I Like to Watch
One of the things I enjoy about the web is how pervasive video is becoming. TV Networks and Movie Studios are finally coming around to the idea of digitial distribution of their products, but leave it to the people to take matters into their own hands and make their own shows. Below are a few I watch regularly.
Hosted by Kevin Rose (former Tech TV host, creator of digg.com) and Alex Albrecht (also from Tech TV, G4), this show consists solely of the hosts sitting on a couch, drinking beer (a different brand each episode) and talking about some of the top stories posted on Digg.com. The guys are geeks, but they’re genuine and passionate about tech. It’s very informal and extremely low-budget, so watching this 45-60 minute show is sort of like hanging out with a couple of cool geeks.
Hosted by a guy who goes by the name “ZeFrank”, this daily (mon-fri) show features an unblinking Ze talking about whatever he wants. Sometimes, he’ll create a little song (he’s a talented songwriter) or discuss a strange project he’s launched (see: Earth Sandwich and I knows me some ugly myspace). Usually he’ll talk about current events, distilling complex subjects down to their core using a mix of humor and fact.
Everyone knows about Rocketboom. The (once?) big player in the “Vlog”, or video-blog world, it remains to be seen if Rocketboom will hold on to the title after the ugly split of not-so-ugly host Amanda Congdon. Many argue she defined Rocketboom and was responsible for its success.
I mentioned this one in an earlier post (“Getcho Drink Awn”) but it’s really worth watching if for nothing else than the dangerously attractive female third of the cast, Lala. Nevermind that it has decent prodution, a few laughs and some tasty drink recipes.
Ask a Ninja
Inconsistently funny as all hell but still worth checking out is Ask a Ninja, wherein a lone, slightly pudgy masked ninja sits in front of a simple, one color backdrop and answers viewer questions with outlandish, often hilarious responses. Done right, this guy could parlay his writing skills to television. He’s also involved with the not so funny one-trick-pony Hope is Emo.
More geeks! The two hosts also have former television backrgrounds (both from “The Screen Savers”, a well loved Tech TV show that has morphed over the years into the now unwatchable “Attack of the Show” on G4), but they’re decidedly more nerdy and less fun to watch. One of the hosts, Peter Norton, also has a very annoying anti-Microsoft lean, so listening to the jabs and pokes at the software giant can get old, but there’s still some good content here, usually in the form of hands-on product reviews.
This show is usally short, a few minutes long, and is less a show than it is a teeny tiny showcase for a particular artist (designer, painter, scultor, musician) or event. It’s a great place to see or hear some things you might not have come across otherwise and it’s length doesn’t require any huge investment of time. The regular Cool Hunting site is great as well.
What shows am I missing? Post the shows you enjoy in the comments.