Casual Coffee Chat


What’s up? I just wanted to do a quick, casual video in between my two videos for the Contemporary-a-thon. So… Before I continue, I wanted to tell you that I want to do a Q&A, so if you have any questions. It can be about anything, leave them below (or on the video linked above). No promises I will answer them, but go ahead and leave the questions you have for me down there.

Okay, to today’s post! If you missed my recent post/video, I’m doing a readathon right now. It started this past Monday, and will be finished this Sunday. You have to read books that fit seven categories. You can read seven books or books that cover more than one category, I went with seven books. I’ve finished four so far and started on the fifth. I think I can actually finish all of them in time, and maybe even some extras. The four books that I’ve read so far: Black Panther A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2. I enjoyed it. Second, The Hate U Give. Ahhh, yes. I will expand more later, but you have to read this. Third, The Serpent King. Not what I was expecting, but worth it. Fourth, Words in Deep Blue. Err, I may have to get my own copy of this one. I’m not going to go in-depth here, because I’m planning to do a wrap-up post/video when I’m done with all seven books. So let’s move on!

Last week, a couple weeks ago, whatever, I posted asking you for questions for a Q&A. I didn’t get any responses. It’s fine. It’s fine. No, I’m kidding, but leave questions in the comments please! I did get one response from Ikvy. She occasionally comments on my videos, and she emailed me with a list of, I believe, 25 questions that she said she tends to send if people need to do a Q&A. So I will answer a few of them here.

If you could save just three historical buildings from destruction, which three would you choose? When I first saw this question, my immediate thought was the Library of Alexandria. So sad. I plan to make a full video about it later, so hold on that. Second, the Great Mosque of Aleppo. It’s so beautiful! Third, Cincinnati’s Old Main Library. Look it up. So beautiful. My dream place. My dream library. I know, two out of three are libraries. But what do you expect from me?

Which famous painting would you most want to hang in your place? That would be either Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Dali’s Clock Explosion.

What do you wish they taught you in high school? Finances. I know some high schools do have that offered, or something similar. But it’s often offered as an elective. I think it should be a mandatory math class or something, because now, a lot of students graduate from high school and have no clue how to do finances. So that would be good.

I will pause there with the questions from Ikvy, because (in the video, light is fading fast and) I would like to save some of these questions for a longer Q&A post/video.

Over a while, I’ve gotten a few questions about ASL translations of music, ASL covers. I could go on and on in a whole video about this – and I think I will – but basically, my answer is I… I really don’t care. BUT I do wish that ASL students would be clear that they are ASL students. Like in the title that this is practice, or something. And not make it seem like, “Yeah I’m skilled at ASL, I’m doing this.” Don’t act like your translation is right, the 100% perfect way to translate it. It depends on how you interpret the songs, so… Yeah, I think I’m just going to make a full video about this, because *sighs* It’s a complicated topic. But I will say this. I have thought about doing some ASL translations myself, but we’ll see.

Before I wrap up, I have a few questions for you. One, have you seen my video about creativity? Link here. Have you seen it? What do you think of it? Do you want to see more like that style? Let me know! Second, remember I want to do a Q&A, so leave questions in the comments. You can tweet me, or on Instagram, or whatever, I don’t care. Just send questions to me. Third is kind of related to the second. If you don’t have a question, but want me to make a full video about a topic or whatever, go ahead and leave it in the comments. Or DM me, or whatever. Just say if you want me to make a full video about it. Again, no promises I will answer all of the questions. I will answer what I can, and what I feel fine with answering, okay? Yeah, I think I’m done for today, so be sure you leave a comment about something!

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Creativity | Jeong Kwan

Trying something new! There is an English transcript below the video. Enjoy!


Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment, the phenomenal world around you. You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind. This is being free. There is no way you can’t open up your creativity. There is no ego to speak of. That is my belief.

Frustrations with Podcasts


Hello and welcome. As you already saw from the title today, I want to talk about podcasts and my frustrations with them. If you listen to podcasts, you obviously know there’s a lot of really good ones out there. A couple of podcasts that I would love to be able to know what happens: The Penumbra Podcast, and Welcome to Night Vale. I can’t think of others right now, but those are just two that I would like to know about. Yes, I know they have transcripts, but that’s my problem with them.

Image result for the penumbra podcastA lot of podcasts don’t have transcripts. And some of them do, like Penumbra and WtNV. They have transcripts, yes, but that requires me to go and dig for the transcripts. The way you access transcripts for any podcast you name varies so much, it’s annoying. For example, WtNV. I believe you can access it through their…where they upload their podcast, but it’s also on their website, I think. The Penumbra Podcast, as far as I know, you can access it only on their website. It varies. Sometimes it’s through their upload platform, sometimes through their website only, sometimes both. There’s no consistent way to access transcripts. So if I want to do that, I have to know which way. I have to do extra work to be able to access that information, and eh. That’s one of my biggest frustrations with podcasts. Yes, they have transcripts, but… It’s still not really accessible.

Image result for welcome to night valeNot only that, the transcript itself varies in quality. Sometimes it’s really good, really clear about who’s talking, what’s being said. But sometimes… Ehhh. Also, reading a transcript can sometimes be like reading a play script. That doesn’t exactly make for good, enjoyable reading. I know some podcasts, like WtNV, have a book version too. I still haven’t read the book version, but that’s one thing that’s a little different than a standard podcast. But do podcasts in general make books? No. I’m just frustrated that there’s so many good quality podcasts out there, but… *sigh* They’re just not deaf friendly.

