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Welcome back reader,

I hope you’re all ready for amateur Engineer hour here on the blog, cause for all your sakes I’ve not only gotten creative on this topic, but I’d actually whipped out my old college, TI-83 calculator, and my paltry photoshop skills, (Be nice please 🙂  ) for the occasion — and I have to say, I’m rather proud.

Today we’re going to continue along on our journey to reinvent the world in a wiser image — so let’s get going right away! (If you need a refresher course on this multi-part series we’re doing, you can find parts 1 and 2 by clicking the numbers you just read.)

And now, without further ado, please allow me to cordially introduce you to, (provided you’ve not already met at that trendy new bar up the street), the worlds tallest building,

“The Burj Khalifa”.

Breathtaking, isn’t it? At 2,723 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa towers over the worlds previous record holder, “Taipei 101“, by an astounding 1,052 feet! This modern marvel would never have become a reality if traditional building practices were employed. Indeed, the architects who breathed life into this behemoth literally re-wrote the book on super-massive structures in order to make it happen. What had come before it, simply could not have worked for the undertaking they’d planned, and, as we’ve said many times prior here on the Blog for the Deranged and Enlightened: Necessity is the mother of invention.

The world needs a change people — and today, I’ve invented something for you all… Sort of, (You’ll see soon enough).

Invention is now our only form of evolution, we spoke on this last time, being that we’ve halted the process physically. So we should look on something like this as if we’ve all just evolved. A new way of doing something we’d done before, only better, is mankind evolving right before your very eyes! Go ahead, take another look at it with that in mind, I swear it makes it all-the-better.

Personally, I can think of no better way to begin rewriting our history, after, “The Great Reset”, by taking direction from one of our last great evolutionary leaps before, well… You know — I seized the world like a Giant etch-a-sketch, and shook the bloody hell out of it! So, again, here we are — nothing on the planet cept’ for a bunch of us naked folk, and we’re all getting hungry, thirsty, and cold. And you just De-throned that dastardly, “Frog”, fellow — good work! Now where were we?

Ahhhh, yes — Food, Water and Shelter. That would be the first thing we’d have to take care of in a new world (for obvious reasons), so — knowing what we know now — how should we do it? We’ll need a form of energy to begin with won’t we, and there’s always Oil… But then again, even though we’ve hit reset, Oil is still destined to run out on this planet. How about we see if we can’t build a society that won’t rely such a finite resource? How about we build something with the Oil that will take us off its dependence once and for all after we’re done?

With this in mind, I attempted to create a prototype city, for our naked denizens of “The Great Reset”,  that could displace New York City itself, and all of it’s 8 Million residents!

Boom-Shakalaka!

Seriously you kids in the back, I mean it! No making fun of my photoshop!

What you are looking at, is my idea of an ideal city; set into a circle, to minimize travel distances and maximize efficiency. I have inventions for it all, each and every facet of it, and if I took the time to tell you about them all I would have to make this a seven part series right here and now — and being that I’ve already been working on this for most of the day, (That is when I wasn’t covered in Poo — don’t ask), I’ll spare you the details and merely highlight a couple of ones I find particularly cool.

The Central Well will fill with rainwater gathered by gradually pitched pipe segments, and each manufactured segment would be home to a tiny turbine — so that energy would be generated by the waters natural weight and flow, thanks to gravity, and so that broken or clogged segments could easily be replaced. At the center gathering point, I’d like a great pool with a port at the bottom. Periodically, as the weight of the pool became sufficient, the port would release this, “Dirty Water”, deep down into the earth, where geothermal forces would boil and partially cleanse the volume of fluid. Then, as the next jet of water was released into the pressurized tube behind it, the air trapped in the tube between the two would push the old volume up the other side, thanks to the weight of the heavy pool pushing hard down behind it, causing the now cleaner water to come along for the ride back up to the surface. On the way, as it returns to the surface, the water will be forced through minerals and rock to finish the water’s sterilization. In this way I would make a powerless, actually power generating, drainage system, and water sterilizer, for the city.

Other inventions I would love to employ would be this (Same as below), and this, (Another TED talk) — and many others to be sure. But like I’ve said I’ve simply got too much to cover here, so you’ll just have to take my word on it. (But seriously, on your next hour off, go watch those innovations. It’s our very evolution, and we look so cute in baby photos!)

You are sooooo staring at my butt!

