Monday, August 19, 2013

The US Gun Control Debate

So I have been following the recent gun control debate in the USA lately. Gun lobbyist argue that gun control laws are against the constitution (2nd amendment). Opponents argue that the 2nd amendment requires gun owners to be in a well regulated militia.

There's this debate of whether more guns increase the crime rate. And if gun-ownership would decrease, would it result in less deaths? Famous are the stories of American towns and villages who enforce mandatory gun-ownership. These places seem to have the lowest crime rates. But that by itself doesn't prove anything. I've decided to look up some basic statistics on Wiki. Whilst Wiki is in my book a political correct leftist leaning website, the sources they used for homicide rates and gun-related crimes I consider more or less reliable. So here we go:

I took the UK as a test case to compare overall homicide rates and gun-related homicides with the US. In a debate on CNN between Larry Pratt and Piers Morgan, Pratt claimed that England had 700 gun-related homicides in one year. He said this within the context that less guns do not decrease violence. So off I went checking out the stats. Could not find it easily for England, but here's UK:
In 2011, 648 murders were committed, of which 58 were caused buy a gun or firearm. The murder rate is about 1.15. The rates of firearm related crimes have increased somewhat, despite lowering homicide numbers. The source is the 'Office for National Statistics'. The numbers are provided by the Police.

But does it prove anything? Now let's examine Switzerland. Relative to Europe, Switzerland has less restrictive gun laws. Switzerland is #4 in the world with respect to gun ownership (45 for the Swiss versus 90 for the US per 100.000 citizens). But Switzerland has 7 x less gun-related homicides! The Swiss gun related homicides is about the same as the UK's despite the fact that the Swiss have far more firearms per citizens on average! The total homicide rate in Switzerland is only 0.7 (again per 100.000 citizens) though! Ccompare with UK's 1.15 and USA's 4.8. The gun related homicides in Switzerland is only 0.5 (compare with 3.6 in the USA and 0.5 of the UK).

Here's the table (rates are per 100,000 citizens):

Country Homicide Rate Gun Related Homicide Gun Possesion
UK 1.2 0.05 6.7
Switzerland 0.7 0.05 45.7
USA 4.8 3.6 94.3

Mind you that 'Homicide' can also mean suicide and accidents amongst others.

So the conclusions are:
  • Both Switzerland and the USA have a very high gun possession rate compared to the rest of the world, yet the US has a much higher homicide and gun related homicide rate.
  • The gun possession rate of the UK is lower than most others in the West of Europe, including Spain and Portugal, but the homicide rate is about equal as the rest of West Europe.
Therefore, the statement that less guns means less homicides, or more guns means more homicides (one does not exclude the other), cannot be proven with these numbers alone. Another example is that both Chicago and Los Angeles have tougher gun regulations yet the crime-rates are no better than Texas, which is a state known for it's most lenient gun regulations.

Here's a quote from Wiki:
A quarter of robberies of commercial premises in the United States are committed with guns.[62] Fatalities are three times as likely in robberies committed with guns than where other, or no, weapons are used,[62][63][64] with similar patterns in cases of family violence.[65] Criminologist Philip J. Cook hypothesized that if guns were less available, criminals might commit the same crime, but with less-lethal weapons.[66] He finds that the level of gun ownership in the 50 largest U.S. cities correlates with the rate of robberies committed with guns, but not with overall robbery rates.[67][68] A significant number of homicides are the consequence of an unintended escalation of another crime in which firearms are present, with no initial intent to kill.[64][69] Overall robbery and assault rates in the United States are comparable to those in other developed countries, such as Australia and Finland, with much lower levels of gun ownership.[66][69]
Common sense - a scientifically dangerous type of thinking - tells us that the availability of guns increase deaths as a by-product of crime. Yet statistically Americans do not resort faster to guns than Europeans. Both countries are flooded with guns, so the number of available guns can't be it. For example, Honduras has an extreme gun-related homicide rate, yet the rate of gun-ownership equals that of the UK! El Salvador is another country with about the same statistics as Honduras. So the people in these countries resort much faster to a gun.

