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Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29

Cross-post from LinkedIn, in response to Stephen Hawking: Black Holes May Not Have ‘Event Horizons’ After All:

So relevant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXh9RQCvxmg Stephen Colbert interviews Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. The entire interview (starts about 6 mins in) is just a wholly wonderful discussion. I wish more people would watch it, over and over again. Dr. Tyson tries to elaborate on the very same topic (current understanding of black holes). Simply engrossing and inspiring. The interview is long, but the elaboration of black holes starts about 1hr 6 mins into the video. Enjoy!

Just had an idea for a multi-player, multi-controller, single interface, multi-achievement gaming environment.

Imagine a multiplayer game where two or more people are playing the same game simultaneously, and controlling the same character. I don’t mean controlling parts of the character, I mean the whole character (for example, if implemented in a first-person shooter, or RPG like Oblivion).

The game starts, and you are both playing the same character at the same point in time. The way this works is that each player is playing an instance of that character in the same world. Each player is able to make decisions and do things however they see fit with their character instance. The character that has the higest achievement score after a major decision or event becomes the save-point for the next period of play. So whoever makes the better decision, or who ever fights the best and delivers the most damage and kills the bad guy, win that round, and the game continues forward from that point.

This could be applied to games like Oblivion, where multiple people are playing the same character, and the one who kills the vampire, or the one who is able to pick the lock, wins that “encounter” receives a separately counted set of points (tied to the player, not the character), and the game is saved and continues from that point.

I think this would be a great game to play, you can jump in and out any time you want, and the game will continue to move forward because of the other players. Consider this idea GPL’d.

The Movie Review: Limitless

So I watched Limitless the other day on the advice of good friend.  (spoiler alert) It was awesome.

Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as Edward “Eddie” Morra, explores a world where a pharmaceutical  company has manufactured pills that, when ingested, allows the imbiber to use the full capabilities of his or her brain.  If we currently only use 20% of our brains, then just one of these pills would allow you to use 100% of your brain power within 30 seconds of swallowing it, and the effects last for almost a day.

What makes this movie exciting for me is the believability of the powers that Eddie is endowed with, not to mention a great performance by the cast.  When Eddie takes his first pill, he essentially gains instant access to every single memory that he has.  Everything that he has learned, overheard, or glanced at briefly, becomes a strength and an intuition that he quickly begins to realize and exploit.  Not only does Eddie have access to all of his memories, including all of the Bruce Lee movies he has ever watched, but he also instantly gains the muscle-memory required to accomplish these feats which he has never trained for.

Eddie’s senses become sharper, and some type of time-dilation occurs which allows him to instantly absorb the smallest details about the environment around him.  He becomes intensely motivated to challenge himself by doing seemingly impossible things, like learning to fluently speak new languages in a matter of days.  He can mentally profile people he’s just met with great accuracy in a matter of seconds, allowing him to masterfully manipulate people and conversations to his advantage.  But the most important “ability” that he gains, in my opinion, is the drive to go out into the world and do something.

You see, before Eddie took the pill, he was an unmotivated, unsuccessful writer with one failed relationship behind him, and another crumbling right in front of him.  He was always behind on his rent.  He’s had perpetual writer’s block, which prevented him from even starting to write the novel he’d been promising his publisher for several weeks; and even though he’s a reasonably healthy guy, with a place to live (for the time being), he always looked homeless whenever he went out in public.   Eddie was a mess before the pill.   However, after taking the pill, and given the ability to master his own mind, Eddie was no longer afraid of anything.  He could quickly visualize possible solutions to any unexpected situation he was facing, and address the situation with ease.  Eddie completely turned his life around and began to accomplish things he would never have dreamed of.

I expect that fear is an element of life that can hold us all back from reaching our full potential, but only if we let it.

Eventually, Eddie figures out how to maintain his newfound mental mastery without the need to take the pills, and realizes that he has the entire world at his finger-tips.  However the only thing Eddie wants to do, more than anything else, is share his abilities with the rest of the world so that everyone can experience what it feels like, to be limitless.

It should be obvious that I think Limitless is an awesome movie, and I believe many of you will enjoy it as well.

 

 

So Whats New?

Looks like the Canada Post strike is over, for now.

I don’t know if it would be wise for Canada Post to strike again.  It’s crossed my mind several times, as I’m sure it has crossed the minds of others, that we have enough technology in place, including wireless technologies and the Internet, that we could essentially do away with Canada Post and do everything digitally. It may seem like Canada Post offers a unique and relatively inexpensive service; but with them out of the picture, new solutions would start springing up in no time.

Document imaging would become a hot topic again (whatever happened to the popularity of personal document scanners?). Encryption would once again become an active topic of discussion.  Companies like Purolator and Fedex simply cost too much, and so more “do-it-yourself” type solutions would begin to flourish quickly.

I’ve been listening to some of my favorite tunes lately that I haven’t heard in a while, such as INXS, Portishead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and so on.  What I’ve found very curious is that many of these great bands and their awesome songs have been songs I have been listening to ever since I was a clueless child.   Songs by Counting Crows, Seal, REM, and Evanescence were songs that really spoke to me, and validated for the most part, that this world we live in truly is a crazy place.  These songs were just the universe’s way of telling me that it totally agrees with me.

I think some of best lyrics in any song has come from Evanescence.  They were a band that was so ahead of it’s time, it isn’t even funny.   There are only a few other bands that I would place in that category, such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and  Sneaker Pimps.  Hell, I’d even put No Doubt in that list, their “Tragic Kingdom” album was absolutely freaking awesome!  But there simply aren’t that many bands today that I’d put in that category.. but maybe I just don’t listen to enough new bands to know?

What bands do you like to listen to that you’d rank up there with a title of “One of the Greatest Bands of All Time”?