These are video or audio files that I would recommend. These can be used as a way to see what I have been researching, or doing, recently. Or a good place to stumble upon some interesting videos for you to watch. They are from a varied list of genres; from gaming, to psychology, to world history, to travel, etc.
I have added some of these videos retroactively, so this order is not always ‘as I have viewed them’. The video on top of each category is ‘most recently added,’ and so is also usually the video I have most recently seen, but may have been refound instead of watched for the first time.
Some of these videos will be a few minutes long. Some will be many hours long.
I have tried to upload as many free videos as I can. Such as private persons uploading others works, so do not take their view counts as representative. Some of the mainstream movies are given here as a trailer, with a request to go watch the movie on a streaming platform. Though most videos here are linked to full free versions from the original uploaders.
All sections are done descending in order from Newest-added-to-Oldest.
If I had to categorise my humour, I would say it is Black humour. I grew up a lot laughing at more traditional British humour; self-depricating, bitter, cynical, intelligent, etc. I like Monty Python and can quote a good lot of it off by heart as an example as I got given the boxset in my youth. Dylan Moran is a good example of cynicism.
I love a good Dad joke and I’m the idiot sniggering in the corner when everyone else thinks it’s lame.
I laugh when people hurt themselves. I’m that friend who tries to help you, whilst laughing so hard at you fucking up. People say my laughter is contageous. I tend to find really basic things utterly hilarious. Mocking reality, life, fears, knowledge, or one’s beliefs is the apex of what I find humorous. Though obviously these are hard lines to walk in appropriate and inappropriate, as people like George Carlin discuss. I would say I’m a non-conformist with spirituality (I am not singularly a part of any specific conforming religion), but that I am quite a spiritual person. So whilst I find the humour fantastic, there is a line to draw between showing someone different sides of their religion, and saying that believing in things is rediculous. As belief merely means knowledge. All science starts in a theory. Similar with mocking reality, many people dislike you mocking reality. Like mocking suffering, and the hardship of reality. People like Carl Barron do this well, where the poking is so relaxed. It’s like making a joke about your boss, that level of ‘is this appropriate or not’. As if they find out, you might get fired, lol.
I’m not a hard person to make laugh, I laugh at most things as I get bedazzled by people easily. If someone tries to make me laugh, I generally I appreciate the effort and don’t fight it too much. Though I know when I have really laughed hard, and there are different levels of status for what I consider humorous.
I am an English teacher, so some of these are specifically relevant to understanding English itself. Some are about different kinds of accents, learning languages, comparisons between languages, humour about languages, etc.
These are some channels I recommend watching and watch myself regularly.
Other mentioned Series would be: Zoo (watched to season 3), Titans (watched to season 2), Shadowhunters (watched to season 3), Umbrella Academy (watched to season 1), Misfits, Death Note, Love Death & Robots, Archer (watched to season 10), The Witcher, Jack Taylor (watched to season 1), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (watched to season 3), Lost Girl, Lucifer (watched to season 1), Cold Case, Fringe, Red vs Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, Deadwood, Carnivàle, Heroes, Rosemary & Thyme, etc.
I had never watched Star Trek till later in life. Was more of a Stargate fan growing up, but I exceptionally enjoyed watching all the episodes in Star Trek: The Original Series, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Special mentions for other Detective shows that are quite good: Monk, Diagnosis Murder, Columbo, The X-Files, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, Elementary, The Mentalist, Sherlock, Numb3rs…
Whilst I really like Black Mirror… an exceptionally high amount. I have only watched splattered around episodes so far. Black Mirror: Season 4 (Episode 1, 2, 3, 4), and Season 5 (Episode 1, 2, 3). Striking Vipers is my favourite episode so far.
I adore Robert Goren in Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Alan Shore from Boston Legal, and Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. You will see a general theme here. You can see in the videos for these three main male characters that there is a theme to their character’s personas. Generally this theme is also dealt with in Archer, Fringe, Castle, Monk, the X-Files, Sherlock, etc. The general theme in all these shows is an accentric man, and usually paired with a grounded female. Sometimes the roles are reversed such as in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Bones, Cold Case, etc, in which there is a main eccentric female and a more grounded male character. The grounded character is used to ‘pull you from’ the eccentricity, as a form of realism (Conscientiousness) to bring back from the eccentric character’s presented open-minded absorption (Openness).
The main character will ‘see more than others can see’. I took note of this reoccuring theme a while back, and have reasoned that I like a form of deep eccentricity as a form of entertainment. I enjoy especially to watch men as my form of entertainment. I still enjoy women of course, but I find it men are the dominant interest in my viewing.
I believe this is somewhat due to the fact that I can think of most things pretty quickly and so I need someone who sees things in some way common people don’t to keep my brain entertained.
This also counts for live performances on platforms like Twitch where more eccentric men have generally dominated my viewing hours. Men who break from the norm in some way, such as Chance / Sodapoppin (whom broke from online gaming social norms to provide stable variety content), and Mike / Preach Gaming (of whom focuses on high end educational content of a singular game, building a community around acquisition of learnt high end skills rather than adhering to casual dynamics which is the mainstream, alongside playing video games full-time for a living whilst being married with two children). Both these streamers deviate from general demographics.
