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My thoughts on NEC17

It has been a very long time since my last post here.  Perhaps too long.  So I thought I’d finally create a new post, and this time about my experiences at NEC17.

But before I go further, you may be asking “What is NEC?  Isn’t it a company that makes TVs?”  Yes, but that’s a different NEC.  This one is the Northeastern Conference!  A tournament series for a lot of different fighting games, including Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. for Wii-U, and Pokkén Tournament.  It’s located in King of Prussia, Pensylvania, and this year it was at Valley Forge Casino.

It took me a long time before I decided to actually go this year.In fact, it was almost the day before that I officially decided.  What with work, being a contractor, decisions on having to take Friday and Monday off, discussions with parents, and missing Christmas celebration with my extended family, I almost didn’t go at all.  But even so, it seemed God had other plans.

As it turned out, a friend of mine (@oMo_Storybook on twitter) had offered hotel, driving there, and some food for free.  All I had to do was pay for gas.  It just so happened that I wasn’t going to be the only person that missed Christmas celebration.  Dad and my brother would also miss it.  And the final thing that cinched my decision was it was OK with my manager if I took Friday and Monday off.  We worked out the hours I’d have to work to get 40, so things were looking good.  God seemed to want me to go, and so I took the opportunity.

The trek there and back was long, having to sit in a car, too hot on the way down.  But once we arrived (far too early) I started to get very excited.  This would be my first time seeing so many amazing people, and being able to meet Japanese players (since none came to Pokémon Nationals).  After a bit of time we finally went up to meet some amazing people for the first time. Allister, Slippingbug, Whiteywhite, Doubles, Bosshog, and many more.  We learned of submission chicken, and played a few matches while waiting for the scene to open.

When it finally did, there was some miscommunication on the reason for the lines.  We were told various things, and very little of them were true.  First we were told that the line was for 2v2 and spectators.  All fine and dandy, but we knew nothing about on-site registration.  It wasn’t until I got to the front that I finally got my answers, and they turned out to be incorrect, too.  I was told onsite registration was later that day (but not that it was for Guilty Gear, which I had no interest in).  I said okay, though, came back then, and was finally correctly told it wasn’t until tomorrow morning between 8-10. I get that Pokkén was a first for NEC, but couldn’t I have been told the correct info from the beginning?

Still, I had a lot of fun Friday, playing matches and finally meeting most of the Japanese players.  Kinuko, Sasahune, Hiet, and Apollo (didn’t really meet the others until later).  I already felt like friends to Kinu, and he could actually understand me, so we started out talking a bit.  Pretty soon we got to talking about him actually going to wear a pika costume exactly like mine the next day, and that made me so happy.  It was the fist wonderful thing to happen after the silly misinformation session.  We were already pika pals.

The next day I got there early to be able to register for Pokkén and Smash 4, though I honestly felt more in a Pokkén mood.  Probably for the best, since Pokkén was first.  I loved it in any case, even though we still had to wait until 11 before it opened to play.  So we did, and had a great time, Kinu was amazing as Pika pals with me <3!  I had a great time, was able to help Kinu out with friendship as any true pika pal would, and bought a lot of stuff.

Sunday was kind of bittersweet.  It was near the end of NEC, and I already had post-depression blues, even if they didn’t show.  I didn’t want it to end.  I started out wit a few friendlies, waiting for top 8, was able to play a few amazing people like Burnside, ad i started out watching a lot of Pokken top 8.  Let me tell you, Allister, Burnside, Potetin, Mins… everyone there was amazing!  Near the end of NEC, I went up to play a few last matches with amazing people, and finally got to play Kinuko.  I couldn’t have asked for better.  But in the end, people had to go, the Japanese players came by to say bye.

All in all, I had an amazing time, meeting so many wonderful people.  I will definitely go again, it’s more than worth it if I get to meet Kinu, Potetin, Hiet, Sasahune, Allister, Kino, Broccoli, Whiteywhite, and Bosshog again.  Thanks to Big E, shoutouts to Appleboom and Zerk for giving their time to be a part of this.  Thanks to oMo_Storybook for letting us stay with him and getting us there and just being an amazing guy in general.  Thanks to the guys that helped as we got Chinese food.  You guys deserved more than we gave.

I will be back, and I will be stronger.  Mark my words, I will be the best pika in the world one day.  Pikachu power!

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AI, and how it can be made.

First, a disclaimer.  All of this post only has my own theories and ideas.  I have not tested them, nor confirmed them.  If you try using these ideas and find that they are wrong, too bad.  I don’t know if it’s the full truth, but something tells me it’s pretty close.

