The Many Complexities of Mapping Historical Southeast Asia

I promised a video over the History of Southeast Asia: Every Year for my channel for the end of February / beginning of March. Doesn’t look like that’s gonna be quite on time, which isn’t the biggest surprise since my big projects always seem to be harder than expected. Or school gets in the way. Or both.

Anywho, I figured for this blog post I’d post a few of the headaches that have been occurring while working on the project.

  1. The British East Indies – Wait what? British East Indies? Well the Dutch East Indies were temporarily occupied by the British. Why? Napoleon. The Dutch became a French puppet and then fully annexed by the French Empire under Napoleon. As a result, the British had to occupy them to make sure they didn’t fall into French hands somehow. Having to change the color of 100 islands multiple times in a few short years was not fun animating.
  2. Siamese vassal states – So Siam (modern day Thailand) had this thing for expanding its empire by having a lot of vassals. That way they’d have to militarily occupy much less land but still theoretically controlled the territory. Siam as it turned out had several vassals along its entire northern border and in modern-day Laos, which changed often due to several rebellions. Ultimately Siam would get tired of having to suppress a rebellion in a vassal state or they’d be worried that the state might be swayed into switching allegiance to the British or French colonial empires, so Siam would finally end the vassal and fully annex the territory.
  3. Too many nations in Indonesia – The Dutch united hundreds of nations into the Dutch East Indies. As I work backwards and their colony recedes, more nations are spouted out. It’s amazing how many there are.

So overall, these things have slowed me down. But the video is still coming! Just thought I’d give a nice update.

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Working on an Album, a Real Album

Wow, this absence was even longer than the last one. A whole year! Well don’t worry I really want to keep this blog alive so I’ll post on it more. I’ll aim to maybe have one post per week whether it’s related to my youtube channel or something personal.

For this week, I’m talking about a personal project of mine, to make an album.

Now, if you follow me or my music channel, you’ll know I technically do have albums already. But this time I’m aiming for more of a real album. The previous “albums” I’ve made are songs I’ve made hastily on my phone when bored and might have taken a week to put together. Plus not all of the songs have the best quality. This time I really want to work on a legit album, one I can be proud of.

I recently acquired an electric guitar that I plan to use. Before I just used the electric guitar in garageband on my phone. While it sounds ok, it’s pretty generic and limited in sound. After a while it’s hard not to notice how fake it really is. Plus it can’t do cool tricks like string-scratching and in terms of pedal effects it’s very limited. So hopefully using a real electric guitar I can add more emotion and technique to the album. Plus my blue yeti surprisingly records its sound well.

As for what the album is about, I do plan to make it a concept album of sorts. It is my ultimate music dream to have a Pink Floyd-esque album I can be proud of, eventually make on vinyl, and keep a copy at least for myself as an archived work, a legacy of some kind. Not even legacy in the pretentious level of self-importance, but legacy in the sense of I’ll feel proud of what I’ve accomplished after being obsessed with music for all of these years.

Plus who wouldn’t want an album of their own music to keep? It makes it seem more real.

As I work on the album I’ll post updates about it here. Hopefully I can finish it by summer at least. Here’s to a productive year.

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2017 Projects and Their Progress

Wow it’s been a while since an update. Sorry about that. I’d thought I’d make a post talking about projects for my channel I’ll work on this year.


Main channel:

Projects I’m currently working on:

Other than a few secret ones, I am working on a “History of North America: Every Year” to compliment the South America video. I should have a preview out soon. I’m also working on a video about prohibition in the west, as I found a wonderful list of when each US state and Canadian province ratified prohibition as well as some referendums in Scandinavian countries which also tried prohibition for a few decades. Finally there is a video I’m working on and off about European currencies since 1850.


Projects I plan to work on:

– War of the Austrian Succession: Every Week

– War of the Spanish Succession: Every Week

– Great Turkish War: Every Other Day

– The Taiping Rebellion: Every Month

I had you guys vote which one you were interested in first, and you picked the Austrian Succession one, so I’ll try to get it out first.


