Tag Archives: fail

On Boredom

One of my guilty pleasures is watching fail videos. These are compilations of, basically, unfortunate or unexpected events. Most are fairly simple, clips of people falling over while biking or skateboarding, often while attempting a hotdog trick. Some are just random objects hitting people, usually the face or the groin because those are the funniest areas. Most fails are fairly random, coming out of nowhere, and that’s what makes them fun to watch.

I’m a Fail Army guy. They are the only YouTube fail vids I’ll watch.

There’s another category of fail, though, that can best be described as karma: people doing stupid things and getting exactly what you would expect. About half of these firework fails are exactly that, people doing stuff that boggles the mind. Why would you ever do that? Alcohol is the obvious answer, and it’s probably true for most, but I think something else is at work as well.

I think it’s boredom, because most of the spontaneous stuff that we end up regretting comes from being bored. Continue reading

The Dangers of Late Night YouTube

Every since my computer decided to install stupid updates over a 24-hour period, my schedule has been thrown all out of whack. I had to stay up late that night to finish my writing, which made me groggy the next day, which I overcompensated by sleeping in, which made it harder to fall asleep that night, and this then compounded onto itself until we reached last night, 11:30pm.

No. The answer is always no. God.

I’m normally in bed by this time, or if I’m still awake I’m reading or meditating or at the very least getting ready to go to bed. Last night was not normal. I was too awake to go to bed. I knew if I tried to sleep, I’d just lie awake, tossing and turning for at least the next 45min, if not more. I needed to do something before going to bed, but what? Read? Watch some random television? Play a videogame?

And that’s when YouTube beckoned. Continue reading