YouTube-DL GUI v1.1 Release

I originally intended to keep this application for my own personal use but I thought I’d share it around for anyone who wants a simple and easy to use tool to download a youtube video, or a playlist. (Yes, there are some typos, and will be fixed in the next version).

Copy paste your URL into the box provided, and supply any desired arguments – for example, you might want the best quality available. RTFM for youtube-dl’s switches before asking me, please.

While it is intended for use with YouTube, the GUI tool is actually a wrapper for the command line tool youtube-dl. It uses a custom compiled-as-an-app version of the said command line tool with Python 3.5 that will be downloaded once. This allows me to make bug fixes to the youtube-dl code to fix things and bring in nice features the authors have missed, are just lazy or like slapping “WONTFIX” on their bug reports. Sad!

You may download it from https://is.gd/ytdgui . It’s currently v1.1 and may contain bugs. If you do spot a bug, please report it here or tweet me on twitter (@coburn64). Limited support is given, and comes with no warranty.

Other than that, please enjoy. Isn’t it nice to have a tool to download videos without having the risk of getting malware?

World of Warships: Potato Team Frustration.

I need to vent a little for my own sanity here. I play one of WarGaming’s games called World of Warships, which has plenty of action between WW1 ships and WW2 ones. I came across WoWS many years ago after I got fed up of the Kantai Collection compass RNG trolling.

I also had played World of Tanks in the past and got fed up with the match maker assigning me, who tried to keep at least 50% win/loss ratio to potato teams. What is a potato team you ask? It’s a team that do fuck all to help you when you need it. Let’s take a common scenario:

You’re playing a match on a map in Domination mode. There are 3 points in the middle of the map, and you’re playing a Tier 5 Russian Destroyer (vodka vodka vodka hey). You go and scout ahead to B, which is your job – go ahead of the team and scout, as well as hide in smoke and pop torpedoes into the sides of unexpecting cruisers and battleships. You announce you’re going to cap B and your team replies with “Affirmative” and “OK”. They seem to be going to back you up.

However, a US Cruiser has got Hydro on, and he’s detected you in the smoke you popped to hide yourself while you work your way to cap B. You press F7 to announce you need urgent help and look at your mini-map… The team has split up and gone to A as well as some Battleships flipping their shit out and turning around, exposing their broadside to any enemy BB wanting to snipe from 15+ kilometers away.

You’re under heavy fire and desperately trying to survive while running way. Alas, while you’re on fire and you get hit with a salvo of HE rounds… and die. You’ve tried to defend yourself, but you’ve got a wolf pack pounding your metal and you could do shit all damage because you’re busy trying to escape.

This is the sort of game-play that is fucking retarded. Instead of the team being supportive, they go away from the people who are pushing to carry the team, go and crash into each other (ship orgy?) in the corner of the map and then call the “good” players on the team fucking noobs because they died and they didn’t get the support.

Why the fuck should I support a teammate that didn’t fucking support me when I was trying to push? Why is my team not pushing up? Why are teammate shooting another teammate? Why is my team’s Aircraft Carrier being retarded and acting like a fucking destroyer and not SHOOTING DOWN FUCKING PLANES?

WHY DOES MY TEAM FUCKING SUCK?!

This is the same sort of shit that made me quit World of Tanks. Now that I’ve been accepted into the AG7 Gaming clan, I have more fun hanging out with them over TeamSpeak and discussing tactics, but even then the clan members do vent steam in the channel.

If this shit keeps happening I may very well hang up my admiral cap and go on vacation. Or maybe I should just go play some Co-Op battles instead.

Also props to the clan. Awesome guys, fun to play with and lots of shenanigans that lighten the mood.

Time to dust off the blog… and Pokemon Go thoughts

Nothing really much to say to be honest, apart from some stuff like Pokemon Go. Might as well write about it while I’m taking a breather between website development projects.

I’ve been looking into that game and for the fans of the Pokemon franchise, it works. It helps people who are big fans of the games or even the show to get outside and walk around catching the pocket monsters.

Without putting my hand into the beehive, I’ll just say that some people lack the knowledge to even read the warning that appears on the game loading screen – Be aware of your surroundings.¬†Yet we have people being silly, running into traffic to catch a Eevee. Or even worse, people using the AR mode (where it puts a feed of your device’s camera as the battle background) in places like toliets and well… places where the camera should be disabled.

Maybe there’s a funeral on and suddenly people nearby scream out “I GOTTA CATCH THAT PIKACHU!!!” and upset the whole funeral setup. Not only is it inconsiderate but it puts not only yourself in danger but others as well.

While I have caught a few Pokemon myself and am about to level up to Level 5 so I can try my hand at a Gym Battle, I’ve lost a majority of interest in the game. I played the Red/Blue/Yellow, Gold/Silver/Crystal, Ruby, LeafGreen and the Nintendo DS rehashes of G/S/C and after throwing so many Pokeballs I just got tired of it. It’s just not my cup of tea anymore.

I still enjoy watching how much glitch abuse Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow gets, that game is full of coding bugs but yet talented people actually can use a glitch to fix another glitch, or even write completely new maps and such. Want to play Pong in the GBA generation of Pokemon games? Sure, with ACE exploits (which runs custom code from console/cartridge work RAM) you can.

As a hobbyist game developer I look at the flaws that¬†Pokemon R/B/Y has, how they are exploited and just be amazed at how the game was programmed and how talented hackers can make stop the game from crashing or battle trainers that exist in the game but are unused… or even implement their own “glitch trainer” with working Pokemon that don’t crash the game.

But for now, I’m hanging up the PokeGear and going back to Ingress. Pokemon Go is just a new fad and given the amount of server downtime, I just don’t enjoy it.

Super Mario Maker Levels designed by me

This is a list of Super Mario Maker (a WiiU application that allows people to create and play fan Mario levels) levels that I’ve designed and published.

Some may have been removed from the server due to no one liking/playing them, so I cannot promise if all of them will still be available or not.

TODO: Add some level UIDs from the Wii U!

New blog and stuff…

Well, when you have your own personal domain just sitting around doing nothing I guess it’s not a bad idea to turn it into a personal blog of sorts.

As you can possibly tell, I’m not exactly super thrilled to be writing the first post with “eh, welcome to another blog”, so well yeah. There you go. Welcome to my new blog.

Now I better set up some spam protection or else I’ll have the spam bots crawling all over this place…