MeFites With YouTube Channels November 26, 2015 9:32 AM   Subscribe

The lede: I've been having a great time getting to know Xingcat through his YouTube Channel, and I was wondering if there were other MeFites with channels.

As much as I enjoy reading you all, I'd also like to put faces and voices with user names, and perhaps others would as well.
If you've got a channel, why not share it with us and link to it below as a comment?
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon to MetaFilter-Related at 9:32 AM (42 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

I've done a few purse/satchel videos, but it's been a learning curve, here's what I've learned:
- don't say 'ah' or 'um' or any other verbal filler - it's not very noticeable when you're doing it, but it's very noticeable once you become a viewer and is very distracting.
- keep it short - 4 min. max for a purse video. No intros, just a quick 'hi' and then launch right into whatever it is you're showing. Lots of people like to give backstory, I say, get right to the purse! (Or satchel.)
- Have several points you want to show your audience - I've winged it and then gone off on a tangent about something else and... well, the clock is ticking. Best to have a cheat sheet nearby if your mind goes blank in anxiety-producing situations (like mine does).
- Edit, edit, edit, short, short, short - you're asking someone to take time out of their day to spend with you, be considerate in that you don't waste their time.

Basically I make all of the above mistakes in my videos, and more! Happy viewing. :D My channel is here.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:56 AM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


(The latest ones are kitten-related. Also, shoutout to my favorite xingcat videos, the Muppet one and the rubber ducky one - I cannot find them at the moment.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:59 AM on November 26, 2015


I'm Felt and Fur! and I plan to start updating again soon!
posted by cjorgensen at 10:01 AM on November 26, 2015


I have irregularly posted a variety of odd things over the years and will probably do so again at some point.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:08 AM on November 26, 2015


ugh - sorry for the long-winded comment. This video is hilarious on cortex's channel.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:15 AM on November 26, 2015


Hey Joseph Conrad is Fully Awesome, I think you linked to your own internal link, because I click on your link and I get my own channel.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 10:16 AM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Social Explorer allows you to see everybody that's connected their Youtube account to their MeFi Profile page.

And, I guess, if you want you, can look at my awful Youtube channel.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 10:54 AM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


OK sorry here's the correct link, I think.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:56 AM on November 26, 2015


I have a YouTube channel with a few videos on it, but I can't figure out how to take my real name off the account. It's dumb. If you can help me do that, I will post the link here.
posted by teponaztli at 12:58 PM on November 26, 2015


Ugh, lousy Google will only let me change my name across all Google accounts, so I can either use my real name on my YouTube channel (which means I can't share it here), or I can have all my personal emails be signed "lord xarcon" or something. Boo!
posted by teponaztli at 1:04 PM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Whoah.
In other news there are 748 MeFites with YouTube accounts.
That's a lot of cat and purse videos.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 1:29 PM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


teponaztli, see this page for how to use a different name on YouTube.
posted by effbot at 4:04 PM on November 26, 2015


This is my account for my silly ukulele videos.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:19 PM on November 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, wow! Thanks for mentioning my weirdo channel, and everyone check out Major Matt Mason Dixon's channel, as well. He does free life coaching that fancy-pants people would pay fancy-pants money to get...for free!
posted by xingcat at 8:05 PM on November 26, 2015


Check out woodblock100.
posted by unliteral at 9:12 PM on November 26, 2015




The lede: I've been having a great time getting to know Xingcat through his YouTube Channel, and I was wondering if there were other MeFites with channels.

Can we find out if pb can give us an option to list youtube in our profile like we can list other profiles from other sites?
posted by hal_c_on at 12:58 AM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks, pb. You are the fastest!
posted by hal_c_on at 1:00 AM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Mostly just songs. Songs that are already on MetaFilter, but with the added bonus of some of them having been fucked up by YouTube's compression. No, I haven't bothered fixing them. Also a gameplay video of a very frustrating Fallout 4 bug.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:18 AM on November 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


In other news there are 748 MeFites with YouTube accounts.
That's a lot of cat and purse videos.


