The Unimaginable Scale of the First James Webb Image

The first image of the James Webb space telescope has arrived and it shows an incredible vastness of space. The universe is bigger than you think.

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The Universe is big.

You might’ve seen the first image shown by the James Webb telescope. This image represents a tiny part of the sky – so small that, if you held up a grain of sand in your outstretched hand, it would occupy roughly the same part of the sky as that image.

But to truly illustrate how huge the universe is, consider how far we’ll go, what kind of cosmic distance you will cover in your entire life. As you might know, speed is relative, so we have to set our cosmic speed relative to something

The Sun? No, we can go bigger. Maybe the center of the Milky Way? No, we can go bigger still. Perhaps the most useful answer is setting our speed relative to the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Let’s do some napkin math – 390 kilometers per second over a human lifespan. The Milky Way, our galaxy, is roughly a hundred thousand light years across. Assuming these galaxies are roughly the same size as our own, it would take you a million human lifetimes to travel across one of these tiny dots, thousands of which are contained in a patch of the sky small enough to fit inside a grain of sand.

That’s the mind-boggling scale of that James Webb picture and our universe in general.

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Why Backseating Sucks

As Elden Ring tops popularity charts and attracts an ever-growing horde of backseaters(common for souls games), we should talk about why even well-intentioned backseating sucks for streams and let’s plays.

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WHAT A JOKE Facebook’s Empty Threat To Leave EU

Meta filed a report where it claims it may have to withdraw its core services – Facebook and Instagram – from Europe. WHAT A JOKE! No one at Facebook actually believes any of this! Facebook needs Europe far more than Europe needs Facebook and, in this video, I explain why.

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“Are you threatening us with a good time?” – that should be the response of every European and especially every European politician to Facebook’s amusing threats to leave.

Because, yet again, Meta has been making noises about how they might have to pull out of the EU and not offer their core services like Facebook and Instagram. What a joke. Meta is not going to do it, but I slightly worry that some European representatives may not be technologically savvy enough to realize that this is an empty threat.

The core reason why this threat is completely empty is simple: Facebook and Instagram are easily replaceable. If Facebook left Europe, we’d see a brief period of confusion, followed by a brief game of thrones to see which social network would get to be the new top dog in Europe. A month later, everyone would be on “Eurobook” and that would be that.

But it gets worse for Facebook. A couple days ago, a report showing that Facebook is not growing anymore triggered a colossal loss in market cap of around 25%. What would the response of the stock market be, if Facebook decided to leave a market of half a billion people, located in some of the wealthiest economies of the world?

But it gets even worse than that for Meta! There’s a fair chance the emerging Eurobook would be, itself, European. In that case, Eurobook would likely cash in on investor and advertising money. All that moolah now goes into local economies of Europe, instead of FB, improving our own Big Tech capacity and providing us with a bunch of high paying jobs. 

Why should the EU be afraid of that, exactly?

But wait, there’s more! This is, after all, not a two-way street. There’s no rule that says that Eurobook can’t provide services to the Americas and the rest of the world. By abandoning the European market, Facebook would be creating a huge, direct competitor for themselves – one that might very well grow to become an existential threat to the company.

You think I’m finished here? No, it gets worse. Facebook’s main global problem is that it’s not cool anymore. It has trouble attracting young users, who rightfully see the platform as the space of boomers and old people. By contrast, a new Eurobook, created in the fires of rebellion against boring old Facebook might just have that fresh, rebellious coat of paint that would attract teenagers and young adults onto the platform. 

Last, but not least, Eurobook would likely have a fairly major competitive advantage. Meta’s reputation is so bad at this point that they need to pay their engineers a big chunk of extra cash to get them to work for the company. Eurobook would be unlikely to have such a reputation, meaning that they would have a far easier time attracting and retaining talent.

In short: Facebook leaving Europe would likely result in the immediate creation of a replacement, which might very well grow to be an existential threat to Facebook on a global scale.

