Some Thoughts on Capitalism, Universal Basic Income, and Automation

The concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not new, but surprisingly few have heard of it or truly understand the reason for it and why, now more than ever, it is vitally important. In simplest terms, UBI is a regular cash payment made to every person. You don’t need to work for it and you can do anything you want with it. Some see it as money for nothing, a lazy person’s way of getting a handout from the rest of society. Proponents, many of whom don’t actually ‘need’ UBI, see it as a necessary means to keep the …

The Book of Secret Knowledge

Every once in a while, you run across something so terribly useful, that you just need to share it with others, even if it does have the word “secret” in the title. This is one of those times. Should I call this a document, or a resource? Hey, maybe it’s just a glorified collection of bookmarks, but dang, is it ever useful! Given that I think it’s pretty awesome, I’m going to pretend that maybe you’ll feel the same way. And so, I give you “The Book of Secret Knowledge“, a “collection of inspiring lists, manuals, cheatsheets, blogs, hacks, one-liners, …

Buying EVERY HOME in Avakin Life. Well, almost.

Avakin Life is one of those games that I just keep coming back to, over and over again. Weird as it sounds, I don’t really play at as a social game although it’s clearly designed that way. Me? I’m more of a real estate magnate in the game. I like to buy and furnish what Avakin Life calls apartments, although an apartment can be an entire house, a castle, a ship, or even an airplane. You buy these apartments with the in game currency known as Avacoins. Now, I already had a lot of so-called Apartments in Avakin Life, even …

My Research Paper with Beyoncé and Tommy Hilfiger

You may be tempted to think of Beyoncé as just a talented singer and performer just as you might see Tommy Hilfiger as nothing more than a fashion designer behind a popular clothing brand. You may be tempted, but I ask you to reconsider. Both of these fine people recently joined me in exploring a fascinating topic which has just been published in our research paper titled, “Emulating Interrupts Using Introspective Symmetries.” First and foremost, I have to say that I am extremely excited to have my name associated with such talented people, but also in knowing that the three …

Today’s Bible Quote Examined : Kings 2:23-25

If you’ve every wondered whether God and his prophets have a sense of humour, wonder no further. Harken to the word . . . 23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children …

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Photography Using Pixel’s Night Sight

A few minutes ago, we went out for a walk to the corner store. All four of us. It’s winter time in Canada, and it’s a little bit late, so it’s dark outside. On a lark, I decided to test the camera on my Pixel 2 phone. I did this because, just recently, there was an update to the software which included an update to the camera software called, “Night Sight”. Night site uses artificial intelligence to take a slightly longer exposure and rebuild the image in a way that lets you see more than you can under normal conditions, …

Schrödinger’s Elon Musk

Are we living in a simulation? In various interviews, Elon Musk has famously stated that there is a one-in-a-billion chance that we are not living in a simulation. Turning that around, he is saying that we are almost certainly living in a made up universe. A hyper-realistic fantasy. He cites, among other things, the rapid increases in video game development, to show that given enough time, it should be possible to create a perfect simulation. And, if such a perfect simulation has been created, then it must be created time and time again. Some people make light of this argument, …