STEM, Matrix and VR

To accompany my previous post about The Evil Within 2.  I decided to delve deeper into the main theme of the game:  Virtual Reality.  Since the movie The Matrix, the thought of virtual world went mainstream.  To think that a person’s consciousness can be placed into a virtual world as real as the one you and I live in right now, truly gets us to think about our OWN reality.

The STEM system.

In The Evil Within series, that same idea of a virtual world is represented by a fictional machine known as STEM.  In short, the machine uses targeted areas of the brain in order to create a virtual world where all those participating will share a consciousness together.  Imagine a world that doesn’t have disease and that happiness can be made without even physically moving a muscle, this is STEM.  However, in the game’s story the virtual world that was viewed as a utopia, only ends up becoming a living nightmare.

But I’m not here to write about the plot of the game, but to further analyze the virtual world from the real and fictional perspective.  After watching an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called “PTSDee”.  (Which was recommended from my wife, Louie.  See the 2 clips below.)  I began to think about what kind of true dangers lie in store for us, as virtual and alternate realities continue to advance in our everyday lives.

Lol, okay I know Always Sunny isn’t greatest example to bring up a serious discussion of the negative aspects of what can come from VR and AR.  But you have to admit, eventually the technology may get THAT GOOD!  (or BAD)  The Evil Within 2 addresses this in the worse case scenario.  Hundreds of people that are currently hooked up to the STEM system suddenly begin to die off and once the story goes into play; all hell breaks loose.  Everyone inside the STEM system either transforms, gets killed or hunted by their own shared virtual consciousness.

Knowing that a machine could either transport you into a paradise or a life as a vegetable, is horrifying.  Like this and The Matrix, if you die inside, you’re toast in the real world.  Add along the potential that any traumatic experience you see or experience in those worlds could affect you in the flesh.  Look at it this way, in games we die and retry until we overcome and succeed.  Now imagine yourself feeling REAL PAIN and DEATH.  Would we be the same?  If it got that bad, would we push on and continue using the technology?

Hell, there are a ton of questions that we can ask here.  That’s why I’ll leave it up for discussion.  Leave any comments below.

-Racoon Daddy


Not Good with my Hands

Following a couple days off, I finally up and decided to assemble our grill for the back porch.  Figuring this was going to be 2-hour assembly, at best, turned out to be a 4 hour hassle.

This was mainly because the instructions carried no instructions, words wise and when strictly off of pictures.  Sounds easy, huh?  Not so much, when you have 6 different types of screws, washers, wingnut, etc., etc.  It also didn’t help that it was damn near 90 degrees today, which just made me grab for water every hour or so.

Once the second hour had passed, Louie and Grace came home.  (which I already felt disappointed because I wanted it done, so we could make dinner with it.)  Regardless, it turned out to be not as frustrating for the rest of the time.    Grace got plenty of time outside, and ended up getting Louie soaked with the garden hose, while she was tending to her new garden.  They ended up playing, getting each other wet, while I watched from the porch.  (Diligently working on getting the grill done.)  By sundown, I had to quit, leaving the grill 3/4 done.  I’d wish this would’ve taken less time to finish.

Oddly enough, an episode of The Simpsons was playing.  Homer was getting doted on by Marge, about him not being a handyman.  (For those that don’t know, Homer’s projects just end up falling apart.)  To remedy this, Homer ends up watching YouTube tutorials to fix things around the house.  The rest of the episode is just pure comedy, as are most of the shows, considering they been on since 1989!

But got me thinking, I need to start assembling a better tool kit and start learning how fix things myself.  I won’t be able to do a lot in regards to home improvement, as we still rent, but at least I could start getting the right tools ready.

So the day went to shit….

Yesterday, I made my best effort to surprise Louie with a trip to one of her favorite gardens for Mother’s Day.  Unfortunately, the whole day went to shit, as Grace (being the “strong-willed” or as I tend to look at it undisciplined) 3 1/2-year old decided to do whatever she wanted.  Any other way; then she didn’t have, leading to fits and tons of frustration.  This went on from 12:30pm until about 4:30pm.

Don’t get us wrong, we tried, truly we tried EVERYTHING in our power to work things out as best as you can with a 3-year old.  Now, we know that there are some things that are not strong-willed behavior, like expecting things by demand or doing things on her terms.  (Which she does tend to do.)  Yet, there is no room for compromise with her, and if it’s met, it only delays the issue until later.

To say the least, it lead to me nearly blowing my cool and almost leading to laying a serious spanking.   I was furious, almost enraged beyond the point of cooling down.  Long story short, Grace ruined the day for us and someone was on a good punishment.  (No TV/phone/games/toys, just books in her room)

The moral of that day was, that I need to take a minute to cool down sometimes.  It’s such a pain in the ass to work with her sometimes.  We are trying almost everything, for the exception of corporal punishment and just TIRED of it.  (Louie is too, especially, because she is with her much more often than I.)  It was so bad, that when I was carrying Grace out to the car while I was pissed, she wanted a hug to try make up for it.  I told her no and that I didn’t want to give her one.  (Which was a first.  We shower our child with affection!)

