Tuesday

Hey guys! Here were are back at Tuesday and I’m back in the traditional, blogging at 06:30 and doing it with words, way. If any of you *did* jump on to the video last night (at least 10 people did over the streaming time, I think) thank you so much. It cheers me up when I see people watching, I have a feeling a lot of viewers realised I wasn’t a buxom blonde and they turned off at this realisation. If you missed it and you want to spend an hour of your life listening to a madman talk then you can check it out here. After that one I did a quick 35 minute playthrough of Firewatch that you can see here. Again, madman with a mic!

If you do/did watch either of these videos really want to hear what you thought about it. What you liked. What you disliked. What I could do better. How I could improve. I won’t be able to learn without getting feedback. 

I still can’t be a buxom blonde though! I’ll leave that to Jessica Nigri. 

So, Tuesdays are all about my top ten something or other so today I’m going to do my top ten mindless to shows. These are the shows that you don’t need to pay much attention to, you just have them on in the background while you do other things. The end of the episode rarely carries over to another one. Everything is nice and neatly wrapped up and it doesn’t really matter which order you watch the episodes in. They’re also great for when you’re sick and just want to zone out! So here they are in no particular order:

  • Friends
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Cheers
  • Frasier
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • That ’70s Show
  • Psych
  • The Simpsons
  • American Dad
  • QI

I’m not going to go into loads of detail on them as you’re probably aware of the shows themselves but I will say a little something. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

  

The first show of this kind for me. Yes, there are story arcs and people change but you could watch the first episode then the hundredth episode and you really wouldn’t’ve missed much to do with character development. Great, mindless show.

The Big Bang Theory

 
I’ve stated my love for this show before so I’ll keep this brief. Really the same as friends in that if you skipped a load of episodes you wouldn’t be missing out. 

Cheers

 

Here’s a golden oldie for you! A show from the time when they had to say “Cheers is filmed in front of a live studio audience” at the start of the show. Great characters, great atmosphere, great bar! It also leads on nicely to…

Frasier 

 

The spin-off of Cheers and in its way much funnier. Who can’t associate with the Crane brothers when they want something just right and then lose it because of their own fault!? Love this show!

3rd Rock from the Sun

 

From one balding man to another. The stories of 4 aliens landing on earth undercover could have been the thing of nightmares but is instead hilarious. John Lithgow is one of the finest comedic actors I’ve seen, watch him in Dexter for a completely different and quite scary character. 

That ’70s Show

A group of teens in the ’70s growing up. I can associate with the growing up part but I always wondered if people who were teens in the ’70s would be able to appreciate it that little bit more. 

Psych

The only show on here that’s over 1/2 an hour. It’s fantastic. The basic premise is The Mentalist, but funny. Psych actually came out about 3 years before The Mentalist so the premise the would’ve been ‘hyper observant guy fakes being a psychic to the Santa Barbara PD to avoid doing jail time. Snowballs from there.’ If that doesn’t sound awesome then I’m explaining it wrong!

The Simpsons 

 

A list of mindless shows wouldn’t be complete without this gem. It’s declined in quality steadily over the last few years but the earlier episodes are just gold. There’s a fan theory that when Bart put Homer in a coma, in one of the early clip shows, Home never woke up. That’s why from then all the plots are ridiculous. 

American Dad!

This is where I tear readership in half. I prefer American Dad to Family Guy. The only character from Family Guy I prefer is Stewie, all the others are much better. Stan>Peter, Francine>Lois, Roger>Brian, American Dad>Family Guy. 

QI (Quite Interesting)

 

A quiz show with a difference. A deceitfully obvious question is asked. For example “What is Michael J Fox’s middle name?” You lose points for an obvious answer (in this case things like John, James, Julia etc.) gain a few points for the right answer (Andrew) but even more points for an interesting story or a funny joke on the subject. The earlier seasons were better when the contestants weren’t so ‘wide’ to it. Now they tend to avoid the klaxon answers, which is disappointing. So there we have it. Top Ten Tuesday has come and gone. By this time next year I’ll be able to do a Top Ten Tuesday about Top Ten Tuesdays! 

