Everybody Can Relate Too Food

Food is universal

At least, that’s what I think.

Let’s all get on the thought train for a few minutes. Because there is one thing that has been a unifying force in all of human history. Food. Food is universal because it is one of the basic needs of survival. People must eat to survive and what they eat is called food.

Therefore, food is a great way to communicate. Every culture has their own taste when it comes to food. Wether it be differences in spiciness, texture, smell, bitterness, etc.

This makes the people who eat said food different but the same. Because we all eat food!

I think that everybody can work together to get food. Hunter gatherers did it, medieval people did it, we do it. The process has changed over time of getting food but the consumption remains the same.

At this point many are probably wondering why this even matters and that I’m probably going off the rails so I will refocus here:

It is a fact that, as a human, you must consume food to stay alive (at our current level of technology) so it is something that every person has in common. Everybody has a favorite food and everybody can appreciate what food does for us.

I just wanted to dedicate this post to food and how awesome it is. Many people take food for granted and I think we should occasionally take a step back and wonder at how far food has progressed.

Thanks everybody for reading! Also, if you have a favorite food then let me know and why that is your favorite food in the comments :)

Forwards Or Backwards, That Is The Question

This question was posed to me: “you can travel one direction in time, forwards or backwards, which do you choose?”

I paraphrased there a bit but essentially this is a very easy question for me to answer as I have thought about it before.

(I’m also assuming that you can pick how far you want to go backwards or forwards and that you would not have a way of going back once you got there)

I would travel forward in time. No question.

Why might you ask? Well it is because I love the unknown. I think it is amazing and full of possibilities and I love to just know what will be.

Thing is, I know what has happened. I took all my history classes. It’s happened, it’s done. Now granted I do not know everything that happened. There are still a lot of mysteries that are not know like where did humans originate from and the like. There are also a lot of cool people who I would like to meet from the past like the Buddha for example.

However! The past has happened and the future has not. Therefore, the future has the most potential and that is what I want to learn more about.

Will the human race leave the earth eventually or will we never leave? Are there others in the galaxy or are we alone? Those questions are something that I think will be answered in the future.

I also think that if I traveled far enough into the future then I would be able to help them out and be a historian. I could recount firsthand some events that have happened from my time but to them is something that are lacking information on. You never know.

Of course there are also dangers to going into the future, a super virus or something that could kill me the moment I come in contact with another person or I could kill them or something else I have not thought of but I still want to go.

I don’t want to go to the past, at least the recent past because I don’t want to inadvertently change something that was vital for something. I don’t know what it would be but I don’t want it to happen.

I think that explains my stance daily well. If you have an opinion on the topic let me know in the comments. Do you want to go forwards or backwards?

Rock Climbing: pt 2

So after my last post about rock climbing I thought I should post an update.

I’ve been climbing a lot recently. To give you a perspective of what it’s like here are some pictures of small portion of the place.

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There are not a lot of people there as the time of the picture because it was early in the day around 2pm. More people tend to show up later in the night.

The sea pictures is the bouldering area, the place where you can climb without ropes and essentially free-climb stuff. You can do this because the hight of the walls is not enough that a fall from the top would not seriously injure you.

I’m loving rock climbing because it’s such a great way of visually seeing your progress. Different routes are rated different difficulties so I can do routes that I couldn’t do before.

I’m loving it and as in my last post about this I’m going to encourage you to try to find a place around where you live to rock climb and at least try it. You never know, you may find your new passion :)

You Do Not Understand Infinity

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“Do you believe in infinity?”

 

You do not understand it and I do not understand it.

Fact.

Why is this you might ask? Well I’ll explain this to you, and myself.

What is infinity? Some would say it is a number, they would be wrong of course. This is because infinity is a concept.

It’s defined as 1. “the state or quality of being infinite.” and 2. “a number greater than any assignable quantity or countable number (symbol ∞).”

I agree with this definition . . . in part.

To me, infinity is something much greater than mere numbers (sorry math people) Infinity is the idea that anything is possible.

While that may seem like a cliché I would like you to stop and think for a second about this, “Do you believe in infinity?”

I would argue that the vast majority of people do not. But I like to think that I do.

“What does this all mean, is anything really possible? and to that question I would say yes.

