Often Watched Channels

Whenever I end up talking about TV with most of my friends, it seems that none of them watch YouTube on their actual television. ๐Ÿค” I think a lot of people still think of the platform as just a dumping ground for random assholes who upload boring phone videos, awkward family events, hour-long videos of their kids graduating kindergarten, etc. ๐Ÿ˜ I mean, that is what it was for a good part of its early years – but now there are loads of people and groups who take it seriously and produce some really good content, thanks to the video monetization that enables them to actually make a living from the site.

So when friends ask me what shows I watch, or what cable/satellite/streaming service I use for “cable” … they don’t quite get it when I say that most of my time is spent watching YouTube. ๐Ÿค“โ–ถ๏ธย When you’re watching on a laptop or your phone, you’re pretty interactive with it, usually picking each video you wanna watch. But on the TV, with auto-play active, eventually it learns the types of videos you seem to enjoy and it’ll keep feeding them to you without you having to do a thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜… That’s how I ended up coming across most of the folks in the list below… searching for one thing, and ending up on their videos eventually.

But even if you don’t have a YouTube app on your TV, I still think these channels are worth taking a look at. ๐Ÿง They aren’t in any particular order, nor do they cover any overarching theme… just a bunch of different channels that drew my interest over time for one reason or another. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚ So if you find yourself bored and looking for something new to watch, have a click through some of these channels and I bet you’ll eventually find yourself hooked on at least a few of them if you watch long enough.

  • TechmoanBritish reviewer of new and old audio, video, camera, misc tech
  • Ozzy Man ReviewsAustralian comedy commentary on viral videos
  • Cracked: Obsessive Pop Culture Disorderย – In-depth comedy takes on movies and TV
  • Today I Found Outย – Individual episodes focused on random trivia type topics

  • Boom 97.3 – Behind The Vinylย – Stories about songs as told by the singers or band members
  • Sweet and Tasty TVSouth Korean travel/food/culture vlog
  • Philip DeFrancoFast paced “news of the day” with a mix of regular/social media news
  • Red Letter Mediaย – Long form comedic reviews of one or two movies each episode

  • Thoughty2ย – Another “things you might not have known or thought about” type channel
  • Fact Fiend w/Karl Smallwood“No shits given” rambling comedy focused on misc topics
  • TopTenzย – More “random” type info or trivia, in a quickly delivered format
  • Cracked: After Hoursย – Group of folks (scripted) insight into funny/weird/unique media

  • Bros of Decayย – Loads of extremely well-shot explorations of abandoned buildings
  • Kerzgesagt – In a Nutshellย – Animated educational presentations on scientific/social topics
  • Internet Todayย – Several different shows, comedic takes on current real world/internet topics
  • Mentour Pilotย – Watch enough and you’ll be convinced you can fly and land a 747 too

  • The SlowMo Guysย – Using some of the highest frame rate cameras for various experiments
  • Doug DemuroTHIS… is aย “regular guy” reviewing the weirdest, coolest cars you can imagine
  • Captain DisillusionPublic access type “superhero” that debunks fake internet videos
  • Rossmann Repair GroupApple laptop repair guy w/educational (and hypnotic) repair videos

  • CinemaSinsย – Somewhat sarcastic/comedic nitpicking of all the popular movies
  • Lessons from the ScreenplayDetailed looks at how movies come from the written page
  • Dave Sundstromย – Seems to be just “some guy” with nostalgia for 50s thru 80s television
  • Cobra Kaiย – Sequel series to the old Karate Kid moviesย (TRAILER)ย (YouTube Premium)

That last title, you (unfortunately) have to be subscribed to YouTube Premium to watch it… but man is it a good follow-up to those movies. It’s set in the present day, with Daniel and his former karate adversary, Johnny, meeting up again after all these years. I think it’s like ten bucks for premium, but not only do you get their YouTube Originals (which generally nobody cares about), but you also get to play every video ad-free. ๐Ÿ™‚ None of those five-second waits until you can “skip ad” to get on with it. It just plays… just like “real” TV. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

(I’m sure that there’s a handful of my favorites that I’ve neglected to include on this list, so don’t be too surprised if there’s a “part two” eventually, as I run across other favorites and go “OH… yeah… shit.” as I watch during the week. ๐Ÿ˜)

Been There, Done That

Trying to force my brain to take a break today… and having an evening NASCAR race helps with that. It’s actually at a track that I’ve been to, but when I went a handful of years ago it was still a traditional Sunday race. Ya know, having all the races on a Saturday night would be a good selling point for the out-of-shape, disabled, or old farts. (Of which I’m like 2.5 out of 3) Mid-day summer races, with all the blacktop and aluminum seats reflecting and radiating the heat… โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜“๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’ฅย Thankfully it wasn’t until I was a little older and more out of shape (after all my trips) that I realized how brutal it can really be. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Tonight’s race is from Kentucky Speedway. I think it was four years ago that I went… staying free at ‘Da Boat for a couple of nights, and hopping over the river to Sparta on race day. ๐Ÿ˜Ž If I remember correctly, Cassi went with – but just to enjoy the room and the getaway. It really is a fan friendly track, but woo… all that walking. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธย It’s no Indianapolis… another track where I’m amazed that I would spend entire days walking around (miles) in the August heat. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ™‚ย I suppose it helps though, once you’re there, hearing the cars, seeing the drivers, getting the pics and occasional autographs… it only hurts and burns later that night. ๐Ÿ˜

It’s funny, I remember having a Skoal Bandits matchbox car when I was a kid, but that was the extent of my interest in NASCAR until after I was out of school and Dad took me to a couple races at Indy. Since then I’ve seen two Brickyard 400s, two Indy 500s, one race at Kansas, and one race at Kentucky. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ But, probably showing early signs of what was to come, the last few times (and those were a while ago) that I went to Indy… I’d only go on qualifying / practice day. That way I could see the sights, collect all the good shots that I could, sneak in whatever areas I could manage… but not getting the “bake in the stands for however many hours” experience that actual race day would require.

I’m not saying that I’ll never go to another race, or another track around race days, but I just haven’t been able to stay as interested in the new drivers once “my drivers” or “our drivers” retired or otherwise exited the sport. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Think about who you’re not seeing anymore when you go to a race, and if you’re old enough – it’ll probably make you wonder if you still wanna bother going too. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคจ

Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff and Ward Burton, Darrell and Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Bobby and Terry Labonte, Mike Skinner, Kenny Schrader, Ricky Rudd, the various Bodines, Rusty Wallace, Morgan Shepherd (oldest driver to start a NASCAR race, at 72 ๐Ÿ˜ฏย years old), Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle,ย Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and even Dale Jr. That’s how you know you’ve been a fan a while though, when you’ve watched a kid come into the sport, run for a good long time, and now even they’re gone. And yeah, I didn’t necessarily give many shits about a few of those named… but boy did they all have personality. ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s exactly what made their presence so easy to remember and, now, miss. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