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Festival Seasons Been Taking a Beating – Covid, Hurricanes & Greedy Cheap Suits

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With Bonnaroo being cancelled, a lot of people were very upset, while just as many were glad they decided to cancel for numerous reasons. Now you have Elements, who decided not to cancel, and proceed to put on a shit show it seems. This is totally on them for not cancelling when they should have, but in their apology, they take no blame, and blame everything on covid and hurricanes, which has lead people to completely discredit the legitimacy of that claim, of course the blame ultimately falls on them for not reading the room well enough, their apology was bs, but we cant pretend like these things they mentioned did not play a major role.

When on the internet, it seems, reading comprehension is a major issue for some.

I see all these people saying things like this:

“I mean, I’m no expert or anything. But I can’t for the life of me figure out what the “repercussions of Covid-19″ has to do with bathroom cleanliness.”

“So every issue was because of a hurricane that technically wasn’t even a hurricane by the time it got to them and covid. Not at all because of there unpreparedness. Lmao that’s stupid and not accountable at all”.

That’s not what they said.. they said “the aftermath of the hurricane AND the long-lasting repercussions of covid-19 EXACERBATED COMMON festival issues, INCLUDING some long food and water lines and restroom cleanliness.”

They are not assigning any particular problem to either the hurricane or covid, they are saying they both greatly impacted many different things in different ways, INCLUDING long food and water lines and restroom cleanliness.
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Like look, Im on your side, they need to do better, if they couldn’t secure enough water and bathrooms and personnel to care for those bathrooms they should not have proceeded with the festival. Even without covid or hurricanes, festivals need to do better with pretty much everything across the board lol, especially with how corporate everything is getting, there is a quote later on that displays my feelings about that.

But yall need to do better as well. This wouldn’t even bother me if it wasn’t yet another example of people looking at surface level face value bullshit, instead of thinking deep on an issue they intend to publicly comment on.

Yall have to realize that Covid and the hurricane did in fact have some negative effects on this and other festivals, right? Did you guys see the videos of the mess the weather caused up there? And did you guys really think that Covid wasn’t going to have long lasting effects on this industry?

I mean this is something I talked about in 2020 when all these festivals were cancelled, I predicted that any festival, that wasn’t well established, that had to cancel, would be a shit show in 2021/2022, due to; financial losses, refunds and having to honor 2020 tickets in 2021, covid restrictions.

There’s more demand, and there’s still revenue and funding, for certain level players. But I still foresee a cut in quality of production, perhaps staff, vendors, water, bathrooms, everything across the board. I foresee a few more festivals joining the graveyard before shit returns to normal. 

So again, I’m on yalls side, screw these corporations in this industry for the wrong reasons, all about money, charging $15 dollars for a can of beer or even cup of OJ. Even without covid and hurricanes they lack enough bathrooms and water and long waits and its a problem i see at every festival I’ve been. They’re already shit shows for the most part lol, covid and hurricanes will for sure makes things worse lol, that’s common sense.

Again, Im not trying to shift blame away from the corporations and money makers.

I’m just saying, we cant ignore the effects that covid, the shutdown, the restrictions and this hurricane have had, which has caused a lot of the unpreparedness, yall need to be more intelligent in your outrage, use that noggin of yours to think deep and actually understand what’s going on in particular situations, things are complex, things affect other things, again I wouldn’t have went off on this rant if it wasn’t for me seeing this shit everywhere, and this just happened to be the latest example that set me off, it gave me a chance to highlight a few things ive wanted to talk about for a bit, like the corporatization of these events, the effects of covid on the industry, and how people need to get better reading comprehension and they need to get away from the surface and dive deep. That’s just naïve to be in the mindset of some of those commenters. No thought process, just initial reaction.

I get that they should have taken responsibility in the apology, but even though they didn’t, that doesn’t mean the things they said in that apology are not true. That’s the part that bothers me. Its a problem you see in politics especially, its dam near to the point that if biden or trump say a known fact like grass is green, half the country will automatically say, um no that’s a lie. lol. Its just dangerous way of navigating, and its gonna get you caught up.

I am constantly finding myself agreeing with things or people but then they ignore certain facts, and its like, nah, we cant start doing that.