Back to the Burj!

Let’s crunch some numbers! Manhattan has roughly 8 Million Residents, nearly .8% of the world’s population, and they’re all spread across a large area of land that looks like this, (If you’re a high-flying bird with an odd type of color-blindness I suppose):

Since I’m embracing the efficient mantra of, “Build up, not out”, Each of the Buildings that I’d like to use to house the residents in my new city would be the tallest structures that we know how to make — The Burj Khalifa. Taking 4 people to an apartment as an average, (remember — many babies and roommates abound in this city), and giving them all a nice, comfortable, 1,250 square foot area of living space, means in the end that we will need a total of 500 of these behemoths. If you take a look at the 5-O’clock area in my crude Photoshop image, you’ll see how I’ve diced up a segment into a 60 building space, leaving me 20 buildings and 80,000 residents shy — not really a big deal in the overall scheme of things (We’ll give em’ all of Brooklyn and Queens, that’ll shut em’ up 🙂 .

So, with a roughly 26,250 square foot “Footprint”, on the actual Burj, that boils down to an average width of 162 feet. Add the perimeter of all the buildings, plus all of the roads (I added 1/2 the width, 81′, for each of the eight), and you get our circumference — roughly 14,000 feet. Here’s where that TI-82 came in. Pi x Diameter = circumference — we all remember that. And our circumference, divided by Pi, gives us a Diameter for this crazy city that equals about 4,500 feet. Making all of NYC able to fit in an area that looks approximately like this:

Believe it or not, It's to scale.

Amazing isn’t it?

Want another shocker? Take a look at this map I found a while ago. It depicts the surface area of the earth that would need to be covered in order to power the globe with solar panels alone.

Now the map maker did not mention the loss of power due to shipping, nor what % efficiency that the panels would run. But that doesn’t matter really, our city would be entirely self sufficient, and if we add the invention from that TED talk I mentioned above — we would be able to power most of the east coast. (we would have problems with light hitting all the windows, but this is all merely rough planning for the thoughts in the blog. We would likely make many more, but smaller versions, of this city.)

If each of the towers had cost us exactly what the original had, and that’s unlikely because efficiency would quickly be established, the 1.5 Billion dollar price tag, times the 500 instances, would cost us a grand total of  750 Billion dollars. Add on the Skyscraper supermarkets I want, with hydroponic and hyper efficient/nutritious vegetables growing on each floor, that’s another 12 billion, making the grand total of this entire city, with all the other gizmos, somewhere in the ballpark of 800 Billion dollars.

Crazy you say?

Too much?

Remember, we spent $700,000,000,000 (That’s Seven Hundred Billion Dollars), last year on the defense and war budgets…

That could build us, as efficiency grew, at least one of these cities — WHICH RUN THEMSELVES, AND ACTUALLY GENERATE ENERGY — plus comfortably house 8 Million people, EVERY YEAR (In the US alone)…

Again, I find myself inexorably attached to the question, what in the hell are we spending our money on!?

This is surprisingly affordable — that is if we can stifle our blood-lust (Oil-lust?), for only a year; It’s cheap, would employ millions, and would let them live, pretty much, for free… People could take turns being farm-hands, the farms would rotate so as not to kill the soil, and we could be perfectly, locally sustainable. People would have more free time to pursue passions, and the evolution of our kind would be accelerated as such.

I tell ya’, I sure do hear a lot of people from my country complaining that the “Occupy Wall Street”, movement has no concrete aims — so let me make it clear. We are ready for the future. We are ready to grow up. We know that if you give a person the bare essentials, “food, shelter, and water”, rather than forcing them into indentured slavery for their entire lives to earn it, that their goals shift from survival, to something more — INVENTION!

If Invention is evolution, than this is mankind’s goal for the new future.

Currently 40% of jobs can be replaced by machines. I ask you all today: Shouldn’t we let them? Isn’t it possible that we’ve reached a point in mankind’s history where the struggle over survival should be over? A point in History where the work that our forefathers put in before us is finally paying off? We have the capability to make the world a better place. So lets!

This is but one “city”, that I envision for our future.

I am no genius, trust me… But it would work!

I am only a 28-year-old, regular stinkin’ guy, living in a city I just replaced, who felt like tinkering with an idea today.

This is my idea.

Thanks for reading, I look forward to all your thoughts.

~J

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Welcome back everyone!

