The Age of Yelling Into A Massive Void

Right now everyone is yelling into the massive void that is the Internet.

Whether it’s your Facebook or Instagram, your Tumblr or Medium, everyone is yelling something—some louder than others.

The endless yelling has birthed a new type of influencer: Micro-influencers; they are people who are like influencers, but they have smaller followings that are more dedicated and interested in more specific niches.

The Internet is overflowing with people, influencers are now just a mucky group of people rather than familiar faces, and the yelling is just getting louder and louder.

I’m not fully complaining, though. There is definitely strength in numbers, but there are also weaknesses that need to be addressed.

Governments have taken laissez-faire stances on social media marketing, as child porn and drugs are little more dire and immediate problems.

I consider myself to be too small to be a micro-influencer, as I have no interest in being an ‘influencer’ and I just enjoy putting my stuff in my small cranny of the internet without getting too far into it.

But I also have a few reasons why I don’t like the new micro-influencing stage we’re currently in.

Most Micro-Influencers Have No Reason to Be Loyal

Micro-influencers can make money for being famous for doing nothing other than being famous for advertising products.

Even ‘real influencers’ are corruptable if you dangle enough cash in their faces.

Corporations and businesses are much more inclined to get micro-influencers to promote their products for better reach and encouragement, even more so than big influencers with a following in the millions!1

The corruptibility is why climate change is still a train heading full-speed toward global catastrophe. It’s why net neutrality is no longer an uphill battle but an entire cliff underneath a waterfall. The world will not last the next century if we don’t fix our problems faster.

But Some Micro-Influencers Are Dedicated

One of my favorite micro-influencers is Dr. Mike, who has certainly earned tons of money through partnerships and social media, but mostly for the Limitless Tomorrow foundation. Being handsome sorta just throws money in your hands, so I don’t think it’s his fault.

However, I can’t cross the line between admiring and worshipping, as it’s not like I trust the Limitless Foundation or Mike, I just have a good gut feeling that the doc has legitimate interests for making good edutainment content on his YouTube.

And then there is the weird crossroad between ‘cool person’ and ‘somewhat famous’, because I’d say that Max Tegmark is also one of my favorite micro-influencers. The problem is that he’s frickin’ smart, so I’m not really capable of fully understanding what he says when he opens his godly Swedish mouth, but I try my best.

But I’m not trying to talk about people that I think are cool, or else you’ll move on from me after finding someone cooler.

The reason I think Tegmark is more trustworthy than Dr. Mike is that he doesn’t even have the capability to use his social media following for ads.

On a different note, one of the best things I’ve ever read from him is his goof titled ‘The Flying Boot’.

It’s all up to us

In the end, people are famous because they have people who like them. People like you and me.

We can’t solve climate change without affecting each of our lives. We can’t sit still and expect changes we want to happen magically through by our apathy.

On the same note, it’s all up to us to do our part and admire the right people and to avoid misinformation.

And yes, that means ignoring most of grandma’s Facebook posts, as old people are much more likely to share fake news2.

Prepubescent Phases of Pain and Crying and Screaming and Torture

The high school years are apparently the best times of a human’s lifetime. You can do basically whatever you want and lock it behind you in a protective bubble of humiliation later.

However, the largest reason high school is supposedly awesome is that you can make friends. Ew. Social circle. Ew. Life. Ew.

I’m not a pessimistic ass all of the time, I’m just not a people-person, which just means I’m a pessimistic ass whenever people are nearby.

Not interacting often gives me the sort of joy that can only arise from observing the cringey and disturbing human pupae.

I still haven’t undergone the entire hell that is high school, but I’d like to compile my experiences into a post before I go so insane that I lose the ability to write.

Lyrical Claptrap3

I remembered that I had some cringey poems I wrote in 7th grade and I tried to find them so that I could share them here, but I couldn’t find them, so I found someone else’s poem instead.

Feelings don’t change,
they leave

– A smug Instagram schmuck

Lyrical claptrap only sounds good to the person writing it. It’s brought by random emotional feelies hitting people with poor coping mechanisms because their coping mechanism is to puke their shitty feelings onto their phones in the middle of the night so that they can share it the same way a first grader shows off their unsanitary macaroni art.

Harambe we love you

– Elon Musk’s Soundcloud

When I was into lyrical claptrap I was also a logophile. I spent my 7th-grade lunches reading my pocket dictionary during lunch and I didn’t actually write too much.

Pictures

Taking pictures of yourself is a stupid idea.

It’s like taking a picture of a chicken being chopped in half and then hanging up that picture at the dinner table.

Selfies are annoying to everyone trying to walk around you, and I also don’t understand the fucking deal with taking pictures of yourself through a mirror.

Social Obsession

Contrary to idiotic belief, people are not constantly studying you.

A large majority of people fit into some stereotype or other, with ‘quirky’ and ‘mod’ being primarily dominant.2

I live with a fake-it-till-you-make-it mindset. I don’t know sports, celebrities, movies, bands, rappers, or other important aspects of current pop culture.

However, it seems that everyone likes the same shit rap music and that all of the ‘I’m searching for individuality’ bullshit that is supposed to be happening in great big America is nonexistent.

We are all vastly the same when it comes to how we portray ourselves.

Social obsession takes the form of social media, clothing, and any other way a person lets the outside world know that they are a thing that exists.

But nobody really cares that you are a thing that exists. We’re too busy with our own lives to care about yours, so just take care of what matters when it matters.

Changing ‘Style’

Changing style is just fucking weird.

Perfectly normal introverts suddenly become ‘adventurous’ by wearing lipstick that looks like a Smurf came in their mouth.

Dyeing hair also makes no fucking sense. I’ve never looked at someone who dyed their hair and thought, ‘wow, that person was tolerable before, but now they’re just, cool.’

Suddenly changing style doesn’t fit everyone.

