He’s a Stanford Mathematician who covers everything in topics from topology, number theory, calculus with nothing required beyond High School/1st year undergraduate maths.
Also, his visualisations are nothing short of beautiful.
Look Mum No Computer (energetic young person makes synths and circuit bends): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafxR2HWJRmMfSdyZXvZMTw
Kris Cochrane (electronics hobbyist): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh8JiW2G9yR2v7TwUm04m_g
The TRY Channel (Irish people try stuff): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCabq3No3wXbs6Ut-Pux6SzA
Steve Mould (science videos): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEIwxahdLz7bap-VDs9h35A
Jenna Marbles (I enjoy the "fuck it just do it" attitude): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9gFih9rw0zNCK3ZtoKQQyA
Primitive Technology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA
The turbo-charged camping stove wok burner is a bit alarming though. Just a bit.
I cannot stress more, though, that his humor is an acquired taste. If his content and knowledge was any less I would have dropped him in a heartbeat. Maybe it’s just my culture, but the sexual overtone can go off the wall at times.
My wife recently watched all 45 minutes and was entertained throughout, despite her not being technical at all.
Speaking of which, I also share a distaste for his "engineering boys club" sense of humour. I think his heart is in the right place (though who knows?), but it's definitely from another era, one that I won't be sad to see fade off into the distance. That being said, the rest of the components of his humour (obscure Canadianisms, etc) are great and I enjoy the particularity of it.
EDIT: added link
Describe it accurately- Low-brow sexual humor that anyone in a position of authority would deem unwelcoming to women
AvE is great, and if you watch enough of his episodes you'll see that the old-school jokes are matched by an acceptance of all, save, perhaps, the terminally censorious. I'm looking forward to seeing him teach his daughter to weld.
The Great War - Covers World War 1 as it happened week-by-week one hundred years ago. I love it because I'm a history buff, but WW2 is covered so well in other media that this is a welcome change of topic
minutephysics - I'm no physicist, but this guy explains the more advanced topics in a way that I feel I get the gist of it.
Kurzgesagt - science and technology, and some philosophy.
Vox - I really like their explanations of current affair topics.
Wisecrack - lots of philosophy. Lots of their videos discuss the philosophical themes you'll find in movies.
I see some people also mentioned The 8-bit Guy and Lazy Game Reviews; Those are very nice for getting your nostalgia fix
10 mins a week for a wrap-up of the world exactly 100 years ago, I love it, it's so fascinating and terrifying at the same time. For such a different existence there's so many parallels with the world today.
Other than that:
Super Bunnyhop (videogames, very interesting investigative journalism every now and then) https://www.youtube.com/user/bunnyhopshow
Leonardo Da Sidci (videogames, amazing production quality and very introspective topics) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCujjLOPLW92zVBlhaL8wxPg
Archipel (short documentaries focused on japanese creators and artsy videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zoY9LapZERsN7caDKqz0w
Noclip (long form documentaries about videogames, mostly made up by interviews directly with the developers) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0fDG3byEcMtbOqPMymDNbw
byoblu (italian "videoblog" about politics featuring lots of interviews and discussions, always to be taken with a grain of salt) https://www.youtube.com/user/byoblu
Then, a lot of comedy channels of dubious value which I'd rather not embarrass myself with on here.
Anything (not a channel name, just anything) by Tom Scott, his recent gameshow has been pretty good as it's like Only Connect but I've got a better chance of answering the questions. Huge backlog of things too and as he's got more popular he's got more access to interesting places and things. Just seems like a genuinely nice guy explaining things he finds interesting. Probably worth starting with "things you might not know" or "amazing places".
CollegeHumor - can be hit and miss but the ratio is good enough for me. They did a series of a gameshow called "Umm actually" which was great.
Gus Johnson - never quite sure where I am on things going too far on these but it keeps me laughing and coming back.
ClarkeAndDawe - teaching me about Australian politics, one fake interview at a time. What got me into it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5qxZm_JqM
Bill Wurtz - Ranging from absurd 5 second clips to, well, this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuCn8ux2gbs
bigclive - teardowns of cheap ebay stuff. And lots of LEDs
Regular car reviews - Reviews of cars, but not so much the cars themselves as the sociological parts - why was this car built? For who? Who bought it? What were they trying to signal?
