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Ask HN: Your favorite YouTube channels?
328 points by stevenspasbo 1332 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 128 comments
I've been on a YouTube kick lately, and would like some recommendations for your favorite technology/programming/whatever channels. I'm a java developer if that help. Here are some of mine:

https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleDevelopers

https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleTalksArchive

https://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks

https://www.youtube.com/user/MarakanaTechTV

As you can tell, they're almost all Google talks.




https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile

Numberphile is a channel of really pleasant and interesting math videos. It's intended for a general audience; any level can enjoy it.

Perhaps you should show these videos to your kids too? When I was young I thought math was boring. It wasn't until college that I found out it was secretly very interesting.


I enjoy woodworking when I'm not coding, so I have several woodworking channels I enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/user/urbanTrash - Frank Howarth - Beautiful projects and his videos are very creative.

https://www.youtube.com/user/DrunkenWoodworker - Interesting work.

https://www.youtube.com/user/mtmwood - amazing geometric work



Ah yes! He has some amazing stuff as well!


Checkout askwoodman he is my favorite of the youtube woodworking channels.

https://www.youtube.com/user/askwoodman/

My introduction to askwoodman was the build a mallet series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3657A94DC2B39B3

Another good one is the intro to cabinetry / how to build a box playlist.


I think of Matthias Wandel and Frank Howarth as two totally different, but equally interesting approaches to the craft- they make a great counterpoint.


- Art of the Problem, provides introductory videos on Information theory, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCotwjyJnb-4KW7bmsOoLfkg

- Fosdem talks, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9NuJImUbaSNKiwF2bdSfAw

- Minimalist Programming with jekor, stuff on haskell, like a teardown of Pandoc, implementation of redo, Minimalist Programming with jekor

- Veritasium, mainly physics, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnyfMqiRRG1u-2MsSQLbXA

- Vi Hart, the best thing about mathematics that's online, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGeU-1Fig3rrDjhm9Zs_wg

- Brady Haran's channels on various scientific topics, http://www.bradyharan.com/


Art of the Problem has the best explanation I've ever seen of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange (the basis for TSL/SSL). I wish this video was shown in my Crypto class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NcDVERzMGw&list=PLB4D701646...

The whole playlist is also worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4D701646DAF0817



Whoops, forgotten to put the link, sorry :)



https://www.youtube.com/user/NextDayVideo --- Mostly Python talks at conferences, meet ups and other venues

https://www.youtube.com/user/Confreaks --- Like above, but mostly Ruby

https://www.youtube.com/user/emacsrocks --- Emacs Rocks (not updated frequently)

https://www.youtube.com/user/EEVblog --- Electronics Engineering Video blog. This is an excellent resource for electronics hobbyists. This doesn't cover programming much, unless it's micro controller firmware or FPGA programming.


It's probably already known by EEVblog subscribers, but I also recommend Mike's Electric Stuff. His FLIR handheld IR camera reverse engineering videos sucked me into hardware hacking.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mikeselectricstuff


EEVblog is indeed very useful


Not exactly tech/programming channels, but really good brain snack food...

https://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce --- IMHO the best youtube channel in existence. Every video is a rabbit hole of interesting questions and tangents with fantastic presentation and weirdly uplifting closing points.

https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel --- Smart thought provoking videos that use internet memes, gaming, anime, and such as the launch off points.

https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium --- Well presented science videos with a focus on the joy of learning.


Another solid all-round brain snack food type channel is SmarterEveryDay--

https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2


Some conference channels that are high quality:

- JSConf: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzoVCacndDCfGDf41P-z0iA

- InfoQ is very high-quality, especially for Java: See http://www.infoq.com/presentations/ (See QCon videos, StrangeLoop videos)

- Øredev videos: http://oredev.org/2013/videos

- Channel9 by Microsoft has some top notch videos: http://channel9.msdn.com/ Don't assume that these are all .NET or Windows specific, for example here is one series on Functional Programming by Dr. Erik Meijer: http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/C9-Lectures-Erik-Meijer-Func... Lots of similar videos by Leslie Lamport, Rich Hickey, Simon Peyton Jones. See http://channel9.msdn.com/search?term=%22expert+to+expert%22 for example.


