My (very) Ocassional Ramblings and Updates That I Didn’t Feel Like Putting Into a Video

WTF is HAKO? Pt 1

Over the past couple of months I’ve ended all of my videos with the mantra “HAKO.” It’s an acronym I came up with a long time ago that stands for Honesty, Assertiveness, Kindness, and Open-mindedness. For the longest, it has served as a personal reminder of what I think are the baseline values a decent…
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A Free Society Isn’t Defined by its Assholes

I got into a debate online with this guy not too long ago because he’d shared a post about a man being arrested in Germany for performing the Nazi salute. He congratulated the government of Germany for its commitment to stamping out hatred. I argued, however, that stifling free expression was a dangerous precedent and…
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Are Platforms a Problem?

We all know about “mob mentality;” the idea that if you get a lot of people together in the same space, it can lead to these people being influenced to adopt certain ideas and become very hostile to opposing ideas. Sometimes mobs form organically around common frustrations or fandoms, but another (and arguably more effective)…
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The 80-20 Principle

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always considered myself a “jack of all trades, but master of none.” I get really excited to try out things so often that it’s really hard for me to focus on any one thing for too long. Also, I’ve always been a very competitive person, so I’m often…
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Calling People Crazy — Things I’m Working On

In my videos, I tend to come off as “the expert” or “the one who’s figured it out”, and that’s to be expected when you have a platform like this. Thousands of people watch my videos, presumably because they think I have valuable things to say. But of course, I’m not perfect. And the rare…
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Black People Can’t Be Racist?

A lot of people act like social issues are all black and white; that there is one “correct” side of the argument to be on and no amount of context or nuance can change that. If you know anything about me, you know that I strongly reject this way of thinking. “The only thing truly…
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T1J/QNA #2

I’m planning to do a Q&A video at least once a month, so be sure to leave me more questions to answer in the future!¬† Also I’ve launched¬†a t-shirt campaign with teespring.com! If you’d like an additional way to support me or to just sport some cool T1J gear, check out my store. For now,…
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Blocking Revenue is Censorship

There was a big fuss on the internet yesterday, as creators across YouTube suddenly noticed that many of their videos were being blocked from monetization by YouTube. It turns out, YouTube had updated its policy on what kinds of videos can be monetized and was quietly demonetizing videos for almost a year now. Apparently now,…
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I’m From Alabama

I got into an friendly argument with a friend recently when I mentioned that I was strongly considering moving away from Alabama to pursue more career opportunities. I live in the most populated city in Alabama–Birmingham–and this place has always struggled to stand out among so many great tourist-friendly southern cities like Atlanta, New Orleans,…
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I’m a Sucker For a Good Guy

I could be wrong, but I feel like previous generations created their media in a more idealized way. Characters were a lot less morally ambiguous, for the most part. You always knew who the good guy was. There was a kind of optimism and hope that I feel is missing from a lot of modern…
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