Doug DeMuro - The opposite. Car reviews that focus on the tiny things like weird quirks of the interior
ADVchina/laowhy86/serpentza - Life in China
Geoff Marshall - UK trains
Steve1989mreinfo - Reviews of MREs. Including unboxing and eating long-expired WW2 rations. Who knew canned peanut butter could last 70 years?
Retro Game Mechanics Explained - Very in-depth yet easy to understand explanations of quirks of nintendo hardware programming like scroll registers etc
Techmoan - Obsolete and forgotten media formats (Tefifon!)
Technology Connections - Some light technology history
The 8-bit guy/8-bit keys - 8-bit computer and keyboard history, repair, restoration
VectrexRoli - Old game consoles
TNT Amusements - Arcade game hardware
Lazy Game Reviews - Retro IBM PC, retro computer and modern gaming content
* ElectroBOOM (Electronics)
* Codys Lab (Physics/Chemistry)
* RedNile (Chemistry)
* Computerphile, Numberphile, PeriodicTable and their Astronomy/Astrophysics/Spacephysics Channel
* DeFranco (Politics and News)
* Super Eyepatch Wolf (Video Essays on Video Games, Anime, Comics, etc.)
* Ephemeral Rift (ASMR, though I mainly use it as background noise, not much of a fan of ASMR itself)
* Extra Credits (Game Design)
* AvE and BigClive (Tear Downs and shouting and China Electronics, beware Humor)
Two Minutes Papers https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfYPyITQ-7l4upoX8nvctg
Coding Tech: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtxCXg-UvSnTKPOzLH4wJaQ
Harrison Kinsley (sentdex): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfzlCWGWYyIQ0aLC5w48gBQ
Traversy Media: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC29ju8bIPH5as8OGnQzwJyA
I Like To Make Stuff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6x7GwJxuoABSosgVXDYtTw
Art of the Problem (Information Theory/Cryptograpghy) : https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtOfTheProblem
Historia Civilis (History) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_vLHiWVBh_FR9vbeuiY-A
3 Blue 1 Brown (Maths): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYO_jab_esuFRV4b17AJtAw
Primitive Technology (Survivalism) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA
PBS Space Time (Physics) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g
LazyGameReviews - Old PCs, peripherals, and software
ForgottenWeapons - the mechanics and history of the weapons of the past
AvE - Thorough teardowns of tools, fabricobbling, enginerding, etc
Extra Credits - Game design and more
Artifexian - Worldbuilding and some linguistics
Alliterative - Chasing down word etymologies
I do like the same music, despite of being born later. So maybe it's determined by one's music taste? ;)
Mark Furneaux - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDQEDxAVuxcsyeEoOpSoRA
He does Homelab-style networking, linux, and server management, but also does very detailed teardowns of random or eccentric electronics. For someone like me with very little EE background, he explains the circuitry and the industrial design in a very digestible and interesting way. His teardown of an old traffic controller PSU is one of my favorites (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-F7nKoNqjM).
Joshua Bardwell's channel is fantastic for geeks who race with drones: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3eufnI7A2I7IkKHZn8KSQ
Simone Giertz builds crazy robots: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KEoMzNz8eYnwBC34RaKCQ
* Mentour Pilot (explains the job of a pilot) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpHKudUkP5tNgmMdexB3ow
* Wendover Productions (shows interesting facts in a simple way, aviation/geopolitics related mostly) https://www.youtube.com/user/Wendoverproductions
However a few weeks ago I remember a HN article that linked to some Canadian who milled a nut and bolt out of potato. His clips were great and I don't even have a clue about engineering. Does anyone know who this is as I am having a hard time finding it again.?
EDIT: FOUnd him - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChWv6Pn_zP0rI6lgGt3MyfA
Great! Now I have something to look forward to tonight! XD
Tom Scott, I think a lot of us watch Tom Scott!
Steve Mould, doing science stuff
Minute Physics, doing short and accessible Sharpie-drawing animated explanations of various interesting concepts in physics
Techmoan does some good videos on retro audio technology. And other things, but those are the ones I watch apart from the occasional interesting kitchen gadget review (yes, someone makes an appliance designed solely to cook bacon. No, you shouldn't buy one).