InfoQ is great. Especially the Clojure talks, especially Stuart Halloway:

- http://www.infoq.com/Clojure/presentations/

- http://www.infoq.com/author/Stuart-Halloway


Speaking of YouTube: It’s possible to subscribe to your subscription list via RSS as described here:

https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/33493/how-do-i-g...

Unfortunately there does not seem to be a way to get the watch later list as a feed. But you can subscribe to custom lists like so:

    https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/playlists/PLAYLIST_ID?v=2&max-results=50&start-index=1
Just replace PLAYLIST_ID accordingly. (Note that this is limited to 50 entries per feed.)


I've been trying to learn how to play Chess properly lately, so the two channels I'm subscribed to are:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ChessNetwork https://www.youtube.com/user/STLChessClub

ChessNetwork is run by a national master named Jerry who is absolutely hilarious.


Jerry's blitz tournament videos are amazing. There are few videos on youtube that can hold me at the edge of my seat for 20 minutes, but he does it every time.


Jerry also streams on twitch[0] from time to time. It's very rarely, but he plays with viewers, does puzzles, does blitz tournaments on chesscube.

If you create an account on twitch, you can have it email you when he starts streaming. Because of the amount of people that get that email though (1000+, that's just the people that tend to watch him), it normally doesn't arrive til after he's been streaming for a while.

He also did live commentary on the Anand Carlsen games through twitch.

[0] http://www.twitch.tv/chessnetwork


My favorite YouTube channel is that of Matthias Wandel:

  https://www.youtube.com/user/Matthiaswandel
A software engineer by training, Matthias was one of the first 10 employees at RIM, and after he "retired" a few years ago he began making woodworking videos. His videos are great because of his background (he grew up working on his father's sawmill) and he brings an engineer's approach to woodworking. I've never done any woodworking, but I enjoy his videos because of the way he approaches and solves design problems.

Some of the marble machines he's made are incredible.



Would be nice if you get a quick summary of each channel.



Sadly, she seems to have veered into madness.


The counting down video's sure are a bit more off-putting than her usual poignancy. But I saw in at least one of those she counts down with a whole group of people at what seems to be a party, so I think she's just fine..


Could you please elaborate?



Awesome, thank you. That's exactly what I'm looking for!



http://www.youtube.com/user/KEF791 Keith Fenner runs a machine shop and makes videos of his projects. He is thoroughly experienced and does some interesting projects.


BSDs, game design and computer history:

https://www.youtube.com/user/bsdconferences/videos collects talks from various BSD conferences. An interesting non-technical talk from the collection is "A Narrative History of BSD" by Marshall Kirk McKusick (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds77e3aO9nA).

https://www.youtube.com/user/Froblyx/videos — lectures on game design and development by Chris Crawford (Balance of Power, The Art of Computer Game Design) uploaded by the man himself. "The Dragon Speech" of his can be found elsewhere on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_04PLBdhqZ4).

https://www.youtube.com/user/VintageCG/videos — early computer graphics demo reels, mostly from the '80s.


https://www.youtube.com/user/RoosterTeeth

https://www.youtube.com/user/letsplay

I have a soft spot for RoosterTeeth, they make Red vs. Blue and hilarious Let's Plays and other geeky humor videos. It's one of those shows you can watch in the background while eating or something


I like having the RT podcast on in the background while I work too :)


Currently without a doubt: https://www.youtube.com/user/mathematicalmonk

An extensive series about machine learning (100+ videos).


I'm more into general information on Youtube. Do check out Vsauce [ http://youtube.com/user/vsauce ] and CGP Grey [ http://youtube.com/user/cgpgrey ] if you haven't already.


Looks interesting, thanks


The king of random. Hacks, experiments, explosions:

https://www.youtube.com/user/01032010814


The "Scariac" is one of my favorite YouTube construction videos.


Matthias Wandel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Matthiaswandel) has a woodworking channel that I consider to be a massage for my brain. I know nothing about carpentry, but his videos are so relaxing.

I also like carsandwater for his "Red-Hot Nickel Ball" videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qSEfcIfYbw&list=TLIZX0Wqcq2...

