The GeoSafari Jr. was a cleverly flexible kid's game

10. feb.. 2021
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It's yellow!
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  • Some extra info! (and I'll edit this as we get more): As predicted, we found the codes! And they're not _exactly_ encoding the parameters, but seem to call up an assortment of pre-set games. The manual helps you figure out what code you'll need based on how many questions you want and the type of game, and then it tells you which spots to use on the card. It's both simpler and more complex than it seems! On that note, I didn't call out that on the box it says "Compatible with all GeoSafari game packs" which suggests this literally is the same thing as the original geography game, but yellow. And honestly that's a nice selling point, as when your kids are older now they've got a geography game! As you can tell, I like this thing. It's neat.

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    • The cleverness of these cards is really the same cleverness that went into plain old paper workbooks in elementary school. Just minus the lights.

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    • lol

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    • @christo930 sure, you can pick up those skills later. And if you want to teach computing you wait a couple more years and start teaching them BASIC or Scheme. But kids learn things through play, and computers offer ways to turn things into play. *That* is useful. Your argument that we shouldn't use those tools at all is, as far as I can tell, "I didn't have them and I turned out fine."

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    • @christo930 as I recall (cba to scroll thru all this again) you made a comment along the lines of “it’s child abuse to give a child a computer”, without any qualification of online or offline. After all, “the people who made computers weren’t raised on computers” (again, paraphrasing) seems a fairly absolutist stance that computers are damaging. Your other more specific arguments about what you oppose and what you’re afraid of are, to be fair, more evidently about the Dangers of Online - but that’s not what you said in your first comment, which I had responded to facetiously before seeing your further points. Your first comment came off to me as simply disapproving of computers, and perhaps screens in general. Nevertheless, even with your other prior arguments taken into account (I have not, as of writing, gone through the preponderance of other responses your question to me was written in part of), the fact remains that merely giving a child an iPad isn’t necessarily giving unfettered internet access, just as my playing CD games and using cached/printed webpages unsupervised was fine. iOS has plentiful parental controls for which apps are allowed network access and at which times. A parent could load up approved apps and then it would be functionally equivalent to what I had growing up, albeit in a far more portable package. Though I’ll grant you the increased myopia risk, I was always the most shortsighted in my class, and at times my entire school. When I wasn’t reading off the computer screen I was reading off a book or a Gameboy, held even closer to my face. Playing with Lego didn’t exactly get me to look into the distance either. But, when it comes to web access, besides the aforementioned cached and printed pages which I could use all I liked, I was “supervised” whenever we were dialled up until I was 9 - although a more accurate way to put it would be that my father was reading his newspaper in the same room. If I’d clicked onto a dodgy video or something he’d have known, but I don’t know if he could’ve twigged in the moment if there was any dubious text. Not that I ever did run across anything dubious, in the ways you seem to be worried about, until I was 12 - long after I’d had much worse happen to me at school. So, from my experiences, I might be inclined to say “sending any child to school is tantamount to abuse, you don’t truly know what goes on in there, even when the teachers claim they’re keeping an eye on what’s going on. Kids know how to hide things from adults and they absolutely will torture and seriously abuse the weakest in their class”. Of course what I actually say is that we need various reforms like more teachers for smaller class sizes and the associated better funding, better teaching of empathy and relationships skills, taking kids more seriously when they hint at troubles at home, and so on. Just as other people are espousing ways people can make a modern computer safe for a child without denying them the benefits they offer; compared to your previously-stated absolutist stance that they’re inherently bad to have available that young.

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    • @OtakuUnitedStudio ALL of the upsides can be had without giving a child his own tablet computer. I don't oppose supervised use of special applications on a phone/tablet the kid does not have unsupervised access to. But it's not an argument, it's a rebuttal to the very stupid argument that "we must give children computer so they can learn computers." It's kind of like saying we should give cars to 5 year olds so they will be proficient driving when they're old enough to drive. Most parents can not keep track of what a kid is doing on a computer, especially an android or IOS device. Most parents ain't watching this kind of video and they are not in slightest interested in tech and they have no idea what can and what cannot be done on such a platform and are entirely incapable of of making the tablet kid friendly. If my kids were young at the time tablets came out (which they were not), I might have given them a customized one with internet entirely disabled and only local stuff, like maybe a coloring application or maybe edutainment stuff. The average person is simply incapable of doing this. If you think I'm wrong about that, you have never dealt with supporting a tech product to the general public. Remember, 1/2 the public is dumber than the average! Plus, in the last 30 years, the average has fallen significantly (several points). But even then, they would have to be like 8 or older because there is the risk of breakage. These things are physically fragile with lots of glass. I don't care what anyone says, it is a physical impossibility to supervise your children every minute of every day. It's a lot of non-parents talking about being a parent and supervising your kid. Kids like to play in their room by themselves. So, I'm supposed to allow them to play with a tablet in their room? Because otherwise, it's not really THEIR tablet.