The Gaming Historian, well-researched videos about various bits of gaming history (the latest being an exploration of the Sega 32X).
8-bit Theory, a channel exploring game soundtracks from a musical theory perspective, including videos exploring things like why Mario's soundtrack sounds so happy, how the sax solo in a particular track in Mario Kart 8 works, or how themes evolve through multiple iterations of a particular franchise.
Retrohistories, another gaming history channel, doesn't produce a lot but I like what he does do. Although I should mention, he's a friend of mine!
Guilliame Erard has some very interesting videos about aikido, footage from various demonstrations by prominent aikidoka, interviews, etc. One recent video I found very interesting indeed was an exploration of daito-ryu aikijujitsu, the immediate ancestor of aikido.
I also watch a whole load of Minecraft players, either for building ideas and techniques, information on redstone (although someone needs to actually write this all up somewhere in a coherent fashion, I have never been able to find such a document if it exists already, it's clearly in people's heads), or just the gameplay videos from various things (mostly Minecraft Evolution or other series by the people who are involved in the Evolution SMP - I am for example watching almost everything NettyPlays is putting out at the moment).
What I don't watch regularly is anything about programming.
The GDC (Game Developers Conference) channel has a lot of material, but http://gdcvault.com/ recently opened up a ton more material for free viewing.
Two Minute Papers is obviously short-form, but very high quality.
NoClip has high-quality video game documentaries.
Applied Science - Fairly deep investigations into science and tech.
Clickspring - Builds things in brass. Super detail and high production quality. Currently working on making an authentic replica of The Antikythera Mechanism from raw metal stock.
Others are either gaming related that I don't watch much anymore (use twitch for that) or things that have been mentioned several times already.
I enjoy youtube cooking shows, they help me relax (and give me ideas for fun weekend projects).
Colin Furze (crazy inventions) -> https://www.youtube.com/user/colinfurze
I watch Ice poseidon et al. daily.
Many of the team members were on Twitch and got banned from it. I used to follow Greek God and Sodapoppin though I no longer care as the YT equivalent is much more fun.
I also like to watch videos from FearsomeFire and Matthias.
apetor has goofy videos of him ice skating and swimming that can be soothing in an odd way:
LGR (aka Lazy Game Reviews)
The 8-Bit Guy
I'm specifically in love with the techniques used by games in that era, and GameHut has some interesting explanations of how he and other developers pulled off some of the tricks they did on the Genesis and Saturn. I really wish there were more channels doing things like that.
Ben Eater has an interesting series on building a computer from ICs.
ScottManley plays a whole lot of Kerbal Space Program and talks about rocket science.
I also watch a few LPers: ChipCheezumLPs, StrawHatNo, MenDrinkinCoffee. They're just interesting and/or funny. I'd dig an informative and exclusively DOS/8-bit micro era LPer I'd think.
Is it just me, or is Youtube completely terrible about discoverability and recommendations? It only seems to recommend me things I've already watched or people who yell a lot.
Great explanations and tutorials for those like me aspiring to be a machinist while learning a variety of metalworking techniques and with good humour.
Retro Game Mechanics Explained
Computerphile (Computer/Math) - https://www.youtube.com/user/Computerphile
Kurzgesagt (Educational) - https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt
Night Mind (ARGs, Horror, etc) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58IKuPHnZkdCZ6T5mSRGCg
NakeyJakey (Funny gaming, video essays, etc) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSdma21fnJzgmPodhC9SJ3g
GameGrumps (Gaming) - https://www.youtube.com/user/GameGrumps
SMTown (KPop) - https://www.youtube.com/user/SMTOWN
I also might have a tiny problem......
So that's about 4 hours of youtube a week.
* Every Frame a Painting - film essays (No longer making videos)
* Good Blood - game design and music
* Hodges U - mini-docs on various subjects
* kaptainkristian - "visual love letters" for comics, films, musics, animations and more
* Lessons From the Screenplay - film's script/story
* Game Maker's Toolkit - game design
* WAVEFORM - sound design (focus on sound design in games)
* noclip - video game documentaries
* Will Schoder - philosophy and other things
Louis Sauzedde's personality is great. His experience as a master shipwright is obvious, and I'm always amazed by the tips, tricks, and techniques that he employs while designing, building, and maintaining boats. He has a bunch of different videos, but a good starting point is probably "Season 1: Building the TotalBoat - How to build a work skiff" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C22Crc7XHoI&list=PLzlN3A2DLg...).