Numberphile has some great recreational math videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile

And, as a few others have mentioned, Veritasium.


Some not-yet-mentioned I subscribe to:

Indie game dev: https://www.youtube.com/user/WolfireGames

Clojure talks: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClojureTV

Android: https://www.youtube.com/user/androiddevelopers

A filmmaker I enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat

[Shameless plug] Computer science paper presentations: https://www.youtube.com/user/PapersWeLove


https://www.youtube.com/user/Confreaks record high quality videos at many programming conferences each year and then share the recordings on YouTube. So much to enjoy here, especially if you're open source leaning, like most of the events they do.

O'Reilly puts up lots of good stuff at https://www.youtube.com/user/OreillyMedia although the webinar recording quality leaves a lot to be desired. A real random set of tech topics though and often something worth watching.

Entrepreneur - https://www.youtube.com/user/EntrepreneurOnline - usually puts up lots of short videos with a business tip in or something. Sometimes longer interviews. Usually worthwhile if a little superficial at times.

The guy who founded Something Awful has a ridiculously addictive channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/lowtaxico - he generally plays horrifically poorly produced indie games with his sidekick Shmorky and I could listen to their absurdist banter all day.

It's a bit of a mish mash but https://www.youtube.com/user/Bisqwit always blows my mind when he does his coding videos such as coding a NES emulator in C++11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y71lli8MS8s

https://www.youtube.com/user/Shmee150 is awesome if you're into supercars. He's currently doing a tour of European supercar events and factories putting up a video each day.

Far Lands or Bust - https://www.youtube.com/user/kurtjmac - is a guy who started to walk towards the 'far lands' in a Minecraft maps years ago. He's something like 10% of the way but is still plodding along recording his progress. This is a real pilgrimage with all the highs and lows that entails.

MrThaiBox123 - https://www.youtube.com/user/MrThaibox123 - is a British IT expert who seems to have an endless supply of cash to buy gadgets, phones, and amazing computer setups.. and he does incredibly well recorded reviews of them. He also has a vlog at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrXrOof3iFRZYJGqqApH3Ng which I find interesting to see behind the scenes of someone's life on a daily basis.


Confreaks is great. The youtube page linked to is nicely organized, and looks to get more attention that my pointers, but three other resources are

* The Confreaks homepage at http://confreaks.com/

* The Confreaks listing by conference at http://confreaks.com/events

* The list of recently added videos at http://confreaks.com/videos

The last one is a bit hidden, as you get to it by clicking on Search on the main page


The Gaming Garbage Channel is great. I didn't realize the barrier for making 3d games was so low. What are they using to make these abominations?


I was laughing so hard at the Detective Adventure one

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt-06AZkkJc


I don't think they're making all of these games, just playing a lot of terrible ones. It's hilarious either way, though


After watching some more they appear to be getting them all from yoyogames which is like the youtube or imgur of Game Maker games. There are some very good indie games published there but also a lot of crap.


The real answer is usually Game Maker or Unity.


https://www.youtube.com/user/AgentJayZ

A jet engine mechanic way up in the Canadian north. If you've always wanted to get hands-on with a gas turbine, this is your guy.



If anyone wants to curate all these links as a group, here's a subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/hnyoutubechannels/


Finished. If I missed a link you posted, please add it!


Computerphile - british channel - professors/students/scientist talking about computers/programming/history https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-y-6csu5WGm29I7JiwpnA

edit -- whatever category

Yogscast - british guys playing computer games like minecraft (their arguments are very funny) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-_hzb2ILSCo9ftVSnrCIQ

news - VICE and VICE news channels for real journalism.


It is unfortunate that this "AskHN" turned into a link dump. This could have been a much more interesting discussion if people capped their list of favorites at two or three channels.


I think it's gold. Lots of stuff relevant to HNers's curiosity. Youtube's suggestions are sometimes good, but often disappointing by offering bland and average material, and not so good for systematically finding "the good stuff".

Bookmarked!


And my point is that forcing people to winnow their lists down to two or three channels would produce more gold and less panning.


