Culture General

YouTube Trap

Bob: Bro, I’m trying to get my channel to blow up. I’ll be happy with a million. Then I can quit my job.

Dylan: I don’t think you need anywhere close to a million to quit your job bro. Probably need around 100k.

Bob: That’s way too low. Ads on Youtube payout $1-$5 per 1000 views. With a million views that’s $1000-$5000 per vid. Only way to make a living off that. I need to make lots of content that can interest the largest audience to grow quickly and reach that level.

Dylan: There’s another way bro. Make high-quality niche content that appeals to a small but very loyal and engaged audience. Less work in the long run and easier to maintain.

Bob: How could that work? The ad revenue would be too small and the channel wouldn’t grow with niche content.

Dylan: Right, the money doesn’t come from Youtube ads. They come from your own advertisers that would want access to your niche audience. In fact, maybe it would be better to remove Youtube ads entirely.

Bob: No ads at all?

Dylan: Yeah. No ads. Make your videos easy to watch to attract audience. Then when the audience is large enough, you can use it to get your own advertising dollars by contacting companies who want to sell to your audience. Maybe sell your own shit too.

Bob: Sounds like way too much work. Plus Youtube takes care of all the that.

Dylan: It also future proofs you. What if Youtube changes their rates or demonizes you. Doing it yourself is more work upfront but I think would payoff in the long run.

Bob: We’ll see.

Dylan: We shall.


Culture General Politics

Freedom to Troll

Dom: Yo, Pharma-bro got seven years in federal prison. I guess you shouldn’t talk shit before your sentence drops. Lol

Amy: Kinda fucked up actually.

Dom: What do you mean?

Amy: Based on the charges he was found guilty on, shouldn’t he have gotten six months instead. Kinda fucked up that shit-talking gets you more time. Feels like a restriction on free speech.

Dom: He deserves it tho. He gouged drug prices and defrauded investors. Then he makes fake threats against a presidential candidate and brags about how little he’ll be sentenced. It’s very stupid.

Amy: It may be stupid but its also free speech. Can we agree that government retaliation for speech in this round-about way is fucked up and kinda unAmerican actually?

Dom: I think of it like karma balancing itself out. Why should shitty people have the freedom to treat people like shit?

Amy: The price of speech I think. Protect speech that the government hates. If they can punish someone more harshly for speech like that, doesn’t that invalidate free speech and discourage others from exercising their rights? Freedom to troll I say!

Dom: Get outta here, lol.


General Science

Hot In Here

Thing 1: Do you think climate change is a problem?

Thing 2: Of course, higher levels of CO2 in the air causes warming which disrupts the equilibrium of ecosystem in the form of higher sea levels, stronger weather events, animal/insect extinction, etc. Would end the habitability of our planet. Sad that we’re doing this to ourselves.

Thing 1: Lets say all of that is true. Is it peculiar that CO2 levels have increased by about 30% over the last few decades despite the human population growing over 300%? If people are the primary cause of CO2 in the atmosphere, shouldn’t we have seen it triple?

Thing 2: Does it matter? Wouldn’t it be better to take action now regardless of whatever the peculiarities might be? We only have one planet after all.

Thing 1: I don’t know if any action needs to be taken. Could this discrepancy reflect how much more efficient we’ve become with energy use over time. I think that could mean we’ll reach a point where our CO2 emissions will eventually level out without changing the rate of technological progress. The problem of “climate change” may solve itself.

Thing 2: I don’t think so but time will tell.


Culture General

Trans Athletes

Dude: I don’t really care if trans athletes compete in women sports.

Dame: You should care. Its not fair for biological women to have to compete against people who were formerly men. What if your daughter had to compete against one of these athletes in a contact sport? Would you be worried about their safety?

Dude: I wouldn’t let her compete with trans athletes in a contact sport. If its non-contact, I’d let her. She’ll play in a league with athletes on her level of skill. Plus, women are largely responsible for the tolerance and acceptance of trans people in our culture. Yall have made your bed, now lie in it.

Dame: I think they should be accepted for who they and their truth like anyone else. However, there should be a limit on taking over the things that women have fought so hard for. It took forever for society to allow and accept women sports, so I believe it should be restricted to biological women.

Dude: Isn’t it accepted that these trans athletes are women as far as everyone is concerned, including the medical community? If so, then they should be able to participate.

Dame: I don’t think its right. They should have their own leagues. Plus you never see female to male trans athletes competing in men sports. Only the other way around.

Dude: True, but it’ll eventually happen I think.




H: Just got off the London eye. The check underneath the bench in the pods like security checks underneath a car for bombs? Crazy that they live this way.

J: I dont think its that serious man. Cant be too safe, right? I feel like they do that stuff in America too. Like a parade with garbage trucks blocking streets.

H: I wouldn’t compare it tho. A carousel vs large groups of people. The potential for harm is incomparable. Also went to the winter wonderland in Hyde Park where they did security checks through bags and wanded people. That make sense. Kinda.

J: I feel like its a healthy paranoia. It doesn’t hurt to check but I also don’t imagine that happening in the US.

H: I disagree. Seems like they’ve decided to treat a symptom than the root cause with these measures. Now they live in fear.

