Monday, January 31, 2011

Foreboding Dream?

I think I mentioned this either in a facebook status or on this blog. Either way, let me recap. About a week ago, I had a dream that I was driving down the highway and that I lost control of my vehicle. Ever since, I've been paying closer attention to the road, fearing that the nightmare might actually happen all the while.

Anyway, I was driving this morning at about 4:30 A.M., and the road looked eerily similar to the way it did in the dream. Also, the roads were slick! I thought that the dream might actually come true this morning! lol. I nearly hydroplaned, but thanks to the fact that I was going extra slow... everything worked out!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Das Numerals

Are you wondering what the numerological digital roots of all the words within the english language are? Wonder no more. I created a fairly simple console application to figure out just that. Behold the results:

There are 8954 ones.
There are 9021 twos.
There are 9060 threes.
There are 8855 fours.
There are 8846 fives.
There are 8846 sixes.
There are 9045 sevens.
There are 8894 eights.
There are 8848 nines.

This list includes all words except proper nouns, so far as I know. I hope to get the proper nouns in the total soon. As you can see, it's fairly uniform. I'm actually a little surprised by that. I want to do a larger study on the different types of words (e.g. Archetypes, emotions, personality types, etc.) and see if any interesting correlations emerge. What I need is a thesaurus and a lot of time.

The massive dictionary.txt file with all the numerological values is available if anyone, for whatever bizarre reason, would like to make use of it. Just send word. :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sleep Deprived Reflections

Allergies+asthma has kept me up yet again. That's fine. When I'm like this, I'm closer to that spark of life, if ya know what I mean. I can think more clearly after I've been awake 20+ hours than I can while wide awake. Weird, no?

I often wish I could simply keep my mouth shut at the pertinent times. I often end up starting arguments over trivial points, then regretting it one second later. It's not a big deal if I make an apologetic exit, but it's something I could do without.

In my experience, almost everyone is on a quest for power. Of course, I'm included in that almost. It's something that I regret and try to refrain from, but it's often next to impossible to avoid stroking that ego.

Speaking of quests, I logged onto dsl for the first time in a while. I may play a little and perhaps even revive one of my characters, but I don't have it in me to spend all of my spare time there anymore. It felt good to play it without being addicted.

You know what's cool? Numerology. A lot of people who accept astrology reject numerology on the grounds of it's either A)inaccurate or B)a math game. I'll agree with A, but I think that the system could show results comparable to astrology if the underlying assignments were right. Perhaps the values of the numbers are off. It's just one of my ideas that are loosely based within reality. If I had infinite time, I'd do an in depth study of the numerical values within religions and assign 1-9, 11, and 23, the appropriate symbols. :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ghostly Orbs: An Unorthodox Theory

Anyone who has watched an episode of Ghost Hunters has seen the apparent evidence of the paranormal called "Orbs". They are exactly what they sound like... orbs. lol. If you're not familiar, you can peer over a few photos of orbs here. (Sorry, I can't seem to find a public domain photo of an orb. Arg!)

Now, I'm sure that a good many of these orb photos are simply bad photos and bad cameras... (I have a camera that's just awful with lighting). Having said that, what if a few of those orb photos really are ghostly entities? Are there parallels elsewhere in the world of fun paranormal lore?

Indeed! Behold an orb!


Or is it a fairy? Exactly. The two are pretty similar. Could Navi be an orb? Could orbs be Navi? Perhaps the two accounts (orb stories and fairy sightings) are related in some manner. If so, the question is: "Is it ghosts or fairies?" Chances are, the answer is, "It's almost always friggin' dust!"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Widespread Fairy Sightings?

Now, it has been said that an appeal to popularity is a logical fallacy. That is probably accurate, but having said that... Check out the comment section of this page. 99% of these people claim to have seen fairies. How? What? Huh? I've never met anyone who claims to have seen a fairy.

A thought occurs: You do not appear to need to sign up to post a comment there. There is a decent chance that some devoted soul made most of the comments. However, a cursory glance suggests at least a few different writers contributed. There are different levels of grammar and punctuation use, different paragraph formatting choices, and different lengths in the comments themselves.

Anyway, assume that at least 100 people took time out of their day to find other people who had seen fairies. How do we go about investigating the existence of said fairies? There must be an investigation, I say! It is too boring to simply conclude that fairies don't exist!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LoZ: Quest Two Woes

Bah. I've only finished quest 2 once, and it was such a pain. What makes matters worse is the crummy wiimote. I've got the game on the NES around here somewhere. Anyway, so I decided to give it another go:

At the start, I thought I'd start out by saving up for the blue candle. Wise move, right? Well, those black moblins got me, and that was death number one. No big deal, except then I died to 'em again. But no worries, I got the 60 rupees, and went on around burning trees.

Using the secret moblin hideouts, I went around getting a decent amount of rupees. I bought the magic shield for 90 rupees (secret location, 1east, 1south, 2west of Level 1. Burn Tree on corner), and then strolled on over to Level 1.

