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My Top 5 Favorite Youtube Channels

I love Youtube. People love to get together and share their favorite videos, so I thought I’d expose some of my favorites on this blog, giving them some love.

Youtube? Seriously? So, Youtube has been around for a while. Duh. Well, it’s got a lot of fun little shows and channels, but here I’m going to focus on Youtube original content. In reality, I probably watch more Good Eats or Flying Circus on Youtube, but most people know about those (if you don’t … SHAME!) So, here are my top five favorites to follow and watch when I want to learn something or need a pick-me-up.

5. How It Should Have Ended, or HISHE
This show is a lot of fun, and it has a creative and unique animation style that I love. It takes movies and suggests in a humorous way how it should have ended (if that’s not clear enough by the title). Here’s a fun example:

4. Wheezy Waiter
This guy makes these hilarious, pseudo-teaching videos that involve him and a number of his clones (they often end up in the alligator pit). He’s capable of time travel, punching eagles, and going toe-to-toe with the sun. Check him out:

3. Screen Junkies, particularly Honest Trailers
Honest Trailers is a hilarious and honest take on movies. It points to the flaws, the weaknesses, the absurdity of many modern movies, and it does so through the voice of a hilarious movie narrator. Here’s an example:

2. Crash Course
John Green is an excellent and funny Youtuber, and he’s on a number of channels including Mental Floss. He’s funny, and Crash Course is made up of twelve-minute videos that are educational, well-balanced, and fun. Here is a good example:

1. Glove & Boots
Glove & Boots is, to me, the funniest Youtube channel I’ve come across. It’s fun, it’s clever, it’s smart, and it’s puppets. This is one of my favorite videos. It makes fun of hipsters, one of my favorite topics of mockery (they’re so easy):

Well, thanks for helping me waste more time. Well, that’s my list. I hope you liked it. I’m curious what my readers favorite Youtube Original Channels are. Share them in the comments below.

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How I overcome Brain Lock

So, I frequently run into Brain Lock. “GASP! WHAT A SURPRISE!” Shocking, I know. But I have had to deal with it when doing web design and when I am writing, both for school and for myself.

So what is Brain Lock, you ask? It’s, very simply, when stress has shut down any sort of creative thought or objectivity as I’m working on a piece. Some call it writer’s block. It’s called a number of things, but the point is, it’s a problem.

In my experience, this can be a very difficult problem to overcome. I’ve had an issue with it, as have friends and co-workers of mine who’d become overwhelmed by stress and pressure.

So, what’s the solution?

I think the key is to keep the project in perspective. It’s small potatoes. So, what I most often do is being some humor into my life. I’ll go to youtube and look up The Lumberjack Song.

It’s about seven minutes long, and I think it’s a good enough break to make me step away from my work and see my work in perspective. It’s so important to not take my work too seriously. It’s not going to be world-changing, and there’s no point raising my blood pressure for it.

Breaks are key. When doing any work, I try to make sure that I am forced to take regular breaks. So, for example, when I am writing fiction, I am always drinking tea. So, when my tea runs out, I am forced to go turn the kettle back on and wait for it to come to a boil. That break helps me step away, literally, and continue to see my work in a fresh way.

I find I get more accomplished my working in shorter punctuated bursts, rather than trying to press through by staring at a screen for hours.

I still get Brain Lock … but less so. Maybe it’s just about finding what works for us as individuals. It’s about finding your method, and we all have a method.

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