Name's Wayne. I'm just a simple guy, looking for something so complex you can't possibly comprehend the nature of it's existence. If there is a purpose to it, it's a cosmic joke. Someone, somewhere is laughing at my pain. My suffering. Glowing bright red it can attach itself to any surface and move about with a speed that doesn't seem natural. I feel like it's haunted me in past lives... And will continue to haunt me until the day I die.
It's been on my mind a lot more than normal lately. Something just doesn't feel right. Bruce has been distant as of late... Can't say I blame her. Someone who is so obsessed with something they may never be able to obtain can't possibly be healthy to be around. Maybe that's why I feel more stressed than normal. Haven't had my gal at my side when I need her most.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Bruce is a girl? Well you can't blame her for the name her crazy mother gave her. Needless to say once she could get out of that house she did. No need to keep ties with people who seem hellbent on making your life infinitely more difficult. What are parents for though, right? I need something to calm my nerves.
Standing up from my desk I know what I need the most. A glass of warm milk. It isn't just a bedtime tradition for me. It was the only way for me to relax without having Bruce around. There's just something about it that calms the soul. Relaxes you. Or maybe that's just me. My office is a mess. I may want to think about cleaning it up.
But when you're so obsessed with finding out as much as you can about the red, cleanliness isn't exactly on your mind. Papers are strewn out across the floor, marked with sightings of the red. The boxes I had kept them in are all empty and lining the room. It's been appearing more and more lately, and not just to me. It seems like it's been haunting the entire town. Even Jerry, the town rat has been getting grief from it.
Walking through the papers was difficult without disturbing them. So much for being a professional detective. I'm not sure if having so much research material out like this is seen as a sign of a thorough job, or insanity. Either way, people still seem to keep coming through to find what they're looking for. No matter what that may be. A lost toy, a lost love, and even their lost sanity.
I may not be a psychologist, but sometimes people just need someone to talk to. It's all the same to me. I still help them find what they're looking for, even if that's just peace of mind. The kitchen was filthy. Coffee stains on the counter, crumbs all over the floor, and dishes piled up in the sink. Do I at least have a clean glass for milk? Looking around this dinky kitchen didn't take me long to find something to use. It wasn't a real glass, so much as it was a coffee mug.
It all works out in the end. Opening the fridge made me realize even more of how obsessed I've been about all this. There's nothing in it but some butter, old vegetables, and various condiments. Not even an old milk bottle to be found. With a sigh, I realized that I needed to go visit Bruce. I want to see her anyway, but I don't want her to feel like I'm just using her. Either way, I need something to calm my nerves.
Closing the fridge, I heard a knock on the door. I'm not expecting any appointments today, and I don't get many walk-ins. I suppose it's best to not keep them waiting. Walking out of the kitchen and into the main room, there she was standing and waiting for me like she always used to. Bruce was a beautiful dame, the kind you could sit on the couch with and cuddle all day.
"Hey Sugar, need some company?" She's definitely a class act. "How'd you know? I was just about to come over to see you." My smile must have revealed how relieved I was to see her, because her smile turned to a grin. She pulled her arm out from behind her back to reveal a fresh bottle of milk. Bruce always knew what it is I wanted. "Care for a drink?" Batting her eyelashes was always my weakness. Even if I wasn't in the mood to be with her I would still be putty in her hands.
"If you're offering, I certainly won't say no to a drink with such a class act." That one made her giggle and blush, just like it always did. Oh how I had missed this girl. I had to clear off some papers from the love seat in order to find space for us to sit. Taking the bottle of milk from her, I offered her a seat. She sat so gingerly on the couch it reminded me of all the fun times we've had.
"I'll be right back sweetheart, don't you go anywhere!" She smiled at me, but her eyes were glancing across the room at all the papers. "Don't worry about those doll, it's work for a client. He's lookin for the same thing I am." I could hear her shift on the couch. "What's he looking for?" The indignance in her voice told me she's still wary about the red.
"Answers." Best to leave it vague. Don't need her thinking I'm in too deep. Going into the kitchen made me realize I can't hand a pretty lady a drink in an old coffee mug. I gotta get some glasses clean. Washing two glass cups didn't take long, especially since I had to set the milk in a pan to warm it up. "So how have you been Bruce? I haven't seen you in a while."
