With the continuing advancement of CGI, the believability of our visions and imagination are more crystalized than ever before. Games and movies borrow this technology to bring us to worlds unimaginable.
Movies evolving from books is a powerful phenomenon. A book, consisted of only texts, has the power to bring readers into distant worlds. I’ve come to believe books have the capacity to exercise and force our minds to simulate experiences (acting, visual, voices, sounds, music and etc…) where movies and games cannot. Movies just doesn’t challenge or train our brain, but instead, they’re making informations easier to digest thus more entertaining.
To gamble is to donate to the Casino, an organization that exploits the greedy people. I used to play some 21 every time we go to Las Vegas, and I felt the dealers often make us feel we lose money because we didn’t play the game the right way. But my assumption is, their managers put those words in their mouth to evoke a sense of competitiveness, so we would keep on playing while blaming “luck”. The truth is, if you’re an expert at counting cards, you still only have a about 35-40% of winning chance at a large casino in Vegas. They win money either way.
Does environment inspire mental perceptions that dictate our behaviors in the most unconscious level?
I often like to play a thought experiment, which goes something like imagine the same room is now suddenly in Manhattan, New York. Imagine your outside to be a sand dune, tropical island, or an alien planet landscape to be extreme. The understanding of a location will yield an experience that affect our most unconscious psyche and thought patterns. Your prefrontal cortex will build a reality of its own borrowing your mental library of stereotypes, emotions, and understandings of such location even if you’ve never been to the place before.
I often wonder…as a parent and as someone with ambition…how much more could I achieve in my career if I didn’t have any children. Turns out…much less.
Every now and then, Sheena’d bring our son to her parents’ for couple of weeks while I relive the single life. I welcome the idea, which ideally means much more time for my personal project, and that was almost never the case. Whenever they are gone, I’d wander around the house doing nothing. I didn’t watch the film I planned to watch, I didn’t play the games I planned to play, and I didn’t sleep earlier as I always wished.
Before college, education often emphasizes on literature, mathematics, history, science, generally all subjects that train the left side of the brain — the logical brain. I loved art in high school, but I didn’t receive the same amount of training on the subject as math or writing skills. My first day at an art college, I was deeply inspired: To be able to do art all day everyday, I began to notice I could focus, memorize and analyze much clearer on subjects that I usually had trouble with back in my high school years.
“What is my passion?” in my opinion, is the wrong question to ask though it seems most direct. What I believe we need to venture upon is what it is we can do for the world, what problem can we solve for the world. It is not some thing we do for ourself will be long lasting and fulfilling; it is what we can do for others will grant us the most intrinsic happiness.
Geniuses are not born but made. One must has passion to achieve greatness for effort is the road to mastery, not a sign of weakness.We’d often shift direction in life when we realize we’re not good at something.
In Mindset, Carol Dweck describes having a growth mindset will grant us limitless potential if we acknowledge the virtue of hard work. In her book, one example illustrates that Michael Jordan was rejected from his high school and college teams, then he was rejected again by the NBA. He eventually became the best basketball player in the world because his passion carried him to greatness.
For a baby, who has no concepts of anything, I had no idea how I was ever going to reach him or teach him to ever imitate our daily activities or any skill set of any sort. Over the years, I’m starting to pickup that my son doesn’t learn from my commands or any forceful gestures; he responds only to suggestions for tasks.
If a war breaks out, the value of cash diminishes while of the value of gold rises because gold retains the value for exchange of goods after the war is over. Now, what happens if a planetary apocalypse took place instead? Suddenly, the value for precious metals once again decreases in the same manner as the value of natural resources rises.
Currency builds on top of its immediate predecessor: virtual currency on physical currency on rare metals on food on natural resources.