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« on: January 15, 2023, 01:11:09 PM »
Anyone got some good YT channels to suggest - I am quite allergic to the most common style, the bombastic 'Welcome back to the channel! Please like comment and subscribe it really helps us out!' etc etc.

I mostly enjoy travel stuff (so I don't have to, mostly), ASMRish, etc. Doesn't have to be in English.

What I'm looking for is down to earth, quieter...

A few channels I've enjoyed quite a lot for reference:

https://vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=GhtmIof43ok - this is a 3 hour summary of a year, Dutch guy renovating stone cottages in the Italian mountains, very very cool

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UCD2ilFnRMwvN6NmrBDYmLXQ

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UCoe9MkGZHpKQb9HxnlXDEsA - British guy converted his very small car to be a one man camper and got all the way to Iraq in it

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UC6v2P2MlDFdIrspuTnvFTfg

(These are 'Invidious' links, which bypasses all the Youtube tracking nonsense).

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2023, 08:44:32 AM »
TheSilentWatcher for lovely visual ambiance in the background while you work or meditate

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2023, 10:56:52 AM »
DH has started watching the Early American youtube channel as a wind down.  Mostly quiet cooking of very old recipes, crackling wood fire, with occasional chickens, cat, and sometimes a little conversation.  Often tagged ASMR.

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2023, 09:50:55 PM »
Anyone got some good YT channels to suggest - I am quite allergic to the most common style, the bombastic 'Welcome back to the channel! Please like comment and subscribe it really helps us out!' etc etc.

I mostly enjoy travel stuff (so I don't have to, mostly), ASMRish, etc. Doesn't have to be in English.

What I'm looking for is down to earth, quieter...

A few channels I've enjoyed quite a lot for reference:

https://vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=GhtmIof43ok - this is a 3 hour summary of a year, Dutch guy renovating stone cottages in the Italian mountains, very very cool

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UCD2ilFnRMwvN6NmrBDYmLXQ

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UCoe9MkGZHpKQb9HxnlXDEsA - British guy converted his very small car to be a one man camper and got all the way to Iraq in it

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UC6v2P2MlDFdIrspuTnvFTfg

(These are 'Invidious' links, which bypasses all the Youtube tracking nonsense).

That first video of that guy restoring those cabins might be one of the best videos I have ever watched

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2023, 02:35:17 AM »

https://vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=GhtmIof43ok - this is a 3 hour summary of a year, Dutch guy renovating stone cottages in the Italian mountains, very very cool


That first video of that guy restoring those cabins might be one of the best videos I have ever watched

Right?! He usually does a ~40 minute one every week but he's away now I think. Absolutely incredible! I love pretty much everything about it - the life purpose. Oh what do you do? I fix up my house, that's what I do.

I've been watching a Dutch guy and his Australian wife (mostly the guy) doing up a house in France, which is cool but very much 'wow that's a lot of tools and stuff' (https://vid.puffyan.us/playlist?list=PLJEjCQUKyjnwrCHmA3qMXNJ86yCC03tWq). So much time and money.

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2023, 02:35:44 AM »
Thanks for the other suggestions, will look through them!

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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2023, 06:02:26 AM »
It's not travel, but have you ever watched the Primitive Technology channel? Guy bought undeveloped land and is building stuff using only what he can accomplish with his hands and tools he can fashion from the environment. Absolutely zero dialogue (turn on CC if you want explanations).
https://www.youtube.com/@primitivetechnology9550/videos

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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2023, 06:42:49 AM »
PTF, as I have no suggestions and a lot to learn. Thank you!

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2023, 09:00:38 AM »
The Exploring Alternatives channel is great for this kind of stuff -- I first saw the Dutch guy in Italy on their channel:

https://vid.puffyan.us/channel/UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA

They find really interesting people doing interesting sustainably minded projects all over the world, and basically just follow them around with minimal dialogue.  Can't recommend highly enough.