There was some hesitation, which is never a good sign. "Trying to stay sane. How about you?" Ouch. This kitty's got claws. "I'd like to say I'm doing the same but I don't think you'd believe me even if I said it." Let's just get it out in the air I guess. She's obviously here for a reason. "You're right, I wouldn't believe you considering all of this you've got lying around." She sounds angry, but I think we can get past this.
"It's for a client. What do you want me to tell you?" Pouring the milk into the glasses, I turned to go back into the main office. Except she was standing in the doorway to the kitchen. "I want you to tell me that you're going to give up on this red thing and come back to me. Don't forget who it was that ended it in the first place." Was that me? I could have swore she ended it. Considering her words were It's either me or this red thing!.
"You're right. But sometimes you gotta find truth in your life doll. There's nothing wrong with chasing a dream." The look on her face went from angry to sad. "I know... But I want you to wake up. And live in the real world. With me Sugar." She walked tenderly over to me and touched my face. Looking into those fierce eyes I couldn't help but wonder if what I was chasing was the right thing.
"I do live in the real world darling. Sometimes the real world is crazy, and that's just the part of life I'm stuck in. The red won't go away just because I pretend it's not there." A tear streaked down her soft face. It's hard to see such a sweet girl in so much pain. Love isn't an easy thing to understand. "If that's how you really feel..." I put the glasses of milk on the counter behind me, and grabbed her shoulders.
"Do you honestly think I can't chase this and love you at the same time Bruce? I do love you doll, but it seems like you can't handle me being a man of ambition." Her eyes watered even more, and she started crying completely. Digging her head into my chest I waited for her to calm down. The milk was cold again by the time she had finished. "Wayne, I know you can! But it scares me! What if something were to happen to you! This is dangerous, and I can't... I can't stand the thought of losing you!"
Her tears swelled up again. "Life is dangerous doll. You can't shy away from what you want just because you're afraid. You gotta reach out there and take it!" That seemed to do something to calm her. She looked into my eyes, and I couldn't help myself. A kiss was exactly what we both wanted, so we did. It was long, and sweet. I missed this feeling. Looking down at her after made me realize I truly did love this woman.
I don't want to lose her either, but I still can't shy away from the truth about the red. That's when something came out of the corner of my eye. It moved so fast, and was so bright. There was no mistake. That was the red. She saw the look in my eyes and stepped back. "Please! No! Don't go Wayne!" She cried out at the top of her lungs, but it still couldn't sway me. I had to find it.
Dashing out of the kitchen towards the door, I ignored the papers on the ground. They scattered beneath my feet and flew around the room. Once I opened the door my suspicions were confirmed. The red was waiting for me outside in the street. Laying flat on the ground in the middle of the intersection, while the cars stopped to gaze at it. I made a run for it, trying to make it to the red before it disappeared again.
I can hear it laughing. Cackling at my pain, my suffering and my inability to end this. I will end it. I will find out what it is! In usual fashion, once I reached it it had moved out of the way at the last moment as I pounced on it. The corner of my eye revealed it was now trailing itself along a line of cars parked on the side of the street. I had to get it and end this!
Chasing it down the street, it managed to always stay one step ahead of me. Moving from car to car, jumping onto the street and onto the sides of buildings. Whatever this thing was it didn't live by our rules! But I had to try and stop it! There it was. It had stopped in the middle of the street again. Sitting still and ready to be taken. This time, I wanted to catch it by surprise. Hiding behind a car for a moment, I decided to make my move.
I jumped on it, and knew it didn't have time to move out of the way this time. I knew I had it. This time, it hadn't gotten away. It was right below me, and I could just barely make it out. I had never actually caught it before. It didn't stay too long, and it didn't feel like I was even holding anything. But this time, I could hear the real laughing. The universe was cackling at me. Laughing at my pain... My suffering... Why?... Why?!... WHY?!
"Come on Kenzie, time for dinner!" A little girl, short and blonde was holding a small laser pointer while a black and white cat ran around and dashed at it. She let it catch the small red dot on the floor between her brother's toy car sets he was playing with and the plastic mat to make it look like driving in the city. The cat looked down at the mat and then back around at the cars frantically.
"Oh Wayne! You're so funny! Bruce where are you? Mom why doesn't Bruce like playing with the laser pointer?" A tall woman with an apron peeked her head into the living room with a smile on her face. "I don't know honey. Maybe we can find out after dinner. So come on or your food will get cold!" The little girl dropped the pointer and stood up enthusiastically. "Ok momma!"
