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Started by Ebadlun on Feb 17, 2018 1:21:07 AM
Your Youtube Adventures

It's way better than telly - post what you've been watching, ideally with a description so we know whether to bother clicking on it.

The debate between the Pythons and the clerics over Life of Brian is almost as good as the film itself. At least 9th-rate, if not 8th.

upgoerfive - 17 Feb 2018 01:37:14 (#1 of 290)

Malcolm Muggeridge was such a twat.

Bottom pincher too, according to his niece.

Ebadlun - 17 Feb 2018 01:38:16 (#2 of 290)

I think the Bishop of Southwark was a much bigger twat, to be fair.

What's interesting is that the Python side didn't really say that much - one can imagine a RIchard Dawkins or Neil de Grasse Tyson landing a few more punches. But, invadvertently or otherwise, they didn't interrupt their enemy making a mistake.

upgoerfive - 17 Feb 2018 01:46:03 (#3 of 290)

As John said, "I always felt we won that one by behaving better than the Christians".

upgoerfive - 17 Feb 2018 01:48:53 (#4 of 290)

BTW, youtube adventures:

Andrew Marr's "The Making of Modern Britain", part two, as we speak.

Lloyd George and the "People's Budget".

I find much resonance with current events.

SheikYerbouti - 17 Feb 2018 08:02:05 (#5 of 290)

In my mind, YouTube original content is mostly shouting racists playing video games, but I'm sure there is more to it than that. Like most people on this site, I suspect I'm of the wrong generation.

RosyLovelady - 17 Feb 2018 08:11:18 (#6 of 290)

This YouTube video shows a road trip which used to be familiar to me when I was 6/7. It even, fleetingly, shows the house I lived in at a very happy time. I don't expect anyone else to be impressed with it, but it was a great find for me.

popstar7 - 17 Feb 2018 08:28:27 (#7 of 290)

Beautifully produced and fascinating observations on pop culture -

Beautifully produced and fascinating explorations/explanations of scientific/philosophical subjects -

Football tactics, players, clubs and culture -

SheikYerbouti - 17 Feb 2018 08:54:49 (#8 of 290)

That nerdwriter stuff is very good, poppers. Many thanks.

invicta - 17 Feb 2018 09:02:56 (#9 of 290)

I have very little patience with YouTube content as much of it is a poorly framed mid-shot of someone talking s-l-o-w-l-y about a subject; in the time I could have read a sheet of A4 they have barely got through their intro; on the scale of information imparted per second it scores low.

What I do like, though, are reviews and discussions of things you need to see, or hear, in order to understand. It helps if the presenter isn't a wacky American, too.

One of my favourites is TechMoan. Personable technology reviews from a bloke who also collects retro (not necessarily vintage) kit. Very James May, really. Some of it is joyous:

Some inexplicable:

SheikYerbouti - 17 Feb 2018 09:06:55 (#10 of 290)

That is generally my problem with podcasts too.

carterbrandon - 17 Feb 2018 09:08:50 (#11 of 290)

Slurpyj does the best animal clip re-voicings.

invicta - 17 Feb 2018 09:21:14 (#12 of 290)

He does. This is brilliant.

BadgerDancing - 17 Feb 2018 09:42:02 (#13 of 290)

It's always a happy day for me when this guy has a new video out. Primitive Technology. He just goes out into the Queensland rainforest and builds stuff from scratch.

carterbrandon - 17 Feb 2018 10:08:19 (#14 of 290)

#12: For me it's 'Cat vs printer' all the way. Who of us has never gone 'Fucking. Piece of. Lexmark. SHIT!'.

popstar7 - 17 Feb 2018 11:00:48 (#15 of 290)

#8 He is disgustingly young, enthusiastic and smart.

uranrising - 17 Feb 2018 13:08:54 (#16 of 290)

YT is such a treasure trove.

Great music in great performances

Tip-top musical parodies

Marvellous rare(ish) films

Talks on left-field subjects by informed speakers (TED)

Memorable remembered clips from older TV/Radio; this one from a programme called How Big is the Unconscious Mind?

Unexpected foreign TV of real talent, prepared to be not a little surprised

Out-and-out historic footage - the Egyptian Sand Dance, from the 30s.

Fresh social events, like Flashmob ones. I had never heard if this species of occasion till there was YouTube - this one is sweetly named "The best coin ever sent"

and so very much more.

RosyLovelady - 17 Feb 2018 13:26:59 (#17 of 290)

I've found it great for tracking down wacky old songs (music hall, dance band numbers and a bit of jazz) that my parents and grandparents sang, Well, I say "sang" but they usually, frustratingly, didn't know anything beyond the first line or so, and possibly a fragment from the middle. So far, YouTube hasn't let me down, and it really doesn't matter that some of the numbers are execrable because it's very satisfying to get the whole thing: some are even quite interesting, and then there's the possibility of more from the same artists ... endless entertainment and education.

upgoerfive - 17 Feb 2018 15:00:32 (#18 of 290)

Lots of foreign language cinema too - though finding subtitled ones can be a problem.

RosyLovelady - 17 Feb 2018 15:01:53 (#19 of 290)

I always seem to find films with Spanish subtitling.

SheikYerbouti - 17 Feb 2018 15:51:41 (#20 of 290)

Old bits of TV footage and the like are interesting and valuable, of course, but I think its the original content that this thread is interested in

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