Infinity means that there is no limit. If something can be imagined then it can be possible. However, it may not be possible in our universe. This is to say that there are laws governing how our universe works and according to infinity there re other universes with different laws than our and in those universes something that may not be possible in our universe . . . is possible.

Let’s try an example. Is it possible that the world of Star Wars exists somewhere? If you think according to infinity then . . . yes.

You’re probably scoffing at this point (I understand it is difficult to understand) but if there is no limit then there is nothing that can’t be.

One of my favorite visualizations of this concept is dreams. I dream, you dream, everybody dreams. Wether or not we remember all of them is not uniform but at some point you have a dream that you remember. If you think about infinity, then somewhere out in the possibilities of creation that dream, that idea your brain thought up, is happening, or has happened, and that is entirely possible.

Another example I like to use and the one that I think people find is most difficult to comprehend, is that you have another you out there. Most are taught at a young age and then as they grow up that they are unique and no one else is exactly like them. However, if you visualize infinity, then you realize that the opposite is true. You are not unique per say, because there is an infinite amount of people who are exactly like you, in every way, somewhere.

Let me just re-state. I do not think that same you is necessarily in this universe but is some other form they exist.

Who knows, it is entirely possible that someone with the same life as you and the same ideas and beliefs exists but with one key difference, they have the ability to fly. Now isn’t that frustrating? Why couldn’t you be the you that can fly?

Ideas like that is what separates those who understand infinity and those who don’t. If you understand then you acknowledge that everything and anything is possible.

I don’t want to try and convert you or anything but I wanted to give you an eye-opener to the possibilities that arise when you think of infinity. Who knows, I may be crazy for thinking this but I think that the entire concept is amazing and I wanted to share it with you :)

So let me know what you think? Is this appealing to you or does you fear something like this? Let me know!

Why I Dislike “Txting”

Let me start by saying that I think technology is awesome and communication is great. We are able to do things that would have been thought impossible 50 years ago. I txt people every day, I don’t send them a letter once a week. (to see my view of all that read this post on communication)

However! With the increase in all this technology there has also been a decrease in personal interactions. Instead of walking over to a friend’s house and talking to them now a days we just txt them for a few minutes and leave it. We generally do not schedule time to meet up with someone to discuss work with them or the events of the week. We just hop on Facebook and check out their profile.

This is something that I really dislike. I like to talk to talk people, something that is not done enough with the newer generations, that have grown up with technology, in my opinion.

You can type “lol” but it will never beat hearing the sound of actual laughter. I don’t think you will ever be able to replace the feel of talking face to face through technology for long time. Maybe someday but I will probably be long dead.

So for right now, talking face to face is very important and I think that you lose something by not interacting with people regularly. Can I describe what that something is? No, I’m not inclined enough in the literary arts and the philosophical world to know how to, but that does not mean I can’t feel it.

Event though technology is great and wonderful and allows communication in amazing ways, going back to the basics and talking with someone face-to-face is something that everyone should not go without.

Liebster Award: Take Two

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Just the other day Atherz from Teenage Introvert nominated me for the Liebster Award! This has consequentially make me think about how bad I am with awards. Now don’t get me wrong I am truly grateful for receiving them. I am just atrocious (yes I had to look up how to spell that) at responding to them. Expressing things does not compute for me. I’m sure TI can understand that.

I’m probably rambling and most have no idea what I’m talking about. What I’m referencing is that I have received another Liebster (why does it want to auto-correct that word to Lobster?) award a few months ago and was never able to find people to pass it on too. So in my mind, I have failed :(

But NO MORE! I will be successful this time! So without further ado, here are the rules for the award:

  • Post the award on your blog (Check)
  • Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. (I think so . . . just checked, did it)
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself. (Well after I write this)
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers. (I will do that this time!)
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. (Should be fun)

Because this will be my second time, I’ll include some facts from the previous one as BO-BO-BONUS FACTS!

