Thursday, September 15, 2022

Re: Watch "You're Immortal And I Can Prove It" on YouTube

I like the video.  It doesn't teach me anything new, but he makes entertaining videos.

On Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 11:34 PM Albert wrote:
A "Thoughty" video.



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bear Breaks Into Colorado Home

Walmart Employee Wasn't Having It

Tiny Dog vs. Leaf Blower

Live train accident

I have to wonder about people's common sense?   My entire philosophy of life is to not do stupid stuff.  In other words, don't take unnecessary risks.  People die from accidents all the time.  I would rather not be a statistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9u7iV1VIYA


March 4 2022 Moon Crash - view from different location

I think that this is fake, but a scenario like this is definitely possible. History has recorded people seeing a fire on the moon from an apparent meteor strike. I have heard about a strike that was more recent.

A few years ago an asteroid exploded over Russian with the force of a powerful nuclear weapon.

https://youtu.be/bfThiqDd9FA

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022

Firearm or Bear Spray? Detailed Analysis for Backpackers, Hikers & Hunters, Gun Bear Defense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evEscbW2GEk

A friend of mine was followed by a bear in Yellowstone National Park.  Apparently, the bear just wanted to walk on the same trail as him.  He climbed up a hill and the bear just kept walking.

My uncle went hunting with three other guys and they were attacked by a cougar who had been stalking them.  Fortunately, all four guys had guns.  The result was Humans 1, Couger 0.

Personally, I don't see a reason to be in a place where animals could stalk you.

Here's an idea:  Let's go to the arctic circle and watch polar bears.  I probably look like a chicken nugget to a polar bear.

Jim Gaffigan Top 5 MOST VIRAL Jokes from "Quality Time"

Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary

This is a good documentary about Pinball.  It was made in 2009.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU52zteEbIE

I remember seeing a non-electric antique amusement machine that was probably from the 1930s,   It wasn't very big, but it worked by putting in a coin, like a nickel, and turning a handle to get roughly 7 to 10 metal balls.  Then you would pull a lever to shoot the balls at holes.  If the balls landed in the holes then they would accumulate in the "score" window.  Although the game had a football theme, it was more like a pinball version of skeeball.  As primitive as the game was, it was somewhat fun to play.

Growing up in small-city Indiana, there wasn't much amusement in the early 1970s.  I remember seeing some mechanical games, like a baseball-themed game and a shooting game, both of which I found thrilling to play.  I definitely felt addicted at first.  I was young and impressionable.  This started me down a path of enjoying games.  

As a side note, in late 1974 I began to enjoy playing chess immensely which I still do.

Around summer 1975, an arcade opened up in my local mall, which had mechanical games.  My friends and I enjoyed meeting and playing the games.  The cost of pinball was 2 games for a quarter.  These mechanical games eventually would mostly give way to video games.  

There was a perfect storm of events in the second half of the 1970s that would shape my life forever.  I already was very interested in electronics because at the time this was the cutting edge of technology.  I started reading about computers and I first got to use one in 1975.  I learned how to write simple computer programs, taking to programming as a duck takes to water.  In 1976 I made friends with someone who had built an extremely primitive computer from a kit, and I learned how to program it using "machine code" which is the more difficult language of the microprocessor itself.

In 1977 video games were starting to become popular and the movie Star Wars came out.  Both were very influential on my life.  The late 1970s were culturally defined by video games, pinball, Starwars, and disco.  It was a time of cheap thrills when the economy was probably the worst since the Great Depression.  We had an oil crisis, massive inflation, and unemployment.  Most people today are too young to remember how difficult those times were.

I not only became interested in video games but I wanted to write games.  I was fortunate that my high school bought computers and taught simple computer programming in algebra class.  I was already developing programming skills and I spent much time writing programs on the school computers.

In the mid-1980s I was able to get my own computers and I started a business selling programs that I wrote, some of which were relatively primitive video games.  

