Graceful Japanese Grandmas

Found a delightful channel on Youtube. It’s called Grandma’s Recipes and it posts about these charming Japanese grandmothers and the way they cook Osechi–traditional New Year foods–in their region.

Direct link to video since Youtube isn’t cooperating with html in general anymore.

Beautifully filmed, the videos try to capture the essence of these women in relationship with the food they cook and the memories they have of their lives.
Worth a look if you like this type of thing.

Looking for good YouTube channels?

Well, look no further!
Ana asked for some tips on good YouTube channels besides the ones she mentions in her blog post here. I was going to write her an e-mail but then I thought that you (yes, you!) might be looking for the same thing, so I decided to publish my recommendations here in alphabetical order. Peruse, enjoy, and tell me what I missed!

Artifexian – Science, weird, world building
Description: I’m on a one man mission to construct an entire fictional universe from scratch. I’m like a real life Slartibartfast, only more Irish…and less interested in fjords.

Ask a Mortician – Entertainment, death
Description: Mortician in Los Angeles.
You got death questions, we got death answers.

Blank On Blank – Old interviews, animation, personal fav.
Description: Famous Names. Lost Interviews. New animated shorts.

Cody’s Lab – Science, melting stuff, interesting
Description: Aright everyone CodyDon here! (usually shortened to just “Cody”)
Welcome to my channel! I simply post videos of the (sometimes crazy) things that I do; this includes science, bees, and anything else that I am working on. Enjoy!

Content With Jeremiah – Comedy, weird
Description: Jeremiah McDonald is an American filmmaker and actor who has self-produced a series of short, viral films for Youtube since 2006. A Conversation With My 12-Year-Old-Self has received global attention, having made five million views within its first week on Youtube—

Corinne Leigh – Entertainment, DIY, food, weird, comedy, personal fav.
Description: You might know me from ThreadBanger (Corinne VS Pin), this is my personal (?) channel. I like soup, gardening, antiques, vintage clothes…this is starting to sound like a Tinder profile. I also like music and dancing. Long walks on the beach…some shit like that.

Crash Course – Varied topics, sciences, personal fav.
Description: Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you computer science, Craig Benzine teaches film history, and Mike Rugnetta is teaching mythology!
Check out the playlists for past courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.

Emmy Made In Japan – Reviews, entertainment, food, personal fav.
Description: Welcome to the official YouTube channel for Emmymade in Japan. I make and taste foods as well as sample treats sent to me from viewers all around the world.

Eons – Earth history, personal fav.
Description: Join hosts Hank Green, Kallie Moore, and Blake de Pastino as they take you on a journey through the history of life on Earth. From the dawn of life in the Archaean Eon through the Mesozoic Era — the so-called “Age of Dinosaurs” — right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age.

Extremely Decent – Comedy
Description: Extremely Decent consists of performers Jon Eidson, Ian McQuown and Nick Smith with graphics and VFX by Brendan Rice and Mikey Caro.

Food Explorers – Kids, entertainment, food related
Description: We are a small team working in a web agency in Berlin/Germany, with a shared passion for food and creative videos.

Heal on Earth – Exploring, entertainment, urban
Description: Urban explorers, wheelchair stuntmen, film people, heat seeking panthers and general all round screw ups. Exploring the dilapidated ruins of civilisation, abandoned factories, creepy theme parks, military bases, and underground vaults containing the remnants of a by gone era.

It’s Okay to be start – Science, entertainment
Description: Joe Hanson, Ph.D. is a curious group of atoms in a curious universe, and he’s here to tell you how it all works.

Jeb Gardener – Gardening, entertainment, personal fav.
Description: The best way to support my channel is to watch the videos and share the ones you enjoy. However any donations to the cause are much appreciated!

Justine Leconte – Fashion tips, entertainment
Description: I am a French fashion designer currently living in Berlin, where I founded my womenswear label.
What to expect on this channel:
– Behind the scenes: how I work and create new collections
– How to style your body type, create a capsule wardrobe, choose colors and proportions that work for you
– Learn to recognize good quality in fashion
– Fashion history
– My (French) perspective on trends and style :-)

Lofty Pursuits – Small candy factory in the USA
Description: We make hard candies using equipment from the Victorian period. Much of our equipment was made between the 1850’s and about 1910.

