artist rendition of a neural network

What is Consciousness?

Watching some interviews about “What is consciousness” with neuroscientists, this guy David Eagleman who seems really sharp explains why we chase materialism theories, that is that the squishy brainstuff is where consciousness hides, even tho it doesn’t make much sense, but we chase it because we have all this evidence of damage to this area causes these changes in people.

I think the brain functions like RAM. It only works because it’s active 24/7, every day of your life for years. I think strokes support this. If you have a stroke, every minute of a stroke causes huuuuge changes in a person’s personality. I think this is because the brain is “off”. So all of those carefully memories you’ve been carefully storing for decades are rapidly fading away, and when the brain is reactivated anything that faded away is gone. Now people can heal from strokes, somewhat, but that can be explained in the differences between organic matter and silicon. Perhaps a memory didn’t entirely fade, and can be rebuilt.

There’s a software tool used in usenet piracy that can rebuild a large multi-volume archive from a tiny portion of it’s data as long as you have enough “parity” files which are big chunks of generic data based on the entire archive. Brains might work similarly.

I’ve been interested in Cyberspace and The Matrix concepts since I first heard of them, but I think they are impossible currently.. while we might be able to pinpoint very rudimentary connections between brain activity and basic shapes or colors. The brain activity that is responsible for complex memories such as tastes, or classical music, is going to be unique in every brain. it will be a completely unique network of activity, as a result of that individual’s unique learning experiences thru life.

One of the reasons I find language so fascinating is because it allows us to share, in a very rough way, those ideas and memories even tho the way they are stored in our individual brains is completely different from one another.

I could be wrong, I’m not a neuroscientist, but I think I am right.

My Birthday Gift Wishlist

19 is going alright so far. My birthday is in March, I don’t expect anything from anyone, but if you want to get me a gift here are things I like, in no particular order:

High Priority:

  • To wake up as me, instead of hu.
  • My friends to stick around for 2 more years
  • A Prius Prime 2017 or 2018 with full feature package.
  • A Herman Miller “Embody” Chair, with Hardfloor & Carpet Casters, Black/Titanium color, and black “Balance” fabric.


  • An AR-15 Rifle with olive drab furniture and some kind of CQB optics.
  • PSA Lower Pictogram – 1560 AR-15 Lower. Since my first AR-15 lower is built, a more affordable alternative to this would be upper receiver parts, as I have not built any of the upper yet. High end bcg and barrel are requirements.
  • A pair of new ornate 1911 pistols, preferably not only scralling leafy flowers, with a variety of available holsters (location?/style?). Should include a fancy case. These would become an heirloom to be passed on across generations. Could be the same color, as long as some other detail is visibly different while holding them.
  • an FN P90 or MP5SD.
  • A pair of functional but decorative classical dueling pistols. Should include a fancy velvet-lined case.
  • High qualityleather shoulder holster for my Full-Size Beretta PX4 Storm. got.



  • A new dedicated gaming PC (parts list here). Got
  • A 25th anniversary “retro” Thinkpad. (Different Laptop Got)
  • The Division 2 (Video game). Got

Guitar Pedal:

  • Looper
  • Delay
  • Filter
  • Reverb
  • Wah
  • Distortion Got


P.S. To any government creeps who may be reading this, I wish to continue enjoying all of the amendments to the United States Constitution, especially the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 13th, and 14th. Happy birthday to me!

broken telephone and the hammer which smashed it

The telephone is obsolete.

Some guy told me that my future depends on having quality telephone service. I think not.

The telephone was invented in the 1800s, and was a fantastic piece of technology for 200 years. Since it’s invention we have also invented more advanced forms of communication. E-mail. Text-Messaging. Video-Conferencing. And with the advent of high-speed internet based on fiber and coaxial networks, none of these technologies rely on or even utilize the telephone.

The future in no way relies on the telephone. And anyone who believes the telephone to still be a relevant technology needs to step into the 21st century, where the rest of us are currently living.

Universal Gladiators – PREMIERE

I’ve been in a sci-fi mood, so in addition to building a space empire based on the ideals of liberty, justice, and caring, I am planning for entertainment based on Professional Wrestling, to be beamed into our space stations and planetary settlements.


Genuine food can be had on the station, with different meats and foodstocks flown in from other worlds, as well as local fare.


US Flag - Distress

Gun Control Doesn’t Work

On December 15th, 1791, America made eternal it’s founding principals. One of the keystones of our nation is that the government serves the people, and not the other way around. Because the people are the power of this nation, it is important to protect their right to bear arms. If the rulers of the nation are not going to bear arms, than who should?

Violence is a disease. We can all agree. We’ve tried many things to solve violence, but for the last several decades a significant portion of the population has become stuck on the concept of gun control, as if they were a skipping record. Gun control has failed, and any person who is serious about reducing or ending violence will recognize this to be true. Gun control is a tool of tyranny and fools. People such as Dianne Feinstein are trying to embrace a fairy tale land which does not exist, and they’ve become agents of evil in the process.

