Surprise! A post that’s not about food! I’ve started watching more and more shows on YouTube and I thought I’d recommend some of my favorite shows/channels.
First up is another big surprise…TableTop from the channel Geek & Sundry. I’ve talked about TableTop many times before, but I just can’t stop recommending it. Because of TableTop, board gaming has become a hobby that Dave and I love and I imagine we’ll enjoy for the rest of our lives. It’s deep…board games rock!
The premise of the show is that each episode features a particular board game. Wil Wheaten gives a basic overview of how the game works and then the rest is an edited version of a full game of play with 3-4 guest stars. Many of our favorite games have been featured on TableTop. The particular episode above is for Settlers of Catan, which most people say is the gateway drug to European/alternative gaming (ie NOT Monopoly).
On a related note, I’ve been also enjoying the new channel, Geek & Sundry Vlogs featuring a number of interesting video blogs featuring cosplay, comics, writing, and special effects make-up. Who knows, perhaps I’ll find my next new hobby!
I first found out about Ask a Mortician from the website Jezebel. In each episode of Ask a Mortician, mortician Caitlin Doughty answers questions from viewers about the death industry. Might not sound like your cup of tea? Try it, you might like it. Caitlin is very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The goal of the show (as well as the related organization, The Order of the Good Death) to bring “the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture” and help with death acceptance.
The Brain Scoop is a science show that features Emily, the volunteer Curatorial Assistant for the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at The University of Montana, however she’ll soon be working (and continuing the show) at the Field Museum in Chicago. Some of the episodes are on a particular topic like antlers vs. horns or mammalian diversification, while others highlight the work that goes into specimen preparation. Emily, like Caitlin above, is also a very knowledgeable and very entertaining woman. It’s hard not to get excited about mammalian diversification because Emily is so excited about it!
I recently started watching Nerdy Nummies after seeing an episode featuring Felicia Day where Felicia and the host, Rosanna, baked 20-sided die (D20) cookies. I’ve only watched a few episodes and I already want to try some of the recipes out. The creme brulee cakeballs look really good even though I’ve never watched an episode of Dragon Ball Z before. I’m looking forward to catching up on all the previous episodes! Not to mention trying some of the fun, nerdy recipes.
Feminist Frequency is an ongoing series of video commentaries exploring gender representations, myths and messages in popular culture media by Anita Sarkeesian. Currently, the latest episodes of Feminist Frequency are highlighting tropes vs. women in video games which is being funded by a VERY successful Kickstarter campaign. Even though I’m not that into video games, the episodes are interesting and thought provoking. I particularly enjoy her older videos on tropes vs. women that is focused on all pop culture, not just video games.