Terrifying Transformations I’ve Experienced:

  • Smart, likeable, handsome, and overall great role-model guy stops wearing glasses over Spring break. Freaks me out.
  • Normal person begins wearing vans and playing ukelele. Makes me feel sad.
  • Fuckboy forgets what a t-shirt is. Makes me cringe.
  • A different fuckboy doing a mirror selfie while holding their crotch area. I nearly cringe to death.

*Fuckboys in general are cringey.

I’m A _____

Being in California, I’m used to seeing Firewatch shit happen in the town over and people switching the gender they identify as four times a week.

None of that bothers me.

What does bother me is people calling themselves things they are 100% not.

Here’s a sample:

“When you clean your room/studio AND find your selfie stick 📸”

Congrats, you rich little shit, but just because you’re rich enough to store a bunch of cool shit in your room doesn’t make it a studio. Most of my room is actually empty space that I never let anyone know that I have. I just store all of the coolest shit that I’ve accumulated over the years at my desk so that I feel semi-rich at the expense of having a room where everything is placed in one corner.

Here’s another sample:

Since 2004
Artist, Animator, Voice actor, Writer…

The ellipses were not added by me. Apparently, this person is even more interesting and quirky and fun than what the list implies.

Personally, I identify as a blogger, but sometimes I feel quirky so I call myself a ‘writer’. And if I’m having a big mood I’ll say that I operate a content website.

Does Microsoft Rewards Work? – Tested Mathematically (2019)

The Microsoft Rewards program is a reboot of Bing Rewards. You can trade in points for rewards. That’s about it. If you’re reading, you’re probably from here from a Google search so you probably are already familiar with Microsoft Rewards.

Pre-ramble

I’ve been earning points passively through just my Bing searches.

Unfortunately, there is no longer a way to get Amazon gift cards (that was a Bing Rewards thing), so I set off on a journey to find the ‘true’ value of the points so that I could make the most of my points without the option to cash in for sweet Amazon money.

Note: I’ll be going through all of the stuff in the ‘Shop’ category and ignoring the sweepstakes and donation options. The new GUI and option to sort by category and price is great, too.

All prices are calculated with a Level 2 account, which is really easy to get if you just use Bing as your search engine. (I usually use Google, but I still reach Level 2 regardless).

The ‘True’ Value of Points

$5 gift cards cost 6,500 points on average, meaning that each point is worth $0.000769230769.

$25 gift cards cost 23,000 points on average, meaning that each point is worth $0.00108695652.

$50 gift cards cost 46,000 points on average, meaning that each point is worth $0.00108695652.

It’s clear that averages don’t really work out, so now we’re going to target the two types of gift cards: Microsoft and non-Microsoft gift cards (Target, Walmart, Chipotle, etc).

Non-Microsoft Gift Cards

Gift CardPointsWorth of Point
$56,500~$0.000769230769
$1013,000~$0.000769230769

Points for Microsoft gift cards are worth more in bigger purchases, and smaller trade-ins are worth much less.

Unfortunately, all of the non-Microsoft stores are capped at $5, meaning that if you want to make the most of your money you will need to buy a Microsoft gift card.

Non-Microsoft cards have a lower point worth and cannot be redeemed for anything higher than $5 (with some exceptions).

More on Point Worth

Point Worth of Microsoft Gift Cards:

$5-10: $0.00107526882

$25-50: $0.00108695652

$100: $0.0010989011

Point Worth of Non-Microsoft Gift Cards:

About ~$0.00107526882

Point Worth of NFL Gift Card:

$10: $0.000769230769

The Overall Results3

The Worst Deal Ever: NFL $10 gift card

The Best Deal Ever Microsoft $100 gift card

A $5 non-Microsoft gift card has the same point worth as a $5 or $10 Microsoft gift card.

The $5 Microsoft gift card costs 50 more points than a non-Microsoft gift card, and the $10 Microsoft gift card costs 2,800 more points while having the same point worth.

Also worth noting, Microsoft gift cards are now instantly sent to your account balance and therefore are not possible to trade in card pools or whatever.

Calculating Losses

Note that some people have had trouble buying multiple of the same prize in the past, not totally sure if that’s a problem now (you can enroll as many times as you want in sweepstakes, though).

$25 Comparison

Non-Microsoft Gift Card: 32,500 pts = $25

Microsoft Gift Card: 23,000 pts = $25

The Loss for Not Picking Microsoft: 9,500 pts

$50 Comparison

Non-Microsoft Gift Card: 6,500 pts * 10 = $50

Microsoft Gift Card: 46,000 pts = $50

The Loss for Not Picking Microsoft: 19,000 pts

yeah you get the point

The Omega-Final Verdict:

It’s a no-brainer that Microsoft really wants you to buy their gift cards rather than a Target one.

You’ll be missing out on stuff like Nintendo Switch games, books, and household commodities to make the most of your points.

So.

Yeah.

That’s all I guess.

Okay bye.

I Tried to Make Video Games

Spring has officially started, and I feel sad.

Just before break started, someone had their birthday and I snuck off to the band room with my friend on the same day, effectively enraging them.

I sent them an intentionally crappy birthday piano video as a joke and they released it, causing a fucktard to say in the comments ‘I can do it better because I can play piano’. I’d be worried if you couldn’t do it better, you damned arse.

Anyways, I also decided to try making games.

I Fail to Follow Basic Instruction

My First Game

Here is a screenshot of my first game.

Asteroids Copy

The lives counter went down by one when you died, but you didn’t respawn. In addition, you could fire 60 bullets per second if you tapped fast enough and the asteroids also didn’t respawn.

I failed Cosmonauts’ tutorial to make this one. I didn’t know that failing a tutorial on such a massive scale was even possible.

My Second Game

At this point, I still don’t know how to compile my shit. I’m currently updating Visual Studio so maybe that’ll change, but here’s another screenshot.

