Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Baby Rosie

Great news, everyone! Katie gave birth to the baby this week! Say hello to Rosie, daddy's little detective!



So here, let me tell the entire story. We were late in getting to bed on Sunday night. As in, so late, we didn't bother to load the dishwasher and move laundry. We just decided we're tired, it's late, so we'll do those things in the morning.

Around 11:30, Katie's water broke halfway. It took about 10-15 minutes to call the doctor and confirm that yes, that's good enough to count as a full water breaking in Katie's case. So both we and Katie's doctor had to get to the hospital right away.

Problem #1: The snowstorm that shut down the Portland Metro Area had not completely abated. There was still some ice/snow on the roads and our driveway. We made it to the car, and I started to get the snow/ice brush from my truck, but the trunk was frozen shut. So we had to sit in the car for five minutes and do a manual defrost until it was safe enough to drive.

It was kind of a weird drive, in that I was rushing to get there as soon as possible, but I was also going extra-slow due to the weather. The good news is that there was NO traffic, because it was midnight, but still, I didn't get there as fast as I wanted. Especially since Katie's contractions started for real during the car ride; I wanted to get her to the hospital as soon as possible.

Problem #2: Mary. We thought we'd have to take her to the hospital with us, but guess what? Our neighbor was outside, letting their dog poop. At midnight. Lucky for us the neighbor kept such odd hours that day! The neighbor was put in charge of watching Mary, until Grandpa came to get her. Lucky for us, he was awake, too. His weather problems were way worse than ours, though.

So we got to the hospital around 12:30 AM, and went directly to our room. Katie got changed, and the nurse checked Katie's progress. She called in another nurse, for a second opinion. Meanwhile, the contractions started getting worse. The nurses agreed that the childbirth was happening SOON, so they started to rush things. We didn't get the "checked in" paperwork done until the next day.

Katie planned to do an epidural, so they got the epidural doctor in as soon as possible. As you may know, you have to lie perfectly still, so the epidural can get put in properly. You may also know that it's hard to lie still, when you're going through minute-long contractions. The doctor tried to get the epidural done in between contractions, but they were too close together. Katie had to suffer through a contraction without moving, so they could put it in.

From what I understand, the epidural is a drug cocktail which numbs the lower half of your body. It starts from the toes and slowly goes upwards until it hits waist level. It takes about 30 minutes, but Rosie didn't want to wait that long. It ended up being an involuntary natural childbirth. It went very quickly, but it was still incredibly painful. Having numb feet doesn't help during a childbirth, you know? You want the whole bottom half of the body to be numb.

I have no idea how they define the labor proper, but that was from 2:08 to 2:15. The head became visible at 2:12 or 2:13. So that was a fast labor! They put the baby on top of Katie for a while, and I took lots of pictures. Here's the best of the bunch.



As you can see, she came out purple and messy. There was no opportunity to clean her up, which was listed in the baby birth plan that we brought with us, but we didn't find it until the day after.

It wasn't very long before they had me sit down, and they put Rosie in my lap. Here's the picture of me holding her for the first time.



They needed her (and me) out of the way, because Katie hemorrhaged. I won't go into the gory details, but Katie lost four pints of blood, which is about half the blood in a human body. She had to have an emergency blood transfusion while they worked. There were 7-8 medical personnel in the room the whole time, and Katie had multiple IVs, in addition to the epidural.

They didn't finish until after five, which means Katie spent longer in post-labor than pre-labor and labor combined. Our doctor confirmed that this is the #1 cause of death during childbirth in third world countries. It's not the actual childbirth part; it's the inability to get blood transfusions in case of emergency. We are very, VERY lucky this wasn't an involuntary bus or home birth, due to the winter storm. Katie probably would have died if that had happened.

For the first day, I was in charge of changing diapers and everything, simply because Katie had trouble moving her arms. It's hard to move your arm with an IV going into the back of your palm.

On the second day, I went back to work. And on the morning of the third day, we went back home. It seems weird to say "morning of the third day", when it's just two days and some odd hours, not three full days. I dunno. I still have a weird sense of time now. I imagine I'll adjust eventually.

Anyway, Rosie is born! I think I'll use this as an excuse to take a vacation from blogging for the rest of the year. See you in 2017, everyone!