Another black and white cat came over to the one hurdled on top of the mat, and began to purr while it rubbed up against it. They both walked away from the mat, and jumped up onto the couch and lay next to each other.
Name's Wayne. I'm just a simple guy, looking for something so complex you can't possibly comprehend the nature of it's existence. If there is a purpose to it, it's a cosmic joke. Someone, somewhere is laughing at my pain. My suffering. Glowing bright red it can attach itself to any surface and move about with a speed that doesn't seem natural. I feel like it's haunted me in past lives... And will continue to haunt me until the day I die.
Lately motivation to write has been weird. I want to write, and have been doing a lot more than I normally have, but it still isn't quite enough it feels. Perhaps it's because I have life to live outside of it and am trying to get a lot of other things in order before I can actually get started on pushing for my writing career.
I want to move out of state next spring, which costs a good bit of money to do. I don't quite have the job at the moment to really get that going the way I'd like to, but I'm also working on that. I'm currently training for a serving job which will hopefully net me a bit more income than my current one so I can start really saving for this move.
Even still, I try to make time to write. It's not difficult for me to sit down and write out a few hundred words in raw form to get the story really going. You can view them all in bite sized pieces in the Forming A System tab if you're interested in reading them! Just remember they're rough and unedited, but I think it's interesting to see how the writing process works. It's much easier for me to hammer out a full book by cutting it into bite sized pieces and filling in the gaps where there are any.
So at the very least I know I'm getting work done and once I feel like the story is ready to be edited and turned into a full fledged novel it will definitely be done as such! I'm going to try to also take time for my science and political posts to keep you interested in what's going on in the world. It's a big dynamic shift in life right now so trying to keep all of the balls balanced is kind of difficult at times.
Thanks for staying loyal folks! I'm on the job once again! Take care!
Chaos seems to be all my brain ever knows. I can't sleep because there's always too much to think about. I can't enjoy the time I have to enjoy because there's always something else I could be doing. I can't think about something that's important for me too long because so many things are important to me that I can't keep my mind on just one of them.
This issue is nothing new, of course. I'm just for some reason more aware of it at the moment. I know how to change it, but It's not something I can change chemically, or through a medicine. I could try, but it would just be a cover up of the real problem. It's just scary to try because I don't know how I'll come out on the other end of it, and hope that it doesn't change who I am at the core. I don't think it will, but you never know. Change isn't always predictable.
So as a forewarning to all of my friends, if my behavior is... abnormal for me, please bear with me. If it's a change that you really don't like, please don't hesitate to tell me. It's difficult to rewire my thought process and takes a lot of conditioning that you can't see the direct process of. But trust me, I'm doing what I can to move towards a better way of thinking for myself.
Because that's what I want. Out of desire to have more control over my life and how I think and act. I Love all of you, and if you have questions about it feel free to ask. It's going to be an interesting few months.
As an introvert, the world seems like a strange place a lot of the times. You wonder where you fit in with a society of people who place more importance on interactions with other people than they do on interactions with the world around you. I've seen this video so many times and looked at it with a weak heart, because I don't understand why people value things like they do in this video.
Why are they cramming themselves in a small room with music so loud you can't even talk to one another? Why do they feel the need to touch one another, and become physically intimate in ways that are honestly foreign to me? The point had been missed time and time again, but now I understand it.
I'm just not like that. That feeling they get from these interactions is like the feeling I get when I'm by myself, lost in a forest park or out at the lake with no one in sight. It's like the feeling I get when I'm driving just to see what's out there, and getting to know the world I live in better. Even though I find a scenario like the one presented in this video to be absolutely undesirable to the point that I avoid it, I can understand why they live that way.
It's a beautiful feeling to know that even if you don't fit in, the world around you is still a beautiful place. I take pleasure in reminding myself of how small I am in relation to the universe, yet I am still somehow vastly significant.
Understanding, isn't something that is truly easy to understand. While you may know what understanding means by definition, actually putting the idea into practice is a different problem altogether.
"I know" is a highly common response to suggestions and rebuttals in certain situations. Although I always question the truth to that person's claim. I'm sure many of us do. But I also question whether or not I truly do grasp the entirety of the subject when I say it myself. So where does the nature of understanding come from?
Does it come from our ability to not only simulate certain situations, but also our ability to emulate certain situations in our own minds with a certain level of accuracy? Or does it come from our ability to process others' experiences as closely to our own as possible? Does it come from a whole separate psychological capacity?