By all means, Meta. Leave. But you won’t, will you? Like and subscribe if you realize now that everyone in Meta’s leadership knows that this threat is bs through and through and this is just a little game they’re playing, hoping to extract some concessions.

Some afterthoughts

Hey, I’m not truly ruling anything out.

It could be that Zuckerberg is THAT arrogant, maybe he believes he’s invincible and he doesn’t realize that he’s in a precarious position, where the only thing his social network has going for it is that everyone else is already on it – but that advantage vanishes as soon as Facebook decides to pull out of a market.

Maybe I’m overestimating Zuck; CEOs have certainly shot themselves in the foot before – and if it happened before, it can happen again.

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Weight Loss Programs Are NOT Designed To Fail #shorts

Some say that weight loss programs are designed to make you fail over and over again and to keep coming back for more.

This is untrue – there are viable business models that support client success and saying otherwise is just edgy cynicism masquerading as wisdom. Just because something sounds edgy, cynical and makes you feel like you’re “in the know” on some big secret does not mean it’s true.

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There’s this idea floating around, that weight loss programs are deceptive – that their business model is based on you failing over and over again and coming back for more. This is edgy cynicism masquerading as world-weary wisdom. 

Of course, it’s not all good – exploiting beginner ignorance is common, a business model where you spend a couple hundred bucks before you wise up to the fact that it’s a scam.

But fitness programs can have powerful incentives to see you succeed as well.

Consider what happens if you do. If edgemint brand cookies1 make you succeed, how many friends do you tell about me? Lots. You become the best kind of marketing – the evangelical zealot who sounds sincere and convincing, especially if your friends see your change with their own eyeballs. If your glowing praise gets one person into the system, I’m maintaining a stable customer base; if it gets two, I’m growing.

This is a good business model.

Hit like and subscribe if you understand that just because something sounds cynical doesn’t mean it’s true.

1 I don’t actually make weight loss cookies, sorry.

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Why Men Still Lose Their Hair

You might think it’s the lack of treatment options, but that is not the answer. We have compounds that work to prevent hair loss in almost all men.  If that’s true – and it is – how do so many men still lose their hair nowadays?

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You might think it’s the lack of treatment options, but that is not the answer.

Which is why, if there’s anything you take from this, it’s simple: if you’re losing hair, go to a doctor. An actual medical doctor. The specialty you want is a dermatologist. They will prescribe you finasteride and minoxidil, which are the two compounds that actually work. That’s how you solve balding.

These compounds will work to prevent hair loss in almost all men – that is, in everyone except for the most aggressive cases or the tiny minority who experience side effects. If that’s true – and it is – how do so many men still lose their hair nowadays?

Let’s talk about that.

Stage Zero: Ignorance

Before anything else happens, you’re losing hair and you don’t know it. That’s the tragedy, almost all men could keep a head of hair for a lifetime if they started treatment when they still had ninety thousand functioning hair follicles, but most won’t notice it at that stage.

By the time most men realize that anything is happening at all, they probably lost thirty or fifty thousand hair follicles. Then we go to…

Stage One: Denial.

You look at your hair and your hairline seems too high; or you see way too much scalp… but nothing is happening, right? You can’t possibly be losing hair. You probably have a dad or an uncle who is losing hair, but that can’t happen to you… Unfortunately, that denial is costing you time – when you stop, you’ve already lost an extra five thousand hairs and we enter:

Stage Two: Friends & Family

Your family and friends deny anything is happening too. You look good, you look fine, don’t worry about it. This is not the experience of all men – for example, I had a shining beacon of truth in the form of my mom, who was honest with me – but it’s the experience of a lot of guys. Five thousand hairs down the drain. So, who will tell you?

Stage Three: Hairdresser

Most men’s exposure to cosmetic services basically amounts to their hairdressers – and if you’re lucky, your hairdresser will tell you that you’re losing hair.

