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I <3 YouTube!

YouTube is great because the discussion threads provide a treasure trove of self-knowledge! Yesterday I learned that I'm "a government psy-ops disinformation officer", and today I was informed that I'm "a failed rebel minion drone of satan!" Who knew?

I really owe the YouTube community a debt of gratitude for providing such insight into my character and occupation. How they're able to glean such detailed information from a couple of comments about covalent bonds and logical fallacies is a mystery to me.

*headdesk*

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datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
He had hummus. I was powerless to resist. ;-)
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datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Devil woman!! :-P
sylvar
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I was unaware that the YouTubes ever got as eggheady as a phrase like "covalent bonds". So was this about 9/11 or shibari?
datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was the one who made the mistake of bringing up covalent bonds. I was explaining why water electrolysis followed by combustion of the resulting hydrogen and oxygen leads to a net loss of usable energy. This was on one of the many "you can run your car on water!" videos that I've been trolling lately as a break from debunking the "moon landing wuz a hoax!" crowd.

Amazingly, there *is* intelligence to be found on YouTube. In fact, there are people (both posters and commenters) who are downright brilliant. You just have to know where to look.

The interface between idiocy and intelligence is comedy gold.

Edited at 2008-06-25 07:34 pm (UTC)
zandperl
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
The way I usually describe it (and this works for non-scientists too) is that hydrogen cars are not reducing pollution, they're moving it. While using the hydrogen may be "pollution free," creating the hydrogen in the first place takes energy, and any time you use energy you out carbon dioxide. Therefore instead of the carbon emissions happening at the car's tailpipe, they're happening at the hydrogen factory.

Of course the appropriate rebuttal would be "but then at the hydrogen factory we can install high volume scrubbers or what-have-you to remove the pollution more efficiently than we could at the car's tailpipe, so it's a net gain, though admittedly not a large one," but I doubt you'll get any replies like that.

YouTube people have some of the most creative insults I've seen in a while.
datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
From a pollution control standpoint that argument makes a lot of sense, provided you have the infrastructure to generate it in large quantities and transport it to where it's needed, as well as the technology to store it effectively. The problem is that in the video in question they were espousing the idea of using the car's gasoline engine to electrolyze hydrogen from water, then feed that hydrogen back into the fuel system to get "free energy".

I did some research and it appears that in some older cars under certain circumstances the hydrogen may actually help the engine to burn the fuel more completely, but whether that would offset the energy loss due to entropy in the electrolysis process is dubious at best, to say nothing of the fact that pure hydrogen tends to make metals brittle over time.
zandperl
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think I've seen that video, or others like it. Yeah, it's absurd.
nekidsteve
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
ive never thought of you as a drone.
datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Um... thanks?
nekidsteve
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
failed. and you are only my minion sometimes. not really minion, more of a partner in crime.
datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm not a partner in any crime of yours! For all I know, you needed a person-sized hole dug in the back yard because you were building a camping latrine! At least, that's my story...
nekidsteve
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
thats totally what it was. also, it wasnt my backyard. just one nearby. but we were pretty drunk that night and i cant find the hole.
datan0de
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
we were pretty drunk that night and i cant find the hole.

Yeah, I've heard that about you. Personally, I've never been so drunk that I couldn't find the hole. :-P
nekidsteve
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
i find that hole when drunk. or even asleep. ask my ex she'll tell you. we've both woken up in the middle of the act. so HA
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