So a handful of e-mails from YouTube's early days have become public thanks to the Viacom-YouTube lawsuit, and I find them incredibly fascinating. Given how huge and world-changing YouTube's become, it's amusing how humble its origins were - just a couple of slacker-sounding dudes trying to compete with lame, long-forgotten video dump sites like eBaum's World and big-boys.com [?], with hopes of getting bought by a big company like Turner. I especially like how cavalier they are about The Site's Mission: "yeah, let's change the way people use video on the internet, whatever. but in the meantime let's leave up those budlight commercials"