The nature of understanding may indeed even come from a basic human need to fit in with those around us. Is it possible that we can truly understand things better if it is explained within a situation that our lives have seen? I'd say we have sufficient evidence within our own personal lives to say so. Perhaps understanding is an innate trait in itself. It would certainly fit the Occam's Razor dynamic.
Do we understand the implications of understanding? Am I over-complicating it? Probably. However, I tend to value understanding things on as many angles as possible. Even if some of them don't make sense. Even if there's really only one option to go with in order to understand. Sometimes, that full understanding is what helps you create a deeper knowledge and appreciation.
Or I'm just over-complicating things.
With the age of technology, we face some new and previously unknown problems with increased integration with others. We all value experiences throughout life, but the real question is to what level are those experiences worth? Can we honestly say an experience someone shares over the internet is valued on the same level as experiencing that event for yourself?
For example, many of us like to watch the Travel Channel and see what cool and different places we visit could be. Yet most of us have the sense to know that seeing it on TV is nothing like seeing it in person. I would argue that a generation that values interactions online to the level we do today may not fully understand that concept.
One of the adverse effects social media has had on us is posting life experiences on Facebook is all about getting likes. Twitter is all about getting followers and retweets. Instagram is all about getting followers and likes on photos. This has changed our psychology from valuing experiences for ourselves, and created a sense of valuing experiences based on how others value them.
Our sense of identity no longer exists within ourselves and our endeavors, it exists within others and how they perceive them. At least for the younger generations. The real question is: Is this really something we should be worried about? I would say yes. I grew up on video games and behind a computer screen. The value of my world was defined by how powerful my character was. By how many reliable friends I had to raid with. Whether or not I fit in with the world I was playing in, not the real world around me.
This has, in many unforeseen ways, negatively impacted me severely. I'm 26 and still trying to figure out what it means to make my way in the real world. As difficult as it is to admit, I have problems valuing interactions with others in the real world. I have problems placing value in experiences beyond a screen, and it's something I'm working on for myself. At this age, and with a strong desire to experience things in the real world, things change overwhelmingly quickly.
A lot of time was lost when I was more capable and receptive to placing value in interactions. My childhood was hardly a sob story, and it's difficult to regret things when you truly understand where your life has taken you. However, it doesn't mean I don't wish to provide a warning for others on how these things truly effect us as people.
I see similarities in others and how they interact with technology and how I grew up, and it makes me question how it effects their psychology. Someone who is attached to their phone and social media exhibits similar problems, but in a different fashion. We can be sociable with others and get out into the world and still not value those experiences the way we should. I cannot speak for anyone buy myself, but I truly take issue with how I perceive and value the world because of this problem.
Hopefully, this is an individual case of how life has unfolded for me. I would hate to see others have to struggle with the same problems. However, I can't help but feel like I've become a lot more understanding and intelligent simply because of these psychological hurdles. Perhaps on the other end, I will learn to appreciate things on a deeper level. I guess I will let you know when that happens.
In any case, I think this is an important issue to keep in mind. The moral of this story is moderation applies to all things in life. Time and place are always important when experiencing life. You cannot substitute experience with understanding. Sometimes, thinking it through, just doesn't cut it.
"Where is this place Dokk? I've never seen such purposeful structures." Such symmetrical lines used in the mud bricks. The placement of the crystals seem almost... Strategic. Half-Sphere shaped buildings are definitely not a characteristic of Pangean structures. Not to mention, each building appears to have some kind of connection directly to the planet.
One has vines growing across the top of it, but not over the small ornate windows. This particular one appears to have tree roots growing through the mud bricks. Does it go into the inside of the house as well? "This is Yldrgrad! Isn't it cool? There is a lot to be learned here before I meet with the person I want to see." I'm still not used to this yet. Dokk seems to be nice enough, but I can't quite understand it's motives.
The Pagan clans have never been one to be friendly towards Pangeans, especially officials. So whomever he is looking for will most likely cause us a lot more trouble than I think Dokk realizes. "Who exactly do you want to see? Pagans don't take very well to Pangeans." Running my hand over the brick, it felt a lot sturdier than mud brick should feel. I manifested a steel spanner from my inventory modifier and tapped the brick with it.
Not even a scratch or dent. There is definitely ley-manipulation in these structures. "That seems to be the case most of the time. But as you know well, not all hold grudges for past ordeals. In fact, the one I'm looking for is a Justiciary himself! His name is Hurst, and he is one of three triplets that were born of this tribe. So, it's only natural that I should seek to understand his culture before meeting him."
