November 19, 2008 1:22 AM   Subscribe

The Python Channel is a godsend.
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:44 AM on November 19, 2008

combine with kottke's youtube hack for even better quality.
posted by heeeraldo at 1:50 AM on November 19, 2008 [6 favorites]

oh crap I left a tag open
posted by heeeraldo at 1:50 AM on November 19, 2008

The Monty Python Channel is awesome. Thanks for the link!
posted by vivelame at 2:42 AM on November 19, 2008

Holy crap.

This is awesome.

Especially the unambiguous, 'here's a lot of free stuff, please buy our DVDs' message. These dudes get the web.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:59 AM on November 19, 2008

Ooo, I know someone who's doing a talk on "Advanced Youtubery" ... since I'm not attending the talk, I'll settle for this. Thanks nicky!!
posted by not_on_display at 4:52 AM on November 19, 2008

I hope they keep posting stuff. It's great that they're doing this, and probably will boost their sales. All the same, they're missing great bits like "Spanish Inquisition" and the "I didn't vote for you" conversation from Holy Grail.
posted by explosion at 5:14 AM on November 19, 2008

I have boxset of episodes on DVD and the movies, and yet I'm still giddy as all hell about this. It'd be cool if at some point they threw something unreleased up there just to mix it up.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 5:41 AM on November 19, 2008

Thanks for all the additional links too. I'm constantly searching for GOOD stuff on YT. It's there but they don't make it easy to find.
posted by DU at 6:13 AM on November 19, 2008

This is a good business move by Monty Python in particular. They already captured monetary value from their movies, television, and performances over the years. At this point they're just hoping for incremental new sales of home videos. To acquire new sales, they need a new audience, so YouTube offers them a good advertising base. Infringement was rampant, so why not beat it at its own game - besides, infringement was fan flattery in a way.

What would be really interesting is if Monty Python were to create new material and release that on YouTube in the hopes of driving video sales. It is a more risky proposition to offer a true alternative to see new material in the hopes it will not simply replace a model that more directly generates revenue.

Anyway, good for them. I'm certainly excited.
posted by Muddler at 6:15 AM on November 19, 2008 [3 favorites]

Authors@Gooogle on YouTube is absolutely awesome. I find it better than BookTV and in some ways better than TED. I think the reason is, on BookTV the authors have no set time frame and can talk forever and they are on book tours and giving the same old stump speech and the kind of people who show up in audiences is often wacko. On TED it is high intensity but short. Authors@Google is about 60 minutes and for some reason the talks are just more engaging, the speakers know they are being recorded for Google and the audience is small and intelligent and there is a positive energy about being at a Google facility. Plus there is just more, and more variety of content.
posted by stbalbach at 6:58 AM on November 19, 2008 [2 favorites]

I love this!
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 7:09 AM on November 19, 2008

I just watched a couple of skits that I probably haven't seen straight through for several decades. It took a few minutes to give in, but damn, they were good.

I'll be back to watch more. Thanks Nickyskye.
posted by michswiss at 7:39 AM on November 19, 2008

All the same, they're missing great bits like "Spanish Inquisition"

Did you actually expect the Spanish Inquisition?!?
posted by dontoine at 9:45 AM on November 19, 2008 [7 favorites]

dammit dontoine beat me to it. explosion, I'll vote for you if you set up some more pins for us to knock down.
posted by dabitch at 9:52 AM on November 19, 2008

Excellent post, thanks for this. If it wasn't final exams time for me, I'd make a Yahoo Pipe or Dapper out of it to collapse it into a couple of RSS feeds. Anyone feel like taking up that task?
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 10:43 AM on November 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

At first I thought the last link was silly - "but Google BOUGHT YouTube," and then I realized it was talking about the search engine vs YT.

I'd be afraid that people would be even lazier with YouTube - sure, you have to sit through something to understand it instead of simply scanning for the answer, but I'd think actively scanning takes more action that passively listening, though I'm just guessing.

Some things are conveyed more clearly in text, or still diagrams. But I'm sure some kids have cited youtube videos as sources in their school projects, which is rather weird to me.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:23 PM on November 19, 2008

Now instead of talking, we can just post youtube links.

So wait, what's changed exactly?
posted by Eideteker at 4:42 PM on November 19, 2008

Stop being awesome already, will ya?!
posted by Mael Oui at 9:47 PM on November 19, 2008

Stop being awesome already, will ya?!

Pretty sure this refers to you, nicky, but if not it should. We old people can never get enough Python news, videos, even shots of what they look like these days (and for free, too.) Thanks.

Thanks stbalbach as well, for the authors@ link. Much to investigate there, especially useful for distraction purposes when I should be doing other things.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:17 PM on November 19, 2008

Oh YAY happy fellow MeFites.

lelilo, isn't it cool to see the Monty Python gang now? They've aged well. That show has aged well, it's still funny and mischievous as ever.

Yeah, filthy light thief, wasn't that last article interesting? "YouTube surpasses Yahoo as world’s #2 search engine" and "that because of YouTube, we have now entered the age of transparency. Joe argued that because we are always on record, the only sensible thing to do is to tell the truth."

Interesting to think about the communication and learning styles of the next generation.
posted by nickyskye at 10:52 PM on November 19, 2008

"YouTube surpasses Yahoo as world’s #2 search engine"

That IS fascinating, in part because I've always thought that one of the main things driving search engine traffic is porn. There's no porn on Youtube.
posted by graventy at 7:13 AM on November 20, 2008

My vlogs have been answered!
posted by acro at 9:17 AM on November 20, 2008

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