“So….here is the thing…..everyone knows a pandemic hit the world last year right? Things literally just became somewhat normal if you were vaccinated……now things are ramping back up again. Why the HELL anyone would buy festival tickets right now is a serious question as an avid festival goer? Yall know there’s a chance it could be canceled, or that it’s gonna be a shit show due to short staffing if the company still makes a poor decision to host it…..yet you still go then bitch about the experience. What do you expect right now as a buyer? Seriously? It’s gonna be shit because its understaffed, and the people that ARE staffed are qualified to handle it…..you know this….yet still attend, complain, and post about it” – Cecelia (Commenter)

“In other words we knew the product was going to be crappy but we put the festival on anyways. We’re sorry and here’s an email you can write your complaints too.” – Kevin (Commenter)

“It has been argued that these more corporate festivals are based on a standardized mode of production (Finkel, 2009) and have moved away from their creative and community-oriented roots, with a focus on profit and economies of scale.”
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01490400.2020.1774000

“so far this year, events haven’t yet reached their pre-pandemic levels, either in number of events or overall attendance, according to PredictHQ.”
https://www.vox.com/recode/22466585/events-concerts-sports-festivals-conferences-expos-pandemic-return

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Lets just be happy we got the opportunity to party again, its gonna be a shit show for a bit in all industries, that’s what you get when you shut down like we did.


Its not even the next day and we get news of, Blue Ridge Rock Festival regarding a complete lack of ADA onsite, VIP amenities that simply don’t exist, hours long waits for shuttles + much more.

I’m telling you. Also something i forgot to mention, not only will everything be cut back, but everything will be a tad more expensive. I believe, could be wrong, but that 15 dollar orange juice just became 20(not that extreme, but you know what i mean lol). lol, i chose to avoid festivals for 2021, Ill prolly start back up in 22, we will see what the climate looks like. So anyone that’s been to one this year, let me know if things were more of a shit show than usual lol.

Negative Stigma of Successful Parents

Something I have always found interesting is the negative stigma that surrounds having “rich” parents and receiving help from them.

Of course, you have those kids who are entitled brats who have never worked for anything in they’re life. But those bad few should not represent the many hard working people that have worked hard and long to get where they are going but also have loving parents that help them out from time to time.

You see I was always perceived as this, although none of my parents are rich, they are upper middle class. We grew up in nice homes with nice things. The funny and weird thing is, I’m a harder worker than most who I know that come from less-well-off families than ours. So you see, as always, it comes down to individuals, motivation, drive, character, and i truly believe your environment or circumstance is of little deciding factor, history shows us this to be true.

But my whole thinking behind this, is like, isn’t this one of the main goals of people who have kids? Do well, so your kids can have it better than you did? But now we’re talking shit when my family achieves this but yours doesn’t? You just sound bitter.

I see “must be nice” to have everything handed to you. As if that’s actually the case.

Like, I’m sorry your parents weren’t more successful in life and made better decisions, but don’t take it out on me lol.

I’ve experienced this first hand, but i see it everywhere, especially with the likes of Elon Musk and President Donald Trump.

People try to dismiss and belittle their accomplishments because of family inheritance they got.

I see ” Oh if my daddy gave me a million dollars id be a success too”. NO, you wouldn’t, you would be a broke crack whore in a matter of 6 months, don’t kid yourself, lol. I can say this, because i know this, its all shown in your mindset. History shows this to be true as well, plenty of people blow thru fortunes. You have to have a smart mind to succeed. My guess with or without their inheritance, we still would have heard from the likes of musk and trump.

Like don’t let your bitterness mask your insecurities and create a false sense of “they have it easy, and i have it hard”. First off, EVERYONE, has it hard, regardless of money situation, once you get some more, you’ll figure that out. More Money More Problems isn’t just some made up term for the fun of it lol.

No matter your starting point, you can get where you want to go with enough drive, determination, and passion. Just let go of that bitterness and don’t hold a grudge towards someone just because their parents did something right.

Ohio Blows BIG TIME!

Why Ohio Sucks

Okay, as I always say, I try not to be a hater. There’s enough hate in the world, it don’t need me to spread any more, but sometimes I cant help myself, you know what I mean. So that being said, fuck ohio.

Am I right?

