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Week 80.0 — 6th May '19

I came across the Worth It food show where they look at three similar food products but at drastically different prices. With the format being so flexible, the same format was applied to lifestyle topics, covering items around the house, tattoos and more. While the food version of Worth It has regular hosts in Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj, the lifestyle series has contributions from the staff at BuzzFeed.

For each topic, the hosts try three products at three price points highlighted as $, $$ and $$$. The range in price depends on the show but the minimum has been as little as a single dollar and the top-end can see the price hit well over $1,000 and the middle can be anywhere in between.

As hosts, Steven and Andrew are both likeable and articulate to give you a real sense of how good the product is. Even the lowest priced items are often of great quality, they just don't have the excess of their more expensive relatives so when they pick their favourites (as do the crew) at the end of the show, it's not always clear that the most expensive is going to win.

Worth It Japan

Season 5 saw the show take on Japan. Of course there was a sushi episode, but egg wasn't an obvious topic to me and yet it worked really well. Who knew Japan had so much to offer when it came to cooking eggs?

Like Hot Ones, Worth It airs weekly on YouTube. Given how bingeing has become the norm on Netflix, it's nice to see shows like this air episodes one at a time but as there's no shelf life, you're free to keep up to date or binge when it suites you. The Worth It videos currently have a combined total of 25million views (Hot Ones has 23million).

In both cases, hosting these food based shows is an enviable job to have.

Worth It UK

There's a UK series of Worth It I now need to go and watch to keep me going until season 6 begins airing!

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Notable

Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 80.1 – Monday
    1. Second trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Sony Pictures Entertainment on youtube.com
  2. 80.2 – Tuesday
    1. Brands Unfiltered underconsideration.com
    2. WWDC 2019 rumours: improved Home app, dark mode and improvements to core apps bloomberg.com
    3. Coca-Cola's Signature Mixers theawesomer.com
    4. Rocket launch from Earth as seen from the International Space Station u/Yeet69lasagna on reddit.com
    5. Enough with the 'actually, electric cars pollute more' bullshit already jalopnik.com
    6. Edinburgh streets went traffic-free to reduce air pollution stv.tv
    7. "Rim of the World" trailer Netflix on youtube.com
    8. Liverpool stage sensational comeback to beat Bercelona theguardian.com
  3. 80.3 – Wednesday
    1. It's time to focus on the great migration of humankind to Mars Buzz Aldrin on stv.tv
    2. Millhead vs Cartmel & District football game @Richard242 on mobile.twitter.com
    3. Google touts AI and search advances at I/O conference axios.com
    4. Diego Maradona documentary kottke.org
    5. Ten year olds tell us how they use technology wired.co.uk
    6. HBO's "Watchmen" trailer @watchmen on mobile.twitter.com
  4. 80.4 – Thursday
    1. Deforestation time-lapse from space BBC on youtube.com
    2. Philly prosecutor may stop charging drug users as criminals axios.com
    3. What Apple, Facebook and Google each mean by "privacy" axios.com
    4. The instruction manual used during the first Moon landing is up for auction coolmaterial.com
    5. NASA AR notebook   $29.95 theawesomer.com
    6. Hidden shelf toxel.com
  5. 80.5 – Friday
    1. 100 things announced at Google I/O 2019 blog.google
    2. Grace Hopper explains a nanosecond kottke.org
    3. It's time to break up Facebook nytimes.com
    4. The future of the burger axios.com
    5. The topics that work best on the different social platforms axios.com
    6. What happened after my 13-year-old son joined the alt-right Anonymous on washingtonian.com
    7. 11 of the most iconic cars from classic movies architecturaldigest.com
    8. The lifespans of ancient civilizations kottke.org
    9. Habits of lucky people swiss-miss.com
    10. How to save our planet Netflix on youtube.com
    11. "I AM MOTHER" trailer Netflix on youtube.com
  6. 80.6 – Saturday
    1. Overhead view of New York City u/Kolafie on reddit.com
    2. The history of human emotions Tiffany Watt Smith on ted.com
    3. The Martian base in the Gobi Desert kottke.org
    4. Nike reveals AR feature that will let you find the perfect shoe size using your iPhone macrumors.com
    5. A 99-million-year-old millipede, perfectly preserved in amber atlasobscura.com
    6. Winners of the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography competition theatlantic.com
  7. 80.7 – Sunday
    1. The Obamas and Netflix reveal details for 7 of their productions axios.com
    2. How the Yakuza changed tattoo culture in Japan VICE on youtube.com
    3. Charlamagne & Jameela Jamil: Call-out culture & oppressive beauty standards The Hollywood Reporter on youtube.com
    4. What Amazon knows about you axios.com
    5. Full colorized videos of Paris in 1986 digg.com

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