YouTube the time thief

By Lorenzo

I have found that YouTube is something that can swallow lots of one’s time. Particularly given the “similar recommendations” column down the right-hand side.

Recently, for example, I got sucked into the Sterek phenomena. The interest by fans in imagining that there is some budding (or actual) relationship between the characters Stiles Stilinski and Derek Hale in the TV series Teen Wolf. (Stiles + Derek = Sterek.)

And I didn’t even watch the show!  (I do now, at least on DVD.)

People with clearly far too much time on their hands create really clever compilations such as this.  (Note both characters are straight; but that’s the fun.)  Inventing such a relationship is called “shipping”; the actors involved–Dylan O’Brien (who has serious comic talent) and Tyler Hoechlin–also have fun playing to the game.

There are even competitions about best fantasy couple–with Sterek winning a recent one by a landslide.

For those who want the background to the show, this fan guide is (mostly) informative and very funny. As is this

Then there are the YouTube columnists. Such as Wavey Davey, who has some amusing columns; for example, this “best tits” competition with a shapely young lass who is also a YouTube columnist (something for everyone).

Some of the fan compilations are great. Such as The Matrix as retold by my Mom.

There are also a lot of short films on YouTube (and not a few complete full-length movies). Shorts are, of course, a classic young film-maker’s starting point. So lots of shorts are about youthful experience. Some I have watched recently include The Boy Next Door, a lovely short on touching another’s life briefly but deeply. Or James, a heartrending examination of how if none of the “right” people will lesson, the wrong one is resorted to. We Once Were Tide, a deeply poignant short about one friend leaving and another staying to look after his terminally ill mother. The Love Within, a wistful piece on the confusions of youthful emotions and sexuality. Basketball Math Gay, on the confusions of adolescent emotions and sexuality. Water, about a lonely and solitary boy struggling with a controlling mother and awkward feelings.

But I am forgetting the most important thing: music videos!  So, I will leave with a classic Placebo tract, because we all need some Placebo in the morning.


This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.  (A bit updated.)


  1. marks
    Posted May 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Could this really be true?

    I mean P Nance, nah, must be a joke.

  2. Posted May 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] No, it seems real enough. Though Pen(ny) Nance does seem to be naming as destiny.

    She is also being historically illiterate, since Nazism saw itself as a revolt against Reason and the Enlightenment.

  3. Posted May 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    On a different matter, in regard to the NDIS and its funding, I’m interested in the governments decision to use an increase on the medicare levy. I hope that in the fullness of time the general tax take will be reduced in parity so that it doesn’t just become more taxation. I hope that there will be minimal senseless duplication between the states and feds.

  4. Mel
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Tory and Oxbridge old boy Niall Ferguson tells a conference Keynesian economics is wrong because Keynes was a bum bandit and persons of that inclination never think about the long run.

    I could be barking up the wrong tree but I thought a Nancy Boy would most likely be anti-Keynesian. I mean, how could a carpet biter possibly understand the multiplier? And surely stimulating the private sector would have greater appeal for your average shirt lifter than a big spending nanny in the mood for some pump priming.

    But then again, I’ve never had a good grasp of economics.

  5. marks
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Mel, here is some help for your economics problem:

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