Ohio, has to be the worst state out of all of them. I mean what does it have going for it? Its flat and boring, kinda like Indiana.

My personal experiences with Ohio has me never going back there, fuck that place…. Lets get into it.

So I think the first shitty experience I had there was when me and Ryguy were driving back from our Washington D.C trip, and we stopped at this rest stop/gas station to refuel. I get gas, then we decide to run in real quick and get something to drink and eat. Not thinking of it, cuz its like 3 am and we are the only people there and there is like 20 empty pumps, we leave the car at the pump. We go inside and get our goodies, 10 min at the most, we’re getting close to the car and the gas station attendant starts yelling at us that we better get out of here cuz he just called the sheriff and they are on their way cuz your not suppose to leave your car at the pump. Im like okay guy, I get for safety reasons, but no need to be a dick about it, people do it all the time, calm the fuck down, Idk what this guys deal was, but it really rubbed me the wrong way. And sorry to say, all of ohio must pay the price for this mans unpleasant demeanor.

Next incident, back when I was cutting trees for FTS we got a job in Ohio. So first of all we have to wake up early as fuck and drive to and from Ohio everyday, so already its not a fun time, especially since this went on for weeks. Then when we get there, our job site, is this fucking run down trailer park that has a “bubbles” with thousands of cats that just shit everywhere. So we’re stepping in shit, our ropes our getting covered in shit, its not a great time, hell its not even a good time, its a horrible time. It was as shit show, and again, all of ohio must pay the price of this situation I found myself in.

Next and last, but the biggest situation, that really turned me off ohio, was an incident me, ryguy and crystal went through on our way to Camp Bisco. So we stop somewhere off the highway in Ohio to hit up Walmart and get groceries and other necessities for the trip, no problem. We do that, we get the stuff loaded into the car, then ryguy cant remember if he bought a charger or not for his phone(he did) so he goes back in to get one real quick, meanwhile me and crystal are outside in my car. My cars AC didnt work at this time and it was hot, it was that bad on the highway, but in a sitting parking lot, its unbearable, so I started driving around the parking lot in a big circle, even going behind Walmart, then ryguy hits us up, hes done, so we swing in front and pick him up. Then we decide to hit up penn station before we get back on the road, so we go get penn station, while walking in to sit down and eat, ryguy runs over to the bank atm real quick for cash, he comes back we sit down eat then leave. All of a sudden I look in the rear view mirror, and there is a cop pulling us over, I’m like oh fucking great.

We were riding clean, EXCEPT, like one freaking pill that ryguy had lol, he shuffled around, trying to hide it up his butt or something. He must have never watched cops, cuz they always say they see the people moving around… I see its a girl cop and she’s alone, she walks up the ryguys side, I roll the window down and she tells me she pulled me over because I didn’t use my turn signal. I asked her if she was sure cuz I use my turn signal leaving my fucking driveway, ever since I got pulled over for switching lanes without using it. She said “yep pretty. Sure.” … okay thats weird I thought… boom I look to my left and theres a cop now at my window, I go “wholy shit, you scared me!” And he goes “why would I scare you?” 😐 “cuz I didn’t know you were there man lol” I replied… I look around and now theres like 8 cops and 3 different cars including a blacked out SUV.. im like wtf is this… all of sudden the squad leader or whatever the fuck you call him comes over to talk to us.. he says “yeh, I clocked you back when you were driving behind Walmart man, what were you doing back there”…

I left out a huge laugh and he looked confused, I was like “my man, my ac is broke and my dood had to go back in so me and her were whipping around the lot to get the air floor, were dying” meanwhile as Im saying this we are all currently in the car dying, all sweaty, so if any of us were nervous we had good cover lol. He kind of looked like oh shit, this dood might be telling the truth, then he talks to the chick and she mentions how ryguy shuffled, and they talk to us all separately… they are trying hard to get me to give them permission to search the car… there like “we realize you guys are all packed up, were not gonna pull your crap out, just a quick look” to which I reply, “id rather just get back on the road, we’ve wasted enough time here and im about to pass out from the heat”… he looked defeated and he said well im gonna have a dog come out and walk around the vehicle and see if he gives a signal, which apparently they dont need permission to do lol, I was like FUCK…

