https://github.com/gridcoin-community/Gridcoin-Research/releases/tag/184.108.40.206 Finally! After over ten months of development and testing, "Fern" has arrived! This is a whopper. 240 pull requests merged. Essentially a complete rewrite that was started with the scraper (the "neural net" rewrite) in "Denise" has now been completed. Practically the ENTIRE Gridcoin specific codebase resting on top of the vanilla Bitcoin/Peercoin/Blackcoin vanilla PoS code has been rewritten. This removes the team requirement at last (see below), although there are many other important improvements besides that. Fern was a monumental undertaking. We had to encode all of the old rules active for the v10 block protocol in new code and ensure that the new code was 100% compatible. This had to be done in such a way as to clear out all of the old spaghetti and ring-fence it with tightly controlled class implementations. We then wrote an entirely new, simplified ruleset for research rewards and reengineered contracts (which includes beacon management, polls, and voting) using properly classed code. The fundamentals of Gridcoin with this release are now on a very sound and maintainable footing, and the developers believe the codebase as updated here will serve as the fundamental basis for Gridcoin's future roadmap. We have been testing this for MONTHS on testnet in various stages. The v10 (legacy) compatibility code has been running on testnet continuously as it was developed to ensure compatibility with existing nodes. During the last few months, we have done two private testnet forks and then the full public testnet testing for v11 code (the new protocol which is what Fern implements). The developers have also been running non-staking "sentinel" nodes on mainnet with this code to verify that the consensus rules are problem-free for the legacy compatibility code on the broader mainnet. We believe this amount of testing is going to result in a smooth rollout. Given the amount of changes in Fern, I am presenting TWO changelogs below. One is high level, which summarizes the most significant changes in the protocol. The second changelog is the detailed one in the usual format, and gives you an inkling of the size of this release.
Note that the protocol changes will not become active until we cross the hard-fork transition height to v11, which has been set at 2053000. Given current average block spacing, this should happen around October 4, about one month from now. Note that to get all of the beacons in the network on the new protocol, we are requiring ALL beacons to be validated. A two week (14 day) grace period is provided by the code, starting at the time of the transition height, for people currently holding a beacon to validate the beacon and prevent it from expiring. That means that EVERY CRUNCHER must advertise and validate their beacon AFTER the v11 transition (around Oct 4th) and BEFORE October 18th (or more precisely, 14 days from the actual date of the v11 transition). If you do not advertise and validate your beacon by this time, your beacon will expire and you will stop earning research rewards until you advertise and validate a new beacon. This process has been made much easier by a brand new beacon "wizard" that helps manage beacon advertisements and renewals. Once a beacon has been validated and is a v11 protocol beacon, the normal 180 day expiration rules apply. Note, however, that the 180 day expiration on research rewards has been removed with the Fern update. This means that while your beacon might expire after 180 days, your earned research rewards will be retained and can be claimed by advertising a beacon with the same CPID and going through the validation process again. In other words, you do not lose any earned research rewards if you do not stake a block within 180 days and keep your beacon up-to-date. The transition height is also when the team requirement will be relaxed for the network.
Besides the beacon wizard, there are a number of improvements to the GUI, including new UI transaction types (and icons) for staking the superblock, sidestake sends, beacon advertisement, voting, poll creation, and transactions with a message. The main screen has been revamped with a better summary section, and better status icons. Several changes under the hood have improved GUI performance. And finally, the diagnostics have been revamped.
The wallet sync speed has been DRASTICALLY improved. A decent machine with a good network connection should be able to sync the entire mainnet blockchain in less than 4 hours. A fast machine with a really fast network connection and a good SSD can do it in about 2.5 hours. One of our goals was to reduce or eliminate the reliance on snapshots for mainnet, and I think we have accomplished that goal with the new sync speed. We have also streamlined the in-memory structures for the blockchain which shaves some memory use. There are so many goodies here it is hard to summarize them all. I would like to thank all of the contributors to this release, but especially thank @cyrossignol, whose incredible contributions formed the backbone of this release. I would also like to pay special thanks to @barton2526, @caraka, and @Quezacoatl1, who tirelessly helped during the testing and polishing phase on testnet with testing and repeated builds for all architectures. The developers are proud to present this release to the community and we believe this represents the starting point for a true renaissance for Gridcoin!
