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Who are some creators that are doing interesting things on the internet right now?

In the spirit of FraidyCat's "Follow people instead of platforms," who are some people on the internet doing interesting things?

Examples could be, a person named Brynn who claims that they will answer the emails you send to them. Or, maybe a person named Toyoi Yuuta who creates gorgeous, atmospheric pixel art scenes.

What little corners of the internet have you discovered?

23 comments

  1. [2]
    mrbig
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    Every frame a painting has the best formal film criticism I've ever seen on video. And I'm a film major, so I've seen a lot.

    Every frame a painting has the best formal film criticism I've ever seen on video. And I'm a film major, so I've seen a lot.

    19 votes
    1. Death
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      I miss it, nobody has really come close both in terms of quality and presentation.

      I miss it, nobody has really come close both in terms of quality and presentation.

      5 votes
  2. [7]
    AugustusFerdinand
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    LadyAlketo has made so many modifications to the HBS Battletech game that it completely changes it for the better and boosts the game's repeatability. Josh Stewart has created an Arduino powered...

    LadyAlketo has made so many modifications to the HBS Battletech game that it completely changes it for the better and boosts the game's repeatability.

    Josh Stewart has created an Arduino powered fully tunable ECU that I am using in two projects (one mine, one my buddy's).

    Sheana crafts her own nerdy scents and artwork for nerd inspired candles. Link is just her store, but I met her at a con and she's awesome!

    IvanTheTroll (and cohorts) creates 3D printed guns and releases the models after testing and verifying sturdiness and safety. Currently has a number of pistol designs, a few rifles, and an AK model being released. No link as while it's not against the rules I don't know if it's something @deimos wants here, but a quick DuckDuckGo search of the name will find all you're looking for.

    And finally Youtubers...

    Technology Connections: Random old tech along with the who, what, when, where, and why

    Forgotten Weapons: What it says on the tin, forgotten weapon historian with a focus on operation and engineering.

    Abom79: Old school machinist from a family line of old school machinists that is encouraging, friendly, and explains things well.

    Mustard: Aviation and transportation history.

    Papadakis: Japanese import racing pioneer, very cool guy from everything I've heard and the couple of times I've met him, has probably forgotten more about building cars than most people in the industry will ever know.

    Lord Bung: Interesting and entertaining animated series based on the world of SCP.

    The Engineering Guy: Probably needs no introduction here, but he's another great example of does what it says on the tin. Educational engineer.

    The History Guy: Last but certainly not least of the does what it says on the tin. Educational historian on history that deserves to be remembered.

    14 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro
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      Oooooh, I haven't heard of The History Guy or Lord Bung before, but both those channels look right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendations! p.s. Forgotten Weapons is awesome. Seconded. p.p.s....

      Oooooh, I haven't heard of The History Guy or Lord Bung before, but both those channels look right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendations!

      p.s. Forgotten Weapons is awesome. Seconded.

      p.p.s. InRangeTV, which Ian from Forgotten Weapons co-hosts, is also quite good... though it's less history/engineering and more practical shooting focused. C&Rsenal, who Ian has collaborated with on Project Lightening, is also very good and similar to Forgotten Weapons in terms of content.

      4 votes
      1. AugustusFerdinand
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        Happy to help! History Guy is an addiction, the man loves history in a way I've never seen in professors and historians. It's great when you find a video of his that you can see an extra level of...

        Happy to help! History Guy is an addiction, the man loves history in a way I've never seen in professors and historians. It's great when you find a video of his that you can see an extra level of passion come through, in this one for example you can get a feeling for his frustration of an injustice both of the what occurred and that it's largely forgotten; he even lets slip a "darn it".