– RANDOM (BUT TOTALLY AWESOME) FACTS –

  1. I love to build things. Computers, cars, small projects, anything that requires moving my hands to get the task done and I preferably like to learn something new while I’m doing it.
  2. I will commonly be typing or write and spell words backwards. Mostly small 3-letter words but sometimes longer ones. I have no idea why.
  3. I am a big fan of Oakley Sunglasses and have only purchased from them. However I have bought a few cheap pairs when I go to the beach so that I don’t have to worry. (I own a pair of polarized Crosshairs and a pair of limited edition Moto X Deviations)
  4. I consider myself part audiophile because I love to get the best quality that I can out of my music. But I don’t go overboard compared to some.
  5. My favorite color is green because of everything that I think it represents. Life, is all it’s forms, usually has a shade of green in it that forms. In humans: green eyes. In plants: kind of obvious, leaves. Many others as well. Green to me just looks right. (also I have no bias from my name ;)
  6. If it wasn’t apparent earlier, I love music. Music is a great form of expression and while I can not make music myself (that is enjoyable to others) I have huge respect to the people that can use music to connect with others and if they can become popular then even more so.
  7. I’m an adventurous person and will usually take on any challenge that I think I can do, going off of that, I low my limits pretty well so I know if I attempt something whether or not I can do it.
  8. I love to gamble. It’s not a problem or anything but if someone suggests starting a game then I won’t decline. Texas Hold’em is my favorite but I’ll play most card games. Adding a betting component always makes it more interesting. 13 for example while betting small amounts can be fun for a long time.
  9. I love to try new things, because what’s the use in always sticking with the same things. I’m only going to be young enough to get around for so long so might as well get everything that I can think of done before then :)
  10. I think on of the best purchases that I made within the last year was buying my GoPro. I am able to sue it in so many unique locations and bring it places I am not able to do with my DSLR all while retaining amazing quality. I love it!
  11. I am a firm believer that once you start using two monitors instead of one then there is no going back. I am actually looking to get a third monitor so I can have a tri-monitor setup! I can’t wait. (Also you start to look down upon the single monitor peasants ;)

Now for 3 BONUS FACTS!

  1. I am an Apple fan but am not clueless about technology, like a lot of Mac users, and have in fact built the computer that I am typing this on right now along with three others. In fact, they have all been “Hackintoshes” meaning that they run OSX with PC stuff in them. All totally legal and paid for (as far as I know but just keep it between you and me ;)
  2. My eyes are green and I have absolutely no desire to hide that. Except I am usually wearing sunglasses so you’ll only know if you see me inside.
  3. Halo is my favorite video game series. None have come close to beating it. I am supremely excited for the Maser Chief Collectors edition and Halo 5 when it comes out. I also own every Halo game made, most of them are the collectors editions or the limited editions.

– QUESTIONS! –

First I would like to congratulate Atherz on his questions, they are pretty good and I am looking forward to answering them. So here we go!

Name your earliest memory.

I think my earliest memory is of walking into my kitchen as a child and seeing my mom pregnant with my younger brother. I would have been about 2 at the time and I can remember that moment very vividly. The perspective is weird because I remember looking way up to see her and now I have to look way down :)

Let’s spice things up. What is your favorite meal from a restaurant?

Hmmm well let’s see. If it were fast food then I would have to say In-N-Out. For the last 7 years I have gotten the same thing every time I go there. 3×3, fries, and a medium pink lemonade. It has never gotten boring and it always tastes amazing! However, if I were to say restaurant and not fast food then I will say that I am on a mission to find the best burger place in the world. So if I find one that looks good on the menu then I will order that and compare it to others I have tasted.

Which sense do you like the most? Why?

This is a good one. I like this because it forces you to think about all of your senses closely.

It’s a hot debate between sight and smell. In the end I would have to go with sight however because not being able to continue to take pictures and see the world change would hurt me immeasurably. Also, sight gives you another sense, that is of the passage of time. It gives you a clear way to distinguish how quickly or slowly time is passing. Something which I always need to know.

However, small is very important to me as well. Everything has its own unique smell and it is a key way to identify things. I love smelling things I would miss terribly not being able to smell.

In the end it would have to go to sight though.

What was your ideal vision for your blog?

Well my ideal vision, the vision that still is, is for my blog to be a community for like-minded people to share their thoughts on the topics I post and I would even post their topics as well. I love being able to connect with people who have similar interest to me as there are few like that in my local community.

How well do you deal with your emotions?

I think I deal with emotions very well. I don’t get too mad or too sad. However, that always ends up giving me a neutral disposition which can be annoying sometimes when outwardly you look “down” and your friends ask “what’s wrong, are you okay” when all you’ve been doing is thinking about random things with no direction. But hey, what ya gunna do right?

