You can find my own YouTube channel, very irregularly updated with marginally interesting content, right here.
These are some YouTube channels I watch regularly and recommend. My recommendation should not be considered an endorsement of the channel's point of view or any opinion expressed by people who own these channels.
- Techmoan - Fascinating reviews of current gadgets, obsolete technology, and other curiosities. Excellent production values and pacing. Often amusing, never boring. One of my top 5 YouTube channels of all time. I wish more channels were like it.
- bosnianbill - All about locks, lockpicking, and so on. Repetitive examples of how you get what you pay for when it comes to locks (a more interesting subject than you might think.)
- CelGenStudios - Canadian retrotech/retrocomputing channel. One of the craziest home labs I have ever seen. This guy goes way, way beyond picking up an old Commodore 64 to bang on.
- Crypto Tips - A channel about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
- Fran Blanche - Circuit bending, retrotech, old audio, and music.
- jpkiwigeek - Retrocomputing. Lots of minicomputer and industrial workstation stuff.
- MsMadLemon - Retrocomputing, vintage audio, circuit bending. Lots of Commodore focus.
- Pixelmusement - Old DOS games, with a strangely interesting series Shovelware Diggers, where old DOS and Windows 3.1 games from a shareware CD are exhumed and played in an emulator.
- The 8-Bit Guy - Collecting and restoring 8 bit computers. What I like about this channel is its routine demonstration of hardware troubleshooting techniques (and repair) when it comes to 70s and 80s computer tech.
- hot for food - Cooking/recipes, with occasional competitions between the two hosts to see who can make the better dish. Good for learning "cooking logic," the sort of intuition beyond rote recipes that helps you become better in the kitchen.
- Kerry McCarpet/McCarthy - One of the few vegan thinkers I have the patience to listen to. Other subject matter here too about the modern world.
- NutritionFacts.org - Dr. Michael Greger's superb evidence-based channel on the vegan diet focused on emerging science, new scientific studies and metastudies, and nutrition generally. See also nutritionfacts.org.
- SweetPotatoSoul - Mouthwatering plant-based cooking with Jenné Claiborne.
- Veganlovlie - Vegan Fusion-Mauritian Cooking. Asian-inspired dishes inspired by the Far East, India, and beyond.
- Gregsbeerreviews - Unpretentious but informed reviews of beer by a biker. He's got good taste.
- Ronald Theriot aka Louisiana Beer Reviews - Honest beer reviews without prejudice - macro lagers to hoity-toity microbrews. I'd drink a beer any day with Theriot.
- Internet Comment Etiquette - Weisenheimer extraordinairre Erik Hoffstad demonstrates how to be as hilariously annoying as possible when you comment on the Internet.
- Ivan Stang - Author, publisher, and holy man of The Church of the Subgenius
- Jonathan Pie - Ranting British leftie journalist character who is always upset about everything.
- Pittsburgh Dad - Funny yet warmly nostalgic sketches and rants from your industry standard grouchy Pittsburgh Dad.
- Zebra Corner - Masshole caricature Mark (Mahk) inserts himself into commercials and ruins them in a sarcastic, entertaining way.
Arms, outdoors, and rugged things
- Lindybeige - History of warfare, life in olde times, weaponry, and swing dancing. Tanks. Swing dancing and tanks. Educational, entertaining, thought provoking, and extraordinarily British.
- Hickok45 - A legend in the making. The best channel on recreational shooting on YouTube.
- Iraqveteran8888 - Gun geekery turned up to eleven.
- Skallagrim - Swords (lots of swords), knives, and other dangerous things reviewed and discussed by world and possibly time traveller Skallagrim.
- JoergSprave - Things wot launch. Analog non-firearm missile contraptions. Homemade slingshots and the like, with a deep belly laugh.
- Weird Paul Petroskey, the Original Vlogger - The central defining feature of Paul Petroskey is he throws nothing away. Throughout the 80s he recorded endless amounts of video of himself opining on various subjects, playing guitar, being a spaz, goofing around with his family, going on road trips, and so on. A musician in his own right and collector of pop culture artifacts, his channel is a riot of old home video footage, thrift store hauls, outsider music, and, occasionally, conversations he has with his adolescent self, editing old and new footage together. This is the sort of thing that would have made for excellent public access programming. If you're a fan of public access, you'll probably like this. You might as well start with his video Peanut Butter Recall.
- QuakerSpeak - I am not a Quaker, but I find Quaker practice and thought interesting. I would never recommend any religion to anyone, but if this channel is representative of the Quaker spirit, I wouldn't ever recommend anyone away from the Society of Friends either.
- This is Dan Bell - Urban exploration, modern ruins, tearing apart ratty dive hotel rooms to see what decay can be found therein. Funny, disturbing, creepy, but fascinating, Dan Bell posts footage of abandoned malls, factories, and other buildings. Excellent production values and soundtrack makes this uniquely compelling watching. Start with this video in which Dan and his colleague are attacked by killer bees while fimling inside an abandoned desert lodge in New Mexico.
- Tom Scott - It is difficult to describe Tom's channel, except to say that it is dedicated to fascinating stuff - interesting science, unique places, and technology. Tom takes what might be factoids or trivia and digs deeper. Outstanding writing and production values; 20 years ago, this would have made for a compelling television program. If you like shows like James Burke's Connections, you'll probably like this. (Also if you have not watched Connections, you should watch Connections. I mean, seriously.)
- Townsends - Jon Townsend sells costumes, cookery, and other historical items from America's colonial period. On his channel, he focuses on American colonial history, including cooking, brewing, and colonial life generally. I cannot express how highly I rate this channel. It is a constant reminder of our shared history and stands as a much-needed counterpoint to the current political climate which divides us. This could easily be a PBS show; the production values and writing are outstanding. I have often sat back in my chair and just let his playlist run for an hour at a time.
- Mirriam-Webster Dictionary - Fascinating channel about words. Far more interesting than you might suspect.