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Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien is a VERY funny man.

You can see him on his YouTube channel, and you can listen to his “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” podcast.

One of the things I enjoy most about his podcasts is how often he mentions that he is Irish. I think it’s in pretty much every episode!

And just to prove how Irish he is, you can watch an absolutely hilarious visit he made to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

His reaction to being told that there are “six steps to pouring a glass on Guinness” is worth the price of admission on its own!

Rob Brydon Interviews

In my last post I mentioned how I am enjoying some of the things which people are doing on YouTube to keep us entertained during COVID.

One of the most enjoyable of these is the series of interviews which Rob Brydon has been doing.

He has completed “Series 1” which included interviews with people like Stephen Merchant, Mattnew Rhys, Will Ferrell and more. He also talked to fellow starts of Gavin and Stacy like Ruth Jones and Alison Steadman.

Rob is a very funny man and these interviews are full of warmth and humour. Here is a link to his YouTube channel.

Series 2 has just kicked off with Matt Lucas.

New YouTube Subscription – Beerdy

I have added a new subscription in YouTube.

It is to “Beerdy – Bruce Lee Central“.

I was already watching some of his videos about (the incomparable) Bruce Lee. He has lots of people (Chuck Norris, Donnie Yen, Joe Rogan, Joe Lewis, Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard – my all-time favourite boxer) saying complimentary things about Bruce.

Beerdy says the following about himself: “I’m Beerdy. Former IFC champion and mixed marital artist” and also “I’m a professional restorer. Restoring Videos and audio”.

So I was already enjoying his stuff, and then I discovered that he also uploads videos about Terminator movies, Alien movies, and Star Trek Discovery. So that’s when I decided to subscribe.

Here is a link to a recent Beerdy video which features Bruce Lee’s mother and brother being interviewed many years ago:

YouTube Subscriptions

I mentioned in my old blog that I can waste a lot of time on YouTube. It’s a real time sink.

But until recently I didn’t subscribe to anyone.

That has all changed now and I have subscribed to the following channels:

  • Ben Eater’s YouTube channel where he is building a computer using TTL chips. I mentioned this in a previous blog post.
  • The Coding Train by Daniel Shiffman.  This guys is also a genius. He teaches coding in JavaScript (with p5.js) and Java (with Processing). Completely addictive. The first guy I have watched live-streaming on YouTube.
  • DK YOO. Genius martial artist from Korea. This guy has learned different martial arts and he is SOOOO fast. Just amazing.
  • StarTrekContinues. Star Trek fan films with (new actors playing) Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Very, very well done. The driving force behind it is Vic Mignogna. He plays Kirk and he also paid for the first episode out of his own savings! When I last mentioned this there were only five episodes. Now there are nine! They are only planning to make ten in total unfortunately now that CBS have issued new restrictions for fan films.
  • JoJo’s channel. She is a brilliant singer/song writer who has not had the success which she deserves.
  • Mr. Sci-Fi. This is my latest discovery and obsession. Marc Scott Zicree  is a writer, producer, director who loves science fiction and who has a lot to say on the subject. He wrote episodes for ST: TNG, Babylon 5, ST:DS9 and lots more. He is making a new science fiction show called “Space Command“. Very interesting guy.

So basically I have gone from zero subscriptions to six very quickly!

Cool Stuff – Smartphone Hologram

This is clever. You can cut up an old CD case (who needs CDs any more) and you can use it to view 3D videos on your smartphone.

You can find suitable videos here.

Cool Stuff – YouTube 360

Every now and then technology manages to surprise you.

A while ago someone showed me YouTube 360.

The idea is simple: you take a 360 degree video, and you tie it in with a viewer on a phone so that you can turn the phone to see different parts of the video.


Just search for “360” in YouTube.

Here’s an example (which might not look great on your laptop/desktop but will look great on your mobile):

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