Most significantly, nodes calculate research rewards directly from the magnitudes in EACH superblock between stakes instead of using a two- or three- point average based on a CPID's current magnitude and the magnitude for the CPID when it last staked. For those long-timers in the community, this has been referred to as "Superblock Windows," and was first done in proof-of-concept form by @denravonska.
Network magnitude unit pinned to a static value of 0.25
Max research reward allowed per block raised to 16384 GRC (from 12750 GRC)
New CPIDs begin accruing research rewards from the first superblock that contains the CPID instead of from the time of the beacon advertisement
500 GRC research reward limit for a CPID's first stake
6-month expiration for unclaimed rewards
10-block spacing requirement between research reward claims
Rolling 5-day payment-per-day limit
Legacy tolerances for floating-point error and time drift
The need to include a valid copy of a CPID's magnitude in a claim
10-block emission adjustment interval for the magnitude unit
One-time beacon activation requires that participants temporarily change their usernames to a verification code at one whitelisted BOINC project
Verification codes of pending beacons expire after 3 days
Self-service beacon removal
Burn fee for beacon advertisement increased from 0.00001 GRC to 0.5 GRC
Rain addresses derived from beacon keys instead of a default wallet address
Beacon expiration determined as of the current block instead of the previous block
The ability for developers to remove beacons
The ability to sign research reward claims with non-current but unexpired beacons
As a reminder:
Beacons expire after 6 months pass (180 days)
Beacons can be renewed after 5 months pass (150 days)
Renewed beacons must be signed with the same key as the original beacon
Magnitudes less than 1 include two fractional places
Magnitudes greater than or equal to 1 but less than 10 include one fractional place
A valid superblock must match a scraper convergence
Superblock popularity election mechanics
Yes/no/abstain and single-choice response types (no user-facing support yet)
To create a poll, a maximum of 250 UTXOs for a single address must add up to 100000 GRC. These are selected from the largest downwards.
Burn fee for creating polls scaled by the number of UTXOs claimed
50 GRC for a poll contract
0.001 GRC per claimed UTXO
Burn fee for casting votes scaled by the number of UTXOs claimed
0.01 GRC for a vote contract
0.01 GRC to claim magnitude
0.01 GRC per claimed address
0.001 GRC per claimed UTXO
Maximum length of a poll title: 80 characters
Maximum length of a poll question: 100 characters
Maximum length of a poll discussion website URL: 100 characters
Maximum number of poll choices: 20
Maximum length of a poll choice label: 100 characters
Magnitude, CPID count, and participant count poll weight types
The ability for developers to remove polls and votes
[220.127.116.11] 2020-09-03, mandatory, "Fern"
Backport newer uint256 types from Bitcoin #1570 (@cyrossignol)
Implement project level rain for rainbymagnitude #1580 (@jamescowens)
Upgrade utilities (Update checker and snapshot downloadeapplication) #1576 (@iFoggz)
Provide fees collected in the block by the miner #1601 (@iFoggz)
Add support for generating legacy superblocks from scraper stats #1603 (@cyrossignol)
Port of the Bitcoin Logger to Gridcoin #1600 (@jamescowens)
Implement zapwallettxes #1605 (@jamescowens)
Implements a global event filter to suppress help question mark #1609 (@jamescowens)
Add next target difficulty to RPC output #1615 (@cyrossignol)
Add caching for block hashes to CBlock #1624 (@cyrossignol)
Make toolbars and tray icon red for testnet #1637 (@jamescowens)
Add an rpc call convergencereport #1643 (@jamescowens)
Implement newline filter on config file read in #1645 (@jamescowens)
Implement beacon status icon/button #1646 (@jamescowens)
Add gridcointestnet.png #1649 (@caraka)
Add precision to support magnitudes less than 1 #1651 (@cyrossignol)
Replace research accrual calculations with superblock snapshots #1657 (@cyrossignol)
Publish example gridcoinresearch.conf as a md document to the doc directory #1662 (@jamescowens)
Add options checkbox to disable transaction notifications #1666 (@jamescowens)
Add support for self-service beacon deletion #1695 (@cyrossignol)
Add support for type-specific contract fee amounts #1698 (@cyrossignol)
Add verifiedbeaconreport and pendingbeaconreport #1696 (@jamescowens)