Would you rather… kill your best friend, or have your best friend kill you?

This is another great question. It’s a good way to get into a persons psych and se what their like.

Now I’m very honest with myself, I know why I’m like and how I would react. In all honesty, I would have to kill my best friend. Now it would still be extremely hard and I would never attempt to do it in normal circumstances but if pushed to it and there was absolutely no way around it then my survival instincts would kick in and I would be the one living another day.

What was your most vivid dream/nightmare?

My most vivid nightmare is when I was very young and I had watched the episode of Power-Puff Girls (ya I know, but I can only remember this episode now) where there are tiny machines in the rain.

In the nightmare my mom turned into one of those machines and I was hiding in my parents room with my brother and my dad. My dad left to go try to make thing right (whatever that may be) and then the dream ended.

As a BONUS my other vivid nightmare involved (also when I was young) sitting at the dinner table. I picked up my fork and looking at it, then jabbed it into my eye. To this day I have no idea why I had that dream or what it means but I never want to have sharp objects near my eyes now, it freaks me out.

Do you like where you live?

I love where I live, in the big CA near the beach so I can’t complain about anything. However if I had the choice I would move somewhere that has colder and rainier weather as that is my favorite type of weather. I’m a cold climate person.

What was your first experience on a social network / forum like?

Oh wow, well I guess the first social type of interaction that I had wasn’t on a forum but in a game. I used to play Runescape for many hours at a time and would talk with people in the game. Then I think I got a Facebook and after that deleted it. I’ve never been too much of a forum poster though I do like the idea.

What’s your main past-time hobby?

I’m not sure how to go about answering this. I would say that my main hobby is photograph and digital arts but as for the past-time, not sure. I do a lot of rock climbing as well, that’s one of my hobbies as well I guess you could say.

How do you feel about this nomination?

I feel that it is a redemption chance for me and a great way to share more about myself to my readers. I’m not someone who is used to sharing my thoughts so having an opportunity like this is something I need :)

–  MY NOMINATIONS! –

Okay this time I have people to nominate! If I nominate you then it is because I like the work that you do and I feel that you deserve to be recognized for what you do.

Thank you to all the nominees for your content, I enjoy reading it very much. So to all the nominee’s you do not have to participate but it encouraged that you do. I sure would like to see your responses for one and I’m sure your readers would enjoy them as well :)

– QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED –

Alright, my questions let’s see, what do I want to know.

  1. What is your favorite type of food and why?
  2. If you could go to the moon and spend 15 minutes on the surface and then come back for free, or go on a 3 month all expense paid vacation to anywhere you want on earth, which one would you choose and why?
  3. What color are your eyes and do you like them? Why?
  4. Do you listen to music often and if so what are your favorite genres and bands?
  5. Do you think that everyone deserves a second chance? Why is that?
  6. Are you a vegetarian or do you love the taste of meat?
  7. Is there a special reason as to why you started blogging, if so what is it?
  8. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year and are you currently working to achieve that?
  9. How tall are you?
  10. You are tasked with fighting a wild black bear, do you use a gun, a sword, or just your fists?
  11. Someone invents a dream recorder, you can use it but you have to watch your dreams with your family and closest friends, would you do it?

– SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH-

I would just like to thank Atherz again for nominating me and I hope everyone had a good time reading all this, I know it was a lot.

Till next post!

Wallpapers . . . Again

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So awhile back I posted about how I have a collection of wallpapers that I put on a random cycle as my desktop picture.

Each picture is displayed for 1 minute. While that may seem like a short time, it’s really not considering how many wallpapers I have. If I were to have one picture onscreen for 5 minutes then I would never get though my collection.

The last time I posted I had 2,329 wallpapers which totaled to about 1.2GB. That’s about, on average, 900KB per picture (probably less, my math is bad) Overall not to bad considering my usually library containing pictures from my camera has each picture at around 16MB per picture.

My current library of wallpapers has exactly 4,342 items in it, totaling 2.39GB. My collection has almost doubled since the last post.

So the reason I have them being displayed for 1 minute at a time is because it already takes 3 entire days to go through them on a continues loop. If I increase that to 5 minutes per image then it would take 15 days to view everything!