Even a link dump is curated to some extent, no? If it's on this page, somebody thought I might be interested.

I often use youtube as my primary search engine, and that's working well. While the recommended videos (without searching) on the front page are often relevant, I've not had a very rewarding browsing experience. All these links strike me as a way to bootstrap a better browse.


Here you go. We can both win: http://www.reddit.com/r/hnyoutubechannels/


I have this hard-to-break habit of watching at least one startup/entrepreneurship/creativity video before going to bed at night, so I hope I'm somewhat qualified to answer this question. My personal favorites from the channels I'm currently subscribed to are (sorted by preference; in descending order):

- https://www.youtube.com/user/EverySteveJobsVideo - All the Steve Jobs videos in one channel

- https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium - Veritasium: an element of truth

- https://www.youtube.com/user/webofstories - Stories from Donald Knuth, Benoit Mandelbrot, Marvin Minsky

- https://www.youtube.com/user/PandoDaily - the fireside chats with Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Fred Wilson, Brian Chesky, John Doerr, Tony Hsieh are especially recommended

- http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisWeekIn - my favorite episodes are those with Naval Ravikant, Phil Libin, David H. Hansson, Chris Sacca, Chamath Palihapitiya and Eric Ries

- http://www.youtube.com/user/ecorner - Look for the talk by Phil Libin

- https://www.youtube.com/user/bigthink - Larry Wall and DHH

- http://www.youtube.com/user/kevinrose - Ignoring the raccoon toss video :D

- http://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks - Look for a converstaion with Garry Kasparov

- http://www.youtube.com/user/KasparovCom - Into the night with Garry Kasparov and Peter Thiel

- https://www.youtube.com/user/techcrunch - Don’t laugh, but I love watching TC Cribs.

- http://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeleyHaas - Look for Guy Kawasaki!

- http://www.youtube.com/user/masterlock77 - Trial by Fire: Yabusame

- http://www.youtube.com/user/leweb - Look for Gary Vee!

- http://www.youtube.com/user/StartupGrind - Check out the fireside chat with Vinod Khosla.

- http://www.youtube.com/user/atotaldisruption - Justin Kan!

- http://www.youtube.com/user/500startups/ - Marc Andreessen & Dave McClure!

- https://www.youtube.com/user/building43 - ‘small teams BIG IMPACT' by Robert Scoble

- https://www.youtube.com/user/stanfordbusiness - Look for the fireside chats with Elon Musk and Marc Andreessen

- https://www.youtube.com/user/princetonstartuptv - Princeton Startup TV


I can think of worse hard-to-break habits one could have.

Thanks for the list!


It seems that a list of twenty channels does not conform to the spirit or letter of the original question.


Maybe not, but it's still a great list!


Periodic Table Of Videos

http://www.periodicvideos.com/

All the people posting Brady's [1] various channels (numberphile, sixtysymbols, etc) left out the best one: periodic videos. Not only is it interesting chemistry in the same format as numberphile/sixtysymbols, it also features the best mad-scientist HAIR on the planet [2].

[1] http://www.bradyharan.com/

[2] https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=Martyn+Poliakoff

~~

Extra Credits

http://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz/videos

Incredibly detailed and insightful discussion of games from a what you might call a sociological perspective. They speak both as a game designer and as a player. A special emphasis is given to showing how "games" are a type of art, enabling certain new kinds of expression.

I'll caution that I don't mean "game theory" (Nash Equilibrium, etc) - Extra Credits discusses things like "interactive experience" vs "passive reading/watching", how mechanics can be used as a storytelling medium, industry issues, abusive (or just plain annoying) design choices, and theories such as the Uncanny Valley and the illusion of choice.

All packed into short ~5-6min, almost-animated, fun little videos.


I like CodingMadeEasy[0]. It's made by a guy (college drop-out) that is working on his own start-up of sorts, trying to become a game developer. He has a nice MonoGame tutorial, for example. His other tutorials are mostly related to game development as well, I think. And certainly not limited to C#.

