THE MERRY 11:11 2012 CALL SOMEONE OUT GAME

Silly phenomena like the 2012 movements were and will always be a mainstay in society, as long as people are people. This doesn’t mean that us, awesome, fun loving people, can’t hijack this meme for a much more good and fun cause.  Calling people out on small minutia is a good way to build great team dynamics.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what is probably already a “thing” out there…

* ADHD moment here *

(translation: I now have 129 tabs open)

I just did a quick Googol search to prove myself wrong. While I didn’t get any stuff similar to mine, I assume that, on some level, there has to be something generally similar to my fun game but I haven’t seen it yet. Otherwise, I would have to admit that I’m stealing someone else’s good ideas and I hate doing that with a hay-fever-like-passion. Thinking that is preposterous and I will immediately call anyone out who thinks it! Wouldn’t you agree, though?

Keep reading on for the rules of the game… Continue reading

Admissions Essay for Western Governors University (WGU)

Question: Choose a technology and describe the effects it has had on society.

Answer:

Computing Technology (or technology for short) is currently continuously affecting our daily lives. The same technology has also had a lasting effect on our lives in many obvious ways and in many not so obvious ones.

One needs to look no further than, “that pale light-emitting device in everyone’s hands.” People from all over are interacting with people all over in various direct and indirect ways—slowly but surely affecting each other in ways too miniscule to measure directly. More importantly yet, technology has changed the close, interpersonal side of society. Nowadays people who live around each other can’t help being more open and honest about their actions. This is in reaction to their actions being more freely open to local group and sometimes even to international scrutiny.

To trace the recent tentative beginning of our rapid technological advances we would need to zero in upon the 1970-80s period. During this period, a culture emerged which promoted openness; they also promoted cooperation with others. They fervently rebelled against the idea that society had to go a certain way. I think that their real genius was in the kind of work environment they created. For that, if for nothing else, this generation of rebels ought to be lauded in speech and in song.

The work environment, of course, being: a work environment driven by earnest efforts from all of its members. This was a work environment where work output was king and the best ideas won out on their merits rather than the fleeting feelings of the people in charge. It’s didn’t take long for this generation to completely change the planet and the society de jour.

It’s around thirty years later now and look at the state of the world. Only a tiny fraction of the 1980s population was even able to conceive the kind of technology and connectivity we have and the type of attention overload we have to deal with.

Interestingly enough, the previously mentioned generation also affected the religious beliefs in America. Since the late 1950s, America has started swaying in a very peculiar direction, one that no one saw coming. People began to say that they’re spiritual, that they’re agnostics, they meditate, they go within rather than staying without—endlessly either shopping or planning to shop in the future, as well as many other things. The world stopped being so black and white, both literally on the TV and figuratively, as indicated by a more nuanced approach toward issues in general.

Because of these and many other reasons, technology has been the major catalyst for change the world has ever seen. At this point in history, many people are sitting with bated breach for the tech technological breakthrough. Who knows, maybe soon they’ll be announcing that technology has allowed humans to live forever. No one knows how this technological advance will affect people in the future.

Thank You Todd Glass!

If you’re a fan of stand up comedy, you undoubtedly know about Todd Glass. If you don’t know who Todd Glass is (and you don’t want to Google/Bing/Baidu his name), he can be briefly summarized using the following bullet points:

Todd’s been a practitioner of the stand up comedy crafts for nigh 30 years.

He’s a natural humor producing factory.

Comedically, he specializes in pointing out the absurdities of and related to everyday social decorum, usually within an informal interaction with friends and friendly audiences.

He reads and understands emotions in others. Moreover, he is able to clearly communicate the emotional content of a social situation.

Todd has a certain personality trait that I find very admirable; he has chosen not the life in the limelight while still continuing to be one of the funniest comedians. Todd is able to communicate with other comics directly in the language they natively speak. For this reason (and many others) Todd is cornily known as a “comedian’s comedian.”

I can definitely relate with Todd regarding his need to always preface the preface of an an introduction. I mean, if you’re not understood, how can you ever hope to get what you need?

Thank you Todd Glass for being Todd Glass and nothing but Todd Glass!

Stay Glassy San Diego.

On Thought Experiments And Breakthroughs

The hardest thing in any legitimate science is coming up with breakthroughs. Breakthroughs are in fact resisted and actively discouraged. This type of environment is very effective in nipping creativity in the bud. Breakthroughs rely on creativity. Creativity is drained out of existence either at an early age or at the time of the first embarrassing and socially humiliating encounter with the scientific authorities “de jour”. That’s just how it works.