Add preliminary testing option for block v11 height on testnet #1706 (@cyrossignol)
Add verified beacons manifest part to superblock validator #1711 (@cyrossignol)
Implement beacon, vote, and superblock display categories/icons in UI transaction model #1717 (@jamescowens)
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Right now everything is about what to do to survive the pandemic, knowing that I will never have a partner again (living with my parents at 25 is definitely not helping). They both tend to travel for work so that would be perfect timing. Our relationship is very tense and they’re deeply ashamed of me. That’s again context I’m providing so you understand I’m not trying to find a partner. I just need ways to live without one, because intimate touch is a basic human need and I’m going completely without it and it’s utterly driving me insane. I don’t even mean sex, I can go the rest of my life without sex. Just knowing that another person has decided that you are worthy of existing in this world. That’s how much significance that a romantic relationship holds on this planet, unless you’re aromantic, which I’m definitely not. I’d love to be without romantic desire but I don’t think they give lobotomies for that. And again, before people freak out, what with the cultural stigma towards mental illness and what not, this is not anything I’m planning during the pandemic itself for the reasons I said above. So it’ll be eighteen months to two years before it’s even feasible. I need to find ways to accept being alone and unloved by other human beings in that way for those two years. I do have a social life, and I’ve had three partners previously, all of them were toxic relationships to some degree. I’m not blameless in that, it is abundantly clear that I am incapable of maintaining a romantic relationship with another human being. Seven billion people on the planet and I think some are so utterly damaged that they aren’t compatible in that way with anyone else. Platonically, I get along fine with people even if those interactions are very muted in comparison to what other people have. Comparatively, the vast majority of my friends find it comically simple to date. 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I have a series of incompatible personality traits, and so my mind draws on a longterm suicide as the way to address everything at once since my previous efforts at improvement have completely fallen to pieces. I’ve fixated on relationships as the ultimate way to justify my own existence and yet no matter how many people I’m around, I’m always lonely because I’m unable to act like a person. And as I said above, I’m in therapy so suggesting that won’t be of any use, and I have a limited budget and I think my current one is as good as I can find. Our last session involved her asking me to share with her my history of being sexually abused when I was younger and I went into it trying to sugarcoat it as much as possible because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings and suddenly she began crying over the zoom calling and I knew I’d failed at another human interaction despite the therapist asking me to tell her about it, and despite me not wanting to cause her any pain talking about my own. 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2019 Offseason Review Series: Day 18 - The Carolina Panthers
Team: The Carolina Panthers
Division: The NFC South
It’s that time of year again! After a season that could best be described as “a hangover you don’t deserve”, we watched the Panthers soar to a 6-2 record. After a beatdown of eventual playoff caliber Baltimore, It finally looked like we were poised to shrug off our non-consecutive winning streak habit. But it was not meant to be. A combination of shallow defensive depth and a lingering shoulder issue for Cam Newton saw us collapse down the stretch, and we ended 7-9 winning only a single game. After watching the sharp downturn of our fortunes, questions surrounding our QB’s health and a major exodus of our most tenured veteran talent, one could be forgiven for a glum outlook on the franchise’s future going into this offseason. But despite the spirit in which we entered it, this offseason has been a resounding success. And one that leaves little doubt that we’re an improved team despite our more prominent losses. What follows is a point for point breakdown in how we made the transition from collapsed contender to potential comeback story.
