Everybody goes nuts when they discover YouTube. At first it seems like just another small step toward mankind's ultimate goal of finding the perfect conduit for delivering videos of groin injuries. You poke around a little, check out censored footage of wardrobe malfunctions, newscast bloopers and videos of eighth graders desecrating your favorite Zepplin tunes in front of their webcam. Eventually you find an obscure, European Blue Oyster Cult video or a clip from American Dad of Patrick Stewart singing Little Girls by Oingo Boingo, and you're hooked. Pretty soon you're staying up until three in the morning e-mailing Bambi Meets Godzilla to all of your friends.
Anyway, that's what Dirk is doing, though in his case, the 3:00 AM bedtime has more to do with his dialup connection than anything else.
For the last couple of days, he's been using his free time at work to find videos that sound interesting. He hasn't been clicking the links, though, because he doesn't want to get caught screwing around. That makes some degree of sense. When I'm at work and I'm worried about what might be lurking on the other side of a link I want to click on, I usually copy the URL into an e-mail and send it to myself. I can look at it later in the privacy of my home, and I don't have to worry about justifying Arfenhouse: Teh Movie as work related.
Dirk has the right idea, but he's going about it the wrong way. He's writing down the titles of interesting videos on Post-It!™s and taking those home where he plans to re-enter the titles into the search function of YouTube. It isn't working very well; the notes he took yesterday were full of abbreviations, and later he couldn't find the videos. Today, though, he's resolved to take much better notes so that he doesn't miss anything. Here's the list he's compiled so far, which he voluntarily copied for me in case I "need a laugh or three later."
- m80 + bunny = fun
- memoirs of a geisha and a quarter stick of dynamite
- lighting farts on fire
- car darts
- 20000 bottle rockets
- exploding panda
- shark attack
- faces of death