It’s a simple platformer thing.

From far away it looks like a pixel silhouette of a ballsack.

I misfollowed Sean Spalding’s tutorial to make it.

Aaaaand

Game Maker stopped working. I’ve been trying to get it to compile for hours and I’m fucking done.

The Hunt for a New Game Engine

I shuffled through tons of game engines, trying to find one that wasn’t trying to sell me something or expecting me to know what a game engine is supposed to be.

RPG Maker

Seems pretty solid. I have no idea how to import my own stuff or how to access core elements, but this seems more like an advanced Mario Maker for RPGs rather than a game engine.

Pixel Game Maker

I fumbled around until I found the option to make it run in English.

It seems to be pretty solid, but I’m 100% lost so I quit. But now I’m hyped for Witch and 66 Mushrooms.

Unity

They changed their website and I don’t like it so I left.

Unreal Engine

The first time I dabbled in Unreal Engine was when they were talking about some shitty game named Fortnite being released soon.

Since UE4 runs Fortnite, I feel slightly biased against it, but after messing around in it, I concluded that my computer sucks so much that it can’t even handle 3D objects in the editor.

When I logged on, I found that I had three new friends, which was confusing because I never played any games with my account, but then I remembered that I lent my brother my account to play Fortnite.

So I did what any normal person would do.

They didn’t respond. So I took a leap of faith, trying to guess which one of my brother’s classmates I was targeting non-creepily.

Shit.

So I went on a name-guessing spree, trying to figure out who I was talking to.

The guy’s responses were taking a long time, so I guessed he was on console.

Obviously, [redacted] schoolers are dumb, so when I tried to figure out the kid’s name, I got a two-minute wait for a 7-character message. It should not take that long to type your name, even on a controller.

I was starting to run out of ideas. I needed to get this kid, fast.

Then I got blocked.

Afterward, I figured out that my brother’s friend lied to my brother about his friend code because my brother was the one that added him (or he mistyped it).

I doubt Blue Dino will ever return, but if you’re reading this you damn Dino, sorry but not sorry and screw you for wasting my time by playing a Fortnite game after every single message you sent, you wasted literally an hour of my precious break.

Final Verdict: I will not be making any more video games (it’s Dino’s fault.)

Evil Not-so-Genius Ideas

Destroying humanity is a dream scenario for evil geniuses, but the world is pretty destructive already and a single individual or group of dedicated people would have to work extremely hard.

Unstoppability: How hard it is for external forces to stop the destruction. Speed and other factors (like the need to have a big machine constantly running) are evaluated. Extra style points if the method can be used to hold the world hostage.

Cities are great targets for mass destruction because they have lots of people, property, and are a mess to clean up. Highways, buildings, and the lives of people can total up to cost billions of dollars in repair. However, our noobish planning will probably only do a couple of million dollars of damage, tops.

Plan A: Artificial Lahars With Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is in Washington and is one of the highest-risk volcanoes we have. It spans 368.15 square miles and the peak is at 14,410 ft.

Even if there is not an eruption, there is a risk for lahars2, which are violent streams of volcanic mudflow and debris. Picture wet concrete cascading down a valley towards a city and you’re basically there.

Mount Rainier is one of the highest risk volcanoes in the world, and the USGS (United States Geological Survey) made this great graphic that was probably not intended for evil scheming.

Mount Rainier, Washington simplified hazards map showing potential impact area for ground-based hazards during a volcanic event.

Then, looking at Google Earth, we can see that the nearest cities are Tacoma and Lakewood.

The method of transport will be the Puyallup River, which was also formed by lahars some 5,600 years ago. The valley has about 150,000 people in danger of lahars already.

The problem is that most of the lahars from Mount Rainier are not actually caused by eruptions but by water and ice interacting with magma, causing rapid movement of water, which swells into a lahar.

In order to create a lahar, we need to attack this area:

Mining away tons of rock and dirt isn’t really that cool or evil so explosive charges set along both parts of the fork could release enough lava. An ANFO weighing 2,000 pounds could be made for about $1,500 (estimated from the Lowe’s catalog).

Since my free speech is being detained by law, I cannot go into depth on bombs, but there are plenty of guides on creating and detonating explosives. Though, the most destructive of all is the DCAM explosive.

Plan B: Tiny Cobalt Bombs

“We have the feeling that when this time comes to science, God with His white beard will come down to earth swinging a bunch of keys, and will say to humanity, the way they say at 5 o’clock at the saloon: ‘Closing time, gentlemen!'” – The Journal of the Goncourt Brothers; April 7, 1869.

Cobalt-60 is a particularly nasty element synthesized by humans. It emits gamma rays and is the byproduct of nuclear reactors. It also has a half-life of 5.27 years, making it an extremely hard substance to get rid of.

A ‘traditional’ cobalt bomb is a nuclear weapon packed with cobalt-59 (which is a single neutron away from its deadly cousin). Once the nuclear weapon explodes, the neutrons from the nuclear reaction turn the cobalt-59 into cobalt-60, spewing out a cloud of radioactive death into the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, cobalt doesn’t really explode and we don’t have access to nukes so we need the cobalt-60 to be in the bomb before exploding it. In addition, spreading out explosives in a dense, urban city is extremely hard to do.

At this point, we hit the largest bump. A massive bomb is unfeasible and planting explosives aren’t easy, either. Assuming a very cheap price, each bomb costs $100 for solid cobalt-60 and another $200 for the actual bomb.

Deployment would be possible with cars, suitcases, etc.; all of the usual terrorist stuff.

If the radiation in the city gets to 8 sV, a person walking outside could get cancer or permanent damage to their lungs in less than an hour.

After talking with some smart college students, a cheaper plan was created:

Image result for bag of flour

Flour bombs.