None whatsoever. From both the commentator sphere and other fanbases, the Panthers were pretty roundly rebuked for hiring offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Despite alarms being raised over 7 step drops and an over reliance on deep shot, Turner was a revelation for our offense. He apparently meant every word of emphasizing high completion throws and taking pressure off of Cam, and we began to see looks for our QB that were totally absent in the Mike Shula era. He’s now had a chance to throw dump offs, and to have reliable comeback options. Cam, prior to breaking down, was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career and despite the shoulder injury, still finished with a career high completion percentage. Christian McCaffery, our other offensive mainstay, saw his rushing efficiency go from 3.7 YPC his rookie season to 5.0 yards in year two, with his total scrimmage yardage upticking from 1,086 to 1,965 in Norv’s new passing and blocking system. Turner’s tenure thus far has been an unmitigated success and a refreshing change of pace from the stale, dull system we fell into under Shula. The other transition, from Steve Wilkes to Eric Washington at defensive coordinator, yielded decidedly more mixed results. Washington, simply put, was not good in his transition from the DL coach. In over his depth. He struggled all year, culminating in Rivera assuming defensive playcalling down the stretch. The turnaround in our defense once he did was remarkable, though by that point, Cam was falling apart so visibly that what happened on that side of the ball no longer mattered. Washington has been retained for the upcoming season, but Rivera’s going to keep the playcalling duties. And captaining the ship is Rivera himself. Despite a call for his head among our fanbase’s more frustrated elements, Rivera was kept for 2019. And I’m glad for it. All or Nothing (though I’ve not had a chance to see it) provided a window into his management style, vindicating some like me who pushed back against narratives that he was a dispassionate robot. And while I’m a bit higher on Ron than many, I don’t think it’s unsafe at all to say that none of the coaching hires would have represented an obvious upgrade. At the end of the day, Rivera lead a squad to 6-2 before his QB’s season derailed, which is not really on him. He could maybe be criticized for letting Washington fail for too long, but at the end of the day, few of our woes from last year can be solely attributed to him. While this is certainly a put up or get out year for Rivera, I have little doubt that he’ll be leading the gang come 2020 as well.
Thomas Davis, LB - Now we get into the stuff that hurts. And this one really, really hurts. I understand it. We needed to figure out whether Thompson could stand on his own like, yesterday so we can decide his long term potential. Davis, while still playing at a high level, is an old man for the position he plays. Letting him walk was a logical decision. But none of it changes the fact that Davis has been the soul of this defense for over a decade, and was easily one of the most beloved players and leaders over the 14 years he spent with us. He will be missed, both for his play and his spirit. Julius Peppers, DE - Speaking of franchise staples, long time DE and future Hall of Fame inductee Julius Peppers’ watch has ended. Unlike Davis, who we simply allowed to leave, Pep has called it a career. And what a career it was. Though almost every single article about our defensive adjustments leads off with “With Peppers retiring, the Panthers no longer have anyone who can rush the passer”, the reality is that Pep did far less than his opposite in Mario Addison to that effect. Though he came back to us in 2017 with a monster 11 sack season, that number was always misleading given how few pressures he accomplished it on. Last year, he came back down to earth. It was time, and while I wish we could have given Pep one last, Super Bowl winning hurrah, a new direction was needed. Ryan Kalil, C - Ryan Kalil rounds out our list of beloved departing veterans. The anchor of our offensive line for 12 years has hung up his cleats. Of all the offseason changes, this was by far the scariest, as the difference between Cam with and without a good center of the course of his career has been stark and terrifying. Kalil was a damn good player right up to the end, though the rash of injuries he suffered between 2016 and 2018 clearly took their toll on his performance. And while we have replaced him (and debatably upgraded), Kalil was both a locker room leader and a damn good contributor that will be missed by all. Devin Funchess, WR - We now get into the departures who will be less missed. Funchess, admittedly, gets a bit of a bad wrap from our fanbase who often talk about him as though he were trash. While not trash, he is at least very replaceable. In fact, Funchess replacement began well before the expiration of his contract, as he had been fully supplanted by rookie DJ Moore and sophomore Curtis Samuel down the stretch last year. By the end, he was a healthy scratch. While I’m sure he’s going to put up numbers in Andrew Luck’s offense, Funchess is no sort of elite talent. He’s a big body who fails to gain separation and who inconsistently leverages his size to his advantage. I view his upside as a Brandon LaFell type of guy. And that type of guy is no longer a fit for what we’re trying to do. Matt Kalil, OT - If the Carolina fandom is ambivalent about Funyun’s departure, we’re positively giddy about this one. Cut with a June 1st designation, Kalil saved us the money that allowed other moves to be possible. Though the shine has come off the diamond that was Gettleman’s tenure with us, the man often doesn’t get the credit he should. He did do a great deal for us, particularly his completely unheralded building of our OL (No less than 3 of our 5 starters this coming season will have been Gettleman acquisitions). But by far the biggest mistake in his tenure was the massive albatros of a contract he doled out to Matt Kalil, who could not have failed more spectacularly (or predictably) to live up to it. Mike Adams, FS - I speak on behalf of the fanbase when I say that we have nothing but respect for Adams. He was a solid player and a veteran leader who spent his last two years giving lift to a secondary that hasn’t seen a great safety tandem since the Clinton Administration. But your eyes don’t deceive. We really were running his 37 year old ass out there as a free safety. And that simply could not be allowed to continue. I wish Adams the best, but it was time to move on.
