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NaNoWriMo Begins! The Jay Dee Show 5

NaNoWriMo is the biggest thing happening in the past week, even though I’ve hardly made a dent in it. But I talk about it a lot! On both channels. First up, let’s look at my week on my main channel.

First up, since October ended, I had my monthly Wrap Up video. I talked about the books I read in October.

And then, on the day before NaNoWriMo began, I made a video dedicated to the event.

November began, and I talked about the books I plan to read this month. I wonder if I can do it!

Getting a bit serious for a moment, I talked about what it’s like to live with psoriasis.

Returning to Japan for a day, I gave a tour of Enoshima Aquarium, which is a great place to see sea life.

Next, I talked about one of my favourite books, The Silmarillion.

Finally, I moved on to #18 of Authors Answer, talking about a book I’d love to rewrite the ending of.

Moving on to my vlog channel, a lot happened, from talking to Geography Now’s creator Paul Barbato to taking my daughter out trick or treating.

First up, I talked with Paul Barbato and discussed top destinations in 2017.

Then, I talked about Authors Answer 104, and how it became one of my most popular posts in a long time.

After a long day at work, I talked about how I definitely know I am an introvert.

And finally, I went trick or treating with my daughter. I also talked about NaNoWriMo.

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed these videos. If you haven’t done so, please go and subscribe to these channels! You can subscribe directly on the videos, as well. If you have any comments, let me know! Which video did you enjoy the most?

Canada by Geography Now

A year ago, I subscribed to a rather unknown channel called Geography Now. It had a one of a kind premise, to go through every country in the world and talk about the political and physical geography, demographics, and the country’s friends and enemies. Paul Barbato has made them all entertaining and informative, and there are even teachers who are using his videos in classrooms.

Well, the time has finally come. A year after starting with Afghanistan, he has finally arrived at Canada. Check it out.

There are a few spelling mistakes, but he does focus on a few things that I’m sure many people didn’t know.

What did you think of his video?

Paul Barbato Is My Idol

Geography Now is one of the greatest channels on YouTube, if you ask me. Created by Paul Barbato last year, it aims to tell about every country in the world in alphabetic order. That is a big project to undertake.

Geography may sound dry to some people, but Geography Now makes it both informative and entertaining. It’s even sparked some massive arguments between rival countries’ viewers. Paul has taken it all in stride and is working as hard as ever to deliver wonderful videos. And those videos have been improving in quality all the time. Here’s his first one, Afghanistan.

And his most recent, Botswana.

And you know what? Canada is coming soon. I’m excited to see that video. I’ll share it when it’s up in the coming months.

And finally, to Paul, if you ever read this, you’re not really my idol. However, what you’re doing is great. Not just great, but wonderful. I’m looking forward to watching every single video you make about each country. It’s probably too late to give you help with Canada, since I’m sure you have a lot of people from Canada already offering to help, but I’d love to contribute to the Japan video, since I’ve been living there for more than ten years. Though that country probably won’t be profiled any time soon, will it? It’s close to the middle of the alphabet. And if I’m ever in LA, I’d love to meet up with you and talk about geography!

And yes, I have done a post about Geography Now before, but I just had to talk about it again.


Paul Barbato’s fan, Jay Dee.

My Must Watch YouTube Channels

Other than book vloggers, there are a few YouTube channels I like to watch daily (or whenever they have a new video). I thought I’d share them with you.

Bad Lip Reading

Although updated irregularly, some of the music videos, The Walking Dead, and movie lip reading videos are hilarious.  My personal favourite is Morning Dew.


These brothers have gathered together various YouTubers, teenagers, kids, and seniors to do React videos.  Those are my favourites.  They also have a REACT channel dedicated to just that.

Improv Everywhere

This group does massive public pranks and experiments, including the No Pants Subway ride and the various musicals in public places. They’ve done a lot. Watching the reactions of people is pretty fun.

Screen Junkies

These guys are all about movies, basically. I love their Honest Trailers. They say what we’re all thinking, but would never be in an official trailer.  Quite funny stuff.


You may be wondering why I watch this channel. It’s all about what this guy records on his dashcam while driving in South Carolina. Well, South Carolina apparently has the worst drivers in the United States. He sees a lot of them. I have no idea why I’m entertained by his channel! He gives a lot of commentary while driving, too. Check it out and watch a video of Bad Drivers of South Carolina. And here’s a compilation of his favourite clips.

Geography Now

Finally, this has got to be my favourite channel right now. It’s a one of a kind channel. Paul Barbato is going through every country in the world in alphabetical order and making an approximately 10 minute video each, outlining various aspects of the country’s geography (physical, political, demographics, etc). Highly informative, educational, and entertaining. He has a good sense of humour. Love this channel!  Here’s his latest video about Belarus.

Now that you’ve seen some of my favourite YouTube channels, what are some of yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Educational Video about Armenia Becomes a Battle

I’ve mentioned the YouTube channel Geography Now before, and how I’m really enjoying Paul Barbato’s educational videos about the geography of what will eventually be every country in the world.  He’s currently on the A countries, and will soon finish Azerbaijan.

Now that country is going to cause an uproar, I’m sure.  On his video about Armenia, there’s been a huge battle in the comments section between Armenians, Azerbaijani, and Turkish.  There is, of course, a rather rocky history between these people, which I won’t go into here.  You can just watch the video.

If you wish to dare wade into the comments, you can do so.  But be warned that you’ll see mostly heated accusations and arguments.  It’s amazing how an educational video can bring out the nationalistic fervor, vile incriminations, and raw emotion.  It’s an educational video!  They’ve gone as far as attacking Paul himself.  He’s just providing the facts.  But of course, Turkish, Armenian, and Azerbaijani accounts of the facts tend to be different.  Well, I would assume he’s using reputable sources for his facts and doing a lot of research for each video.  If he makes a mistake, he apologises and changes it.  Honestly, some people just need to calm down.

I personally can’t wait for the Azerbaijan video.  I can’t wait for any of them, actually.

A Little Fun With Geography

Back in my school days, I would spend hours looking at maps in encyclopedias and atlases.  I loved geography so much, I knew the location of every country, their shapes, and their capital cities.  That was back in the 1980s.  Geography is still a love of mine, and I was very happy to discover a YouTube channel called Geography Now.  The host is going through every country in the world alphabetically, and is currently on Australia.  See the video below:

I love this channel! It’s a lot of fun and very educational.

As you know, I created the world Ariadne for my science fiction series, and I’ve drawn out the maps and created many countries.  Of course, you can discover my world in the Worldbuilding series I’m writing.  In the posts about physical geography and climate, I got to be scientific about Ariadne.  But I’ll be having a lot of fun with my next worldbuilding post about the political geography.  I’ve developed each country already to a minimal degree, but I really want to have fun with this and create individual pages that describe each country.  This includes physical geography, climate, cities, and so on.  I’m looking forward to that.

So, keep an eye out on here for my next worldbuilding post coming soon!