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Jun 11 2009

Youtube comments enabled!

Bad news and good news. WordPress 2.8 is installed and working; bad news is it doesn’t include the youtube posting functionality we were hoping.

However. More good news. I’d been using the WordPress plugin Smart Youtube since way back when I did the mass-posting of George Carlin videos. However, I really haven’t been good about updating it. Evidently a newer version than the one I was using (and I’d have to look at the changelog to see which) allows for posting Youtube videos in comments as well as in the main body of the blog. Plus this new version allows for embedding playlists now — meaning my having posted 26 episodes of Thunderf00t’s “why people laugh at creationists” series separately was completely unnecessary.

However, it requires some special instructions. I’m putting spaces in these instructions to keep the plugin from triggering on it, just eliminate the space between the protocol identifier and the colon when testing it. I’ll be testing it below myself as an anonymous user.

To use the video in your posts, paste YouTube video URL with httpv :// (notice the ‘v’).

Important: The URL should just be copied into your post normally and the letter ‘v’ added, do not create a clickable link!

Example: httpv ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWfksMD4PAg

If you want to embed high quality video (for videos that have them) use httpvh :// instead (Video High).

If you want to embed HD Quality (DVD quality 720p) video use httpvhd :// instead (Video High Defintion).

To embed playlists use httpvp:// (eg. httpvp ://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=528026B4F7B34094)

* httpv :// – regular video
* httpvh :// – high quality
* httpvhd :// – HD quality
* httpvp :// – playlist

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  1. 1
    Anonymous

    httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=528026B4F7B34094

  2. 2
    Dan J

    I figured out what the problem was with my own installation and the YouTube videos in comments. My Firewall plugin was disallowing the embedded video because it saw it as a security risk. I’ll have to whitelist the video sites in order to get past that.
    I upgraded to 2.8 last night as soon as I saw it was available. I am so glad I have the auto-update plugin.
    Anonymous: I love the Chad Vader videos!

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPVlljVWqBg

  3. 3
    Jason Thibeault

    Anonymous was me.  :)

    Did you try that httpv thing?  Doesn’t look like it… though I see you edited the post.

  4. 4
    Dan J

    It looks like editing the comments (with the AJAX editor) bypasses the httpv.

  5. 5
    Jason Thibeault

    Damnable thing.  I’m thinking of disabling the AJAX editor and the MCE comments both — apparently blockquote is more broken than I realized (after Rystefn brought it up, I got to tinkering), though I found a potential fix (setting block_root_force to “p” explicitly), and it still doesn’t work right.

  6. 6
    Jason Thibeault

    I’ve disabled both, and now I’m testing

    blockquotes

    and hyperlinks
    using html!!

  7. 7
    Jason Thibeault

    Well that’s weird. Blockquotes just look wrong. That’s not a blockquote at all.

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj2hewPBQh0

    Testing if it’s below the gravatar:

    this is a blockqutoe

  8. 8
    Jason Thibeault

    Okay, that’s better. Well, guess you all will just have to learn HTML if you don’t already!

  9. 9
    Dan J

    No problem with the HTML. LOL!

    Bioshock 2 is another of the fine games we’re waiting for. My wife has been playing [PROTOTYPE] all day (and yesterday evening). Very, very cool.

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi6i9UTEZA0

    I’m such a geek.

  10. 10
    Jason Thibeault

    Man! That’s like some kinda freaky blend of GTA, Assassin’s Creed and Omikron: Nomad Soul. EPIC WANT

    Too bad I don’t have a ps3 or X-Box 360 (beside the one I do have that’s kinda broken, that I got for free, showing red ring of death, tried overheating to re-flow the solder that cracks repeatedly).

  11. 11
    Dan J

    Yes, Prototype is very very cool. Nice little back story, missions, sandbox type free play, upgrades, etc. Very smooth gameplay and graphics. And you can run up the sides of the freakin’ buildings in New York!

    The PS3 rocks for us. I would definitely think twice about one if you didn’t have a high-speed ‘net connection for it though. Of course, we don’t have cable television (by choice), so we’re always on our PCs or the PlayStation.

    Our PS3 is on my gigabit internal network, and we have media server software (Java PS3 Media Server) on both my machine and my wife’s. That way we can play almost any media on either PC through the PS3 and the bigger screen/stereo.

    Online play for Resistance 2 is fantastic. Little Big Planet is also very cool.

  12. 12
    Jason Thibeault

    Big huge fan of sandbox type games. Put 150 hours into Oblivion and Fallout respectively (the latter only if you count my second run through it with all the extra plugins).

    Jodi and I want a PS3, but our priorities are bedroom furniture (which is actually already bought and on delivery), then a big TV and wall unit (well, that wall unit thing is more my priority than hers). Also, we don’t have cable either. Everything we watch, we watch online, or via DVD player on the TV, or we play Wii games.

    But oh man is the Wii ever great with the Homebrew Channel. How hackable is the PS3?

  13. 13
    Dan J

    I haven’t really looked into the hacks (though there are some sites out there). You can install Linux on it (There’s a menu item on the system for “Install other OS”!

    From the Wikipedia entry: “Linux on the PlayStation 3 allows for a huge range of homebrew programs to be developed and is entirely and completely sanctioned by Sony.”

    The hard drive is a standard 2.5-inch SATA, so you can upgrade the HD capacity easily. Unfortunately, the PS3 has a relatively small amount of RAM: “The PlayStation 3 has 256 MB of XDR main memory and 256 MB of GDDR3 video memory for the RSX.” (The RSX ‘Reality Synthesizer’ is a graphics processing unit (GPU) co-developed by NVIDIA and Sony for the PlayStation 3 game console.)

    We finally upgraded from a 13-inch TV to a 32-inch HDTV last December. Wow, what a difference. Can you imagine Assassin’s Creed on a 13-inch CRT? It was not as pretty as it should be. Got a very nice stand for it (can support up to a 42-inch screen) that will not allow it to fall over (I was afraid the cats might knock it over otherwise).

  14. 14
    Jason Thibeault

    Linux? SOLD!!!!

    We have a 24″ CRT presently, which is better than 13″, but it seems to have a buzz to it that I can’t hear, but Jodi can. And it bothers her. She can tell if it’s on from the bedroom over 30ft away. I’m half deaf after years in a lead refinery during the summer vacations while in university (nepotistic program where sons of miners get to pay their way through school by being a labourer for the duration of a summer). But that’s still weird to me — knowing she can hear frequencies I can’t. The human condition (that we can hear or see only things within a certain range) is comprehensible but uncanny to think about.

  15. 15
    Dan J

    Oddly enough, my wife frequently hears high-pitched noises that I don’t unless I listen very closely. (I used to DJ wedding receptions and parties, as well as working security in a factory, so high frequency response has been a bit damaged.) The old television was one culprit, but there’s another that I have a problem with. I’m using Ubuntu with PulseAudio as the sound server. When a sound source stops, there is often a high-pitched whine coming from my speakers. If I start another sound, then quickly stop it, it will most often stop the noise. My wife’s PC has exactly the same hardware, also running Ubuntu with PulseAudio, but does not have this problem.

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