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Interesting YouTube Channel: Voices of the Past

March 7, 2021 1 comment

Here is another interesting YouTube channel I came across in the past few months. It almost exclusively contains documentary-style readings of first-hand written accounts by authors in ancient and olden times.In contrast to many other history-oriented channels, it focuses on non-western authors and non-famous western authors whose first-hand accounts are, in my opinion, just as importatant as those written by famous western authors.

Link to YouTube channel: Voices of the Past

Clip #1: How Japan Became a Great Power in Only 40 Years

Clip #2: Japanese Diplomat to US Describes Desperate Last Days Before Pearl Harbor

Would also recommend First Indian Visitor Describes England and European Life, First Chinese Visitor Describes Medieval Europe and Japanese Historian Describes First Contact With Europeans. Many other clips on this channel are also quite good.

What do you think? Comments?

Two Funny and Very Topical YouTube Comedy Skits from Ryan Long

January 21, 2021 2 comments

A few months ago, I posted a link to a funny YouTube clip about all the similarities between ‘woke’ losers and plain old racists. Here are a couple more clips from the same channel.

The first clip, from about 5 months ago, is about how liberal internet personalities (such as pro-establishment bloggers, podcasters, influencers etc) will struggle to make content about anything else once in the aftermath of a Trump defeat. This one proved to be prophetic.

The second one is about how most corporations, but especially in Silicon Valley, promote superficial and meaninglessness “diversity” which is actually a form of conformism. Says a lot about the current state of corporations involved in producing entertainment that they cannot even match output quality of moderately well-known YouTube channels.

Enjoy! Comments?

YouTube Music Video: Juice Newton – ‘Angel Of The Morning’ (1981)

November 25, 2020 6 comments

A few days ago, I came across a rerun of Deadpool (2016) on some cable channel. As many of you, the soundtrack of the opening scene contains a song that sounded familiar. After a bit of searching on intertubes, I realized it was ‘Angel of the Morning’ by Juice Newton from 1981. While her version is a cover of the original version from 1967 or 1968, it is the most famous version- by a long shot. I cannot resist pointing out that most contemporary popular american entertainment (films, music etc) is recycled stuff from the era between 1940 and the early 2000s. Says a lot about the cultural sterility of past two decades, doesn’t it?

Enjoy! Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: The 8-Bit Guy

November 1, 2020 3 comments

Since I have been recently writing about how the so-called computing “revolution” of past two decades has been, largely, worse that useless- here is a YouTube channel about old personal computers. I am sure that some of you might have already comes across The 8-Bit Guy. The channel is mostly about 8-Bit personal computers, gaming systems and games.. though he does occasionally go into computers and other related technology of a later vintage. I found his channel interesting because it is one the few which goes into the proverbial nuts and bolts of what was probably the last generation of computing (hardware and software) which could be completely understood by a single person.

He also had a recent series about the large number of pioneering computer companies (both hardware and software) which used to exist in Texas. Oh ya.. most of those buildings which used to house these pioneering and often quite successful companies now either sit empty, have been converted into yoga studios and professional offices or have been demolished. I cannot help pointing out that something like this would never have been allowed to happen in countries such as Japan or Germany where they cherish and maintain sites associated with the founding of important companies or discovery of new technologies. USA is almost unique as a country and culture in being almost exclusively concerned with short-term profits and fellating financial interests above everything else. And this shows, in many unflattering ways.

Clip #1: Commodore History Part 3 – The Commodore 64 (complete)

rest of that series is here.. Commodore History

Clip #2: Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Atlas Pro

October 27, 2020 5 comments

Here is another interesting YouTube channel which I came across a year or two ago. As some of you might know, my interests extend in many fields beyond the ones which I have studied and worked. While not every video of this particular channel is of the same quality, the ones about geology are usually good and quite detailed.

Link to YouTube Channel: Atlas Pro

Clip #1: What Did Pangaea Look like?

