What Is Going On With Youtube Ads?

Posted on Tue 31 October 2023 in Misc

I've recently found myself watching a lot of Youtube videos on my flip phone because I have no audio on my new desktop (thanks, Linux). This means getting hit with ads designed to be seen by people with no viewer history, since my phone doesn't have enough RAM for cookies …

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Something I'm Doing With ChatGPT

Posted on Wed 20 September 2023 in Misc

I literally just finished playing around with ChatGPT, and I found that it's really good at making stories, especially in other languages. Since I'm trying to learn Italian, I made it give me some simple Italian stories to practice off of. Before, I had to use complicated news articles, so …

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A Funny Thing I Noticed About Western Culture

Posted on Mon 28 August 2023 in Misc

I have a bit of an interest in fashion, and I've been thinking about why we don't really wear formal clothing that much. It clicked to me that the reason is because western culture isn't really that formal. Maybe that sounds obvious to some people, but as somebody who's been …

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Why I Undercook My Poultry

Posted on Mon 14 August 2023 in Food

The title is partially clickbait: I only undercook the white meat. Because dark meat is full of fat and connective tissue, it needs to be very well cooked to get a nice texture. White meat doesn't have that, so it's very prone to drying out if you overcook it. I'm …

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Why Blockbuster Was Right To Not Buy Netflix

Posted on Sun 13 August 2023 in Misc

Every now and then, you see people talk about how Blockbuster not buying Netflix was one of the worst financial decisions in history. That's arguable, but what people are usually trying to say is that Blockbuster made a stupid decision, and anybody with a brain would have taken the deal …

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Board Game Engines Are About Trees, Not Evaluation Functions

Posted on Mon 31 July 2023 in Technology

Lately, I've been flirting with the idea of making a game engine to evaluate Brazilian Draughts, which I plan to do with alpha-beta pruning. Since I might be spending a bit of time working on tree searches, I want to write about something that I've noticed for a while: whenever …

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Recap Of The Reddit Blackout

Posted on Mon 24 July 2023 in Misc

The blackout seemed to have taken the internet by storm, but not much has been heard about it since. Now that things seem to have mostly been resolved, I want to give an overview of what happened and my thoughts about it all.

Why The Blackout Happened

In case you …

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Posted on Mon 26 June 2023 in Misc

Yesterday, I went on the shortest walk I've been on in months. The smoke from the forest fires not too far from my town was extremely bad, so my eyes began to burn after just a few minutes outside. Growing up, I assumed that we would have figured out global …

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The Tragedy Of Mobile Gaming

Posted on Wed 21 June 2023 in Video Games

I was taking a look at my old GBA, and I couldn't help but think about how much technology has advanced since it came out. It's been 20 years since that came out, so according to Moore's Law, modern hardware is 1024x better now. Seriously, our phones are better than …

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Why Does Mr Beast Do This?

Posted on Sun 11 June 2023 in Misc

While I was watching yesterday's MrBeast video, I noticed that the picture from Chris's coming out tweet was taken while filming for the $1,000,000 yacht. That tweet came out April 27, so MrBeast waited over a month to upload this video. I know that you need to edit …

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