Baby’s first vlog.

I’m in Italy, having just finished this conference, my paper for which is a total rogue side project that bears absolutely no relation to anything else I’m doing and which I basically wrote solely because it was an idea that had been kicking around in my head for a while that I thought could be done in short enough format for said conference. And I wanted to take an excuse to go on an Italian vacation. Which I am.

So tonight I’m in a total hole in the wall in Milan, and so I decided to make a vlog about it. The vlog isn’t very good — I suspect my natural talents really don’t lie in that direction. I like to be able to edit. Also, it’s really hard to know what you’re pointing the camera on the macbook at.

Still. It may amuse.

Edit: evidently I’m a truly incompetent vlogger. The video won’t load, and when I go to its page on youtube it gives me some jive about “processing.” (How much damn processing do you need to do, guys?) Well, I’m about to get kicked off of the wifi in this dive, so I won’t be able to stick around to see if it ever posts. Hope it does…

This isn’t the worst place I’ve ever stayed, though. That’s a toss-up between the youth hostel in St. Louis that was so scary that I was convinced I’d wake in a bathtub missing a kidney and the Triangle Inn by Islip airport in Long Island. The latter motel was recommended to me by a cop, in response to the question “what’s the cheapest place nearby?” Oops. I called them and the conversation started, I swear to nonexistent god, as follows:

Paul: “What are your rates?”
Clerk: “For the whole night?”

Of course I stayed there anyway. The cabbie seemed kind of nervous to pick me up in the morning.


4 Responses to “Baby’s first vlog.”

  1. Mike Says:

    Watching now.

  2. Hux Says:


    That ought to be your blog’s new title.

  3. Paul Gowder Says:

    It was an old joke, that actually made reference to an ex-friend, references to whom I’d like to excise. Unfortunately, you can’t change a youtube username.

  4. Paul Gowder Says:

    And I actually made a slightly less terrible follow-up vlog about 10 minutes later, but I’m not sure if I can bring myself to post it given the badness of this one.

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