It’s so nice to see you again 🙂

It feels like only yesterday that we last talked. Feels like it — It wasn’t… 2 whole weeks I left you waiting. What a Jerk I am! I am sorry… Life sure has a funny way of dictating your actions at times, doesn’t it (So much for covering my entire world restructuring challenge in one week — Free will my ass!)? But irregardless of that, I am, genuinely, glad to be back here with you, with a little free time to add another post to my beloved Blog!

Particularly am I excited to begin lying out the details of just how we should approach this monumental task of rebuilding of our world. Am I scared? Sure, a little. It seems like a big task…. Excited? You bet-cha! I get to be the architect of an entire planet! Jealous? Good — than that’s enough tomfoolery on my part I suppose — let’s begin.

Quickly, and before I jump right into this, I just want to make sure that you can actually follow what I’m about to talk about (You know, in case you’ve not been keeping up with the blog. Tsk, tsk — naughty, naughty…), so, here it is:

In brief;

Basically, in my last 2 previous posts, I stated my belief that the state of the world is pretty dire — but relatively easy to fix, it’s merely slightly skewed — and that with a little simple finesse, and through mild use of our (collectively ignored), good-ole’ noggins, it would be relatively easy to get us all back on track. And, to put my money where my mouth was, (What money? I don’t have any money! I’m such a comedian…) I offered to put pen to paper to produce, for you all, a plan — a plan we could all begin to put in place tomorrow, that would not only work in the short-term, but could potentially make the world the place that we all dream it could be.

~ How about  a world with more fun than work…

~ How about a world with more free time to spend with loved ones…

~ How about a world that provides unlimited resources for whatever your passions are…

That’s what I’m talking about. And it is possible — if only we tighten a few loose bolts, here and there.

See, I posed the idea that the Earth came with a ginormous, “Reset”, button — just like in a video game — and we’d pressed it! Now, with our clean slate to do with what we will, and with our previous, “Before the Reset”, knowledge in-tact — how would we proceed? How should we?

And, that’s it really… You OK? Ya’ need a minute? Go ahead, take your time. You come back when your ready, ya’ hear, and then you read beyond my moat of em-dashes ———————————————————————————— Alright? Good? You all revved up and ready to go? Excellent, let’s move forward.

Yea, sure, the world is pretty messed up right now…

He actually bazinga'ed an old classmate of mine during his romp btw...

And we all want to know exactly who’s to blame, right? Who do we get to point the finger at? Because surely this crazy, two-timing world of ours, can’t be the result of our own doing — it must have been someone else! — and as soon as we know who that rapscallion is, that diabolical individual (As the “thinking”, seems to go), will begin his/her retribution to society at large, and all our current strife will just merely… melt away. Right? And won’ t that just make us feel oh-so-much better?

Nope!

Come on, you had to see that coming! That’s just plain old flawed logic. It’s not anyone’s fault in particular — collectively, we really must stop saying that (it’s preventing cooperation) —  it’s just been our natural progression across our existence as humans… Again, i feel compelled to tell you: IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT! Hate to burst your, “hate bubble” here, but, regardless of your stance on the situation that’s A’ brewing across this world, it’s likely that you’re wrong.

Let me be clear — It’s NOT: the evil FED, the lazy hippies, or the big business tycoons alone. Nor is it the fault of the sly salesmen of our day, the age of the internet, or any number of homeless citizens among us — who so obviously have life figured out, but yet heartlessly won’t share their secrets with us (dem bums!) —  but, rather, my good people, our situation today is the result of many varying factors, which took place over many hundreds of years — each with their own rhymes and reasons for coming about in their own time…

Think about it;

We all started out (much like the example from my last post), innocent, naked and in some field with nothing more than nature — We had nothing, and we knew nothing (remember though, that back then, ambivalence didn’t come with a cost. Today that is certainly not the case).

Did we know what the sun was — that mystical and giant fiery ball in the sky? Hell NO.

Did we know that the invisible sensation dancing across our skin on a windy day, was caused by Air — or even what air/wind was??? Certainly NOT.

Do you suppose that any caveman, ever, had even the slightest capacity to grasp, even the basic notion of, or the inherent implications therein, long-term, daily compounding interest for on a loan and/or any of its calculatory variants — which depend unwaveringly on a myriad of seemingly innate, and irrelevant factors?