If the Cobalt-60 can be safely ground into fine dust and mixed into ziplock bags filled with a powdery substance like flour (of course, flour isn’t exactly the best powdery substance because it turns to mush in water), it can be dropped off buildings onto busy streets. Drones carrying the packages could be parked on various buildings to simultaneously drop all of the bombs after all of the bombs are planted.

Plan C: Space Littering

Space litter is a large problem. Space litter is composed of defunct satellites, rocket pieces, and the other random human junk we throw up there.

Scientists are scared that space junk will halt space exploration efforts by coating Earth in an impenetrable shield of junk orbiting faster than a bullet.

Robots have been proposed to collect space junk, but if we hit the point of no return before then it’ll be impossible to send anything out of Earth for possibly the next century.

Things That Will Cease To Exist If We Are Trapped By Junk:

  • Television
  • Google Maps
  • Instant communication in general
  • Earth Monitoring (Google Earth, meteorology, making sure everything looks right, tracking natural disasters)

In order to trap humanity on Earth and stagnate all space endeavors, we need to shoot stuff out of Earth at about 10 km/s.

But that isn’t the whole story, we also need to deal with air resistance, turbulent winds, and to avoid detection by authorities.

But first, we need a launcher.

Railguns Won’t Work

Railguns are electromagnetic weapons that accelerate shit at immense speeds.

A railgun is made of three parts:

  • The power supply
  • The two rails
  • The armature

A railgun is basically a large circuit. Electricity from the power supply runs up the positive rail and travels back down the negative rail, creating a magnetic field where the electricity is.

The magnetic force travels around the rails in a counterclockwise circle around the positive rail and a clockwise circle around the negative rail.

The force exerted on the projectile is called Lorentz force, which can be given by F = qE + qv × B2.

The armature is the thing that connects the circuit by bridging the two rails. The armature can be a conductive coating on the projectile or plasma.

In order to calculate the force for a railgun, you can use F = (i)(l)(b)3.

A railgun also must be able to support the massive amount of electricity required without melting the rails, having the rails split apart from the electromagnetic force. Most railguns can only fire once or twice before breaking down. The armature must also be capable of moving extremely fast without breaking under the force.

The Expensive Shopping List:

  • A bunch of capacitors that won’t explode
  • A pair of large superconductor rails
  • A bunch of support for the rails so that they don’t fly off.
  • A metal armature
  • A way to draw megajoules of electricity from the power grid
  • Some trash to shoot into LEO

After constructing your super-expensive railgun with a group of talented scientists and engineers, you’ll need to fire the junk so that it ends up flying parallel to Earth’s surface instead of crashing back down. This means that there’ll also be a massive projectile traveling across the horizon if the railgun doesn’t melt, explode, or break in some way or other.

Not only do you need megajoules of energy, but you’ll also need to outdo the Naval Surface Warfare Center by at least threefold.

Thus, a railgun is not the best way to go. (And no, coilguns aren’t even on the table anymore).

A Low-Tech Solution

Since railguns are dicks, we’ll need to find a better way to reach LEO.

Luckily, we have this awesome new revised plan:

All we need to do is construct a gigantic pipe in the ground, fill it with gas, pack it with tons of junk, and light it up, creating a large crater and sending tons of shit into space in a firey ball.

Depending on the lack of skill, a gigantic spray gun may accidentally arise instead, splattering molten metal shrapnel over a large area rather than making a bunch of trash reach LEO.

Fallback Methods


Plan F1: Get Engulfed by The Sun As It Becomes a Red Giant

I remember when I was watching Neil Degrasse Tyson talk about the Sun swallowing Earth when I was a little kid and I just lost my shit.

All you need to do is wait 7.59 billion years.

Plan F2: WWIII

This one is a lot more plausible than waiting for the Sun. Instead, we just have to wait for the day Kim Jong-un comes home extremely drunk and accidentally sits on the remote that launches all of North Korea’s nukes.

If WWIII breaks out, it’ll probably be nuclear.

Plan F3: A Time Traveler

This plan requires two parts.

  1. A time traveler
  2. Earth-destroying explosives

The time traveler will need to go to the beginning of Earth and destroy it using explosives.

Plan F4: Get Slapped By a Cosmic String, Swallowed By a Stable Wormhole, or Total Existence Failure

Just sit and hope that something extremely unlikely happens.

Luckily, we can already build machines that can theoretically make extremely unlikely things happen though wacky quantum physics. (You can read the whole post about it here).

Resources
https://www.futurity.org/lava-water-volcanoes-explosions-1928772/
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mount_rainier/hazard_summary.html
https://science.howstuffworks.com/rail-gun1.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt-60

How Vaccinations Work, and Why You Should Be Vaccinated

This post was in the works for over a year. And by that, I mean that it was a skeleton draft that I forgot about in my Google Docs for over a year.

However, recent news about that 18-year-old guy who vaccinated himself has re-sparked genuine public interest in vaccines and unvaccinated children, which I personally thought was just a random minority and not an actual thing.

Vaccines in Brief

There are 5 main types of vaccines being used in the US:

  • Live vaccines contain weakened viruses/bacteria. They are given to people with healthy immune systems.
  • Inactivated vaccines have killed viruses/bacteria. Multiple doses required to build/maintain immunity.
  • Toxoid vaccines are made of weakened toxins created by bacteria.
  • Subunit vaccines have parts of the virus/bacteria rather than the entire thing. Side effects are also less likely.
  • Conjugate vaccines combat bacteria with coatings that hide them from the immune system (especially in young immune systems). The vaccine connects to the coating and creates an immune response.

There is some controversy around whether live or inactivated vaccines are better. On one end, live vaccines build the immune system naturally, but natural infections can be deadly.

The side-effects of vaccines are usually mild. The false belief that vaccines cause autism is the result of bad media coverage and idiot celebrities (or the president) preaching about it.

