Monday, December 27, 2021

Twitter Declining Over The Years

Twitter seems to be continuously getting worse over the years. It used to be you could follow people you were interested in and see the tweets they wrote. Now it seems like most of the content in the feed is either advertisements or content you don't want.

Instead of seeing actual tweets, the feed is flooded with things like “so and so follows...”, or “so and so liked...” I followed these people to see what they are tweeting, not to see what tweets they liked and which people they follow.

Also they are now just throwing in random tweets from random categories. This is essentially junk mail in Twitter form. I know they are just trying to get you to follow more accounts, but at very least this kind of feature should have the option to be turned off.

I go into the settings and they have sections for “Topics” and “Interests”. They sign you up for these categories supposedly based on your activity, but I have found tons of “topics” and “interests” in there that I have no interest in nor have I even heard of them.

And they don't make it easy to get rid of this stuff. In the feed you can manually delete each one, one by one. In the settings you can go through and manually try to delete the things you are not interested in but all of this is very time consuming and annoying to do especially when we never signed up for these things to begin with.

I have an account just to follow the people who are interesting, but at this rate, I find myself wanting to check the feed less and less. I would not be surprised if other people feel the same way and are starting to leave the platform as well. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any thoughts on this issue. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Have a Human Experience

I was watching the latest Dave Chappelle stand up special “The Closer” and as a fan of his work I enjoyed the special as expected. There was a part of towards the end which I found to be particularly profound. Dave was talking about a conversation he was having at a show one night with a transgender friend of his named Daphne Dorman. He mentioned about how he didn't understand her and what she said was very moving. She said “I don't need you to understand me. I just need you to believe that I'm having a human experience.”

It is a pretty powerful statement and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to apply to life in general. It can apply to some of the deepest questions such as what is the purpose of life, and why are we here? The answer could be simply, to have a human experience.

We are all here on this planet and we have been given the opportunity to live a lifetime here as a human and experience it however we want. Sure, we are all born into different environments and circumstances to begin with, but ultimately it is up to us how we want to live out lives. We choose what we want to do, where we want to go, how we want to behave, how we want to spend our time, who we want to associate with etc.

Everyone is different and gets to make their own decisions about how they want to live their life. This can help understand people who are different. You might see someone do something or act a certain way and not understand it or not see why they would do that. The same person may see you do something or act a certain way that is different from them and wonder the same thing about you.

It's great to be able to understand people, but its not always necessary when you realize that we are all just living our lives and having a human experience. We are all at different points in our lives and have had different experiences up to this point that have shaped who we are. We have this wonderful opportunity to have this experience so be sure to make the most of it!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Best Youtube Channels of 2021

Its time to announce the best Youtube channels of 2021. This year we have 5 new channels to recommend which have not been featured before in any previous years as well as a couple more channels that have been featured before but they did such a great job this year that they deserve a spot on this list as well. Here are our top picks for the best Youtube channels of the year:

1. Trash Tuesday (Podcast)

Formerly known as Bloodbath, Trash Tuesday is a weekly podcast featuring comedian Annie Lederman, actress/comedian Esther Povitsky, and podcaster Khalyla Kuhn. It is funny and entertaining and the topics are different each week. It is well produced and seems to be growing in popularity as more people discover it. If you enjoy real talk and edgy comedy be sure to check this one out. 

2. Katie Carney (Vlog)

Katie Carney is a vlogger who is known for her videos about what it is like to live in a car. She travels around the country and vlogs about the places she visits and also makes videos about how to live in a car. She has a very friendly upbeat personality and it is fun to see what she is up to each week. Here is a video where she and her friend visit an unusual attraction in New York. 

3. Cart Narcs (Real Interactions)

Cart Narcs is a channel is a channel run by "Agent" Sebastian who makes it his mission to tackle the problem of people not returning shopping carts. He patrols various grocery store parking lots and confronts people who leave their shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot. He films the interactions as he tries to get them to return their cart. Sometimes they comply but most of the time it escalates into a confrontation.

4. Trilogy Media (Scam Investigations)

The guys at Trilogy Media have a goal of tracking down scammers who try to steal money from people on the internet. They follow up on leads and use investigative skills to find the people who are responsible for running and enabling these scams. Often they will travel across the country to confront the scammers and expose what they are doing.

5. Sarah -n- Tuned (Cars)

Sarah from the Sarah -n- Tuned channel makes car related videos that range from working on project cars to reviewing new cars. She is very knowledgeable about cars and does a great job with reviews. She is also very funny and incorporates humor into her videos. In a sea of car review channels, this one stands out as one you should check out if you are into cars.

6. Gas Station Encounters (Surveillance Commentary)

We have featured Gas Station Encounters before but they did a great job this year providing lots of entertaining videos so they definitely deserve a spot on the list. This channel features surveillance video of people trying to steal from gas stations while comedic commentary is added. Usually the thieves are caught and confronted just when they think they are about to get away. The videos are well produced and even feature original songs from time to time.

7. Vlog Creations (Funny / Pranks)

Ross and his friends from Vlog Creations also earned a spot on the list again because of their amazing work this year. No other channel is more consistent than these guys in putting out reliable entertainment every week. They continue to come up with funny creative ideas for videos. You can tell they are having a great time and that feeling comes through in the videos. 

Hope you enjoyed this years picks for the best Youtube channels of 2021! Feel free to comment below on your favorite channels of the year. 

Also check out last years list: Best Youtube Channels of 2020.