Loneliness

Someone, somewhere is bound to experience this very human form of isolation at some time in their life. It’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of – be you a man or a woman. As I was scrolling through my Facebook today, I saw this post about how loneliness is killing people in rich countries. For a moment, even the finest of educated would find himself lost pondering why the first-world citizen would simply die younger that their third-world counterpart – one who’d probably endured more hardships detrimental to his health and eventual longevity. The whole notion would seem counter-intuitive to most people and I get it – because we are thought to see it that way. Loneliness however, has deeper roots than what the surface will readily show us.

socializing compromises productivity of the individual while promoting a very human necessity toward good health

Having experienced severe bouts of loneliness by myself, I just wanted to jump to the easy conclusion that people get lonely because they are lonely. They lack human interaction due to their poor stance in society (like being that weirdo) – that throws their neurotransmitters out of whack leading to depression and a host of mental illnesses. Loneliness, I feel, is really just a very vague descriptor for it can have more or less sinister causes. But if you spare some thought for it, you’d see loneliness is connected to other elements in one’s immediacy.

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Why I Chose To Be A Narcissist And You Should Too

There have been many bad connotations to narcissism and I wish to give new meaning to it – as a way of life, a way of functioning in society without legal consequences. I define narcissism as the trait that makes one care for oneself and put the priorities of theirs or whatever they chose to associate with first regardless of the moral dictates of society. It so much easier to function this way as I will explain later and with this you are insured against heartbreak, betrayal and other emotional trauma of such. Narcissism is a fundamental trait of LaVey Satanists – practitioners of Satanism as made popular by LaVey – where you indulge in what you see required for your emotional and physical gratification with no regard for others or society inside the confines of law.

Don’t carry the load that will eventually destroy you!

The interaction between the anthropological construct that we call society – which actually manifests as physical entities – and human is one that is purely reciprocal that relies on a give-and-take policy. It is the result of what you do and what others do to you in return that gives rise to a balance. But the sad thing about this metaphorical balance is its tendency to be uncertain and sometimes downright cruel – in other words, it does not work fairly and just to the liking of yours despite your good intentions. You often don’t realize but the truth of the matter is that you do good in return for good, that’s simply the way it is and no one can be innately good without being subjected to good – because it is in the fundamental nature of humans and animals to not be good, animals are jerks to each other – that’s simply how they get their way in their unstructured world.

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An Atheist On Religions

For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, here’s something I’d to say about a Hindu ritual that I very unfortunately had to witness in my city,

people who mindlessly preach to a rock being pushed around the city can also be just as easily manipulated by a new world order, like a Satanic movement or the Illuminati without resistance

mainstream religion has sufficiently primed the masses for easy takeover through widespread self-deceit

But in this post, I won’t attack the concept of religion but instead on the injustices inculcated into society by certain religions and/or practices done under the name of religion. Readers of my blog and friends know my theological stance of atheism because I tend to be pretty outspoken about this, and it deeply infuriates me when social injustices and heinous acts against humanity are perpetuated under the label of one truly messed up ideology of a religion. Yes, in this post I will discriminate and bring up the these religions without only vaguely describing them. Discrimination that stems from prejudice is hate, but one that stems out of actual facts and statistics are not hate but facts. If you take offense in that last statement, I can only assume that your faith survives on a hatred of facts.

The overly sensitive and SJWs may exit at this point because what is to come is far beyond the reaches of your mental abilities, no kidding!

all new ideas begin controversially until people can draw up an understanding

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Political Correctness: How Much Is Too Much?

Before you judge this post for being some radical rightist propaganda, let me point out that I am a progressive whose personal ideologies sufficiently leans toward the liberal. As a member of the liberal ideology, I understand the importance of being politically correct – expressing ourselves with respect to the notion of what is right – of which is established as something that least offends the majority in a political system – like say a democratic institution like the United States. But as of late, I have been noticing a spike in debates on political correctness, it feels like they were reinstated by the 2016 election campaigns and the very election of the 45th president.

radicals emerge from their past insecurities about something they hold dear

But for those of you following me on Facebook don’t need a briefing on my stance on the same when talking matters of scientific origin. Unlike expressing myself in a non-formal, casual setting among friends or family or acquaintances where my liberal tendencies are predominantly visible, a more academic or scientific or philosophical debate that requires the apex of my intellectual faculties and the lesser of my emotional causes the liberal in me to all but completely fade away – like say debating the ethical conundrum of self-driving cars killing a handful of careless pedestrians or a lone occupant in the car or equal pay for both sexes and matters of such nature.

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The Element of Surprise and Artistic Outlaws

Ever since the Renaissance artists have been experimenting with new forms of their art to spread their appeal to more people. The Renaissance was a time of much importance in artistic history. New styles, forms and manifestations of art popped up all over Europe and even the rest of the world. In this post, I’ll be discussing broadly music and how artists and producers are playing with some of the fundamental constructs of music itself – the structure, instruments and something very important I’d like to call the element of surprise. This element is by far the most important if you’re trying to play your way into the billboards, and also maybe stay there for a decent amount of time.

You want to have the right music at the right time with the right generation and the right technology to make it go viral

Recently I’d come across a satire describing structures of various musical genres. It said the blues were mostly guitar, complaining and more guitar with nothing more to it. Pop was mocked with reference to Pitbull, a prominent pop artist of modern times well past the Renaissance. It was funny but also helped me recall what I know of music theory which led me into thinking what makes a hit song? Is it some violation of the traditional anatomy or something subtle or this colloquially called element of surprise?