        I'm less focused on the shooting side as even my gun collection is based around unique application or function and I don't compete with anyone but myself for accuracy. C&Rsenal is great, I bought their Lightening series and am a big fan of Anvil. While probably not an issue here, their videos tend to be longer and less approachable to new people so I didn't mention it. Plus they only seem to focus on the two world wars and I like variety. Ian is my video-during-breakfast or I've-got-20-minutes-before-my-next-train-stop watch, while C&R is my I'm-in-a-mood-for-a-documentary-cast-to-the-TV watch.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      rmgr
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      Well I have watched entirely too many Lord Bung videos today. Thanks for sharing!

      Well I have watched entirely too many Lord Bung videos today. Thanks for sharing!

      4 votes
      1. AugustusFerdinand
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        You are welcome! Now you'll be just like the rest of us and waiting impatiently for the next one. One of us, one of us.

        You are welcome! Now you'll be just like the rest of us and waiting impatiently for the next one. One of us, one of us.

        2 votes
    3. [2]
      SunSpotter
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      Since you mentioned Tech Connect, just want to throw in LGR and The 8-bit Guy. LGR and 8 bit guy both focus on retro computing, but in different ways and styles. Both really fun to watch and learn...

      Since you mentioned Tech Connect, just want to throw in LGR and The 8-bit Guy.

      LGR and 8 bit guy both focus on retro computing, but in different ways and styles. Both really fun to watch and learn from.

      2 votes
      1. AugustusFerdinand
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        Oh yeah, fans of both for sure. Just didn't want to list my entire YT subscriptions and I like Technology Connections' brand of humor the most.

        Oh yeah, fans of both for sure. Just didn't want to list my entire YT subscriptions and I like Technology Connections' brand of humor the most.

        1 vote
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    zptc
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    Baumgartner Restoration on YouTube restores old paintings. Not sure it qualifies as creator, but he's a master of his craft and very articulate. Edit: I think the correct term is "conserves old...

    Baumgartner Restoration on YouTube restores old paintings. Not sure it qualifies as creator, but he's a master of his craft and very articulate.

    Edit: I think the correct term is "conserves old paintings."

    11 votes
    1. vivaria
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      I think it definitely counts! They create YouTube videos, at the very least. This video was a wonderful quick watch. The narration was so thoughtful and detailed.

      I think it definitely counts! They create YouTube videos, at the very least.

      This video was a wonderful quick watch. The narration was so thoughtful and detailed.

      6 votes
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      suspended
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      I'm watching a fourth video right now, for the first time, and this is so fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

      I'm watching a fourth video right now, for the first time, and this is so fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

      4 votes
      1. zptc
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        Glad you liked it!

        Glad you liked it!

        3 votes
  4. ntgg
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    TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin: essentially Bob Ross for crafts. Alena Aenami and Ian McQue: cool art Nicky Case: interesting interactive learning games Arcane Kids: whack games, did the Sonic Dreams...

    TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin: essentially Bob Ross for crafts.

    Alena Aenami and Ian McQue: cool art

    Nicky Case: interesting interactive learning games

    Arcane Kids: whack games, did the Sonic Dreams Collection

    Doomlaser: more whack games

    8 votes
  5. CALICO
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    Wintergatan, and his Marble Machine. You might be familiar with his prototype, which went viral in 2016. You might have noticed, if you browse ~creative, that for the past few years he's been hard...

    Wintergatan, and his Marble Machine.

    You might be familiar with his prototype, which went viral in 2016. You might have noticed, if you browse ~creative, that for the past few years he's been hard at work making the Marble Machine X—a non-shitty version he can take on tour and perform several different songs during each show.

    I look forward to Wintergatan Wednesdays in which we get an update and see what kind of progress has been make. It's been a real treat to see this thing take form, and going back to grab that playlist link is mind-blowing; a lot has happened since the beginning.

    8 votes
  6. emdash
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    They only have 40,000 subscribers, but Air Command Water Rockets based out of New South Wales, Australia is an incredible team of family hobbyists that build stunning water rockets. They started...

