Character Select

A friend posted about fighting games, Smash 4 in particular;
“I will never understand how people can use bad characters and expect to win anything. Your only holding your potential back by using shitty characters instead of using a top tier tbh”
My response;
I like the toolkit analogy. The better the character, the more tools that are available. The better the player, the more uses one can get out of a single tool, thus needing less of a toolkit.

If you’re a bad player, it matters not how good a character you play. If you’re a good player, you can take any character and make them appear great. 

Hbox jigglypuff

Nairo Bowser

Ally Mario

Tsu Lucario

Hikaru Dk
Telling someone to give up simply because it hasn’t been done is, in essence, mob mentality. Perhaps a fear of their own inadequacy. Regardless, keeping another down makes no man greater.

Climbing

I’ve been rock climbing (in a gym) since I’ve been here, in Charlottesville, VA for a National Radio Astronomy Observatory internship. The levels range from 0 to 10. When I first started, I could do most of the level 0s, but none of the level 1s. I have a more fit body type, so there were others who could barely do any climbs in there on day one. We go every 3 or 4 days, and at the end of each day, I set a new goal for next time. Something I know that if my hands weren’t sore and raw from the day’s climbs, I could accomplish. Always of the level that I worked on that day, never higher. All the climbs are available to us at day 1. You can try a level 7 climb if you want to, but you’re a fool if you’re struggling with level 3 and 4 (like me). They usually have a minimum skill level barrier to entry, so you can’t even start the climb if you’re not strong enough to lift your body weight, balance properly, or understand the physics of climbing. You’re only burning out your hands. There is more experience in watching someone more experienced do the climb, then maybe coming at it with fresh hands the next day. I’ve attempted level 4s, 5s, and 6s, but I usually just end up failing.

Maybe more importantly, if you get frustrated at a climb that you keep failing, but know you can complete and try to rush through it, you only fall harder because your focus isn’t on the fundamentals you learned to get you to a level 4 climb. lol I’m using my experiences as a metaphor for small businesses, or even life in general. There’s no need to rush. Take what you can from each experience and let your business grow naturally. You have to constantly push yourself, obviously, but know your limits. Everything has a breaking point.

It’s important to note that life does not cap at level 10. You’re no longer growing if you believe you have reached perfection. If you are not growing, then you are decaying.

Conversely, everything has a breaking point, but being afraid of falling is worse than never

Jumping.

This is what it means to be Jump.

The Dark Knight

After watching The Dark Knight so many times, I’ve come to understand a few things:

1. They depict human psychology and mob morality incredibly well. People need a reason. Whether to blame our problems or to motivate us to action. 
2. People are inherently selfish. Even Batman initially wanted to save Rachel, knowing that they could never be together if Dent died. He had to overcome the urge so he could make the decision that he knew was right from the beginning. 

If Dent had died, he would have died the hero, and never lived to become the villain. It’s significant because it was his quote. 
3. Evil will always exist. There is no yin without a at least a little yang, and vice versa. When you try to extinguish evil, like trying to do anything positive in life, there will be resistance. In Bats’s case, he created The Joker. 
It took me till today to realize Alfred never let Bruce read Rachel’s letter saying she knew they could never be. She saw he would always need Batman. Sometimes we have goals or passions in life that take us down rabbit holes and make us forget why we started chasing them at all. 

Evil will always exist. 

That one cut me deep upon realization. Alfred’s story about the bandit and the story’s resolution made it obvious to me. 
A refresher on the story;
A long time ago, 

Alfred was working in Burma for the local government trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans kept getting robbed by a bandit. Alfred’s team went looking for the stones but never met anyone who traded with the bandit. One day, he saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away. He stole them for fun. Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. 

Some men just want to watch the world burn. 
 They eventually caught up to him. 

The only way the could catch the bandit was to burn the entire forest down. 
From this, I take that in any civilization (the forest) there will always exist an inextinguishable evil (the bandit), the flame that keeps the people’s sense of justice alive. In order to put out that flame, you need to exhaust its fuel supply, the entire forest. The entire civilization must be destroyed. If you’re not careful with that flame, it could grow into the corruption that had become Gotham city and destroy itself from within. 

You must guard that flame, treasure it, because it is the most precious part of civilization. But you must not guard it from dying. You must guard it from growing wickedly into a twisted or distorted sense of morality. Must keep it from becoming another Ra’s Al Ghul or Joker or Batman. 

That is why the pilot light of justice is so dangerous. 

On Public Finance, February 2017

The only reason publicly financed health care and college tuition is even up for debate is because they are brought up. Sanders and Cruz illuminated how a few complex words can hide true intent during their debate over the Affordable Care Act. Cruz would use his fancy lawyer talk and Bernie would interpret for us commoners. Really frightening stuff, that most laws are written in this language with what I can only assume is selfish intent. People, it seems, are innately selfish. The idea that I have to pay for someone else to go to school bothers a lot of people. However, with that same breath we can have the biggest most unnecessary military budget on the planet where we pay for expensive technologies and single weapons that cost more than the man firing it’s annual salary. And don’t get me started on how welfare is figuratively and almost quite literally a drop in the ocean of America’s coffers. It’s easier to strip one of these cut and dry budgets than go into all the intricacies of military funding. Government propaganda of the 40s through the 60s should not still be influential today. If Americans understood what communism and socialism actually entails, if Americans would stop chasing an arguably statistically impossible pipedream and brilliant corporatist tactic of an American Dream, we might just be ok.

Maybe.birdie-sanders

Thesis: Age 26

26 years ago I came into existence. The internal debate between whether soul or consciousness exists is especially fierce this day each year. I’m working on it.

