Ravenblog: youtube vs. the tbr stack

What counts as ‘doing something productive” for you? My ‘problem’ with youtube is not that it is full of cute cat videos, humans-doing-something-stupid videos, and bad covers of the same songs everyone else covers. I rarely watch the first (aside from those adorable Henri le Chat Noir videos), I never watch the second, and while I browse music videos a lot (something I consider part of my job as a music blogger) I skip the covers unless I know the performers.

My problem with youtube is that there are so many seemingly legitimate ways I could spend my days on youtube, which means fewer books read and probably less online writing as well. A few nights ago I was feeling like watching fashion shows, like What Not to Wear, but of course finding the episodes online is challenging, and finding them without paying extra to watch them is tougher. Even the 2 seasons that were on Netflix streaming are set to be removed from the streaming catalog early next month.

So, I found a German fashion TV series to watch on youtube, free, and justified watching it by saying I am practicing my German. I do need to practice, cause all my languages are getting rusty, and thus I was not watching silly, girly fashion shows, but German television with a lot of familiar vocabulary.

Last night I wanted to watch something fiction, and my sister was already using netflix, so I couldn’t use it (we only have the basic single-screen plan, which I get to use only when she is not using it.) So, I browsed around youtube and discovered that BBC Chronicles of Narnia series that covers The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe AND Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair. Yes, I did watch the entire series last night. Tom Baker as Puddleglum is fantastic.

Meanwhile I have this nifty reading list, out of which I have finished only 2 books. For the month I may have finished close to 20 books, but not 23 for sure, so my book-a-day goal is looking sadly neglected this week.

What do you watch when you’re meant to be working on stuff?

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About Ravenmount

Independent science nerd/writer/music blogger/arts enthusiast/theorist currently in Colorado.
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