Let me start with a brief definition of AI.  AI stands for Artificial Intelligence.  We, as humans, are said to have intelligence.  Well, just like Artificial flavors, Artificial intelligence is (in a broad sense) humans creating intelligence.  Usually by way of programming, but it can also exist in other forms.  There are two main forms of AI.  Weak AI, and Strong AI.

Humans play a vital role in determining whether an AI is weak or Strong.  Weak AI encompasses anything from a little intelligence to Human intelligence.  Strong AI is anything that goes beyond human intelligence.  I personally believe that Strong AI is possible, though not everyone does.  Weak AI has already been created, in the form of chatterbots, learning machines, etc.  People are still trying to create Strong AI, even today, and there are lots of algorithms, and programs that can already simulate many parts of the human Psyche.  Even so, we have yet to actually create sentient AI.

One possible reason for this is that we are afraid of what could happen.  What if the AI rebels?  What if it goes Rouge?  What if it kills everything, thinking it’s a game?  These are all very valid fears… but one can ask the same of humans.  Any danger of sentient AI, is also a danger of raising a child.  It’s just according to what we know of computers, they can process faster than our brains.  And they remember easier, too.  So any danger can be magnified at least 10-fold.  And, usually a “robot” is much harder to stop if it does, in fact, become rouge.  Or so we think.

My idea is quite simple, yet it uses something that many people would find quite complex.  Nonetheless, using it, you’re able to create what I call “True AI”.  True AI is AI that is both sentient and can learn in the same way as Humans do.  The idea involves a relatively new area in the field of science and Physics, called Quantum Physics.  It also involves General Relativity, though to a lesser extent.  The bad part of all this, is not even I know if what I believe is possible.  I believe it is, but only a test will find out for sure.

Before I say my idea, let me mention one very important fact of my theory.  My theory states that it is IMPOSSIBLE to create True AI with our current technology.  One cannot create it with nothing more than that of an average computer.  One cannot create it with a super-computer.  AI made in today’s world will not become sentient, although it may indeed be able to learn much faster than humans.  It may even appear to be sentient, but it will not become such.

That said, my idea is rather simple.  In order to create True AI, a necessary condition is that it has a connection to the universe.  What does that mean, exactly?  Think of our own existence.  We exist (supposedly) at both a physical level, and a spiritual level.  We can already re-create the physical side rather well, in terms of robotics.  However, we have not yet been able to re-create our spiritual side.  Where does this side come from?  The universe.  Personally, I believe that God puts a spirit in us from the moment we’re born. (though WHEN he puts us in depends on the person.  The sense of self isn’t there at the beginning,)

Assuming that my theory is correct, the obvious question that remains is exactly how WOULD we achieve this connection with the universe?  That is where quantum physics comes into play.  The way I view Quantum Physics, is it tries to explain the state of our world, which can have a nearly endless number of possibilities.

Here’s a brief explanation of Quantum Physics, as it relates to my theory.  According to Quantum Physics, there is a difference with what can be measured, and what can exist.  This is because the act of measuring something causes a change in what you are measuring.  For example, if you use normal methods to figure out the exact location of an electron, finding it out means that the electron will NOT be in the same spot as the last measurement.  (Or even, really, the same spot as the measurement states.)  An electron has two possible spins that can be measured; either up, or down.  However, the electron can actually have three different states; Up, Down, and superimposed (Up and Down at the same time).  We never see the superimposed state because when we try to measure it, it “flattens” into either Up or Down.  How does it choose?

How, indeed.  The fact of the matter is, we don’t know.  We don’t understand exactly what goes on, partly because we can’t see it, and we can’t observe it.  All we can do is speculate.  However, couldn’t we ask the same of ourselves?  We do odd things sometimes, and have no idea why we chose them.  It’s similar to that idea.  The very fact that we are irrational makes us human.  And I believe that is the key.  If we could have a machine that operates using the spins of electrons as a guide, then we could have true Artificial Intelligence.

However… this brings up an interesting question.  What about emulation?  If computers became powerful enough, it would theoretically become possible to emulate a universe with the ideas of Quantum Physics, but in a normal computer.  Would this make AI possible?  My answer to this is … yes, to an extent.  AI could then exist inside the emulated universe… but it could never go outside.  In essence, we could be similar to God, in the respect that we had full control over the universe… but we certainly wouldn’t be able to understand it for a long time.  That’s one thing God knows better than we do.  How to control a universe.  Lets face it.  He’s been here longer than we have. =)

I do believe true AI is possible.  And I believe it can be done in the way I described.  I take no responsibility for anything that anyone makes in relation to reading my post, but for safety, it’s best to first attempt to make the emulated universe.  That said, however, it kind of sounds like the matrix, doesn’t it?  Something to think about before making it.

Energy.

