Tag Archives: YouTube

Meltdown! A “Leave Britney Alone” for the 2010s

Meet social media “influencer” Jessy Taylor, who has a problem. Following complaints about Taylor’s racist postings, Instagram temporarily deleted her account. So she did what any sane and responsible media influencer would do, and called 911.

When the police failed to arrest Instagram or something, she published the following video on YouTube.

Warning: NSFW. Language, incredibly foul language, mental illness, gross stupidity, general obnoxiousness, and TMI. Oh, and did I mention language?

Some people have speculated that it’s all an attention-seeking act, but she doesn’t seem bright enough to open a can of cat food without help, let alone come up with that particular kind of scam. Nonetheless, the joke is ultimately on us, because the video has already been viewed more than a million times, probably earning her a significant amount of YouTube money.

But real or fake, this is the best YouTube meltdown since Chris Crocker’s unforgettable “Leave Britney Alone” performance back in September, 2007.

Warning: NSFW. Same reasons as above.

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15,000 Dominoes. You Know What Happens Next.

What is it that’s so fascinating about things like this?   I don’t know, but they’re sure fun to watch.

This one was built by Hevesh5, who describes herself as a professional Domino Artist.   (I didn’t know that was a thing, either.)  She designs and builds “intricate domino setups and chain reactions for your entertainment and for commercial projects.”

Building the triple spiral structure in the video took her 25 hours spread over eight days, and used 15,000 dominoes.   Even so, it’s not her biggest solo structure—one of her projects used 22,000 dominoes, and a group effort used 250,000.

She started building dominoes in 2009, after watching videos on YouTube, and posts new videos herself every Saturday at 1pm EST.


You’ve seen the fall of the dominoes .  Now watch them rise again:

Troye Sivan. Good Music, and a Brave New World

Troye Sivan is an immensely talented 20-year-old Australian singer/songwriter, actor, and New Media star (2.7 million Instagram followers, 3 million Twitter followers, and a YouTube channel with 208 million views).

When he was 18, he came out as gay to his 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, who were, as is usually the case these days, overwhelmingly supportive.

Last year, he released an EP called TRXYE, which included a haunting single called “Happy Little Pill”.  It has 19 million (and counting) YouTube views.

This September, he released another EP, this one called WILD.  Sales have been good, the reviews have been uniformly excellent, and he’s gotten a big boost from a surprising source:


Three of the six songs on the EP trace the relationship between two boys, which evolves from friendship into something more.  Here’s “Fools”, the middle song of the “Blue Neighborhood” triad.

Troye Sivan is about to start an eight-city US tour.  It sold out in under 30 minutes.


When I encounter something like this, it gives me mixed feelings.  On the one hand, it’s great to see a young artist who is free to be himself, and to live at a time when he needn’t repress his identity to succeed.

On the other, it makes me angry that it’s taken so long to get to that point.

Not for the first time, I’m confronted with the sad truth that I was born much too early.  The 21st Century is infinitely richer and more interesting than the 20th, which seems more primitive and repressive with each passing day.  From the Internet to the increase in cultural diversity to the decline of organized religion to the explosion of new media to the still-not-fast-enough fading of racism, sexism, and homophobia, to, even, the foodie revolution, it’s like Émile Coué was right after all:  “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”.

Things are just getting good, and I won’t be around to see how they turn out!

To paraphrase William Wordsworth,

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was would be very heaven!”

“Was it Something I Said?”

Uncut versions of the Channel 4 (UK) comical panel show Was it Something I Said?  have been posted to YouTube.   David Mitchell is the presenter, and the team captains are Richard (“Moss”, from The IT Crowd) Ayoade and Micky Flanagan.

If you enjoy the episode above, click the YouTube link to view the other seven episodes.

Audio is NSFW.