Val’s Art Diary hits Wall Street Journal

November 27, 2007

NewsVal’s Art Diary was featured yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.  You can find the article online

Val is a talented artist who makes YouTube videos of herself painting in time-lapsed video.  Her paintings are impressive, and the videos quite charming, filled with colorful banter.  She has over 22,000 subscribers to her videos, which have been watched hundreds of thousands of time.  Val uses her videos to sell her paintings on eBay and her own website; according to the figures in the article, Val has made thousands of dollars from selling her 49 paintings. You can watch her latest video below.

Analysis:  The Wall Street Journal article doesn’t say much about Val, but what it does say is informative.  We learn that Val is Valentina Trevino.  If I’m not mistaken, that’s the first time Val’s Art Diary has been revealed by her full name in print.  Also, Val is 29 years old and a “Chicago” artist.  Hmm…for some reason I pictured Val in LA! 

I’ve been following Val’s videos for some time.  Her videos definitely are among the best, most creative user-generated content that YouTube has to offer.  Go watch them!

Utah Highway Patrol taser guy for speeding violation

November 22, 2007

News:  Another law enforcement official resorts to tasering a person, almost as if it’s the first response to any encounter with a person.  (More)

Analysis: This is getting out of hand.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2007

Yahoo! strikes user-generated content deal with Sony BMG

November 21, 2007

News:  Yahoo! announced a major deal with Sony BMG that allows users to synch music from Sony BMG artists into user-generated videos uploaded onto Yahoo!  (More)

Analysis:  This is an interesting development.  I can’t wait to see how many Sony BMG artists’ titles are allowed on Yahoo!  As I’ve been saying for some time now, the synching of background music into user-generated videos is one of the biggest copyright issues on the table.  No one has come up with an adequate platform to satisfy consumer demand.

Terra Naomi releases “Up Here,” “Summertime” and “Umbrella” cover

November 20, 2007

News: Terra Naomi just released in the UK three songs, “Up Here” and “Summertime,” and a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

The songs are available through Island Tunes. (Sorry, not yet on US iTunes.)

Analysis: I just bought these songs. The “Umbrella” cover is spine-chilling, amazing, mesmerizing, mind blowing, jaw dropping, hair standing, I-can’t-believe-I-just-heard-that unbelievably good. Wow, I just love this version and could listen to this song over and over again (I just listened to the song six times in a row). You’ve got to listen to this song on Island Tunes (you can preview it for free, but it’s even better in its entirety)! Amazing.

The “Summertime” song has a cool, pyschedelic vibe to it, very different from the video above. “Up Here” is pretty much what you hear on the video above.

Vancouver Airport police taser killing

November 16, 2007

News: On October 14, RCMP officers at Vancouver Airport tasered a Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, who was traveling for the first time on an airplane to relocate to Canada with his mother. Mr. Dziekanski spoke Polish, so he may not have understood everything going on at the customs check point. He became agitated, and then Canadian police officers came in and soon tasered Mr. Dziekanski several times. He died right after the tasering. (More)

VIEWER DISCRETION: This video is the raw footage of what happened taken by a bystander. It is unedited. It contains disturbing scenes of Mr. Dziekanski getting tasered, falling to the ground, and then dying. I believe this is a newsworthy video, but viewer discretion is advised.

Analysis: I’m not an expert in airport customs procedures or the use of tasers. But what happened here is quite disturbing to me. If anyone knows the general safety of tasering, please comment.

Video of the week: Turtles

November 16, 2007

This is one of my own. I hope you like it.  If you would like to see my prior selections for video of the week, visit here.