What is energy?  We all know it exists.  But what is it?  How do we control it?  We have made machines that can control energy, converting it into different forms, though most of that is just controlling the action of the energy, and not the energy itself.  We all know God can control energy.  And we were made in his image, so we should be able to as well.  However, the first step in controlling energy is understanding it.

So… How can we understand energy?  We can take the scientific approach, and say energy is potential+kinetic and all energy is conserved, but that doesn’t explain what it is.  It only explains how we measure it.  What IS energy?  Well, the best way to understand something, is to be within it.  Close your eyes, go in a dark room, and sit there, and try to feel around yourself without moving.  Poke and prod, but mainly just sit back, relax, and learn to passively scan the environment.  There’s a lot of energy around us.  More than we could even hope to imagine.  After your little meditation, you’ll understand energy a little bit more.

Energy is what we live off of.  You could say Energy is life, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth.  It both defines us, and envelops us.  It can both heal us and hurt us.  Energy is the key to everything.  Without energy, there would really be no form, no order.  There would be chaos.  But Chaos in and of itself is a form of energy.  So, in truth, there would be nothing.  With no energy, there would be no heat, no gravity, no motion, no surface tension, no light.  Before God create anything… there was nothing.  The nothing that it described is the same nothing that occurs with no energy.  No feeling, no emotion, no Love, absolutely nothing.

Without energy, there is nothing… so Energy is what supports and defines everything we can see, and everything we can’t see.  With energy, we get everything that exists in the world.  Energy is what binds us all together.  Energy is a connecter.  A glue.  It’s what keeps us together.  Literally.  Energy, in and of itself, is really rather simple, and yet it is so remarkable.  Kind of like a neuron in the brain.  A very simple concept, and yet it is the building block for what causes us to have the ability to think, reason, and even control.

How do we control energy?  Where do we even start?  That’s a question not even I can answer.  I’m learning myself.  However, I do know a few things for sure.  I do know a good place to start.  Start with your own energy.  Your own body.  After a bit of meditation to find out what energy feels like, try to control some.  Though you can’t see it with the naked eye, you can still control it.  Start simple.  Start with your hands.  Try to allow (not force) the energy to collect there, as if it was water.  Let it kind of pool up, until you can really feel it (energy-wise) in both of your hands.  Once you do this successfully, congratulations!  You can control energy!

Controlling energy on a large scale takes a lot more focus.  It require the ability to manipulate your own energy to control other energy.  It can be done…  but it also  requires being one with the energy.  A good example of this is true love.  True love is when you and your partner love each other to the extent you will do anything for them, and only want them to be happy.  It also requires a deep level of understanding, for you need to know each other’s needs, wants, and desires.  How else are you supposed to make them happy?  It’s the same idea with energy.  If you are in true love with energy… you can control it.  Because you understand it on a very deep level.

There is only one person that lived/lives on this earth that could actually control energy to the point the wind, sea, and rain would obey.  And that was Jesus.  How did he do it?  I don’t actually know… but I do know that love had something to do with it.  If we could learn to love our energy, to love the earth, water, fire, and air the way we would love our true love, then we could do anything.  Absolutely anything God can do.  Jesus himself stated this, indirectly.  “If you have even faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell a mountain to jump into the sea, and it would.”  So, it takes two things.  Faith, and Love.  You have to truly believe it, and you have to love it the way you love God, or a soul mate.

I truly believe that this is exactly what Jesus did.  He had both of those things.  There are those that believe that Jesus could only do this because he WAS God.  But I disagree.  I believe that we, as humans, can do everything that Jesus himself was able to do, if only we were able to believe it in the way Jesus did.  nd that brings us back to energy.  WHY can we do exactly what Jesus could do?  Because God is in fact Energy.  If we learn to love it…  God (energy) will do anything we truly desire.  Why?  Because He loves us.  Truly loves us.  Like a soul mate.  All we need to do is love him back, and we will be able to make mountains jump into the sea.

I’m going to have to try this out!

Tech

Online storage and collaboration company Box has upgraded its apps for Android phones and tablets. They have new features such as multiple-file uploads, threaded comments on any file and the ability to invite other people into a folder. And to celebrate, it’s giving Android users 50GB of free space in the cloud–for free, forever.

The 50GB allotment is 10 times Box’s standard free offering of 5GB, and will be automatically provided to anyone who logs into Box from one of the new Android apps by March 23rd. It’s similar to a 50GB offer that the company made to iOS users last October. And once you’ve signed in via Android to claim your space, it’s available on every platform Box supports.