J: 2m1s

General Politics

Mean Girls

B: What do you think? :

G: I can’t say that I think anything about it. As a citizen it’s embarrassing that our president is mocked. But we mock him and he deserves to be mocked so 🤷🏾‍♀️. They’re making fun… over a couple drinks… why not.

B: They sound like girls to me. Like they envy the attention Trump gets and have to share their dislike of it with their peers. Seems like a bad look for them.

G: I didn’t listen to the volume, just read the captions. But sure, I’m sure trump views it the same way you do

B: It think of it like this: we are a star athlete trump is our agent. He should be an asshole to the rest of the world because he is negotiating for us. He’d be a bad agent if he was polite, kind, and nice. He should be arrogant, loud, demanding, and unreasonable in order to secure us great deals.

G: Sounds like you’d have no problem with hitler

B: This is the fastest I’ve seen Godwin’s law exemplified.

G: You’re welcome. Cept I wasn’t comparing trump to hitler, what I said was based on your description of a preferred leader, you would have no problem with hitler. Subtle difference.


Culture General

Billionaire Troll?

J: What do you think of the cyber truck?

S: obvious troll. I think he’s making fun of rivian. OMG. Are people are really falling for this? Do people believe he’s serious?

J: I think so

S: What do y’all think of the cybertruck?

A: The spec sheet is crazy but it looks like they designed it in Minecraft

S: Lol. I think it’s an epic troll. Its inconsistent with the other cars they sell. It definately isnt road legal. Super impractical. And the bullet proof sounds like a joke. This is the same guy who launched a roaster into space. I feel like its more likely he had this car designed and built to troll the media, fanboys, and the short sellers than to actually sell this truck. Kinda brilliant actually.

A: There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s trolling, but I agree there’s some brilliance with this move. Sometimes I feel like he’s catering to the younger audience and purposefully alienating other groups like the ones you mentioned. If you’re not already, you should follow him on Twitter. He’s constantly trolling and joking there, it’s hilarious

S: Lmao. Brilliant.


Culture General

On the Other Foot

iMan: I’m 100% in favor of male birth control as long as it’s not a pill/hormone modification. Giving men control over when they have children can only be good for society. I dont think women would be in favor of it tho.

Jord: How else do you think bc is supposed to work? You have all the access you want to a vasectomy and haven’t been in line for that. At first I wondered how it would affect the population– less kids. But then I realized, like most other things, it wouldn’t be equally accessible to impoverished communities. Which means now we continue to perpetuate the disproportion of wealthy families.

iMan: Not a vasectomy. Reverse inhabiton of sperm under guidance. Vasalgel. Developed and tested in India. Cheap, reversible, effective. It could change the society. No more baby traps. More importantly, women wont need to take birth control pills. Holy crap. I heard about this treatment on reddit almost a decade ago. Finally in approval stage… India.

Jord: So another 20 years for us

iMan: Probably never. Too much money in birth control pills vs a cheap one time polymer injection.


General Sports

Take a Load Off

Jord: What do you think about Kawhi sitting out? Or load management in general?

S: Smart. Your thoughts?

Jord: Smart for players– especially if they get paid for sitting. Bad for everyone else. If I pay to see the clippers vs the lakers in the regular season and kawhi (Or any of the top four) decide they need a break– I’m upset. Likely wouldn’t watch the game, ask for my money back. Bad for revenue, bad for fans. But with kd and kawhi leading the way, this is going to become a regular thing

S: Perhaps the league should build the schedule so that the best match ups have rest days before and after. It would be harder to schedule especially if team rosters are finalized late in the off season.

Jord: I agree. It’s definitely a system flaw. Wonder how adopting your idea affects profits. Also would that make the season longer and encourage players to take low profile games less seriously? Do teams with no top 30 get rests before back to back games?

S: They could reduce the number of games.


General Politics

Gerrymandered too much?

Godzilla: Lol. Gerrymandering is the reason why minorities have representation in government.

Ling: Not really, Probably in more metro areas, But tell me who represents the inner cities in the state outside nyc, The don’t break up towns or villages but it’s mandated to break apart cities, So look at how the districts in nys are broken up, you’ll see the hoods being split up and being in the same districts with the well off areas, Making minorities more disenfranchised. It’ll be hardly possible for them to run for larger offices

Godzilla: So a representative has constituents in both affluent and impoverished areas? Why is that bad? Should hoods be consolidated into one district? Is that best? Plus its elected officials deciding the maps. Seems like if a party wants to prioritize forming safe seats with larger majorities vs moderately risky seats with smaller majorities for more overall seats, its their perogative. How would you change the rules for districting? Should districts be formed to match the racial distribution of the state? Should minorities be pooled into districts? Organized by party affiliation? Divided so that every seat is competitive or so that every seat is safe? Lastly, who makes the decision. Should it remain in the hands of elected politicians? People vote? Third party?

Ling: Elected officials are going to break it down to keep their desired status quo. If there are ways to make it easier to have a more balanced and representive body which will make it more challenging for them to win, why would they change it

Godzilla: Seems like gerrymandering is just a tool. Can be used for good or bad. Seems like Dems complain about it because they suck at math and statistics.

Ling: Lmfao personally, I believe the democrats like gerrymandering as much as any party that’s in control

Godzilla: For sure. Just pandering to their minority base with the anti gerrymandering rhetoric.