Dokk looked intently at the structures. He seems to be noting things about their layout outside, and how they connect with the oak trees growing around them. Strange, that oak would grow here. Someone must have migrated saplings in order to populate the planet. What kind of effect did that have on the eco-system I wonder? "If he's a Justiciary then shouldn't you know where he is?" This doesn't make much sense. What is he looking for? Just some talking points for when he meets this person? Seems a bit excessive to me...
"I never said I don't." Good point. Still, I don't know what this is helping. "So what do you hope to gain from being here?" This thing certainly is interesting if nothing else. Opening the slanted door to the home, he stepped inside before answering me. I could hear him starting to talk, but I couldn't understand what he was saying. I had to walk a few paces over and step inside the home with vines lining it.
"That's why." The inside was a lot more spacious than I thought. Stairs led down, which indicated that they actually dug their homes into the ground rather than built above it. That must have required a lot more work, and left the only sunlight entering from the windows in the ceiling. Although the crystals inside provided ample lighting.
I'm not sure why this surprised me, but the inside was decorated. The walls were lined with a light yellow colored wall painted over a smooth surface, and there were crystals and paintings lining the walls. There were doors that led into other rooms, which no doubt led down even farther considering the spacial restrictions. It certainly makes a lot more sense as to the way the homes were set up outside. "Rey?"
I spaced again. "Ah, yes. Sorry, I missed what you said. What are you looking for here?" Dokk sighed looking at me. Oh come on you can't blame me for being curious! "Because I'm curious! I would like to know more about his culture! It's truly fascinating the way it differs from Pangean culture which relies so heavily on technology." Oh. Well, aren't I just a regular ass? "I guess that makes sense... Maybe a better question would be why is this Hurst a person of interest for you?"
His smile was a little off-putting for some reason. Maybe it was because it was Douglas' smile, but I knew it wasn't him. It also didn't help that he was still dressed as a Justiciary. He was looking through a small end-table, and found a slip of paper. I wonder what was on it? I guess I could go over and take a look. "He is interesting because of this." Holding up the piece of paper, Dokk grinned like a fool.
The paper was actually a picture on what appeared to be papyrus. How they managed the kind of detail on papyrus that you would find on a film paper is beyond me. The picture was of three children, one boy, and two girls. They couldn't have been more than twelve years old. All three of them had traditional pagan ritual robes on, no doubt signifying their coming of age ceremony. All three had red hair, but the girl with a wide grin on her face had a light red with freckles across her face.
She definitely seemed different than the other two, even if the differences were minimal. "This is who I'm looking for. The boy in that picture is Hurst. Brother of two sisters, Lydia and Yaria." The boy looked serious, with an obvious fake smile on his face. The other girl was smiling in a sweet manner, but obviously fake as well. Well, I guess that's interesting information. Only one of them was innocent somehow.
"Which one is she? She looks interesting." Dokk looked at the picture again, and lost his smile. "That's Lydia I think. What little I do know of this family, she was an interesting one too, but Hurst definitely has a lot more to offer me."
If there's one thing science has taught us, it's that science-fiction can very easily become science fact. It's only a matter of time. Not only is Augmented Reality very close to being real within the general market, but user integration within that system is already taking a new turn. While I'm not particularly for violence in many ways, being able to defend yourself is key to survival in any situation.
Embracing the technology that can help you do that, could mean the difference between survival and death. I don't imagine most people will require a program such as this, but for those of us who embrace technology in all of it's forms are rather excited to see this level of capability.
Besides the military and defense aspects of this program, you never know where this kind of integration can come in handy. Those who work in hazardous fields will have the capability to be much more precise when handling hazardous materials, or even being able to see their surroundings.
There's only so much one man can think of for uses. I guarantee you once this technology hits the market and everyone gets their brain in on the deal, we'll see it's true capability. Keep looking towards the future folks, it's looking bright!
A beautiful part of the world we now live in is we're always connected to those we love. We're always capable of finding information, seeking answers, and even seeking help when we need it. However, is it possible that we weren't meant to ALWAYS be connected to this network? Are there greater effects on our psychology than we know?
Social Media plays a rather large role in how we connect with others nowadays. In fact, there are many who feel more comfortable communicating and interacting via social media rather than out in the real world with others. Is this due to the increasing importance placed on social media? Or is it a problem innately with how our culture has grown and changed?
