Keeping it Small and Simple

2008.04.10

Philosophy interviews on YouTube

For anybody who is interested in philosophy (and who isn’t?) and enjoys listening to philosophical discussions in addition to reading philosophy, I recommend user flame0430’s channel. Here you will find Bryan Magee discussing different philosophical topics with various famous philosophers.

You can watch Magee discuss Wittgenstein with John Searle, Hilary Putnam talking about the philosophy of science, and much more. I especially find the interviews with John Searle really interesting. I hope more of these interviews will be uploaded soon. I am particularly interested in the ones relating to Hume, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Heidegger.

I understand that these interviews were conducted in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s amazing to see how much television has degenerated since. We are currently seeing this happen with the Internet. As soon as commercial interests begin to dominate, cheap entertainment is all you will be served, anything useful is cast aside.

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2008.04.01

YouTube — buggy?

Filed under: Web Sites — Tags: , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 04:04

I’m trying to take advantage of some of the features of YouTube, such as favorites, playlists and subscriptions. Is anybody else experiencing problems?

I have two playlists currently. Sometimes one of them doesn’t show up. Sometimes both do show up, but if I click on the second one, I get a “invalid ID” error. The playlist that usually does show up supposedly has six videos. But when I click on details, either two, four or six videos show up.

I am not able to favorite videos. Or rather, I can favorite them, and the little AJAX-powered notification tells me it has been favorited. Yet, my favorites remains empty.

I have one subscription. Sometimes it shows up as a subscription, sometimes it doesn’t. Same thing with my history. Some videos get added to the history, some don’t.

It does seem to make a difference which link I use to get to the various features. Which brings me to another issue: why the hell do I get different user interfaces depending on which link I use? Wouldn’t it be better to standardize on a single UI?

In conclusion, my YouTube experience could be a lot better. I am the only one noticing this?


Edit: my spelling, buggy.

2008.03.23

YouTube: bringing back the 80’s

The 70’s taught me to walk, talk and all that. But the 80’s introduced me to alcohol, sex and cannabis. And the beginning of a long conflict with my family that hasn’t ended yet. It was also a time of music. Everything about the 80’s was music.

Thanks to YouTube us old metal heads can relive some of those special moments. Here’s a small selection (in no particular order):

W.A.S.P – Sleeping in the Fire
Damn I used to love this song. And it’s still good.

Judas Priest – Turbo Lover
A recent live recording of an awesome song by an awesome band. And never forget, Rob Halford is heavy metal.

Quiet Riot – Thunderbird
Another really great ballad. This was originally written as a tribute Randy Rhodes, but is a great tribute to Kevin DuBrow as well. Rest in peace!

Dio – Rock ‘n Roll Children
The great great great great grand-daddy of metal, Ronnie James Dio. He’s about 180 years old now, but still going strong.

Slayer – Necrophiliac
The gods of thrash metal. They always have been and always will be. There never was “the big four”, only Slayer. Anybody who disagrees has been having butt sex with Dave Mustaine.

Paul Di’Anno – Running Free
I know, this is a much more recent recording. But, Paul Di’Anno was the real singer of Maiden. And he sings this song way better than Bruce Dickinson ever could.

This is obviously just a small selection of all the goodies. Search YouTube for your own favorites. I’m sure you’ll find them there.

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