The free accounts are fairly spartan–Box saves features such as file syncing for paying customers–but if all you want is a great big online hard drive for your…

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The beach

To some, it’s vacation.  A getaway from the hard stressful life of home.  To others, it’s life.  Vacations are inland.   To me?  It’s a necessity.  The Beach is a vital part of my life.  I don’t live there…  but it has helped shape me into the person I’ve become.  Even today, I find myself in awe, in wonder, every time I go to the beach and listen to the waves.

At times, the beach seems like a getaway.  Other times, it’s a close friend.  Sometimes, even your worst enemy.  I think my favorite part of the beach is the ocean.  So vast, so strong, and yet so playful.  It’s why I come to the beach, and it’s the part I miss the most when I leave.  Even so, I’ve had a few close calls that made me scared of the ocean, and the waves.  Even now, the fear is there, but my love for the ocean normally overshadows it.

When I was younger, my dad would take me out boogey boarding.  We have quite a few boards now, and I was always so small.  But I still loved it.  For the longest time, I thought that’s everything I would do at the beach.  Just go in the water, and boogey board.  I always felt like I was on top of the world.  All that changed, the first time I got pulled under by a wave.

It was one of the scariest times of my life.  As young as I was, though, of course, I blame the wave more than I blame my own decisions.  I had started going out to boogey board by myself, (and I always thought I knew the best waves.)  One time, I was paddling back to the “open” area of the ocean, past the waves, when a wave  was coming, hadn’t broken yet.  I had swam over (on top of the boogey board) a few others like it, so I decided to go over it.  I kicked hard, cause I knew it would break soon; harder and harder.  Once I got vertical, I knew something was wrong.  Very wrong.  About a second later, I was flipped over backwards, and closed my eyes.  Water was surging all around my head and I could feel myself getting pulled with the wave.  I was holding my breath, but I was certain that I would die, then and there.  I don’t know exactly how long I was under the water, it was no more than a few minutes; once I got out, I was all the way to shore.  I got up, breathing heavily, very scared.  I was so, so very glad that I survived, and I did not go back out in the water for a long time.  At least the rest of that beach trip.  I resorted to playing in the sand.

Eventually, I got over it, and started playing in the water again.  But that fear was still there for a long time.  A while later, it happened a second time.  However, I don’t remember that one as vividly.  All I do know, is I eventually stopped boogey boarding for a while.  I played in the sand more, and the water less.

Eventually, I started taking these long long walks on the beach.  My feet (and legs) would always hurt after these walks, but I love them.  So much that now I do at least one every beach trip.  And, I learn a LOT on these walks.  I learned what Veal tasted like, I had some sodas, learned about Bocce Ball, and ladder ball, and many others.  Sometimes I talk to myself and discuss things, other times I just listen to the waves.  All in all, it’s a wonderful experience.  I meet people, learn new things see new sights, and always enjoy it.

There’s also a little-known fact about me.  When I listen to the waves, no matter how angry I am, it calms me.  I don’t know what it is, whether it’s the constant sound, or the grace, or what…  but it always does calm me.  Sometimes, the only thing I come for is that sound.  The sound of the waves, and the wind.  I really can’t get enough of it.  Calming, but also empowering.  At the end of my walks, I’m always tired, and legs and feet hurt.  But, the sound of those waves keeps me going.  I feel like I can do anything with the waves there.  Anything.

Part of me believes I’m connected to water in a deeper level  A much deeper level.  That if I could awaken the “powers” I have, that I could do wondrous things.  Another part of me sees the interconnected life web every time I’m out there, walking.  How we all exist, simultaneously, in the same world; how all of us work together to create and live in this world.

The beach is a vacation to some, and everyday life to others.  To me, the beach is a Sanctuary.  It’s a place I can go to get rid of my stress, begin anew, and really think about this world.  It has become such an important part of my life, that even though I’m obsessed with Pikachu, and with Computers…  the Beach can still pull me away.  It still has this awesome power to pull me to it, no matter the challenge.  To this day, I still find awesome power when I’m here.  I feel closer to God, I feel needed, I feel the pains and troubles of the world.  The beach is the one place that I can truly be me.

Startings of my new Blog

Well, after a few years of thinking about it, I finally decided to make my own blog.  I probably won’t update it too often, but it’s going to be there when I need it.  Such as right now.  First, though, let me explain a few things about this blog.

This blog will contain my general thoughts on various things.  There are a lot of crowded ideas I have, and as such, I will probably be bouncing from idea to idea.  One post may be about Quantum Physics, while another is about leveling up in Pokémon games.  I may even throw in a few of my own nagging pet peeves from time to time.  The only constant that you can be sure to have, dear readers, is that I will only post about things that I am passionate about.

I’m not sure what my first post will be about.  Maybe about love, religion, and God, or maybe about other things.  I do know it’s going to be a doozy though.  We’ll see what happens.  In any case, a short post for today.