I’m just hoping that much of these behaviors are a phase and can be corrected, to a point.

Any words of advice from more of the seasoned parents out there would be great! PLEASE!

Maybe the answer is right under our nose!

Now, I’m not sharing this, because you’d think I’m drooling over these pictures of Beyonce (Really! I’m not! REALLY!! Oh OK, I am!) But what I like about this article, is that the quote at the end.

“It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them.”


You see, those that truly feel terrible about themselves and how they look, truly do have legitimate reasons why aren’t doing enough. NOW TO THOSE THAT HAVE SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS, WE KNOW THIS DOESN’T APPLY TO YOU.

Many of us, myself included; allowed ourselves to continue to eat and drink garbage food. We all make excuses and NEVER make the changes. They don’t have to be drastic and eating a fat cheeseburger or drinking a soda, doesn’t have to go away. But we have to break the ADDICTION. I always hear the words moderation, endlessly, ALL THE TIME! So how do we moderate it, where do we begin? That is something only we can answer ourselves! For me, I think I need to think deep inside and figure out what brings me back to the 40oz sodas, large sandwiches with tons of deep-fried sides. I’M TIRED…OF THIS WAY OF LIFE!
Fast food tastes good, but NOT THAT GOOD, my cooking at home tastes a hell of a lot better than this.
Don’t know about you, but I gotta stop!

We all need to stop worrying about imperfections and focus on HOW WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OWN BODIES. Stop looking at the rolls, bumps, wrinkles and think about what important……YOU….YOUR BODY.

Thanks, and I apologize for the sidetrack!


Beyonce’s recent pose on a chair for the Elle Magazine’s May issue shows she’s very sporty and flexible. Queen Bey could have been a gymnast without music, just maybe.

The singer who currently launched her new wear line is promoting the business outfit Ivy Park. It is an active-wear fashion line.

Beyoncé Elle shoot

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The Math Think Tank

Today, I finally got to see my best Erik, whom I haven’t seen since his wedding in a couple years.  Which was mainly because he and his lady moved out of state, so it kind of sucked, not being about to hang out.

It was good to have a few laughs, get some GOOD eats, with some great low keyed time talking about; things that have happened to us, stuff about work and well most of all….MATH!    Which I was following along with relatively, but was mostly just actively listening.

(UGGGHHHH MATHH!!!  BTW Louie-6.02 x 10^23 is a real equation-It’s the Avacodo’s rule or something, GOOGLE IT!!!)

Shuddup Vader!!

Most of the stuff they were going over was well beyond what I learned in college and high school.  So it was a little hard to follow along with, which I don’t despise, but it’s difficult to really engage with that kind of talks.

Honestly, Algebra II and anything related to Number Muncher, was the highest I went.  I feel old……………….

Best game EVER, back in 5th grade.

Eventually, a conversation was started talking about the math symbol  π  or “Pi”.  Which they mentioned that it’s not pronounced “Pie”, which makes it sound yummy, but “Pee”.  Which is NOT so yummy.  They confused about why people don’t pronounce it that way, which ultimately leading that this is ‘Merica and do it our way.  I just think that Americans are so IRRATIONAL.

The number that is so hard to recite from memory regardless if it tastes good in your mouth or not!!!

But overall, it was good to see an old friend and spend some time with Louie sans our little girl Grace for once.  After that, we spent a nice little car ride enjoying some music and talking about random things, which we haven’t been doing recently.  Recently, it’s almost felt like we hadn’t talked in forever.  But I had an amazing time with her today and she really she is my joy.  (which felt really nice)

Later, we stopped by her parents and went to a spaghetti diner together, which was fun.  Grace, was really klingy and kept on hugging me, telling me she loved me and had my melted like an ice cube thrown into a volcano.

This was EXACTLY how I felt!!

Seeing her parents is always a great experience, as her dad is pretty much the best father-in-law a man could have.  Personally, I kind of view him as my father, in a lot of ways.  First, both of my parents are gone, which is pretty sad as I’m 33 years old, it is, but I manage.  Second, I feel he and his family were a blessing to me, as it gave me the grounded guidance I needed when my mom died and many other things.  Third, he has welcomed me into his family in the most amazing way.  Last, he’s got a true heart of gold and only gets on my nerves when he plays pranks on me.

Her mom has also been there, whenever I needed somebody to give the right advise when I needed a second opinion.  She’s been patient with many of the ups and downs that come with getting into a house, finding a new career and supporting Louie and Grace.  So, I couldn’t have asked for more.

OK OK, enough sappiness for one day!!

MMMMMMMmmmmMMM…sappiness.  🙂

Overall a great day!!  –  Be sure to LIKE, SHARE and REBLOG if you want.  Til’ next time!