What? NO — Heck NO — Wow! Seriously, I don’t even know what i just said…

Here’s the thing:

We didn’t know, because we didn’t need to know. Ignorance is bliss. We only worked to meet our needs. We didn’t try to exceed them, like we do today, because we simply couldn’t (Ya think a caveman put in a 9-5, 6 days a week? I think not.). Honestly, at the time, we had a whole lot more to be worried about. Can you take out a Panther, armed with only your bare hands? I rest my case… Feeding ourselves, protecting ourselves from the elements, and surviving — that’s it… Those were our goals. And, even though we’ve overcomplicated things these days, they’ve maintained our goals (whether we realize it or not), all the way up from mankind’s infancy, into his teenage years (which is where we are now) — and I say, (and I hope you agree), that its high time we grew up, people, and left our reckless and crazy ways in the past. Let’s become Adults, shall we?

It's A Meeee, Marioooo. Always eat your magic-mushrooms!

Stereotypically;

Adults take responsibility for their actions, and mitigate risks.

Teenagers consistently shirk responsibilities for fun, (and nutritionally bereft fast food…).

Adults plan ahead, as they understand that their very lives, and well-being, hang on a beam built of their cumulative actions.

Teenagers live in the moment because they can — they have a safety net of sorts behind them which insulates them from careless actions (Their parents house [Or a big stock of Oil]).

Adults budget, and carefully consume their resources — which time has shown them to be finite.

Teens spend recklessly, always on the next big fad or legendary chase (absolutely heedless of destroying their essential reserves, or if their lofty goal was ever even attainable at all…).

As we run out of resources on the planet, our ability to play the role of the “teenager” is rapidly diminishing…

From cavemen and their beloved Wheel, all the way to our discovery of Oil and it’s easily harvestable energy, we recklessly careened along our timeline, growing all-the-while, completely oblivious as to HOW we operated — HOW was irrelevant (like it is for the stereotypical teen) — all that mattered is that we did.

See, these toolsthis type of invention that characterizes mankind — halted, entirely, our physical evolutionary process (Yes, Neuroscientists, I know; our brains still are still changing. [Barely] But, our body’s form, as human, is, at this point, set in stone — like it or not — unless we change it ourselves through genetics…). No longer do we require the painfully long evolution process to, for example, match the Giraffes ability in nature to reach the top branch with an extra long neck, do we? Now we either we climb, or employ a ladder, (Or find another food source. Or cut it down. Or kill the Giraffe, and eat him — that long-necked bastard. Or — a million other things!). See what I mean? Times have changed.

No longer will WE ever change to suit our environment, but, rather, our environment must now change — in order to adapt to us.

As such, we have become the masters of our own evolution. How we interact with the world is our choice now — it’s never been this way in history before, and it’s definitely never going to turn back to how it was — save for massive extinction (which is highly doubtful). So, I say, in the immortal words of the omniscient Nike corporation (product placement royalties anyone? CALL ME!).

“Just do it”.

They're SO going to call!

Let’s plan our trajectory — why not? We can, we know how, and it’ll help. Plus it’s the only way for us to keep growing as a species (not to mention it’s the only way that we can begin to climb out from this rut we’ve fallen into). So, let’s just frickin’ do it! Cool with you? I knew it would be. That’s why i like ya’ reader! You’re alright 😉

See, that “There’s only one right answer”, approach (blaming one factor), is an obsolete thinking paradigm that occurs due to the way we were all taught in school. Sir Ken Robinson, does a marvelous job of explaining this concept in his (now world-famous), TED talk. (TED website, case you don’t know what that is — and you SHOULD if you come to this blog! My favorite version of his presentation, HERE — animated!) In reality many factors have led us to the crazy state we are in today.

So we’ve played the blame game, and it left us bitter. We occupied our streets, to show the world that we’re fed up. Now, i ask you all — what are we going to do about it?