Violent people who consider themselves real American patriots, and who have become disenfranchised with their lives and feel hopeless, have been committing terrible acts against the public as their suicidal outbursts. The idea that somehow we can control these people is _retarded_. They are not stupid people, they are angry people. They see the methods of control being used and they find ways around them. The solution is not to cast a wider net, destroying all of the things which make America worth living in, that is what created the monsters in the first place. Is it any wonder there’s been an increase of mass shootings even tho overall violence has reduced? We see the effect of a focal adjustment, but the results are not satisfying to anyone who really wants to reduce violence.

If we’re to reduce violence in our nation we need to address the root causes. We need to fix our systems of employment so that people can find meaningful work in their lives. We need to raise our children in ways which do not encourage violence, and which build strong distinctions between violence in entertainment, and peaceful behavior in real life. We need to protect the founding principals of the United States of America, because patriotic Americans do not want to feel as tho their country has been sold out from under them. Countless thousands of lives have been sacrificed to protect the ideas which are the foundation of this nation, and when “the Feinsteins” stand at their podium talking about gun control, it’s a sincere insult to all.

Human beings have free will. It is absolutely impossible to “control” a free willed individual, when they are determined to achieve their goals. Utilizing tyrannical methods to force American citizens to adjust their behavior is a failed experiment, which arguably never should have been attempted. It’s time to grow up, and address the problem as if we are intelligent beings, instead of reactionary fools.

US Flag - Distress

Evidence of Cultural Decay in the Marketplace

Since I began working for myself, I’ve noticed a trend in the development industry. A lot of people who need someone else to create their website or application built for them begin their communications by dictating the cost of the project, and stating that their terms are non-negotiable.

These people are confused.

When you need something, and you are unable to create it yourself, you have the ability to reach out to talented artists and professionals to have the thing you need created for you. You can have your product customized to meet your exacting specifications. This is amazing! It’s a luxury that we enjoy in our modern world. Anything you can dream up can be realized, for a price. That price is a decent salary for the person who sacrifices time from their life to create your dream. This is a luxury, and not an entitlement.

When you hire an artist to create a work of art for you, you pay what the artist wants. If you don’t want to pay what the artist wants, then you better pick up a brush and learn to paint for yourself. These people who seem to think the artistic world owes them something appear spoiled rotten. If you go into any company which sells a product, and try to demand they sell their product to you on your terms, you’re going to be escorted out, and they’re going to talk nasty about you behind your back.

These people are not inherently bad. They’ve had bad guidance growing up. Corporate culture has taught them that workers are slaves who’s time is not their own. They believe the workers exist to provide for the people with the money. This is 180 degrees from reality. Money exists for people with needs to compensate people with talent or skills for their time and effort. That is the only reality, and it will ever be the only reality in a capitalist society.

This is a growing problem in the minds of human beings. The rich and powerful became rich and powerful by exploiting the desperation and fear of the workforce. They tell talented workers “You will accept $10/hr for your pay, or else you’ll be homeless and hungry, because there’s 100 immigrants or college students who will do the same job for $7/hr.” What they don’t mention is that those immigrants and students could not possibly provide them the quality of product that they desire. Else they would hire them, and they’d never waste their time talking to the talented worker at all. Many of us are aware that people exist in life who will take advantage of us if given a chance, but the problem is larger than that.

Because this abuse of human trust and kindness has been going on for generations, we are seeing a change in cultural awareness. There are people growing up who are good natured, but they are completely unaware that any other system of work exists. If this trend continues, talented individuals will see less incentive to offer their services for pay. The quality of craftsmanship will be reduced, and eventually it will be impossible to buy products which are well made, or art which realizes our vision. Quality of life will suffer as a result. All will not be lost, all is never lost, but as a species we’ll have slipped several feet down the hill, and we’ll have to climb back up on ground we’ve already tread. This breaks the spirit of man. You can see from this, how such a small aspect of our cultural behavior can have devastating effects on the human world at large.

The lesson here is simple. Pay what the artist demands for their art. Stop trying to rip people off who’s talents you desire. If you don’t want to pay what they’re asking for, then learn how to do the work yourself. But keep in mind, it takes many years of dedication and passion to develop any skill to the point of being able to call one’s self a professional.

Check cart items for specific item & apply discount (WooCommerce)

I was working on a WordPress + Woocommerce store and there are special membership items, similar to a book store chain. If you buy a membership, you get a 10% discount on your purchases, including the current purchase, but only if you buy additional items.

So here is some PHP which checks your cart for the item in question, checks if there are other items in the cart, and applies the discount. If the special item is removed from the cart, the discount is removed as well.

Here is a modified version, using an array for the special items, in case you have different membership levels: