Friday, December 31, 2021

A little girl challenges a grandmaster at a chess bar in Paris

I'm impressed. This girl played the opening well and made very few mistakes against a Grandmaster. Furthermore, they were only playing with a time control of 3 minutes each, which is a very fast form of speed chess.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Jimmy Crack Corn

I had a memory of Bugs Bunny singing this song.    It took me like 3 seconds to find it on youtube.

I was thinking about how politically incorrect it was.   You probably couldn't use it today.  I'm surprised the cartoon is not banned.

I think I remember singing it in school 50 years ago as part of music class.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Epic Fail! Dr Who Lead Jodie Whittaker QUITS After Legendary Poor Ratings!

"Go woke, go broke."

About 11 years ago this show was epic.  It had fantastic writing.  However, it was all downhill from there.  

I gave up after one season of Jodie Whittaker.  The problem is not the female Doctor, which sounded exciting at first, but the terrible writing.  They damaged the show by abandoning cannon and changing the history by inserting wokeness.  They claimed that the original Doctor was female, which destroys the entire history of the series going back to the year 1960!

They can only fix this with some sort of reboot.  It was all a dream.  A nightmare.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Carl Sagan Predicted The Mess 2021 Would Be 25 years Ago

Good video.  Carl Sagan also liked to smoke marijuana.  

Star Wars starts out like a fairy tale, "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...".  It should not be taken literally.

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 3:55 PM Al wrote:
You may have seen this before. The first 2m15s show Carl Sagan criticizing Star Wars for it's white-centric view of space in the future. He explained, although there are many non-white (alien) creatures in Star Wars, the white skinned people rule the universe. He also jokes that the Wookiee received no medal in the end even though he contributed in the fighting, etc.

At 2:15m a quote from his last book (1995) is shown. It hits the nail on the head. He describes what will happen in America 25 years before it happened.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

How Does Film ACTUALLY Work? (It's MAGIC)

For most people, film is obsolete.  I remember having a camera as a kid and there was something magical about cameras before technology came along.  

As best as I can recall, I didn't really bother with cameras from my college days onward.  It wasn't till sometime in my early 40's I got the most primitive digital camera possible, that only took 640x480 pictures, which matched some early computer monitor resolutions. I actually had fun with this camera despite the pretty low quality.  Eventually, mobile phones could take pictures even before smartphones.  

In 2008, I got an iPhone 3G which had a 2 megapixel camera.  
In 2010, I got an iPhone 4 which had a 5-megapixel camera.  
In 2012, I got an iPhone 5, which had an 8-megapixel camera.  I still own this phone.  The metal bands around the edge of this phone made it pretty tough, which allowed it to survive a pretty big accidental drop onto the pavement.  This will be relevant below...

In 2014, I got an iPhone 6+ which also has an 8-megapixel camera.  When I tried to participate in an Apple battery replacement program, something went wrong with the phone, so they gave me a free replacement which I still have.

Years later I got an iPhone 6S+ on a Black Friday sale.  It has a 12-megapixel camera.  Because the wi-fi died on in, I bought another one of these on another Black Friday to replace it, which is still my primary phone.  

Today I dropped my iPhone 6s+ and the screen cracked, but I managed to get it repaired the same day for $89.

Vegas is on FIRE! 117 Record Again / Super High Temps

Sunday, June 13, 2021

We Are In A "FOURTH TURNING," What Does That Mean?

I don't put total faith into this, because I don't think that societies follow a rigid schedule in their development.  However, it is pretty interesting...

I don't think that we are in the upheaval that will lead to the next boom.  I think that we are in the upheaval that could potentially lead to the complete collapse of society.  The worldwide events that we have seen over the last year could lead to the collapse of governments.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

He Really Took a Fish For a Walk

Although I recommend the whole video, how exactly does one get this shot?

Maybe a drone is programmed to follow a specific person.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Can't Focus? It's Not Your Fault, You're Being Tricked. This is How.

I have a problem with YouTube addiction, which I am trying to manage.  My problem is that YouTube has a great deal of content that I find interesting.  I suppose that any form of entertainment is an escape from reality.

It's not you. Phones are designed to be addicting...  

The following uses very crude language, but he is not wrong:

I'm not sure if this is helpful...

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The socialist temptation | Dinesh D'Souza LIVE at the University at Buffalo

I really like the way Dinesh D'Souza thoroughly and brilliantly dismantles socialism.  The speech lasts 50 minutes.

I don't remember if I sent this video out before.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Dog Amazes People By Running Over Pool

When I saw this on Facebook, I thought that it was fake.  It turns out that the dog was running over netting.

How To Argue With Someone Who Won’t Listen

I think that this insightful.  

However, I don't like conflict because it seems like a frustrating waste of energy that may not accomplish anything.  There are so many irrational beliefs that it is overwhelming.  I feel like irrational beliefs have triumphed and there is not much that I can do about it.

How the USSR Collapsed on Soviet TV

"It is strange to outlive the country you were born into."

Friday, April 9, 2021

How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica

I find this interesting as a former videogame programmer.  When the game came out, some programmers thought of it is as not true 3D, although actually, it is.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Test of GoPro 360 VR camera on a bike in NYC while Louis Rossmann rants & raves into the abyss.

I like listening to Louis Rossman.  He spends 6 minutes talking about why the city wants to fine him unfairly.  He is using a 360-degree camera which lets the viewer look literally in all directions as he rides his bike.  

The rest of the video is repetitious, but I do find him interesting.  His comments reaffirm my belief that New York City is a rathole.  

I seriously fear for his safety.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Irish Stew From 1900 & The Irish Potato Famine

This video provides some interesting facts about the Irish Potato famine, but also the Irish Stew recipe looks like something that I would want to try.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Nutria - Catching Delicious Swamp Rats. Mousetrap Monday

Can you imagine eating a giant rat you caught?  

At the end, someone asks him what animal would he get rid of if he could?   Mosquitoes kill more humans than any other animal.

Friday, March 12, 2021

The #1 Factor For Achieving Success (Online)

I really like this video.  Although the speaker is talking about online success, I think that his advice applies to any type of success.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Sunday, March 7, 2021

If I Ran the Zoo Dr. Seuss Read Aloud with Music (Banned book.)

I'm sure that I would have loved this as a kid.  I like the energy of the video, but the story seems a little dull.   Around 3:18 the reader changes the wording that might be controversial.  This is from two years ago.

I have a fondness for the more famous Dr. Seuss stories.

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street - Dr Seuss Kids Book Read Aloud - Stories for Kids

Dr. Seuss's first book, and withdrawn from publication for supposed racism.  How long before the video is removed?

It is not his best book, but it is mildly amusing.  I read this a month or two ago on a different site.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Carl Benjamin - Making Sense Of 2021's Madness | Modern Wisdom Podcast #280

This is a pretty interesting discussion on an intellectual level.  If you want the short version, the meat of it starts at 42 minutes.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

An Evening With Kevin Smith - Star Wars Celebration VI

Here the director/writer Kevin Smith tells a couple of really sweet stories, one from 5 to 7:30 and the other from 11 to 18 minutes.  Much strong language. 

A couple of years later he tells this wonderful story.   I can't believe how crude he is.