This clip is interesting because I haven’t seen any serious efforts, beyond specialized geology textbooks and research talks, about modeling the climatic conditions in Pangea. FYI- Pangea was the most recent super-continent. And yes, there is something called the super-continent cycle of land which operates alongside (but not always in synch) with the Wilson cycle for oceans. Long story short, for a super-continent that we know a lot about, climatic conditions in different parts of Pangea are rarely shown in any detail on most introductory resources to paleogeology and paleoecology.

Clip #2: Earth’s REAL Lost Landmasses

This one is about the many micro-continents and large islands which are today submerged under water, but which in the past were either above water (for periods between millions to tens of thousands of years) or have the potential to do so in distant future. This video is especially interesting since a few substantial islands were above water as late as 16-11 k years ago during last ice age. And some were near coasts of existing inhabited islands or continents making it likely that modern humans might have visited or lived on some of them. Examples include the Mascarene Plateau and Chagos Archipelago.

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Scotty Kilmer

October 18, 2020 8 comments

Since I am still working on the first in a series about how the personal computing revolution of 1980s and beyond has not improved the quality of life or sped up technological progress, here is something to keep you going till then. And yes.. it is related to what I intend to talk about in that series. The overall point will be that personal computing revolution has actually worsened technological and socio-economic stagnation, in addition to amplifying the damaging effects of neoliberalism aka late-stage capitalism. The Youtube channel I am linking to, which some of you might have already come across, sorta touches on it- albeit in an indirect way.

So.. there is a guy, Scotty Kilmer, who has been a car mechanic for decades with a flair for TV and YouTube appearances. While his style of labeling videos is sorta clickbaity and kitschy- if you have watched more than a few of his videos- it becomes obvious that he actually knows what he is talking about. One of the jokes about his channel is that he will always recommend buying a used Toyota or Honda. In any case, given the horrible non-truck sales of american automobile manufacturers over past two decades, one cannot say he is wrong.

What makes his channel interesting, if you can get past the kitschiness of it, is that he is quite honest about who makes good engines (not just Japanese manufacturers), why the Ford F-150 is a much better pickup than its competitors, why most modern luxury cars are basically unsalvageable after even fairly minor accidents etc. In some of his videos he will also often go into how thoughtless outsourcing, fake “innovation” and bean-counters killed the quality (and ultimately the sales) of American and now increasingly European cars. So, ya.. if you find that sort of stuff interesting, you will like his materiel.

Here is a link to the YouTube channel: Scotty Kilmer

Clip #1 – Why Toyota Makes the Most Reliable Cars, Japanese vs American Culture

Clip #2 – Here’s Why You Need to Buy a Lexus

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channels: History Time

October 6, 2020 3 comments

Occasionally I come across YouTube channels whose content far surpasses anything you can find on network and cable TV. Most of these channels are.. should we say.. specialty channels dealing with topics ranging from guns and ammunition, older computers, electronic gadgets, visual astronomy, geology and a lot of stuff most of you might not be interested. However this is one of those which I think many of you might find interesting.

Link to YouTube Channel: History Time

Here is one of their latest videos about a topic (Origins of Sea people and their role in Bronze age collapse) which is far more extensive and detailed than anything you produced by BBC, NPR etc. In contrast to many other documentaries on this subject, it does not put too much weight on one hypothesis- which is a good sign.

And here is a link to another of their YouTube Channels: History of the Earth

In this videos on their other channel, they talk about Late Heavy Bombardment (by very large asteroids and planetoids) in the early solar system- something which occurred after planets were formed in close to their current positions and locations. The thing is.. we can see the effects of this bombardment on Moon, Mars, Mercury but not on Earth or Venus- though the later has not well studied. One of the more interesting questions is how life on early earth, which we are almost certain existed in the form of microbes survived the last phase of this planetary bombardment. Interesting short documentary about a fairly obscure topic.

What do you think? Comments?

