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The Perfect PokéRap

Brian David Gilbert has solidified his status as a Pokémon Master with this presentation at PAX East 2019. The man takes his audience on an entertaining, emotional and (above all) educational quest, culminating in a PokéRap featuring all current 812 Pokémon. And, while his effort and genius deserves all your time and attention, if you’d like to get straight to the top, Polygon has uploaded the song only which can be found here.

My YouTube: Mental Floss


First things first, you may be wondering whose face that is gracing the “My Youtube” thumbnail slot at the moment. No, it’s not the asian guy from the Big Bang Theory, it’s Kumail Nanjiani. Why he is there though is a little harder to answer. As far as I can tell, he was on the cover of the magazine once. But suddenly, look! We’ve all learned 2 new things. And it’s that kind of quick fire learning blast that the youtube channel behind our non-10 season sitcom starring comedian friend, does multiple times a week. This is mental_floss on YouTube.

As well as being a US magazine, Mental Floss’ youtube channel exists with the decided purpose of adding to the collective pool of general knowledge. It’s a smart show that isn’t embarassed to let the world know it, but it doesn’t talk at you like a condescending mother-in-law, but engages you like a quirky know-it-all cousin. Its subject coverage is impressive and its backlog is far-reaching and relentless. The main website is to the Discovery Channel, is what BuzzFeed is to TMZ. And the funniest thing about that is, the exact same jokes work for the Vsauce channels and now I can’t use them again.

There are 3 different strands to Mental Floss; ‘Big Questions’, ‘Misconceptions’ and ‘the List Show’, presented by Craig “WheezyWaiter” Benzine, Elliott “The Morgasm” Morgan and John “The Fault in our Stars” Green respectively. I don’t know about you, but I like a list probably a bit more than the next guy. Even though there’s nothing less sexy than irregular numbering patterns, if it’s produced by the mind behind Paper Towns, his brother as well as some other fine people, I think it can be forgiven. I mean this the closest thing we’ll get to Stephen Fry and the QI Elves running a youtube channel that isn’t just TV excerpts. Although both names make good titles for indie folk bands.

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My YouTube: Extra Credits


In theory, it’d be a fairly safe assumption to think a youtube channel which was essentially a think tank for video game developers would be a pretty boring affair. It would be just as crazy an idea to entertain as tv shows about women in government or a 3 hour movie about the diplomatic acquiring of goods. Oh wait? Bam! Bam! And BAM! If you ever feel like a brief introduction & education in the more involved areas of the video game industry the modern entertainment industry Extra Credits is the channel (and internet retailer) for you. They examine the nuance and patterns in the industry as well as it’s effects on business and consumer, all in easy to understand english with charming pictorial clues, so even little Jessie can understand why the media industry are conspiring to rob her blind in exchange for a half-complete game with a 4 minute playtime. It’s inspiring stuff.

In many ways the guys behind Extra Credits are like the Super Mario Bros rock remix that features at the beginning of some many of their episodes. A new take on seemingly perfected formulas. Every week James, the writer, and Dan, the disembodied voice, put out a new episode analyzing the problems of the industry and offering potential solutions with wit, insight and again, disembodied voices attached to weirdly coloured cuboids. Using the principles of gamification, consumer behaviour and some lateral thinking these guys could probably add incentive to breakfast time by making you believe there was a power up at the end. Heck, they even suggest every schoolboy’s dream that class should play more like an MMORPG. Whether in an alternate reality the World of Warcraft geeks that hold all the cards turn out to be more tyrannical than their jock counterparts, we’ll never know, but it’s nice to think about. And with multiple playlists under their banner like Extra Remix, Design Club and new series Extra History there’s a bunch of content to suggest to your local councilman. Now if only they could work out a video game centric infrastructural justification for a Veep/Parks & Recreation crossover episode, we’d all be happy.
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20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

By Julien Smith, original posted on


1. The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets,people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention.Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.

5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.

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Millennials: We Suck and We’re Sorry

A message from Generation Y to Generation X. And I don’t mean Pokémon.