[0]: https://www.youtube.com/user/CodingMadeEasy


Frank Howarth does awesome woodworking projects and makes incredible videos showing how he makes them. Usually the videos are narrated with an explanation of the process, but sometimes he does them in a stop-motion style where you never see him at all, so the projects just build themselves: https://www.youtube.com/user/urbanTrash


I'm mostly into hardware, these two provide me with top content:

Ben Krasnow, physics for the underfunded:

http://youtube.com/user/bkraz333

Ham Radio Now, lots of SDR talk and good content:

http://youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow

I have many others (e.g. CCC), but on mobile inside an observatory atm.



Great, thank you!


I don't follow many channels, but I'm always impressed by this guy: https://www.youtube.com/user/Fredzislaw100

He has lots of videos with circuits that seems impossible, but that are just full of hacks. He goes as far as putting circuits inside his components (leds, switches...).


Stanford E-corner:Knowledge and inspiration, one entrepreneur at a time. Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner offers videos featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctkeBNtFIOn7Yl_9TTj_4w


- https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium (wonderful science education stuff)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/EEVblog (electronics stuff)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/lindybeige (irreverent but informative takes on historical stuff)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/bkraz333 (Ben Krasnow, amazing DIY home laboratory stuff)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/urbanTrash (Frank Howarth, fantastic wood crafting)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics (well explained science stuff, see also:)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/minuteearth

- https://www.youtube.com/user/wickiemedia (if you've even been curious about pro audio, live or recorded, this channel has tons of great tutorials and explanations)

- https://www.youtube.com/user/setiinstitute (SETI talks, probably boring unless you're really engaged with cosmology, astronomy, exobiology, or space exploration, but if you are then there are some amazing talks)

Also, I've found defcon and ccc talks to have some amazing content occasionally. Try searching for "defcon" or "30c3" to get started.


If you're looking for talks on Java and related, you're missing out a lot of good videos from the JavaZone conference by limiting yourself to YouTube:

http://vimeo.com/javazone/videos/sort:plays/format:thumbnail



Can I add videos from Vimeo? I love the Microconf videos on Vimeo, quite suited for the HN audience I would think. http://vimeo.com/search?q=microconf The AMA by Peldi Guilizzoni (Balsamiq) is an excellent one.


I like freddiew's channel, RocketJump. He messes with the medium, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e_NiwPz-MQ and the "behind-the-scenes" for example.


That will go in the /whatever, but here's a very good less kownn metal guitar player.. https://www.youtube.com/user/charlieparradelriego/


I follow two youtube channels very closely and I think HN should check them out. Both deal with Powerlifting. These two youtube channels are particularly interesting because they both follow two guys who work really really hard.

The first is Ben Rice's: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rev198 The next is Pete Rubish: https://www.youtube.com/user/PeteRubish1

These guys are strong as hell and watching them continuously work hard to get such small returns (5-10 lbs) is really motivating for me.


I haven't been able to find any programming channels I'm absolutely in love with (comeback everyday to), but I do have a couple channels that keep me entertained:

Seananners - https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaNanners

GassyMexican - https://www.youtube.com/user/GassyMexican

TheMrSark - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMrSark



https://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols - really interesting and well made physics videos

https://www.youtube.com/user/flitetest - fixed wing and (multi)copter builds and flights. Mostly mechanical, electrical, and aerospace.

minutephysics, minuteearth, and crashcourse are also great.


Zero Technical Angle, yet still amazing: FailArmy

https://www.youtube.com/user/failarmy


haha thank you for that


This thread made me wonder if there's any way to export and import one's Youtube channels (as one could with RSS into an opml file), this is the most promising article I could find (but didn't test): http://www.iliketomakestuff.com/heres-how-to-export-your-you...

Any other leads?




It's kind of interesting that so many people have included Youtube into their media consumption diet, perhaps in the place of Radio & TV?



https://www.youtube.com/user/razethew0rld

Internet Culture and Tech Stuff


Not programming related: I like this recipe channel - recipes are filmed and posted every week. The presentation is clear and straightforward (with a dash of humour). There's plenty of variety in the recipes too: meat dishes, vegetarian, cakes, bread etc

http://www.youtube.com/user/TitliNihaan/videos


I have been enjoying learning Go (the game) and Nick Sibicky has a great lecture series. It's hard to find introductory material that goes deeper than just the basic rules of the game so this has been a valuable resource.

https://www.youtube.com/user/nicksibicky


For Hobby short-movie makers like me: 1. Film Riot : https://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot 2. Indy Mogul(now defunct): https://www.youtube.com/user/indymogul


The GoogleDevelopers channel you reference is great, but now that I've fallen back in love with JavaEE it has to be Adam Bien's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCksTNgiRyQGwi2ODBie8HdA.