Alex French Guy Cooking - deeper dives into the technology and chemistry of cooking
Primitive Technology - what it says on the tin
AvE - Really informative and entertaining tear downs of equipment and shop talk
SV Seeker - fascinating vlog of someone building a big steel boat with the help of the internet
- Tom Scott, igsquared, JunsKitchen, Alex French Cooking Guy, New York Times, Great Big Story, Strange Parts, TED, and a few philosophy ones from Brazil.
JunsKitchen (Japanese cooking), homemade tofu
Lateral (Tom Scott's new game show)
igsquared (Brave New World vs 1984)
If anyone knows any good Italian channels I might like, based on the above, let me know please. Grazie.
All entertaining fare of different genres.
Mr. Sunday Movies (comic books, movies, tv shows, etc) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkDSAQ_5-yx5hmuvUcsJL7A
Recording Revolution (recording, mixing, mastering music) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRzsiP_aDWWLHV4-2LKBtg
Woody's Piano Shack (synthesizers) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27jRFKGzztB9u9T5GkPH_g
He makes videos of himself learning things, like wheeling a bike, throwing cards, etc...
Very charismatic youtuber
Also James May the reassembler is great.
Louis Rossmann - livestreams component-level MacBook board repairs, strangely compelling
CppCon, BoostCon - the good, bad and ugly of C++
EEVblog - electronics engineering rants and teardowns from an Aussie design engineer
Basically a mix of wood working, mountain biking and weight lifting
- You Suck at Cooking. For some reason this might be my favourite channel on YouTube. It's just incredibly funny and unique.
- CGPgrey. Extremely interesting videos, even if he posts only once in a blue moon.
- Half as Interesting. Consistently interesting and entertaining short videos.
- Scishow psych. Well done videos about psychology. See also crash course psychology.
- primitive technology. Many people have mentioned this.
- Simone Giertz. "The queen of shitty robots"
- Adam Neely. Interesting and unique videos about music.
Gopher Academy - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx9QVEApa5BKLw9r8cnOFEA/vid...
The Go Programming Language - https://www.youtube.com/user/gocoding/videos
Jonathan Blow - https://www.youtube.com/user/jblow888/videos
Steve1989MREInfo - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=steve1989mreinf...
hickok45 - https://www.youtube.com/user/hickok45
Townsends - https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson
Tested - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tested
The Great War - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcyEsEjhPEDf69RRVhRh4A
The Rubin Report - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJdKr0Bgd_5saZYqLCa9mng
Sam Harris - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNAxrHudMfdzNi6NxruKPLw
Dan Carlin - https://www.youtube.com/user/dancarlinpodcaster/videos
I'm not Norm - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNky9LM9wx0cmWfrg5eUcw
Bon Appétit - https://www.youtube.com/user/BonAppetitDotCom/videos
- Kurzegast in a nutshell, this is videos are incredible.
- Coding Tech, for some tech conference
- Infographics Show, similiar to Kurzegast.
- Nerdwriter1, Lesson from the Screenplay, Screen Prism (All of this)
- Crash Course
- Ted and Ted-ed
And Primitive Technology is mesmerizing.
Sugar Pine 7 - they figured out how to take comedy vlogging to the next level.
Gus Johnson - mostly short videos, intensely funny and generally highly unexpected.
* The Bible Project – https://www.youtube.com/user/jointhebibleproject
* The School of Life – https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel
* Dave Rubin – https://www.youtube.com/user/RubinReport
* Firing Line – https://www.youtube.com/user/firinglinevideos
* Larry King – https://www.youtube.com/user/LarryKingNow
* Timothy Keller – https://www.youtube.com/user/gospelinlife
* Jon Gordon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD6t3q7u0gE&list=PLiuLy7KZRz...
* Every Frame a Painting – https://www.youtube.com/user/everyframeapainting
* Tested – https://www.youtube.com/user/testedcom
* Genius: Verified – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqhjpQxfq4Q&list=PLlBigmhynF...