Neat and steady progress which relies on incremental improvements of the scientific paradigm of the day is great as well. The legitimate but close-minded scientists of every era get a very bad reputation; in their own way they’re as important, or at least as necessary to fertilizing breakthroughs. Of course, there is a spectrum of behavior that the oppressors may choose to take. There is another catch: the oppression you encounter from lay people and their institutions will make you hope and beg for the mild, intelligently expressed oppression you received from your peers. When you combine a good amount of peer and non-peer oppression, you might get a fertile ground for breakthroughs. You may also get mercilessly killed for believing the wrong thing, mere decades before it’s a universally accepted fact. That’s the ultimate dark irony.

There are very few bad things which are inherently bad for you or inherently good for you. Oppression is one of them. Everything, even actions*, is mainly made from the same stuff: hydrogen of all makes and vintages. You may choose to go further with this analogy: All hydrogen is a combination of a proton, a neutron and a theoretical electron. You may even choose to go further: Everything is just fermions (or stuff) and bosons (or what stuff does). There’s even further you can venture with this analogy: Everything is either stuff, not stuff, neither, or both. This stuff/non-stuff business is either interpreted by an observer or “affectee,” or it isn’t, or some is and some isn’t, or both, or neither. You can keep going even further with this analogy but that starts to feel a little more like one tautology after another, after another. The point that I’m hopelessly (on my part) belaboring here is that stuff is bad and/or good for you based on how “old” it is, what “path” its constituent parts took to get to you, how much of said stuff is affecting your “stuff,” and—more importantly—how your “stuff” interprets the stuff that’s affecting you. The answers to these age old questions are always fickle and on the fringes.

I’m not saying arsenic is good for you. I’m also not saying that water is good for you. While the former two statements are mostly true in a day-to-day sense, their “goodness/badness quotient” can be tweaked to kill you with enough of anything, good and bad.

Thought experiments originate the ideas which eventually lead to great  scientific, socioeconomic and even spiritual advances. These thought experiments require a great amount of creative imagination. Visionaries like Einstein and Newton (less famously) pictured the world in a very different way than their contemporaries. Linear and purely algebraic mathematics were soon replaced by more accurate methods provided by calculus as well as probability and statistics. The perceived universe rapidly changed from a mechanical clockwork to a random and unpredictable zoo with laws and “unlaws” and exceptions.

I believe that we’re currently on the cusp of the next big leap in science and, eventually, in everything else. Unlike in our fictionalized past, our future breakthrough will be one of both scientific discovery and self-discovery. I don’t mean profound self-discovery, perhaps just a realization that the sterile view of the past is limited by time’s unrelenting embrace. I’m almost certain than Einstein got his inspiration not from a muse in his head but a muse in one of the patent papers that he happened to be reviewing. Newton was simply improving the mathematics of the day. Without Leibniz calculus would have ended up split quite differently into its constituent disciplines.

I don’t know anything about the next advance in mathematics or physics. I do enjoy following and humbly attempting to predict trends. My pet peeve about most peoples’ predictions are their linear and exponential natures into the very far future. Things don’t work like that in the real world. Just look at a graph representing the past 10 years of performance in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. There are very few steady and pretty-looking exponential growth areas. There are even fewer linear growth areas. The truth is that sometimes reality just changes in unpredictable and unexplainable ways. These changes are generally preceded by an uproar in both creativity and social discontent and friction. Right about now feels just like one of the aforementioned times. Many people tend to poo-poo this idea of “our time being more special than any other time”. I understand and partially share the spirit of said “poo-poo-full-ness”. Let me just ask you one thing: during what other era has a single generation of humans been able to experience such a vast array of novelty?

My uneducated advice to the visionaries of the future is to picture a unified (both logically and functionally) field where quantum mechanics and relativity both explain each other. The secret for the solution will possibly have something to do with an underlying layer of connectedness which explains both disciplines and also stands on its own. This could be using a more mature version of M-theory or a yet undiscovered discipline. As far as M-theory is concerned, it seems that the authors as trying to describe the wrong thing while missing what’s there: look at the larger picture! The next logical step in mathematics is to make sense of the infinity to the infinity power as applied to the real world. If your theory is correct, you will be able to prove it in the real world by making it fully consistent with what you can otherwise measure less precisely. You will so be able to look at the exceptions to your theory and hopefully (if I’m correct in guessing) realize that every exception leads to a new theory which is just as correct in predicting what you can otherwise measure less precisely.

The youth today is commonly measured by its lowest common denominator and is often misunderstood by its elders. That’s normal, do not give up. We rely on you to help us heal the world of tomorrow and even maybe ourselves, whether we fight it or not. Just remember that as long as your intentions and consciousness are pure, you’re probably on the right path. And, most importantly: never forget to question your assumptions. Turning old assumptions into a new paradigm is a battle that everyone has to fight on their own.

 

*By actions I mean thoughts that somehow cause specific actions, in a very empirical, “real world,” perceived affects [pl.] kind of way; it doesn’t aim to address the nature or origins there of.)