Some Example Vaccines:

DPT/DTaP Vaccine: Protects from diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus. Contains toxoids for tetanus and subunits of pertussis.

Polio Vaccine: Protects from polio (duh). Can be administered through injection (inactivated virus) or orally (weakened virus). Injection is also extremely safe.

Combined DTaP-IPV-HepB Vaccine: Combination of vaccines usually for children lagging behind. The three vaccines are DTP, polio (injection), and HepB (for hepatitis B).4

The Immune System in Not-so-Brief

 Our bodies don’t like dying.

It’s generally a bad thing to die.

To begin, let’s quickly cover our body’s defense systems.

Innate Defense System

  • Skin and mucous membranes
  • Phagocytes (a type of white blood cell)
  • Antimicrobial proteins
  • Attack cells

Your skin and the mucous membranes around your organs provide the first line of defense for your body.

Your sweat has chemicals that destroy bacteria. Your slightly acidic skin destroys bacteria. Enzymes in your saliva, mucus, and eyes destroy bacteria. Your body really likes to destroy bacteria.

Phagocytes get called into battle to gobble up invaders, but they require energy to maintain.

Phagocytes

Neutrophils are the most common phagocytes. They can move around really fast and engulf germs before self-destructing. They can also secrete toxins. Neutrophils track down germs by tracking their chemical ‘scent’, which means they only attack stuff that doesn’t smell right. Neutrophils also self-destruct.

Macrophages are another type of phagocyte. They also eat germs, but they can eat multiple times, spitting out the digested gunk and then eating some more.

Natural Killer Cells

NK cells drift around in your blood looking for invaders. When they find one, they will essentially stab the shit out of it and pour in its toxins that make the cell self-destruct. They can also kill your own body cells if they’re infected. NK cells detect bad cells by checking if they create MHC (Major Histocompatibility Complex), which is a set of proteins that healthy, non-infected cells have on their surface.

Body Responses

  • Fever: Raises body temperature in an attempt to kill bacteria
  • Inflammatory Response: Cranks up the heat around cuts to help with healing and make capillaries release proteins to clog the cut.
  • Leukocytosis: To create and direct more neutrophils (which will be dying a ton in the heat of their self-destructive battle), your body will send out monocytes and neutrophils from your bone marrow to squeeze through the capillaries and get to the battlefield.

Adaptive Defense System

If your innate defense system fails, your body will need to kick it into high gear, calling in your adaptive defense system.

Your adaptive defense system is much more specific than your innate defense system. It systematically targets invaders and memorizes them.

Battle Plan
  1. B cells detect stuff. The more stuff a B cell learns to recognize, the more information gets passed onto future B cells, making detection of the same thing easier. This ‘thing’ could be your body’s cells or an antigen (which can be any invader, such as a fungus, toxin, bacteria, or virus).
  2. Once your B cells get riled up, they’ll try to eliminate your invader. Each B cell has thousands of binding receptors. Each receptor binds to a single antigen, meaning that it takes a lot of B cells to find one that matches a specific antigen
  3. Once the correct B cell finds the correct antigen, the B cell will absorb it and begin rapidly reproducing. You’ll end up with a bunch of B cells with the exact same antibody to combat the specific antigen.
  4. At this point, the B cells will begin marking the antigens (these attacking B cells are called plasma cells). Some other B cells become memory B cells, which will help recognize the antigen in the future.
  5. Antibodies don’t directly attack the antigens.2

All of the inflaming and fever and weakness from the expenditure of energy for your immune system will make you feel sick and tired.

If you are re-exposed to the same antigen in the future, the memory B cells will still be around, detecting them faster and fighting back without you even noticing.

Dangers of Unvaccinated Children

I say ‘children’ because dead people don’t grow old.

Vaccinations depend on other people being immune. Unvaccinated children are extra-dangerous because they break the herd immunity. They also put others at risk as well.

Children’s immune systems are only recently developed. Most of the defenses they learned was while they were in the womb or through drinking breast milk. Immunity to more severe or rapidly changing diseases like influenza or chicken pox is naturally learned by sucking toes and being smothered in drool.

High rates of coverage are important. It takes only one child to become a big disease-spreading machine to cause an outbreak.

Outbreaks are classified as the sudden increase of disease in a time and place. Outbreaks can affect thousands or few, but the point is that unvaccinated children harboring disease stop the whole point of being immunized in the first place.

Influenza

The flu comes and goes predictably each year. The flu vaccine is usually a combined vaccine to provide immunity for the diseases that are predicted to strike during flu season.

But the flu is just the gateway disease that opens the door for ear infections, sinus infections, and pneumonia from all of the fluid buildup.

The death rates for the flu change each year. The ambiguity of the death rates occurs mostly from states not being required to report this information to people like the CDC. However, states are required to provide reports on the deaths of children, which is why we have an abundance of info on children and influenza but not the people reading this post.

In Short:

I use the term “In Short:’ a lot.

Also, unvaccinated people are at serious risk for disease and pose a serious risk for people around them.

Currently, 17 states in the US allow vaccine exemptions. There was a recent measles outbreak due to unvaccinated people in Washington, which is extremely concerning.

There was also a 30% increase in measles due to a lack of vaccine coverage last year.

I am proposing two different ideas to be reviewed by anybody who is actually knowledgeable about law and stuff so that they can be turned into law.

Proposal 1: Right to Scratch Children with Rusty Nails

Natural selection

Proposal 2: Right to Infiltrate and Vaccinate Sleeping Children

Evade the parents.

As a final note, I leave you with the super-easy staircase to preventing disease outbreaks:

  1. Remove personal belief exemptions.
  2. Tighten down on medical exemptions.
  3. Give more freedom to the kids to make their own decision on getting vaccinated and teach them about how they’ll fucking die and/or hurt everyone if they don’t. Kids shouldn’t have to wait to turn 18 so that they can escape their parents to get vaccinated.

