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Happy 6th birthday YouTube!

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Yes amazingly it is only 6!

As a long time consumer of YouTube I see a growing tendency to follow themes and personalities, quite of few of which are unique to the medium.

While I'm not a big fan of those posting multiple Youtube links in these forums, in celebration of the first uploaded video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw exactly six years ago this Saturday the 23rd of April, I thought it would be interesting have fellow OLOers 'YouTubeists' name three they might be following right now. They can be historical or topical but a brief description on why they push your buttons would be useful. I should note the 10 minute duration maximum placed on most uploads can be at times frustrating but it has served to chop up longer pieces into consumable bits for busy days.

My current three are as follows;

Any Hitchens clips do me, however there is a series of twelve of the Hitchens vs Galloway debate that have given me great pleasure. Hitchens usually cleans most opponents up but he knew he had a fight on his hands with this one. He was working the queues outside the venue with zeroxed quotes from Galloway well before the show started. Starting clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUIeKOIgc

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian philosopher/blogger who hosts Freedomain Radio. A fan of Ayn Rand (Ouch!), and growing favorite of the right in the States but never fails to disappoint with content. My daughter finds him a little creepy and I can understand why, but with over 500 bits of video he is certainly prolific and interesting. He needs to come with a warning label though, rumours of a cult status should not be treated lightly. Introduced me to the word Statism.
http://www.youtube.com/user/stefbot

For those who find Rachael Kohn from the ABC's The Spirit of Things just that little bit sexy there is a quirky, also sexy, Romainian athiest out there channeling her. Chrisina Rad delivers pearls of wisdom with attitude, often from her bedroom and a sometimes co-starring her cat. Funny and irreverant but satire with punch.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ZOMGitsCriss

Love to hear others.
Posted by csteele, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 10:50:55 PM
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I "borrowed" this from a radio station link, but just have a look at this and tell me it didn't make you smile!

It's just animal behaviour with some classic British voice-overs.

Funny or what?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aAtFrWft2k

Enjoy
Posted by Radar, Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:28:29 AM
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Dear csteele,

I am a member of the derrierre garde. Cab Calloway, Fred and Ginger, the Nicholas Brothers, people doing the Charlestown, the Hoosier Hotshots and the like are my fare on you tube.

Cab Calloway is not forgotten. My granddaughter goes to the Wilmington, DE Cab Calloway High of the Arts. Cab's daughter is active in supporting the school.

After this comment I may relax watching a Busby Berkeley DVD.

I just deactivated my facebook account, but you tube remains a source of joy.
Posted by david f, Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:30:12 AM
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Only six years csteele. Seems much longer.

Hitchens would be among my favourites along with, Noam Chomsky, John Ralston Saul who talks about the intellectual cleansing of economics with a focus on issues of free trade and globalisation. Many others too numerous to mention.

John Ralston Saul:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gZ8ew7ISEg
(There is more than one part)

Love a bit of the Colbert Report:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20PlHx_JjEo

Youtube has been invaluable in sourcing information about organic gardening, permaculture, food forests, urban food farming and seed saving which would make up the majority of our youtube visits. Even for such mundane things as how to use and harvest jerusalem artichokes and how to extract juice from pomengranates. (I can hear the yawns now :))

Some favourites:

Permaculture Food Forest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ul1bI2lr8I

The inspirational Joel Salatin-Polyface Farms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxTfQpv8xGA

Path to Freedom-Homesteading:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4AcmaGbldU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCPEBM5ol0Q&feature=related

Youtube is also great for music - trying before buying.
Posted by pelican, Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:50:27 AM
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I just deactivated my facebook account, but you tube remains a source of joy.

Let me know if that works for you David, I deactivated a couple and they just will not go away.

I love youtube, mostly entertainment. Galloway rocks.

I really enjoy some of the 3d animation stuff, short flicks. This one still freaks me out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7HMz1WKkso
Fallen Art

And finally when an old song is stuck in your head you can go find it and get it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a0z9ZcSwPQ
Bliss!
Posted by Jewely, Thursday, 21 April 2011 1:49:44 PM
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Dear Radar,

Thank you. This is quickly becoming a youtube classic. Cries of Nighttime! Daytime! and Alan! Alan! Alan! have been ringing through our household over the last few weeks.

Dear davidf,

As much of a technophile as I am I have so far resisted the clutches of Facebook or Myspace. Privacy is so under-rated nowadays. As for dancing clips did you know one of the most viewed youtube clips of all time (number 9 with over 22 million views) features dancing from Melbourne or the style at least? It is called the Melbourne shuffle Compilation. I'm not sure what Ginger, Fred or Cab would have thought but the figures don't lie. A young nephew of mine has been right into it for years. Not saying you are that old David but I suggest going easy on the volume. Let me know what you think.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPaMdxC6CQI

Dear pelican,

You are right about it becoming an invaluable source of information. After retrieving my sister's digital camera from the bottom of a river I needed to dismantle it to attempt a clean. With very little searching I found a 10min clip going through every step with a useful calming opera soundtrack to boot.

Dear Jewely,

What a brilliant clip. How dark though. You are right about retrieving old songs. My recent find was a song from my childhood by Johnny Cash's Egg Sucking Dog album. It was called The Bug that tried to crawl around the World. Sounds dated now but boy it was inspirational at 6.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmT12jC9skI
Posted by csteele, Thursday, 21 April 2011 2:43:41 PM
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