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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2023, 10:51:19 AM »
Huge fan of Foresty Forest: https://www.youtube.com/@forestyforest

Simon, a Canadian, lives in his self-renovated van with his Jack Russell Terrier named Rocko. A typical episode is "Foresty" and Rocko climbing a mountain all day and then coming home to cook an amazing meal in the van. His drone footage is out of this world.

Light on talking and heavy on amazing scenery. For the past several years, he worked just enough to pay for taking time off to ride his fatwheel bike and hike up mountains. Absolutely no consumerism on this channel; for example, he makes space in his van to keep a sewing machine to make repairs to his clothes. They tend to focus on the Canadian and American Rockies. A typical episode is about 10-12 minutes.

Interested? Try this episode: https://youtu.be/x3HVmezwpcU
Don't miss the drone footage at 11:30
(This episode is before Rocko joined the team)


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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2023, 10:55:24 AM »
I'm just gonna throw together a name list of channels the household enjoys watching together. Some are more mellow than others. Forgive me for not including actual channel links.

Aging Wheels & Under Dunn - Weird tiny and electric cars and woodworking/maker channels from the same guy, Rob Dunn - sound caution since ASMR's been mentioned, he's a bit... bombastic, but the humor is excellent

Auralnauts - BEHOLD! THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN THE UNIVERSE! THE SINGULARITY ENGINNNEEEE!!! CAN YOU SEE ME NOW FATHER? YOU'LL NEVER LEAVE AGAIN! Culture remix and music channel. Come for the Jedi Party, stay for Banana Time, and then join the copper resistance

bigclivedotcom - Gentle, low-key electronics teardowns and reverse engineering

Calum - Deep dive research videos on historically curious and rarely discussed vehicles and technology, and restoration of old tools. His recent video on Jacques Cousteau's Calypso exploration ship is fascinating

Internet Historian - Deep dive research videos on (mostly modern/internet era) historically curious events with a heavy dose of humor

Jay Foreman - Random videos covering map oddities and facts about London... delivered with dry British humour

Ryan's Edits - Silly Star Trek stuff, mostly "intakes" like this

Technology Connections - Interesting deep dive videos on random bits of technology

The Tim Traveller - Short travel videos on weird transit oddities, abandoned locations and geographic pedantry delivered with humor and good music

This Old Tony - Machinist, metalworking and engineering with a sense of humor. Since ASMR is mentioned, he's got one of those videos (caution, not actually ASMR)

with trial & error - Baking and confection making channel

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2023, 11:17:29 AM »
Huge fan of Foresty Forest: https://www.youtube.com/@forestyforest

Simon, a Canadian, lives in his self-renovated van with his Jack Russell Terrier named Rocko. A typical episode is "Foresty" and Rocko climbing a mountain all day and then coming home to cook an amazing meal in the van. His drone footage is out of this world.

Light on talking and heavy on amazing scenery. For the past several years, he worked just enough to pay for taking time off to ride his fatwheel bike and hike up mountains. Absolutely no consumerism on this channel; for example, he makes space in his van to keep a sewing machine to make repairs to his clothes. They tend to focus on the Canadian and American Rockies. A typical episode is about 10-12 minutes.

Interested? Try this episode: https://youtu.be/x3HVmezwpcU
Don't miss the drone footage at 11:30
(This episode is before Rocko joined the team)

These are the times when I wish I were a man. Thank you for sharing his channel, this is so much my speed. Yesterday I watched someone bike a trail and it was ridiculously calming. I need to watch more things like this. I'm so glad when people take technology into nature and share it with us like this.

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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2023, 11:25:19 AM »
Huge fan of Foresty Forest: https://www.youtube.com/@forestyforest

Thanks, I have seen at least one of his before - somewhere in Nevada I think. Funny, I love Jack Russels, my wife is dead against them for some reason.

I'm not a fan of drones for some reason - possibly just that they are overused, but yeah some amazing scenery in that video! When they are used right they can show some really cool stuff. Canada really is another world... I'd have been eaten alive by all the bugs out there. 15 hours of hiking holy moly...

