Just your average stay at home dad luckily enough to have a beautiful daughter and a wife who supports her husbands creative inclinations.Hoping to write regularly so come back often if you like what you read, or just because your lonely.
the numbers we are...
China will be going full big brother next year in a way that no other country on the planet has yet. China will be unveiling its Social Credit System some time next year, a combination of video monitoring and full review of pretty much every other activity a person does such as (But not limited to,) what purchases a person makes or how timely they are with their bills, combining all this information and putting it through a magical equation to give each individual citizen a social score! This score can than be used by the government to effect everything from an individuals taxes and health benefits to if and how they can travel. While technically not just a new way to punish their people, China has decided to throw in some incentives for good behavior like returning a lost wallet or helping someone with their groceries (And of course just staying up to date with everything.), these good Samaritan acts not only increase your score but also win you prizes like money or a reduction in utility bills. This new radical system has the potential to turn life into China into a weird social media video game hybrid thing. If your curious to see what this might look like and be pretty entertained at the same time I suggest you check out the ‘Black Mirror’ episode Nosedive (season 3 episode 1) staring Bryce Dallas Howard. While not an exact replica of China’s system it give you an idea of what it might be like over their soon.
You and your actions
When discussing how to raise our daughter me and my wife came upon what I would imagine is a very common conversation to have, how do we explain right and wrong to our daughter. So being the over thinking person I am (Not to mention a strong desire to win every discussion.) I decided to make a multi circled venn diagram. Hopefully to help our daughter understand her actions or at least bore her into making good decisions. A nifty little diagram that will help explain how the world works (At least a little bit). At the top in green we have Encouraged Actions, on the left in sad blue we have Allowed actions and finally in the black we have punishable actions, sitting in the center is You, whoever you might be. I'll be spending the rest of the article explaining how this diagram works and hopefully it can help my daughter think about her actions more carefully.
Closing time, your favorite time. Or it should be, would be under normal circumstances. Not tonight, for once you just wished that you could work all through the night and into tomorrow. Instead you can’t help but look at the hands on the clock as they inch closer and closer to closing time without feeling a kind of anxious dread. Knowing that when that little and big hand clasped again you will have to have a very uncomfortable conversation followed by some rough decisions. Or maybe you had already made them and were just scared to say them out loud.
Let's talk about crafting...
I like many people who grew up in the nineties was enamored by the endless possibility of video games. As time went on it was an amazing experience to watch this medium develop into a true art form. I started my career guiding a plumber to eat magic mushrooms and today find myself a literal war god trying to raise his son, which is crazy when a person takes a step back and things about it. The leaps and bounds this medium has gone thru are staggering and even though there are certain things I find repulsive about the gaming landscape (I’m looking at you micro transactions.) I am very hopeful for the future of this medium. I don’t pretend to know how to make a good video game or what the future will hold for gaming but I do know one thing. I really hate crafting in RPGs, weird Segway I know but with Covid happening and as the father of a new child I find that video games offer a fun way to relax and my personal favorite genre is RPGs. I Love them, there stories have moved me, their customization consumed more hours than I’d like to admit, but the part that I always have a hard time with is crafting. Nothing bugs me more than reaching a boss than realizing I’m almost out of potions and need to run around collecting flowers or have found some amazing schematics to an awesome sword or piece of armor only to be told I don’t have enough ore.
“Are you alright madam?” asked the banker a note of genuine concern in his voice. The answer was of course no, Wanda was not okay. The fact was a few months ago her husband had disappeared with no explanation before cryptic instructions arrived via courier leading her to this location in Tokyo. Now he was dead, burned alive as soon she crossed the threshold into his luxurious apartment, she could still see him there covered in that strange spiky fungus locked in that clear box with all manner of tubes connecting to the windows a strange mist hanging around him, and his smile. Her sweet Victor, always calm and collected, he had to know what was going to happen to him, yet he still gave her that smile, that same smile he had given to her that first day when they had met for ice cream back in college.
Nahuqeeta shoulders sagged slightly as she placed her name tag on the Velcro patch on her new work jacket. She cringed thinking of her new coworkers trying to pronounce her very, some might say too (namely herself) indigenous name for the pacific northwest.
Being a Libra
I am a Libra and it has played a larger aspect in my life than I ever would have liked, and honestly being a Libra sucks. There did I win the money? No? It has to be at least six hundred words you say, well okay than... While the scale being the symbolic representation of Libras would lead one to believe that we live well balanced lives, able to way the pros and cons of any decision in a factual and none biased way. While most Libra’s (Myself included) are fairly left brained most people don’t appreciate that way of thinking. In fact it often makes one feel like a jaguar in a zoo seen as both beautiful and foreign but glad to have a barrier just in case.