If that was too complicated for the anti-vaxxers, let me simplify:

References

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2017/066.pdf

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/washington-measles-outbreak-hundreds-rally-to-presesrve-not-to-vaccinate-children-2019-02-08/

https://www.who.int/wer/2016/wer9112.pdf?ua=1

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/conversations/downloads/vacsafe-understand-color-office.pdf

https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-are-neutrophils-797223

Valentine’s Day is Boring

I woke up today at 7 am. It was a rainy day; and on top of that, the streetlights at the intersection at the front of school were broken, again.

The backlog of traffic stretched so far as to affect the freeway.

After entering first period I was instantly reminded it was Valentine’s Day.

Annoyingly bright red paper cards were splayed out on the desks with messages that sounded like a plea for consent or something you’d say to a jumper on the Golden Gate bridge. However, mine looked like this:

After a couple of classes had passed, I decided that the rain had silenced Valentine’s day and I felt an overwhelming sense of peace because there would not be a considerable increase of dickish couples taking up too much personal space in large public areas.


~ Intermission ~

I now bring you this intermission with teacher’s responses to random questions.

“Dragon Ball is bloodshed. It is violent. It is evil.” – A teacher commenting on Dragon Ball.

“Pokemon is too childish.” – A teacher commenting on Pokemon.

“What is that?” – A teacher commenting on My Hero Academia.

“That is unrelated to this class” – A teacher commenting on transgender students

That’s all for this intermission. I’ll find more stuff to do like this for future posts.


The rest of Valentines passed without anything else happening. The most excitement was at the hallway intersections because people were trying to open and close their umbrellas.

After some other lonely people stared at me as I popped a couple Kiss chocolates into my mouth (which they then saw was from my Lunchable and immediately reaccepted me nonverbally with their eye contact), I was on my way home.

The rain dimmed down into an obnoxious mist-thing where an umbrella doesn’t do much and the water gradually dampens all of your clothing.

After getting home, I stole a couple chocolates from my brother’s bag before they got checked and now I’m typing this at my computer with a yellow Starburst in my mouth because there weren’t actually any chocolates in what I stole.

However, I got to see some wonderful things in the wrappers of the candies I stole, such as “Make them Melt” and “It was My Pleasure“. If that’s really some elementary schooler candy, then I just want to know what’s on the wrappers of high school candy.

Education and Fear

This post is divided into two sections:

  • Education – The long-term flaws in public education as a whole.
  • Fear – The flaws in school’s management of students.

Part One: Education


Low Level: The College Bottleneck

All schooling before college is done to prepare students for college. In late high school, students who don’t drop out will spend lots of time (and money) prepping for exams, which are equally expensive.

Afterward, they will apply for college. Most will fail, and the competition causes a problem: Where do all of the rejects go?

Obviously, we have community colleges, but not everybody is willing to give up on a good college, so rejects will pay even more money out-of-pocket for remedial courses.

In 2010, over 1 billion dollars was paid out-of-pocket for remedial education throughout the US.

Personally, I have no problem with community colleges. My goals in life are not insanely high, but there is still competition for people who stoop down to my level, too.

Education is failing to prepare students to be adults. College should not be the priority. My high school’s motto is literally only about making students ready for college. This needs to change because the bottleneck for successful college applicants will only get tighter.

Reform Tactics

The following are existing tactics that are already improving the education system.

Test students more thoroughly

This reduces the chances of incorrect rejections, saving money on unnecessary remedial education. Many colleges already do this, cross-referencing past GPA, old records and new test scores to accept or reject applicants.

While this reform makes college acceptances and rejections more accurate, it does not necessarily help with the vast amount of money spent on remedial courses.

Local high school companionship

Colleges can provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credits or to be prepared by doing college-level courses. For students, this involves getting used to people talk at 2x speed and wondering why you got placed in advanced math when you signed up for the lower level.

Compressed courses

Students who take remedial education risk falling behind. This can be solved by compressing courses into short super-intense periods. This could also be applied to extracurriculars to open up a wider door of possibilities where an entire year isn’t gobbled up.

Deeper Level: Eventual Damnation

Schools run on a magic substance obtained via blood, sweat, and tears: Money.

Public schools that have the least money will get more Federal funding, which is distributed by the state. On the other hand, schools that boast rigorous courses and are not poor will receive enough money to survive on-edge and without enough money to invest in new books and equipment, resulting in lowly schools getting the best stuff for themselves.

Public education is ill-equipped to deal with some major problems such as:

Heterogeneousness – Public schools lack resources to support different students. Quality will be traded for equality as students enrolling continue to become more and more different.

21st Century Skills – The new skills people need in the 21st century come down to problem-solving, creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking. They are skills that cannot be quantized into courses that can be taught and graded. Rather, students usually learn these skills off campus or through group projects where the teacher arbitrarily grades the “Teamwork” section on the rubric based on whoever passive-aggressively put their name as the second-to-last one on the Powerpoint because they did the whole thing.

Fast Advancement – Values for what the most important skills are will continue to change and schools must regularly update material. The new skills may be even more abstract and unteachable with traditional teaching methods.

Lack of Funding – Schools cannot afford to regularly spend thousands of dollars on the new updated material and students will fail to learn the important skills they need. It’s highly unlikely schools will be able to reform before the shit hits the fan.

Lack of Incentive – The incentive is mostly provided to teachers, who can already seek easier and higher-paying lines of work for their high qualifications. Seriously, kids are dicks. I’m a dick. I wouldn’t want to be around me, either. Students do not legitimately care about college until a fire is lit under them.