Another interesting aspect is the accidental deaths by guns; The us has a rate of 0.3 accidental deaths per 100k citizens, which is far higher than other Western oriented country (West Europe).

For more important:, why has the US such an overall high homicide rate to begin with (compared to Europe)? Suppose it's because of the high availability of guns, then why are Americans so much less in control of their guns compared with the rest of the Western world?

All in all, from a mathematical point of view there's not much which can be proven in favor of one or the other. But the real issue isn't statistics. Most members of the NRA do not agree with the NRA's tough stance against gun regulation. But the NRA realizes where the fierce regulation-lobby comes from. Its enablers are the anti-gun lobbyists. Regulation of this magnitude could be a first phase towards banning guns entirely. I have no doubt this would be the case and the NRA has no doubt either. A second reason the NRA wouldn't be interested in regulation is because of gun sales. Whilst the NRA doesn't sell guns directly, they have strong ties to gun sellers. Because of their behaviour one may question whether the NRA is a pro-member or a pro-corporate association.

It will end to the disadvantage of gun owners and the NRA.

The NRA has reached its maximum capacity. Meaning, they have a very large membership count. I can't imagine it will grow significantly. Secondly, the ties of the NRA with gun corporations is not enough to withstand the massive bashing of their opponents. And thirdly, there's nothing significantly to gain regulation-wise for the NRA and gun owners. No way anyone would ease down on regulations now. Therefore, the NRA and their members have only things left to lose. The courts do not cooperate for now, but there are loopholes and most importantly, the 'regulators' will persist; slowly but surely they'll dig the hole for the pro-ownership lobby. It may take another ten years, but they won't give up. Lobbying is their bread and butter too.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Feminism Is Not a Just Cause

Introduction
There's always space for Womens Rights Activism just like there's space for mens right activism and other special interest groups. This blog-entry is about me questioning the implementation of feminism these days.

Feminism is Hate and Inequality

I believe that feminism is not about equality between men and women, but about female rights only. It's about women having more rights than men, or equal rights as men, but with less obligations. I never heard feminist movements complain if women gained more privileges than men in some field. And then there are hate sites like Jezebel.com. I can't imagine a women who's truly empowered, or has the ability to be so, needs "support" from those kind of websites. Here are a few links which demonstrate the ugly faces of feminism.


Feminism's violent bigots, in response to Warren Farrell's attempt to present a lecture on the growing crisis for boys in public education, as per YouTube's upload comment. The video is somewhat dramatized, but make no mistake, it's not exaggerated. If you like to see the full footage, which I think is far better anyway, then watch this five minute clip: full version of obstructing access.

Let me break it down for you, the reader who may be less informed.
Warren Farrel, A Ph.D , M.A. and B.A. and a champion for Mens Right Activism and former feminist. He visited the University of Toronto to address issues with men and boys in our society. In the video you hear some yelling about him being a rape apologist and upholding a rape culture. These door-blocking students were referring to an out-of-context placed quotes about rape, amongst others. Here's an example, then you be the judge of that: And with the rape, I was showing why the rape statistics are exaggerated, and saying that date rape was much more complex than the way feminists had portrayed it, as men oppressing women.

You will notice that putting things out of context is one of the modus operandi of feminist groups. For Farrel's response, see this link. I could go on forever, but let me wrap it up with two more links so you can decide for yourself on what the heck is going on in this world: Canadian Association For Equality (CAFE) response
The University of Toronto Student's Union (UTSU) published a response to the protest here: http://utsu.ca/content/3316. The UTSU's response, to their obstructing of the entrance, starts off emotionally charged by stating: "On November 16, 2012 a group at the University of Toronto hosted an event on campus which would supposedly address issues that men and boys face in our society." That statement isn't a fair, balanced and above all, neutral statement. What else would Dr. Farrel do other than having his speech? It's what he does all the time. He's having speeches, is a tutor and organizes workshops. In fact, looking at his resume, the man has an impressive record!