Well — looks like I cant tell you today. Too long — sorry. But I’ve brought in an expert for help, and a second opinion on my plan, before I get into the fine details and tell you. Let’s see what I come up with….

~~~~~~NEXT TIME~~~~~~

Be well readers — Until we meet again, (on my next day off!)

~J

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We’ve done it, readers!  We’ve achieved the impossible!
The world is now, “Reset”.

Well now, what do you say we have a little look-see at what we’re dealing with here…

Well, it looks like… I mean it’s sorta raw, you know? It would have to be, wouldn’t it? And, furthermore, I would certainly think that there would have to be a… A sort of… Oh you know what I mean! I mean to say, a … That is to say, that if it all DID happen, I imagine that — That is* — nature would… Probably just take back over completely and…

Hold up.

Wait a minute…

What am I doing?

No one wants some stuffy explanation these days — they don’t have the attention spans. Damn kids. These days things need to be cinematic to be given any attention at all, am I right? Imagery and so-forth, yea? A sense of place, no?

YEA!

Good. Glad we’re on the same page here. People should really experience things for themselves, you know. In a way, that’s kinda what this blog’s all about in the first place!

Ohhh! OH! I know! How about this!?

How about I let you experience it, and I’ll just sit here at my computer and narrate it?

Awesomeeeee.

What do you think? Sound good?

Well… — too late now — Here we Go!

I give you…

“The Reader, and the Great Reset

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familiar, heady, and beautiful scent wafts past your nose, and a wild flash of childhood suggests that it originates from Daisies. You open your eyes, for the first time since “The Great Reset”, and find yourself in an untamed and breathtaking valley, strewn with adorable little forest critters and carpeted in Wild Strawberries and Flowers.

You quickly spy a Daisy in the mix, and smile.

All around you are others, like yourself, wandering through the meadow — but… for some odd reason they’re all naked… As you look down at your own clothing you quickly come to realize that you yourself are naked as well. But, as no one else seems to care, you merely ignore it for the time being and wander on over toward the group, shaking your head in amazement of all that has taken place. What a crazy world…

Here, people have begun to talk…

As you make your way over toward the crowd you sense thickness in the air, and immediately recognize severity in the heated and angrily overlapping exchanges of the bunch. One man, who’s strung a large dead frog around a makeshift grassy chain from his neck, stands at the front of the rest and is rallying away to all who will listen, (Which is most).

Your heart sinks, running scared and deep into your shoes, as you piece together the true scene of madness and chaos that is embodied in the crowd before you.

It’s too soon to be sure, but they all seem to be going crazy…

At first, fearing your own safety, you lurk at the edge of the circle, safely hidden away from all their prying eyes and keenly listening in for whatever you can make out — but before long, you find out precisely why they’re so stressed.

The Frog man on stage said it all, really. He’s saying the same things that people said right before the crash. There He stands still, shouting endlessly about the dreaded hopelessness of their existence, and the impossible struggle that lies before them.

Us, not just them”, you grimly remind yourself.

“The task is too tall,” He says, “The feat insurmountable. They should all just learn to cope with the fact: that they’re all as good as dead.

As he rallies and chants aloud his pessimism it quickly spreads like a virus throughout the scared and naked crowd, and you can tell that they’re all becoming host to it. Once the fear sinks in, you know, the situation will be completely out of control.

Unless you were that masterful puppeteer up at the front of the crowd, you think, then you would have all of it in the palm of your hand.

Looks like mankind’s second chance at existence might be doomed before it can even start…

“Someone”, You wish, more than think, “Should really do something.”

Infected with dread, and desperate for answers, the crowd is becoming increasingly persuaded by the misguided frog-man, and soon they will be, (you know all to well from history), mindless slaves to him — and whatever horrid way of life he invents for them on a whim.

“All they need is direction.” You think morosely, “He’s just pressing his talent.”

“And furthermore”, he continues, “I absolutely refute the decision that was made, without our approval might I remind you all, to hit, The Reset!”

He’s Lying to them all.

“This isn’t our burden,” he shouts, “This is Washington’s fault.”

It’s happening again.

“Big business is to blame”

It can’t be… not again… not the way it was.

“We were slaves to technology people, we bought crap we didn’t need, to impress people we didn’t like — because of what those bastards did to us!”

NO!

As you listen to their rantings, something odd clicks within your gut.

“Why had no one consulted us?”, He shouts.

Silently, somewhere deep within you, a spark flares — igniting a fire…

“Who gave them the right”, screams someone from the crowd.