When Life Starts Imitating Art: The Sep 2020 Movie Edition

September 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today again.. here is a spur of the moment post that was in my draft folder for past few weeks. As some of you remember, about three months ago, I had published another post with a similar title that highlighted the similarities between ongoing riots and some interesting clips from movies in recent past. In it there was a clip from the 2005 movie adaptation of the Alana Moore graphic comic ‘V for Vendetta‘. Over the next couple of weeks I noticed yet another interesting similarity between that movie and the world of 2020.

So here is some background for understanding what I am going to talk about.. In the graphical comic book version of that story, the rise of the ulra-religious, right-wing and fascistic ‘Norsefire’ political party comes about in the aftermath of a limited nuclear war which devastated USA, USSR and a few other countries. The movie in contrast, traces the rise of that party to the aftermath of a deliberately engineered virus pandemic. To make a long story short, some rich members of that party fund the creation and release of a virus that kills almost 100k people in UK to create fear, chaos and panic among public which allows them to win the upcoming election.

After the election of that party, a company owned by some ‘Norsefire’ member suddenly finds a cure and within a few months they frame, arrest and execute a few people for allegedly doing what they themselves did to the people of their own country. If you think that all of this is a bit too similar to what we are seeing in 2020, you are not alone. Feel free to open to open the clips in another window and read recent YouTube to them. It is amazing how accurate the movie was at predicting how all the FUD created by pandemic would be used to curtail or eliminate civil liberties, while simultaneously increase the power of a clearly ineffectual government full of corrupt, sadistic and self-righteous control freaks.

Clip # 1

Clip #2

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel About the Influence of Movies in Cartoons

September 10, 2020 1 comment

A few months ago, I came across a YouTube channel which highlights the influence of older and classic movies in later famous cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park etc.

Here is a link to that YouTube channel: Onikorp

Clip #1: The Simpsons Tribute to Cinema – Treehouse of Horror

Do check out all the other clips from that channel about the influence of older films in first twenty-something seasons of ‘The Simpsons’.

Clip #2: Futurama’s Tribute to Cinema: Part 1

Also check out clips about the influence of older films in ‘Futurama’ and ‘South Park’.

What do you think? Comments?

Categories: Musings, YouTube

Here are Two of the Best Parody Music Videos Ever Made, Period

July 29, 2020 3 comments

As long-time readers might remember, over the years, I have have often posted linked to iconic music videos.. especially ones that I happen to like. This post is a somewhat different, because it showcases two of the best parody music videos ever made- by a long shot. And yes, both are by Al Yankovic are are from the 1990s aka the last good decade in american history.

The first one, ‘Smells Like Nirvana‘ is a spoof of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit‘ by Nirvana. Released in 1992, a year after the original hit song and music video- it is notable for using the same location and many extras from the original.

The second one, ‘Amish Paradise‘ is a surreal take on ‘Gangstas Paradise‘ by Coolio. Released in 1996, a year after the song and video it parodied, it is today more famous than the original.

Enjoy! Comments?

Funny YT Spoof about Similarities between ‘Woke’ Leftists and Racists

July 20, 2020 14 comments

So.. famous journalist, Matt Taibbi, has been writing and speaking out about how ridiculous and dangerous “woke” culture has become. Here is his recent and epic dissection of Robin DiAngelo’s bullshit aka “White Fragility”. Also have a look at this posts on how the left has become the very thing they allegedly despised, as late as 2010. In that vein, here is a YT spoof about the disturbing similarities between the beliefs of the “woke” left and plain old racists like Richard Spencer. I am sure some of you might it especially funny.

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YT Lecture about Formation of West Coast of North America

July 14, 2020 2 comments

Here is an interesting lecture by Nick Zentner of CWU (Central Washington University) about how the modern west coast states of USA (WA, OR and CA) and Canada (BC) were formed over past 100 million years. Long story short, they are Exotic Terranes which is a fancy way of saying that they were formed elsewhere, in most cases under oceans. The thing is.. most of the land which makes up these modern day states was formed under the ocean or as islands near the equator in the pacific. They then drifted towards the old coast of North America because of continental drift (specifically oceanic plate subduction) which fused these islands onto its western edge.

