Where to begin? I’ve arranged my life in such a way that I have a ton of time, the majority of my work day, to watch/listen to videos/documentaries/speeches/you get the idea. I work from home, and my job is not, let’s say, mentally taxing, so I can type away happily listening to/watching my phone (just upgraded to an iPhone 6 Plus, woo hoo for the bigger screen but a hearty fuck you to the power button on the side!) and I fill my days with an ever-expanding wealth of knowledge. I switch topics and go on benders of specific topics for days or weeks or hours, whatever I feel like. I am in heaven.
I am a huge fan of documentaries. I also love a good debate, presentation, lecture, congressional hearing, whatevs. If there’s something to be learned/absorbed, I’m all about it. I have the luxury of watching 5 to 8 hour long presentations, and I sometimes do. Often when my work day ends, as my daughter walks in the door after school, I have a hard time pulling myself away from what I’m watching if it’s really good!
So that’s just a little background leading up to my latest obsession: Frank Zappa. I’m 40 fucking years old, how did I not know how amazing this guy was? Here’s how I got to where I am. I watched this:
(edit: the original video is gone from YouTube, but here’s a clip)
I had no idea Steve Allen was an author, I barely know of him as more than a media personality of anther era, I couldn’t tell you anything specific about him. So I searched for him after watching that video, and one of the videos that came up was an interview by Steve Allen of Frank Zappa. I didn’t watch it, but I did watch, of course, Frank Zappa exposing the Illuminati, when I saw that in the search results.
It ended up not being about the Illuminati at all, but a series of extremely interesting statements and laments by Zappa about the music industry, politics, and popular culture. I had no idea he was so fucking awesome. All I knew about Frank Zappa was that he made weird music, that I don’t know if I had ever even heard a bit of, and that he had testified in front of congress back when the issue of labeling music was being discussed. After that first video I went on a Zappa tear. I watched this this this this this this most of this, and I plan on watching this tomorrow. The best video by far was this gem…
Finally at the end of the day, I ended up back at the original video that started it all. Steve Allen and Frank Zappa. Amazing.
I sometimes say that I go to the University of YouTube. I know that sounds fucking corny and stupid, and most people think it’s mostly cats using the toilet and a billion music videos, but there is so much more than that. I liken it to sitting in a lecture hall in a top university. Only it’s free. Well, the cost of internet access and a computer, I guess. The reason I feel comfortable comparing watching YouTube to going to Yale is because guess what? You can watch lectures from Yale for free online. And MIT. And many other colleges and universities.
Of course, I’m just as likely to watch a lecture by Michael Cremo as I am by a Yale professor. And I make no apologies for that. If it weren’t for YouTube, I would probably not have been exposed to Manly P. Hall, Terrance McKenna, Anthony Sutton, Carroll Quigley, John Taylor Gato, just to name a few. I also would not have developed one of my other obsessions, Joe Rogan’s podcast. Joe Rogan has become like my own personal fact-checker. It’s kinda fucked up how many times I find myself researching something or someone and they come up as a guest on the podcast, or he discusses things I’m looking into. It’s awesome. I was randomly watching videos about leptin resistance because I saw a short video in my Facebook feed, and I am, well, getting fat, so in an attempt to not be so fat, I watched this video
It was pretty cool, and I would have bought his coffee, but it’s fucking $80, so yeah, not gonna happen. Then I was laying in bed that night and I remembered Joe Rogan mentioning that he was drinking coffee with grass-fed butter or something, so I literally googled Joe Rogan grass-fed butter coffee, and this came up…
It was actually a kinda negative commentary about the whole thing that I was kinda up on, but I was able to then watch Joe Rogan’s original interview with the guy. There’s a second interview, but I had didn’t need to watch it. I had enough info to go on, and I felt better informed about the whole thing because Joe Rogan had already gone down the path I was on. He’s actually a distributor of Dave Asprey’s products, but he had some issues/questions that he was voicing, and it was helpful and relevant to my life.
I could go on for days about Joe Rogan’s podcast. I didn’t even know he had a podcast, or how incredibly popular podcasts are right now, until I was searching for ever more videos of Sam Harris, an older, on-going obsession, and I came across Joe Rogan interviewing him. I knew Joe Rogan from News Radio, and I had watched Fear Factor many years ago, but I had no idea he was such a fucking cool guy, and he has this awesome podcast. He’s actually interviewed Sam Harris three times, I think, and I have so much more to say about those discussions, but that will have to be another time. I’m a huge Harris fangirl, but I think what I appreciate most about listening to him is that on the occasions where I might disagree with him, or see something differently than he does, it always spawns some very interesting thoughts and ideas in me, and I love it.
It’s thanks to Joe Rogan that I know about Graham Hancock and it was in that interview that I learned about John Anthony West, and Oh My God did I then watch approximately 8 hours straight of this awesomeness…
Joe Rogan even interviewed Stefan Molyneux, another guy I randomly found on YouTube a few years ago. I also need to expand on that whole nonsense between Stefan and Ana Kasparian and Adam Corolla. I love that shit, that back and forth between passionate people. But that will have to wait for another day.