A short video taken inside the Houston Astrodome in June of 2011, over 10 years since the Houston Astros moved to what is now Minute Maid Park, and over 15 years since the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee. It also hosted events such as the 1992 Republican Convention, the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973, College Basketball's "Game of the Century" between UCLA and Houston in 1968, Wrestlemania, Selena's last concert before being shout to death about two months later. It's last known use was for a shelter for Hurricane Katrina victims who migrated from New Orleans. It is almost never used for events anymore because there are two newer venues on the property of Reliant Park, one of which is the home of the Houston Texans NFL team and the other is for trade shows etc. The outside is in dire need of a power wash job and the inside is strewn with trash and the seats were filthy. This place is so neglected that I was able to gain entry through an unlocked gate and walked around for about 15 minutes uninterrupted by anyone. Probably because I appeared to be the only one in the building. I could have taken some seats home with me if I could think about how to explain why I was carrying seats with me in the parking lot. Anyway on the way out, a security guard confirmed that there were never any events at the Astrodome in the six months he has worked on the property. My understanding is this place needs millions of dollars in renovations before any events can be held, and only select employees are even allowed inside. Looks like its being used simply for storage of maintenance items used on the other facilities on the property.
This site provides links to random videos hosted at YouTube, with the emphasis on random.
The original idea for this site actually stemmed from another idea to provide a way of benchmarking the popularity of a video against the general population of YouTube videos. There are probably sites that do this by now, but there wasn’t when we started out. Anyway, in order to figure out how popular any one video is, you need a pretty large sample of videos to rank it against. The challenge is that the sample needs to be very random in order to properly rank a video and YouTube doesn’t appear to provide a way to obtain large numbers of random video IDs.
Even if you search on YouTube for a random string, the set of results that will be returned will still be based on popularity, so if you’re using this approach to build up your sample, you’re already in trouble. It turns out there is a multitude of ways in which the YouTube search function makes it very difficult to retrieve truly random results.
So how can we provide truly random links to YouTube videos? It turns out that the YouTube programming interface (API) provides additional functions that allow the discovery of videos which, with the right approach, are much more random. Using a number of tricks, combined some subtle manipulation of the space-time fabric, we have managed to create a process that yields something very close to 100% random links to YouTube videos.
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
YouTube and selected creators earn advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services respectively offering premium and ad-free music streaming, and ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities. As of February 2017, there were more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, and one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day. As of August 2018, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world, according to Alexa Internet, just behind Google. As of May 2019, more than 500 hours of video content are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
YouTube has faced criticism over aspects of its operations, including its handling of copyrighted content contained within uploaded videos, its recommendation algorithms perpetuating videos that promote conspiracy theories and falsehoods, hosting videos ostensibly targeting children but containing violent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters, videos of minors attracting pedophilic activities in their comment sections, and fluctuating policies on the types of content that is eligible to be monetized with advertising.