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Katina Eats Kilos!

I came across this channel on YouTube today, and I just had to check it out. It appeared to be a YouTuber who did competitive eating challenges, with one slight twist. This wasn’t some bloated, food-channel-wannabe-guy, this was a wee, young girl, weighing in at a mere 125 lb’s!

Katina’s size is what makes this show/channel so gripping. As my wife & I watched the episode where she takes on The Big Texan challenge, we both wondered how such a tiny frame could pack in a 72-ounce steak, a salad, baked potato, three jumbo shrimp, and a roll. The steak alone, management informed her, was over 4 lb’s of meat.

We watched in amazement as she destroyed the challenge, with time to spare. As she mopped up the last of the drippings she said, “This is a really good roll, it tastes like garlic.” She left The Big Texan Steakhouse with stomach barely distended, complimentary t-shirt in hand, and her name forever emblazoned on the wall of fame. Amazing.

It’s going to be fun to see what other challenges she takes on!

By Dan Pavelich


Robert Baker Guitar

I’ve been watching Robert Baker’s YouTube channel for a couple of years now, and can honestly say that it’s one of my very favorites. While the genre of YouTube guitar-centric shows is a crowded one, Baker is one of the few hosts that is able to create an actual friendship with his viewers. That’s probably the main reason, along with his cheery “How ya doin’ everybody?”, that  we keep watching.

His style of guitar instruction is welcoming and optimistic, and he graciously never over, or underestimates, the viewer’s ability. He’s quick to comment “I know you can get this,” or “I had trouble learning this riff, when I first started playing.” He’s the teacher that knows not to yell at you during a critical section of your own learning curve. In our hurry-up society, he’s one of the few people I’ve come across that seems to have endless patience.

As a guitarist, Baker cut his teeth on the rock and metal of the 70’s and ’80’s, and his practical examples of music theory are pretty likely to include a classic Bryan Adams or Poison riff. He excels at making his viewers’ guitar ambitions seem possible, which for amateurs like me, is invaluable.

Baker is a stay-at-home dad, and his occasional interactions with his son, who likes to crash the show, are always good-natured and humorous. His wife drops in now and again, too, and it’s nice to see that they’re all part of a supportive, happy household.

Robert Baker’s channel is perfect viewing for coffee time, which is when I usually tune in. It’s always a pleasant hang, and a great way to start your day, or take an afternoon break. It should come as no surprise that Acacia Guitars aligned themselves with Baker, as someone perfect for representing their small family company with a custom guitar built for him. They must feel the same way that I do, that he’s well-worth having as a friend.

Dan Pavelich

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Good Mythical Morning

Admittedly, I’m a little bit late to the party that is Good Mythical Morning. Hosts Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal began the show in 2012, which, despite its humble beginnings, now boasts a viewership of some 17 million subscribers worldwide.

You really have to tip your hat to these guys. The production value of this show is abnormally high for a YouTube show, which immediately validates the time you’re about to waste, watching them rate fast food burritos or give each other atomic wedgies. They’re quite obviously great pals, and the show has a really good-natured quality.

They’ve also become favorite guests of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where Fallon joined them for culinary experiments entitled, “Will It S’more”,”Will It Hot Dog” and “Will It Hummus.” Silly objectives all, yet more entertaining than you’d think, which is why I watch these guys.

In a world where sometimes it seems negativity and partisanship rule the day, it’s nice to just turn your brain off and watch some fluff. Rhett and Link offer that to their audience in the best possible way.



Guitarist R.J. Ronquillo

One of the most entertaining YouTubers out there is guitarist R.J. Ronquillo (rhymes with “What’s the dealio?”). Ronquillo’s video career began long before most creative types like him had their own YouTube channels. Demoing guitars for the quirky Eastwood brand, he displayed chops that were a always a pleasure to watch, being an amateur guitarist myself.

He eventually diversified quite a bit, shooting more personal videos about life as a touring musician (He’s played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Thompson Square, Ricky Martin, Stone Sour & Santana). He’s also added guitar lessons that, aside from giving tremendous insight into his style, help improve the playing of guys like me.

He’s also started a new series, “Between 2 Fenders,” a play on Zak Galifianakis’s Between 2 Ferns interview show. Recent guests have included Guthrie Trapp, Ford Thurston & Rhett Schull. If those names mean anything to you, tuning in for the great “inside baseball” talk is a must.

Another great addition to his channel has been the Saturday morning live Q&A’s that he does with viewers, who clearly enjoy the friendly interaction. If I’m not too busy myself, I grab a cup of coffee and hang out for a bit. The conversation never gets too heady, and it’s nice to spend time with fellow guitar nerds for a casual hang.

Drop in on R.J. once in awhile; like, subscribe, and ring that bell.