Things started out ok, but the blue boomergang mofos still got me once. LOL, even after I got the magic shield. Laser Stalfos weren't a big problem. However, I died three more times in the room closest to the end (even after I saved up for the shield specifically in this room!). Nevertheless, Aquamentus is defeated and one Triforce piece down.

Level 2: Bah!

Red Darknuts, Those mummy dudes, and Friggin' Gleeok! Death after death after death! Jesus, they were cruel, whoever decided to pit you against gleeok with a Wooden Sword! I'll get it, but this will take a few times.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Theory of the Chamber of Sages' Influences

Be careful. For the Zelda theory that I deliver unto you now may well give you a case of explosive amnesia! It is a theory about the inspiration for the insides of OoT's Chamber of the Sages, which is likely the same building as Alttp's Temple of Light. Without further ado. In a series that is obsessed with geometrical shapes and patterns, is it any surprise that our quest to understand its origins leads us to Sacred Geometry? Behold the following picture, which is called "Metatron's Cube":


Look at it closely. There's a certain symbol of Zelda inside the picture. Can't see it? Check out this one:


Starting to look a little familiar, eh? I clearly went my own way with it. And the final product:


And for good measure, let us compare the last photo to the Chamber of the Sages.


Note how there are six circles for every sage, not seven. It's mindblowing how they're in the same location. Of course the Triforce is much bigger in the former photos, but this is likely for aesthetic reasons. It would look tacky to actually make a 3D game with such large Triangles. Even so...

In my mind, there is absolutely no doubt that Metatron's Cube inspired the Chamber of Sages layout. Perhaps Shigeru Miyamoto or someone else was looking at the its delightful pattern as they thought about the upcoming third Zelda game. Then, when OoT rolled around, I suspect they went back to the Cube one more time.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Public Service Announcement: The Trinity Explained

This is a public service announcement. I'm so tired of going onto Yahoo Answers and seeing Arianism, Sabellianism, and Nestorianism passed off as the Trinity. No matter what the truth about God is, people should have their stuff straight before spreading it to others. With that in mind, I simply wanted to give a good definition of the Trinity here:

The Father is God, the Son if God, and the Holy Spirit is God. These three persons are all completely and utterly distinct (in every conceivable form with no exceptions), yet there is only one God. If you try to muddle when explaining this, you've been condemned by some long forgotten Catholic Church council. This means there are no transformational states or modes, and it certainly means that the Son is equal in mind, stance and knowledge to the Father.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Environmentalist's Revenge: Apocalypse Edition

At the time of this writing, birds are falling from the sky. Thousands off fish are dying all across the world. We also lost a few bats and some pelicans. Google will tell you all about it.

With the web's instant communication, little stories can easily become massive stories. That's probably what is happening here. Even so, these happenings reminded me of a certain left field thought that I have every so often. Without further ado:

Let's suppose that the often prophesied end of the world is really preceded by things like "birds falling from the sky". In olden times, most people assumed that God would be the one taking out the birdies. However, we humans cause birds and other animals to die all the time. Just think about all the trees we have to chop down to build civilizations. Every one of those trees could have housed a birdie!

I'm not really one to.. care.. about the environment, but could it be that the apocalypse eventually comes because we humans didn't care? Would God smack us in the face a few good times for eviscerating his creation? You never know, right? I realize the translation is a little off, but the KJV Book of Revelation says:

" And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." -- Revelation 11:8.

This verse really opens the doors for an exciting environmentalism themed apocalypse. Well, I've gotta buy an SUV, fill it up with gas, and then drive up and down the road for no reason. Take it easy, everybody!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fun Story!

I had the strangest dream last night. I was in this unusual building. The building was two or three stories above ground, and it had a very long hall. I was talking with this guy about how "the aliens were coming", and how we had to gun 'em down. I told him not to worry as I had a machine gun with lots of ammo.

We traveled down the hall, at which point we started to notice all the people that the aliens had taken control of (reminds me of a movie I saw once, but it's a tad different). They and several aliens were in rooms along the hallway together, and it was like the humans were keeping up an intergalactic assisted living community. They seemed to be more servants that performed menial tasks for the aliens than anything. Anyway, so we make it to the end of the building, and see this big window. The guy says to me, "The big alien is going to come through that window. Be prepared, he'll have a human alongside him."

I tell him, "Don't worry if we shoot the human. He's already under their control, so there's nothing we can do. Just get ready to shoot!"

Then the alien appears along the outside of the window and breaks the glass. He was a big fat alien too. He looked sort of like a cross between Jabba the Hut and Mother Brain. He started shooting this acid at us. I dodged the first wave of acid, but it got my pal. So I keep shooting at him, putting round after round into him, but then the alien turns on like an anti-grav pump or something. My shots start floating into the air! Then he gets the acid on my chest and it starts eating me alive! This is the point where I woke up.

Cool dream, eh?