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  • I had something like this, a Vtech World Wizard. Same idea, but the cards had punched slots on an insert tab so there was no manual entering of codes. It was also less blinky. The funny thing about it was the audio quality - I could swear it said "Please insert a tie" even though it was obvious - and my mother confirmed - that it said "card," not "tie." To this day I don't know how I could never picked up "card." It clearly said "tie"!!!

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  • I played with this in elementary school.

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  • 4 numbers,.. three for a grid layout and one for a mode

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  • I wonder if this toy could be circuit bent to make some good bent sounds or even produce a lil waveform to make a tone. You should do a video on circuit bent toys used to make music or produce any sort of tones/sounds! Ya can't look up circuit bent speak and spell for a reference. And the spelling catapillar toy is circuit bent used alot to make it curse lololol

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  • He seems alot happier lately doesnt he?

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  • 0:47 Love this channel. So good so authentic

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  • 9:21 High School, TV/VCR repair, computer programming, electrician, animal care specialist, auto mechanics, PC repair, bookkeeping, legal assistant, medical office assistant, hotel/restaurant management, learning the personal computer, electronics, or get your degree you can major in business management OR accounting!

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  • "Peasant greeting noise"? :P Those polite peasants are the bomb!

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  • Contepts...

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  • The Honda Educational Insights joke got me. I facepalmed, but I was laughing.

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  • My mom was a teacher when these were common in the classroom. At the time I was a computer tech. The number of these things I pulled apart to fix was surprisingly few. They were designed to take a real beating. The most common thing they needed was the display simply unplugged and re-plugged. 10 min to pull apart, 2 seconds to fix. Ah, memories.

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  • There are four [batteries]!

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  • I had something like this, except it was much smaller and a little more limiting (8 answer choices, every card had to use all 8 options exactly once in a 1-to-1 setup). The way it determined what the answers are was by holes cut out in the bottom of every card (turn the card around, get a different hole orientation, so you can have something different on the front and the back). But it was nice because you never had to enter a code - it just knew automatically! Having trouble finding it online, but it's probably still at my parents' house somewhere.

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  • Ahhhh this is crazy! I used to have this thing!

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  • That quarantine hair needs a cut, badly.

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  • *I saved my relationship after I engaged the service of @Basetechs on |nstagram, hacked he’s WhatsApp so I could know what he’s planning with the strange lady huh*

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  • This reminds me of Electro Quiz from the 1980's

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  • Video Idea: How water softeners work.

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  • This seems fun

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  • I had one of these as a kid! very nostalgic seeing this

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  • I remember that toy from my grade one class, back in the mid-90's

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  • "You are more boring than a white wall" is what I would say if I didnt greatly enjoy your videos. Keep it up.

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  • Hey! I have an idea about what could you make a video about, it's called chess computer, i.e. Grand Master, from 1980s, which uses many mechanical components which would be super nice to watch from inside. Thanks)

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  • Just guessing here, but if I was a programmer, I would use the codes in this way: first two digits indicate the game answer format or "type" and the last two digits are fed into a "Game algorithm" that generates answers based on the "seed" of the two digits. This way, the outcome is always the same for the same code. AND you can then generate games, and match generated answers to the cutouts. One way to test this is to enter a game code of say "1099" and see if this is a valid code and seems to play the game.

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  • This is totally random, but something that is super interesting to me since I bought one is a Galileo Thermometer. Would love to hear your take on these!

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  • As a proud homeschooler, this was one of my favorites growling up. It's truly a brilliant design.

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  • -19 C is not cold, come to Canada ;)

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  • This thing uses the Duck Tales font and that's all I can think about.

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  • Never seen one before and I was born in 1976!

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  • To be honest this thing would be amazing in elementary schools. Especially when teachers could make there own cards. Modernize it a bit and it would be perfect. Much more interesting than a paper test.