It's also striking, in case you didn't realize, the Toronto Student's Union consists entirely out of feminists. Some union. Toronto has quite a record triggering the University fire alarm each time when feminism is opposed by a visiting professor, scholars and others. The university is obliged to clear the building. The fire department is obliged to respond. And this is at the expense of the tax paying citizen!


A self proclaimed professional feminist. She said so in the video. The guy presents a lot of statistics, and how does this professional feminist respond? She admits she doesn't care about statistics. She says in the video that she leaves the statistics up to others. One may ask, how does she defends her 'facts' if she's not interested in statistics? If you can, watch the whole video an dfind out how:. By appeals to emotion and a few other cheap tactics, which are called fallacies. For the full break down of what went down see this link: UCL debate on MRM.
Just about everything stereotypical feminist-like happens, including somebody crying "rape" in the midst of all that. Crying "rape" is a major modus operandi of feminists. There's almost no discussion possible without some feminist mentioning rape. No man wants to be associated with that, so feminists use it as a way to weaken men by making them feel uncomfortable. You don't have to believe me, all I ask is to open your eyes. You'll see.
Next link, one of our own Dutch feminists.


Cisca Dresselhuys, once the head editor of Dutch feminist magazine 'Opzij' (Dutch wordplay on 'move aside / for her'). She refused male employers in the company. Offcourse, all references on their website about this case has been removed: C.D.'s response for refusing men as employees
I guess it's cool to be a male feminist but they cannot pluck the fruits, like working for a feminist magazine. Right. You'd be surprised how many men are willing tools for women. Well, when I noticed, I definitely was.
 
Or how about French feminist movement outrage when the name of the false accuser of Strauss-kahn was made publicly known. (Nafissatou Diallo) Blind love for women. That's what counts for them. She knows.

I could post endless links like these. Feel free to try it yourself. Once you're warmed up an entirely new world will open up for you.

OK, let's demonstrate double standards. Female teacher caught having sex with boy
Did you read it? What odd thing did you notice? Parents feel sympathy for that pedophile woman! Ever heard of parents feeling sympathy for a male pedophile teacher? When an adult male has sex with an underage person, it's rape, or sexual abuse. When an adult female has sex with an underage person, it's called "seduction" or just "had sex with". Rarely is it called unambiguously rape when a women is the suspect. Now where are the feminists to call out on this inequality? You won't hear them because true equality is not in their interest. Also, the article doesn't tell you that the police let her go when she was caught red handed. She was ordered to report in the next day! Now imagine if it were a man caught red handed... you think they'd let him go right then and there? Not a single feminist voice was raised.

Sometimes details alone would be a hint on disingenuous behavior. Let's take a look at this woman, Anita Sarkeesian. She has a popular feminist oriented channel on YouTube called FeministFrequency. First of all, observe this link: Lego for girls is bad she says
Basically she spends two video's rambling about how Lego Friends is way too girly and is stereotyping genders. At the same time, look at Sarkeesian closely: a pink hoodie sweater, perfectly done facial make up, thick lipstick, pefectly shaped eyebrows, impressive earrings. And last but not least, her overly girlie way of communicating.

By the way, Lego did their research well considering the salesresults: Triples sales to girls.
More about Sarkeesian. Look at her peformance on TEDx: Sakreesian on TEDxWomen 2012. Observe her closely. Do you really think she's a genuine person after seeing this? The audience was an all female crowd  by the way, behind locked doors. And the thing she's talking about is a big scheme of hers. Look her name up on YouTube. She has been utterly exposed. After examining her YouTube channel; one can notice the constant raising of her eyebrows, crunching of her forehead, like a spoiled sixteen year old girl. She's 100% fake.

A few pictures to illustrate this:
 
Complaining about feminine toys but observe her perfectly done make-up.

Her forehead and the usual girlie-ish drama poses:
Always dramatized. Observe raised eyebrows, crunched forehead.