In 1985 I temporarily had a job at a Showbiz Pizza maintaining and doing minor repairs on the videogames and mechanical games.  In 1993 I got my first job as a video game programmer in Utah.

Monday, May 2, 2022

3 AWFUL Habits That Make People Instantly Dislike You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZFNr44I4UI

I think that this advice can be summed up as you should make other people feel involved and appreciated.

I saw another video that claimed that the way you gain confidence is to practice.  This odd advice might not seem applicable to most things, but I think that it is.   I would not be confident making a speech or in an awkward social situation, but I am pretty confident over a chessboard.  However, if I had spent 47 years making speeches then I most likely would be reasonably competent at it. 

8 Struggles of Being a Highly Intelligent Person

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN3KT7IERSw&t=266s

I strongly relate to #6, but also #2 through 5 and #7.

I'm not sure what qualifies as "highly intelligent", but I am highly analytical, maybe too analytical, and tend to understand some topics at a deeper level.

Cat and fire


https://youtu.be/ZjOUc7rKtPQ

I think that this is better without the sound/voiceover.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Redefining American Capitalism | Libertarianism

I sometimes get annoyed by this guy for his leftism.  He presents some interesting thoughts here.  I share his skepticism of Ayn Rand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kWjJPQXCyc

Capitalism is often used as a pejorative.  I think that the correct term is a "free market", meaning that you are free to make choices.  The opposite of a free market is different degrees of tyranny.  

This notion of deregulation in 2008 is inaccurate. There were far more regulations in 2008 than in 2000. Part of that regulation was the Community Reinvestment Act, which was a real thing, requiring banks to lend to people who were not otherwise creditworthy. Since Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) were buying up most of the loans, this removed risk from the loan market. Banks aren't normally in the business of making bad loans until the government gets involved.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Star Trek: Picard Review | "Hide and Seek"

This is one of the best critical put-downs I have ever heard...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEIk5ZOd0WI&t=699s

Fact-Checking this Viral Bottle Trick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbgvQNhFDTo

A couple of decades ago there was some research into using somnolescent bubbles to try to make nuclear fusion happen.


I always assumed that there was something to this, but apparently not.  

Watch "The mathematics of weight loss | Ruben Meerman | TEDxQUT on YouTube

I was confusing this video with a similarly titled video that I saw years ago that claimed that the mathematics of weight loss was just calories out versus calories in.  Although technically true, weight loss is more complicated, with certain foods like sugar being worse than others.  Sugar actually stimulates appetite.   In addition, our gut flora send signals to our brain to stimulate our appetite for specific foods.  Those bacteria get hungry, and different bacteria prefer different types of nutrients.   Eating healthy foods adjusts your gut bacteria to that diet.

This is where probiotics might be helpful.




In addition, I just read about "obesogens", which at first sounded like a joke to me, which are chemicals in the environment that promote obesity.  https://www.ehn.org/chemicals-in-everyday-products-are-spurring-obesity-warns-a-new-review-2657191067.html

In terms of the chemistry of metabolism, this video is scientifically interesting.  However, it isn't really news that we lose mass as we breathe out carbon dioxide.


On Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 5:07 AM Albert > wrote:
Hands down the best scientific explanation of weight loss. The bottomline: eat less and move more.



Saturday, April 9, 2022

Solving The Problem Of Human Perception | Jordan Peterson Lecture at The University of Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HgSnS-z4JU

Jordan Peterson went through at least 18 months of suffering because of illness, so he often gets emotional in his lectures when previously he was cool as a cucumber.

He talks at such a high intellectual level that it takes effort to keep up.  He covers many topics and jumps around so much that sometimes you wonder if you are listening to a crazy person.  He does a halfway good job of tying it all together, but I feel like he could be more succinct. 

He quickly gets to the point before moving on to related topics.  Then he wraps it all together with a conclusion.