Alternate history channel:

I’ve thought about redoing my original alternate history on there (Mexico entering WWI on the side of the Central Powers). Other than that, my main goal is to finish the Chinese America series.

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2016 Fan Survey Results

Sorry for nearly a year of inactivity on this blog. Hopefully that’ll change. But for now here’s the results of the 2016 Fan Survey.

1018 participants in total (compared to 1055 last year)

The questions are slightly different than last year’s in some cases. All questions were optional in answering.

1. Which previous surveys have you participated in?

None Until This One – 614 (61%)

2015 Survey – 258 (25%)

Don’t remember, but I have done one before – 151 (15%)

2014 Survey – 86 (8%)

2. How old are you?

13 – 18 years old – 714 (71%)

19 – 29 years old – 211 (21%)

Under 13 years old – 49 (5%)

30 – 39 years old – 24 (2%)

40 – 55 years old – 7 (1%)

Above 55 years old – 4 (0%)

3. What social media do you actively use?

Facebook – 395 (40%)

Reddit – 275 (28%)

Twitter – 227 (23%)

Instagram – 226 (23%)

What’s social media? – 139 (14%)

Tumblr – 46 (5%)

Pinterest – 15 (2%)

Other – 300 (30%)

4. Where do you follow EmperorTigerstar or subscribe to him at?

YouTube – 1007 (100%)

Twitter – 40 (4%)

Google Plus – 29 (3%) (Lol who uses Google Plus?)

My Blog – 7 (1%)

5. When you see an EmperorTigerstar video you like, what do you do?

Like the video – 740 (77%)

Comment on the video – 191 (20%)

Do the twist and get down with your bad self – 188 (20%)

Tell a friend/family member – 119 (12%)

Share it on social media – 20 (2%)

Gotta say. I wish you shared it on social media more. Oh well.

6. Are you subscribed to my alternate history channel EmperorTigerstarAlt?

Wait you have an alternate history channel? I had no idea. – 368 (36%)

No – 306 (30%)

Yes – 298 (29%)

I used to be but not anymore – 41 (4%)

Well since I posted this survey I earned 74 more subs on that channel. Glad a lot of you ended up checking it out! I wish I was more active on that and I plan to have more stories on there over the summer.

7. Of the types of videos I make, what do you want to see more or less of?

To make it simple, here are the ratings averaged out of 4. The closer to 4, the more they wanted it. The closer to 0, the less they wanted it. I will also indicate the most chosen category.

Videos on empires – 3.54 / 4 – Make more (57%)

Videos on regional history – 3.29 / 4 – Make the same amount (45%)

Videos on wars – 3.62 / 4 – Make more (65%)

Everyday type videos on wars – 3.41 / 4 – Make more (51%)

Analysis videos – 2.84 / 4 – Make the same amount (44%)

Book reviews – 2.37 / 4 – Make less of these (32%)

Alternate history videos on my alt account – 3.17 / 4 – Make the same amount (44%)

I’ll definitely make less book reviews then.

8. Where do you find out about updates for the channel?

Update videos – 942 (96%)

Word of mouth, actually. No I’m serious – 53 (5%)

Blog – 7 (1%)

9. Which country/region do you live in?

United States + Canada – 449 (44%)

Europe (excluding the former USSR) – 390 (39%)

Australia + Oceania – 51 (5%)

Asia (excluding middle-east and the former USSR) – 35 (3%)

Mexico + Central America + South America – 30 (3%)

The former USSR – 26 (3%)

The middle-east (excluding Egypt, including Iran) – 23 (2%)

Africa – 3 (0%)

The Caribbean – 2 (0%)

10. What gender do you identify as?

Male – 984 (97%)

Female – 9 (1%)

Questioning – 6 (1%)

Other – 12 (1%)

11. What do you watch my videos with? (Select all that apply)

PC or Laptop – 855 (84%)

Smart phone – 561 (55%)

Tablet – 239 (24%)

TV – 53 (5%)

Other – 20 (2%)

12. How did you find my first video?

Randomly – 857 (85%)

Don’t remember – 86 (9%)

Someone showed me – 25 (2%)

Reddit – 16 (2%)

From an online article mentioning you – 15 (2%)

My teacher showed my class at school – 12 (1%)

13. Has a teacher showed my videos in your class?

Not that I know of – 928 (93%)

Yes – 69 (7%)

Better than nothing. I hope my videos are great for educational purposes with teachers.