What have I accomplished?
Taught a class, straight(ish) A student, Honors College, visited the East Coast, West Coast, and the Midwest, learned how to code, almost got featured in a magazine, and that’s only since January.
I’m doing alright, I suppose.

More importantly, The Human Race is in dire straights. We must come together to end the wars in the Middle East, to reduce Greenhouse Emissions, and to take back our American Economy. The Earth will live on with or without us.
I should probably get to work on this warp drive (and a more scientifically literate name for it). It’s not going to build itself.

I do not fear aging; I embrace it. Omw to sagehood.

Trump Card

The powers that be, the money that runs America, and the establishment media are afraid of Donald Trump. They will do everything in their power to stop him from becoming the Republican nominee. He doesn’t rely on their money since he’s rich, and therefore is not bought. They do not have power over him like every other candidate before him. The question now is how much power do they really have? Will they pay hackers to fix the vote counts? Will they slander him (further) in the media? Will they resort to assassination? If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, I believe they will give up on Trump and push with everything they’ve got to make her the president. She is owned by the banking and pharmaceutical industries and they will control her like they control a Republican. If Bernie Sanders is at the top of the Democratic ticket, they will stand behind Trump because they don’t want chaos in their party, which is what surely will follow with no presidential candidate to control. The nation may fall back into the hands of the people. If voters become disillusioned by the Republican party, all that’s left is to become a Democrat, and the wealthy elite surely do not want that.

Privilege

Last night, a friend told me one of his white friends was defending their use of the word “nigga” saying it’s not racist because they don’t mean it in a harmful way. I went to check it out and it seems that you can say whatever you want if the people it offends can’t give a proper defence. So I thought I’d give it a try:

It’s having to struggle. It’s being at a disadvantage because of your name, the melanin in your skin, and the stereotypes you will be born and die with. It’s the countless children sentenced to 10 years in prison for a dime bag of weed because the judges have been paid for by the Prison-Industrial Complex, while you get the slap on the wrist. It’s because we wish we had the opportunities you squander. It’s because our professional athletes are frowned upon for making too much money, but not your professional bankers who crippled the American, nay, THE WORLD ECONOMY. It’s because we are the most perfect physical specimen humanity has to offer, from our skin to our cardiovascular system, and its because I can be petty like that, because this is the one month out of the year you deem necessary to learn my history, American history.
It’s because we can’t afford to leave the ghetto you put us in that has inadequate water, education, housing, communities, love, fathers, lifespans, nutrition, and I’m sure you’re thinking of the one I missed.
It’s because when you see me walking, you go to the other side of the street, your wife clutches her purse, and you reach for your gun.
It’s because we wish we had the opportunities you squander. We wish we could’ve said welcome home daddy. We wish we could afford a car that wouldn’t break down on our way to serve you, massuh. It’s because it’s 2016 and you think because you’re voting for Trump or Sanders you’re progressive and it entitles you to such privileges…I mean liberties as an expanded vocabulary, but in reality, you’d kill yourself if you woke up black.
Let me be clear; we don’t want to be you. We pity you. We lament for your ignorance and your weakness, and only wish wisdom and understanding to your life.

But you most certainly wish you could be us.

#blackhistorymonth2k16

Jump Day (Founded November 30, 2015)

A day founded on scientific achievement,  intellectual debate and good music. It is the last day before the last month of the year; the end of the middle, signaling the beginning of the end. It is a time when Chicago (my hometown) is cold, but the holidays leave all in warm spirits and with love for all of humanity. This holiday is not static. The primary purpose of this day is to encourage generous donations, primarily to scientific advancement, to study and general betterment of oneself academically, and for serious scientific debate and discussion. It is also acceptable to be celebrated in any fashion as long as it brings more good cheer than ill will.

What am I really saying by changing my profile picture to the French flag?

What am I really saying by changing my profile picture to the French flag? I’m saying I’m against terrorism directed towards western powers. How does this support those affected? Does each flag send money to the families? Does Facebook support intimidate the offenders? More likely, it stimulates them, because the kind of people who would blow themselves up are the kind of people who love attention.
And, honestly, what of Beruit?

Fun with Alcohol: On the Existence of Infinity

Disclaimer: I do not believe infinity exists in nature.

This one is brief and as of yet, a work in progress. In order for most of our current laws of physics to work, the concept of Infinity has to exist in nature. However, in some places such as the singularity of a black hole or the edges of the universe, our current laws break down. We cannot quantify infinity. So I propose a thought experiment, involving everyone’s favorite beverage;
Alcohol.

Using data collected by researchers at Ohio State University, astronomers have found vast quantities of pure, ice cold, delicious alcohol in an interstellar cloud some 10,000 light years from Earth.

This beer cloud, as I’m (unofficially) officially naming it right now, is an unimaginably large amount of liquid happiness. In fact, if you, or more preferably I, were to have this entire beer cloud fermented and transformed into one’s favorite beer, there would be more than one could consume in an entire lifetime. Even if, from birth until a virtually impossible lifespan of 80 years or so, one were to drink oneself into a perpetually drunken state, indefinitely pushing the limits of alcohol poisoning and remaining just outside of the reach of death’s sobering embrace, it may appear to the inebriated onlooker that the cloud had not diminished an ounce in size.
Thus, we can conclude that the beer cloud is effectively infinite in size because one person could drink from it for the entirety of one’s life, which to that person, is all of time.
One could drink from the beer cloud for infinity.
But the cloud is indeed quantifiable. From this scenario, we reach the conclusion that infinity is a number that can be counted to.
Of course this is very preliminary, but it can also be promising in disproving the Existence Of Infinity.

#infinity
#alcohol