Will Movie Theaters Still Reopen This Summer?

As I pointed out in my previous video, movie theaters throughout the United States will probably reopen in mid-July for the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. Quite a few things have changed since then.

Not surprisingly, Tenet rescheduled to August 15th, Mulan rescheduled to August 21st, and AMC delayed their reopening to July 30th. Will movie theaters still reopen this summer?

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Does Wild Bill’s Soda Big Ol’ Campfire Mug Hold 60 Ounces?

Last month I ordered the Big Ol’ Campfire Mug for $30 USD from Wild Bill’s Soda. At the time, they advertised that it could hold 60 ounces of liquid. That’s five 12-ounce cans of Wild Bill’s Soda. Or four ounces shy of a two-liter bottle of Diet Pepsi. When I got the Big Ol’ Campfire Mug, it didn’t look big enough to hold that much liquid.

I reached out to Wild Bill’s Soda on Facebook and Twitter for comment two weeks ago. They haven’t responded during that time. When I checked their website this week, the Big Ol’ Campfire Mug now holds 52 ounces of liquid. But that number wasn’t correct either.

How many ounces does the Big Ol’ Campfire Mug hold?

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“Whitey on the Moon” In 2020

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.

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Is My YouTube Channel Dying During The Pandemic?

Image from Social Blade. Annotations by C.D. Reimer.

My YouTube channel is dying. Social Blade confirmed it (according to the Monthly Gained Video Views graph on my channel profile page). My channel peaked at 8,442 views in January 2020, fell to 3,394 views in February, slumped to 2,832 views in March, and slid to 2,632 views in April.

No doubt something else kept my audience preoccupied during that same time, say, looking for toilet paper in the middle of a pandemic.

Social Blade collects publicly available data about profiles from various social media platforms. For data that’s not publicly available, estimates and projections based fill in the missing gaps. Making Social Blade a one-stop website for critics and trolls — and the bane of content creators.

Those numbers — data, estimates and projections — don’t always tell the entire story when it comes to YouTube channels.

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