Don’t Forget Your Overtime

I just want to make sure you know that YouTube offers extra footage of some of the TV shows you love so much. Both “60 Minutes” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” have segments on YouTube called Overtime which give you informal interviews and a behind the scenes look at the topics of the day.

I don’t know all the TV shows that offer this YouTube feature, but I suggest you do a search. All you have to do is put the name of your favorite TV show in the search bar on YouTube, and then scroll through the segments. You will see the extra options. Enjoy the extras.

Overtime 60 Minutes

Overtime with Bill Maher

Thank you @chucktodd for making sure @MeetThePress posted #metoo⁠ ⁠ Sunday, October 7, 2018, on Youtube. I really appreciate it.

I Stand Corrected

Silent Broadcasting

There is a new trend in TV news broadcasting that is going to make you shake your head in disbelief. Even though I am showing you FOX examples, this is true for a few networks.

TV networks are now producing news segments without any hosts. That means no talking, no live spokespeople, and no narrators. Seems crazy? Let me tell you why.

The younger generation watches the news on their electronic devices without any sound. They usually hang out in areas where they can’t hear anything anyway (school cafeteria, gym, the train), so they just watch TV in silence. There are times when they can access closed-captioning, or some kind of corresponding texts.

If they can’t, it doesn’t phase them a bit. They just watch the news in silence. Some of the most observant TV news executives decided to capitalize on this new development. They are now producing news segments with text captioning, and no verbal explanation. No need for human presence on the screen. This new format saves money and gives the kids what they want.

Click on the links below to see actual examples.

Happy Anniversary YouTube

Ten years ago this week, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Company co-founder Jawed Karim, posted his trip to the zoo. Owned by Google, YouTube has 1 billion users uploading 300 hours of video a minute

Photos from the reading of David Steven Simon’s new play, Grave Doubts, at Ripley-Grier Studios.


YouTube Debuts “The Creator Show”

The genius of YouTube is so overwhelming. There are endless opportunities for all of us who want to be educated or entertained. I don’t think enough senior folks understand its true value.

There is a YouTube video for almost any topic you could ever want to know about. Just try typing in an esoteric topic in the YouTube search box and I guarantee there are several videos that will explain the subject or exact information to you in great detail.

Now YouTube is producing a show called, “The Creator Show” that will give new features and tips for anyone who wants to create a video. YouTube producer Rob Polonsky came up with the concept because he feels the video community is always interested in more creative ideas. He has cast prominent YouTubers who serve as educators. The twice-monthly series will feature such YouTube stars as Grace Helbig and PrankvsPrank who talk about their projects, creative process and experiences on (and off) the video platform

Digiday, a marketing newsletter, reported that “The YouTube Creators channel has around 97,000 subscribers. The first “Creator Show” episode, released last month, has roughly 13,000 views so far, while the second episode, released last week, has already racked up 18,000. Both were shot at the New York YouTube Space, but future episodes will venture to other YouTube Spaces and events around the world.”

I’m Going To Make You Laugh, Then Cry

I can’t help myself. I had to share these two YouTube videos with you. I found them so precious. The first one was posted on Facebook and my friend Russ Rowland managed to lift it off for me so I can post it here. Thank you Russ. The little boy in the video reminds me of my nephew’s son who once fell asleep on the back of his father’s bicycle. This is just one of life’s rare moments.

The next video is a reunion that made me weep. Fifty years ago, I used to go with my mother to the airport to pick up family and friends visiting us. While we waited, we loved sitting at the gate watching people cry when they were reunited with their families or being separated for some unknown reason. It was so emotional for us and we didn’t even know the people.

Starting Your Week With Two Amazing Videos

I had to share these two videos with you because they are absolutely amazing. It’s also amazing that you can hear about two events during a conversation and then find them on YouTube by just using the proper keywords. We live in such a different world than our parents. I wonder if they would have liked the Internet?

The first is a motorcycle race with an unbelievable ending. Don’t miss it. I think everyone lived. The second is a segment from the Ellen Show that is going to blow your mind. Get ready, set, click.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate my friends Gail (Goldman) and Eric Schneider on their Torah dedication today at the Chabad House. It was a wonderful ceremony. Mazel Tov and thank you for inviting us.

Times have changed. I loved when the Rabbi announced that the ceremony was about to start and now was the time to shutdown Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He wanted everyone focused on the signing of the Torah. I thought to myself, “That’s a pretty hip Rabbi.”