The Idea Channel is pretty good. It's funded by PBS and is generally geared towards presenting interesting topics for people to think about and discuss: https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel


Matt Barton's "Matt Chat" has a wealth of interviews with early PC gaming legends. John Romero, Brian Fargo, and many many more.

http://www.youtube.com/user/blacklily8


For tougher treatment of complex math subjects I really enjoy matematicalmonk's Khan Academy style videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/matematicalmonk


I'm amazed no one has mentioned The Brain Scoop yet! Natural history, dissections, all kinds of awesome stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop


If you're in Sweden I hope you follow the Swedish version of hacker news on youtube, Hackernytt TV: http://youtube.com/user/HackerNyttTV


World's most famous Australian, Natalie Tran. https://www.youtube.com/user/communitychannel

As I type this, the leading video is an unboxing :)


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCivA7_KLKWo43tFcCkFvydw

Applied Science is pretty cool. He is a master with electronics and fabrication.


https://www.youtube.com/user/ThreadbareInc/videos is doing a detailed Let's Play of Deus Ex


MIT OCW is my favorite one http://www.youtube.com/user/MIT. I'm always on a lookout for new MIT courses.



The digest of everything that happens @ TechBreakfast: http://www.youtube.com/tekbreakfast


Any one know a good iOS youtube channel?

I only have http://www.youtube.com/user/rwenderlich



I think a HN show is a good idea but I'm not sure the Diggnation bro vibe is the right fit for most of the HN audience. At least I hope not.




For Python people, http://pyvideo.org/ aggregates videos from conferences and meetups.



More Mythbustery goodness.

https://www.youtube.com/user/testedcom





Thanks for those links, I didn't even knew I could find so interesting channels on YouTube! :-)


1Veritasium, SmarterEveryDay


Thank you so much, I've been looking for good YouTube channels!


Veritasium

Sixty Symbols

CGP Grey

ViHart

Smarter Every Day

The Brain Scoop

Vsauce

Numberphile

Crash Course

(Sorry for the lack of links, but that takes forever)

(And the formatting. I don't know how to make it \n)


I'm subscribed to ~200 youtube channels, and I highly recommend veritasium, Brady Haran's network, CGP Grey and minutephyics that others have already mentioned. Here are some other channels that don't seem to have been mentioned so far:

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TommyEdisonXP - A jovial and friendly blind guy, who talks about, and answers questions about, how it is to be blind:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TommyEdisonXP

Arvind Gupta - He makes simple toys out of cheap materials, and explains the physics behind the toys. He does this full time, and works to popularize science at a premier Astrophysics and Astronomy research institute in India.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7EcU7rC44DiS3RkfZzZMg

Grand Illusions - Like Arvind Gupta, this guy has collected toys and curiosities from around the world, and has dedicated a channel to document them:

https://www.youtube.com/user/henders007

Backyard Brains - They perform simple and interesting experiments on nervous systems of organisms:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCICLIvkj29GG63NpA3K2Elw

Bite Sci-zed - A brilliant science channel run by self-confessed science nerd, Alex Dainis:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzl8GEjZbjgtVj0ppupdBbg

smalin / Music Animation Machine - Brilliant, brilliant visualizations of western classical music pieces, that help you understand the structure of the music much better if you're a beginner:

http://www.youtube.com/user/smalin

http://www.musanim.com/

For example, see the 2nd movement from Beethoven's 9th symphony: http://www.youtube.com/user/smalin

Talking Animals - Human voices dubbed on viewer-submitted videos of pets. Funnier than you might expect!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCreVub8zOW6R2zg15FfBq4A

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I haven't sampled the following channels very well, but they seem promising.

