Chained Reality

Hyper-Contagious Brain Emissions from a Science Junkie.

Chained Reality immerses you in the world of Science and Philosophy. Taking a look at the world around you and seeking the questions we all want to ask, but may have been afraid to. Are you ready to seek answers you never knew were there?

My Reality

Chained Reality was a name I had picked out for my main story universe a long, long time ago. At the time, I didn't really know exactly why I chose the name other than that it sounded good. Over the years, my life has given me reasons to rethink the title of this universe I sought to create. Why Chained Reality? Well, a lot of this has to do with story ideas and plot turns that put the characters in situations beyond their control.

They are chained to the overall reality that I'm creating for them. My characters, aren't indentured to me,  nor are they indentured to anyone else in their own universe. Keeping in mind the theory of infinite universes, I ask moral questions of myself as a writer when placing them in dangerous and life threatening situations. I don't fear writing their story, I embrace that their story be told and teach this world of the struggles they could face when they rise above the every day and really look towards the universe.

But an unexpected problem has occurred from this work. I'm starting to notice things in my life that tie me to my reality. To the world I live in, and the reality that humanity has created(whether we like it or not). Is this life the adventure and tale that I need to live out? Is there someone in another universe writing about the struggles that I face in order to teach those in his or her universe? Who's to say. That's not really important, either. It's not good to waste that much time dwelling on what if's in this case.

All I know is that my life is my own, and regardless of where the influences come from I need to roll with the punches. It could be a divine hand, seeking to implement a specific destiny with myself as the vessel. It could be pure chaos, and the things that happen in my life are purely circumstantial and the people I meet simply cross paths when it suits them. Or it could be another completely normal person writing my story in another universe. Regardless of the reason, the course of action I must take is all the same. 

Perhaps the best course of action is to live my life and give to the world the most that I can. Through the depression, the happiness, the anger, and the love, the end result should be the same. Some days seem much harder due to depression. Over the years I've seriously questioned whether my depression was a real problem, or just due to circumstance. It's days like this where I feel down for no specific reason, where the world seems like it's not worth the time. When even the things I know I want from my life seem a waste of time, and the people that I love and care about seem like a waste of time too which really makes it worse.

But despite all of that, I try my best to keep going. Keep smiling and making people smile even through the terrible days. Do your best to remind others that there are good times ahead even if they see nothing but bad. Why? Because if nothing else, you can feel better knowing people around you are happy even if you're not. You're giving something to the world, and that's a blessing in itself. 

Sadness does not mean you must make others sad. Sometimes, making people smile is what makes your day better.

Sadness does not mean you must make others sad. Sometimes, making people smile is what makes your day better.

Four "Oh..." Four


We live in the age of robots. How awesome is that? Except there was such a huge artificial intelligence scare and it's outlawed across the globe. Something about "They'll wreak havoc and cause deaths rampant!". Or some such bull shit. Personally, I said to hell with this law. I think it's a load of bunk. As far as I know I'm the only one to really think that though.

So one day, I was tinkering with an old airborne drone of mine and thought: Why don't I just write an algorithm that makes it look for other potential points of interest based on wind conditions and visual stimuli? It's that simple. I didn't program him to be anything other than a way to explore the world with my own actions. I didn't expect it to be such a big thing.

Yeah, there was a lot of chaos, havoc, rampant death. But if what I've seen is true, it was never the robots doing the killing. They weren't programmed for that and no one wanted to program them for that anyway. But there was still killing. No one seems to know why. Hive mind? Maybe. Anarchy? Nah. The real problem is humanity wasn't ready to accept what artificial intelligence would do to it.

My friend taught me one thing in all this, and that's that robots are a natural part of progression in cosmic life. Because while the robots may start out cold, emotionless, and only capable of us telling them what we want them to do. But artificial intelligence reiterates the fact that our lives are accumulations of our choices. Humanity didn't want to accept the fact that there's no greater force making them act like dick holes.

There's no voice in the head of the masses telling them to commit immoral acts upon their fellow humans. They can't handle the idea that it was just them being dicks. That's all humanity has ever been on the broad scale. Being dicks about it. God forbid we just accept that our nature isn't perfect and we're designed to love chaos...

That's still not what I wanted though. I didn't want anyone to get hurt. That being said I'd still do it all regardless. I gained far too much out of it. What did I gain?

I gained a friend.

Quarter Life Thesis

This year has certainly been an interesting one. A lot of things have happened that caused me to re-think what I want from my life. For a long time, I felt like this: 

That's one scary ocean.

That's one scary ocean.

Then that, went to this: 

Supes Mad bro. Like So help me Glob bro.

Supes Mad bro. Like So help me Glob bro.

Now I'm more like this:

What is Finn?

What is Finn?

While there's a lot of good things in my life, there are still a lot of things that I absolutely despise. I've always wanted to travel, and after having an opportunity to do so, I am realizing just how unhappy I am being stuck in the same place. The choices I've made in my life keep me locked down because of debt and previous obligations.

As much as I'd like to leave it all behind and say Math the consequences, I know doing so would put a few others in tough situations themselves. I'm a pretty smart guy(how smart you ask? Smart enough to know that you're probably reading this in Finn's voice, and if you weren't, you are now assuming you've seen Adventure Time before), so understanding the steps I need to take in order to achieve where I want to be isn't much of an issue.

Finding motivation to take these steps and stick with them is the difficult part when your every day tends to leave you feeling downtrodden. Which is why I must broaden my horizons, seek a greater audience of people who wish to truly encourage me in my endeavors. Making people care about you isn't easy, especially when you have to sell yourself as well as your writing. 

No matter what happens, I know that my life is on it's way to looking more like this: 

S'all good dawg. I mean Jake. 

S'all good dawg. I mean Jake. 

While this weighs heavy on my head and heart, at least I can poke fun at it and hopefully make someone else smile in the meantime. At least I know I'm good at that. Although sometimes it just boils down to this:

Thinking too much is what I do.

Thinking too much is what I do.

Podcast: Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops have been a large part of modern culture for quite a while now. The U.S. Constitution was conceived in a coffee shop, and the Declaration of Independence was read publicly in a coffee shop! 

There are many advantages that coffee shops have to the community. Not only is it a place for artists(musicians, painters, writers) to come together and display their works. Business minded folks can meet potential clients and discuss new business ventures. Students find a place to get a stimulant and work on their studies.

If you really think about it, coffee shops have had a major cultural impact on our communities. Even if you don't drink coffee, or even visit a coffee shop ever, chances are good that the coffee shops around you have impacted your life in some way.

Here are some links: 

http://blog.evenues.com/2012/02/07/a-brief-history-of-coffee-houses-as-meeting-places/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse

Forming a System: http://www.amazon.com/Forming-System-Andrew-Uphoff-ebook/dp/B00K2IQ0EU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412969707&sr=8-1&keywords=Forming+a+System

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