Exploring a handheld electronic toy from the late 1970's.

Coleco Quiz Wiz (Image from Toy Tales)

One of my biggest disappointment as a ten-year-old kid in 1979 was discovering that the Coleco Quiz Wiz handheld electronic toy gave identical answers for the first three cartridges. I could plug the module into any cartridge and answer 1,001 questions correctly since I memorized each question number and the corresponding answer letter.

If the answers were identical for the first three cartridges, the answers must be identical for the other 27 cartridges. I felt cheated by the non-randomized answers, which took the fun out of learning new trivia. …


The inclusion of a single-parent, biracial family raises unanswered questions.

Cindy Lou’s Fatherless Family in The Grinch (2018)

When we first meet Cindy Lou in The Grinch (2018), the little girl was on a mission to deliver a letter to Santa Claus. After a wild bobsled ride across the snow-covered rooftops of Whoville, she collides with Mr. Grinch and fails to reach the mail carrier in time.

She then decides to speak to Santa Claus in person. After being informed by her mother, Donna Lou Who, that Christmas would be over if she walked to the North Pole, she decides to trap Santa Claus when he delivers Christmas presents to her house.

Why does Cindy Lou need to…


A continuing dialog with stupidity about YouTube creators and search results.

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This essay is in response to several comments (here and here). My last troll on Slashdot can’t respond on Medium without violating the Terms of Service (TOS). The response on Slashdot should be entertaining. You can read Part 2 here.

I hope YouTube finally bans his channel for the sub for sub gimmicks he is into with other un-creative “creators” he hangs around with and who are trying to build their personal spamming brands on YouTube while providing no value at all!

This comment might be about winning a Christmas present from follow YouTuber, Daniel Batal, on Twitter. His giveaway…


A continuing dialog with stupidity about my YouTube content strategy.

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This essay is in response to this comment. My last troll on Slashdot can’t respond on Medium without violating the Terms of Service (TOS). The response on Slashdot should be entertaining. You can read Part 1 here.

Chris’s channel blurb says “C.D. Reimer makes videos about comic cons, pop culture, Silicon Valley and technology”. He hasn’t made a comic con video in months, yet it’s the first item in his blurb. Pop culture? Telling people you’re going to see a movie is pop culture, I guess?

My YouTube content strategy has four buckets: comics cons, pop culture, Silicon Valley, and…


A continuing dialog with stupidity about my creative existence on the Internet.

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This essay is in response to this comment. My last troll on Slashdot can’t respond on Medium without violating the Terms of Service (TOS). The response on Slashdot should be entertaining. You can read my other Slashdot essays here, here and here.

After watching your videos and reading your essays, I almost lost the will to live.

No one is forcing you to watch and read my content. The only reason you do is to have something to bitch about on Slashdot.

How you find the motivation and endless energy to plow into utterly futile pursuits is a mystery.

That’s…


Why a troll’s campaign to negatively impact my channel has the opposite effect.

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A troll posted the following anonymous comment on Slashdot, encouraging users to “mod down” all my YouTube videos.

Make sure to go to YouTube to mod him down, any kind of Google account will allow you to mod him down. I use my Gmail account. Don’t mod too many of his videos down at once since YouTube will shadow-ban and ignore your mods while still making you believe they count.

- I mod down 3 of his videos every day.
- I wait a bit and watch a few videos between modding each of his video down. …


I watched my mother duke it out with other mothers for the popular 1983 toy.

Photo by Marija Zaric on Unsplash

Have you ever wondered how far a grandmother would go to get the hottest Christmas toy for her baby granddaughter? I didn’t until I witnessed how desperate my mother was to get a Cabbage Patch doll for my baby niece in 1983. A violent incident that changed my life forever.

We stood outside the Toy “R” Us store on a cold November morning, waiting for the doors to open early at 8:00AM. I don’t remember if this was Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the first official day of the holiday shopping season. If it was Black Friday, I…


A year after disabling anonymous users, registered users can no longer post anonymously.

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A viewer posted this comment on my YouTube channel in August 2019:

“I don’t know who you are, but why is there an insane amount of photoshopped gay porn on several image sharing sites with your face, name, and contact info?”

I considered carefully whether to answer or delete the comment. The viewer may or may not have been trolling me.

The subject matter, however, was a good enough reason to delete the comment. Neither “gay” nor “porn” are advertiser friendly words (not that my channel qualifies for ad revenues — not then, not now). Content creators are responsible for…


The push back I got for mentioning the lawsuit in a YouTube video.

Picture by Adam Savage on Facebook

When I posted a video on YouTube about an announcement from SiliCon With Adam Savage, the sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Savage’s younger sister, Miranda Pacchiana, as reported by People Magazine on June 30, 2020, was the centerpiece.

If I had known about the lawsuit prior to making a video in early July that SiliCon With Adam Savage would no longer be a physical event due to the coronavirus pandemic, I would have mentioned it then.

The lawsuit flew underneath my radar because the news media covered Savage as the former TV host of MythBusters. A TV show that I’ve…


With George Floyd protests on earth and SpaceX Dragon Crew in space, nothing has changed in the last 50 years.

Damien Chazelle as Gil Scott-Heron reciting “Whitey on the Moon” in First Man (2018).

As I watched the SpaceX Dragon Crew launch and the George Floyd protests unfold on YouTube on Saturday, May 30, 2020, I remembered the protest scene from First Man (2018) that stood as a counterpoint in the biopic of Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon in 1969.

A group of protesters listened to Gil Scott-Heron (Leon Bridges) recite his poem, “Whitey on the Moon,” about the economic realities that people of color endure on the earth while white men went to the moon.

A rat done bit my sister Nell. (with Whitey on the moon) Her face…

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