Unfortunately, most of them are not well-informed. When I asked mine what I can do about this, she recommended biotin supplements, which are a total waste of time. In addition to that, they have some perverse incentives – telling you that you’re losing hair may make you feel bad and seek out a different hairdresser and cosmetic salons will often charge a lot of money for bs treatments.

They have a perverse profit incentive to keep their mouth shut and recommend bs treatments, instead of telling you to go to a doctor. Now you know it’s happening and you want to fix this; your relatives and friends and your hairdresser likely proved useless, so you go online for answers, where we enter:

Stage Four: Just Shave It, Brah

You encounter the just shave it bruh club, who tell you that just shaving it bruh is awesome and amazing and great, just go slick bald. Perhaps you are now considerably reassured – you think to yourself “yeah, screw this nonsense, I’m not going to be worried about this, I’m just gonna shave it bruh”.

The rather telling part is that people who go through this part of the process typically don’t shave their head immediately. They procrastinate on that task, they leave it for a far, distant future, where it’s of course going to be so much more convenient; they only do it right now if their hair has deteriorated to the point that it’s a disaster.

Unfortunately, the just shave it bruh club stage might very well cost you another five thousand hairs and, at this point, maybe your resolution to just shave it bruh is getting a little bit too real and too close to the present, instead of staying comfortably in the distant future, so you seek help online again.

Stage Five: Voodoo Magic Hair Loss Industry

Unfortunately, you are likely to encounter the voodoo magic hair loss industry.

Here’s the problem: the drugs that actually work for hair loss, the ones a doctor will prescribe to you, are not patented anymore. They’re generic, cheap drugs, with slim profit margins. That means that pharmaceutical companies are not incentivized to advertise them anymore. Not that they even can – outside of the United States and New Zealand, direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs is illegal.

You know, by contrast, who does plenty of advertising? The voodoo magic hair loss industry. After all, if I manage to sell you a $100 bottle of overpriced anti-hair loss shampoo or a $300 hairband or a $500 low laser light helmet which will, at best, give you a tiny fraction of the results of real medicines… Those are serious profits right there! These people will tell you – look, our product is legit, we even offer refunds! Except these products would be extremely profitable even if 80% of men refunded them, so there’s a lot of cash to be made on selling quack supplements and treatments.

Lost in the maze of voodoo treatments, you may lose your will to fight altogether or think that the whole thing is a total scam. By the time you figure out what works or grow desperate enough to search for more, you’ve lost another five thousand hairs.

Stage Six: Fearmongering

You know what works, but unfortunately, online, you will find fear mongering hypochondriac panic finasteride cult. If you believe those men, and you shouldn’t, because their ideas have only slightly more scientific backing than the idea that electromagnetic hypersensitivity exists, it’s quite likely you will have a very bad experience with the drug due to the nocebo effect; which may, in turn, delay your treatment by another five thousand hair follicles… or maybe forever.

Now, to be clear, I’m not saying finasteride can’t possibly have any side effects for anyone – but in quality research, you will find that those side effects are very rare.

But… Suppose, you conquered all of these stages. You sought treatment, ignored the just shave it bruh club, you figured out the true face of the voodoo magic hair loss industry, you found information on effective treatments, despite the fact that it’s minimally advertised now and you realized that people fear mongering about them are wrong.

Stage Seven: Too Late?

Here’s the worst problem: by the time you realized all of this, how much ground did you lose? How many years of perfectly good hair did you waste? Obviously, this depends on how aggressive your hair loss is and how long it takes you to get over your denial, but it’s perfectly possible that by the time you know how to treat it, it’s already too late, because you’ve barely got anything left to save.

Stage Seven and 1/2: Sour Grapes

That alone is bad enough, but it gets worse: many men who reach this stage will engage in motivated reasoning and convince themselves that this is what they wanted all along, to preserve their self-image and not admit that they’ve made a mistake or to avoid admitting that they’ve been conned by idiots. They will become willing vectors for spreading finasteride misinformation online, because that lets them believe that they’ve made the right choice. They will spread the gospel of “just shave it bruh”, instead of the actually helpful “just treat it bruh”.