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2023, 11:39:28 AM »
It's not travel, but have you ever watched the Primitive Technology channel? Guy bought undeveloped land and is building stuff using only what he can accomplish with his hands and tools he can fashion from the environment. Absolutely zero dialogue (turn on CC if you want explanations).
https://www.youtube.com/@primitivetechnology9550/videos

Thanks - I think the travel thing might have been a red herring, it was just what I was watching a lot of.

https://vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=eesj3pJF3lA wow... that's pretty damn amazing... making a brick hut with... clay soil and fire and water. My goodness.

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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2023, 07:19:43 AM »
When I see some of these car camping channels now it really makes me wish I had have documented some of my adventures in the early 2010s on video.
Thanks everyone for all these links! Looks like lots of good watching.

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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2023, 11:37:00 AM »
Just reviving this thread. We've really gotten into Morts' channel from above so thanks for the recommendation. He definitely shows travel in far more realistic way than YouTubers often show, especially from an introvert's point of view.

I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations on channels that show renovations or interior design to apartments or houses that have inherently bad design to start with. I have a few interior design channels I am subscribed to, but often the starting house is some wonderous place that already has high celings and beautiful views over the city. I want to see what people do to apartments stuffed away in poorly lit basements or next to an abattoir or something lol (only because the apartment I bought when I was much younger is positioned right next to the driveway to the complex with views of a metal fence and a parking lot).

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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2023, 12:53:43 PM »
For films, I'd go with Omeleto. Very high-quality short films in many genres, and most have a twist.

https://www.youtube.com/@Omeleto

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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2023, 01:04:00 PM »
Primitive Technology and Veradona Restoration might interest you. Slight ASMR, little to no talking, interesting things happening.

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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2023, 06:38:04 PM »
I found this YouTube channel when searching for saving tips: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC20x27HKRuLpNTRdD5EBHLQ
I think it's a quite new channel, shares about almost everything that can help save money. 

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« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2023, 08:05:24 AM »
Can add my vote to the Dutch guy's channel (Martijn Doolard) where he renovates stone houses in Italy. His patience and commitment is incredible.

Another recommendation - Beau Miles - https://www.youtube.com/@BeauMiles
Started out with his kayaking vids in Africa and then he started doing some short theme based videos about random stuff with some athletic element in the center of the story. Like walking 100km to work, paddling to work, running a marathon 1 mile every hour while doing DIY projects at home, building office cabin from scrap wood. He brings frugality to the next level, and the humour is superb.

On the finance topic there's The Plain Bagel - https://www.youtube.com/@ThePlainBagel
Guy from Canada who works in finance explains market events and finance topics from a very neutral position but with a good humour. I really enjoy his videos.


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« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2023, 08:52:42 AM »
Travels by narrowboat - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOtQi5y0fYokVVJEJGlnvw
It's got to be the most chill travel log type show I've seen. A guy slowly puttering around the UK canal network occasionally throwing out a bit of the history or comments of the area as it slowly rolls by. No flashy nonsense or loud overly excited talking, no annoying background music. Just the passing scenery with the rhythmic sound of the engine and a little narration.

South Main Auto - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA
As a gear head that has mostly owned high mileage cars, this channel is gold. He goes into fascinating detail on the diagnostic process for crazy issues on modern cars. Incredibly useful, even for cars that I don't/won't own. He has a good sense of humor so even the mundane topics are pretty watchable.

Lehto's Law - https://www.youtube.com/@stevelehto
Steve Lehto is a lemon law lawyer that has done a lot of articles on various car blog sites I frequent and he provides a lot of interesting legal knowledge in a way that's digestible for normals. He posts videos on a wide range of legal news with explanations of the process and some hints on how things work in the background.


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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2023, 09:29:02 AM »
Yes, the Dutch guy - Martijn Doolaard - who renovates stone houses in the Italian Alps makes incredible videos. He also wrote a book, Two Years On A Bike: From Vancouver to Patagonia, that is an incredible read.

I recommend also:

Our Rich Journey - https://www.youtube.com/@OurRichJourney/about - about a family of four who reached FIRE (financial independence retire early) at the age of 39, retired early and moved to Lisbon, Portugal. They offer tips to help others do the same. Nice emphasis on teaching children the value of earning and managing money too.

