Tag Archives: YouTube

I was born before Google

31 May

Kids

Dear Lucas, Stella, and Cora,

I was born before Google. Yes, I am that old. When I was little, we didn’t have an iPad, the Internet, streaming video, mobile phones, or Wii U. We had beta tapes, cassette tapes, regular TV scheduled programming, and our imaginations. (You have no clue what I am saying right about now I am sure.)

We didn’t have video, satellite radio, or a hard drive in our car. We didn’t have streaming music, cloud players, or FaceTime.

And when my mom told me something, I believed every last word down to “spinach makes you grow faster.” Well, because I couldn’t google it. It didn’t exist. There was no way to tell if people were making stuff up.

As your mom, it makes me uncomfortable that you figured out at five-years-old how to launch Netflix before I did. I also think it’s strange that you prefer watching homemade YouTube videos over real cartoons. And I am shocked that you, Lucas, want me to buy you an information architecture app so you can build your own website. You’re five for crying out loud.

We’re now entering an uncharted childhood territory and I see you all becoming obsessive over the latest Minecraft-Mario-Angry Bird mashup, Tinkerbell makeup video tutorial, Google Chrome app, and new releases on Netflix. And you all are getting on my nerves. (I know you’re only 16-months old Cora, but this includes you, too.) The more you are hooked on these devices, the worse your behavior is becoming. You fight over what video to watch. You fight over what device to watch it on. And you are fighting over who is in control. And when you don’t get your way, you all are going crazy like a crackhead who is out of crack.

I am sorry to have to do this. But I am disconnecting you from all devices for the next two weeks. You will have no iPad, no Netflix, no Hulu, no Amazon cloud player, no Wii, no Wii U, no DSi, no Leapster, no Playstation, no touchscreen computer, and no touching my iPhone.

The first few days will be tough. You will go through withdrawal. Then when you’ve reached a state of absolute boredom, I am really hoping that you figure out a way to use your imaginations to entertain yourselves and that you learn how much more fun it is to hang out with your siblings than a device.

So power down, kiddies. It’s time to see what life was like before Google.

Chevy Sonic Super Bowl Spot and More

4 Feb

This Chevy Sonic spot is incredibly entertaining. Everything about it is cool. The music, the tricks and the fact that it’s for Chevy.

This Chevy spot is hilarious thanks to its awesome casting.

And the Chevy YouTube Channel is beautifully designed and makes me want to look at everything, which is saying something. Because these days, with two little ones and a third on the way, I have literally zero down time.

This is why I love YouTube

14 May

BooneOakley’s New Website

17 Jun
BooneOakley Homepage on Youtube

BooneOakley Homepage on Youtube

There have been many tweets about the new BooneOakley website. Some tweeted, “Huge.” “Web 3.0.” “Brilliant.” If you haven’t seen the new BooneOakley website, click here to check it on YouTube. That’s right. The entire website is on YouTube. This small agency in North Carolina has managed to create an agency website that is actually cool and smart. And it makes you wonder, why does a website have to be a website?

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

Sometimes, I feel agencies try to convince their clients to think outside of the boxes. And then you look at the agency website and it’s safe. And that’s sad.

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

BooneOakley Website on YouTube

The White House has its own YouTube Channel

28 Apr
The White House YouTube Channel

The White House YouTube Channel

If you have nothing to do tonight, how about watching the Presidential news conference LIVE on YouTube? See what Obama has done in office during his first 100 days.  Click here to go to the White House channel.

Web Banner for The White House Channel

Web Banner for The White House Channel

“The Internet Symphony” Global Mashup

15 Apr
The Global Mashup

The Global Mashup

In case you didn’t know, YouTube has a symphony orchestra. And they recently had a contest for amateur musicians to audition for their symphony. They had to submit a video of their performance of a new piece written by a famous Chinese composer named Tan Dun.

Anyway, they mashed up a bunch of the entries and created this really cool Internet symphony.

Sorry, YouTube disabled the embed functionality. Check out the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. It is very cool.

Attend YouTube University or MIT for FREE

9 Apr

YouTube Video Education

With college costs rising, why not watch some free classes on YouTube? YouTube and colleges–like Harvard and Stanford– across the country have teamed up and are offering tours, lectures and a lot more. Visit the YouTube educational channel here.

Learn how to make cupcakes from the Culinary Institute.

Or if you prefer MIT, take one of their many free online classes.
The MIT OpenCourseware offers 1800 classes to choose from. This has been around since 2002, but just wanted to share. To start studying at MIT, click here.