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The YouTube channel my nephew puts on almost every time he visits is some super annoying let's play/family vlogging account. It has all the stink of desperate YouTuber scthick (shock faces! yelling over cheapo Steam horror games! whoa we got a big new toy!) and the kids being involved front and center. After a while I realized the insidious appeal of it where kids, like my nephew, get this vicarious view of a "happy fun family." It's like a whole layer of parasocial relationship that acts like a salve to his own family's humdrum or dysfunctional day-to-day.

Of course he's 10 so way too young to understand the big forces at play and his parents are clueless and act like YouTube is this frivolous thing. It's all very it's depressing and it made me wonder what sort of unforeseen rot has been planted in his brain.

My hope is that when a lot of the kids who were the target audience of these families grow up, there's a generational conversation they can have about how fucked up this all was (and rightfully asking their parents and powers that be why this was allowed to happen).

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This was 1) very good and 2) made Firewatch seem way more interesting than just a mystery that fails or succeeds to pay off. I suspect Delilah as this disembodied companion voice also heightened the expectations for this mystery after the popularity of Bioshock.

As someone who held off on Firewatch because of all the weird vibes, I'm glad I watched this and know that there is a payoff but not in the place where people might expect.

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The irony is that Dan's harebrained egg plane idea is not too far off from what giant wind turbines are doing today. Right now even bigger off-shore wind turbines are being developed with rotors upwards of 350+ feet wide.

This is a good video on siphons and how they're important in washing machines and toilets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg8KQfaT9xY

Refrigerators are kinda tricky to wrap your mind around because they use tricks around phase changes, pressure, and temperature to do what they do. This video is a bit more advanced but it breaks it down pretty well.

Best I can summarize it, a cold liquid enters the fridge via coils. Heat energy transfers from the food and air inside the fridge to heat the liquid in the pipes. But, conveniently, the liquid is also close to it's boiling point. The heat energy that goes from the food to the coil works to convert the liquid into a gas. Then that gas travels back outside to a compressor that raises the pressure (which requires outside energy i.e. electricity). The raised pressure of the gas does two necessary things: it raises the temperature of the gas and it raises it's boiling point. By being hotter than the outside air, the heat energy from the gas can now leach out into the ambient air. And by leaching that energy, it goes from a gas to a liquid. This setups up the fridge for its final trick. By making the compressed liquid lose a bunch of energy out the back of the fridge, the expansion valve reducing the pressure of the liquid makes the temperature of the liquid go below the temp inside the fridge. And then it goes inside the fridge and the cycle begins anew. This process is possible because it is tuned around the pressure and temperature curves of freon.

I think Dan might be thrown off from the start because "cold" doesn't really exist. Heat is all relative to absolute zero, a state of no particle motion. So ignoring radiation for a minute, it's all about higher temperature particles transfer energy to lower temperature particles by bumping into them. Heat always goes somewhere (or comes from somewhere) unless it's insulated.

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The crew here are absolutely zeroing in on what it is about this that is gross on a moral level. Seeing the naked cynicism of a broken internet built to serve attention as a commodity by monolithic platforms. The scope and scale when you look at the numbers leaves you feeling pretty depressed and rightly so.

I think the organized effort behind the Rick Lax network is a fascinating angle to it.

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Just from this series alone we can see how much of a total crap shoot it is when things go from visible and tangible to abstract. It continues to be harrowing and fascinating.

The secret best show is all the reactions we don't get to hear from the editors as they go through all the footage first. Also I love that Dan's hypothetical explanation of the internet to someone over 100 years ago is basically just the telegraph.

As far as subjects I know Dan has admitted plenty of times to knowing nothing about, it's cars. It would be a great way to touch thermodynamics, petroleum and emissions, transmission, and the mind boggling action of internal combustion engines. Plus a bonus link back to electricity with electric motors.

A juicy one would be "medieval times" because that subject is thick with misconceptions and myths but might get a bit too spicy if not researched properly.

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Ah a great time to be showing off the next product in the Call of Dutyfranchise made by Activision Blizzard, Inc. Nope just business as usual showing off the fancy new war game.

Also that Halo Infinite trailer being two steps away from a US Marines ad.

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I think my favorite tidbit was Dan asking what all this spinning accomplishes because it's a good question. Orbits are the balance between objects pulling in toward each other and an object having an initial linear momentum. The latter bit is especially important because it then makes us ask what cause that linear moment in the first place, which is an ongoing project to figure out at bigger and bigger scales.

In the end, it accomplishes a great deal because it's what keeps atoms intact and celestial objects from all collapsing together. Of course orbits aren't perfect so these collisions are happening constantly anyway.

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Going even beyond the bait and switch part, you can see the psychological manipulation in the pull-the-pin style ones because they all show the floating hand messing up the puzzle. So it's like this little poke to your brain saying "I bet I can solve that" bundled with the curiosity to see what happens once you do.

You can see tactic spilling over to other genres of mobile ads as well. Another example is those ads where you pick fights between a path of tiles and add the number of soldiers to your total. When they get to the end of it they don't have enough to win the board.

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I could feel Jordan's contortions through the screen.

Would never have guessed this album to be the first to divide the group.