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the problem i face is that i can't read all the time. with age, time away from the desk keeps going up just to keep reading. on the other hand, no one can listen to music all the time. you stop paying attention and switch on some furniture music. so i listen to lectures while exercising or eating.
this isn't the problem everyone i know irl face. since the shutdown began, they message me 'now we have to live like you'. my dad tells me 'nothing changes for you, shutdown or not.' certified reclusive wanker ova heah. people have a lot of time and they are spending it binging tv or worse, setting up a movie schedule for the month.
now the one thing you can't expect them to do is to read. this is not because they don't want to but that they are exhausted by it. the 'rona only emphasizes something so obvious we don't even consider it interesting anymore - never before in history have so many people presented themselves in text primarily to form the appearance of society (rather than speech and presence). everyone reads and writes so much just to keep up with each other, just to keep this going that keeping up with the dead is not even an issue.
also the frequency of calls has gone up so my problem becomes how to get bored people engaged in something long enough. youtube comes in handy here. admittedly, this is a long shot - imagine telling all your model girlfriends and fratboy 'i just wanna grill' friends, stuck at home with endless capitalist distractions, with no excuse if given homework, that they might need to upgrade themselves... and it is only a click away for free! hoping their indifference might lead to a curious click and then inertia might keep them going...
anyway, i slacked off a while back due to some meatspace obligations and now its too daunting to catch up with the discussions in the main forum. i've never made a thread so i thought it might be good to get ruthlessly criticized by everyone here for sharing a bunch of links that i could remember, sorted loosely. i am aware that the following list skews british; patrick stewart appears in three of the series. to avoid auto-embedding and making this page unwieldy, i had to format the links as code. please help me beseige my friends.

Economics


David Harvey’s Lectures on Grundrisse, Vol I & II of Capital  

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlpc6eFEd8otTpJdTobdj8Z8YRPqeyPI8[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0A7FFF28B99C1303[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA444E846FD59F94B[/video]

Anwar Shaikh’s lectures on Micro- and Macro-Economics (two semesters)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1uqxcCESK6B1juh_wnKoxftZCcqA1go[/video]


Philosophy


Moishe Postone on Marx - from Early works to Capital Vol. I Ch. 10

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdFFnqw07SdhR8gMSG2N0_9HoKl00vQAE[/video]

Raymond Geuss’ introduction to Marxism (for anglophones/natives)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtjwQ74cM2RxKnMbrJCktvTq-YCEjamoV[/video]

Rick Roderick’s Lectures on History of Philosophy, Neitzsche and 20th Century Philosophy
(ideally seen in that order)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6676C3E8A487FEE6[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA20B690583E9931C[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA34681B9BE88F5AA[/video]

Stephen Houlgate’s Lectures on Science of Logic (only covers till Infinity in book I, Doctrine of Being)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBAqLRlJe9p4sSXYnSVZUyVFeRFDFB4RR[/video]

Bryan Magee’s The Great Philosophers
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf0rWsvaclOKhJdRSYSldtQYvVRPidxKq[/video]


History (including BBC Dramas and Documentaries)


Christine Hayes’ Intro to Old Testament - Historical and Philological reconstruction of Site

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh9mgdi4rNeyuvTEbD-Ei0JdMUujXfyWi[/video]

Age of Napoleon Podcast (up till episode 24, the installation of the directory)
[url]https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ujkxu-4ed62/The-Age-of-Napoleon-Podcast[/url]

Franklin (history of Philadelphia using Cities Skylines)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwkSQD3vqK1Q4BP-itzN6gMpJBTsfPucy[/video]

Fall of Eagles (Drama about European monarchies between the revolutions of 1848 and WW1.
famous scene of Lenin explaining to Trotsky who is the enemy)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwgsQdeFyEnNkjESzH-0AXwJuX_wrS0_W[/video]



Spanish Civil War
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjWpieTJfY3TjfIlWdwX0mGvDB2BhZYHr[/video]

Cold War 1945-1991
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5e6wnPHowiO5LidRSCVnplwK1HWyXb7[/video]

Death of Yugoslavia
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJvRFxihL4d03IzmoxyhU1C-kn27lxVvB[/video]

(not on youtube: Guzman’s Battle of Chile and Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers)

Adam Curtis’ Pandora’s Box (History of 20th Century Science)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzdLxEEF43ABABQvkhcxych0_V3gJ-tbB[/video]

Curtis’ The Century of the Self (Psychoanalysis in the 20th Century)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLktPdpPFKHfoXRfTPOwyR8SG8EHLWOSj6[/video]

Robert Hughes’ Shock of the New (20th Century Art & Architecture)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFtSvldL7Mh4ismj4BgH33pBR9hbtBkxz[/video]

(not on youtube: Bronowski’s Ascent of Man and Burke’s The Day the Universe Changed,
both histories of science)

John Berger - Ways of Seeing (20th Century Art Criticism)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZR06JJWaJM[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wi8jd7aC4[/video]
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jTUebm73IY[/video]


Maths


Welch Labs - Imaginary Numbers are Real (masterpiece)

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiaHhY2iBX9g6KIvZ_703G3KJXapKkNaF[/video]

Visual Group Theory
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwV-9DG53NDxU337smpTwm6sef4x-SCLv[/video]

Colin McLarty’s Intro to Category Theory
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXfbw8dYLNY1Lz_IrhjtUt1W8_KNYd-MQ[/video]

Welch Labs - Neural Networks Demystified
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiaHhY2iBX9hdHaRr6b7XevZtgZRa1PoU[/video]