YouTube Continues To Evolve

YouTube is becoming much more user friendly. I always thought it was user friendly, but I guess its owner, Google, is determined to make it even more so. It wants YouTube to become as popular as television.

We already know that well-known personalities plus average people on-the-street have created their own channels with original content. Some of them, including Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers, are getting a lot of notoriety,

Now, YouTube wants to make sure that everyone is completely up-to-date on all of its features. To keep its “creators” (that’s you) better informed, YouTube plans to release regular “Creator Preview” videos that cover all of the changes. Please watch the first video above.

A new Creative Preview app will also allow users to manage features on their mobile devices. That’s great news for people like me. I use my smartphone for everything. I barely touch my laptop or iPad.

The biggest news is that YouTube is going into the Crowdfunding business. Viewers will be allowed to contribute money directly to YouTube creators. That is going to be big competition for Kickstarter and Indiegogo. For example, if I wanted to start a YouTube show called “I love Lois,” I could raise money for the project right on my YouTube page. Everything contained in one spot.

That is pretty amazing. I predict that YouTube is going to change the entire world of entertainment now that it is giving users many more tools to create , get exposure, and attract supporters.

I hope many more people my age take advantage of what YouTube has to offer. Now is the time to finally express yourself.

The Future Of YouTube


Susan Wojcicki
YouTube, CEO

Happy Passover

I read the most interesting story about YouTube today and wanted to share it with you. Simply click here to get all of the details.

YouTube is really an amazing resource. Everything and anything you could possibly want to learn about is on it. All you have to do is search the topic and extensive videos with the utmost explanation pop up. The ones with the most views are listed first.

That is just the beginning of what this format is all about. Susan Wojcicki, the new CEO of YouTube, has every intention of turning the video channel into a major platform for education and entertainment.

By the way, Wojcicki has quite the history herself. She is considered one of the most important people in advertising by the marketing industry. Her real claim to fame is that she was the one who provided the office space in her garage in Menlo Park, CA, so that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin could start their business. Her sister, Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, is married to Sergey Brin. She is married to Google executive Dennis Troper and they have four children.

Wojcicki’s mission over the next few years is to make the original programming on YouTube as famous as some of our favorite TV shows. She hopes to turn the talent on these programs into into major household names.

This is going to be a fascinating journey and a great opportunity for all of us to watch the beginning of a whole new avenue in entertainment and education emerge. Stay tuned.

We Forget What It Takes To Be a Star

The next time one of your kids or grandkids tells you they have a dream, be careful how you respond. He or she just may be the one who will be supporting you in your old age.

YouTube recently profiled some of the biggest stars in Hollywood when they were just starting out. Mashable wrote about it as well. I wanted to share it with you as sort of a reality check. We forget how hard some people work in order to achieve success.

I am working on several digital projects where people expect to be overnight sensations. They don’t understand the sweat and determination others have put into their crafts. The founders of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and Yahoo gave up years of their personal lives to be where they are today.

And that never stops. It’s all a matter of lifestyle and preferences. Just remember, the advice you offer young people in your life has a long lasting effect. Your word carries a lot of weight. It’ll be to be interesting to see their final choices.

1) Lady Gaga performing at NYU’s annual talent show.

2) Louis C.K. at a Boston standup.

3) Justin Timberlake on “Star Search.”

4) Angelina Jolie in her first movie,1982.

5) Scarlett Johannson in an audition tape.

6) Fergie on “Kids Incorporated.”

7) Ryan Gosling on “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

8) Beyonce Knowles in the group Girl’s Tyme.

9) A young Kirsten Stewart in a commercial.

Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator

This is what I call innovative. I have always loved treehouses. Being a city kid, I rarely got to visit one. When I did, I just loved the panoramic view from above. It was all about fantasy.

My last treehouse visit was about two years ago at a home of Terri Weinstein in Coral Gables, Florida. It was very difficult to capture the structure in a photo because it was covered with branches and leaves. Getting up there was an experience. I think I still have some faded cuts.

There was no question about it. Once you were up there, the view was dreamy. You got the best view of the garden and the use of coral throughout the patio and pool area. We hung out for just enough time to truly remember why treehouses are just so much fun. Getting down was just as painful as going up.

Inventor Ethan Schlusser has a better alternative. He uses bike pedals that are connected to a pulley system to lift himself 30 feet up in the air. When he gets to just the right level, he climbs into his waiting tree-borne abode.

Make sure you watch the video above. If you have a better idea, let me know.

Meanwhile, here are some treehouses for adults.