Monday, April 27, 2009

Late to the Party

Okay, this has nothing at all to do with killing chickens or shearing sheep or planting seeds or anything related to the country at all. I suspect this may be a relief for some of you. Anyway, onward . . .

So, I have now seen the movie "Twilight." I never read any of the books and knew nothing at all about the story or the movie, except that the people at the village library I volunteer in never shut up about it. And then said library got in a copy of the movie, so I checked it out and watched it. The movie really wasn't bad, though the smoldering looks got to be a little much at times.

BUT, the point is that there was this one song in it, during the pseudo-death scene, that I really liked. I wanted to know who sang it. Used to be, before the wonder of the Internet, I would have to sit through all the credits, amusing myself with bizarre names and words like "gaffer," before the song credits rolled at the very, very end. I used to do this a lot, because I pay attention to the songs in movies. But now? Now I just jump on Google and type in "twilight movie song Bella dying" and it tells me that song is called, "Let Me Sign," and is performed by none other than Robert Pattinson, who is the actor playing the lead role of the teenage vampire in the movie. Google also linked me to YouTube. And there I stayed for at least an hour.

I'm not a YouTube person (a YouTuber?). A. actually really likes it, mostly for videos about sheep shearing and playing with welding torches. It seems YouTube has something for everyone.

BUT ANYWAY.

I had never looked at YouTube much. But I discovered when the Google link sent me to this video thing that for one, I really like Robert Pattinson's style of singing, despite the fact that he gets a little experimental with his voice and sometimes ends up sounding like a caterwauling cat (this is my favorite song of his, with thankfully no caterwauling). And for two, YouTube seems to be exclusively populated by 11-year-old girls who want to marry Robert Pattinson.

Okay, that second one isn't strictly true, it was just because of the subject I happened to be looking at. But seriously. There are only about five songs of his that have been recorded, mostly at live shows, but those five songs were used OVER AND OVER AND OVER for endless montages of Robert Pattinson video clips and photos. One was even titled "Robert Pattinson, will you marry me?"

This is . . . bizarre, isn't it? Even more bizarre? YouTube allows comments for all the videos. So if you scroll through the comments on these things, the WHOLE THING is a series of "OMG, HE'S SO HOT!! LOL!!!!" But I spent a good half an hour clicking through all the similar links on YouTube and reading these comments. It's a fascinating linguistic study, actually. And pretty hilarious, too.

So tell me, duckies, since I'm new to the YouTube party: What's your biggest time-sucking subject on YouTube? Monster trucks? Cooking demos? Music? Feel free to post links, so I can waste more time online than I already do.

Thank you for your cooperation.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I missed it along the way,if you mentioned it before, you volunteer at the village library? Cool.

Garden Pheenix said...

Aaahaha. It's always funny to see a noobs reaction to interwebz realities ;c)

Youtube can be seriously addictive. In fact it is because of youtube that I discovered permaculture, homesteading, organic gardening techniques, etc. Over the weekend I typed in No Dig Gardens and spent HOURS watching the vids.

Other then that I love watching funny vids and time lapse vids. Awesome stuff.

One time my best friend and I spent a horrified hour of watching people popping their cysts and zits on youtube, I kid you not. I should be embarrassed about that but I'm not lol.

;c)

Susan said...

I love the videos of babies laughing. Absolutely the cure for my blues some days. Oh, and the sleepwalking dogs, of course.

Drew Kime said...

Oh God no, I'm not going to give you links. That would mean I'd have to go there. And I have work to do today, so no ... I won't be going to YouTube for you.

Phoo-D said...

SNL and Dave Chappelle clips - we can watch them for hours and hours.

CountryMidwife said...

Various live performances by your favorite musicians.... things you'd NEVER otherwise get to see. Live Grateful Dead shows from the 70's!!!!

Krysta said...

god do i hate robert... he looks like a chick...

as for time suckers... tetris on facebook, amazon just looking at books and wiki... yes wiki! i'm a girl who likes to read encyclopedias so never have me look up anything on wiki because i'll look that up and then i'll hit every link and all the links that link to that.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I spend very little time on Youtube, usually just the links that somebody sends to me. But my 13-year-old spends hours, searching things like "wicked bike crashes" and "skateboarding dogs."

Tami bami wami said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc0_OZNYnOo

try this one if you don't mind lesbian humor.

Sarah said...

I love looking at foreign cartoons for children. I feel like American children have really gotten the shaft with Barney and such (sorry if you are huge Barney fan)...the foreign ones are awesome! I know this is strange, especially considering I don't even have children. sometimes I need some good innocent fun!
(pocoyo is my favorite!)

Susan said...

This is Leningrad Cowboys (a Finnish rock band) singing Sweet Home Alabama. For this the internet was invented:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lNFRLrP014

Drew Kime said...

You under-sold that clip, Susan. It's the Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir! Currently tops on my list of shows I'd like to attend live.

Sweet Bird said...

My husbands cousin nagged me into reading the Twilight books and seeing the first movie. I must admit, that for teenage heartthrob drivel it was quite entertaining.

Plus, when you're stuck on a plane for hours and hours you'll read anything, right?

Robert Pattinson is rather delicious in the movie, though outside of it he looks rather...well..douche-y.

I'm a big fan of Youtube for funny cat videos and music I can't find on my iPod anymore because I suck at organizing. Particularly classical that I can watch someone performing, like Bach or Chopin.

Beth said...

I found Barenaked Ladies Bathroom series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJiqcu9F3yc&NR=1 I spent an entire afternoon there. If you like their music then go check it out. Otherwise I rarely go to youtube.

Okay, I did see a few cool cooking sites.