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Nuked By YouTube

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With over 1300 posts in the video category and many of the older updates still popular years on, it comes with some disappointment that the majority of those clips are now unavailable following the termination of the main Stickboy YouTube channel this past week.

In recent months YT have been on a purge to rid their site of videos that were once acceptable but due to a change in direction owners Google want to take they are now killing off hundreds of thousands of channels in a bid to “clean up” and become more advertiser friendly in the hope that they might actually make some money out of the black hole they bought known as YouTube.

Google think they are going to turn it into the next Netflix and to do so a lot of content has got to go and Stickboy got caught up in their clear out deleting videos that are 3 and 4 years old citing they break community guidelines.

One clip from October 2015, “Phuket nightclub bouncers beating up tourists”, was flagged for review at the beginning of June and it was determined it violated the guidelines. This was handbags at dawn, nothing graphic about it.

Another was a foreign guy in Thailand either drunk or high making a fool of himself. This was hit with the hammer for “bullying and harassment”. Nobody touched the guy and the only other person in the clip was a Thai guy offering to help him.

Their website, their rules and this is THE issue with the likes of YT and Facebook.

They relied on user generated content to grow and become the giants they have. Now in powerful positions, and hoping to make as much money as possible, they piss all over the very people who helped put them where they are.

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Appeals in my opinion are automated and most get binned with a canned response stating they aren’t reversing their decision. Which makes sense when you know they have a plan in motion.

For me YT was nothing more than a place to host videos for free. My channels, yes I have many, are not monetised as much of the content is owned by others but it was a good way to offload the burden of resource heavy video files.

Most of the recent clips should be okay as they are hosted by LiveLeak but there is nothing I can do about all the other content as I don’t archive video clips. It is a case of upload and delete locally.

Moving forward, I will distribute my video uploads across several hosts to prevent such widespread disruption should I find myself breaking some new set of rules that any of the hosting services introduce.

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The Stickboy 2.0 Cast And Crew: Jack

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Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste. Actually, I’m far from wealthy and as to the question of taste, I’ll leave that for you the readers to answer as you get to know me.

Nevertheless, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jack. I’m one of the new owners of Stickboy along with Tom and Neal.

I wanted to introduce myself and let you all know a little more about me.

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I am from the United States and have worked in a traditional office setting for many years. I’m now moving towards location independence and purchasing a share of Stickboy was one step toward leaving my desk job behind.

I have travelled to SEA and many other parts of the world over the years but those were vacations. My goal is to make longer trips to Thailand and SEA starting this year with the goal of establishing a life outside my home country.

My Stickboy beat, to borrow an old newspaper term, will be those areas outside of Bangkok. Hua Hin, Phuket and a little Pattaya with a slice of Vietnam and perhaps even some Philippines info thrown in.

Let me know in the comments which areas you’re most interested in and any particular subjects you’d like me to dive into a little deeper.

Hope to see you all here in the future and meet some of you face to face soon.

Thanks Jack.

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Khaosan Is Killing It

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busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

A stroll down Khaosan Road at 10PM on Friday night would have anyone thinking that everything in Bangkok is back to normal post-Covid.

And it was. At least after 9 at night.

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Street full, bars bouncing, drinks flowing, music pumping, hawkers galore, elephant pants aplenty.

The customers were 50% Thai, and 50% foreigners, most of whom were tourists but not what you’d see on Sukhumvit right now.

The overwhelming majority of visitors were farangs.

Lots of families, young couples, groups of guys and gals in their 20s enjoying all this backpacker paradise has to offer.

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But here’s the kicker – there weren’t very many “real” backpackers about.

Everyone was well-dressed (ignore the elephant pants fad), showered, looking good and not skrimping on the abundance of cheap drink deals on offer.

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Large bottles of beer ranged from 80b to 150b with 120b the most popular price pick for bars and even then many do buy 3 get 1 free making that 360b for four big bottles.

Who can complain about that? It’s a steal.

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Gas and grass are also big business with locals and tourists sucking it up and in until sunrise in some places as there is a different approach from police and authorities in this part of town when it comes to getting things back on track after two years of nothing.

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Not everywhere is open all night but plenty of places are on both Khaosan Road itself and round the corner on Soi Rambuttri with the party still going in some at 4AM.

Even at this late hour, the crowd is still a mix of locals and tourists.

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When you do realise all is not as it was before Thailand closed down is during the day.

Pre-covid Khaosan was fairly busy in daylight hours with stragglers wandering around and tourists looking lost not knowing what to do or where to go but that right now is missing.

Lots of the shops on surrounding streets are still closed making the place look far from normal – that is, until after dark.

Everything will take time but for now, Khaosan Road is killing it at least at night and long may it continue on the road to recovery.

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