Cheese as Currency
It is a well-known fact that under the modern Fiat system, most modern money is essentially fake and only has value in relation to how much trust and credit people around the world have in a government's economy. The piece of paper you have in your pocket only has worth as long as the government that backs up said piece of paper has any kind of credibility. Otherwise, it literally has no worth. However, that was not always the case and that is still true today in some locations. In the past, money used to be whatever valuable resource was generally considered to have such great value that almost everyone in your civilization would accept it no matter what. it was basically a way to make barter more efficient.
Digital Detox Challenge
Now, as anyone who has read my articles up to this point probably knows about me already, they probably know that I am a huge fan of technology and innovation. I truly love technology and see it as the thing that allows mankind as a species to improve over time. It is pretty much our salvation, especially during times like this current pandemic. It is amazing to still see people like Luddities and primitivists argue about the ‘evils’ of any type of technology during a time where modern medical tech is probably the only reason many of us are still alive today in this pandemic. Plenty of people need a vaccine to COVID-19 so they don’t die and ventilators are pretty much a must if you want to continue to breathe while being infected by the virus. When diseases like this spread in the past, our ancestors would basically have to hope they are immune to a disease or falsely blame the illness on some group that was different than them and hope that wiping them out would somehow stop the illness. Now, thanks to technology, we not only know what causes many diseases, but we have some idea of how to prevent them and treat them. The internet is now a must for giving people a good education without spreading the illness any further.
The Backrooms Creepypasta
People might not enjoy the average internet creepypasta and find it to simply be annoying and cliche. While I can agree that most creepypastas and internet horrors are pretty subpar, I have a bit of a soft spot for many of the good ones. To me, creepypastas are basically the campfire spooky stories of the modern age and they are great ways for children and adults to scare themselves and others. I personally do not want to ruin the fun of the new horror writers of the world who are getting their start creating creepypastas so they can spread their creative wings someday and write something much better. Even as an adult, some internet scary stories can still give me chills.
Dreams: Making Games with a PS4
There are many ways for people to create indie video games nowadays, which is obviously a good thing. Making video games used to only be part of the domain of the technologically savvy and those who barely knew how to code, program, or work with a computer would have no way to create an electronic game. Now, there are so many simple game engines that allow people to flex their creative muscles and create the game of their dreams with minimal knowledge of coding. Plus, the internet makes it easier than ever to find online resources to help you on a game development journey. On top of that, you can create a game using a computer or do it directly from multiple video game consoles that have game creation systems. The case I am making today is for a great video game development program that you can use to make your video games if you currently own a PlayStation 4 console. This program is called Dreams and it is one of the most recent game creation systems that have captured the public eye. It was developed by the company Media Molecule, the British video game developer that was responsible for creating the games of the LittleBigPlanet series and the 2013 game Tearaway. It was released February of 2020 to the general public and lets people create fully-fledged video games, gaming assets, music, and animations that can be shared with other users.
Tcl Programming Language
Git has a series of different ways to set and configure the options for the repository or global options. For those who are not in the know, Git is a software that allows you to track any changes done to any particular file and send said file to remote servers to save for later. If you have a file on a website like Github and Horizon, you can use git to pull these files to your local device, edit them on your personal computer, then save the changed version back to the websites. Git was made with the programming languages C, Shell, Perl, and Tcl. Tcl is an interesting touch in my mind since it is a very old programming language that first appeared in the year 1988 over thirty-three years ago. While there was a stable release of Tcl as recently as January 2021, it has waned in popularity greatly. While Git is an important piece of software that I will like to talk about later, I want to talk about this old programming language that was able to help people in the early days of the internet create amazing things. Thanks to the Tcl Core Team, this relic of the bygone era of the 1980s can still be used to create modern software programs that help modern developers with their needs.
Inventions of the Soviet Union
As many of you may not have known, I am a huge fan of the Cold War. I love studying this recent era in human history and how this battle of ideology affected the entire world. I also like looking at how the conflict led to several innovations that help improve the lives of people that are around today. A lot of this stuff is my own writing, but parts of this writing can be found from my old account on read.cash, a blogging crypto website I was writing on a while back before I started writing on vocal.media. Anyway, here is a very short list of some very important and/or interesting inventions created in the Soviet Union, showing some innovations from the early USSR:
Intro to Blockchains
There is a technology that is talked about a lot in the news, but very few people know exactly how it works or why this technology is considered so important in the realm of technology. Hopefully, this article will shed some light on why people care about blockchain technology and why so many people see it as a great step in human development. Now, a blockchain was given a pretty good definition in an article written by the World Economic Forum in their article ‘Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016’:
Ounce of Prevention Log #1
I did not meet the deadline for the game jam I was originally planning to sign up for, but there is another game jam right around the corner that I can enter the demo for my game into. It is on itch.io and it begins on March 20th of 2021 at 11:00 pm. This game jam is known as the 32-bit Spring Cleaning Jam. So far, I am one of 49 people who have joined the jam and hope to have an updated version of the game I have been working on this year before the deadline of April 10th, 2021 at 11 pm.