The Year of the Youtube
I have finally done it!
I've officially joined the rest of you in the year 2006, the "Year of Youtube".
What 2004 was to blogs, this calender year has been to the phenomenon more addictive than smack, jack and crack put together -- namely, Youtube.
I was scrolling around Youtube just now, when I saw a fellow Brit's quirky idea, which I reposted in the vid-detail section.
"Premise: A fellow British Utuber posted a typical lazy Monday afternoon lineup on telly, where he is.
He asked others to do much of the same -- so here is my offering, via ex-pathood in South Florida.
Call it a snapshot in time.
Your turn! ...".
He did a much better job in detailing for those unfamiliar with British television, just what was being shown in the lineup.
But I wasn't best pleased with this snarky little comment of his:
ABC1. Canned laughter American morality sit-com crap.
Oh right, yes, only American sit-coms are crap and have canned laughter. Gotcha.
This may be why I surfed gleefully to the abysmal BBC America, which had one of their usual Benny Hill episodes on.
Now, don't get me wrong.
I love Benny Hill as much as the next woman, especially if the next woman is Helena Bonham-Carter, but please -- his shows have dated as well as 8-tracks and leisure suits.
I won't follow his lead and tell you just exactly what was being shown on the clip.
The channel lineup of my selection is visible, since like his Sky package, I have that digital cable thingie which made the TV Guide or Sunday TV handouts completely obsolete in my household.
(Whenever we want to know what's up, we just scroll ahead using the clicker)
Let's just say that I sat down shortly after midnight, and recorded on my standalone DVD-R a 5 minute stretch of programming, which was in no way studied or planned.
To my surprise, we had nice vignettes of what local South Florida programming looks like.
Everything from that Furniture City clip (with the requisite flamingoes and shot of the Miami skyline above -- and that same woman who has been doing the these adverts for them for YEARS!)...to Honest Abe and Punxsutawney Phil having a heart-to-heart in one of those commercials you go "What?" and wonder what exactly they're flogging...
...to Barry Bonds hitting a weak, un-Balco-like pop up to Dave Roberts in the 8th.
Heh. That rocked. Sucka!
I know this premise is at once hokey, and pointless, as well as possibly giving me free membership to the Geek Squad.
But bite me.
I am having loads of fun with the possibilities this new computer yields.
Just two weeks ago, I had barely heard of Youtube, the craze hitting America like the hula-hoop on acid.
Now, I am a bona-fide Youtuber!
Does it get any better than this?
UPDATE: Wunn't me! Although I thought it was me, for a moment, given my string of bad technical luck.
Youtube is down, currently, for maintenance.
"We're currently putting out some new features, sweeping out the cobwebs and zapping a few gremlins. We'll be back later. In the meantime, please enjoy a layman's explanation of our website..."