Welch Labs - Learning to See (also amazing)
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiaHhY2iBX9ihLasvE8BKnS2Xg8AhY6iV[/video]

Robert Miles - Concrete Problems in AI Safety
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqL14ZxTTA4fEp5ltiNinNHdkPuLK4778[/video]


Cosmology


Before the Big Bang

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ4zAUPI-qqqj2D8eSk7yoa4hnojoCR4m[/video]


Music


Leonard Bernstein - The Unanswered Question

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKiz0UZowP2V0mwtNv1lc1_zUSB2O65d7[/video]


Drama


John Barton - Playing Shakespeare

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLboSQWmG70j_S2nWkRlncZYW49nLeFKWj[/video]


Bonus


I CLVDIVS, possibly the greatest historical BBC Drama. John Hurt’s turn as Caligula is unhinged.

[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEjWO5ZEvW0eZMUUOJ9lnfdhgrGxp-0Hx[/video]

The Silk Road - 12 hours of Japanese travelling through Uyghur land (before the
neoliberal turn accompanied by the Islamic Reaction) listening to Japanese New Age.
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLILRQ_uVCaoOtZ6Q6egVvUyEMhbN7OG9y[/video]

All Chemical Elements in Order
[video]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7A1F4CF36C085DE1[/video]

Edited by slipdisco ()

#2
i am grateful for anyone actually going through this list and they should be rewarded.


plz play this at dawn



this one is best for afternoon
#3
well your most obvious mistake here, is using the video tag. whicj has been made antifunctional, you just post the link bare and that's the only way to make videos work
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招瑤 posted:

well your most obvious mistake here, is using the video tag. whicj has been made antifunctional, you just post the link bare and that's the only way to make videos work


the funny thing is even if you paste bare link within code containers, the auto-embed feature wraps each link with video tags

#6
nice. paging dr. cat, dr. cat can you make so video tags *only* work when theyre enclosed in code tags? actually make it so all tags only work inside code tags, since tags are code and it is polite to give content warnings
#7

slipdisco posted:

now the one thing you can't expect them to do is to read. this is not because they don't want to but that they are exhausted by it. the 'rona only emphasizes something so obvious we don't even consider it interesting anymore - never before in history have so many people presented themselves in text primarily to form the appearance of society (rather than speech and presence). everyone reads and writes so much just to keep up with each other, just to keep this going that keeping up with the dead is not even an issue.



I have a different idea of why people don't read. Your view is less cynical and I wish it was true. Yes, our text-based lives have multiplied the quantity of words. The quality, though, has become clipped and stuttering, scrolling through feeds, responding to blips and buzzes. I think it is these new ways of reading that have ruined our focus and patience. I find the idea of 'depleted energy' for reading to be a non-starter. Lately I've been thinking about the gaping hole of a concept that is 'energy', in the subjective sense, as in at the end of the day I only have the 'energy' to watch Netflix. It's will we lack, not energy. Using the energy metaphor allows us the excuse that it is finite, that it can be recharged via Bob's Burgers.

#8
What slipdisco said makes sense to me if you think about it in terms of the act of reading being tainted by its role as a mandatory social medium. I have no energy for voluntary reading - either for leisure or learning - because mandatory reading has burned me out. I found this to be true once I started my law studies, and all the mandatory reading that entails left me uninterested in reading for leisure, which I used to do voraciously. You can call it a matter of will - all the mandatory reading has sapped our 'will' - but I think this is semantic hair-splitting, and might actually be counterproductive, because it places emphasis on the the effort of the individual to overcome this lack of will, almost as a moral endeavour, when the solution may simply be to limit our use of and exposure to social media and other forms of text-based communication as much as possible, and redirect the 'energy' thus saved back into more worthwhile areas. Having said all of that, video is good.
#9
yes. the worst particular case i can think of is my friend who got into audio studio work and just can't listen to music for fun due to exhaustion and work habits. it is not a question of will but of time. yes it is the quantity of written communication that we indulge in that shapes our focus and attention but it can be changed quite quickly (in my experience 4-7 days for any habit or even addiction withdrawal).

Flying_horse_in_saudi_arabia posted:

and redirect the 'energy' thus saved back into more worthwhile areas. Having said all of that, video is good.


lol yes we should 'sublimate' more. text, video, audio, games - you know a good day is not just when you can balance all of them but you find a theme running through it all

#10
there is a theme running through all my posts, and the theme is Deez.
#11
I think its inescapably a moral question since it is one about how one ought to spend one's life, whether you use spiritual (will) or scientific language (energy, exposure) to describe it.

slipdisco posted:

lol yes we should 'sublimate' more. text, video, audio, games - you know a good day is not just when you can balance all of them but you find a theme running through it all



A good day for me is when I don't fool myself into seeing all these things as interchangeable. There are things worth reading and things that aren't. Ditto video. Music is healthy. Podcasts are pacifiers, even the 'smart' ones. Video games are all for children.

I've been reading William Burroughs:

"There are no opium cults. Opium is profane and quantitative like money. I have heard that there was once a beneficent non-habit-forming junk in India. It was called soma, and is pictured as a beautiful blue tide. If soma ever existed, the Pusher was there to bottle it and monopolize it and sell it and it turned into plain old-time JUNK."

#12
That's also true of killing your wife. It used to be a profane act of insanity, now it's just something guys do as a career move. Major Burroughs theme
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#14
I'm a fan of Ben Lucas Boysen!