Kirsten Dirksen - https://www.youtube.com/@kirstendirksen/about - Videos about simple living, self-sufficiency, small (and tiny) homes, backyard gardens (and livestock), alternative transport, DIY, craftsmanship, and philosophies of life.

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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2023, 05:24:30 AM »
I'm going to contribute a couple more we're enjoying:

Greg McCahon - https://www.youtube.com/@GregMcCahon
A relatively new channel chronicling a bikepacking ride from Alaska to Argentina. It's not a new adventure, but Greg and his Mexican partner Victoria are a joy to watch. The videos are well edited, without being flashy or too 'influencer-ish'.

Cara Nicole - https://www.youtube.com/@thefinancialfreedomgirl
Spoken essays on various subjects, particularly around consumerism. Her points, while they might seem obvious to many of us, are presented thoughtfully and in a way that appeals to a broad audience.

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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2023, 02:31:36 PM »
TheSilentWatcher for lovely visual ambiance in the background while you work or meditate

I use it too!

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« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2023, 04:16:56 PM »
I see Technology Connections up there, and would like to +1 that suggestion! I have learned so much about technology and electronics.

Somehow, I got into Defunctland, even though I don't care about Disney World or theme parks in general. He just makes really interesting long-form content. In the same vein, Jenny Nicholson has some of the funniest video essays I've ever seen, even though I don't care about most of the pop culture she gets into

Baumgartner Restoration for very relaxing long-form professional painting restoration videos.


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« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2023, 05:18:55 AM »
Ooh I like Defunctland. You may also like Bright Sun Films.

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« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2023, 07:03:18 PM »
You said it doesn't have to be in English, and therefore I present you with this:

https://www.youtube.com/@PACOLITERATURA2/videos

FRANZ LITERATURA is the name of the channel and he reads classic books, poetry, etc., a lot of which is stuff that you can't find anywhere in Spanish. It's really really good and if you don't like it I know someone else here will.

I spend a lot of time in Mexico, girlfriend is Mexican, found a great Huxley book that she never read that we were both able to enjoy as an audiobook thanks to this guy. He's got a pretty good voice too. Something like 700 or 800 videos of him reading (without showing him actually reading, of course.)

Hope you find it interesting. I'm going to see if I can post this in the book club somehow too if I can find a thread about audiobooks.

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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2024, 11:14:32 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/@campingwithsteve
Steve Wallis/Camping with Steve

A Canadian man who stealth camps in a variety of locations, or going on adventures like building his own pontoon boat out of plastic barrels, lumber and a pop-up gazebo. It's delightfully minimalist and very relaxing to watch, yet very entertaining.

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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2024, 02:00:30 PM »

Lehto's Law - https://www.youtube.com/@stevelehto
Steve Lehto is a lemon law lawyer that has done a lot of articles on various car blog sites I frequent and he provides a lot of interesting legal knowledge in a way that's digestible for normals. He posts videos on a wide range of legal news with explanations of the process and some hints on how things work in the background.

For fans of Lehto, you might also like "The civil rights lawyer," though admittedly the latter is a bit more aggressive/anti-police. https://www.youtube.com/@thecivilrightslawyer

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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2024, 05:24:55 AM »
Some folks might not like this channel because he's a logger falling trees, but what trees! Amazing location, incredible skill. They are doing helicopter logging up on Vancouver Island.
This guy is peak Canadian, he makes helicopter landing pads in the bush so he doesn't have to hike out at the end of the day, just rides back to camp.
My buddy is a retired faller in Oregon and he says Bjarne's channel is the best he's seen regarding this type of work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XG1iuiifnw

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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2024, 11:16:26 AM »
Gaming- Black Pants Legion. Their podcast is doing a Traveller game. Also goes with the Courtesy Flush.

Navy History- Dracfinel.

