This is liable to be the final blog post I ever make here, given that they will no longer be required. It has been an interesting run, and it has taught me quite a bit. I have written about everything from quantum physics, to human fear, to driving tests for the elderly. There have been numerous technical problems along the way, all of which I overcame. It is almost like a metaphor for everything that is going on around it. For the entire lifetime of my blog (and the blogs of many of my peers) meaningful posts have been absent. They have written of movies and stories, but not much of the world that has continued spinning while these blogs have been being written. I am guilty of this offense, and if asked why, I don’t know if I could give a satisfying answer. Maybe it is because this is for school. Maybe because I am afraid of judgments. Whatever the case, I have left this place void of meaning. My life has been far from simple, it is my senior year of high school! It has been absolutely packed with drama and decisions and stress. It has been the most difficult year of my life by a large margin. I have struggled in classes for the first time in my life. I have had to deal with social situations (though I try to avoid involvement) that are beyond anything I have experienced. Every day I am hit with so much information and expected to memorize it that it is beyond absurd. However, I endure. I endure it all and enjoy the ride, just like so many of those that I sit beside every day. Senior year isn’t easier like we were all told, it is the year we learn how to just enjoy the ride.
As I was cruising the open roads last night, I was almost hit by another driver. This driver was on the wrong side of the road, and I nearly died in order to avoid them. When I saw their face, they were not scared or upset, they were angry that i was in their way. They even hit the horn. This driver had to be at least 70 years old. It also isn’t the first time that I have almost been run down by an elderly driver, and thinking on that inspired the thought that the state should require another driving test around the age of 65. This test should have to be repeated every 2-4 years, and be required for someone to have a valid license. In my opinion, and in the opinions of many others, this would make for safer roads. The senior citizens who could drive would be able to keep their licenses without a problem, and those that couldn’t would lose the ability to drive and keep the roads safer. It also serves as an opportunity to keep the roads safer by keeping citizens up to date on laws that can change frequently. Some people may say that this violates the rights of our senior citizens, but there comes a point where we have to compromise for the benefit of all. Is it worth allowing someone who is a danger to everyone to continue to operate a complex machine that can easily injure, if not kill, someone else to continue to operate it? Is that fair to the body of citizens as a whole? While it may be mildly unfair to some, it provides a greater benefit than an inconvenience. I am not calling for a drastic action either, only for people to be tested to see if they are a danger. I think that is reasonable.
Humans are fear filled creatures. We fear change, and we fear anything that may cause change. We fear the unknown. We fear ourselves. Our nature is to fight what we fear. We burn, we destroy, and we keep out ideals ours. We all fight, some just choose their battles better than others. We justify our fighting in the most interesting of ways. Some say it is to protect themselves, some to protect others, and some simply because they enjoy it. Some of us even take the lives of others. True evil is the power to kill people. Any man who finds himself with that power is cursed. No matter how you use it, anything obtained by killing people can never bring true happiness. It may only bring more killing, more anger, and more hate. Yet there are few people who question taking a life, however many question putting your life at risk to save another. There are those that risk their lives every day to save those of others, and each one is greeted with choruses of “Why would you do that?”s, and “Are you crazy?”. In other words, people have an unspoken rule that we should all look out for ourselves and not worry about others. My question is, do you need a reason? Do you need a reason to save someone’s life? People kill each other and I don’t understand why, but for saving a life, is a logical reason necessary? Possibly humans can exist without actually having to fight. But, many of us have chosen to fight. For what reason? To protect something? Protect what? Ourselves? The future? If we kill people to protect ourselves and this future then what sort of future is it and what will we have become? There is no future for those who have died. And what of those who did the killing? Is happiness to be found in a future that is grasped with blood stained hands?
Possibly humans can exist without actually having to fight. But, many of us have chosen to fight.
For what reason? To protect something? Protect what? Ourselves? The future? If we kill people to
protect ourselves and this future then what sort of future is it and what will we have become?
There is no future for those who have died. And what of those who did the killing? Is happiness to
be found in a future that is grasped with blood stained hands? Is that the truth?.