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Backstage Science: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP16wb-IThCVvM8D-Xx8HXA

It's Okay to be Smart: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4BNI0-FOK2dMXoFtViWHw

Household Hacker: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4I6ldZ0jWe7vXpUVeVcpg

The Slo Mo Guys - As seen on TV: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUK0HBIBWgM2c4vsPhkYY4w

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Youtube "Leanback" for discovering channels and videos. Slick interface, but doesn't seem to surface quality content. Seems to just prioritize trending items.

https://www.youtube.com/tv#/menu/LNroot,0,LCdiscover,-2,LAba...


If short educational videos are your thing, here's a pretty comprehensive list of the highest quality channels out there:

(My personal favorites are Vsauce, Veritasium, SciShow, Crash Course & CPG Grey)

ASAPScience - Fun, short interesting facts/explanations https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC552Sd-3nyi_tk2BudLUzA

BigThink - Predominant people talking about interesting issues in short segments https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQECJukTDE2i6aCoMnS-Vg

CPG Grey - an awesome professor talking about interesting facts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2C_jShtL725hvbm1arSV9w

Computerphile - short videos explaining concepts in CS https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-y-6csu5WGm29I7JiwpnA

Crash Course - beautifully designed courses for several subjects segmented into short videos. Highly recommended! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q

Engineering explained - learn everything you wanted to know about car internals https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqhvGmHcvWL9w3R48t9QXQ

IFLScience - short science news updates https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOTgnW7oj9ZWDd2y5TEApw

Minute Earth - beautifully animated short science fact videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeiYXex_fwgYDonaTcSIk6w

Minute Physics - as above, but purely about physics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHW94eEFW7hkUMVaZz4eDg

SciShow - this was one of the first short science video channels - awesome. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYTClx2T1of7BRZ86-8fow

SciShow Space - as above, but about space https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrMePiHCWG4Vwqv3t7W9EFg

SixtySymbols - short videos talking about interesting symbols https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvBqzzvUBLCs8Y7Axb-jZew

SmarterEveryDay - awesome science explanation videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6107grRI4m0o2-emgoDnAA

Veritasium - very high quality science explanation videos - awesome guy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnyfMqiRRG1u-2MsSQLbXA

VSaurce - mindblowing videos, usually around 10m, taking you on a tour of interesting facts and ideas. Check out Vsauce2 & 3 too. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6nSFpj9HTCZ5t-N3Rm3-HA


Thank you for the recommendation though, to be clear, I never became a professor. Just a guy with an Internet connection.


Solidy in the 'other' category - any recommendations for kids?


It's not a channel, but there's lots of good ones here - http://thekidshouldseethis.com/


bookmarked. a lot of nice stuff in this thread


Music

Incredible indie singer, original songs and some ridiculously good covers https://www.youtube.com/user/mreebee3

https://www.youtube.com/user/ronaldjenkees

https://www.youtube.com/user/WindhamHillLovers

Retrogaming/computing (somehow I find these endlessly relaxing):

https://www.youtube.com/user/BalrogtheMaster

https://www.youtube.com/user/CartersRetroReviews

https://www.youtube.com/user/CGRundertow (the old videos where they cover the games are great and funny, they've moved their game content off of youtube due to overzealous copyright enforcement)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Chrontendo probably the most scholarly look at the NES ever made

https://www.youtube.com/user/ClanOfTheGrayWolf

https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures

https://www.youtube.com/user/euforiagaming

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrGameSack (incredibly well produced show)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Gamester81 (another great show, guy also produces his own Coleco games)

https://www.youtube.com/user/elmyrdehory

https://www.youtube.com/user/phreakindee

https://www.youtube.com/user/lukemorse1 (a retrogaming legend, lives in Japan an fixes up old arcade games)

https://www.youtube.com/user/MetalJesusRocks (one of the best produced shows around)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Polaventris

https://www.youtube.com/user/tezzaNZ

https://www.youtube.com/user/tntamusements

https://www.youtube.com/user/Yakumo1975

Foreign Travel - Asia

https://www.youtube.com/user/simonandmartina

https://www.youtube.com/user/EvannRachel

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom

https://www.youtube.com/user/arirangkorean





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