I got these wallpapers to look at them and enjoy them, why would I make it harder to see them all?

I still think that everyone should have a scrolling background of wallpapers, (not as many as me but at least a few :) So if you see a cool image online and it would fit as your background, why not download it and stick it in a folder, it’s not hard to set up and you may like seeing different images besides your standard background image.

Can You Know To Much?

NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT!

It angers me quite a lot when I hear someone say “I don’t need to know that,” or “What is the use of knowing x?” Because I think that you can never know too much.

Why would you ever not want to know something? Knowledge can only further you in life. Where would we be if some of the great inventors in the past had thought “I don’t need to know how that works.” Say goodbye to electricity.

What’s worse is when people refuse to learn new things. I see this a lot when people interact with technology. If something doesn’t work, they get frustrated and give up, getting someone else to fix whatever problem they were having. However, the better thing to do would be to look up how to fix it and do it yourself! I’d be willing to bet that they have another computer in the house or a phone that is connected to the internet. If they don’t have neither of those things then they have a legitimate reason to call someone to fix whatever it is they need help with.

Knowledge is what separates us as individuals. To have more knowledge is to have a more defined self. If everyone had the same knowledge then I think that they would not be much of an individual. But if I know something that you don’t or vice versa then that is what distinguishes you from me, and that’s a good thing.

If you don’t have knowledge then you are helpless. That’s not to say that someone who knows less is less intelligent but I think that they are at a disadvantage.

In an age where the entirety of human history and knowledge can be accessed from a small device that fits inside your pocket, saying “I don’t know” is not a good excuse. I am guilty of this myself but I make it a point to learn something new everyday and to fix my own problems instead of immediately giving up and getting someone else to fix my problem for me.

Thanks for reading! I know that is was a little bit of a rant but a recent post by Cruel Ultimatum started my mind on this topic and I had to write a post about it.

Running Out Of Time

Do you ever have that feeling of helplessness that comes with an approaching deadline? The closer you get to the deadline the more weight the work you have to get done seems to weigh you down, even though you have been steadily progressing.

It doesn’t even have to be a deadline that has a physical thing to turn in at the end. You could be going somewhere and you need to be there but every second the outcome seems to be farther away from the desired one.
This relates back to my post about time and how we can never get it back but I think that the feeling you have when you are running out of time is something that is hard to achieve in any other situation. The combination of dread and guilt that you feel. Dread for the guilt I think. Guilt because you most likely have an obligation and you will be guilty if you can not fulfill that obligation.
I think that this is an interesting phenomenon and wanted to share my thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!

Conversing About Music And Why It Annoys Me

Now don’t get me wrong, I love listening music. I’m always listing to music. I’m listening to a song right now. (Us by She Wants Revenge) But I think that when it comes to talking about music there are some common problems that are encountered.

Let’s run though a scenario together. You meet someone new and one of the fist topics you get to is “Well what kind of music do you listen to?

Uh oh, hold up!

This is critical. Are the genres that you like similar to what they like? Or maybe you don’t care about what they think and just start listing some of your favorite genres and artists. That’s fine, but then, “I haven’t heard of them.

Well, that’s a bummer, now you have to stop and try to sort though you musical knowledge and try to find something in common. But the problem with this is you may have a lot of music in your library. I have a relatively small library at about sixteen hundred. But what if they have a larger one, there is no time to go though all your music!

Now lets say that you have successfully found some artists and songs in common. Great but now what comes next? “Have you heard of so and so? Here, listen to this one.

Oh great, now I have to listen to the entire song, and I’m probably in a hurry somewhere or in a place where I can’t really enjoy/hear the song to its fullest.

I don’t want to go though all that!

To me, music is something that you need to sit down and listen to with the majority of your attention for at least the first few times you hear the song. That way you can really appreciate the song and decide if you actually like listening to it.

Music is amazing. It can make you move. It can make you dance. It can make you feel fear. It can make you feel happy. It can make you feel despair. Music is something that is essential to living in my opinion and I want to take the time to appreciate it if it deserves my appreciation.

I don’t have a solution to this problem, at least not one that I can think of that can be solved with our current level of technology, but I did want to voice my concerns about the way that most people talk about music now-a-days.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope that you can draw some similar reactions. If you have any thoughts on the topic then please leave a comment below.