New York Introductions

I finally got a chance to watch the new Captain America movie. Captain America and Spider-Man have a conversation that goes something like this:

Captain: Wow, you're pretty good! Where are you from?
Spidey: Queens.
Captain: Cool. I'm from Brooklyn.

In real life, do people from New York introduce themselves like that? When I'm introducing myself to someone, and I don't know where they're from, I say, "I'm from Portland". I don't say "I'm from Mount Tabor" or "I'm from the Pearl District" or whatever. I just refer to the closest big city that people may have heard of, even though I don't live in the city limits.

Now I'm reminded of a Nancy Drew fanfic I wrote where she and the Hardys go to New York, and the author assumed you knew the intricate details of where things are located in that city. New York is a really big city, if I'm not mistaken!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Luna

Our dog Luna is half-Pomeranian and half-Shih-Tzu. Basically, a fluffy dog mixed with a fluffy dog, to give a fluffy dog overload.

You might recognize shih-tzus as the dogs that usually have their hair up in a bow. That's not just a cute fashion accessory. You have to pull the dog's hair up, away from the face, because otherwise it covers up their eyes, and they can't see. Either you trim the hair, or pull it back.

Since Luna has a Pomeranian-shaped skull, the hair covers more of her face than it normally would, to the point where her eyebrows sometimes cover her eyes. We try to keep her hair trimmed, but it doesn't always work. As best as we can figure, Luna doesn't see more than three or four feet. If we're playing fetch with her, and the object goes farther than that, she gets confused and can't find it.

Here's a picture of Luna, which kind of shows off the hair on her head covering up one eye. Mostly, the picture shows how her big old whiskers get in the way and make trimming her hair impossible.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Snow Day Continued

The snow was pretty nice, the first day of the storm. Everything was serene and peaceful, and the snow made everywhere glow. It was the perfect powder for skiing, because it was deep but still soft enough to walk on.

Then it was the next day, and the snow was still there. It's too cold to melt, so it just sort of...froze in place. The status of the snow varies from place to place, obviously. The places where it partially melted have ice that's more slippery and dangerous. The roads are mostly clear, but the sides of the roads are covered with nasty-looking dark snow.

Katie slipped twice on the ice, and her OBGYN told her outright that her options are to induce labor now, or to not go outside at all until the ice is gone. She chose the latter option, because the forecast calls for sprinkled snow showers all this weekend. Maybe. The weather people all agree that we'll have a day and a half of light snow, but they keep changing the forecast for WHEN it will happen. After that, it will slowly get warmer. I imagine we'll have to wait until it's above freezing all day long, before the snow and ice disappear.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snow Day

We had a snow day! It snowed about 1-2 inches in Portland on Wednesday, and 2-3 inches in the outside areas. This snowstorm completely shut down the entire city.

(Pauses a few moments so people on the East Coast can finish laughing.)

All the train lines shut down, and it took me five and a half hours to get home. Problem #1 was that my bus home got trapped outside of the city, with a lot of other buses. Problem #2 was that the highways got shut down. Like, people just parked their cars and walked away, because they couldn't drive. So we had one-lane highways, at most.

Katie and I both got home around 10 PM, so Mary had an involuntary sleepover at a friend's house that night. The good news is that Katie did NOT have an involuntary winter bus baby. The bad news is that school got cancelled, but work didn't. That's always a fun situation.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Las Posadas

This week, our church is doing Las Posadas, which is a Hispanic Christmas tradition. I'm kind of bummed that I'm missing out on it two years in a row, because I understand Spanish enough to translate what's going on to my wife and kid.

As I understand it, las posadas is sort of like a play. Someone plays Joseph and Mary, looking for a place to stay. They go to the first inn, but they get told that it's full. They go to the second place, the third place, and so on, until they reach the last place, where the innkeeper agrees to let them stay in the stable out back. The end.