Until tomorrow! I’ll love you and leave you!

-Luke

A Killing Moon – Nouvelle Vague

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How do I get better sleep and the first Top Ten Tuesday!

I was pretty sure I was going to run into Pyramid Head on my way to the ferry this morning!

  
It’s not just dark, there’s a lot of fog. 

  
This one’s a little shakier as I was walking while I took it but it gives you an idea nonetheless. 

To be honest though, after the way I slept I would’ve just blown Pyramid Head off. “Screw you, ya freak! It’s too early for your crap!” So before I get on with Top Ten Tuesday I wanted to ask, why do I wake up in the middle of the night?

I wake up at 6am every morning so I’m usually asleep by 22:00 the night before to get a full 8 hours but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night. Nothing’s changed about my night time routine. I’ve been going to sleep and getting up at this time for at least six months. My first reaction is I need to exercise more, and it used to be the case that after going to the gym I slept like a baby. But I go to the gym 3 times a week and I have a personal trainer who makes sure that I’m exhausted at the end of it and I still wake up in the night! Nothing’s changed in my personal or working life that’s causing me stress to wake up. I’m not having nightmares, I don’t even think I get deep enough sleep to dream! So any advice would be great!

But, without further ado we have the first ‘Top Ten Tiesday’ (I love alliteration!) 

Every week I give my opinion as to what the top ten somethings are. Usually in a random order as I write these at six am and can’t be doing with the thinking this early!!

This Week: Top Ten YouTube Channels

These ten can be broken down to: Education, Music, Entertainment so that’s how I’ll go through them. 

Education (But really Edu-taiment!!):

The Good Stuff – A show so good that as of writing this it is the ONLY thing I support on Patreon. Every week they have a video based on a playlist which gives you a basic understanding of something. For example, the last playlist was ‘Secrets’ and the videos were about hackers, secrets, conspiracies, etc. They even went to Area 51. The two guys who host it are great as well. 

Mental Floss – Another great show but not quite as in depth as The Good Stuff. Their list show is quite literally that, a big list. Every week they do have ‘The Big Question’ which answers one question in a little more detail. 

Because Science – I’m not referencing the whole of Nerdist because I don’t watch it as much as this. Taking pop culture and explaining its science side. 

Comics Explained – I don’t think I need to explain this. If you don’t get it from the title shame on you. 

Music

Rob Scallon – This guy’s awesome and you can hear his music on ‘The Good Stuff’ too. Must recently he covered Rage Against the Machine on a shovel. Yes, a shovel. No, that is not slang. 

The Honest Guys – I’m gona throw these guys in music because they do make music but not like you’d think. They make guided meditation things and they’re invaluable for getting me to sleep in the first place, I’ve been using their channel for possibly years. 

331 Erock – Kind of the metal version of ‘Because Science’. Takes Pop Culture songs and TV Themes and makes a metal version of them. His Metal Doctor Who is phenomenal!

Entertainment (No Edu in sight!) 

Outside Xbox – A gaming channel that is funny and informative. Their topic shows such as ‘The Top 8 Schools you’re glad you didn’t go to’ or ‘The Top 10 video game characters that definitely won’t betray you’ are really funny. 

Death Battle – Same as Nerdit I don’t watch much else from this channel but the basic premise is they take two characters from different franchises, analysis their stats and have them fight. Very well done. 

World of Longplays – Is basically just playthroughs of video games. Not that fantastic compared to some of the other things on this list, but the biggest draw for me is that they have all the Monkey Island games on there and as the remastered are out of the App Store, ScummVM doesn’t work on ios9, and good luck finding a copy of 4 to play, they let me play vicariously. 

So there you have it. My Top Ten YouTube Channels. If you haven’t seen them I recommend watching them (that’s why I put links in!) What do you think? Do you have a channel you think I’d like? Do you watch some of the Channels I’ve listed? Maybe you did and you didn’t like them? Either way tell me your ideas in the comments.

-Luke 🙂