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TaranLMG

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    TaranLMG got a reaction from midnightsights in 87-key Macro Keyboard   
    SUP GUYS,
    So there's been some interesting discussion in this thread. But I haven't yet looked into everything you guys have proposed yet.
    But I've seen a lot of "solutions" that basically just involve BUYING something.
    That's just not the Taran way!
    I've been poor most of my life, so I'm used to having to come up with innovative ways to do things with little to no money.
    What makes the 2nd macro keyboard mod so great is that you can do it with basically any spare keyboard that you already have lying around.
    However, I've never been totally satisfied with LuaMacros. It has a lot of problems.
    So I've come up with a much BETTER solution that uses INTERCEPTOR, an apparently amazing program that can do all sorts of cool things.
    And I've finally made a tutorial that explains the method I've been using for awhile:
    It's far more stable, doesn't require a stupid txt file to work, allows more rapid keypresses, AND even works with modifier keys.
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from Grunty Game in 87-key Macro Keyboard   
    SUP GUYS,
    So there's been some interesting discussion in this thread. But I haven't yet looked into everything you guys have proposed yet.
    But I've seen a lot of "solutions" that basically just involve BUYING something.
    That's just not the Taran way!
    I've been poor most of my life, so I'm used to having to come up with innovative ways to do things with little to no money.
    What makes the 2nd macro keyboard mod so great is that you can do it with basically any spare keyboard that you already have lying around.
    However, I've never been totally satisfied with LuaMacros. It has a lot of problems.
    So I've come up with a much BETTER solution that uses INTERCEPTOR, an apparently amazing program that can do all sorts of cool things.
    And I've finally made a tutorial that explains the method I've been using for awhile:
    It's far more stable, doesn't require a stupid txt file to work, allows more rapid keypresses, AND even works with modifier keys.
  4. Informative
    TaranLMG got a reaction from r2724r16 in Hey, does anyone remember the video with Taran as a drunken uncle, with other people as iPhones and stuff?   
    I'm lookin' for that footage and I am lazy so I am crowdsourcing it.
    OKAY THANKS GUYZ
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from rcmaehl in Hey, does anyone remember the video with Taran as a drunken uncle, with other people as iPhones and stuff?   
    I'm lookin' for that footage and I am lazy so I am crowdsourcing it.
    OKAY THANKS GUYZ
  7. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from James Evens in Hey, does anyone remember the video with Taran as a drunken uncle, with other people as iPhones and stuff?   
    I'm lookin' for that footage and I am lazy so I am crowdsourcing it.
    OKAY THANKS GUYZ
  8. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Musty in Hey, does anyone remember the video with Taran as a drunken uncle, with other people as iPhones and stuff?   
    I'm lookin' for that footage and I am lazy so I am crowdsourcing it.
    OKAY THANKS GUYZ
  9. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Mr.Humble in Hey, does anyone remember the video with Taran as a drunken uncle, with other people as iPhones and stuff?   
    I'm lookin' for that footage and I am lazy so I am crowdsourcing it.
    OKAY THANKS GUYZ
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from LienusLateTips in We want Taran back!   
    There's nothing stopping me from writing and hosting more videos... except that there have been no interesting products for me to review for awhile.
    I've tried to get more ebikes, but companies have not been willing to send them.
    There's a cool keyboard converter dongle thingy that i am hoping to review sometime soon. It may be much better than luamcaros.
    Also, if I had to write a video or two every week, they would not be nearly as good. I'd be stretched too thin.
  11. Agree
    TaranLMG got a reaction from JuNex03 in We want Taran back!   
    There's nothing stopping me from writing and hosting more videos... except that there have been no interesting products for me to review for awhile.
    I've tried to get more ebikes, but companies have not been willing to send them.
    There's a cool keyboard converter dongle thingy that i am hoping to review sometime soon. It may be much better than luamcaros.
    Also, if I had to write a video or two every week, they would not be nearly as good. I'd be stretched too thin.
  12. Agree
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Hudeb in We want Taran back!   
    There's nothing stopping me from writing and hosting more videos... except that there have been no interesting products for me to review for awhile.
    I've tried to get more ebikes, but companies have not been willing to send them.
    There's a cool keyboard converter dongle thingy that i am hoping to review sometime soon. It may be much better than luamcaros.
    Also, if I had to write a video or two every week, they would not be nearly as good. I'd be stretched too thin.
  13. Agree
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Oskar94a in We want Taran back!   
    There's nothing stopping me from writing and hosting more videos... except that there have been no interesting products for me to review for awhile.
    I've tried to get more ebikes, but companies have not been willing to send them.
    There's a cool keyboard converter dongle thingy that i am hoping to review sometime soon. It may be much better than luamcaros.
    Also, if I had to write a video or two every week, they would not be nearly as good. I'd be stretched too thin.
  14. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from justinctech in LTT Slogan Suggestion Thread   
    ALRIGHT YOU BUTTHEADS.
    I'MA NEED SOME MORE SLOGANS, STAT!
    LOOK AT THIS LIST
    LOOK AT THIS
    WE USED EM ALL
    I NEED MOAR
    GET TO WORK

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    TaranLMG got a reaction from Hiitchy in Open Letter to Linus Media Group   
    Hey bros. Taran here. I just happened to see this topic and thought I'd respond.
     