The format is pretty simple, so it can be easily adapted depending on how many people there are. At our church, they have designated adults at certain places, to be the innkeepers. Everyone else is part of the group, looking for a place to stay. There is some singing and pinatas. Overall, a nice little event for the kiddos.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Magnus Chase 2: The Hammer of Thor

I read Magnus Chase 2: The Hammer of Thor recently. I liked the book, and I'd say it's just as good as the first one. There are two new characters, unless they were in the first book, and I forgot about them. The first is Amir, the person that Sam is engaged to. He's in the process of learning about the Norse mythology stuff, and he is rightfully FREAKING OUT. That type of character can be annoying, like in Indiana Jones 2, but it works here, because Magnus knew Amir long before the mythology stuff ruined their lives.

The second new character is Alex, who is a shapeshifter and also transgender. That was a really neat idea. She can change forms into whatever animal she wants, but her own personal identity is fluid, so she can never quite match it or keep up with that. An interesting conflict, to be sure. However, at times, the author gets a little TOO heavy-handed with the issue of supporting transgender rights, to the point where it feels like he's preemptively calling you a transphobic bigot if you ever disagree with a transgender person about anything ever. Or maybe I'm just a touch oversensitive to those issues, because I occasionally get a lot of grief for being a male who plays female Nancy Drew games.

The story is typical of the Rick Riordan books. Our heroes have to fetch a magic item that the gods have somehow lost. There is kind of a clear road map they have to follow, from A to B to C, but they keep getting tangled up in random 50-page sidequests that focus around a particular mythological character. These include challenging giants, visiting Hearth's evil father, going to Thor's house, and so on. The overall story is that they have to get the skofnung sword and wheel, so they can trade it for Thor's lost hammer at a wedding.

Towards the end, the book talks about Norse wedding traditions. The dowry goes to the bride's father, not the groom's family. I thought this was setting up for a big plot twist at the end, because of who Alex's parents are, and how they technically don't fit the tradition as described. (I'm trying not to give spoilers, here.) But no, I was wrong, that ended up not being important at all. Okay, then. I fail at foreshadowing!

The book goes on for several chapters after the dramatic finale, which I thought was very well done. I particularly liked that. I didn't like the final cliffhanger, which was "OMG, Percy Jackson is going to get involved in this story!". That's not the first time we've seen this end-of-book cliffhanger from Rick Riordan...Still, it was a neat book, and I'll definitely read the next one in the series.

I wonder what mythology Riordan will tackle next, after Egypt, Greek, Rome, and Norse. Like, Lloyd Alexander and J. R. R. Tolkien already wrote AMAZING series based on Welsh mythology, and it would probably be impossible to do Christian mythology while having it still fit in with the pre-established Roman mythological canon that Riordan has developed. (Plus, it'd be hard to do Christian mythology without offending a TON of people.)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. I feel like I've been neglecting this blog lately. I'm sorry. I also feel like I've been neglecting my book reviews. I've been working on the same set of reviews since...October?

2. The baby's due date is coming closer and closer! Katie's fake contractions keep getting worse, and every time she goes to the bathroom, I start to worry that her water will break. Which kind of makes the blog writing problem seem worse! I want to have a lot of blog entries prepared in advance, because I will probably not have any blog time once the baby is born.

3. I just realized we haven't done Christmas cards this year. Um...maybe no one will notice.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Eve: Midnight's Call

Here's my walkthrough for Christmas Eve: Midnight's Call.



I actually bought the game in 2015 and I sat on it a whole year, just so I could release it around Christmastime. The game is pretty focused on the winter/Christmas theme, although I'd say Santa is kind of a jerk. He introduces himself by making a joke about how awful the main character's sister is. Not nice, Santa.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nancy Drew Podcast

I haven't mentioned this yet, have I? There's a Nancy Drew podcast, where they interview voice actors from the various games.



They started with Ned Nickerson's voice actor, then the culprit from game 2, then the two leads from game 2. I guess they're tackling the games in chronological order. I think it's pretty neat!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Most Visited Sites

I posted this on Twitter the other day...



The good news is, Internet Explorer has changed its "frequent websites" list back to normal. Chrome, however, STILL has the one website which I only visited once in October and never again. Also, it has the log-in page for Ticketmaster, and the main signed-in page for Ticketmaster. I don't know if the doubling-up on websites is good or bad. I'm just wondering where the fanfiction page went.

