Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 12: Whatever tickles your fancy

In keeping with last week's theme of time-wasting websites, I'll write about YouTube.

I like it, and I've wasted plenty of time on it, but I'm not that into it. Never felt compelled to post anything on there, or make a "fanvid" (ugh!) or anything like that. I don't watch fanvids, the mostly crappy videos that consist of a song and still-frames from movies/TV shows...well, except for one with Richard Armitage scenes set to "Womanizer". Terrible guilty pleasure...

Richard uses YouTube like a music player--he'll play the music video of a song instead of downloading it. Great for when you've got a song stuck in your head :) The collection is really impressive--I've found songs on YouTube that aren't even available for download. Like this adorable Bob Wills Christmas one that I haven't been able to find anywhere else.

I watch some illicit copyrighted materials on there (can Austen movies ever really be illicit?!), but my other use is their huge number of how-to & exercise videos. One night, I needed to tie a necktie for a costume party, so I just googled how to tie a tie and got a video guide for it instantly--and it worked! One morning I really didn't feel like going outside for a walk, so I looked up a beginners pilates playlist and did that workout instead.

YouTube's not an addiction, like Facebook, but it's definitely up there on my list of time-wasting websites

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