Point of clarification: having a Youtube account doesn't mean that you're posting anything, just that you’ve got a login. But yeah - that's a lot of mefites.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:19 AM on November 27, 2015


Yeah, Going To Maine, I assume that anyone who has a Gmail address automatically has a YouTube account, and the percentage of MeFites that post videos on a regular basis is 748 - X, where X is a pretty large number.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 8:18 AM on November 27, 2015


I only post videos of my kids doing cool things, for friends to see. Here is the Lego Savant motorizing a Da Vinci device model with a Mindstorms brick. And here is the Tiny Tornado kicking butt at last Sunday's gymnastics meet.
posted by not that girl at 8:24 AM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Somebody should make a channel on which people dramatically read “Can I eat this?” questions and responses.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:14 AM on November 27, 2015 [5 favorites]


Hey, effbot, thanks for the link, but I am still totally unable to remove my real name from my channel. Like I said, my account's apparently linked to my Google+ page, but I can't change my name on that page without changing my name across all accounts - and I need my gmail name to be my real name.

The instructions explain how to link your YT channel to another Google+ page, and they SAY you can manage a new page without having to share your real name. The problem is that I can't find a way to create a new page G+ without being routed to Google Business. And because my YT channel is now managed through my G+ account, if I delete the G+ page, all my videos go private. In order to get it back, I have to link it back to my personal G+ account. I can't create a new one that isn't linked to my real name.

This is absolutely insane. They clearly changed things without updating some of their own help files, so the instructions they give point to options that aren't there anymore. It may actually be impossible to remove my real name from my channel without reuploading everything to a new YT account altogether.
posted by teponaztli at 2:26 PM on November 27, 2015


OK, never mind, I figured it out. Google Business takes you to a splash page that has you Google your own business and link it to an account, which threw me off. If you click the menu bars next to that, there is an option to "add a brand page." THEN you can link that page to your YouTube account.

...aaaaand now it's looping endlessly between two different url's.

I closed that window. Now, if I try to log in from youtube.com, it just redirects back to youtube.com without actually logging me in to anything.

This should really be reassuring for the people who feel like Google is going to take over the world.
posted by teponaztli at 2:37 PM on November 27, 2015


Xingcat! First of all, thank you; we're goonna make ice cream. If I leave out the chocolate and drop in some vanilla, it will just be... vanilla ice cream, right?

Second of all ohmigodpuppets please explain about the puppets!!
posted by DarlingBri at 2:38 PM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, YouTube just won't log me in at all now. Just loops back to the main site. So... that sucks. Guess I won't be sharing videos with anyone.
posted by teponaztli at 2:43 PM on November 27, 2015


Why, just the other day I was wondering under what pretext I could share with MetaFilter the Hotline Bling/Frank Sinatra mash-up I made a couple of weeks ago. It's literally the first time I've every attempted anything of this sort, and I had to ask my daughter for tips on what software to use. I'm pretty chuffed with how it turned out.
posted by drlith at 2:46 PM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, yeah! Thank you, Xingcat, for teaching me how to tie a full windsor!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:43 PM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


OK, finally figured out how to make YouTube do my bidding!

A few videos of odds and ends I have posted over the years:

Here is the exposition from a late 70s X-rated movie about witches. The movie itself is really dull, but the exposition is pure gold.

Here's a pretty montage of the drive from LA to Vancouver, taken from a super rare (and otherwise pretty boring) documentary from 1972 called Weed. (The documentary is about weed).

This video of nuns fighting in slow motion somehow got 70k views!

Also, I made a few cat videos of my own (those two are of my sister's cat, and this one is my cat). True story: way back when I was on OK Cupid I posted my cat videos to my profile and no one mentioned them, except that a few people clicked "dislike." The nerve!
posted by teponaztli at 6:10 PM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Xingcat! First of all, thank you; we're goonna make ice cream. If I leave out the chocolate and drop in some vanilla, it will just be... vanilla ice cream, right?

Second of all ohmigodpuppets please explain about the puppets!!
Thanks for watching! The recipe is pretty basic...I'd say that vanilla work work fine, and to use a bit more flavoring than you'd normally use, because the taste of the sweetened condensed milk is very strong and overpowers the other flavors a bit.