Oh, I haven't had a chance to write or read fanfiction in months, now I'm sad.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Game Purchases

I bought four new games on Friday:

  • Immortal Love 2: The Price of a Miracle
  • Spirit of Mystery: Chains of Promise
  • Dark Dimensions: Blade Master
  • Cadenza: The Kiss of Death

Where should they go on my "games I own, which I'm going to record" list? At the bottom? For reference, the list currently looks like this:

  • Phoenix Wright Case 4
  • Agatha Christie Mysteries
  • Love Chronicles
  • Maestro: Dark Talent
  • Spirit of Revenge: Cursed Castle
  • Spirit of Revenge: Elizabeth's Secret
  • Dark Parables: Swan Princess
  • Christmas Eve: Midnight's Call
  • Spirit of Revenge: Florry's Well
  • Miles Edgeworth 2, Case 3
  • Other pathways in the Spy Fox games
  • DOS games
  • Hardy Boys 2: The Perfect Crime

If there's any game you think should get bumped up in the standings, just leave a comment here, letting me know. Hardy Boys and the four I listed above are the new entries on the list, since the last time I consulted you on this list.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun

This week, I played the first chapter of Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun. I wasn't planning to have the first chapter last a full week. It just worked out nicely like that.



Yesterday, they released the sequel to last year's Immortal Love: Letter from the Past, which is a game I loved. As in, "buying the new game and playing it immediately" just jumped high up on my to-do list. This is probably going to mess up my YouTube plans, huh?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recording Detective Barbie 3

I mentioned Detective Barbie 3 the other day, because I'm doing a walkthrough for it. Recording this game has been a pig and a half, I assure you! I normally use a Hauppauge PVR to record console games, but this game doesn't cooperate with the Hauppague's HD input. Maybe because it's a PS1 game, being played on a PS2.

So I have to use the old-fashioned red-yellow-white cables to output the game, and I think the problem is that I've got old cables which don't work so well anymore. They can't go a full minute without dropping the signal at least once. For whatever reason, when I actively record with the Hauppauge, the cables drop the signal about 25% more often.

When the signal drops, my TV turns black and says "no signal", while the recorded footage just drops those frames. Syncing up audio and video just plain doesn't work, because the video ends up being a lot shorter than the audio.

So...here's my ridiculous workaround!

For the audio, I turn up the TV volume to the maximum and shout over it, to do commentary. For the video, I record the Hauppauge's preview box. I don't actually record with the Hauppauge. So the final video will end up being pretty jumpy with a lot of dropped frames, but no blackscreen. It's the best I can do.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

I got a chance to see Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home. I would have seen it earlier, but it was always checked out at my local library, whenever I visited. I guess that's a testament to its enduring popularity.

The premise of the movie is that an alien spaceship is attacking Earth, sending out weird messages that pretty much destroy all technology. This is happening at the same time our heroes are returning to Earth. So they're the only Earth spaceship which still works, meaning they're the only ones that can save the planet.

It turns out that the aliens are whales. Space whales. I thought that was a joke, but it's 100% serious. About every million years or so, the alien space whales stop by Earth, chat with a few humpback whales, then go back to their own planet. But humpback whales are extinct at this point in history, so our heroes go back in time to 1986 to find some whales.

I'm not a big fan of introducing time travel into the movie series at this point. That just begs the question of "why didn't they use time travel to avoid any of the problems in the previous movies"? But to be fair, the original Star Trek TV series featured a lot of "we're time travelling back to the same year this series was made", probably because it's cheaper to film live in San Francisco than it is to build a future San Francisco set and film there.

So our heroes crash land in 1980's San Francisco, and just enough of their computer equipment has failed, in order to give everyone a job to do. Kirk and Spock are the main characters, so they have to find the whales. McCoy and Scotty have to find some kind of whale cage, while Sulu finds a way to transport it. Uhura and Chekov have to find a nuclear power source to run their ship.

The movie is pretty funny, with a lot of "our heroes are super confused" jokes, and thankfully, there was only one joke that fell flat, because it relied on a 1980's pop culture reference that I've never heard of before, ever. It was cute to see Spock start swearing in order to fit in, just because that's so out of character for him. It was funny to see Scotty try and fail to control a computer by talking to Siri, because he ended up looking like an idiot who talks to machines. It was neat to see McCoy argue medicine with a real doctor, and it was at least kind of funny that nobody understood Chekov's accent. Kind of.

