Reggie, Bowser, YouTube, and a Surprisingly Efficient Government Office

The other day I couldn’t find much to talk about and today I couldn’t swing a keyboard without hitting something to talk about. So much stuff.

Probably the biggest headline amongst the gaming news is that Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, has announced his retirement. Effective in April, give or take, he will be replaced by Doug Bowser. What a name, where do they even find these people?

His departure is being taken in pretty good spirits, as Reggie was fairly well regarded. We can bid goodbye to all the “My body is Reggie” jokes and look forward to plenty of Bowser ones.

All over the news also is several advertisers pulling pre-roll ads on YouTube. There were some channels that either weren’t meant to be, or were pretending not to be, softcore child porn. The videos themselves were typically not a sexual nature, but had lots of comments linking to specific time stamps and/or sharing non-related image link that were. This made it’s way to the news stream where companies quickly and naturally began distancing themselves. Allegedly some 400 or more channels have already been banned, but it’s probably too little too late.

The fact of the matter is that YouTube has an issue policing it’s content. It always has, and their super punishing “algorithm” has done little to solve their problems, but in the meantime have caused quite a lot for their content creators. It’s not a good thing for YouTube, but not great for internet content in general. This exactly the kind of thing the heavy handed European regulation want to prevent, and, y’know, maybe we need it, or something like it. Man is that a sour pill to swallow.

In other news, I was working on more the bureaucratic paperwork stuff I was complaining about the other day, and discovered an ironically efficient government office. I called the county health department to see if they had my immunization records, and not only did they find some, but there were free of charge and already printed and waiting when I went to pick them up. It took less than a minute.

This spawned an interesting discovery at work though. My coworker asked how someone who’s unable to obtain their records would solve this problem. It’s apparently standard procedure to order a blood panel to test anti-body count to indicate if you’ve received it or not. While it makes sense, I hadn’t even considered how the problem might be solved. My records don’t exactly indicate that I’ve received a full course, either, so it’s possible they may wish to do this in my case. We’ll see.

Y’all take care.

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