The puppets....okay, my partner Peter is obsessed with puppetry and loves The Muppets and wanted to go to graduate school for puppetry, but he ran out of money after undergraduate school, so he's pretty much self-taught. I didn't know too much about puppets until I met him, but he's been teaching me techniques and such, and the truth is that it's much easier to make videos with a lot of characters if you use puppets than if you had to hire actors or some other way.

I didn't set out to have a channel with puppets, but one day I was feeling a bit down, and I saw the George (the cat) puppet and decided to do a one-off called "George the Self-Esteem Cat," because cats are always good to themselves, right? And that suddenly evolved into a whole series when Peter started playing the DOG (the dog's official name is Portie, but George just calls him DOG) and then we bought more puppets and brought in more characters, and now it's a thing.

The 3 Ingredient Recipes video was definitely not meant to have puppets in it. I ran out of necktie knots I knew how to do, and that video series had caught the attention of a couple of companies who contacted me to perhaps partner with them for online tutorial-type gigs (they weren't that great of a gig, but I thought if I did enough instructional stuff, something would come of it), so the first couple were just me, and then I made saganaki, and Cheese the Mouse showed up, and we realized we had to have cohosts in my cooking videos, too.

Man, I can talk about this a lot, can't I? Sorry to take up so much time, but this year has been the Year of YouTube for me, and it's been so much fun.
posted by xingcat at 8:52 PM on November 27, 2015 [3 favorites]


Most of my videos are about drones, robots, tracking aircraft, or drones tracking aircraft, but once I experimented with livecoding a natural language interface to drones and got artistic about it.
posted by jjwiseman at 9:20 PM on November 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


xingcat that is MARVELLOUS! I love puppets. Thank you for telling me the story of yours. One of my husband's oldest friends is a puppeteer, and she has a PhD in puppets. I think that is just about the best thing ever, with my friend completing her PhD in knitting running a very close second.

These are actually PhDs in Theatre and Consumer Behaviour, respectively.
posted by DarlingBri at 4:39 AM on November 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


For what it's worth, my channel has exactly one video, but it's kinda fun.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 9:28 PM on November 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


I have a YT channel. Just a few vids for my friends.
posted by zennie at 8:33 AM on November 29, 2015


I have some ukulele videos. They are not especially good.
posted by Shmuel510 at 12:17 PM on November 29, 2015 [1 favorite]




I don't have a channel but if you want to see a video I took of two tortoises fucking, I got ya covered.
posted by bondcliff at 9:05 AM on November 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I put way too much of my time, care and soul into my Youtube series Inside Ursula Hitler's Head. (Youtube has made it all but impossible to follow the show as a serial anymore, if you're watching episode #37, episode #38 doesn't come up in the suggested videos and you actually have to do some digging just to find it. So, I'll just link to my website and tell ya to start at the bottom of the page.)

It started as a simple cartoon blog thing featuring the party girl and the mean old man who live in my head, and quickly evolved into a big crazy postmodern fetish satire tragicomic adventure love story. I even did a rock opera at one point, featuring the public domain music of Kevin Macleod and those clunky Xtranormal robot voices. You can't say I lacked ambition!

It's got some rough patches and the first six episodes or so are fine to skip, but all in all I'm more proud of it than ashamed. What shame there is comes from my publicly revealing and exploring all sorts of freaky kinks and the awkwardness of learning to make cartoons in public, but that's where some of the pride comes from too. I can't believe I spent so long making these, and I wish I could have some of that time back. But I truly loved those characters, and when I had cancer last year and thought I was dying I was very glad I'd made that last episode. As my cartoons become more and more obscure, I sometimes feel like nobody anywhere is watching them. But I know that somebody, somewhere, sometime will find them, and I hope these characters speak to them. They certainly spoke for me.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:24 PM on November 30, 2015 [2 favorites]




Ursula H. those cartoons are charming and very witty.
posted by Bringer Tom at 7:40 PM on November 30, 2015


Youtube has made it all but impossible to follow the show as a serial anymore, if you're watching episode #37, episode #38 doesn't come up in the suggested videos and you actually have to do some digging just to find it.

Tip: Adding them all to a series playlist might improve the situation.
posted by effbot at 8:08 PM on November 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


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