these. In most cases the video will appear on your blog in a few minutes but once in a while it won't show up till a day or two later. This of course prompts you to try posting it again and again thinking it didn't take for some reason so that when it finally does show up, it will appear as many times as you tried re-posting it. Say, oh, 17 times. So this is what must have happened with the Camelot post. It could show up any day now--four times. It's a shame, too, because it was to be the 200th Manhattan Chowder blog post, but instead this stupid post is number 200. Whoop-de-doo.

UPDATE: Okay, thanks to Gavin (YOY) I have solved the mystery of the missing blog post. It seems the "embed" feature of the particular video I wanted to post has been disabled by FunStuff1623, the person who put it on YouTube originally. The question is why? Why, FunStuff1623, why disable the embed feature so others can't share it? There's no fun in that stuff. You misrepresent yourself.

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At 12:13 PM, Blogger Glenn said...

Michael, I posted one two weeks ago, and it hasn't shown up yet.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Awww ... Happy 200th Post anyway!!

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Donnie said...

I hate the quirkiness of the internet, sometimes.

Congrats on the 200th Post! *throws confetti a la Rip Taylor*

At 1:01 AM, Blogger kevin said...

Happy 200th post Michael. Im sure the video will show up in its own time.

Im surprised that McGreevey is still in the news. He must be raking it in. I read his book a few months ago which i bought when i was in New York City. His wifes book should be an interessting read too but im not buying it because i think they have had their limelight.

Hope you're having a great week.
Kev in NZ

At 7:17 AM, Blogger MiKell said...

I think this mini-rant turned out to be a pretty good 200th post.


At 9:53 AM, Blogger Y | O | Y said...

Congratulations on #200.

I'm not sure I understand what you are doing with the YouTube stuff. When I put a YouTube clip in a post, it seems much easier and immediate than your process. When you are watching a video, there is an "Embed" line just to the right of it. Just double click on that whole line of code, copy it, then paste that code directly into your post where you want it to appear and it will be there immediately.

Sorry if I misunderstood and this info is completely unhelpful. On the other hand, it may save you hours of frustration!

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Gavin, I never noticed the embed line to the right of the videos on YouTube, I just always click the "post video" line 'cause it seems to make sense. However, for this particular video the embed line has been disabled by the person who put it on YouTube which explains why it's not posting. You'd think YouTube would tell you the try to post it. Oh well. Thanks for the info.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Y | O | Y said...

RE your update: Why Oh Why, indeed! The story of my life!!!

I think sometimes the folks who post but don't allow to embed either 1) are ethical and don't have the rights to the post and respect the rights of the originator (hardy har har) or B) want to drive traffic to their site.

Anyway, glad I could be of assistance! :)

At 9:02 AM, Blogger BigAssBelle said...

well happy 200 and a pox upon the inaptly named funstuff1623.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger MiKell said...

I see the mystery posts have finally shown up! In droves!!

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Mikell--See? I told you they would! LOL I'm deleting them tho--the had their chance!


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