And So Forth


I haven't even mentioned the violent and destructive behaviour of feminists and their male stooges (called White Knights, manginas or macktivists). They literally use violence, intimidation and destruction of private property, and abuse of public property. It's all there on the internet for you too look at, and to be appalled.

They once had this campaign running where they hold up signs with reasons why they still needed feminism. But only these signs are needed:
  1. I need feminism because daddy chose for my mom instead of me / daddy wasn't around / general daddy-issues
  2. I need feminism because I'm fat / my body looks like it's falling apart
  3. I need feminism to justify my neuroticism / psychosis
  4. I need feminism because I need a man to take care of me without me having any moral obligations
  5. I need feminism because I don't know how to handle my female insecurities
Do you think I'm exaggerating? Then do your own research! I encourage you to do it. And get ready to be horrified.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Michio Kaku - a celebrity wannabe whore

Introduction

Boy am I going to regret the title someday. Maybe. Right now I can't find a more suitable and to-the-point title. Basically I'm saying this man is willing to sell the biggest bullshit for a little bit of fame.

Funding Science

Usually professors are responsible to find funds for research. One way to collect money is to make their field of expertise popular and relevant (promises for great things). That's why NASA sends out worthless messages about possible life on Mars every two weeks. It's to keep the public warm so NASA can continue to beg for funds. But if you listen carefully they haven't offered us anything yet. It's all very vague. Something tells me it will stay this way forever.

Now about the String Theory. That's the biggest scam ever. The String Theory is about a smallest particle of energy in the form of a string. It implies the existence of multiple dimensions, which in turn leaves us with  most hardcore scientific formulas. These formulas are so difficult to understand, only a very few know what it says.. Those are very important formulas because they offer the Theory Of Everything! Yep. Not even the most bad ass wizardry in Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter dared to go that far. But String Theory scientsts found it.

But wait, it turns out the theoretical models raise unsolvable problems. So they added more dimensions to their story. Now, they even have entire parallel universes. Multiverses! With 11 dimensions. Each time they couldn't figure out the problem with their theory, they added more dimensions. That's the trick. And so the formulas - which seem to have an elegancy beyond imaginable borders - became more complex as well. Multiple universes to solve everything (e v e r y t h i n g) because it's the Theory of Everything, remember? And so nations kept donating money. In fact up to 80% of the science budgets went to String Theory research at one point. Talking about one big scam. Tell me if you think a bigger scam could compete with this. Feel free to include Madoff or Lehmann Brothers.

Michio Kaku Fights Ineffective Science

Luckily we have Michio Kaku to stop all this nonsense because he stated once how he's critical about some of the cost-ineffective missions and methods of NASA. Oops I was wrong. Michio Kaku is the biggest endorser of the String Fairy Tale. But then again, he's the co-writer of this fantasy story. Yep, the co-founder. This should be enough to be suspicious already but now the real work starts.

Signals To Outer Space

In the documentary "Through the Wormhole" episode "Will We Survive First Contact?" we learn that NASA is searching for Extraterrestrial Life by scanning the universe for certain patterns in certain frequencies. Enter M.K. He claims NASA is doing it wrong because they are not scanning a broad aspect of frequences. And then he makes an example so Rednecks would understand too: by standing on a bridge taking photographs of cars passing by. Then he asks us: would we find the alien if we would only take pictures this way on this spot? I bet all the scientific wannabe sheeple are like: "Noooo offcourse not. Stupid NASA. We are so much more efficient because we understand what the Great Michio Kaku is saying.".

Bambi versus Godzilla

For some reason Michio Kaku is allowed to say more stuff in the same episode. He tells us not to believe Hollywood movies (good thing he's telling us that) because they protray as if Earth will have an all out war against Aliens. Like, a fair battle. No says M.K., it will be more like Bambi vs Godzilla! (add convincing tone and amazement for the dramatic effect). Something tells me even Rednecks and wannabees (the target audience) could have guessed this.