    They only have 40,000 subscribers, but Air Command Water Rockets based out of New South Wales, Australia is an incredible team of family hobbyists that build stunning water rockets. They started out using 1.5L PET coke bottles, moved up to multi-stage plastic rockets, and now have the unofficial record for a single stage carbon fibre water rocket. They aren't stopping there though, they're aiming to build a two stager as well.

    7 votes
  7. Wulfsta
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    Read the commits on some repositories here: https://github.com/mrakgr I don't have a decent summary, other than maybe calling it a diary of ideas.

    Read the commits on some repositories here: https://github.com/mrakgr

    I don't have a decent summary, other than maybe calling it a diary of ideas.

    5 votes
  8. mxuribe
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    I'll submit some groups of people that are doing innovative things - admittedly not artistic but more tech-related. Distributed/Federated chat protocol - like IRC but more modern - although it has...

    I'll submit some groups of people that are doing innovative things - admittedly not artistic but more tech-related.

    • Distributed/Federated chat protocol - like IRC but more modern - although it has potential for even more than chat such as device or IoT communications, etc. : https://matrix.org
    • Independent, federated web/blog content (i.e. web content that can interact with other entities on the web): https://indieweb.org
    • The Fediverse ("...federated social networks running on free open software..." that leverages open protocols like ActivityPub, OStatus, etc.: https://fediverse.party/en/fediverse/

    Ok, admittedly, it seems I'm promoting more the protocols and efforts...But i wanted to clarify that it is the numerous people behind the above efforts that in my opinion will become (and in some ways already are) the foundations of the next iterations of the greater web. And, these efforts are what excite me about the coming web...so of course I'm following many of the people behind these efforts.

    5 votes
  9. rmgr
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    BridgeBurner is a Doom 2 mapping wizard who pushes the limits of architecture and lighting in Doom. I've linked his Twitter but his Discord is also good to hang out in.

    BridgeBurner is a Doom 2 mapping wizard who pushes the limits of architecture and lighting in Doom. I've linked his Twitter but his Discord is also good to hang out in.

    5 votes
  10. hungariantoast
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    Holy fuck that stuff is beautiful, thanks for introducing me to their work. As for other pixel art related stuff, there are a bunch of great people who regularly produce mini pixel art tutorials:...

    maybe a person named Toyoi Yuuta who creates gorgeous, atmospheric pixel art scenes

    Holy fuck that stuff is beautiful, thanks for introducing me to their work.

    As for other pixel art related stuff, there are a bunch of great people who regularly produce mini pixel art tutorials:

    I absolutely love these sorts of mini tutorials. When new ones get posted I always follow and try to improve upon them. Most of them have been incredibly helpful for learning how to do specific things.

    v78 regularly posts amazing environment scenes to /r/PixelArt, like this:

    Finally, though not specifically creators, these are two incredible pixel art sites that you might want to browse:

    • Pixel Joint - Pieces here have to be manually approved before they can be posted, so the site's art and community are incredibly high quality, like this:
    • Pixelation - Probably the best place on the Internet for reading about and discussing pixel art.
    3 votes
  11. sleepydave
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    Kerby Rosanes works magic with a fineliner: https://kerbyrosanes.com/ Varien is one of the most prolific and talented musicians/producers I've ever heard: https://soundcloud.com/variendarkboi Ian...
    2 votes
  12. cmccabe
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    Kris de Decker runs a website called Low-tech Magazine that explores simpler technological solutions in pursuit of a sustainable society. The website has been running since 2007 and de Decker...

    Kris de Decker runs a website called Low-tech Magazine that explores simpler technological solutions in pursuit of a sustainable society. The website has been running since 2007 and de Decker publishes around 12 articles per year -- each very well written and supported with in depth historical research. He also runs No Tech Magazine, a blog with shorter articles that are published more frequently, and Human Power Plant, a project investigating realistic applications of human power over fossil and other fuels. Note that Low-tech Magazine is a solar-powered website, run off of a PV system on de Decker's porch.

    2 votes