    Edzel, Brandon, Dennis, and myself all went to BCIT together for Television/Broadcast in the same year. We all became friends during the two-year program, and now we get to work together as well.
     
    Here's one of the dumb projects we made during that time:

     
    When you see Nick (Van Berkel) acting mean towards Dennis, you're seeing it out of context. They are friends, and are currently roommates. Nick teases all of us for all sorts of things, that's just his personality. Guys who like each other will pretend to be mean!
     
    We all like Dennis around here and he's a valuable member of the team. I recorded a bit where I say that - you'll see it in an upcoming moving Vlog.
     
    That being said, I know it can certainly LOOK like Berkel is just a big bully sometimes, so I like to get footage where Dennis strikes back. (Like the The Office style interview where he mocks Berkel for talking too much, and the part where he gets Nick a shirt that says "white people can't read this.")
     
    It's mot always easy to show everything for what it really is in a 15 minute video that encompasses a whole day, but we do try.
     
     
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from rattacko123 in Why I took down the RSI video, and some more info   
    Hello friends. It's me, Taran! If you don't know me, I'm the one editing most of the LTT videos these days!
     
    I've had a few people on Twitter asking me why my TechQuickie video about RSI is no longer available for viewing. I can't respond in 140 characters, so I thought I would post here.
     
    Long story short: I was wrong.
     
    Let's start at the beginning. A few months after I started working for LMG, I started to suffer from painful RSI (repetitive strain injury) in both my hands. This lasted for about a year, and I even had to stop working for a few months so I could recover. The pain in my hands got so bad at one point, that I was starting to have trouble with simple things like doing laundry, making food, and turning doorknobs. So, forget about video editing! I thought my career was over.
     
    I went to see a LOT of doctors, but nothing they suggested seemed to be working for me:
     
    Stretching
    Low weight endurance training
    Hot/cold contrast baths
    ultrasound
    IR laser therapy
    splints
    NSAIDs (ibuprofen)
     
    The pain was only getting worse. In my search for answers, I learned about Dr. Sarno’s book “The Mindbody Prescription,” with a crazy-sounding idea that chronic pain like RSI could be neurological in origin. The word for this is “psychosomatic" pain, or "Tension Myositis Syndrome" (TMS). It's real pain, but caused by psychological stress, with little to no physical cause.
     
    According to this book, my RSI could supposedly be treated with mental exercises, not physical exercises. With nothing left to lose, I tried it. Imagine how thrilled I was when it actually worked, and my yearlong pain totally vanished within a week. Not only did the pain go away, it STAYED away, for month after month. I was back to work. I was thrilled.
     
    I waited for the pain to come back, and it didn’t. That's when I made the video, where I praised Dr. Sarno’s book on the subject – even while warning that some of his ideas seemed like kooky pseudoscience.
     
    Then, a few months later, I had a relapse of RSI pain that could NOT be resolved using the methods I learned from Dr. Sarno's book. I could then see that my pain was NOT merely neurological, and I still didn’t have the whole answer.
     
    I needed a physical solution. After more experimentation, I found it:
     
    - I started working out more. I did Stronglifts 5x5, with reduced weight and more reps. Edit: It's the bench press and rows that help me. Also, weight doesn't seem to matter, as long as I get tired, and do enough reps. Also, I had to stop doing deadlifts and squats, due to great knee pain, probably caused by hyperextension. (Don't let your knees (or elbows) go past 180° while under load!)
    - I occasionally do LIGHT arm/hand stretches, just to the point where I feel the stretch, and NO FURTHER (or it causes pain instead!) Edit: I don't do this anymore.
    - Hard self-massage of my forearm, especially around the wrist/elbow joints. Very helpful. Edit: I no longer do this, so maybe it doesn't matter.
    - Using a powerball: https://powerballs.com/
    - Proper workplace ergonomics, my video for which is still pretty good.
     
    These things WORKED for me, and continue to work even now. I'm 100% pain free in the left hand, and 99% pain free in the right hand.
     
    Edit, 2017: I can lift 3x as much as when I started weightlifting, but it's made no difference to the RSI. Whatever the issue is, it is not a matter of strength. I still must go to the gym twice a week at a minimum. 1-2 days after going to the gym, my RSI pain will diminish. And If I don't go to the gym for 4 days, the pain starts to come back, and only increases day by day... until I go to the gym again.
     
    Edit, March 2018: My arms are now 4x stronger than when I first started weightlifting. I am able to go to the gym only once a week, without the RSI pain returning in the interim. It hardly bothers me anymore. I've also been able to use different mice, whereas before, I had to use a very specific, kinda shitty mouse, which had just the right ergonomic shape. I really should go to the gym more often, but it is no longer absolutely necessary. Also, my knees are improving, but I must still go easy on them. I'm glad to have an electric bike.
     