14. When did you subscribe to EmperorTigerstar?

2015 – 393 (39%)

2014 – 188 (19%)

2016 – 172 (17%)

I don’t remember, sorry – 135 (13%)

2013 – 69 (7%)

2012 – 21 (2%)

2010 – 11 (1%)

2011 – 10 (1%)

2009 – 6 (1%)

I’m glad more people keep joining. I’m also glad that some fans have been loyal subscribers since by beginning in 2009. I appreciate every one of you guys.

15. How would you rate the following out of 5?

Visual video quality – 4.3 / 5

Educational quality – 4.55 / 5

Music in the videos, when used – 4.03 / 5

Overall averages of the above 3 – 4.3 / 5

Thanks for the positive ratings!

16. If you happen to have a YouTube channel, how many subs do you have?

0 – 50 subs – 677 (83%)

51 – 100 subs – 52 (6%)

101 – 500 subs – 37 (5%)

501 – 2,000 subs – 19 (2%)

Over 100,000 – 13 (2%)

2,001 – 5,000 subs – 8 (1%)

10,001 – 20,000 subs – 2 (0%)

20,001 – 50,000 subs – 1 (0%)

50,001 – 100,000 subs – 1 (0%)

17. What should I do about my documentary?

Keep at it. It doesn’t have to be super detailed and perfect – 364 (36%)

Eh, I don’t really care – 302 (30%)

Go ahead and do a documentary about your channel – 264 (26%)

Do a documentary on something else entirely – 68 (7%)

I’ll see what I can do about the documentary. Hopefully I’ll have that out by the end of summer.

18. If you care, rank the presidential candidates for the US election from first choice to last choice.

The answers are given an average out of 5. The closer to 1, the more popular. The closer to 5, the least popular.

  1. Bernie Sanders (Democrat) – 1.94
  2. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) – 2.97
  3. Jill Stein (Green) – 3.29
  4. Hillary Clinton (Democrat) – 3.36
  5. Donald Trump (Republican) – 3.43

I’m so proud of my audience. At least a good majority. ;P

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Fall Survey 2015 Results

I’m glad I waited a month because this survey got over 1000 people! Way more than usual.

Question 1: Have you taken these surveys before?

Yes: 596 (56.6%)

  • All of them: 106 (10.1%)

No: 457 (43.4%)

Question 2: What age group are you in?

Under 13: 63 (5.98%)

13 – 15: 389 (36.5%)

16 – 18: 394 (37.4%)

19 – 21: 121 (11.5%)

22 – 30: 61 (5.79%)

31 – 40: 12 (1.14%)

Over 40: 13 (1.23%)

3. When you find a video you love, what do you typically do?

This question was so that I can see if people shared my videos. The great majority liked the videos (85.9%) but if they shared it, 234 people (23.8%) said they’d share it with friends and family, far more than on another social media website. Which is actually kind of cool. Word of mouth is a great thing.

4. What do you follow/subscribe to EmperorTigerstar on?

All of you are subscribed to my channel. No surprise there. However my social media isn’t nearly as followed, which is expected. But the numbers being so low make me wonder if I need these networks. I certainly won’t get rid of them but I probably won’t make any more. 50 said they actively read my subreddit, which is cool.

5. What do you want more of on EmperorTigerstar?

No surprise: Nearly all of you said “every day” type videos and “Rise and fall of” type videos. (72 and 71% respectively)

6 – 8: Do you know about my alternate history channel? Should I be active on it? What if I stopped for most of the year?

I feel like keeping up with my alternate history channel is too much effort. I need original ideas and I always feel like it always ends up becoming an alternate WW1 and WW2 scenario. Plus with college and work, any free time I have I’d rather give towards my main channel than my alternate history channel. Only 24.6% of you guys said you were active watchers or subscribed to my channel, meaning that if this isn’t what the majority of my audience wants, then I shouldn’t devote as much time to it. Then again, out of the people who do watch it, they don’t want me to stop making them, or at least half of them. The other half was fine other way. For the future of EmperorTigerstarAlt, who knows? I won’t delete the channel for now, but it’ll at least be on the backburner until I have more time. Maybe there will be a few small scenarios coming up.