I can totally see why non Star Trek fans enjoy this movie. It's not high philosophy and technobabble! It's a "fish out of water" humor script, with occasional action sequences (they get the nuclear power source by robbing a military base). There's a minor romance element to it, which was better than I expect, compared to the original series, where the "romance" was mostly an excuse for hot girls to wear revealing outfits.

I'd say the only think I didn't really like were the parts where the movie got put on hold for a few minutes, so they could deliver a "save the whales" speech. That was just as heavy-handed as the "buy organic food!" lectures in Nancy Drew Diaries 9, whose name I don't remember, because I just remember it as the organic farming book.

Also, if I'm being picky, I didn't like how our heroes focused on saving one specific pair of whales, when they easily could have taken any pair of whales from the ocean, no problem. Nope, our heroes have to focus on the only pair of whales in the world that are in captivity and have media attention on them. Guys, you're only making your job harder on yourself!

Overall, a great film, space whales and all. It was fun, funny, and well-balanced. I'd say it's my favorite of the movie series so far! I can see why people enjoy the (loose) trilogy made up of Movies 2-4. I hope movie #5 is just as good, but I know that it won't be, because it's the movie everyone hates. Sad.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Electoral College

People have been talking a lot about the electoral college recently, since Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election, despite getting about two and a half million more votes than Trump did. I've complained about the electoral college in the past, myself. I appreciate how it at least tries to make every state relevant in the Presidential election process, but in reality, only a handful of states make a difference in elections.

My history buff friend was inspired to look more into what the Founding Fathers were thinking, when they made the electoral college. As it turns out, they were thinking that every election would have three or more candidates. The electoral college makes a lot more sense, if there are three viable candidates. It's hard to get a majority vote, when there are more than two candidates. Heck, the Clinton/Trump election only had two viable candidates, and even then, nobody got 50% of the vote.

My friend also says that the Founding Fathers expected the electoral college to tie more often than not, which is why they went into such detail about what to do, when nobody wins the electoral college.

Also, the electoral college was partially a practical decision. It wasn't feasible for them to have national elections, even one that only covers thirteen states on the East Coast. It was way easier to let every individual state handle its own election, then report that result to the people in DC.

Today, the numbers we use for the electoral college are based on state populations, as determined by the Census Bureau. However, those numbers aren't accurate for voting purposes, because the majority of people don't vote. Some Founding Fathers wanted to base the electoral college numbers on the number of voters, while others didn't. This was part of a big argument, which eventually led to the 3/5 compromise.

I wonder how the electoral college would look like today, if it was based on the number of actual voters, not just potential voters! I bet the map would look pretty different, whether we left out the potential voters entirely, or if we counted them as 3/5 of a person each. California and Texas would probably get fewer electoral votes, while Ohio and Florida would get more. (And in the following election, every state would vote in record numbers to try to assert electoral college dominance.)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Francy Droo Three

Fans of the Francy Droo videogame that I wrote--buy it today!--will be glad to know that the sequel has been mostly finished! The next step is reviewing the game and testing it. On my end, the next step is playing through the whole thing and taking note of everything I'd like to tweak or change. ("That comma looks weird. Let's get rid of it.")

Actually releasing the game is a complicated matter that I won't get into right now.

I have vague plans for a third Francy Droo game. When I first pitched the concept years ago, I wrote three different sample mysteries. I turned the first two samples into actual games, so why not the third one? I call it Francy Droo and the Speed Dating Sham. I think that's a cool name.

The general idea is that Francy and her friend Katie go speed dating. Francy meets a guy named Frank Harvey, who is also an amateur detective. Frank brags / tells Francy about a case he just solved. Frank would be the only guy at speed dating who's memorable. The other guys would be bland palette swaps of each other, and the speed dating event unexpectedly gets cancelled partway through.

You get to chose which guys you want to meet again. No matter what option you pick, Frank Harvey reappears and enlists Francy's help in solving the mystery of why they called off the speed dating event, with no warning or explanation. That's as much as I've got right now.