Michio Explains the String Theory (not)

Have you seen this YouTube video of him explaining the String Theory to idiots uninformed human beings? Here's the link: Idiot Guide to String Bullsh*t.
First of all the entire four minutes are about travel through wormholes. What the String Theory really is isn't explained at all. It's only slightly touched at best. Here's the cool part: at 2:23: we are shown some formula with only the smallest amount of vague context and without an explanation of the formula. It's obviously meant to impress us with the sheer complexity of it. And at 3:54 mark we're shown the same formula again without any explanation and - this time - no context whatsoever. But if that formula doesn't impress you then I don't know what will. The Theory of Everything is right there at your disposal.

Michio Knows About Radiation Too. He's Such a Genius LOL!

So Fukushima had this Nuclear Reactor thing going on. A very sad story for many out there. Aside from the immediate drama there was this isssue on how to handle the situation with the reactor in general. Michio appeard on ABC and was perfectly able to tell:
  1. What to do
  2. Japanese Suck
 First he was telling how the reactor should be burried (or something) and then he was telling how the Japanese leadership weren't real scientist because they have fallen asleep. Here's the exact quote:

The leadership [in Japan] is disconnected from reality. They’re not physicists, they’re not engineers… -Michio Kaku,  CNN, March 18, 2011
Luckily we have mr. Kaku to tell the Japanese what to do.

And there's the usual fear mongering, the thing he's really good at (just observe how often he's telling us how the Aliens will crush us!):

“Plutonium is the most toxic chemical known to science! A speck of plutonium, a millionth of a gram, could cause cancer if it’s ingested.”  -Michio Kaku, ABC News, March 25,2011

A second of sun tanning can cause cancer too. No context whatsoever. But most viewers by far won't know how to look at his statement and find the flaws. All they know is that Kaku is some smart sicentist with wormholes and Theory of Everything which makes travel from verse to verse possible. Then surely he must know stuff about something as puny as your everyday average nuclear reactor?

Michio Is Expert At Evolution Theory. The man knows all.

Watch the vid at the 2:32 mark and then let's talk: I Pretend To Be An Evolution Theory Expert

So he doesn't think Evolution has stopped but (wait for it...) "grrosse evolution" has stopped. Grosse as in, our brains are not getting bigger, and other physical features. An no, it's not terminology. Mr. Kaku invented it. "Grosse Evolution". Isaac Asimov would be proud.
But he has a solution (was there a problem?). Gene manipulation. Now we cannot create a pig with wings yet - "that would require the manipulation of thousands of genes, we simply don't have that technology yet" - so chances are that we would look decades from now the same.

I'm not making this shit up man. Just watch that short clip.

... so chances are, decades from now, we'll look pretty much the same.-Michio Kaku,  YouTube May 31, 2011 (from bigthink.com)

Find any spoiled 12 year old girl who's major achievement is clicking the "Like Button" on Facebook and she'd predict the same if you ask her.

Michio Kaku Knows Everything About Everything

He sure is acting like he does. He knows everything about everything. He knows how the future would look like (he's a futurist too), he knows how the universe is built up, he even knows there are multiple universes, he knows about evolution, he knows about gene technology and manipulation, he knows about the military strength of aliens, he knows better how to scan for alien signals then NASA signal experts, he knows about radiation and how to handle nuclear reactor incidents. The only thing he does not know how is how to prevent shit coming from his mouth. He should find some funds to research how to do that. This man has the world nothing to offer.

Not Just This

I could have gone on and on about him and his antics. Clearly I'm not his biggest fan. Just look up all his material on YouTube (it's about 99% of all YouTube material because he likes attention so much) and you tell me if you genuinly really really really learned something for reals. Be honest.  Until then...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Movie Review: Prometheus

The Prometheus Trailers gave a hint already: much ado about nothing. The music score tried to depict immense fear but onscreen only action was to be seen. Nothing scary. Music and action were not in sync and this is your hint about how to movie was gonig to be: one dimensional. It's all about the exterior.