* triple j: Like A Version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmOTsniwhVw&list=PLCC51BF0C9...
* Talks at Google – https://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks
DerSchmu - c64 game longplays.
Motortrend - roadkill (sadly, new stuff is now on a separate site).
Scott Manley - space, rockets, space related games.
Colin furze - a reminder not to take things too seriously.
Mighty Car Mods.
PennyArcadeTV - Acquistions Incorporated Dnd.
JustForFunc - Go.
- Siraj Raval
But for those unfamiliar with Forgotten Weapons, it's not a rah-rah-fight-the-Man channel. It is a history channel that specialises in firearms. The episode about the OSS Liberator pistol would be a great starter, a mix of political and military history. Is it ethical to encourage an occupied people to try to shoot their occupiers with a flimsy, unreliable, inaccurate weapon?
He analyses games and specific game mechanics. It's pretty awesome if you are into gaming.
Pailin's Kitchen - Breaks Down Thai Recipes into easy to follow steps
Team CoCo - Remotes are hilarious
Noncontroversial youtube channels that I do enjoy:
- Lock-Picking Lawyer
- Regular Car Reviews
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The British Museum
Simone Giertz (great female maker)
Engineer Guy - crazy informative
--- D&D ---
Saturday Morning D&D show
Jorphdan - Lore/History
--- Food ---
The Food Ranger - Canadian Expat living in China
Tasty - Wife loves this channel, quick recipe videos
Binging with Babish
--- Fun ---
First We Feast - Hot Ones is the best streaming interview show
Daily Dose of Internet - He has never posted a bad video. all very short
Pet Collective - Everyone needs to follow a funny animal clip channel. I recommend this one.
Channel Super Fun
Half as Interesting
Linus Tech Tips
Smarter Every Day
The Credit Shifu
The Game/Film Theorist
The Science ELf
Lots of history / battles channels
* Kings and Generals : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMmaBzfCCwZ2KqaBJjkj0fw
* Simple history : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC510QYlOlKNyhy_zdQxnGYw
* The great war : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcyEsEjhPEDf69RRVhRh4A
* Invicta : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO-UgquohXwoe7f0e6lMnw
* Baz Battles - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx-dJoP9hFCBloY9qodykvw
* Historia Civilis - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_vLHiWVBh_FR9vbeuiY-A
* Primitive Technology
* And obviously, how to basic - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4s1DE9J4DHzZYXMltSMAg :)
I love learning about how battles are won and lost, and how history evolved and countries got to be. Normans were Vikings, English nobles come from the French, . . .
* Astronogeek - Astronomy vulgarization
* Defekator - My hero. Debunk videos on fakes, such as flat
earth, vaccination doesn't work , etc https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU0FhLr6fr7U9GOn6OiQHpQ
* Question d Histoire : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGRtSqLfljpX9mzCYDsQIg
* Axolot - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2_OG1L8DLTzQ7UrZVOk7OA
* Confessions d'histoire -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj9-ZfpJ74vYv1RZzAWTVg History told by the people that made it (with humor)
I can watch any topic, I just wanna hear it from passionate people !
The rest is mostly music or woodworking like bandstand, Chris Salomone.
Then a bunch others in the technology space including several from Google are very good. Usually also watch most of the Google I/O videos for sessions was not able to attend.
But then I also watch Josh Lloyd during the NBA basketball season.
There is this balance between the person doing the video and then the content. I find myself more and more needing a decent person doing the video unless it is super compelling content.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t really used YouTube much, but there seem to be very few content producers that deliver content which is based on any form of scientific methodology or even any form of real journalism.
I can quickly find a ton of “documentaries” on Ancient Rome for instance, and I have watched quite a few. I happen to have made the rare mix of CS and history when I took my original candidate degree at the university of Aarhus, and I specialized in Ancient Rome. I’ve yet to see anything on YouTube on Ancient Rome, that wasn’t amateurish at best unless it came from somewhere else, like the BBC.
I think that is the best way to put it. YouTube just doesn’t seem like a good place for production of knowledge, and as much as I enjoy watching a guy build a clay cabin from the ground up with his bare hands, I’d frankly rather read a book.