From the Actrix Online Informer May 2009

by Rob Zorn

A few more YouTube goodies

Last issue we provided a brief introduction to YouTube which has received some fairly good feedback. A number of people have made suggestions about great YouTube videos that could have been included. So, just for fun, I thought we'd highlight a few over the next few issues (or as long as interest lasts). If you've seen something great on YouTube you think others would like to see, let me know and send me a link:

These videos have not been imbedded here so you will need to click the link below each one.

Susan Boyle has recently burst onto the entertainment scene after appearing on Britain's Got Talent. The 47-year-old spinster wasn't given a chance because of her 'dowdy' appearance, but when she opened her mouth and began to sing, she moved most people in the house to tears.

This is rated the favourite David Attenborough moment. It's amazing footage of the Australian lyrebird mimicking other birds and a variety of sounds, including camera shutters, car alarms and the sound of chainsaws used by loggers to destroy its native habitat. Well-known British comedian, Bill Oddie (of The Goodies) features in the clip as well. Thanks for this one, Abi.

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
"Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, a ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope and a nice red uniform. Oh damn!"

"Confess, confess, CONFESS!!"

Fans of Whose Line is it anyway will love this one. It's Colin Mochrie doing the green screen, but this time the subject matter has a bit of a twist. The quality of this video isn't the best, but  it's good enough to let Mochrie's improvisational genius shine through.

Skydiving was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and I would love to do it again – but I don't think I would ever do it without a parachute, like mad Travis Pastrana. Thanks, Leigh, for suggesting this one. No adrenalin-crazed idiots got hurt in the making of this video.

Ryan enjoyed this YouTube video that shoes how ATM skimming happens. All you need is a little tech-savvy to pull this off, and there are plenty out there who could do it. According to the video, three million Americans each year fall victim to this scam.  

We all know that the Internet was invented for two main reasons: to cause and then help with computer problems and so that people can laugh at cats being cute. This video combines the two beautifully, and we can all relate to this little guy's frustration and eventual solution.

Originally my intention was to feature a video here about how to deliver a baby (see the Weird Wide Web under Cyberspace News Snippets, below). For reasons that are probably obvious, this turned out not to be such a good idea. So I've included this riveting video instead as an example of how you can find instructions on YouTube for just about anything.

This wonderful video from 1969 predicts what the Internet will be like 'in the future'. It's surprisingly accurate on many accounts, though the hardware is certainly different today – as are attitudes towards sexual equality. Thanks for this suggestion, Dave.

I know I'll be showing my age here, but this is one for Maxwell Smart fans, would you believe. It's more than seven minutes of bloopers that show just how much fun they must have been having during filming.


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