Matt Paradis, C - Here’s the fun stuff. After losing Kalil to retirement, we signed former Broncos safety Matt Paradis to replace him. At only 29, Paradis represents a significant youthening at the position, and for a guy whose upside is top 5 at the position, we got him at a significant discount. Obviously that discount was due to medical risks, which prompted his release by the Broncos in the first place. But Paradis’ has been fully cleared from day 1 and avoided the PUP list. By all accounts, he’s in tip top shape. We’ll obviously see how that holds up as the season gets underway, but Paradis is definitely one of the steals of the 2019 free agency period and I could not be happier to have him. His arrival is enormous for our prospects, and has turned our biggest positional question mark into an area of strength. Daryl Williams, OT - It’s a bit disingenuous to call Williams an arrival, as he never actually left. But that he never left is nothing short of remarkable. After a 2017 All Pro season, Williams suffered a major setback of an injury in 2018 training camp that eventually turned into a season ending injury after he tried to rush back. Still though, the League is constantly hungry for All Pro level OT talent and I was sure Williams was going to get scooped up. Instead, he signed a 1 year, $6 million deal to come back to us, and short of black magic I’m not entirely sure how Marty Hurney pulled it off. Williams is a terrific player who can play many parts of the OL. He can slot in at LG if rookie OT Greg Little can win the LT job, but also provides insurance at LT if he can’t. He and Moton playing opposite one another represents the best OT tandem that Cam Newton has ever enjoyed. Gerald McCoy, DT - Awwwww yeah! My all time favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneer is now a Carolina Panther. McCoy is a rock solid DT who truly needs no introduction from me. How we plan to use him is a bit murkier, but use him we definitely will. I suspect to see McCoy playing DT opposite Kawaan Short in our 3-4 looks (more on that in a minute), to line up next to him in our 5-2 looks, and to work with him on pass rushing 4-3 sets. He adds more juice to a pass rush that already saw a healthy injection of talent this year, and is more consistent in the run game than some of the other DL on the roster, which was a notable area of weakness last season. He fits the versatility first mold that’s going to allow Rivera to mix up our defensive looks as transition fully to a hybrid, and is a terrific leader in the locker room besides. Our beat writers have described him as “joined at the hip” with Kawaan Short, and I fully expect the pair to make one another better. Bruce Irvin, OLB - Perhaps the first real signal that this wasn’t going to be the Carolina defense of yesteryear, Irvin is a vet leadership, change of pace signing. In moving to a hybrid defense, we acquired a number of rookie talents to complement OLBs like Marquis Hayes. Irvin rounds out that group, and provides us with a valuable cog in pass rushing sets and a good leader for the younguns. Though he’s not as disruptive as he once was, Irvin is a rock solid player who provides us with quality depth and leadership. Chris Hogan, WR - A graduate of the Patriots Random White Guy Academy, Hogan flashed serious potential for his first couple of years in New England before getting gradually phased out of the offense. I’m not expecting much, but he has the potential to help us on deep balls and it’s generally never a bad thing to have more talent at WR. Aldrick Robinson, WR - Robinson does one thing and one thing only, which is catch touchdowns. Conveniently, that’s one thing we struggled with last season. But with Greg Olsen now fully healthy and a sudden wealth of other options at WR, I would give Robinson long odds of making the roster.