“Yea, who gave them the right!”, echoes the growing mob.

The fire in your stomach rages!

“What are we supposed to do now?” Chimes in the ring leader.

You feel the fire of anger boiling away in your belly, and you begin to bead with sweat as you fiercely suppress voicing your own thoughts aloud…

“It’s hopeless,” Shouts an old and bearded man, “Hopeless!”

You feel the pressure mounting up — percolating violently inside of you…

A woman shrieks with horror, and others from the group join in to form a demonic chorus of wailing naked people.

(I really don’t think you can take this much longer…….)

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“ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

You shout it with every fiber of your being — every ounce of energy in your body and every bit of intent in your heart — and you drain your lungs entirely in the pursuit.

Gasping for air you find the crowd glaring at you.

(Well you’ve got their attention now reader… What’s next?)

“No”, You proclaim, somehow boldly through your intermittent gasps for air.

“No. Not this time.” You say.

The herd of naked humans is intrigued by your words.

“This time, we’re going to do it right.”

Sauntering effortlessly toward the group, as if the day and their hearts had already been won, they part at your approach and open a path up to the stage for you. You mount it with a mighty hop, and seize the Frog Chain from this evil swindler who almost ruined humanity’s second chance, with a violent snatch.

“This is a Frog” You shout, hoping to infuse some logic into a crazy situation. “It’s an animal, or it’s food. It is — NOT — a necklace.”

The crowd stares at you like an injured puppy.

“Good. Now that that’s settled,” You add, “I have a plan.”

You speak it triumphantly and with great purpose, as you callously toss aside the frog-chain that’s begun to bleed down your wrist (It’s humanities only idol in this world of Reset, and you’re glad to see it go).

With poise and ease you make your way back over to the crowd, and as you do they yield to you yet again, opening another passage clear through their masses. You take the path, and stop midway — at the groups heart — seizing up a dead branch from the ground.

Hastily and with confidence you begin drawing plans, in the bare earth itself, for the future of your kind, at the heart of what is now, “Your People”.

A sly grin creeps up on your cheeks as you realize that the madman remains on his stage, but is long forgotten.

“I’m a gamer,” you begin, “And an avid follower of this awesome blog, by this Jared guy,” You say, “But more about that later. For now, we need to focus on three things: Food, shelter, and water.”

You pause, for dramatic effect. (You’re quite the orator you know that?)

“Alright then,” You continue, “enough sitting around. What do you say we all get dressed! Who’s with me?”

And thus ends this chapter of your great life after the reset…. What happens next you say? You begin the long process of laying out the plans to shape Humanity, Mach2. You succeed in engineering the wondrous World of tomorrow, and the people all rejoice. You then spend your days having crazy, off the wall sex with all types of desirable and attractive individuals, and eventually this leads you into finding your true love, and live-long partner, with whom you will spend the rest of your days — happily ever after.

~Haha, yea right! Good luck with that.~

The End

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The mad-men, and the bad-men, are all gone in the world of tomorrow, good people — the rules of the game will change, as we all will know the face of truth and equality.

The truth is, we can live within our means, and we know how.

The truth is, we can set goals for mankind that are above money, and war — and we can strive to reach them together.

The truth is, we have a lot of room for improvement as a species.

I invite you all, mankind, to take a hard look up at the night sky one clear evening, and remember your place in space. We are but so young, so impressive, yet we’ve grown so smart!

But we’ve not yet become masters of our own destiny.

I ask of you: Why is that?

Why should we stand for that?

Since when is, “Good enough”, a place to stop?

We’re humans for Christs sake. We went to the Moon!

We isolate and accelerate the tiniest particles, smashing them at nearly the speed of light into one another, and garner, in turn, another piece of the puzzle every day, and yet we still can’t fathom planning out our future in space and time.

It’s high time we grew up world — and we should begin by acting intelligently about the way that we live.

So let’s do it readers, let’s do it together. Let’s reshape the world in our eyes to the way it should be.

I welcome all suggestions for what is to come.

Let’s change.

And I’ll tell you exactly about how I would begin… —–>————->——————–>—————–>—————->——————->—————->—————–>———>—>—>->->>>>

                                                                                 Starting next blog!

~J

Completely lost? That’s cause this thread started last post! Ketchup little tomato: Here!

Greetings, my handsome and creative team of dogooder’ers round the globe!

Today starts a big topic, BE WARNED! — I’ll give you a moment to tighten your suspenders…

