10 YouTube Channels With Videos I Watch More Than Once

10 YouTube Channels With Videos I Watch More Than Once

Your eyes would pop as much as the Solomon Islanders' eyes in the headline photo.

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These videos uniquely mix informative and aesthetic content into an addictive connection which gives me more than one reason to watch them. This is definitely important if the reasons are to entertain and educate.

As for political opinions, although I do not completely agree with all of them, none of these YouTubers have this dogmatic attachment and understand the complexities within the human sphere.

1. Brows Held High (Kyle Kallgren)

It is interesting seeing the references of old art being used with a modern twist. Kallgren offers brilliant insight into any topics involving avant-garde films or William Shakespeare's plays, by making connections that are not usually seen, whether it has to do with the common speech inspired by Shakespeare's literature or translating his plays into different languages.

2. ContraPoints (Natalie Wynn)

Specifically, I am more fascinated by Natalie's more recent videos, which are when she was transitioning her gender and when she started relying more on the trippy effects of the colored lighting and the dynamics of her complex characters personifying any part of the political spectrum.

Although there are long skits, what makes them appear less time-consuming is the use of lighting and props that make the experience about as interesting as the topics themselves.

3. Geography Now! (Paul Barby)

It's time to include Geography...NOW!

This is an ambitious project including a collaboration from many types of people, from many vocational and cultural backgrounds. What makes this channel so fascinating is how Paul is able to elaborate on these countries as though they were individuals with unique relationships and personalities.

4. Jim Sterling

Coupling gameplay footage with his undying devotion to the consumers, Sterling manages to criticize the TRIPLE A gaming corporations whenever they actively take advantage of their products' cult followings. He relates this information alongside his raunchy humor.

5. NativLang (Joshua Rudder)

Rudder may be the only YouTuber who can actually make linguistics into a fun topic to learn about. That should tell you something when would be typically viewed as a very dry topic. Whether it includes 2D or 3D animation, what really matters is how the linguistic information is easily explained.

6. TEDx Talks

There is a lot of in-sight when it comes to TED talks, especially when it is a subject you are interested in. They can definitely blur the distinction between creative and scholarly work, when searching for many topics to learn about. This particular video encapsulates it because I think the subject is intricate in itself and the presenter has a lot of energy.

7. Terrible Writing Advice (J.P. Beaubien)

I already wrote an article about Beaubien, but what I didn't discuss further was how addictive his content can be. What can truly make these videos so entertaining is how relatable they are to any writer who may have encountered mistakes in the past, as well as the simple yet effective still animations that illustrate the tropes that he talks about.

8. Rousseau

If you have ever wanted to know what that classical song was but was unable to find out what it was or how it is played, then I would highly suggest Rousseau. She plays these songs on the piano with the keynotes being shown in various colors. She not only plays classical songs but also covers modern songs in a piano version.

9. Overly Sarcastic Productions

What makes these videos unique are the hand-drawn 2D still animations which can show the candid, organic nature of the channel. The narrators summarize plays and historical events with humorous and sarcastic acting (thus the title of the channel).

10. Thug Notes (Greg Edwards)

This is a special shout-out to my homeboy, Dr. Sparky Sweets!

In delivering the summary and the scholarly discussion about the particular piece of literature, Edwards uses a lot of slang for humorous effect. This is definitely what makes the reading humorous and insightful.

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*

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It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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Why Self-Help Isn't A Legitimate Label

This type of unpopular opinion is more of a semantic issue than a philosophical issue.

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What I mean is that I do not think that SELF-improvement exists, because we as human beings are not as individualistic as much as we think. George Carlin once said a similar idea, that if you are reading a "self-help" book written by somebody else, than it is technically not "self-help," it is just "help." Indeed, help requires another person's assistance, since the remedy is not always internal for problems such as mental or health disorders.

The phrase "self-help," while one that is marketable, makes negative implications. It does not conjure in my mind medical professionals who actually know what they are talking about and are always making new discoveries, rather I think of scamming gurus. On the part of the consumers, it also creates an image of them as narcissistic, even if they have good intentions. However, there are definitely consumers who would be misguided into believing that the solutions to their problems are simple, when they take time to solve.

I have been actively trying to lose weight ever since I hit 196 lb. To put that into perspective, I am 5'11, so for someone my height, according to the Body Mass Index, I would have been considered overweight. Although I managed to slowly lose weight and still have a long way to go, my motivation for losing weight has nothing to do with "bettering myself," rather it has more to do with analyzing my current problems with my weight and contextualizing it within ten or twenty years. Considering how ever since I gained a lot of weight, my feet have become sore easily, I find difficulty in standing up straight, and I struggle to fit into my pants, I try to think "Would I stay the same or get any worse?" I also put into perspective the idea that almost 40% of the United States population is struggling with obesity and I do not want to become a part of that statistic.

I may sound bleak, but I attempt to explain my position in the most direct way. It also always me to think about how truly important healthy foods, supplements, vitamins, and exercise are to overall health and adopting my mindset makes their values increase, at least in my case. So, basically these types of life choices are not simply an improvement to health, rather it would restore health back to the entire country. If they can help one person, they can at least help multiple people.

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