For a lot of us who have grown up with this social media plays a much bigger role in our lives in communicating with others than sometimes even directly through our phones. Social Media is designed to give us a glimpse into a person's life when we're not there. So it's no wonder people are hooked on it. Who wouldn't like to know what their good friends are up to when you're not there?
Well perhaps we aren't meant to know what goes on in a person's life at every waking moment. In fact, I would argue one of the reasons we find others so interesting is because of the things we don't know about them. With social media shedding light on every detail, is there really any purpose to meeting in person?
This is a rather negative view of Social Media, I know. However it's something I have personally been trying to break free from. It causes me to overlook other details in my life, especially with those who do not use it nearly as frequently. Perhaps I'm cynical due to other problems I have had to face due to lack of real social interaction, but it seems to me like Social Media can very easily consume a person's life and cause them to lose sight of what's important.
I know it's done that to me.
There's been a lot to take in as of late. Life has become so much different than it was before, because of the changes I've begun making for myself. Not only am I learning to love the world around me more, I'm learning what my passion for writing really means to me. It definitely is what I want to do with my life, and that is solidified now that I have a story out there to promote.
The road has been pretty rocky, and filled with let downs and mistakes. I've learned a lot about what it really means to be a writer, and a content creator in general. A lot more work goes into this than was ever previously thought, and it's very easy to be demotivated when you're surrounded by negativity. It's also very easy to be unmotivated when you do not have other creative types like yourself around you.
A lot changed for me when I found someone who shared the same passion for creating content that I do. Even though we're both pretty new to it, I believe we both understand exactly what it's going to take to make things happen for what we want with our lives. Amazingly, I wasn't even looking for a friend that could help push me to keep working on my writing. It just ended up happening that way. I suppose that's what serendipity is all about.
At the end of the day, there is a lot of work to be done. There is a lot of thinking and plotting and planning to be done and it can take a lot out of you. Finding balance in life is incredibly important, so you can have time to relax, time to work on your dream, time to work to pay your bills, and time to be social with your friends.
Adding that extra time to work on your dream can take a lot out of you, especially if your job is stressful. It's not easy to come home from a crappy day at work and just power through writing something. Editing after a crappy day of work is even more of a nightmare, and tends to just not happen. For all of you content creators, not just writers, keep plugging away!
Always remember that if you don't work towards your dream, someone else will pay you to work towards theirs! Which would you rather do? If you're like me, you'd much rather have your own dream! To all of you non-creative types, please take some time to help out your creative friends. It could be as easy as asking them about how their work is going, and even if they're not sure how to respond, ask anyway. That may be what they need to push towards that goal!
At the end of the day, it really is all about writing your own story. Creating your own character. Making the life you live(whether you like it or not) what you want it to be. That is what it means to be an artist.
Gearbox is definitely my favorite game developer. They constantly come out with new and absolutely fun content for Borderlands and it looks like The Pre-Sequel will be nothing short of awesome as well. Giving more depth to Handsome Jack's story along with the overtake of Hyperion is exactly what a lot of fans were calling for.
The game is built upon the Borderlands 2 game engine, which I see absolutely no problem with. Borderlands 2 was quite a solid game, and they ended up being able to do a lot more with it than I thought they would. With the addition of low gravity(not Zero gravity like they keep saying) which opens up the environments in a big way, there will be a lot more to explore in this game!
Four new classes, including a playable Claptrap(that's absolutely going to be my character) means you know the game play itself will be fresh and full of new surprises! Even from a story standpoint there are a lot of interesting ways they can make Handsome Jack's character seem much more appealing. Although, you are still technically fighting for the bad guys.
All in all, I believe this will breathe new life into a franchise that was already fresh and going strong. Keep up the good work 2K and Gearbox!
Say hello to our first step towards real cyborgs! While this seems a tad ridiculous, it's important to keep in mind that flexible electronics are very real, and the ability to power them with flexible batteries is very real as well. With the ability to add flexible transistors to the mix we can very possibly have the right mix of technologies to make electronics take a whole new shape - literally!
The medical applications for this are far greater than I believe we can expect when this innovation is in it's infancy. Pacemakers could become vastly more efficient, and vastly less harsh on the body. We could implement similar tools for limbs with nerve problems, to help regulate pain receptors for those with extreme pain. It could be used in physical therapy, by allowing us to employ a bone density monitor directly into the body.