Today, noble gentle folk of the internet, I’d like to talk to you about how Video Games will;

Save the World!
                               World?
                                      World√
                                            World¡
                                                    World!

In light of my recent 99% post, and the wall of wild text that appeared therein, (in the form of my bickering’s college dissertation as it turned out in the end), today I thought I’d put down the cluebat for a change and start instead fighting for something more important than that — as we all should — our Future.

Basically, in the words of the immortal Popeye;

“I’ve griped all’s I can gripe, and I cant’s gripes no more”.

Ah-kakakakakakaka


Today I thought I’d begin by proposing an actual plan, rather than merely standing motionless and agog at the sidelines of some low-budget horror show — a show I’m somehow a part of, and cruelly subject the the fallout from. Today, Word-press community at large, I’d like us to speed right on through our collective worldly denial stages — as it pertains to the growing number of gross nonsensicalities in our world — and land us all smack dab somewhere in the middle of acceptance.

So the World all fell apart and we failed.

Oops...

The pertinent question quickly shifts from, “Who’s at Fault”, to — “What now?”

What now?

We start again.

We begin anew.

We press, “Reset”.

Video Games shall save the world.

This undeniably inspired epiphany struck me whilst I was at my mentally purest, in a state akin to the spiritually deepest level of traditional eastern philosophical Buddhist meditation (Take note readers — as I’m certain that this ancient frame of mind is the only place for this type of brilliance to manifest) — at about 4am, with more than a couple tumblers already down the hatch, as a good friend and I hit the reset button yet again in a seemingly ill-fated attempt at conquering a Old-School NES classic, “The Adventures of Link”, (Zelda II).

…What?

Mountain Yogis can’t achieve the clarity of mind I’m talking about here.

Anyway…

My people of the Insane and Creative persuasion alike, if no one has done so yet, I’d like to cordially welcome you to the World of Technology! A Magical World, in which we have the good fortune to live. Yes, yes — I hear the collective bemoaning echoing from my older crowd, but, (and no offense), this topic is about the younger generation. The very people who will be growing up to fill the shoes of world leaders around the Earth for the Planet of tomorrow — and the very same people who, like myself, grew up on gaming.

In a post that feels like a millennia ago, (My first one actually), I ventured deep into the harrowing haunts where the Evils dwell that sap our creative time.  I talked all about the myriad of things that easily kill a persons motivation and generally steal your thunder, and afterward I had more than a few friends come ask me why Video Games weren’t on the list.

Because I think Video Games, and the lessons they teach, (taken in proper doses mind you), can actually be beneficial to an individuals personal development.

Think about it. They’re a challenge in a box. An oddly controlled conundrum, a soon to be ancient puzzle box that rewards you for patience and a firm will. Adaptability is the name of the game, as you play in a world that someone else created and set rules for before you got there, (sound familiar?), and without that trait you will be all but lost. Games make you try until you win, or give up — simple as that — and, as a dividing line, that type of perseverance, and the simple capacity for it, is often a great indicator of a tremendous individual. It’s a required trait for talent.

So no, you can’t give up. Your pride’s on the line. Your silent and private judgment of your own self-worth, as it suffers there while you play, in a raw and sensitive state — while growing — this is where a Video Game pits you mentally. You learn trust and believe in yourself, and your ability to adapt.

All you need is your mind and your patients. You begin to remember what’s happened, you see patterns, and soon your accurately predicting what will happen next — you had to in order to survive. But should you merely survive, you now wonder? Or should you venture deep into that mysterious and murky, swamp laden labyrinth, where you’ll claim the legendary sword and better your experience from that time on?!? Either way, you better think critically and be ready to act on the drop of a dime, because in this game as in the real world there are no continues. But there are a few extra lives — or there might be.

So, like I was saying,

Last night we toiled and tried — Gannon is dead you see, a mere pile of ashes, but if we perish, either Chris or I as we pass the controller to and fro, our blood will revive the fallen warlord to his former graces, and he shall forever reign over the land of Hyrule with menace and malice in our leave.

Needless to say, that cannot happen.

Luckily, good people, a game is forgiving.

(Life on the contrary, is not).

It took us until 4Am, and cost us many a good man — but, we finally did it!

After working for hours in pursuit of our assumed goal, and subsequently realizing that all the while we’d been going the wrong way — we hit reset.

We failed again, as a previous magic draining strategy left us ill equipped for a new chamber we’d made it to — we hit reset.