On Aging And Belief Shifting: A Brief Tangential Summary (a.k.a. There Are Bones In The Fish!!!)

(WARNING: TANGENTS AND LONG UNWIELDY SENTENCES ARE CONTAINED WITHIN MY CONVOLUTED WRITING)

Most of us have a special experience we can harken back to in just an instant; remember your mindset back when you were a young kid during the phase when you rebelled against your parents. How did you feel about your parents then? How did you feel about the world?

Chances are that you were a rebel; you had ideas about the world; you had hope, despite the fact that you were under your parents’ despotic rule, which stifled your way to a more genuine experience of freedom, friendship and sometimes even the love coming from a 3rd party source.

What happened?

What made you and me so jaded and so convinced that we understand humanity and even the nature of reality? The answers to this question usually congeal to something like: I had experience with the reality of the real world and it turned me more cynical and generally beat me down. Some people seem to learn this lesson sooner and other people learn it later. Those who learn this lesson early in life have a propensity for immaturity, self-destructiveness, belligerence and rebellion for the sake of rebellion. Those who learn this lesson late in life have a propensity for immaturity, sarcasm and withdrawal from humanity.

Alright, so why am I stating the obvious in Xn different ways? Firstly, because I’m redundant in most peoples’ experience. I understand what people feel when they say that. Secondly and more importantly because, in order to lift the fog of experience, one has to go back to times with sunny and even snowy skies. How ironic, right? I get redundant while explaining what that means. Actually, I don’t think I can be ironic as an agenda. Some people think they can but it’s rarely coming from a place of truthfulness, for a whole slew to the “torrenth” power of reasons and circumstances.

The world changes, I give you that. The other thing that changes is people, everyone. The changes in the world is a bit like the expansion of the universe and the Federal Government: their influence upon your day-to-day life is not what it seems. We can understand the two aforementioned concepts because they’re easy to understand; they’re symmetrical and easy to grok. The change in you is specific to you and you only! The change in you is like quantum mechanics: it’s hard to truly understand as you’re experiencing it! Questioning the “correctness” of your feelings indubitably affects the outcome.

If you compare the change of the world to your own chance in attitude you will see that, while the change in the world is seems immense, the change in your own attitude is black and white in comparison. Is it wrong or right? I don’t know. I don’t know how you feel like you know how you feel. I don’t know what you’ve been through. Maybe some holes are too deep and dark to crawl out of. If now you feel like you’re reading my ignorance about reality, I understand and agree with you. I don’t know about  your reality.

I don’t have the solution, partly because the solution probably can’t be expressed in a way that would make sense to everyone, also partly because I don’t know the solution. I guess the second part is more important. For now, can we at least agree about our shared humanity? Can we at least give each other that much of a benefit of the doubt? Can we imagine that our view of the current situation may not be the objective one? Can we realize that we don’t always have all the information to interpret all situations?

We can think about what we have and truly care about. We can think about how we like to be treated and honestly try to give that back to other people without expecting them to do that for us first. We can also put our era, our time now in context with the past and shed previously held beliefs if the former don’t stand up to honest and forthright scrutiny of if they conflict with any of the first two things.

Oh, shiny!

On Some Of The Natures Of Existences

They say that everything has a beginning and an end. It has to because everything begins and ends in the temporal plane of our collective being. It’s our home. We live here in the world of waking up into existence slowly and acting as if we know what we’re doing while dreading the fact that we don’t. Then, after about 100 years have passed since our inception, we quickly drift back into that which we slowly woke up from.

While existence—in the likeness of the theoretical Higgs-Boson—may be limited by that which we call time, existence is not the thing that has to end, it’s us. We end by not being here anymore. Beginnings and ends are convenient ways of understanding existence coming from the unavoidable (for now) reality of actually having to personally go through the process of beginning and ending.

Even our understanding of existence has many more characteristics above those signified by the passage of time. Some of these characteristics we know well. For example, we all know what it feels like to think from the point of view of a separate being who lives through time while trying to be a good and/or whole person while also dealing with the barrage of life’s nature. We know the differences between different states of emotion (i.e, love, hate, emptiness, joy, spirituality, etc.) both from the point of view of the actor and the audience. That’s what some believe makes us human; we are able to have some empathy for others’ states of being. By being the audience, we are able to discern, make sense of, intelligently guess, and maybe even ultimately understand (i.e.: truly synchronize with) the states of being of another.

“I think, therefore I am.”  -Descartes.

Even solipsists believe that!

The problems with axioms start with the a—they’re all born in ” a posteriori-/ty”. Later they try to change and become a priori but they can’t unsee and unknow what they believe to be true. Zen Buddhism has a cool analogy for this. This is my analogy derived from the first analogy. It goes something like: You can’t fill a cup with water if  it’s already full of vinegar.

This, of course, is only true if we agree on the amount of water one has at one’s disposal. One never knows.