There are just as many commercial applications for this technology, although I can see many of them being more cosmetic than practical. For the time being, let's imagine clothing for researchers in arctic circles, than can monitor core body temperature and increase an electric heat conductor in the garment to increase body temperature when it's getting low. We could introduce clothing for our military that monitors vital signs on the battlefield, that constantly streams data to a command center so every soldier is accounted for.
While there are many more possibilities for this technology, I think it's important to leave it open for debate. You never know what we can apply this kind of innovation to!
It's a question that we have no way to answer with our current technology. Are we alone in the universe? Are there other forms of intelligent life that are simply passing us by? There are also other options we haven't quite explored yet.
The universe is 13.8 Billion years old, that we know. But how long will the universe last? For all we know it's still fairly early on in it's lifespan(if it even has an end). Who's to say that we aren't the first sentient species to form even within the universe itself? The probability is very small that we're alone, or that we're the first, but it's still a possibility.
Carl Sagan has said that we were created as a way for the universe to observe itself. If this is true, would it not be possible that we are the first attempt at observation? Could it be possible that humans are the only sentient species in existence at this very moment? Well, like I said, it's difficult to test this theory until we can travel through space and explore the farthest reaches.
We could be staring through a telescope, seeing a planet that is essentially millions or billions of years in the past. Who's to say that the planets we're observing haven't formed sentient life that has already taken to the stars? Who's to say that sentient life has come and gone, destroying itself and it's host planet, never to be known of it's existence?
Thinking of alien life makes us wonder about our own place in the universe. We could either be the first explorers out into space, or we could be infants barely learning to crawl compared to other species. There's no way for us to know until we actually get out there and find out!
Being an independent content creator is tough these days. There are countless tools available for us to get our work out there. Social media plays a huge role in how we distribute and promote our work, and sometimes it just doesn't quite work the way we'd like it to. Facebook pages for content have become increasingly difficult to get off the ground and promote. If you want to invest in promoting your page on Facebook to gain likes and followers, think again.
Twitter is a popularity contest, and only those with scores of followers are lucky to get a handful of people actually investing time to explore their work. Tumblr is a strange mash-up of popularity contest and networking. Google+ has a good setup to share content while making it eye-catching to others, but the base is not nearly as large.
Don't get me wrong, these are all still great tools to use if you can use them correctly. With a whole lot of work and a pinch of luck you can make something great happen for yourself using the internet. However, I still feel the best way to promote independent content is locally. At the end of the day though, the biggest problem is that ANYONE can distribute and promote their content. And that's a fantastic problem to have!
However, problems like removing Net Neutrality would make it infinitely more difficult for us independent content creators to get their work out. The marketplace of ideas is beautifully flooded, and that's absolutely a good thing. Even if we have to fight tooth and nail to get our work noticed, we would much rather have it that way than to feel like we'd never have a chance. There isn't much in the world that can really make a content creator happy other than people enjoying their content.
If there's one thing I hope anyone can take from this, it's that if you have a friend who wants to create music, write, paint, draw, or whatever they want to create, encourage them and help them promote their work. It doesn't require that much effort on your part usually, and it could help make them infinitely happier!
It is best not to forget our place in the universe. We were made to observe it.
Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues have developed a flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte to deliver battery-like supercapacitor performance that combines the best qualities of a high-energy battery and a high-powered supercapacitor without the lithium found in commercial batteries today.
The new work by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour is detailed in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
That's right, flexible batteries! What does this mean for electronics? Well, it really all depends on how far we can take this technology. If it's scalable to any level we desire, then you can expect longer battery life in your every day electronics. You can also expect a wider variety of small electronics available for use. With a smaller battery comes smaller electronics!
Some of the possible applications could trickle over into the use of Augmented Reality devices, much like Google Glass. Think of being able to have a small device that can attach to your favorite sunglasses, and create an augmented reality experience regardless of what your glasses are. There are, of course, other technological advances required to make this a reality. However, being able to power these devices is just as much of a challenge as being able to make them function in the first place!
Regardless of the future potential uses, it is good to know that we can create flexible batteries. It allows a much greater range of usefulness in a world that is becoming more and more integrated with technology!
Recently I have been hearing stories about the "Collapse of the U.S. Dollar". While there is certainly evidence to support this theory, what is disturbing me more is how people are preparing for the consequences. The U.S. Government has been beefing up the Department of Homeland Security for a few years now, according to some to prepare for the collapse of the dollar.