Chance deviates from the norm by forever changing eccentric variables. Meaning he may remain static for a short time, but he relies on his charisma to brand everything he does with his mark. So everything he touches contains a brand of eccentricity, even if it didn’t originally. Without actually maaring the original thing (a game), due to reflecting that his experiences are ‘true for him’. Implying he has a charisma which can carry off innocence, and he does it well.
The forever changing variables attached to this eccentricity means that everything he touches ends up like a rainbow. Ie, like touching a keyboard each making a sound alongside your touch. Colour and sound being syonyms for this example. Touching something creating an affect on it, then pressing another thing. Like watching a dance of variables. When you apply eccentricity to these changing variables (different keys pressed), it creates sounds / colours that you feel enthralled in.
Whether you subscribe to an individual’s charisma is different for each human, but the presentation of his environment is eccentric enough to entertain the vast majority of human consciousness at base. Ie, everyone likes looking at something pretty whether it is to their specific taste or not. Watching something eccentric is similar to watching beauty, if its done well, because you are always waiting to see something unique.
To bring this explanation of eccentricity back to other actors, all Chance, Goren and Jane, present similar expressions of a reoccuring rotation of something mixed with their unique brand of eccentricity. The content variable is different, Chance is flipping game titles, shown friend characters, social connections or real life events, to present a static ‘changing’. Whereas Goren and Jane both present the changing variable as the criminal case they are involved in.
Outside of this main variable, you have their ‘interpretation of what they are doing’ which is the eccentricity. How someone responds to something, how much someone likes it or doesnt, what they see that others cannot, etc. The more unique the person, the more interesting their observations are, due to their knowledge of requiring to stand out from the crowd but also be included in it to not get pushed out of society. Though at its core, constantly changing something is eccentric itself in nature, but also to be obsessed with something and constantly searching to invent something new from the old.
Goren tilts his head and goes deep into people’s subconscious, Jane will psychologically trick people by subtly manovering them with queues. Chance plays multiple games within his own environment. At core, it is trying to be on top and manage exactly what a large group of people see. Similar to Goren and Jane, it is managing the environment to provide exactly the right scenario to get something to occur.
Watching a human go through the questions of; ‘what is appropriate verses what the world says is appropriate’, ‘innocence verses adult behaviours’, ‘what a community (chatroom) wants and what an individual (streamer) wants’, ‘changing games verses sticking with a norm’, ‘staying true to what he wants verses adhering to short term monetary benefits’, keeping the world constantly moving, to be entertaining, without sacrificing himself. Its interesting at it’s core to watch a human play with so many variables in a real world scene.
I use the example of a twitch streamer, rather than a reality TV star, due to not watching any reality TV programs besides Twitch itself which performs similarly to a reality TV show by presenting real people doing things (such as playing games, talking to other people, etc) that you can watch.
This is a video of prior mentioned Alan Shore from Bostal Legal actor James Spader discussing this facet of his roles.
Alan Shore from Boston Legal, and Cleaver Greene from Rake are two easy examples I would give for an overarching theme within male leads whom I find enticing. Sometimes males whom are not as intelligent also spark my fancy (Sterling Archer from Archer, and Nathan Young from Misfits as two examples) because they exhibit other traits such as being arsewholes or presenting witty humour. Though overall a man who is considered more intelligent by his peers I find to be one of the main traits I look for in a male lead.
Their intelligence is generally the main, or secondary focus for their character, such as in the two prior mentioned men play lawyers from drama shows. They are main characters, due to their exceptional intelligent skill in their profession. Similarly popular side characters such as Mitch Morgan from Zoo (veterinarian) and Al Swearengen from Deadwood (business owner, whom is the only person whom has the intelligence to communicate with the chinese ethnic group), are not main characters but their intelligence is why they are placed in those roles to offset the main, more plain and liked, hero character.
Generally the ‘arsewhole’ behaviour derives from intellect (such as Cleaver or Mitch), sexual prowess (such as Tucker and Swearengen, the latter of whom literally face fucks a chick on his balcony and runs a brothel), arrogance (such as Archer, Nathan and Grif), or an obsession with power (such as Sylar). This deviant behaviour makes these characters generally darker, anti-hero types. People you feel pulled towards but would not traditionally call a hero.
When I’m watching a show and it appeals to me because of the women, they tend to be like Lana Kane from Archer, Texas from Red vs Blue, Bo from Lost Girl, or Yennefer from The Witcher. Women whom are fiesty, brutal and/or powerful. Ie, women who are Low in Agreeableness or High in Extraversion (both can exert themselves as a form of outwardly dominance).
The two main themes of shows are detective, psychological thrillers or occult themed shows (such as Umbrella Academy, Fringe, Shadowhunters, Titans, The Witcher, X-Files, etc). Occult meaning ‘hidden’ by definition so in my tastes this generally involves the genre of magic realism but of course it can be argued that the detective genre is also occult as it involves uncovering something hidden. Shows like Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Black Mirror, Cold Case, and Law and Order, all delve into a psychological element and sporting a thriller theme (through concepts of death, trauma, etc). This is theme is also pronounced in my movie (2) and video gaming likes.
These videos are not neccessarily recommended in this section, unless curious. They are things I have watched for a specific purpose out of curiousity that I want to keep available if I need the links for something.
There are a ton of movies and series I want to go back and watch. Like Lie To Me, or the James Bond series (of which I watched scattered around my childhood). The list itself is too long but here is a few I have collected so far, either ones I haven’t seen at all or want to watch again in the near future.
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