Mayim Bialik – Psychology
Description: Hi everybody! Mayim Bialik​ here​. You ​might know me as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory or from Blossom​ but there are so many other parts of me that you might not be aware of​!​​ I’m trained ​as a​ neuroscientist, ​I’m ​a passionate activist, an observant jew, a​ perfectly imperfect​ mother, and ​I’m a complicated human being​ like many of you​. This is the place where I wear ​all of those hats – and none of them have a flower on them! ;)

Miel – Comedy, girly, personal fav., weird
Description: listen i had a lot of followers on vine ok

Now you see it – Movies
Description: Now You See It explores film themes and tropes. It’s like a college film analysis class minus the lecture halls, essay assignments, and student loan debts.

Periodic Videos – Chemistry, entertainment, experiments
Description: Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table. And we upload new videos every week about science news, interesting molecules and other stuff from the world of chemistry.

Phyllis Stokes – Cooking & Stories
Description: From full meals to desserts and salads, and cost saving “do it yourself” tips– it’s all here. This channel Includes “how to videos” on growing food in a small garden plot in the back yard and composting scraps, to shopping at the state farmer’s market. In a broader sense, the channel is all about getting the most out of what you have to work with in the home.

Primitive Technology – Survival, building, Australian wild
Description: Making primitive huts and tools from scratch using only natural materials in the wild.

Psych2Go – Psychology
Description: Your weekly dose of fun and interesting psychology, creepy psychology, psychopaths, serial killers, pop psychology, political psychology. Pretty much what ever you learn in school, but just in a way that you can apply and relate.

Safiya Nygaard – Girly, entertainment, silly, personal fav.
Description: Double, double toil and trouble; New videos twice a week!

Steve1989MREInfo – Food reviews, entertainment, military rations, Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) reviews
Description: MRE & Ration Reviews from 1863-current! This is Steve1989 longtime Ration Nut off MREinfo – I’ll eat just about anything! Provided it passes a reasonable visual/smell/taste test (in that order). This is like a virtual museum at times – opening rare/expensive/hard to come by War Ration Relics that many times have not been filmed – or at least not in 75+ years in some cases. I hope you all enjoy the growing body of videos on this channel. Thanks so much for checking it out, and I hope to see ya around! Alright, cool! -Steve

Tested – Building stuff, Adam Savage from Myth Busters, entertainment

The Tommy Edison Experience – Blind person answers questions by sighted people, entertainment, interesting
Description: Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth (due to an underdeveloped optic nerve), uses humor to answer the most popular questions about living without sight and faces challenges which test his other senses. Produced, directed, and edited by Ben Churchill.

The Report of the Week – Meme, entertainment, comedy, food reviews, weird
Description: Shortwave radio enthusiast who critiques comestibles and beverages with intermittent postings of random videos and talk shows on a variety of topics.

ThreadBanger – DIY, entertainment, silly people, you’ll probably hate Rob
Description: Threadbanger…Not Yo Mama’s DIY Channel

Wheezy Waiter – Comedy, entertainment, weird, personal fav.
Description: Just an average bearded 30 something dude with hundreds of clones.

In Praise of Bias – video

–I agree. We should know what our own biases are.

A well written piece, and as always very well animated, from The School Of Life about bias that presents it not as a bad thing but as something everyone has, as part of life. It goes on to say that perhaps it’s time we understand our own biases and have society be more open about what biases they believe in, as institutions, etc..

So You Want To Be A Writer – by Charles Bukowski


So You Want To Be A Writer

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

– by Charles Bukowski

American Graffiti [1973]


We watched this movie yesterday as it’s part of the list I’m going through.

I like the way George Lucas tells the story, the continued action, the silliness of high school dreams, the silliness of the so called “adulthood”. The set, the cars, and the wardrobe are all spot on.

I was afraid it would get boring—with old movie slowness—but it didn’t. The 112 minutes go by in a flash of fast cars, horny teens, and ‘baby-boomer’ Americana.