My favorite college professor was YouTube

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As I get ready to walk at my college graduation next week, I have more gratitude for one thing above all: YouTube. YouTube was my go to while doing homework, prepping for exams or just when I needed to refresh what a term meant.

It’s also the first place I go when I want to learn about a subject I don’t know a lot about. Time and again, YouTube has helped me understand concepts, offering numerous different explanations till I found one that clicked.

Sometime in high school, my Economics teacher introduced Keynesian economics to us with this video:

The video is a fun dramatization of the opposing philosophies of economists John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek, via rap battle. Before watching it, I didn’t know anything about either economist. Five years later and one Bachelor’s degree in Economics later, I continue to associate Keynes and Hayek with this video.

In my experience, YouTube’s biggest benefit is that it offers something to students with many different learning styles. Many students learn much better with visual aids, and animation can add significantly to that. Many students also prefer to learn at their own pace, and YouTube allows them to pause and return to the same video a number of times. I have had professors who I loved and who spent many hours helping me over email and office hours, but their in-class explanations just did not suit my learning style. Here, YouTube was able to bridge the gap.

Khan Academy is one of the most popular YouTube channels for education, and has evolved into a fully fledged independent platform and non profit organization. Sal Khan, the organization’s founder, started out making YouTube videos to tutor his cousins while working at a hedge fund. Sal has since educated millions of people around the world on a huge range of subjects. This video about Krebs cycle from 2009 is the channel’s most popular explainer video, with more than… is getting a redesign — here’s how to try it early

Google’s Material Design guidelines are finally coming to the YouTube desktop site. What does this mean? Lots and lots of white space. And an optional dark theme. That’s about it.

Functionally, the new looks a lot like the old, but the upcoming refresh looks cleaner, like the service’s existing mobile apps. You can try the new design early right here:

YouTube’s designers have…

How to Opt Into YouTube’s New Look, Including the New Dark Mode

A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode. Now, there’s an official way to opt into the new look.

The new look isn’t just about the dark mode. It’s also a whole new design for YouTube. That means Google is applying the Material Design seen on its other platforms. In this case, the navigation buttons get moved around a little, so you’ll do everything from the navigation…

Visual effects expert sells the hell out of old Suzuki

Visual effects expert sells the hell out of old Suzuki

Earlier this month, one Eugene Romanovsky posted a YouTube video showing off his 20-year-old Suzuki Vitara. Watch it and be amazed by the capabilities of a 96-horsepower engine:

I hope that altered Jurassic Park footage falls under fair use.

Of course the top comment is that the commercial must cost more than the car. I checked Kelley Blue…

How to Add Search Keywords to Safari for Faster, More Specific Searches

Most people use one search engine—Google, DuckDuckGo, etc.—to find things online. But sometimes you want to quickly search Amazon, ask a question of Wolfram Alpha, or find a video on YouTube, all without the extra step of going to that site first.

If you’re using Chrome, you can set up search keywords to search specific sites from the address bar. There’s no way to do that by default in Safari, but a free Safari extension called Safari Keyword Search makes it easy to search a number of sites. So typing y kittens in the address bar searches YouTube for kittens or typing wa warp 9 asks Wolfram Alpha how fast Warp 9 is.

Here’s how to set up this power, and how to customize it.

Installing Safari Keyword Search

We’ll be using an open-source extension called Safari Keyword Search to make this happen. Head to the Safari Keyword Search homepage and download the extension. It comes in the form of a .safariextz file.

Open the file and Safari will ask if you want to install it.

Click “Trust,” assuming that you do trust the extension. The source code is on GitHub if you’re interested.

Running a Search Using the Default Keywords

The extension, by default, supports 12 keywords. Put a keyword at the front…

Previously Classified Nuclear Test Videos Now on YouTube

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been analyzing old films of nuclear weapons tests, using more modern equipment to get more accurate data. As they go through the thousands of old films, they’ve found many hadn’t been properly stored for long-term preservation, so they are digitizing the collection. Physicist Greg Spriggs said that about 6500 films have been found, 750 have been declassified, and this week, 63 of them have been uploaded to YouTube.

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The goal in preserving and digitizing them, Spriggs said…

How to Find and Keep Up with All Your YouTube Subscriptions

It used to be so simple. If you liked a video, and wanted to see more videos like it, you’d click the “Subscribe” button. The next time that channel put out a video, you’d see it on the homepage.

But in 2017, there’s probably a few channels you love that you haven’t seen lately, and more than a few channels you hate-watched at some point showing up on your homepage constantly. What gives?

YouTube, in their wisdom, stopped showing users every video from every channel they’re subscribed to, replacing that simplicity with an algorithm designed to get you to watch as much content as possible. So you may or may not see a video from a channel you subscribe to on the homepage, depending on what kind of mood YouTube is in. It’s kind of like Facebook’s cryptic news feed algorithm, but for videos, and it means you might miss great videos from artists you love.

If you hate this, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are still a few ways to actually see your subscriptions.

Option One: Head to the Subscriptions Page

The simplest way to see only your subscriptions is to head to the Subscriptions page. There’s a link to this page on the YouTube homepage, shown above. The subscriptions page has the the latest videos from the channels you’re subscribed to, and nothing else.

I recommend creating a bookmark for, so that you’re never exposed to the homepage in the first place, but otherwise clicking “Subscriptions” works fine.

On mobile, there’s a subscriptions button you can press from the main screen of the app.

Sadly, there’s no way to make this screen the default, so you’ll just have to tap the button. A…