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    • @An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd think how good this would be for learning basic math. A lot more fun than a pencil and paper

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    • I think instant the instant feedback it provides is great for learning. It's how our brains are wired to learn things, so it would probably help kids solidify concepts more easily.

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  • I had an original Geo Safari as a kid with all the map cards, then we got a history pack and a science pack. I spent far too much time with these as a kid.

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  • lmao that cold outside comment was on point, thanks for the content, love your videos

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  • I would love to see you make a video that was mostly, or completely unscripted. But as always, great video.

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    • He has a second channel called technology connextras where he does exactly that.

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  • I think the best electronic interactive toy without a screen or any lights at all is the Quantum Leap (also known as the Leap Frog). It consists of a spiral-bound book nested inside the book-shaped device, paired with a cartridge, and a stylus on a lead. You can interact with each page of the book with the stylus (when you turn the page, "press the green GO circle with your pen"), communicating with you solely through the speaker using voiced instructions, music, or other noises. The variety of games was amazing, and I'm still in awe of how much it taught me, including all the countries of Europe and their anthems, every US president, the different parts of the body (with cool transparent pages showing each layer), the solar system (with Ms Frizzle), and a whole bunch of other things. I played with that thing quite a lot when I was young, and I rarely got bored with it. I still think it's superior to most educational software today.

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  • You need a haircut my friend!

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  • We had this in the UK - I can't remember if our family our my cousin had it. It wasn't called a GeoSafari over here though, so I'm having trouble finding info about it.

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  • haha I still have one of those in storage.... slightly less yellowed than yours too xD

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  • Elegance and flexibility aside, it’s hard to imagine a product that offers less educational value than this one.

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  • 4 minutes in and I have no idea what it does

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  • I think my geography teacher a few years ago had something like the geography version of that.

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  • I bet your retention graph where you caught your hand on your sleeve is like 250% cause I replayed it 5 times to try to see if you did.

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  • Hi, You could do an explanational video about DVD camcorders. It would be a nice complement for the tape camcorders. I'm about to buy one secon-hand but I'm worried that recorded dvds will can't be played on a regular dvd player. Thanks, sorry for my broken english.

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  • I remember having a handheld game based on the same concept loooong ago. I don't remember if it was GeoSafari, just that it was purple, handheld and had GameBoy-esque soundfonts lol.

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  • The first Honda electric car was called the Insight. There, saved you a Google.

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  • The only problem I have with all this... is that it hasn't been about technology _connections_ for a while now...

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    • I used to love that “erasers or bubblegum” and wished it was gum, but knew it was erasers.

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  • "Good news! I didn't" -- now why would you go and break the suspense like that dawg? :D

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    • instead. Thanks for the video!

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  • Do you consider uploading on LBRY too?

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  • In case no one else has piped up about this yet... It's very common to have extra bits of plastic in your injection molding that are intended to be re-melted later to hold down other things. I've seen this a lot for holding down PCBs in inexpensive products. I've personally never seen it for wires, like this product, but I digress. I do it with a soldering iron often enough but there are specialty tools that do this on modern production lines. I know this as "heat staking".

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  • In fact, I did not notice. Side note, I enjoy these unscripted funny moments.

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  • my cousin had one with purple buttons

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  • I wish I knew how to program these, because it seems interesting.

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  • This reminds me of Alphie, another '80s beep-boop learning toy!

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  • 6:00 These tones were used in the GeoSafari Animals PC software I had growing up. Hits me right in the nostalgia. Interesting to know they copied the same tones over.

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  • That's all it does? I thought it was going to be like Lite Brite.

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  • Love your content.. (I have been watching your older video.) I really love your intro from back then. Why did you stop using it?

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    • it has a cool 80's feel to me...

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  • Ah, nostalgia. Remember when it was more fun to take these things apart than to use them?

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  • heat pumps, you say??? (O _ o)

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    • "digit". I can't help wondering if the game codes are some sort of PRNG seed + options bitfield (like number of choices), or an actual look-up table.

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  • My dad used to bring home an original one that his school had. The original was definitely for geography.

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  • Idk if anyone’s told you this before, I’ve been watching your videos for a while, and it just hit me that you give me a lot of Stephen Fry vibes. You remind me of him a lot which is really great. Thanks for sharing all of this knowledge!

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  • 19:53 Did you not have a mirror you could use?