Along with local law enforcement requesting increased crowd control ability in certain places, this theory definitely seems rather scary. In turn, many believe they must beef up in response to this potential threat to their liberty. However, most of us would plan for the collapse in the dollar in a much more productive(and much less scary) way.
Instead of stockpiling ammunition and beefing up our defenses, we should seek to build relationships with others and strengthen our ability to act independently as a community. Is it really all that beneficial to us as a society to pretend like everyone around us is going to pillage and steal the things around us once the shit hits the fan? If we allow ourselves to buy into that mentality, then it is far likelier to become the reality.
We should instead choose to understand the connections we have, and the community around us in order to strengthen our ability to continually lead comfortable(and productive) lives. America has moved far past the stage of societal development where we worry much about survival. I say we take advantage of that and seek to keep that going, instead of fear-mongering this idea that everyone around us is trying to tear that down.
I'll admit this post is rather preachy, but I'm an Anarchist at heart. And the people I most identify with(Libertarians) are just as prone to fear-mongering problems as the rest of the world is, I start to take issue with and question that philosophy. It does no one any good to perpetuate a standard of mistrust in all around us, even if there is reason to mistrust the few whom hold the power.
If the government is really seeking to prepare for rioting in the streets, and abundant chaos, then we should give them reason to look like fools and take care of ourselves. In fact, we should be doing that anyway. The point is, I'm not a very trusting person. Despite that fact, I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt in that they don't seek to destroy relationships. They seek to build them. Although I take steps to protect myself from someone trying to do me harm, I don't immediately assume that they are trying to.
Much as it is with science, I need evidence before I can believe something. If I have no evidence to believe that someone has malicious intent, I have no reason to believe they have malicious intent. Just remember these wise words:
E Pluribus Unum
While the concept is simple, the applications are universal. The ability to adhere to almost any surface, while carrying heavy loads, with the ability to remove and re-adhere multiple times. This is the concept behind Geckskin. It was inspired by the Gecko's amazing ability to stick to and move around just about any surface in the wild.
Climbing trees isn't exactly what we're going for here, but there are numerous applications in the every-day commercial world. Being able to adhere a painting to a wall without needing to drill into the wall for a mounting screw would save a lot of hassle and potential repairs later. This concept can be applied to multiple hanging amenities that we enjoy in our homes.
It could also be used industrially, allowing the adhering of tools to any surface near where you are like it was magnetic. Need a wrench near you at all times while working on a car? What if you could just stick it to the side of the car, without worrying about harming the paint? These are just a couple of the countless uses for a product like this!
Let's not forget the fantastic sci-fi military uses for a product like this. Need to set up a flashbang trap easily and with fewer materials? Slap some geckskin on the back of your flashbang, stick it to the wall and set the pin to the string. Want to make sure your tracking bug gets on the intended vehicle? Slap some Geckskin on the back of that bug and it will stick anywhere to the vehicle you want.
I'm only one man, so my ability to see all of the applications is limited. But if there's one thing I do know, it's that this technology will change the way we live in a lot of ways. Now, the only thing to do is wait and see exactly how!
Kepler System discovered by W.M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The first potentially habitable Earth-sized planet in a solar system.
With the discovery of Kepler-186f, it begs some serious questions about the future of our race. Will we rely more heavily on naturally created habitable planets? Or will we rely on terraforming planets within a habitable zone for ourselves?
Obviously if a planet is capable of being habitable, there is a large likelihood that other forms of life will spawn from this planet. Could there be a moral or ethical imperative to taking over this landscape for ourselves? What kind of forms of life would we potentially be denying were we to do so?
If we were to terraform a planet for our own habitat, would we spawn new forms of life inadvertently? Would evolution play out differently on this new world than it did on our own? Could we engineer specific species to our own desires by creating environments and leaving the rest to evolution? We have controlled the evolution of species before, but how big of a scale could we perform this in?
What if we were to find that evolution repeated itself in the same way it did on our own planet? It is theorized that the universe is a computer simulation. If this were true, is there a limit to the "natural" coding that is allowed to happen? While this is highly unlikely, it's interesting to think. Even finding another habitable planet begs a lot of questions, and probably many more once we reach one.
There are many problems with traveling to space for new homes. Many questions must be answered in order for us to move forward with inhabiting one of these new homes. Let's just hope we ask the right questions.