Sure the visual effects were stunning. And that's where the good things end.

The movie asks big questions about who made us, where did we come from and why do our creators want to destroy us. Turns out we were created by aliens. The aliens noticed how humanity was messing things up so they sent Jezus (says Ridley Scott) but as everybody knows the Jews killed Jezus. So the aliens, our creaters called the "Engineers" got pissed of at humanity and now they want to kill us because we're not worthy. The movie didn't show that. We only know this because of an interview with the director. Just like everything in this movie. No answers are given at all. All answers are coming from interviews.

So we were made by the Engineers: a perfect shaped white humanoid who drank some spacegoo which will desintegrate the engineers into the smallest particles of a DNA structure. From there on life starts to evolve. The same spacegoo appears later in the movie again, but this time it has lost its color. It's all black. I suppose the state of the goo represents the state of things as they are. In the movie we could see multiple murals: the perfect Engineer and something which we all recognize as an Alien from Alien. I think the mural depicted what could happen if the spacegoo is used wrong (or something). As promised, no answers are given. Drinking the goo means that the goo will do whatever the hell it wants to do with the person who drank it. So I guess when good creatures drink it good things happen. And if bad creatures or creatures with no soul (a worm) drink it bad things will happen. Offcourse we won't learn anything nor do we learn where that goo came from.

The movie has so many plotholes, cop outs and weak scripts in it, I don't know how to continue. How about this one. Our protagonist, Noomi Rapace, is up and running after some form of a cesarian through the muscles of her belly in a matter of minutes. Seconds! Offcourse, she stumbles a bit and is in pain now and then (lol) but that's it. Also, as I'm ranting about Nooni, some compare her with role of Sigourney Weaver, being the strong woman - the strongest of them all. Well let me tell you this: Nooni is from the era of Snooki, Lana Del Rey and Ke$ha. Sigourney is from the era of Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Fellini, to name a few. Nooni doesn't even come close topping her. The comparison made by some is a plain joke.

And now Guy Pearce.

Guy Pierce make up. Convincing? Without stunning CGI and 3D moments directors can't make a Science Fiction or a Fantasy movie anymore. This picture is one of the few released pictures of him portraying an old Weyland. Trust me, in the movie the make up looks much cheaper!

Charlize Theron as Weylands daughter and high ranking official on board of the ship Prometheus. She was only there to reinforce the concept of young-replacing-old. By one sentence. Other than that she only took up space for eighty percent of the movie. She died by running away from a crashing space ship. She couldn't think of stepping sideways...
Too bad because this actress has a lot to offer potentially. Sadly enough directors give her one dimensional characters to play. I'm convinced she would have been a much better new "strong woman" then Nooni. But imagine Hollywood making a blonde smart, strong and winning. That's way too daring for them.






Charlize Theron: potential, but was never given a soul in movies she was in.

Micheal Fassbinder was there too. He played a robot. And he rocked. Again. He was the only one who could read the Engineers writings on the wall. Strangely enough the scientists never asking him what those writings said. Like everything in the movie, for every good little thing there was a big bad thing.

I'll continue later. It drains me writing about this stupid cheap cop out movie. Until then.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Skyrim is a Major Dissapointment

So like thirty minutes ago I uninstalled Skyrim. The amount of crashes were horrible. The framerates went down and down despite my high end machine. And finally, the cherry on top, just when I had the hang of every aspect of the game, being a High Elf level 30, I couldn't load the most recent savegames.

Yes, I had the latest patch 1.5. Yes I tried the orignal version and some mods for high definition graphix. It all worked OK-ish in the beginning but the stability of the game went from mediocre to unplayable. The maker, Bethesda Game Studios didn't learn anything from their previous versions like Oblivion. Many of these bugs were also to be seen in the Fallout releases. Fallout is made and produced by the same company.