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  • I've never heard of this device, myself, but it brought to mind an incredibly similar toy I had growing up. It was the "Little Talking Scholar" by VTech (there's a video about it here: The Internet says it's from 1989/1990. It basically served a similar purpose as the GeoSafari, but the game cards were *hole punched* to identify them when you slide them into the device! It also had a speaking voice (I still remember it saying "Yes, you are right! Find the answer to question two!" It was basically a laptop form factor. Where the "screen" would be was a place to insert the game cards. The "keyboard" was an array of color-coded buttons. It was a pretty ingenious device. I was fascinating by the punch card system, which is similar to your codes on the cards, except it used physical contacts to read out a number from the series of punches instead. Thanks for the video!

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  • I used to love that “erasers or bubblegum” and wished it was gum, but knew it was erasers.

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    • ‘Discriminating between properties’ got me 😂

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  • Use captions during the disassembly for the best fast-forward experience ⏩

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  • Degrees Celsius, not "metric degrees"

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  • Love how he can't hold himself from laughing in the start, but he just talks through it instead.

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  • I found one of these (EI-8800) in a thrift store a few years ago, but it's boring beige, and I didn't find any cards with it. But around the same time I found... a "MathSafari" (EI-8400U)! It doesn't stand up, it just has a wide pop-out "foot", and it has a much more complicated custom LED display. And it's dark gray, with only 5 LEDs on each side of the card area. It also does not use a blob, it has an actual 8052 chip! (probably mask programmed) And one other thing, it has two 1/4" headphone jacks on either side.

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  • Grandma : Happy Birthday!! ........ and NO..... this time don't buy you socks..... Birthday boy: Really!! ..... did you buy me a toy??!! ........ please don't tell me it's another golf video game.... Grandma : No.. no video game... and well yes!!..... I bought it at the toy store..... so it's a TOY!!! Birthday boy: YHEAYYYY.... Gimme.. gimme!! ......[unwrapping the paper]....... Grandma WTF%#&ck is this!!!!??

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  • I had totally forgotten about the GeoSafari, but as I heard the boops and beeps, it all came back, and I even anticipated the victory jingle. Thanks for reminding me of something special from my childhood. Keep up the good work!

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  • I see that the LED boards have nine-wire connectors going to them, which implies they're multiplexed. I'm guessing 7 "segment" wires and 2 "digit" wires per board, which seems to be corroborated by the wiring on the board, where several of the wires to the LED boards seem to be common. This would also allow a pretty generic LED driver circuit to control both digits of the display, and the side LEDs as if they were 6 ordinary 7-segment displays. The green LEDs and annunciators may be addressed as an additional "digit". I can't help wondering if the game codes are some sort of PRNG seed + options bitfield (like number of choices), or an actual look-up table.

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  • I used to have one of these!

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  • But... Can it run doom?

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  • While it’s never too early to get your kids and your lambs straight, but if you wait too long it becomes a moot point.

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  • 10:17 paradise... pair of dice i would never have gotten that as a kid (mainly because i'm german lol but still)

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  • dang, that "not-outtake" at the beginning caught me off guard

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  • ‘Discriminating between properties’ got me 😂

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  • The Honda pun around 15:50 nearly made me spit take

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  • I miss the days I could just binge-watch Technology Connections, now I know how it feels to wait months for Alec to do a video on a topic he's been teasing in multiple videos 😭😭😭

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  • No CARDS for me, I block em all!!!

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  • Nothing like fake stereo cut out... *look at my Samsung Galaxy S8*

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  • I couldn't tell your sleeve had caught on your hand because the high quality and accurate subtitles were covering it.

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  • The last thing I want to do is take this thing apart... I thought there was a deadly reason why it was the last thing he wanted to do.

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  • Hi, You are making a very interesting video "about everything", I was recomend your channel to a lot of my friends, but unfortunately not all of them(hardly anyone) know English well. Maybe you could add Russian subs to this video, as machine translation is wery bad for technical language. Maybe some of your Russian or Ukrainnian subscribers whant to help you with this(not me, as you see from my text:). Please like this comment if you also think so(Лайкни комент, если тоже хочешь русские субтитры в видео на этом канале!).

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  • loads up mortal kombat 2 on SNES... plays as raiden... presses back back forward annnnnd.. GEO SAFARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!

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  • requirements for tech connec to buy something 1. it's wedge shaped 2. it's 2d only 3. it's f*ing yellow

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