Possible Reform Tactic


Full-digital self-teaching classrooms

This would heavily reduce costs for new material and allow publishers and providers to easily update material much, much faster and efficiently. Simply moving from physical books to 100% e-books would be a game-changer by itself. The conversion into full-digital would also allow for more competitive pricing.

The first areas to target for digital reform would be the fastest-growing areas like computer science or digital art.

Seriously, my computer science class uses a book from 2008 and recommends using Notepad or Microsoft Word to edit code. Computer classes are a different topic altogether because they deserve to be ranted about in whole.

In full-digital, the material could be modeled around each student. ESLR students would be given material that they could understand better and students with disabilities would get versions of material they could use without a hitch. More work could be graded automatically, and the technophobic teachers would be forced to accept AI supremacy.

Self-teaching would let students learn 21st-century skills while still completing all of their A-G courses. Self-teaching would also heavily reduce the blowback for teachers because they would not need to constantly race to learn the always-improving material.

Students would need to grasp basic concepts and solve problems independently. Concepts would be presented in different ways to ensure students could figure out how to learn because the ability to learn and pick up new information is more important than graphing stupid quadratics.

Example “Introduction to New Concept” Problem for Self-Learning:

Example (already solved)

2 + x = 12

x = 10


1. (not solved)
5 + x = 12

x = __

Students that fail the self-teaching could move into a different classroom where a teacher gave the material to them with traditional teaching styles to kickstart the student into understanding concepts they may have missed so that they can self-learn again, learning 21st-century concepts while advancing at their own pace.

These traditional-teaching checkpoints would throw the finishing punch to knock information into a student’s head, also clearing up any misconceptions made while self-learning.

A personal example of self-teaching would be how I learned to solve polynomials without knowing 6th-grade math. I had little knowledge of positives and negatives and how numbers worked or how solving equations actually happened. I just used reasoning and came up with my own thought process on how solving equations worked. Once I was taught how to ‘actually’ solve equations I realized there could be different paths of thinking for a straightforward math problem with only a single answer.

Even math is capable of teaching important 21st-century skills about critical thinking and creativity when it is self-taught.

The not-so-radical version of this reform would be to just do the full move into digital. We’d still be perfectly on-track for an education overhaul, and even if prices for digital books don’t drop, schools will have updatable material.

Future Reform

There is no secret teaching method that we forgot and now everything is going downhill because of it. We’ve been advancing pretty well, and these long-term problems will be very gradual.

Lots of people have been combating student malnutrition, drug abuse, chronic tardiness, and all of the other problems that fill schools.

Despite these improvements, there are still more problems that need to be solved, such as the rising suicide levels and the amount of shit that somehow gets on the ceiling of the restrooms. The amount of leftover Good Samaritans to think about the gradual long-term issues is too low, and those who do are often branded as “fight the system”-type people trying to elicit fear rather than helping.

Part Two: Fear (and other stuff)


Unfair Protection

With the media reporting more and more assaults and violent acts, men are terrified of crossing any lines with their female coworkers.

Even unemployed high school students are afraid, and not in some gross pubescent way, but as a real problem.

It only takes something recent and large to pop up on the news, and people will think that the large and recent event is suddenly more probable.

Nobody wants to be ostracized and falsely accused of harassment, and students are terrified of accusations being thrown at them despite the chances being very minuscule.

The problems are as such:

  • The false accusers don’t get punished
  • The victim gets turned a blind eye
  • The victim never ever recovers

Schools are only interested in protecting the victim, which, in all fairness, makes perfect sense. However, it is completely unethical to leave a student to the mercy of America’s finest, as punishment should be handled in a way that is accountable and reasonable.

High schoolers are on a whole different level of sadistic, almost capable of topping Saddam Hussein. Nobody deserves to be tormented on such a level. At the very least, schools should handle the punishment so that there is actual justice rather than mob mentality.

However, the other problems are as such:

  • We still need to punish people for real crimes
  • We don’t always know if someone is being falsely accused

We need to protect both sides of a conflict, but by the time a problem reaches OSPI-level recognition, the damage is done. Anyone can boast about protection for two sides of a conflict, but the truth is that nobody really wants to protect someone once they are accused of sexual assault and the “protection for both sides” ends as soon as a conclusion is reached.

Protection is bullshit, and we need to strengthen it (or just use tear gas on the students doing bullying).

Stress

At my school, there is an intersection where a large amount of paper in a glass case is displayed. This is normal, and people walk by many these cases on a regular basis because seriously, am I really gonna stop and read an essay for fun?

However, one day I was walking through the hallway during lunch hours, which meant the intersection was no longer an endless stream of bustling bodies. Which meant I could finally see what was in the case.

In large messy cut-out letters, the display was named “Stressed Out?”, which makes you wonder if the question mark was added due to the questionable tips presented or because whoever came up with the title thought it’d be a good idea to ask a question that has a unanimous answer: “Yes”.

It is common knowledge that students are stressed. It is also common knowledge that students are highly unstable.

Stress snaps people.

Examples of Snapped People:

  • Workaholics pushing physical limits.
  • Complete resignation and lack of drive.
  • Emotive numbness and detachment from friends.
  • Academic numbness and over-reliance on friends.
  • Starting a blog called Enchoseon.

References:

Education:
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/education-strategies.pdfhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-10-skills-you-need-to-thrive-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/http://www.teach-nology.com/edleadership/funding_for_schools/

Fear:
http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/26/college-students-falsely-accused-sexual-assault-good-couple-weeks/
https://www.dailywire.com/news/36917/five-teenage-mean-girls-falsely-accused-boy-sexual-ashe-schow

Why Traveling to Thailand is Cool

One of the biggest lies I was told by my idiot classmates in elementary school was that Thailand was the same thing as Taiwan.

Thailand vs Taiwan

How My Thailand Trips Usually Go

Planning the trip starts many months before it actually happens. (We usually book the flight in December.)

