It's been an interesting week.
I saw Green Inferno...and *gasp* I liked it. A lot! Whaaaaaat? It's clever, it's funny, and best of all, it's not overly shocksploitationy like Cannibal Holocaust (which is it a total homage to, even the title. Before they went with CH, it was going to be called Green Inferno. Good times).
I'll be doing an in-depth review of it over on Bloody Whisper for my Masterpiece or Menace series soon.
Oh, what's that? You didn't know that I was writing those? Well then, head on over.
Here's the links to my reviews:
The Babadook Part 1
The Babadook Part 2
Anyways, where was I?
The proofing copy will be heading to the printers this week! Woo hoo!
The cover art is done, and I'm super happy with it. I'll share images in next week's update!
Here's some info about my book:
It's called Symbiosis. It's the first book (or phase one) in a series I'm calling The Caddis Initiative.
Here's the back of the book blurb, since I know that you really, really want to know what it's about, like right now:
When twisted monstrosities of flesh and metal rise up out of the sea and crawl into the pipes of a water treatment plant, a beautiful ball-busting Latina and her girlfriend desperately try to stave off the seething hoards.
Will they survive?
Or will they be devoured by the nightmares lumbering onto the shores of New Jersey?
Yes. It's about a gay Latina plumber trying to save her town from monsters that are coming from the sea, and you won't believe the reason behind the invasion!
(HINT: This is a Sci-Fi Body Horror book. A mix between Carpenter's "The Thing" and the book, "The Hot Zone")
Soooo...what's next? Oh right.
YouTube wants Your Content for Free, and Doesn't want to Pay You Fair Compensation for It.
It doesn't want to pay it's contributors a fair amount. Eh...don't. No. NOPE! Stop it. Don't say a word. Shhhh.....
Sure, it SAYS it pays 55% of ad revenue to each content channel. BUT, and that's a big but, that doesn't include the type of ads the companies will pay to appear on your video, how often the ads appear, and how much taxes are taken out. Yes. That's right. You gotta pay income tax on that shit. Don't let anyone trick you into thinking that you don't. Because you do.
But Cassie, my videos got 1 million views and I made $1,000 last year.
1. That's a nice supplementary income. You can buy a new flat screen TV with that.
2. That's not a living wage.
3. DON'T PUT ALL YOUR DAMN EGGS IN ONE FREAKING BASKET DUMB-DUMB!
There are people that whine because they don't have enough subscribers to make tens of thousands of dollars a year on YouTube. OK. Fine. Whine all you want, that isn't going to get you more views.
But, that's not my main point here. My main point is that YouTube is no longer FOR YOU. (They should probably do some re-branding, switch it to CorpTube or something to adequately reflect the change in business model). Between the Fair Use wars that reviewers are having with the Copyright Cartels aka Paramount, Fox, Universal, The Weinstein Bros etc. etc. et. al. and the fact that there are so many things you can't put up on the old YouTube anymore...why would you TRUST THE BIG CORPORATION to be fair and give you the proper amount of earnings.
Are you given a itemized bill? Do you see where your money comes from? Where the deductions are taken out of? No. I bet you don't. At all.
Youtube made 1.22 Billion dollars last year. Yes. That's right. Billions of Dollars. And yet, Google says that it made no profit, mainly because the revenue was reinvested into the company. Don't let the wordplay fool you. It was profitable. It made fucking money. It made a metric fuck-ton of money. And the little guys? The guys giving a god-awful amount of free videos for them to put paid ads on? They're not even seeing a fraction of a percent of that cash.We're talking $0.00047 for every view.
Call me crazy, but I come from the school of thought that says that it's a moral imperative to pay your workers. If someone is doing the hard work for you-- even though in this case, it's an informal business situation with unknown employees uploading a gazillion videos onto the servers per day--you should properly compensate them for their work.
