Another September has rolled around, and still no letter from Hogwarts has arrived at TenEighty HQ.
You’d think we’d be over it by now, but apparently not. We all know Hogwarts exists, but it appears we’re just not magical enough. That, or the owls have gotten lost again en route to our offices. Those pesky owls.
And so, whilst everyone gets themselves back to school/college/university, we’ll just stay here, putting together Weekly Round-Ups for you. Just waiting for that owl to come.
Internet Love – Original Song – LukeIsNotSexy
We all have a deep sense of appreciation for the internet, but we can’t say we’ve ever written a song about it. Luckily for us, Luke Cutforth has stepped into that role with this 100% serious ode to his WiFi router.
We too have fond memories of the dial-up tone from the early noughties (oops, our age is showing…), and we too feel that frustration when our internet just won’t connect. But in all honesty, we’ve been hoping for another parody song from Luke since his A Song About A Girl, which we’ve only just got out of our heads.
Everyone’s Channel Is Dying – Lucy Moon
There’s been a lot of talk about YouTube and “success” in recent weeks. Having recently graduated from the latest YouTube NextUp class, Lucy Moon has made a great video about her thoughts on success and creativity on YouTube.
It seems like this is going to become an ongoing conversation, both on and off the platform, and we are certainly interested to see if and how it changes attitudes and content. We do agree with Lucy’s philosophy, though: make what you enjoy to the best of your ability, and people will watch what they enjoy.
“Phosphenes” (Original) – Phill Vidler
We do love it when a new original song crops up in our subscription feeds, and this one from Phill Vidler is just what’s needed in the stressful early weeks of going back to our regular non-summer-holiday lives when all we want to do is chill out.
Also, FYI: a phosphene is “a phenomenon characterised by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye”. Or so Wikipedia tells us…
All About Depression (with Kati Morton) – DarkSquidge
A quick search on YouTube will throw plenty of videos about depression at you – in particular, lots of personal experiences and advice – and it’s certainly something that Tom Ridgewell has spoken about before in his videos. This time, he’s teamed up with US-based YouTuber and mental health professional Kati Morton to provide some professional opinions and practical advice for dealing with depression.
Plenty of really valuable information is imparted in this Q&A, aimed at both people suffering with depression and friends and family who are looking for ways to support their loved ones through a difficult time.
Summer Utopia – A Poem About Summer in the City – ThatGingerBrit
Just when we thought we’d shaken off the last of our Summer in the City blues, along came Greg Morrison with this lovely little poem/video montage combo focussing on the positives that an event like SitC (and Team Internet in general!) brings.
It is so very millennial, but Greg has managed to capture the positivity and warm fuzzy feelings that we get from events like Summer in the City, where we see people meeting up with internet friends from far and wide and connecting with each other over this weird and wonderful community that we all have in common.
Still holding onto that last bit of summer before you face reality? We feel you. Here’s a few more vids to keep you distracted!
Following Lucy’s video about YouTube, Niki and Sammy Albon have decided to pitch in with their thoughts, and talked about the issues they’ve faced, especially when it comes to creating the content they enjoy. We say go and do what makes you happy!