is a Youtube video aggregator that shows you videos with 50 views or less. [possibly NSFW results]
In the pre-podcast days of 1999, the then Sci-Fi Channel website worked with the Seeing Ear Theater and Bablyon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to produce a series of Twilight Zone-inspired radio stories called "City Of Dreams" along with a cast that included Steve Buscemi, Tim Curry, Kevin Conway, and John Turturro. 13 episodes were planned, but only 8 got produced, and with the decline of Real Player and the Seeing Ear Theater, the episodes were thought to be lost to the mists of internet history.
Until someone uploaded all of them to Youtube.
(each episode about 30 min, link goes to the first video for the episode)
The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight!
. Rolling Thunder
.The Friends Of Jackie Clay
. The Tolling Of The Hour
. Night Calls
. Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here
. The Alpha And Omega Of David Wells
. MSCD 00121J [more inside]
Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we'll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination
"It feels strange to be active and highly visible on the Web for 15 years but it was only when I joined Facebook that someone from elementary school or high school ever contacted me."
In which on Ev Williams's platform
, Mr Haughey compares his experiences of Facebook and Twitter
. [more inside]
"Dog owners have a dog park where they can show off their dogs, but cat people don't have that," she says. "The Internet is where people who love cats can go to say, 'Look how cute my cat is.'" On cat videos on the Internet
, and maintaining the popularity of Henrí and Maru
, while designers
of the Scratching Post
note how how some owners start writing in a first feline style. [more inside]
New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement Fast Company
summarizes a new study
from RJMetrics that looks at public posts, +1s, replies and reshares on Google+. It concludes "the average post on Google+ has less than one +1, less than one reply, and less than one re-share." Google replies that public posts are a poor metric of user activity; Fast Company replies that "Google has refused to provide clear figures and metrics for its social network's active user base" and links to Danny Sullivan's "brilliant rundown of Google's lack of transparency on the subject" - If Google’s Really Proud Of Google+, It Should Share Some Real User Figures
There was also Wil Wheaton's recent angry "Oh, go fuck yourself, Google" rant
in response to a recent experiment replacing YouTube's "like" button with a Google+ button for a small number of users, thus requiring them to sign up for Google+ before they can 'like' a YouTube video. Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats?
Hannah Hart (previously
) sings a love song, "Oh, Internet
On November 22, 2011, TEDxBrussels held an all day event whose theme was: "A Day in the Deep Future
." Speakers were asked to try and contemplate what life will be like for mankind in 50 years
. [more inside]
185 singers, 12 countries, one conductor -- all online.
Grammy-nominated composer and conductor Eric Whitacre
put out a call for singers
on his blog in July of 2009. He then posted the conductor track
for his piece "Lux Aurumque" and gave instructions, including how to audition for the brief soprano solo. Recordings trickled in
on YouTube over the next few months until the January 1 deadline; the results were posted on March 22. [more inside]
The Pleasure of Flinching.
"In the viral video realm, amateur Iraq war footage ranks just behind pornography, celebrities’ drunken exploits, and shark attacks. Do these videos represent what Sontag called our 'right to view,' or are they a porn medium made from leftovers of a world filming its self-destruction?" [Via]
This is what the Internet is for (SLYT)
A well executed virtual jam session
. People from all over the world connecting in creativity. Kutiman
, eat your heart out.
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
From the publisher's website: "The YouTube Reader
is the first full-length book to explore YouTube as an industry, an archive and a cultural form." Features some seasoned commentators, among them film analyst Thomas Elsaesser, and an online exhibition
. Looks interesting.
xkcd had an idea
to counter YouTube comment stupidity, and apparently someone at YouTube was paying attention
. Not everyone is convinced
however. (And there's always Comment Snob
As a result of the Dutch film Fitna
, Indonesia has blocked several websites including MySpace and YouTube.
This follows hot on the heels of a new bill which could see people face six years of jail time or a 1 billion rupiah fine for being caught sending out porn, “false news” or racial or religious slurs on the Web.
The Indonesian government will start censoring the Internet next month with specialised software. Very disappointing for a country which had a reasonably free press.
Live from her minivan, it’s The Jeannie Tate Show
! Everyone’s favorite soccer mom runs errands around town with the help of special guests like Bill Hader
(SNL), Rashida Jones
(The Office), Lonny Ross
(30 Rock), and Rob Riggle
(The Daily Show). Of course, she’s willing to leave the van behind to visit her heroines, Hillary
. [more inside]
I was going to share the many amazing videos that StSanders
has uploaded to youtube featuring guitar gods like Van Halen and Santana shredding, since they have inexplicably only received scant mention
on mefi so far. But StSanders' account has been suspended
all all videos have been removed! [more inside]
Terry's Chop Shop.
"Ever since I was a boy I have had a burning desire to chop."
is an Egyptian blogger
and anti-torture activist who recently won a journalism award
for his documenting police brutality in Egypt
, which led to the conviction of two police officers
. In Egypt, blogging can get you arrested
, and Abbas has taken enormous risks. But now YouTube has removed his videos and suspended
after receiving complaints (possibly from the Egyptian government) about their graphic content, and Yahoo has disabled his email account. Evidently YouTube
is not the ally human rights advocates had hoped it would be
In the same spirit as the Open Net Initiative
and Committee to Protect Bloggers
that both track global internet filtering, Sami
ben Gharbia's Access Denied Map
tries to track the blocking of sites like Blogger, Flickr, YouTube and others by governments, as well as efforts by activists to keep them accessible or to challenge their blockage.
-- it's a new video hyper-aggregator
) by MeFite chime
that I've been using since it was in development. It's Wii-compatible and tested and can turn your fave sites into channels (including but not limited to MeFi
, or Fark
). You can automatically watch any YouTube channel
as well, or just watch your favorites
. I'm personally going to suggest you try out the Net100
channel, which is an aggregate of everbody's top 10 videos. Flash player required
Adel Hamad, a 48-year-old Sudanese elementary-school teacher, has been held at Guantanamo for five years without charge or evidence of a crime. His lawyers have been unable to convince a federal court to review his case, so they started started Project Hamad
and posted a short movie about him online. This is an example of how human rights activists can use YouTube
to bring their cases to the public.
A beginner's guide to faking your death on the internet
- a post without an omg is a post incomplete. (YouTube alert - via Borklog)
"Police in Mexico are investigating claims that rival drug gangs are using the internet as a new battle ground.
: Just as Vietnam had been America's first "living-room war," [...] so is the Iraq conflict emerging as the first YouTube war. Growing up in a world where they can swap MP3s as well as intimate details about their lives via MySpace or Facebook, American soldiers are swapping their Iraq experience as well. There's a byte-enabled intimacy to "The War Tapes," the film that bills itself as the first documentary about the war filmed by those fighting it.
Net faces 10-year Olympic shutout.
Chairman of the IOC Internet working group says, "Unless and until you can guarantee your internet signal is only available within your territory, you cannot put video on your website. We're going to go forward with that and we're going to see how it evolves." Anyone have some portable transmission walls they can erect on international boundaries every two years?