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Interesting YouTube Channel: This is Dan Bell

May 15, 2017 3 comments

A few weeks ago, I came across a YouTube channel detailing the sorry state of malls and non-4/5 star hotels in USA. The videos on this channel might, at first sight, just seem entertaining- if a somewhat odd way. They do however hint to a much bigger problem underlying problem, namely, that things in many parts of USA are going downhill at a pretty alarming rate.

It is worthwhile to note that many of the malls and motels/hotels featured on this channel were not always places full of decay and abandonment. In fact, even a bit of googling reveals that more than a few of the malls and hotels covered in these videos were once very functional if somewhat unremarkable places filled with people who had money to spend and fulfilling lives to live.

Today they are either empty and decaying or used by marginalized people who once had “normal” jobs and lives. In other words, these videos show (if somewhat inadvertently) how far things have fallen for the majority of people in USA- especially outside a few nice coastal enclaves and other islands of relative affluence.

Here is a link to the YouTube Channel: This is Dan Bell

Clip 1: Dead Mall Series: Hickory Ridge Mall, Memphis, TN

Clip 2: Another Dirty Room Ep. 9: Regal Inn and Suites, Rosedale, MD

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Interesting YouTube Channel: Lazy Game Review

April 10, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I came across an interesting YouTube channel about older computers systems and games. Have a look around if you feel nostalgic or want to see how those things looked and worked in the 1980s and 1990s.

Link to Channel: Lazy Game Reviews

Clip 1: SGI Indigo2 Computer System Review

Clip 2: Quake – DOS PC Game Review

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Categories: Technology, YouTube

Interesting YouTube Clips: Reconstruction of Antikythera Mechanism

March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I rediscovered the YouTube copy of a documentary about recent efforts to reconstruct the Antikythera Mechanism. I then remembered watching this documentary while flipping between channels, sometime in 2013. As many of you know, I have always been interested in many aspects of Astronomy, including its history. The story depicted in this documentary is interesting for two distinct reasons: 1] Even 2000 years ago, Greek craftsmen were able to construct a mini-planetarium that was reasonably accurate even though it was based on a geocentric model of the solar system. 2] The process of reconstructing missing parts of the mechanism was fairly systematic and evidence based.

Will go back to posting my normal posts about contemporary events from tomorrow, as I am less busy than earlier this week.

Clip 1: The 2000 Year-Old Computer – Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism (2012). Note that this clip is almost 60 minutes long.

Clip 2: Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism. This clip is about 6 minutes long.

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Categories: YouTube

Interesting YouTube Channel: Wdtvlive42 – Archive Footage

March 26, 2017 1 comment

I recently came across an interesting YouTube channel containing lots of interesting footage from old archived documentaries. The clips on this channel generally cover the era from the early 1940s to the early 1970s- though some date from as early as 1907 while others are from 1981.

Link to YouTube Channel: wdtvlive42 – Archive Footage

Here are two interesting examples about two very diverse subjects. The first one is about nuclear thermal rockets– a concept that was successfully developed and extensively tested on the ground in the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, it was never used to propel an actual spacecraft- manned or unmanned. The second one is classic cold-war hysteria about how communists want infiltrate USA and subvert capitalism, something that is oddly topical again.

Clip 1: Nuclear Thermal Rockets: Nuclear Propulsion in Space – 1968

Clip 2: Freedom And You: The Red Nightmare – 1957

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Categories: YouTube

Interesting YouTube Channel: TYT Politics

March 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Here is an interesting YouTube channel that I have watched, on and off, for the previous few months. OK, to be more specific- I usually watch the reports by 2-3 of their journalists (Michael Tracey, Jordan Chariton and Emma Vigeland).

Here is the link to the channel: TYT Politics

And here are a couple of recent, and interesting, clips. The first one is about the interesting case of a journalist prone to confabulism (Kurt Eichenwald) pressing criminal charges against some guy sending him a flashing tweet which allegedly triggered an epileptic seizure. The second clip is about all those the Putin-Russia’ claims by establishment democrats and their most fervent supporters seem to be helping Trump rather than hurting him. It also makes the point focusing on these dubious and flimsy claims, at the expense of going after Trump for his many real and tangible problems, does not help the establishment democrats who are pushing this story.

Clip 1: Is A Tweet Now A “Deadly Weapon”?

Clip 2: Jordan and Michael Working For Russia?!

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Interesting YouTube Channel: Bolloxed

March 16, 2017 Leave a comment

A few months ago, I came across an interesting videogame related channel. While it contains recorded footage from a number of video games, the channel seems to specialize in Half-Life and Half Life 2 mods. I would go so far as to say that I have not seen any other YouTube with such an extensive collection of HL and HL2 mods. As some of you might know, the HL series of videogames happens to be one of my all time favorites.

Here is link to the YouTube channel – Bolloxed

Please note that both example clips (shown below) are long and best enjoyed by opening in new browser tabs.

Clip 1– Half-Life 2: PROSPEKT – Year 1 Update

Clip 2 – Half-Life 2: Sprucecape – Full Walkthrough

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Categories: Technology, YouTube

Funny YouTube Clip: Why the Democratic Party Is USELESS

March 13, 2017 2 comments

Here is a really funny montage of establishment democrats telling you, somewhat unintentionally, why the democratic party in its current form has no real future. Came across it on YouTube channel of TYT Politics. While I certainly do not agree with everybody on that channel or TYT (especially some democratic establishment apologists), their content is generally superior to the outright corporatist crap you see on TV news channels like CNN, MSNBC, Fox etc.

“They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing”― popularly attributed to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.

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