    So what's the deal with Dr. Sarno's wacky ideas about psychosomatic pain? Is he right, or not?
     
    Well, I still do believe there's something to it. After all, I did end a year of pain in one week using Sarno's ideas. But here's what I think actually happened: I did all the physical therapy suggested by my doctors, and it worked to heal my arms. But my body was so used to being in pain at that point, that I kept experiencing the pain even though the physical problems had been mostly addressed. After I read Sarno's book, I was able to let go of this and allow myself to be pain free. That's when I made the video, and I stopped doing all of the physical therapy that kept my arms healthy, thinking I had healed for good. The pain slowly crept back, until I was able to figure out a good physical solution, which I still use to this day.
     
    So, I do still think that RSI pain can have a neurological aspect to it, because that has been my experience. But I DON'T think it is the whole answer -- which is what Sarno claims, and which is what I implied in that video. So, embarrassed, I took the video down. It was irresponsible to make it the way I did, and it would be irresponsible to keep it up.
     
    RSI is an important subject for those of us who use a computer all day, but maybe that video should never have been made. If I were to make the video again, I would limit the mention of TMS / psychosomatic pain to one paragraph, and allow viewers to look into it on their own. 
     
    I typed this all with my hands rather than dictating it. I'm not totally pain free, but I'm doing much, much better, and I'm once again able to edit the LTT videos that you all enjoy.
     
    I hope that clears everything up.
     
     
    Proof it's me:
    https://twitter.com/TaranVH/status/641458428917878784
     
    LINKS:
     
    Physical recovery info:
    https://powerballs.com/  or NSDpowerus.com
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/comments/2b4tso/hurt_your_wrist_heres_are_all_the_tips_i_have/
     
    Dubious info about anti-inflammatories being useless: (I still have no idea if this is correct.)
    http://www.tendonitisexpert.com/anti-inflammatory.html
     
    TMS / psychosomatic stuff: (Also dubious)
    http://blog.evanweaver.com/2012/09/05/a-programmers-guide-to-healing-rsi/
    http://aaroniba.net/articles/tmp/how-i-cured-my-rsi-pain.html
    http://www.rsipain.com/success-story-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-plantar-fasciitis.php
    http://rsi-backpain.co.uk/
    Audible link to Sarno's books (They are hard to find in a library)
    http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Repetitive_Strain_Injuries_-_RSI
  17. Like
    TaranLMG got a reaction from emmettontheweb in 87-key Macro Keyboard   
    SUP GUYS,
    So there's been some interesting discussion in this thread. But I haven't yet looked into everything you guys have proposed yet.
    But I've seen a lot of "solutions" that basically just involve BUYING something.
    That's just not the Taran way!
    I've been poor most of my life, so I'm used to having to come up with innovative ways to do things with little to no money.
    What makes the 2nd macro keyboard mod so great is that you can do it with basically any spare keyboard that you already have lying around.
    However, I've never been totally satisfied with LuaMacros. It has a lot of problems.
    So I've come up with a much BETTER solution that uses INTERCEPTOR, an apparently amazing program that can do all sorts of cool things.
    And I've finally made a tutorial that explains the method I've been using for awhile:
    It's far more stable, doesn't require a stupid txt file to work, allows more rapid keypresses, AND even works with modifier keys.
  18. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from vanished in LTT Slogan Suggestion Thread   
    ALRIGHT YOU BUTTHEADS.
    I'MA NEED SOME MORE SLOGANS, STAT!
    LOOK AT THIS LIST
    LOOK AT THIS
    WE USED EM ALL
    I NEED MOAR
    GET TO WORK

  19. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Megah3rtz in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    wait, THERE'S A NEW ASDFMOVIE?
    oh hai guys
  20. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from ArduinoBen in LTT Slogan Suggestion Thread   
    ALRIGHT YOU BUTTHEADS.
    I'MA NEED SOME MORE SLOGANS, STAT!
    LOOK AT THIS LIST
    LOOK AT THIS
    WE USED EM ALL
    I NEED MOAR
    GET TO WORK

  21. Funny
    TaranLMG got a reaction from Megah3rtz in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    i THINK it didn't actually make it into the final edit.
    He was screeching at me BTW. LOL
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from TVwazhere in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    wait, THERE'S A NEW ASDFMOVIE?
    oh hai guys
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    TaranLMG reacted to IamPROJECT in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    When is Taran hosting a new video? His personal YouTube videos are golden I wanna see more of him!
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    TaranLMG got a reaction from VicBar in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    wait, THERE'S A NEW ASDFMOVIE?
    oh hai guys
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    TaranLMG reacted to Platfus in What is it like to work for Linus? - Honest Answers   
    Great video, but something I really want is like another "office moving vlog" where Linus or whoever would just like walk us through the changes and introduced all the new people ( because I believe some people didn't get a proper introduction and we've been seeing them for months.)
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