9. If you want to find out about new things related to EmperorTigerstar, what do you use?

Announcement videos – 925 (87.7%)

Announcements are of no concern to me – 106 (10.1%)

Other – 54 (8.91%)

Since you could pick multiple options, and these two were the highest, the other options had less than 5% each, meaning that continuing with announcement videos are fine.

10. Which country or region of the world do you live in?

USA – 396 (37.5%)

Europe (excluding UK and former USSR) – 346 (32.8%)

UK – 98 (9.3%)

Canada – 73 (6.9%)

Asia (excluding Middle East and former USSR) – 32 (3%)

South America – 31 (2.9%)

Australia and Oceania – 28 (2.7%)

Former USSR – 24 (2.3%)

Middle-East – 19 (1.8%)

Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean – 5 (0.5%)

Africa – 3 (0.3%)

11. Gender?

It’s sad to see that the female audience isn’t larger. Oh well.

Male – 1026 (97.3%)

Female – 11 (1%)

Transgender – 10 (1%)

Questioning/Other – 8 (0.7%)

12. Where did you first hear about EmperorTigerstar?

Randomly on Youtube – (85.5%)

No surprise there. 70 (6.6%) of you said you heard about me from another YouTube channel, which is awesome! Some of you said that you heard about me from word of mouth from friends and family. Even though it’s less than 2%, that’s super awesome and I really appreciate it.

13. When it comes to EmperorTigerstar and school, has EmperorTigerstar been used for…?

This question was about seeing if my channel had been used by schools for academic stuff. As an educational channel, I really do wish that more schools could use my stuff. There were a lot of options so the list shows the percentage where people said they’ve seen my videos used AT LEAST ONCE in various scenarios.

Used for lessons at a public school – 233 (22.1%)

Used for homework – 240 (22.7%)

Outside of that, the numbers for colleges or for outside of class were extremely low. But I’m glad that it’s starting to spread more.

14. Would you recommend EmperorTigerstar to…?

A friend – 643 (60.9%)

A family member – 424 (40.2%)

A teacher – 571 (54.1%)

Your viewing audience if you have a channel – 563 (53.4%)

15. How would you rate the quality of the following?

This was out of 10.

Educational value of the videos: 8.65 / 10

Entertainment value of the videos: 8.17 / 10

Music in the videos (when used): 7.73 / 10

Overall channel: 8.61 / 10

Glad you think I’m doing well. 🙂

16. Assuming you have a YouTube channel, how many subscribers do you have?

Just a question of curiosity. Also having larger channels subscribed to me is kind of awesome.

0 – 50 subs: 640 (81.6%)

51 – 100 subs: 53 (6.8%)

101 – 250 subs: 33 (2.4%)

251 – 500 subs: 24 (3.1%)

501 – 2000 subs: 14 (1.8%)

2001 – 5000 subs: 7 (0.9%)

5001 – 20,000 subs: 3 (0.4%)

Over 20,000: 10 (1.3%)

17. How long have you been subscribed to EmperorTigerstar?

Nice to know that my channel is growing well but that I can still maintain a lot of original subscribers.

2009 – 13 (1.2%)

2010 – 10 (1%)

2011 – 31 (2.9%)

2012 – 61 (5.8%)

2013 – 215 (20.4%)

2014 – 406 (38.5%)

2015 – 319 (30.2%)

18. Which areas of the world should I cover more or less from?

Overall consensus was that everyone wanted more videos from everywhere but Australia and the Americas. For those continents, the same amount was fine.

19. Which time periods should I cover more or less of?

None of the time periods were ones people wanted less of. In fact, everyone wanted more from each. That’s good.