We mastered the sequence without magic, burning another hour, and discovered the way to the boss… only to learn that we could not strike it. It, however, proceeded to kick our ass — again we hit reset.

We explored the entire castle in a fruitless bedraggled stumble for something we’d missed, anything really, and although we found many secret and strange rooms we never discovered a room with an item that allowed us to strike the boss. With our life drained, and trapped in a remote corner of the vast castle — once more we hit reset.

Failure, failure, failure seemed to be our only strategy, when the very ground beneath our feet gave way, and forced us back into the dreaded boss chamber with still no way to engage.

We’d spent forever at this, and as we were on our last life — the proverbial end of our rope — we were more than ready to trade the red and steaming controller for a nice long bout of counting sheep.

But what can I say, I’m a diehard.

I mean; I had a little magic and a little life yet in me, so I thought, “What the heck”, and i proceeded to roll the dice on two odd spells we’d acquired in our travels.

I knew it was a hailmary, but what can I say, I had nothing to lose.

The first spell, cheekily named, “Spell”, did squat. I mean ab-so-lutely nothing! Thank god I’d made my bed — I heard the lovely sirens call. The second spell, “Thunder”, though, my last-ditch effort — lit up the room with a crack! (Of thunder… Duh!), and painted a face on the demon that hovered above us, slavering perilous fireballs down in thick jets from his massive gaping jaws. Sure, I died — go ahead, laugh it up chuckles — but before I did, I’d managed to land a hit.

Wa-ha-ha... hah... hah...

— We hit reset.

This time we arrived at the bosses door with our guns-a-blazing, and primed for action. This castle had bested us many times before, but our experience had guided us through this run with only minimal chinks to our defense as we arrived at his front door.

We were ready.

The boss hovered in — that bastard — and we activated the, “Thunder”, magic.

There’s that hideous face.

We lunged at it, his weak spot, flailing at it wildly as we took a massive beating from his magic, until we found ourselves near to death.

All seemed lost…

But before our nemesis could deal the final blow — we snuck in close for two cheap shots, and he froze mid-air.

And exploded!!!!!!!!!!!

Could it be?

Had we done it?…

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YES, WE’D DONE IT!!!!!!

LIFE WAS AWESOME!

If you’re a gamer, than you know the feeling I’m talking about here.

We’d done it, we’d won. All those hours, all those continues — it was all over. We did it. We’d figured it out.

On a personal note: these older games are so much more gratifying too — no map to aim your wandering, no tutorials to show you what to do next — and we used absolutely NO internet (Put the computer down NOW Chris!) — so indeed, we took great pride in this achievement. And frankly we deserved to.

It took hard work.

This is what I’m trying to say, my good people, (if you haven’t pieced it together already on your own). The lesson that the world should take, in my opinion, from Video Games and the same idea that I’m planning to apply to the posts that will follow this post about this general topic, is that when we hit this reset button as a society — and we’re forced to make critical changes to the very way we live and play — we have an opportunity.

We’ve hit reset haven’t we?

So now, can’t we can try again?

Only this time, lets change our strategy to reflect what we’ve learned so far.

And there it is.

I want the generation of gamers that are on their way unwaveringly, like myself, toward “Depends”, to earnestly take this philosophy of growth and reinvention, in reflection of the path of least resistance, to heart. Remember your lessons of youth, Mia Culpa. Remember the trials and tribulations you’ve seen, recall the puzzles you’ve bested, and always remember to say 3 hail Princess Peaches every Morning, After-Noon, Evening (Ma-Jong tournament), and Night.

We need to start running this crazy place like we’re after the goal of bettering ourselves and our practices — like, and as well as, our character.

Thanks for dropping by everyone!

Remember; constantly reinvent yourself. Never be afraid. Do it whenever you can, and imbue your aims with every failures lesson, no matter how small. It’s the only way to seek truth 😉

P.S. ~

This week I want to dive into a few key issues in the restructuring of our world after a hypothetical collapse. So, coming up this week, time permitting, (Say Thank-Ya), and gaming aside — this is a rough idea of the topics I want to take a stab at reorganizing for the better, after the great “Reset”.

Here we go;

Education,

Energy,

Peoples mindset/outlook,

Balance and conservation in how we operate as a species,

The Environment and general sustainability,

Our Governments, how they can be quicker to action and less wasteful,

How we consume our time, with entertainment and what we hold in high regard on the block,

And our global ability to act creativity — the most important concept of all for our species development.

I look forward to all your comments and suggestions, as this is all still very up in the air. 🙂

Be well,

~J