Yes, there is absolutely NO QUALITY CONTROL. Yes, the bots remove shit the moment it is flagged by someone, corporate goon or not, and yes, the paychecks are rather dismal in comparison to what the company rakes in at the end of the fiscal year. It's sad, really.
Just another example of a big corporation not giving two whits about where or how they make their money, as long as they get it and they screw over as many people as possible doing so.
And if you still believe that Pewdie Pie is a YouTube Millionaire after that? I have a bridge in Albuquerque to sell you.
Did he make that much money? It's possible. It's also possible that he was a paid poster boy by Google, to con people into believing that they could make a decent living uploading videos (i.e. free fucking content for YouTube). For Google, it's a win-win situation. They don't have to work hard, just keep up the servers, and let the ad revenue pour in like it's Niagara Falls. Companies seek them out. Sign up, pay for ads to show up. They don't even have to go cold calling or handing out flyers at the mall. EASY FUCKING MONEY.
Is it a genius business model? Yes. Yes it is. Is it ethical? Fuck no.
Here, this is a direct quote from Business Insider's article "Yes, You Can Make Six Figures As A YouTube Star ... And Still End Up Poor ." The link to the full article is right here. Click it. READ IT!
Ready? (Yes this is copy/pasta. I did it to make a point. Google will probably hate me for it. Whatever. This is about Olga Kay. Some alleged YouTube star that I have never even heard of before.)
"It's a great story if you want some hard numbers on the costs and revenues of being internet famous:
- Kay has earned $100,000 to $300,000 in each of the last three years. She has 1 million subscribers. That number is merely the gross revenue, however.
- She makes 20 videos a week, all of which are filled with ads via Google's automated YouTube partners program.
- Kay likely gets about $7.60 per 1,000 ad views, down from $9.35 in 2012, according to TubeMogul, which buys and sells video ads.
- Ads are only run on a minority of videos show. Roughly, a video creator will earn $2,000 for every million views. "And then YouTube takes 45 percent," the Times notes. (The IRS will take its cut of the remainder, too.)
- Kay spends $500-$700 a week on editing costs.
In other words, Kay is probably getting by on less than 50% of what her videos make in gross revenue. In a $100,000 year, she might be looking at $15,000 annually, after YouTube's cut, taxes and editing costs, according to our back-of the-envelope math ($100,000 minus $45,000 for YouTube, minus 30% for the IRS, minus editing costs at $500 per week for 50 weeks)."Depressing, isn't it? Also, why the fuck is she paying someone that much per week to edit her own damn videos? Do it yourself woman! Keep your damn money. Damn!
Why am I ranting? Because I'm friends with Youtubers, and I know people that think it's an easy way to get rich quick and I'm here to tell you, it's not. It's so not. But hey, you want to supplement your income? Get an extra paycheck this year? Go ahead, become a YouTube star.
However, consider yourself warned. It's not a viable, sustainable way to make an income. It is, however, a good way to earn some extra spending money.
So if you don't care about being shafted by THE MAN, go for it. Have fun. Just don't whine to me about not getting more than a couple thousand dollars from your hugely successful YouTube channel about cats that run ant farms that has 5 million viewers. Thanks.
Also, if you're smart, you'll use YouTube to sell products on another site, that's how most of those YouTubers actually make money. Like Lindsey Stirling.
The World is Flat? Whaaaaaat?I've noticed the disturbing and utterly mind-boggling trend for uneducated sheeple aka morons to state, quite proudly I might add, that the WORLD IS FLAT.
There. I said it. Someone had to.
Look at this. LOOK AT IT!
|Thanks NASA for proving yet again, that the Earth is a damn sphere.|
It is not. Fucking. FLAT. It is a sphere, it rotates. Deal with it you damn Flatlanders.
Good Lord. What year is it? Why the FUCK are we still having this god damned debate? UGH!
Have a good one guys. Take care of each other. Oh, and take care of that one guy. You know who he is...he really needs some help this week.