Yeah, I just wanted to get a post up today. And this is something that’s been bothering me for a while. It’s just not… Podcasts are great. But just not very accessible, and not deaf friendly. Not really. I guess that’s it for today.

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Inspiration Pørn | Deaf Awareness Month


Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to the last video of Deaf Awareness Month. Today, I want to discuss something that is a big problem everywhere. Today, I want to talk about inspiration porn. A lot of people in the disability community know what this means. This term was coined in 2012 by Stella Young, a disabled activist.

What does inspiration porn mean? Being inspired by disabled people just by the fact that they exist. Why is this is a problem? It objectifies disabled people and looks at them as something to be inspired by, when they’re not doing anything except living their daily lives. I will link the TEDTalk by Stella Young, she explains why she coined that word, and how she feels about it. Also, a few other videos about inspiration porn (here and here). Now, this is not saying you can’t be inspired by disabled people who are doing activist work, doing great things in the world, for their work. But this is saying that you should not be inspired by a disabled person who is just living their everyday life. Stella coined this word because of two experiences, several experiences really, but two main ones she mentions.

The first one: she went to a school and was giving a presentation about law. And one student asked, “So when will you start your inspirational speech?” What are you talking about? “You know, disabled people in wheelchairs usually come here and give inspirational speeches. It’s usually in the big room.” Ah. That kid had never seen a disabled person as anything other than as an object of inspiration. That’s a problem.

Second: when she was fifteen, a woman wanted to nominate her for a community achievement award. And her parents responded, “That’s great, but she hasn’t actually done anything.” The woman wanted to nominate her because, wow, a wheelchair, she still gets up every day and goes live her life, blah blah. No. If she had actually done some big contribution to the community, like, I don’t know, host a food drive or donated something, then great! That’s fine. But… It’s kind of creepy when you think about it.

It happens with deaf people too. People will be, “Oh, wow, you’ve really persevered through life, blah blah.” Like. I’m just living my life. You know, people look at me and be inspired that I get along even without hearing. You need to understand this. Many of us grew up being deaf. This is what we know. We know being deaf. But that’s not anything to be inspired by. Yeah sure, we have to figure out ways around it, but that’s not something to be inspired by.

I don’t think I can really say anything in addition to Stella’s TEDTalk so I will let you watch that and end here today. Short, I know. But… I just wanted to mention this if you didn’t know about this. So I guess that’s the end of Deaf Awareness Month. I have a theme for next month too. I will do the same thing as this month, some videos will be connected to that theme. Some videos will be whatever I feel like.

The theme for next month is… LGBTQ+ History Month! I will be making various videos. I already have a list of things that I want to make videos about. However, if you know of any specific event/person/whatever in LGBTQ+ history that you want to see me talk about, let me know. Leave it in the comments below.

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Three Years of Videos


I know I haven’t posted any videos yet, but they’re coming, I promise. They’re coming.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome back! What do you think about the new intro (in the video)? The reason why I made that and the reason why I’m making a video today: I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve been making videos for three years. I’ve been on YouTube longer than that, absolutely. But I’ve actually been making videos for three years. Three years ago, I didn’t think I would be where I am today. My channel has changed a lot since obviously. If you go back to the beginning of my channel, it’s pretty much all vlogs. All casual, what I do in my life. Casual sit-down chats and things like that. But now, it’s completely different. Now, I do more educational videos, more actual research, more thought-about videos. Not just throwing together something. I still do that sometimes obviously, like the recent one – Olympic Adventures. But that’s not my primary type of video now. My aim, purpose for this channel has changed for sure. However, I am happy where I am now. Though I still want to change! I’m still not finished changing. I probably never will be. What I do now is kind of still following my original purpose, but not the way I was doing before. It’s been three years and I’m now almost at 2,000 subscribers. I didn’t expect to grow fast, no. But I did grow a lot faster once I started doing more of what I do now. So that’s exciting! I’m excited to see where I go from here.

Last year and two years ago, I did a summary of the year in one video. But this year, I decided no, I’m not going to do that because one, it’s a lot of work. And two, I wanted to do more of a reflection, “wow I didn’t expect to be here.” Three years ago, I didn’t picture what it would be now. Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting anything. This is way more than what I expected! But like I said, I’m happy with where I am now, and I’ve met so many great people (online). Became friends with some of them, even. I’ve become much more involved with the YouTube community, really. And Twitter! I use it WAY more now than I did three years ago. Three years ago, I barely even used it. But now, I actually often tweet something.

It’s really interesting to see how my channel has changed so much. You can almost see phases. The first year was all vlogs, very casual stuff. That was my last year of university. So I was a little more “I’m going to be casual, I’m not going to follow a schedule, I’m not going to try to do anything too fancy.” The second year, I was in Europe. So I didn’t really have much time for making videos. But when I did, it was still mostly vlogs, casual stuff, travel, whatever. Now in the past year, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands. (That’s not necessarily a good thing… Because I don’t have a job so there’s that.) I have more time on my hands to actually think about what I want to do with this channel and actually do it! (So that’s the positive side of no job, heh.)

I really appreciate every single one of you, whether you’ve been watching since I started or if you’re new. Thanks for watching. I look forward to seeing where we go from here, and for however many years. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

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