What have you been watching

I had never been a big fan of watching youtube videos but it has been a long year of lockdowns without the benefit of EMF Camp or interacting with other making folk as much as we like to, picking up new ideas, inspirations and projects along the way. After all I have always been more inclined to do than watch when it comes to making stuff.

So initially, perhaps out of desperation. Needs as needs must when the devil vomits in your kettle. I started to watch a few videos on youtube and discovered that there is a quantity of really good content on there hidden under a great pile of wasted video mileage. I guess though it takes all sorts and there is no reason why everyone else should not be catered for too.

Anyways to help pick some golden nuggets out of the dross here’s my recent techy/making shortlist of vloggers with stuff IMHO worth watching.

It is not all techy/making though there are a whole bunch of quality short scifi and cyberpunk films on youtube as well as the progress on the SpaceX Starship project we have been following. This combined well with Spacex’s own footage of the Starlink and Starship projects and Spaceflightnow’s news and launch scheduling.

I have listed so few links relating to the Starship project and Youtube here as quite frankly there is so much and much of it is wild supposition, opinions, outright bilge and regurgitated footage. Mary (Boca Chica Gal) and Jack Beyer through Nasaspaceflight seem to have got the video over watch for Starship nailed, without out a lot of surplus rubbish tacked on or overlayed. I found the rest of Nasaspaceflights commentated footage too irritating to watch. Of the better commentaries Scott Manley seems to do a good job, he keeps it punchy and informative whilst having a decent grasp of the science and engineering. He even goes so far as to analyse parts of the footage and decompose the frame rates to estimate speed of touchdown/RUD etc, making valid contributions.

I did spend a little while watching Nasa’s live ISS feeds especially some of the spacewalks, interesting stuff even if it can only be described as “Slow TV”. I do get the whole procedurally driven aspect of safety and protecting the investment etc. It does though show how outside of historically significant events being an astronaut must have a whole bunch of the potential joy procedurally micromanaged out of it. I think I will pause my astronaut aspirations and await the wild west of space becoming populous enough to support an outlaw class.

The above shortlist is far from exhaustive, it is a very personal choice, and as a relatively late comer to watching youtube video’s there’s bound to be a ton more good stuff amongst the dross that is yet to be found. What have you been watching ??

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