His claim is that we perceive the meaning or the utility of objects rather than just the objects.  Since we are talking about automatic mental processes, it is hard to say in what order the brain processes information.  Maybe we first recognize the object and then its function.  Maybe function is so tied to our perception that we perceive it simultaneously.  Since it is hard to know, does it really matter?

If You Struggle To Find Meaning In Your Life, Watch This

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Little Cobra Gets Sips Of Water From A Sprite Bottle During His Rescue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db9MgEfHLgY

It is next to impossible for me to feel compassion for a creature that is poisonous enough to kill an elephant.  It might make sense for a snake collector, but to release this monster back into the wild is to risk the lives of others. 



Saturday, April 2, 2022

Re: 50 CAL VS TRAIN TRACK RAIL

https://youtu.be/W57EjnIJu7Q

I'm impressed.  Railroad tracks are made from hot-rolled steel and are designed to be tough.

This type of weapon must have considerable power.  I'm thinking of the third law of motion, where every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  The weapon must be able to deal with recoil.


Best wishes,

John Coffey


Re: Watch "Debunking '15 Inventions Created By Black Americans’" on YouTube

I've seen this before, but it is still interesting.

I'm sure that there is enough real history that people don't have to create fictional history.

On Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 3:45 AM Albert wrote:
During the Black history month, this myth about Black Americans "inventing" these 15 inventions surface as facts. It's simply an exercise of rewriting history to match an agenda. It's ridiculous.



Thursday, March 24, 2022

Is This The End Of Capitalism? | Answers With Joe - YouTube

In response to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wny-d15ZETw

I wrote...

The word capitalism is used as a pejorative. The correct term should be a free market, which is the freedom to own a business and run it with minimal interference from the government. The opposite of this is different degrees of tyranny. Do you want the government running your business, or taking it away from you?

Corporations are used as a whipping boys, but corporations are a way of democratizing business ownership. My retirement fund invests in the S&P500, meaning that I have some tiny ownership in 500 companies. People resent corporations because they are a concentration of power, and this could possibly be a threat to freedom, but without corporations, very few people could afford to invest in business ownership.

The socialist left keeps looking for excuses to give us a command and control economy. The most recent is a fear of automation, but history shows that automation leads to more prosperity, more jobs not less.

Milton Freidman said that the robber barons were mostly a myth.  People flocked to difficult factory jobs because that was better than the alternative.  Nobody forces you to give a corporation a dime.  Nobody forces you to work for an employer.  In a command and control economy, everything is done by coercion.  They will tell you what to buy, who to work for, what type of energy you can use, what kind of health care you are eligible for, and what you can say.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Jordan Peterson - Your Life Is Built For More

I am surprised at how many ideas Jordan Peterson can bring to a single conversation.  He speaks at such a high intellectual level that it takes attention to keep up.

Apparently, I can listen to him for a long time.  I thought that maybe the first hour would be the best part, but the second hour is very good too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laSK7Pxh0_8

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Linus says adblock is piracy: is he right?

Some interesting moral considerations.  When I first bought TIVO to record television, it came with a 30-second skip button, which I found wonderful for skipping commercials.  The advertisers were up in arms over this and eventually pressured TIVO to remove the feature.  (I think that it may have been removed during a software update.)  The advertisers claimed that there was an implied contract with the TV viewers to watch commercials to pay for content.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jUxOnoWsFU

African Tribesmen Experience Filters for the First Time

Classical Music in Cartoons | Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny, Disney, Mickey Mouse, Fantasia,

Not sure if I have sent this yet.  I'm not a big fan of music, but I do like some classical music and movie tunes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7pceILPS7g

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Famous orangutan driving a golf cart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ze-nVh2Bs

From the comments:

His behaviour while driving is very much like a human's. His expression, the way he's gripping the steering wheel with one hand and his semi relaxed posture as he's cruising along, scanning the road ahead. I'd trust him to drive me around lmao.

That would be boss cruising around with him haha

Maybe this was the true self driving car we needed all along