And within its infinite size lies the answers to every question ever asked, and a solution to every problem there is. From solving spacial issues, to creating a program that would more effectively distribute doctors in hospitals, to conquering the universe, it is all there. Most of it is free and easy to access. Just a simple search can show anyone just what they are looking for. There are other times when a sum of money is required. The issue lies in that many people are not willing to pay the sum, or they are being charged an absurd amount of money. this is where your next door neighbor (or even you) can become what is known as a pirate. Pirates do not bother to pay for the software they are using, they simply aquire it by other means (Usually a torrent, which is where a computer hosts a file for download and is accessed by other computers who take the same software.). This is obviously illegal, because it is a form of stealing. One of the opposing arguments states that software costs very little to make, so therefor is should cost very little. This is often not the case. For example, decent video editing software can cost several hundred dollars, and (beyond the payment of employees) is only profit. So the question is, is it wrong of the companies to charge exuberant amounts, and does that make it right to steal their programs? It is said piracy is a victimless crime. It takes a copy of what already exists, leaving the originals untouched. Is it truly victimless? What is to become of the people who make the software, that need the income for their families? Who is really hurt by piracy? Is anyone? I suppose there is no way to know, until this issue becomes an even larger problem.
But there is a bit of an issue. it is far too small. I have so many people to thank, and so much that i want to say, i just cant fit it all in a 2.4×1.8 inch square. Not that i had much choice, so i began to browse the internet in search of things to put in it. My friends have all had great ideas, but i cant copy them. All my ideas had to be thrown out due to size requirements, so i sat down to think about it some. As always, my thoughts led me to the internet. The internet is infinite in size, which i needed to make use of, but i couldn’t think of any way to make that happen. I went out for a bit, and i saw something known as a QR code. This is a visual way to navigate to a URL, and was the answer to my prayers. I used Google to find a QR code generator, and I am working on a website to attach to it. Instead of trying to fit everything I have to say into such a tiny space, I will use the infinite space of the world wide web to be able to thank everyone and anyone I want to. The best part is, all of this space and use of technology doesn’t cost me anything! All of the space online for my digital square is free, and the technology to convert the URL to a visual representation is out in the wild world of the internet for free! There is a free tool to accomplish anything in the world out on the internet. I will discuss that more in my next post, but the sheer volume is astounding. These tools truly allow people to accomplish great things, or for people like me to make creative solutions to complex problems.
Hello once more! Another thing I have been thinking about lately has been multiple dimensions. The reason is because I took all of my ideas and am currently making a game in my computer science class based on these ideas. According to quantum physicists, there are multiple dimensions, starting with the first and ending with the tenth. In this post I will cover dimensions one through five, because those are the only ones important to my game. The first dimension is a line. Two points, and only in the one direction. The second dimension is a single plane. it can move infinitely on one plane, but can have no depth. The third dimension is the one that we can perceive. this has length, width and depth. The fourth dimension is time. If you could perceive the fourth dimension, you would see a path from where you were born to where you die, and every choice you would ever make. The Fifth dimension is every possible thing that could ever happen to you, and every possible choice you could ever make and where it would lead. I will discuss the Game more for my next post!
Here is a video on the Ten Dimensions, explained very well. Watch it, and your mind will expand.
This is the first real post! I am going to jump right in. This week I have been thinking a lot about choices, big and small. The way i see it, Even the smallest choice can have incredible and far reaching impacts. It is sort of like turning a car going 70 mph. Even if you just shift the wheel slightly, you end up with an entirely different path in a very short amount of time. A more “real” example would be the event that put this general idea into my head. My freshman year, I decided to play a game on my iPod one morning in homeroom. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, even when the kid next to me asked if he could try. After a while, it became a ritual. Every morning, we would both play and see if we could beat our high scores. One thing led to another, and we ended up hanging out. Today, this person who was once a total stranger, is now my closest friend. If I had never made the small choice to pull out a game that morning, we would never have even crossed paths. That’s just something interesting to think about.