This is why it’s so important for misinformation on this topic to be destroyed. Ideally, there should be just one stage – when you realize you’re losing your hair or even if you’re at risk of it, you go to a doctor and get treatment.

Unfortunately, if you reach the twenty thousand hairs stage, then, at this point, the just shave it bruh club is your only option.

Except… No, it isn’t. Hair systems are still an option for you. I’m going to plug Jake Kent. I wouldn’t listen to him about the topic of pharmaceuticals, but I can’t deny that his knowledge and insights about hair systems are top-notch.

If you’ve still got hair left to save and you want to keep it that way, then for pharmaceutical hair loss knowledge, you should seek out Haircafe, who is the best channel on youtube talking about this topic.

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You Already Failed Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution #shorts

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You already failed your New Year’s fitness resolution, didn’t you? That’s already true for most of you or soon will be.

Odds are you made the same mistake that every fitness newbie makes – you tried to start running or lifting weights. The problem is that a lot of you don’t LIKE running or lifting weights. You like the idea of what exercise might do for you – you could be thinking of weight loss or that chiseled body you’ve always dreamed of – but if you hate the process, you’re not going to get there.

Here’s the special, secret sauce to success: find a form of exercise that you like.

Ice skating. Hockey. Tennis. Basketball. Football. Dance. Cycling. Swimming. Hiking. Calisthenics. Boxing. Martial arts. Wrestling. Climbing. Baseball. Archery. Skateboarding. Snowboarding. Frisbee. Fencing. The list goes on and on. 

Here’s the best part: if exercise is fun, then each workout is teaching your brain that exercise is fun and rewarding. A year from now, after two hundred such lessons, if you still care to do that marathon, you might find that now it’s actually fun, because you put in time and effort to rewire your brain to make that true.

Make 2022 a year of fun instead of a year of drudgery and you might just succeed.

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Why Teenage Men Should NEVER Use SARMs

Teenage men should never risk using SARMs, for one simple reason – you run the risk of losing size where you most don’t want to lose it, you could lose inches of your penis and height – permanently, for temporary gains in muscle size.

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Because you could lose size where it’s most important that you do not. And no, this is not a joke or clickbait.

Full disclosure: the problem with SARMs is that long term studies are limited, so what I’m saying here is an educated guess. I don’t know this for sure, but I think that the mechanism of action is plausible enough that you should consider this seriously.

Let’s recap: SARMs, while selective by nature, influence your HPTA, leading to testosterone suppression. Testosterone and DHT also tend to be highly correlated, so you may be nuking your DHT as well. As a rule of thumb, introducing SARMs will make you more anabolic and less androgenic. It should make sense, since that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do – to be selective with their androgenic effects, while still promoting anabolism.

The problem: you want systemic androgenicity during your puberty. If you don’t have it… The outcomes can be quite awful. This is why male pseudohermaphrodites have good muscle size, while having micropenises. Enough anabolism, not enough androgenism. This is why no sane doctor will ever prescribe finasteride to a teenage man, because it could severely stunt the growth of their male characteristics. 

The mechanism of action is very simple: the growth of your schlong depends on androgen signaling and you’re taking something that inhibits androgen signaling in your body. Now, I’m not saying that SARMs will give you a micropenis, but if you spend a year out of your five years of puberty with inhibited androgens… I think you can connect the dots on the conclusion yourself here.

It’s not just your dick either, it’s your height that is also at stake. Androgens contribute to pubertal growth, including DHT. There’s a reason why women tend to be shorter than men.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I don’t know if this is true for sure, I don’t think anyone does, so assume it’s a coinflip that I’m right. Do you want to flip that coin? Maybe you think otherwise, but I don’t think an extra inch on your biceps in high school is worth the risk of losing an inch where it matters most.

You can always grow that biceps later in life – but your ability to change your height or penis size is going to be much more limited.