Open Sourcing the YouTube Download Script? Yea or Nay?

Every once in a while, I get either the urge or an email begging me to Open Source the Download from YouTube script.  The idea of doing so has been in the back of my mind for quite some time although managing yet another project isn’t on the top of my list. (Anyone remember that Supermarket script I wrote a few year back?) The idea of doing so was raised in a pair of emails this morning that showed up in my inbox.  One of them basically consisted of “PLZ!!!! U SEND ME YOUTUBE SCRITP?  ME WANT NOW!!!!!”  That really makes me want to do it. A couple of years ago, I got offered $500 for both the site and the domain.  Silly me turned them down as I kind of liked the idea of having something of my own to work on.  I had plans for the domain as well. One of the problems with releasing the code is the question of licensing of the actual code.  The original code that I downloaded many years ago didn’t include any licensing with the file.  I’ve tried to contact the original author on a number of occasions, both with questions about the licensing as well as fixes for the code.  Since the code file that is still available still consists of the original code that no longer works and the developer has never replied, I don’t think he’s too interested in the project any more. The code is a mess though.  I’ve built onto the original download with my own code and there’s a lot of hacks in there.  Doing a complete from the ground up rewrite would probably be best.  Get around any licensing issues as well. I have to admit that I’ve had a bunch of additions I’ve always wanted to add on to it.  A thumbnail of the video would be great. (The Download Videos from Dailymotion site has this.) Stats like the last ten videos downloaded or what’s popular would also be a plus.  Stuff like that I’ve wanted to add in would be great.  Actually having instructions would also be a plus. Anyone care to weigh in? (Hopefully with an intelligent...

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Han Solo, P.I.

Long story why I haven’t been around much.  I’ll discuss it another day. This video came across Twitter a few days ago.  I have to admit that I was a fairly big Magnum, P.I. fan growing up.  Whoever did this put a fair amount of time into pasting up the video and matching it to the original opening credits of that show. You can watch Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo) play a decent Tom Selleck (otherwise known as Thomas Magnum) after the fold. And remember, you can download the video on the YouTube Downloader (Yes, it works again.  Sorry about that.) as an *.mp4 file.  It’s supposed to be available as an HD *.mp4 file but I can’t get the link to work right.  Maybe it’ll work for...

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Free Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s – 2/3/2009

This just came my way.  It’s being reported that Denny’s will run a commercial during the Superbowl offering a free grand slam breakfast on February, 3rd, 2009.   Haven’t seen much in the way of sites promoting this and I’m not going to be able to watch the Superbowl tonight.  Would love to hear back from someone if they see it on television.  We actually have a Denny’s here in Charlotte.  Well one left, just north of the city. Here’s the copy: Every guest from 6AM – 2PM on Tuesday will receive 1 free Grand slam, and 1 free coupon book with 8 coupons in it. Each coupon book has 4 BOGO’s, 2- 25% off coupons, 1 coupon good for free dessert , and 1 coupon good for a free order of pancake puppies. Each Denny’s in the US received 1,000 of these coupon books to hand out to guests on Tuesday who order a free Grand Slam. Per Denny’s Corporate every store also received 500 Grand Slam rain check coupons. Denny’s has instructed each manger to hand these rain checks out good for a free Grand Slam to any guest who can’t wait. Denny’s spent 3 million on the Super Bowl ad, and tons more on a full page ad this coming Monday in USA Today. They are taking this very seriously and instructing all stores to staff as if it’s a major Holiday and for the staff to be as friendly as humanly possible. Commercial during the SuperBowl will announce this. And don’t forget that we’ll have iHop’s Free Pancake Day on the 24th as well. edit: This has now been confirmed.  A copy of the commercial is after the fold if you want to view...

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Animaniacs – Presidents

Richard Byrne over at Free Technology for Teachers posted today a video showing the 44 United States Presidents in order.  Have to admit I prefer, even if it is a bit out of date, the Animaniacs version. One has to wonder which young students will remember ten years down the...

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Bill Cosby’s Picture Pages as a comment on society?

I must have missed this when I was growing up but I don’t recall Bill Cosby using his Picture Pages show as an avenue for making comments on society. Listen to the first few moments and let me know what you think.

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Good Idea Bad Idea

I was looking for replacements for some of the Animaniacs videos I have linked to here on the blog and came across this parody of Good Idea Bad Idea done by the RateAFilm group.

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Charles Nelson Reilly died

From here: LOS ANGELES (AP) – Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows, has died. He was 76. Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times. Reilly began his career in New York City, taking acting classes at a studio with Steve McQueen, Geraldine Page and Hal Holbrook. In 1962, he appeared on Broadway as Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The role won Reilly a Tony Award. He was nominated for a Tony again for playing Cornelius in “Hello, Dolly!” In 1997 he received another nomination for directing Julie Harris and Charles Durning in a revival of “The Gin Game.” After moving to Hollywood in 1960s he appeared as the nervous Claymore Gregg on TV’s “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and as a featured guest on “The Dean Martin Show.” He gained fame by becoming what he described as a “game show fixture” in the 1970s and 80s. He was a regular on programs like “Match Game” and “Hollywood Squares,” often wearing giant glasses and colorful suits with ascots. His larger-than-life persona and affinity for double-entendres also landed him on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson more than 95 times. Reilly ruefully admitted his wild game show appearances adversely affected his acting career. “You can’t do anything else once you do game shows,” he told The Advocate, the national gay magazine, in 2001. “You have no career.” His final work was an autobiographical one-man show, “Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly,” about his family life growing up in the Bronx. The title grew out of the fact that when he would act out as a child, his mother would often admonish him to “save it for the stage.” The stage show was made into the 2006 feature film called “The Life of Reilly.” Reilly’s openly gay television persona was ahead of its time, and sometimes stood in his way. He recalled a network executive telling him “they don’t let queers on television.” Hughes, his only immediate survivor, said Reilly had been ill for more than a year. No memorial plans had been announced. I remember him from the upper right corner of all those Match Game shows. Here’s a clip from when Charles Nelson Reilly get a tired Gene Rayburn mad on the show, and Charles has to take over the hosting...

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Amp’d Mobile – Lil’ Bush “Hot Dog” Pilot

Brand new pilot episode of the original animated show “Lil’ Bush.” edit: I’ve had to remove the video as I can no longer find a copy of it on line. 🙁

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Animaniacs Video – Star Warners 1

Star Wars done by the Animaniacs – Part 1 Part 2 here

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