For Bathesda, making their games playable just enough is good enough for them. There isn't much competition. They know. There isn't much competition when it comes to high quality Role Playing Games. At my age, 44, I know RPG's of these days are a joke compared to what has been. Young 18 to 24 year old players think this is the creme de la creme, along with Oblivion and Fallout. Well, today with these standards - high graphix and neat sounds - it is. A good story line and consequent use of logic and cleverness in general is rarely to be seen.

It's not merely the crashing and lack of performance this game suffers. Story wise, whatever your main character does, it just doesn't have consequences. I can murder persons for the ego of others. I'll receive my XP. I can kill the director of an orphanage, leave the children behind. But I'll get my XP. There's no evil, good or neutral. Just kill kill kill for the XP. No consequences.

The game looks non-linear but it isn't. In the long run you just can't go wrong. You'll be directed towards the expected end one way or the other. There is one major plotline (quest) to do and many other side quests. You can do anything in any order almost. This gives a false feeling of non-linear gameplay. However, every quests is basically a stand alone quest with a linear approach. I did like 40 quests. They all look the same. Kill that, bring this, activate so. Seen it done it.

And finally, the acting voices. I hear the same voices for all kinds of characters throughout the world of Skyrim. It feels like they only have 4 voice actors. At one point I didn't buy it anymore. At one point, I didn't buy anything.

And then there's the battles. It's a plain joke. If I would to use everything I had I'd be more lurking in my inventory and magic screens then watching and enjoying the view of the battle and the game. I'm stunned Bathesda didn't hear of hotbars, quickkeys and whatnot. Sure, it offers a quick menu but the items in that menu are ungrouped. I had potions, offensive spells, healing spells, weaons and armor all mixed up in the quick menu because the game doesn't allow any structured setup of your stuff.
So I decided to level up my archery and conjuring an destruction spells only  and used only these three things throughout the game. Boring! Simplistic UI design.

Games like Skyrim are milking a good start (Elder Scrolls). These days it's all about cool graphics and quantity. There aren't many games that specialize in single play. So there's not much competition. But the young of these days don't know any better. They think that the modding community is an integral part of all this. The modding community who will make these kind of games much more interesting. Remember the Desert Combat mod for Battlefield 1942? In fact, many players don't even look at the game primarily. They look for modding options... and downloadable content... Now that's saying something.

Lurking the internet learns that many more players gave up on this game. The crashes along with decreasing rendering performance and various other nasty bugs makes this game unplayable for many of us. But nobody has an interest in finding out the percentage of very unsatisfied customers.

But as long as games like this are being hyped Bathesda won't have a reason to improve their products in a significant way.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hypersensitivity Is Not Normal

There's something wrong with being a Hypersensitive Person (HSP). There's something wrong with the definition of hypersensitivy as well.

This is what a Hypersensitive Person is according to Elaine N. Aron:
  • Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
  • Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
  • Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
  • Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
  • Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
  • Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
  • Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
  • When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?

So the first item is of a physical nature (senses) and the rest are traits of an emotional or behavioural nature. Let's dissect this list a bit.

Overwhelmed by bright lights? Looking straight in the sun is never a good idea without sunglasses. So what does that question exactly entail? Being overwhelmed by sirens nearby could easely be the same as being overwhelmed by any (loud) traffic sounds or any loud sounds in general. It might be sign of stress. In fact, one of the self test questions on E.A's website is about being overwhelmed by strong sensory input in general. If one combines it with being startled easely, can't cope with increased workload, can't cope with emotions then this clearly is a serious signal of stress.

Everything else in this list fits any normal person. Do you enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes or sounds? Are you sensitive or shy (really?) ? Do you have a rich and complex inner life? All these items have nothing to do with hypersensitivity! Traits of a typical introvert are combined with traits of a stressed person.

Let's observe the self test questions a bit further. Questions like "I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things." This question could typically fit a perfectionist.

Or how about repeating questions in a different form:
  • I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input.
  • I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells,coarse fabrics,or sirens close by.
  • I am made uncomfortable by loud noises.
  • I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes.
Scoring 14 out of 27 questions means you're probably a HSP. But with these kind of questions, as posted above, it's easy to get 14 postives.

