vlog

Apr 17, 2019

The right lights

How we get all this vlogging done

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What makes expensive lighting better than cheap lighting? The speed of light is the same no matter what. But we discuss our experience with bad lights, and how this is an equipment area where we could have stood to spend a little more.

Also, we talk about the making of seven different videos. It’s a behind-the-scenes feast!

Apr 9, 2019

Structuring the giraffe episodes

How we get all this vlogging done

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The giraffe videos started out as kind of a free-form experiment. If there was an idea, I’d put on the giraffe suit and tell the camera. But as we went on, it started to develop a real structure of its own. And we liked it, so we kept it.

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Mar 28, 2019

I can’t put my shoes on any faster

Where’s my shoes genie?

There are so many stories about shoes and other things at our YouTube channel, Hello Foreigner. Subscribe, you squirrel!

After kindergarten, I never thought I would care about how fast I can get my shoes on … but I do! Also, we talk about Internet advice, international chips, a vacuum update, and where do remixes come from? Plus, the return of “And then now.”

Mar 27, 2019

How do you know it’s any good?

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This week, we talk about judging the quality of your own work. When it’s abstract, do your criteria change? How do you know to keep working? What if you’re, gasp, mediocre?! It’s hard to make art!

Mar 25, 2019

No sleep ’til nap time

The less well-known Chinese “siesta”

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Everyone knows about the Spanish siesta, but did you know that China has an unofficial nap time after lunch as well? They do! Our building even turns off the ads in the elevator from noon to 2pm so that it’s quiet. Supermarkets and stores are still open, but government buildings and schools also take a break during that time. So, whatever you do, don’t try to go to the post office.

Mar 24, 2019

On location filming

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This week’s podcast topic is on location filming. We talk about our different location strategies, as well as what goes into a location shoot that is different (and often more challenging) than an in-studio shoot.

Feb 27, 2019

Back away from the expensive pants

A shopping adventure

The search for a decent, but cheap, pair of pants.

Baseline: I hate clothes shopping, so it’s even worse in a country where I regularly max out the size of what’s available. But, that can turn into a handy excuse when I’ve accidentally tried on a pair of pants that is too expensive.

Also, stick around after the story for a recent Taobao purchase, a complaint, and a viewer comment of the week!

Feb 20, 2019

Getting ready for Chinese New Year 2019

It’s the Year of the Pig!

Here comes the Year of the Pig.

Though we appreciate the time off, we’re not big into celebrating Chinese New Year … mostly because we don’t have a family in China to go see. But one aspect of the holiday that I really appreciate is the little door guardians. I think the pigs this year are very cute. I bought them at the supermarket!

Oct 11, 2018

The Music of Uncle Foreigner

Western Toilet is born

Did you know that Uncle Foreigner uses all original music by Peter Sikoski to score its videos? It’s true! For the early part of this year, we’ve been using work by Peter from earlier on in his life, back when he was a rocker. But for the past few months, Peter has been working hard composing original scores for each new video. (Take a gander at our studio on Instagram.) To celebrate that fact, we’ve put together a playlist of just the music we’ve spun off a whole new channel: Western Toilet! Just close your eyes and imagine you’re in China! With some Americans!

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Jun 13, 2018

First YouTube live stream

A learning experience

Because we never met a challenge we didn’t like, Hello Uncle Foreigner is taking on the live stream. We had a few technical glitches in our very first one, but we’ll get it right soon enough!