It is interesting to note that, based on current geological studies, more than a few waves of such oceanic islands ended up aggregating to the continent. He also touches on how land formed off the coast of present day mexico ended up moving to BC and WA (from ~90-55 mya) due to repeated earthquakes over about 35 million years along a now disappeared lateral-slip fault not unlike modern San Andreas fault. This is known as the Baja-BC hypothesis and while it was once seen as highly unlikely- it is now basically geological canon. There is also some mention of other contributors of this exotic terrane such as Siletzia and others.

What do you think? Comments?

Funny Music Video from 2014: Literally I Can’t (Shut The Fuck Up)

July 9, 2020 13 comments

A few days ago, while going down another YouTube hole late at night, I came across a catchy and funny music video which attracted the ire of SJWs and “feminists” when released in 2014. Yes, we are talking about “Literally I Can’t” by Play-N-Skillz, featuring Redfoo, Lil Jon, and Enertia McFly. I am guessing that at a few of you might remember the manufactured controversy surrounding its release. If you don’t, watch it and tell me what you think about it.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

When Life Starts Imitating Art: The June 2020 Movie Edition

June 5, 2020 10 comments

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today, thought it might be a good idea to finish a short post that was in my drafts folder for a couple of weeks. So.. there are a couple (or more) movies from the past few years which bear an interesting, and at times eerie, resemblance to what has been occurring in this country for the past two weeks. I am sure the more conspiracy-minded among you might see something else. In any case, here is the first relevant clip.

This one is from ‘V for Vendetta’ (2005). While not the best adaptation of original graphic novel, the material from this clip is particularly relevant to how seeming invulnerable institutions and systems of governance that are no longer connected with reality can be overwhelmed by the consequences of their own stupidity- in this case, reaction to civil unrest. The especially relevant bit is that the ‘fingermen’ in the novel (and movie) have a rather strong resemblance to police in this country. The graphic novel talks much more about general dissatisfaction with the system among most people. Long story short, ever increasing demonstrations of force create a cycle of more sympathetic victims and ever increasing levels of resistance among populace.

V for Vendetta: The Dominoes Fall

The second clip is from a more recent movie- ‘Joker’ (2019). As many of you know, the titular character in this movie is a withdrawn “loser” living in near-poverty who has nothing to lose. His actions (killing three bankers and that TV show host on live TV) ends up sparking large-scale civil unrest against the police and plutocrats in the fictional Gotham city. The key to understanding this clip is that, once again, most people in the city are already tired of the system and the Joker’s action just provide the perfect spark to ignite a large pre-existing collection of tinder. If either clip seems far fetched, let me remind you that WW1 was ignited by the actions of an incompetent assassin who got lucky and WW2 was started by the most unlikely rise of a certain failed landscape artist and drifter to power.

Joker: Anarchy in Gotham

What do you think? Comments?

Yet Another YT Spoof Which Turned Out to be Eerily Prophetic in 2020

April 24, 2020 9 comments

I am sure more that more than a few of you have seen the 2006 movie ‘Idiocracy‘. In fact, when Trump was elected in 2016, more than a few ‘blue checks’ on Twitter pointed out the functional similarity between the character of President Camacho from that movie and Trump. Anyway, the actor who played that character (Terry Crews) did a few more YouTube spoof clips. One of them, from about a year and half ago, is proving to be scarily (in unintentionally) accurate.

In this clip, the character of President Camacho promises to end poverty and inequality in USA by printing money and giving a million dollars to each person- since (paraphrasing it) “people don’t need jobs, they need money”. His plan involves making the federal reserve print money and give it directly to people rather than pass it through banks or businesses. While both LIEbrals and CONservatives might find this idea horrifying, it makes total sense (Modern Monetary Theory) and might be the only way to save the economy in aftermath of shutdown due to COVID-19.

Enjoy! Comments?