20. Do you like getting these overall channel surveys twice a year?

Doesn’t matter to me – 382 (36.2%)

You can do it for more than twice a year for all I care – 347 (32.9%)

Yes! – 317 (30.1%)

No – 9 (0.9%)

I’ll probably do surveys only once a year next time. Thanks for taking the survey and being patient for the results.

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My Simple yet Massive Coca-Cola Review

College is wonderful because I have access to a lot of drinks I can’t find anywhere else, especially soda. I am a huge fan of Coke and there are several varieties of the original flavor. Yes, I’m not talking about vanilla coke, cherry coke, etc., but the products that are related to the original flavor. So then what’s the difference then? The sweetener. Here are the different Cokes I’m reviewing:

Coca-Cola (Current USA formula, with high fructose corn-syrup)

Mexican Coke (Original USA formula, coke with real cane sugar)

Argentinian Coke / Coke Life (Real cane sugar and stevia)

Coke Zero (USA formula with alterations to make it 0 calories)

Diet Coke (Aspartane, aka 0 sugar)

Now, how would I rate them overall?

Mexican Coke: 10/10

Coca-Cola: 9.5/10

Argentinian Coke: 7/10

Coke Zero: 6.5/10

Diet Coke: 3/10

Is this all purely on taste? No. It’s a mix of taste, texture, after taste, and after feeling. Let’s rank them all based on taste alone first, not after taste, texture, and feeling.

  1. Coca – Cola: It’s sweet and has bite in every drink.
  2. Mexican Coke: Sweet and with bite, but slightly less so.
  3. Argentinian Coke: Tastes like a Mexican Coke initially.
  4. Coke Zero: Tastes like a stale coca-cola to me.
  5. Diet Coke: So horrible I always want to spill it out.

Now, based on after taste.

  1. Mexican Coke / Coca-Cola (tied): Both have that same unique after taste.
  2. Argentinian Coke: Has a weird tea-like aftertaste.
  3. Coke Zero: The after taste is weird to say the least.
  4. Diet Coke: Sorry, disgusting.

Now, based on texture. So what do I mean by texture when it’s all liquid? Well, there’s the fizz of the soda and the feeling as it goes down your throat which is surprisingly important if you pay attention when you drink your soda.

  1. Mexican Coke: Feels nice and smooth.
  2. Coca-Cola: More fizzy than Mexican Coke.
  3. Coke Zero: Surprisingly like the normal Coke.
  4. Argentinian Coke: Hard to tell really, but smooth. Just…less evident.
  5. Diet Coke: Any surprise here?

Now, based on after feeling. Do I feel peppy? Sluggish? Sick?

  1. Mexican Coke: Not sluggish at all. My stomach feels great.
  2. Coca-Cola: My stomach personally feels fine but I feel sluggish and less energetic.
  3. Argentinian Coke: Not sluggish, stomach is fine, but…for some reason it just feels different.
  4. Coke Zero / Diet Coke: Sluggish is the key word here.

So overall Mexican Coke is the winner because the taste is sweet with a bite, goes down smoothly, and I don’t feel bad for drinking it. Normal Coke is close to that but slightly more acidic, sweet, and sluggish in just enough of a way to make a difference. Argentinian Coke is OK but is almost an acquired taste. Coke Zero is fine if you are desperate for a soda. Diet Soda is a scourge that must be eliminated from the planet.

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Evolving my Channel While Sticking to my Roots

As I posted the video letting my audience know of a new viewer survey, I got a long comment:

I always appreciate comments like this and a point the user makes is the idea of my audience being perceived wrong.  For a long time, I did perceive my audience wrong, but I’ve been working on trying to expand my audience while sticking to my channel’s theme of history and maps. My surveys are always to gather info from my audience so I can see if they’re taking any changes I make well. For example the reason I had a question asking about how people find out about new stuff is that I want to make sure that they can learn of changes so I can get feedback.

Overall I still wanna do animated maps and plan to do so for a long time. But I also want to try other stuff. For example, October will be dedicated to the Cold War and will have a lecture series on the Cold War. There will be a videomap included at the end, but it will be dedicated to something different. I want to teach people as much as show people. Maybe I’ll be able to pull it off. I just hope I can find a good balance for both maps and new things.

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