I kind of had the idea that maybe Frank solved two cases recently, one being a brief parody of Nancy Drew #1, and the other being a brief parody of Nancy Drew #3. You can hear about one at speed dating, and the other at the second scene with Frank. Is that what people want to see from these games? Or would it be better for Francy to solve her own, unique mysteries? I feel like this might be a nice compromise, in that you get a brief scene with a more direct parody, but the real mystery is its own thing.

(I have no idea how I would parody those two Nancy Drew games, by the way, so the entire idea might bet scrapped.)

(Also, I checked my original pitch for the game. It says "Francy has an older sister" and "Katie has a tomboy cousin named Henry". I guess those were subplots I was thinking about when I wrote the pitch?)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

I finally got to see this year's new movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave. It is the fourteenth movie in the series, the first movie since 2007.

I loved it! I give it nine Nothronychuses out of Yutyrannus. Both of those being the dinosaurs with feathers that appear in this film.

The movie is a semi-sequel to the tenth movie, which is the last movie in the series that I enjoyed. The story is that Littlefoot's father, Brom, comes to visit him every year. This year, Brom was injured, while trying to save a celebrity cameo character. Now he's dying and needs help escaping his inevitable lava death. Littlefoot and friends travel a long distance to reach Brom and save him.

Major props to this movie, for not shying away from the topic of parental death. The death of Littlefoot's mother dominated the first movie, but all the sequels either ignored it or glossed over it, as inappropriate material for a children's movie. This movie goes into detail about the death of Littlefoot's mother, because that's his main motivation for saving his father. He doesn't want Dad to die like Mom did, he's scared of being all alone, and he still has some survivor's guilt, because Mom died to save him.

Not that Littlefoot is actively angsting over his tragic backstory. He's still a happy singing dinosaur who has fun adventures. But I liked how the movie had a serious element to it.

I also liked how the movie had Ruby and Chomper in it! It's good to see that they acknowledged the existence of the short-lived TV series, and besides, their subplot was entertaining. They were paired up with the celebrity cameo, Littlefoot's grandfather and Cera's father, and it worked surprisingly well to have the oldest characters and youngest characters interacting with each other. (On a sad side note, they had to recast both of the older male roles, because their voice actors died.)

The movie does retread some old ground. Littlefoot and Cera get into a fight and decide to split up, in a sequence that is more or less a repeat of the original movie. The subplot with Petrie finding a bunch of followers was entertaining, albeit pointless. My least favorite subplot was the one with Etta, which was the other celebrity cameo character. It seemed like she was there, mostly so they could have her sing a good song.

The music was amazing, by the way. It's been months since I saw the movie, and the tune for Hot and Stinky still pops up in my head occasionally. I would probably have the first song memorized, if I saw the movie more than once.

Overall, it was a good movie. It's WAY BETTER than the thirteenth movie, which is all I was hoping for. If the series doesn't continue after this, then we can say that it went out on a good note.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Everything Wrong With Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel Suggestions

I'm now taking suggestions for things to include in "Everything Wrong With Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel"! I went through my playthrough of the game and wrote down everything I could think of, but you people online always catch a few good problems that I missed!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. I did the math on my YouTube results so far this year. It looks like I made $38.36 more on YouTube in 2016 than I did in 2015. That means 2016 is the first year ever where I made more YouTube money than the previous year! Hooray! Granted, it's not a huge increase of profit, but it's still impressive, considering there wasn't a big Nancy Drew game release to bring in a lot of views, like every other year of Arglefumph's existence.

...I'm still making nowhere near full-time minimum wage, though, so I can't quit my day job. Shoot.

2. In terms of view counts, my current estimate for the year is 5,046,046, about 97% of last year's 5,172,184 views. Again, I'm sure a new Nancy Drew game release would have tipped me over last year's performance. Maybe. Checking my blind playthrough of Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness , it looks like each video got around 3,000 views for the year. 25 times 3,000 equals 75,000...which isn't enough to cover the gap.

3. Last year, my expenses were $3,414.09, and this year, my expenses were $1,905.59. (10% of all my YouTube money goes directly to my network.) Mostly, I saved money by spending way less on books for book reviews this year. So if we're talking net profit, then I made a lot more money on YouTube this year. Hooray!