Skip forward to summer, I’m fresh out of school and ready for a great summer with a steady sleep schedule without surprises.

Then, without warning, that flight creeps up on me and the next thing I am consciously aware of is the fact that we’re sitting in a dimly lit blue shuttle bus as we make our way to LAX, barreling down the freeway as my brother drools over my lap.

After 11 hours in the air and a security checkpoint in Seoul, we land in Thailand with aching butts and jet lag.

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It’s always beautiful. And it’s always full of traffic. And I always get crammed into the back of the van with the suitcases as we move to my uncle’s expensive condo in the city.

Bangkok is a great city. You have the yearly monsoon season that makes the best puddles (monsoon season came early once), great food, and a moderately high crime rate perfect for family vacations.

If you don’t take a panorama of the skyline you’re missing out on a lot. The city just stretches out around you in a never-ending jungle of concrete and cars.

Adventuring in Rural Thailand

Thailand is really diverse. Drive out for 5 minutes blindfolded and you can find yourself anywhere. Although most people who do this aren’t the ones driving.

Monsoon Season Thailand

If you want to experience more of Thailand then you’ll need to jump out of the comfy no-mosquitoes-nice-Traditional-Thai-music-on-speakers-by-the-beach-with-good-spas-and-a-breakfast-buffet and get ready for an absurdly long car trip into the less tourist-frequented parts of Thailand.

That means no tours or maps or good plans. It’s just endless car rides and a periodic stop at an Amazon Cafe by a 7-Eleven.

Eating seafood by the sea in a place illuminated moodily by lamps is more preferable to scarfing down an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with tourists trying to pictures of every goddamn thing in the room.

If you still want the comfy hotel experience you should consider location. Traveling is about being out and about, not staying in a hotel all day.

Things to Do

  • Travel out of your comfort zone.
  • Enjoy the food. You can scarf down meals every day and still get thinner, clear up your complexion, and feel healthier. Non-microwave cooking does wonders in general.

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Thai food has a lot of flavor, and you also get those 5 major food groups.

You can get sweet-n-sour stuff, super-spicy stuff, insanely-sweet stuff, and many other tastes in a single bite. (You can find your burgers and steaks in malls.)

The variety of tastes is unbelievable and can kill your unhealthy cravings in a couple days.


If you go to an open-air market you should also try a fresh coconut. (But it might be room temperature.) By open-air market I mean a market that smells like piss and fish, not a modern refurbished “100 year-old” market crowded with people that smell like body odor and fish.

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Another thing to note is that people sell stuff anywhere.

Residential and business areas have no laws forcing people to get permits or to live separately from their business.

It’s normal for people to have a store and past the flight of stairs the weird market smell is suddenly gone and you’re in a fully fleshed-out house right above the store front.

Afterwards

People don’t stay humble for very long and you’ll get caught up in your life filled with pristine restrooms and non-smelly markets. You’ll forget that gigantic newts even exist and you won’t need to watch where you step when you go the restroom at night.

You’ll either forget the trip and complain about useless things or you’ll become a snob who thinks they’ve transcended everyone else because you went somewhere for a couple weeks.

Go experience some information overload and don’t be a jerk about it.

6 Reasons Why I like Christmas

Last week’s main post was ginormous (no, not the Hentaihaven one), and I remember stating that I would take a small breather because I was exhausted.

I forgot about Christmas.

So here’s my obligatory Christmas post, because I just finished finals and I should definitely be doing this instead of sleeping.

I’m honestly too lazy to do something creative so just pretend I said something here that helps transition into the listicle.

1. The Music

Christmas music is on another tier of meta. Christmas music is also an excuse to create highly uncreative Christmassy improvs in the piano, which only require stealing the bassline from that Mariah Carey song I forgot the name to and little snippets from famous Christmas songs to truly show your lack of inspiration and drive.

2. The Desserts

Christmas is a dessert and candy goldmine.

“I can’t truly get in the Christmas spirit until my latte makes my breath smell like I orally pleasured a candy cane.” – Conan O’Brien on Twitter

“You do know that Twitter posts do not count as actual evidence, right?” – A student destroying an entire team in a debate.

3. The Family, Friends, and Gift-Giving

If two’s a company and three’s a crowd, then eight people in the living room must surely be beyond the scope of language.

Having a small group of people pop up at the front porch is fun because we get to have family video-worthy moments when we play group games.

My fondest random-family-members-showing-and-playing-a-game-with-us memory was with this game.

Random dude holding the game like a 6 year-old

It is one of the few games that’s actually more exciting than what’s on the box, as the pictures cannot fully demonstrate the sheer panic that arises once the balloon starts looking like a deformed testicle.

3. Winter Break

School is out, which means I can finally do things like sit in bed and wonder why break isn’t as awesome as I thought it’d be and attempt to find out what I’m supposed to do.

5. The Yearly Christmas Party

The yearly Christmas party is awesome.

There’s a ton of people, food, and the single cousin that I feel okay sitting next to.

For the longest time the Enchoseon Family-Friends Christmas party was held in my aunt’s massive house with shiny mahogany floorboards and a humongous Christmas tree in the living room with lots of balloons and a single Wii console that was the lifeblood of our enjoyment of the party.

My little brother, the aforementioned cousin, and I would claim the couches immediately after eating a tiny amount of food, enough to give the muscle cells in our fingers the energy required to play Mario Kart 7. Once the grownups invaded and started karoake-ing we’d run around and slide on the floorboards in our socks.

However, last year my aunt sold her house and settled into a much, much smaller house. Last year’s Christmas party was crammed into the much, much smaller house and our little trio of Mario Kart’ers just sat on the sofa doing basically nothing the whole time because we couldn’t connect the damn Wii.

6. Forgetting Basic Math and English Skills

I forgot how to count to four and Winter break only started four days ago.

By the time I go back to school I will probably struggle to write my own name.