How perfect this has been done to conceal weaknesses. It's the same as combining the flu with normal healthy human traits only to claim that there's nothing wrong with you. You just need to be aware of who you are so you can cope with it. Wrong! The real answer is that you're a normal person with a disease: the flu! So you need medicin.

The truth is that many (good) traits of introvert personality types, are mixed with stress-related behaviour, only to call such a a person a Highly Senstive Person. Remove the good traits of those introverts and then all that is left is a psychological and/or neurasthenic disorder. The so called HSP counselors are earning money with patients who are either in denial, uninformed, or patients who are unstable at that moment. That's the truth which many won't accept. And the governments allow it. Madness.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dear Cigarette

I'll  have none of you as of today. It's on bitch.

Day 01: flunked an exam. Geez, nice going there, abandoning you on the day of an exam. But the events are a fact, there's nothing I can change. I move on. Thinking of you every 15 minutes. Fear of being a loser holds me in check. Repulsion keeps me in check. Today I win.

Day 02: Still thinking about you every 15 minutes or so. The repulsion of my image in the mirror holding you keeps me in check.
Oh what the heck. Just came from outside. My house didn't have this smell of your perfume.
Also, I feel very lethargic. Should have gone to the tanning bed salon and should have cleaned my house. Did neither of them. Let's take a very long shower en end this evening. I wonder how day 3 will go. I feel strong. I feel good. This day I win again.

Day 03: All too easy. Goodnight day 03.
Day 04: Didn't sleep well I think. I was lethargic and tired all day.  Goodnight day 04.
Day 05: Relaxed day. Smooth going. Still thinking about you every 15 minutes or so but easy to resist.
Day 06: I was short of breath a bit for a few days. Seems now to be over. It's a normal reaction by the way. And so day 06 ends with another clear victory for me.
Day 07: A full week without the smoke. Friggin awesome.
Day 08: No challenge whatsoever. Boring.
Day 09: Sigh. It's not a big of a challenge. Sure, my mind is thinking of you but I can handle it.
Day 10: Whatever. Another day gone.
Day 11: Slept the day away, took a long shower, good dinner and off I go to bed again. LOL.
Day 12: Another day bites the dust.
Day 13: Quit smoking is boring isn't it? LOL.

It's over three weeks now. There's nothing to report. Quitting smoking is easier then I thought. It's boring so I won't add much to this blog anymore.

Almost into the fifth week. Still going strong.

Over seven weeks now. Quitting seems easy for me. I'm nog going to update this blog entry anymore unless something really interesting happens. INTJ's are said to be strong self motivators. Well if this isn't some impressive indication then I don't know what is.

October 2012. Not smoking. Gained 10 Kg (about 20 Lbs) of weight. No suit fits me anymore! Replaced my Jeans too. No custom made Italian shirt fits me either. Too expensive to replace just like that. And I have a belly too now! But women tell me I look better. More color, fuller face. But then again, I always was an ugly motherfucker.

April 2013. Smoking wise, things are still going dandy. However, the thought of smoking never leaves my brain. I realize I belong to the very rare who managed to quit this successfully, cold turkey without help, but I also realize I have to remain vigilant. It may be that for the rest of my life occasionally I have to resist. Sometimes I can even smell the smoke even though there's nothing here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Who's Vladimir?


Forcing a smile whilst having the morning sunlight in my eyes

Somebody with a Dutch mind and a Serb heart. Born on 08 october 1967. Moved to the Netherlands when I was six years old. My Serb mother married a Dutch sailor. So I moved to the Netherlands way before 'the War'. I don't even speak the Serb-Croat language, nor do I understand it.

I'm Interested in politics, science, logic, software programming. Other keywords are music, movies with some depth. Expensive lunches, dinners and travelling. Fashion. Dancing - ballroom and Latin.

Single, no children. My work is in the field of Business Intelligence.

Allergic to politicians, total indescretion, untended appearance, lack of respect and panicy behaviour.

Vladimir Bosnjak