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YouTube Sleep Aid

by @ 7:12 pm
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youtube sleep aid

I was reading about interesting winter apps in a magazine and one mentioned was a fireplace app, so I wondered if there was a fireplace video on YouTube.

That was the proverbial Pandora's box. The search led to dozens of fireplace videos of varying lengths but then it further expanded to thousands of videos of other sounds, many of which claimed to be soothing enough to sleep to. Surprisingly many had millions of views, suggesting that many people actually use these videos as sleep aids.

The genres are countless, there are videos of fireplaces, of course, but also sounds of ocean waves, wind, trains, crickets, cicadas, rain, wheat fields, rivers, streams, fans, frogs, cars, soothing music, Tibetan chimes, people whispering, birds chirping, owls hooting, sheep bleating, cows mooing, and the ever-present YouTube staple, cats meowing for hours. They're endless with hundreds of millions in combined views.

Of course it's not like I'm new to being lulled by YouTube. Many times I have fallen asleep watching a video on my smartphone. In my case it's mostly a preacher spewing nonsense or a suspect droning on during an interrogation.


YouTube Disable-Annotation Broken

by @ 9:59 pm
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I've never liked annotations on YouTube videos. They are more annoying than useful, so I had my account configured to never show them by unchecking the box as shown below.

But recently YouTube has been ignoring this setting and the only way to shut off annotations is from the Settings icon on every playback, Quite annoying!

youtube permanent annotation setting

YouTube Collection - April 1

by @ 8:50 pm
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As I started to watch the clip about YouTube collection I thought, wtf? Why would anyone order a DVD collection of all YouTube videos?

As the April Fool's joke quickly dawned on me, I wondered how much data YouTube actually has and how many DVD's it will fit on. I certainly have no idea, but could it be like 1 million DVD's? That will be like 4 petabytes or so of data.

Perhaps it can be used as an interview question, along with other dumb questions like how many golf balls in a bus or pencil-sized man trapped in a blender 🙂

Google Vs. Netflix

by @ 9:25 pm
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youtube, google's video site, is beginning to beef up its roster of movies, adding some big productions too, like inception.

netflix shouldn't worry quite yet. youtube's list isn't as extensive and its pricing not as competitive. but when google starts to muscle in on a market, it won't be wise to ignore it either.

Google’s YouTube Adding 3,000 Rentals, Challenging Netflix - Bloomberg.

Star Trek on YouTube

by @ 9:24 pm
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The fact that YouTube has a number of the original Star Trek series is pretty cool for geeks like me who grew up on the series.

This one below shows an upload date of over 43 years ago. You think Roddenberry was time-travelling and uploading them to YouTube then? 🙂 ARPANET deployment was still a couple of years away when this episode was made.

Star Trek on YouTube

Friend BP on YouTube

by @ 11:10 pm
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Friend BP on YouTubeJust happened to see this ad on YouTube. Don't get it. I wasn't BP's friend before, why would I want to be their friend now? What's next, friending Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il?


YouTube Search Stories Video Creator

by @ 10:45 pm
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Found this new toy on YouTube today that lets you create a video on the fly, kind of. It's called Search Stories Video Creator. Basically you give it a number of search terms and set the target search engines to some of Google's properties, like web search, news search, or Google maps. Click a button and it creates an animated collage of all the searches. Then you're given a selection of tunes to go with the video and after picking one, you're done. YouTube creates a video and sticks it in your channel.

I haven't quite figured out what the use of this tool really is. It has a bit of novelty factor to it, but can wear off fast. I guess spammers can use it to quickly create a bunch of videos and push their links on them. Or it could be the beginning of an experiment leading to a much more useful product.

Anyways, I created a video about plungers (don't ask) and here it is:

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