I have recently found a new way to use YouTube to support people with disabilities–for people who are deaf and read sign (ASL, British, etc). How do you communicate music without sound? Pairing dance and rhythmic signing with the already very expressive sign-language these three creative signers bring songs to sign language in an authentic and fascinating way. Enjoy!

Below may be my favorite signed music video.

Notice: the signer is an *amazing* dancer and also is not wearing a shirt for parts of this. Also, the song itself is about a man who is a womanizer, so the content is adultish. You can find a fascinating discussion of this performer on what it takes to “translate” a song into sign (and dance!).

I was sitting in the lab, getting read to get down to some serious data entry for my poster (I am graphing each of my p4 video‘s popularity statistics on top of the others, see here for more on that) and I thought I was going to have to move the little dot on YouTube’s data aggregator across the fields and manually input each data point. Then I noticed a little button near the bottom. It said “Download reports for this video: csv”. Hallelujah! I am now on the IMF website reading up on csv document format. I am so glad YouTube took care of my data entry!

Apparently this is new as of today.

Super neat!

I will report more once I’ve figured it out.

When I set the time-range of my Insight to 6 months, it only downloaded March. I was worried March was the only one that would be availible, but it seems that I can download data by month. yay!

UPDATE 2: weirdly, I cannot set my time-range starting or ending on a weekend. A moralistic comment on the evil of doing work on weekends perhaps?

UPDATE 3: I guess I cannot get that data. The alt-text for the csv link (which I have just read) tells me that “Reports can be a maximum of 31 days and can not contain data from before the 1st of March 2009”. (“can not” is sic). Well. That is unhelpful. At least I don’t have to do data entry for the last month and a half of views…

Since I cannot download all of the videos’ individual data at once, and cannot even download all of it at a time, this will be less helpful of a tool than I had supposed. *sigh*.

It will require some cutting, but you can get your hours long speech or half-hour long video uploaded and usable.

It used to be that YouTube had something like a favored user status and those users (universities, companies, etc) could upload longer than 10 minute content. However, as far as my non-favored-self can tell, this is no longer possible.

So. What is a Youtuber to do? Around the same time as YouTube was making strict the 10-minute rule, it introduced playlists. Playlists are sets of videos which continuously play. Say you have a 39 minute video of a lecture on Ancient Egypt.

[I am assuming: you can upload your video without violating your bandwidth restrictions. You have the rights to the video you are uploading. You have a YouTube account]


  1. Take a video editing program
    1. Macs: the new iMovie is great, Audacity (perhaps for Windows als0), Final Cut, Final Cut Pro
    2. Windows: Windows Movie Maker
  2. Chop your video into <10 minute segments
  3. (add explanatory intro/extro titles)
  4. Upload the videos to you YouTube channel
  5. (add tags and a simple, informative description of the video’s content)
  6. Go to My Account->Playlists
  7. New->Playlist
  8. Now, there might be a sexier way to do this, but here is how I do it. Open each of your newly uploaded videos (it may take around 1/2 an hour for YouTube to process newly uploaded videos) in a different window or tab, and at the bottom of each video click the “+ Playlist” and add it to the playlist you just created
  9. Now you have a playlist which will play your entire lecture nearly continuously and can be found through a normal YouTube search.
  10. (Subtitle/closed caption you video)

That should be it. Enjoy!

Poster Design Concept

Wow, it’s been some time since I last posted. We have 2 more weeks of Peter Pan recordings to do, and the podcasts to get up. Things are mostly on schedule.

I have been falling in love with the work of Edward Tufte, a design professor at Yale. My parents heard him speak–his books are some of the loveliest modern publications I have touched. Elegant is too awkward a word to describe.

Here is a (badly photo-copied) example of his work, a history of 20th century American music. He also compiles excellent examples of design.

Here is my idea. I will take the video popularity data from YouTube (see a snapshot of p4’s data from the last Quarterly Reports) and each video’s popularity displayed in such a way that, together, they make obvious the effects individual videos (and changes to those videos) have on the overall popularity of the channel.

If I had 3 videos, and I uploaded video 1 on April 2, video 2 on April 5, and video 3 on April 8.

On April 6 I added subtitles to video 1.

Now, we can look at the individual graphs, and they will tell a story. And we can look at the channel, and it will tell a story. While the bump on April 6-10 can be seen on both graphs, the fact that it comes from adding subtitles to video 1 is not clear on the channel popularity channel.

So, what I want to do is have the graphs of video 1, 2, and 3 on the same graph so their interactions are explicit. So imagine the branching of the 20th century  American music, but the branches are the added hits from new videos. Originally all branches are part of video 1’s line.

On April 5 video 2 is introduced and video 1’s line continues, and the hits which video 2 represented are shown by its distance above video 1’s line. Now video 2’s line represents the overall hits for the channel.

On April 6 video 2’s hits are the same as the day before, but the line jumps because the video 1 line below it jumped in response to the additional hits from the subtitles. It will remain elevated until April 10 (unless there is a significant enough drop in the popularity of video 2 to counteract the bump of video 1).

On April 8 video 3 is added, branches off from the video 2 line, and now represents the total video hits for the channel.

An so on.

I think it should be cool!

The first 7 chapters of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie are up! Horray!

Yes, it is “Wall [space or hyphen] Paper”. I assume that when it was written (1891) wallpaper was not so common a word that its usage was fixed.

Here is a link to the playlist.

And here are the 5 parts! You will notice, consulting the text, that I have split the videos into groupings of diary entries. Cool, huh?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

I had to break it into three segments, but here is a link to the playlist. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3