But then when he goes on the radio to call the dog unit in they call back in saying they are busy and its gonna be a hr or more and they were like fuck you guys can just go, you could tell they were really pissed that they didn’t get us, but fuck them, I was really pissed that they profiled us based on the fact we drove behind a Walmart, like dafuq. It was like a whole sting operation unit they had out there and they fucking pounced on us then lied to us about why they pulled us over, guarantee if I did get in trouble for something, old Seth could get me off. But nothing happened, we got back on the road and all were freaking out and had anxiety thru the roof. When I was talking to the cop I was blowing ass all over, I was like sorry bruh I got IBS, he said oh thats alright, lmao I almost died laughing in front of him, he eventually moved to the other side of the whip.

Any way, fuck ohio. That place blows.

Fuck Zoom, Discord is what should have blown up

So with the coronavirus we have seen many companies making masks, and changing up their marketing campaigns focusing on making life easier during the pandemic.

Zoom, which replaced Skype even before the pandemic, blew the fuck up during this whole thing. People were referring it as the unsung hero of 2020 for helping us keep connected.

I CALL HORSE SHIT.

Fuck Zoom.

Discord should have been the app that blew up as the main app keeping us connected.

Now I might be a little biased as a gamer and creator that uses this app for many things.

BUT, you cant deny the power behind Discord, compared to that of Zoom which is super basic.

You can do everything with Discord that you can with Zoom and so much more, creating communities built around specific servers that house text channels, voice channels, video calls with screen sharing capabilities etc. With a better system and UI interface, it a no brainer people.

Thats just my random 2 cents on this random matter, but it just makes me mad lol, fuck zoom. Find me on discord lol.

Discord is my unsung hero for many reasons,

Extremely powerful tool
Full of Communities
Its not just a platform you use with your friends and family, you meet new people
You make connections
Depending on your profession, you can use the app to make a lot of money
Better than zoom, fuck zoom

The Biggest Problem of Social Media in 2019 | Digital Clinic

Hollow engagement

Im creating a series of articles for Digital Clinic, covering “The Single Biggest Problem on each Social Media Platform” because as we keep moving forward into the digital age, people are creating ways to hack social media and take shortcuts in hopes of becoming an “Influencer” or being able to monetize their social media, NOT KNOWING that these sort of hacks and shortcuts are actually hurting them and ironically probably the only reason their not getting the results they want or expect.

This sort of behavior has no doubt altered the landscape of social media in a negative way. Ranging from Automation Bots, all they way to straight up faking content for likes.

It has made these social medias a shell of what they once were, totally organic, totally authentic, real people engaging with real content. Sadly I don’t think these social media platforms can return to their former glory in regards to these issues. Not as along as its all about vanity metrics. Do Not Worry, all the big ones, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and so on and so on. First one up is Instagram.

The Biggest Problem on Instagram

The simple answer to “Whats the biggest problem on Instagram?” Is: Hollow Engagement.

But let me just break this down so everyones clear on what I mean by that. And you have no doubt seen this hollow engagement, and most likely have fallen victim to this fake/hollow engagement.

What I am exactly talking about is Instagram Bots such as Auto Likers, Auto Commenters, Auto Follows, and those things. Again, Im sure you’ve seen the Auto Comments. Some Popular ones are:

1. “You have some great shots in your Gallery! I mean I liked them :)”

2. “I just saw your recent photos. It looks like your photos are getting better with time imo :)”

3. “That shot is amazing” or something along the lines of how awesome your photography is, these can be hard to spot if your a photographer, but say your a graphic designer like me and post a design and someone says. “This shot is so amazing, how did you get so good at photography” its a little easier to notice.

4. “Amazing post” or something along the lines of a very generic compliment on your “post” without mentioning anything specific.

There are of course many other examples we could be posting all day, but you get the idea. This is a major problem on the platform and in my opinion the biggest, its taking away from what Instagram is supposed to be, authentic. This is just making instagram one big circle jerk of hollow engagement and it’s not good for anyone.

At the beginning when these bots were new you could get away with it, but now it is so rampant and obvious that almost everyone and their grandmother can tell if a comment or even other engagement is authentic or bot-like.