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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2024, 02:27:03 PM »
Lately I've gotten into Lab Muffin Beauty and Nile Red. Both are chemists, one focuses on beauty products and the other focuses on... turning gloves into hot sauce and stuff like that.

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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2024, 04:47:21 PM »
This is definitely not for everyone, but I have just started exploring the back-catalogue of this guy JREG and it's pretty incredible stuff. Generally oriented around satirizing political extremism and cultural trends through many layers of irony. Extremely dark comedy. A lot of it revolves around him acting extremely mentally unwell - which probably works artistically because there's a nugget of truth to it. Very Gen Z.
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« Reply #34 on: February 04, 2024, 03:03:09 PM »
Can add my vote to the Dutch guy's channel (Martijn Doolard) where he renovates stone houses in Italy. His patience and commitment is incredible.

Another recommendation - Beau Miles - https://www.youtube.com/@BeauMiles
Started out with his kayaking vids in Africa and then he started doing some short theme based videos about random stuff with some athletic element in the center of the story. Like walking 100km to work, paddling to work, running a marathon 1 mile every hour while doing DIY projects at home, building office cabin from scrap wood. He brings frugality to the next level, and the humour is superb.

On the finance topic there's The Plain Bagel - https://www.youtube.com/@ThePlainBagel
Guy from Canada who works in finance explains market events and finance topics from a very neutral position but with a good humour. I really enjoy his videos.

I'll echo the Beau Miles recommendation.  I just came across his videos and have really been enjoying them - a lot of mustachian values in practice in his videos. 

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« Reply #35 on: February 04, 2024, 11:41:45 PM »
I always recommend Ben Felix as the go-to channel about investing:
https://www.youtube.com/@BenFelixCSI/featured

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« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2024, 11:07:45 AM »
Thanks for this thread!  I never really watch anything on Youtube except for exercise videos, but I watched a bunch of that 3 hour stone cabin renovation yesterday and really enjoyed it.  I'll check out some of the other recommendations as well.

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« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2024, 01:16:09 PM »
Christian Williams on YouTube - he has a lot of great videos about his sailing adventures and projects.  This is really interesting to me as an aspiring sailor/cruiser.  While most sailing YouTubers are sailing on big, expensive, boats with correspondingly expensive gadgets, this is a nice change of pace because he has a relatively more simple boat and philosophy.  The pacing in the episodes is also slower.  He shows that there can be as much magic in sailing your local harbor as there is in voyaging to an exotic island.  With that being said, if you do want to go to that exotic island, his most popular videos are about sailing from LA to Hawaii in a safe, simple boat.

Very much a CBS Sunday Morning cadence/vibe.  No affiliate marketing or anything that I've detected so far, although sometimes that stuff can be subtle!  He is an author, and he mentions his books from time to time and reads samples which are quite cool.  I have yet to read any of the books but would like to.

Also, thanks OP for mentioning Invidious -- you can get the Playlet app for Roku TV and maybe some other devices as well so that you can watch YouTube without ads.  Life changing. 
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« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2024, 11:14:44 AM »
sorry I can't remember the name of the concept - but there are a whole bunch of these great videos where someone has put a camera on their head and they walk around in different parts of the world - and you feel like YOU are the one walking.  I think it's intended for people doing exercises to make them feel like they are walking or running in the actual place, but for me it's like going to the place and walking around including the alps.  It feels so different that watching a video 'about' a place.

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« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2024, 01:48:01 PM »
sorry I can't remember the name of the concept - but there are a whole bunch of these great videos where someone has put a camera on their head and they walk around in different parts of the world - and you feel like YOU are the one walking.  I think it's intended for people doing exercises to make them feel like they are walking or running in the actual place, but for me it's like going to the place and walking around including the alps.  It feels so different that watching a video 'about' a place.

Like this one?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaB2sXvRqgY

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« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2024, 02:51:36 PM »
This channel is one of my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/@ProWalks

Also look up "slow TV" on YouTube. Someone sticks a camera on a locomotive windshield and drives the train through a Scandinavian country in the winter or summer. Or they run an antique ship through the canal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXMtC8Kj-sQ


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