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Unique ≠ (necessarily) Better

Now this is one of the social idiosyncrasies that often get away without being challenged. How many times, just how many times have we been inspired by the false notion that unique is better? We often see Hollywood, and people in general tell us being unique or having a unique identity or unique attributes to your personality often gets you somewhere special nobody else typically dare wanders into. Does this all even make sense or ring any bells of misguided societal perceptions?

hasty generalizations and our infatuation to novelty can make unique seem like an improvement on the current

I have seen many a times in the news and media how some uniqueness in an invention or candidate or development of a story can often be associated with some much-awaited breakthrough or exciting feature or achievement. I am not challenging here that all things unique and out of the regular is always up to no good, but instead that all things unique are not necessarily up to good. The media for some weird reason or the other seems to be pretty darn good at doing this, glorifying uniqueness. Some high school kid makes a project that stands out from the rest and is instantly applauded – with little to no thought of the actual scientific validity of the project or the research that went behind prior to its manifestation on public fronts.

Again, I am not saying good projects or inventions don’t deserve the recognition they deserve, no not at all. I just would like to see a little more thought spared to something – project, invention or what not before people blatantly promote it for others to see and recognize. Do you remember that one time a high school boy apparently invented a clock? (per media reports, not my words) And the jacked-up-on-several-rounds-of-Jägerbombs media would go out of their way to surface a buzz among the gullible folk – the kind of people that will easily buy into anything you tell them without checking or challenging the credibility of your sources.

the more people informed of rumor, the more potential transmitters and therefore potential for a higher rate of transmission

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Satisfying-to-read Typefaces

in Serif there is wisdom, in Sans there is freedom, in handwriting there is error

There was once a time calligraphic techniques were the only widely used method to produce consistent handwritten texts. I still can’t help but fondly think of the bygone age of the beloved type-writer – the once mighty sword of all that is true slowly disintegrated into one among history as more advanced typographic methods and technologies developed. From there it was an upward egress as the digital era dawned into newer and more varied typefaces. And I am a Millennial of all if in doubt.

I personally have a liking for certain styles and I don’t know if other people also share a similar liking to these styles but I am just going to go ahead and mention it because this could be like one of those things which you think only you have or can experience but later turns out to be universal to most people. Broadly, I will discuss the Serifs and the Sans Serifs. I wont go into details of their individual styles they could and can take up. I’ll be referring to the Sans Serifs as just Sans because it is so much nicer, maybe.

pick a book in Serif they said, a minute, a day o’er a month passeth fore you know it

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What’s Up With Religious Folk?

While I hold religious people with good regard, I am forced to object to some things they do that don’t seem fit in the new world. For those of you who don’t know, I am a free-thinking agnostic atheist – I keep an open mind to a the opinionated gnostics, not readily challenging their faith or allegiance to a deity but also hold dear to my belief that god cannot exist deducing from evidence but also willing to a change of heart if proven otherwise. My reference to the religious folk should refer to the gnostic theists – those who believe a god exists (dictated by their faith as to who that god exactly is) and refute the notion that god can only exists if there is evidence. Now that I have moved any ambiguity out of the way let’s dive head-first into our discussion of what’s up with religious folk, really.

I’d recently come across a video on the internet about a certain religion which I will not name here for reasons about being a way of life. The video claimed this religion had its roots in all ways of lives, and boldly claimed even atheism was tolerated and moreover had a place in their religion. The video ended saying said religion was a way of life and more than just being a religion. Continue reading “What’s Up With Religious Folk?”

A Little Trivia About That Header

I hope you have noticed it already and wish to share some trivial information that should be entertaining.

The artwork you see was spotted at the High Line, somewhere between West 22nd and 23rd and 10th Avenue. You should see it pretty nicely from the elevated rail road but I cannot guarantee visibility from the ground as you can clearly see a building immediately behind. You might however catch a glimpse from 22nd Street, but again I cannot guarantee. It was enough of a cold Manhattan day in March and I was in a bit of hurry.

Though, I wish I could give credit to its designer if I knew.

Maps courtesy of Google.

Making Your Own String Lights

My fascination with incandescent bulbs go back to my freshman year in college and possibly even before. It’s something about their sheer simplicity and the light you get from them that keeps me going back to this 18th century contraption. For starters, the light from a burning incandescent bulb is much less harmful to your eyes and mind than LEDs. The burning tungsten in a controlled environment produces light and black body radiation as you’d expect with any metal – the light is often warm in tone often mimicking sunset and the infrared makes you feel warm especially if you’re sitting close to one. Ultraviolet and other harmful high frequencies are practically non-existent with incandescent bulbs, as opposed to LEDs that tend to emit a small amount of UV depending on its internal structure – bandgap and all. If that’s not enough of an excuse for my above average power bills, the color tone of incandescent bulbs which are typically sub 2500K help stimulate melatonin in your body and ensure your sleep cycle doesn’t disrupt especially if you’re used to working late at night under artificial indoor light. It’s often not uncommon for people to mix up temperature or tone with light intensity and they do seem to believe a higher temperature is apparently brighter. However, they are two very different things – temperature being the balance between red and blue in your emitted light while intensity being how much light is emitted measured at some distance from the bulb. Brightness is a relative concept and one that is subjective to the user and won’t concern us here.

However for the efficiency minded, LED bulbs with temperatures in the range of 2500K are catching up in the market. You could pick yourself some for under a dollar at the Walmart and they work pretty well, very much mimicking incandescence.

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