So that being said it should come at no surprise that this will hurt your brand more than help. People are recognizing these behaviors and reacting in a negative manner, most of the time the people will delete your bot comment because they don’t want their comment sections cluttered with spam. Sometimes they may go as far as reporting you for spam, and then you can be in trouble of being suspended, perhaps even getting your account dis-activated.

What Instagram is and/or could be doing about it?

This sort of behavior has always been against Instagram TOS, but it seems like they never really did anything about it. Until a few years ago, in mid 2017 when they made a big push and forced closed the doors of many Automation Services, but obviously this behavior has continued, not only because people/companys/app developers find loop holes, or ways around things, but also because it seems as if Instagram only battles this type of Behavior in waves, at least thats my analysis. It seems like they always make a big deal about how they’re gonna fix it, Some of the biggest Automation tools lose dam near all their previous features causing them to shut down, but then the noise dies down and business continues as usual.

My only sure solution I would suppose would be to deploy an A.I (as long as its not called skynet) that searches and analyzes this sort of thing, I’m sure their would or could be issues as first but I think once kinks are worked out it could be beneficial.

What do you guys think about all these bots that flood social media, really just takes away from what its supposed to be. Maybe when instagram hides likes maybe things will change for the better, who knows only time will tell. Let me know what you think about bots below? Are you as tired o fhem as I am?

The Founder/McDonalds Review | Evan Reviews Everything

The Founder

4/5

Great movie, well done, good casting, its gonna be a yes from me dawg.

Man. I knew there was a reason I hated McDonalds. And no, its not just because they have THE SHITTIEST food in the fast food industry. But because of the “why” they have the shittiest food.

I never knew the story of McDonalds. But it’s one I’ve heard 1000 times. Piece of shit business/corporate man ruining the artistic vision of ones dreams.

This is a sad story… and again one that happens to many times in this world.. if you were like me and haven’t watched this yet and do not know the story ill fill you in (spoiler but its history so) Ray Kroc, a struggling and greedy businessman sees opportunity when he stumbles upon what he sees as the most revolutional restaurant in the industry, the real piece of art, the vision, crafted by 2 brothers who started with nothing but a dream. Long story short he ends up screwing them by making a ton of changes they don’t want as well as buying the land that the McDonalds are built on, making a huge profit.

In the end, the brothers sell their shares of the company to Kroc, but he has to screw them one last time by not including the royalties in the written contracts, instead he gave them his word that he would pay them. I would not have trusted him.

This dood robbed them. And I realize he’s dead and everything but I still see Mcdonalds as this evil corporation, because that’s what they are.

Too bad it couldn’t have been the Macdonalds brothers vision.

Everything they didn’t want to go wrong with their brand did because of Kroc, the quality fell, tremendously I assume by peoples reaction in this movie eating McDonalds from back in the day lol. Not everyone had their vision. Not everyone cared, look at the McDonalds of today, disgusting.

And because of that, IMO, McDonalds is the worst Fast Food Franchise out there, when if it stuck to the original vision is could be on the scale of in-and-out. Im sure McDonalds is bigger but quality is what matters and any person in their right mind would pick a in-and-out burger over McDonalds every day of the week.

Anyway, DONT EAT MCDONALDS!!! Thats My review on that.

BUT DO WATCH THE FOUNDER, GREAT MOVIE AND GREAT PERFORMANCE BY MICHAEL KEATON!

Is there a max limit to how many times you should post on Instagram in a day? | Digital Clinic

Lots of people will say yes, and up until recently I would have been one of those people. I would have told you not to post more than 3 times, unless what your posting is very high quality content. The reason for me and many others saying this is because you don’t want to clutter your followers feed with a shit ton of content that they may not see as “high quality”.

But with the current landscape of Instagram, I would say there’s no limit, as long as you’re smart about it. Let me explain those two things.

1. So, I am now saying, I believe there’s no limit because of the current climate or landscape of Instagram. What I mean by that is Instagram is very slowly(and not totally) becoming facebook, in regards to pay to play. Instagram use to be the King of Organic Reach(a title now held by Pinterest) and its still a great place for Organic Reach, but they have been killing it off more and more as time goes on, of course because they want you to pay for ads. So what does this have to do with the limit of posting you should do? Well with organic reach falling, that means when you post something and you have a large following, only a smaller and smaller percentage of your followers may see your post in their feed. With this being the case, I believe one can now worry less about cluttering your followers feed not only that but I feel as if one should see the need to post MORE content.

