Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at some sites you’ll kick yourself for not visiting on a daily basis. CLICK ON TITLES TO VISIT THE SITES.
Comment: Called “The planetary knowledge core,” Infogalactic.com proves you don’t ever need to use W-pedia OR the g-word. Well, you can use the g-word if you want search results that prioritize sites which PAY the g-barons to place them higher than sites that are actually more relevant to your search. And unlike W-pedia, Infogalactic.com doesn’t allow fools with an axe to grind to “edit” entries.
Nature: Irreverent takes on pop culture … and mummies
Comment: C.A.P.S. stands for Comic Artist Pro Secrets but don’t let that specificity fool you. Van Sciver is like a new King of All Media in the way that he irreverently addresses any and every pop culture topic that enters his crosshairs (And I think we all know how painful that can be). Called “Caesar” and “Uncle Ethan” by his fans, EVS’s YT channel makes for addictive viewing and/or listening. The jovial genius embodies the old clichés like “you know him, you love him, you can’t live without him.” Balladeer’s Blog’s regulars know that I know funny, and Ethan is hilarious!
Nature: Social media
Comment: For social media without the fascism, intolerant mobs and censorship, you can’t beat Parler.com . Best of all THEY DON’T SHARE YOUR INFORMATION like the data farms run by those modern-day Robber Barons at Fakebook and elsewhere. If you value your privacy and want to be treated like an adult on social media THIS is where you want to be!
Nature: True crime stories in bite-sized chunks
Comment: Many people just love true crime stories – especially for maddeningly odd unsolved murders and disappearances. The main trouble is the repetition, which is why you NEED to be watching Criminally Listed at YT. It often seems that there are no longer any of those unsolved mysteries that haven’t been examined ad nauseum by any and every show out there. This is a site that features A LOT of fairly fresh material.
Nature: Reviews of superhero comic books and movies
Comment: “Zack” is the nickname of independent comic book legend Richard C Meyer. At this YT channel ya boi critiques colossally cringe-worthy comic books as well as old and new classics. Meyer’s brutally honest but profoundly insightful takes are short enough that viewers won’t grow bored, but are in-depth enough that you come away enlightened.
Nature: Independent short films
Comment: I’m amazed that I still encounter people who haven’t heard of Oats Studios. Their YT channel is filled with fascinating short films, usually science fiction or horror, with the occasional big name like Sigourney Weaver popping up. Rakka is my favorite item over at Oats Studios, but they have a nice variety so you can have fun finding favorites of your own. If you’re a wimp about gore effects proceed with caution.
Nature: Social media, blogging and vlogging
Comment: Minds.com lets you post videos, blogs, pictures and more. Best of all, rather than leech away at your creative output like Fakebook and others do, this site lets you EARN tokens based on what you post. Those tokens can then be used for upgrades or other options. In addition you can receive funds from your followers.
Nature: Star Wars, Star Trek, plus sci-fi and fantasy in general
Comment: If you look up the expression “High Energy” you’ll find a picture of Anna, That Star Wars Girl. This talented free-lance artist also applies her creative energies to dissecting movies and programs, especially anything involving Star Wars … or Henry Cavill taking off his shirt. Anna’s passion for her subject matter is contagious and she will keep you spellbound as she enthusiastically lays down the cinematic law.
Nature: Horror shorts, often with graphic violence
Comment: Crypt TV is a YT channel featuring original horror film shorts with a variety of deadly monsters. Many of the monsters are featured in ongoing stories that are a bit like ARG’s but with much better special effects. They’re addictive and stay in your mind long after you watch them. WARNING: THIS SITE IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE EASILY FRIGHTENED.
Nature: Irreverent takes on comic books and just about any other topic
Comment: Gutsy, iconoclastic and always willing to go where the timid fear to tread, the Centurions and Valkyries of War Campaign take no prisoners and leave no butts unkicked as they champion freedom of expression. And that’s especially regarding those independent comics creators who defy the narrow-minded corporate drones at the Big Two publishers. Not for the weak of heart.