2. BUT, you still need to be smart about it, and when I say this I pretty much mean, post quality content! And use hashtags wisely, as in, do not use the same ones over and over, create different types of content where you can branch out and use different hashtags maximizing your reach.

So my opinion, backed by what I see and live(I’ve been experimenting with the algorithm quite a bit lately), you shouldn’t have to worry about posting too much these days, in fact you should be posting as much as you can(as long as its genuine high quality content) to maximize potential reach.

But honestly now that I reflect back, this has always been the case, there has never been a limit as long as you post genuine high quality content, theres no cluttering your followers feed, they come to the feed for the content, they want to consume it! (Again as long as its good) if I’m following a tech page that makes cool videos on tech, I’m not going to care if they post 20 videos a day, if there good, i’ll watch!

So there’s your answer. Fuck Limits, break the rules. Produce awesome content and no one will care how many times you post a day.

p.s theres an underlying theme in all marketing questions… and that is, all this other stuff we talk about doesn’t really matter(well it does) BUT IT ALL STARTS AND COMES BACK TO THE CONTENT. If you have great content you can break all the rules! Create great content and things will fall into place, I promise.

Another P.s Some of the greatest content producing sites have horrible SEO(you know that thing in marketing that IS SO IMPORTANT), but still gain traffic. Why? Because the content wills it.

ERE: Black Mirror Bandersnatch is simply, AMAZING

So right off there back I love this idea. As a kid I always loved those choose your own adventure books, its very exciting to see this in a movie/tv format.

A few choices in and I’m like fuck, I’m gonna have to watch this a few times thru making different decisions to see how it plays out. Its just like video games that have multiple endings, I’m always indecisive on the route I want to take, I always have to have a few run thru and experience every possible outcome.

I made a choice and one of the main characters told me, “wrong path mate”, fuck, I’m fucked. I already want to restart lol. … but wait, I see… this is dope!!!! Just like those books saying flip to page 47 to reveal you fucked up so you gotta go back, the movie fast forwarded thru what I had just watched and brought me back to the decision point I messed up, BUT the character that had told me “wrong path mate” was acting different, what could that mean?

But I did just run into a decision point that had only one choice so I don’t get the point of that. But moving on… (Found out from one of the links below there is a way to unlock another choice here)

As always Black Mirror delivers a fucking killer story, I’m not even half way thru and this story is amazing, without giving spoilers thats all I can say, its incredible, I love this type of story telling, black mirror makes me want to get back into writing for sure.

I don’t want to give to much about this experience away but this was a really sick idea that was executed very well, its really cool(spoiler) how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware, you almost feel like a mad scientist running an experiment.

I highly recommend that you watch this at least once, who knows you may find yourself going thru it a few times lol.

Okay, I finished it… and as I said half thru it, it was amazing, what an awesome concept that they pulled off beautifully. That was an awesome experience, an awesome story, awesome outcomes, an awesome ending, in typical Black Mirror fashion. Now like I said before I may have to go back and watch it a few more times to see how much I can change the beginning, middle and end of this story.

IMO, this was a huge success for Netflix, Black Mirror, and the future of interactive media.

(SPOILERS BELOW)

SideNote: I loved how they included Netflix into the choices, very meta of them, lol. (That ending is being called the Meta Ending lol)

I wanted to expand on this : “how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware” I absolutely loved how instead of the story just unfolding with what decisions we made, with the character being none the wiser like in typical choose your own adventure book, they made the character become aware he was being controlled but also weaved in a mental health issue

If you want to know more about all the possible outcomes/endings fans have begun creating flowcharts, mapping all the decisions and outcomes in Bandersnatch. Vulture as also released an article explaining all the endings, The links are below:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/netflix-movie-black-mirror-bandersnatch-wants-change-way-we-watch-ncna952951

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/28/18159516/black-mirror-bandersnatch-interactive-choice-maps-endings-easter-eggs-netflix-charlie-brooker

https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/29/18159525/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-guide-netflix

https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-explained.html