Pick 1.16: Brian Burns, DE/OLB - I am still in shock that Brian Burns was available at pick #16. I wanted him very badly, but I was certain he’d be an Atlanta Falcon. Instead, people allowed him to fall all the way to us and I couldn’t be happier. Burns is the apotheosis of what we’re trying to accomplish with our defensive transition. He’s a guy as comfortable upright as he is with his hand in the dirt. While he lacks strength as a run defender, he has incredible burst off the edge and a ludicrously high ceiling as a pass rusher. I think he landed on a terrific team to turn that potential into reality and I’m extremely excited about what he can do with us. Pick 2.37 Greg Little, OT - Every description I’ve ever read of Little has described him as “Pro Ready”, and the team clearly drafted him with an eye on starting at LT. Luckily, we’ve hedged that bet a bit with the Daryl Williams signing, but Little still projects as a talented young player with a high floor and a well rounded skillset. If not the LT starter this year, he’ll almost certainly have the job to himself next season. PIck 3.100 Will Grier, QB - Boy did this piss people off at the time. Though cooler heads have since prevailed, this pick was seen by one group of reactionaries as an indictment on Cam’s health, and another as a wasted pick on a player who will never produce for us. The reality is neither. While Cam’s health is in good shape (put a pin it), we were put in a position last year in which he needed to rest a clearly deteriorating shoulder, but we had no faith in the men behind him to win games. If that’s the state of your backup, you need a better backup. This is a team that has seen playoff runs hinge on a game or two that Derek Anderson filled in for. So even as high as pick 100, Grier was a worthy investment. In terms of his playstyle, Grier slots as an accurate QB with a good deep ball and a cerebral style, but average arm strength and mediocre release. Pick 4.115 Christian Miller, OLB - Like Burns, Miller projects as a do-all DE/OLB who can play either upright or down low. He’s an athletic prospect whose game is a bit raw, but who checks all the measurable boxes. Likely a top 50 player before injuries kept him out of the pre-draft process, Miller represents a hell of a value at 115. I suspect we’ll see he and Burns as long term staples of the pass rush. Pick 5.114 Jordan Scarlett, RB - This was a bit of an odd one, but I’ve warmed to it over time. Scarlett is a bruising, violent running back who I’m almost certain was drafted to lend a hand in the red zone. As a change of pace to CMC, the two could not be more different. But coaches thus far have raved about his conditioning and power, so the pick may not have been as crazy as it looked at the time. Having said that, while I don’t think anyone should ever get upset over a 5th round pick, I do think we could have found better value at this position. Scarlett wasn’t likely to be gone by the time we selected our next player. Pick 6.212 Denis Daley, OT - I like this pick quite a bit. Daley had a rough statline in terms of sacks allowed when facing a veritable who’s who of elite college pass rushers (Jachari Polite, Josh Allan, Clelin Ferrell among them). But in spite of that, scouting reports consistently cite both his physical gifts and his improvement as the season went on. If he can cut down on his most egregious habits (most notably his overeager lunging at edge rushers), he has legit starting potential. Pick 7.237 Terry Godwin, WR - Godwin’s whole game is predicated on speed and football IQ. At 5’11, it’s certainly not coming from his physical measurables. But he was by all accounts a high work ethic, smart players who contributed admirably in his four years as Georgia starter. Godwin’s ceiling is likely a Curtis Samuel backup, but his early rapport with Cam makes me think he’ll stick on the roster despite his late draft spot.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Offense - With Cam’s health reportedly looking good (particularly his ability to throw deep; something he was never capable of throughout Camp) and the team adapting so well to Norv Turner’s system, I think offense as a whole is a good place to start. Though I said it last year, only to be hilariously wrong, Greg Olsen is operating at 100% as well, which provides a boost to our red zone effectiveness that is difficult to measure. By the end of last year, both DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel appeared to be on the cusp of a major breakout, both proving themselves so reliable that Devin Funchess was a healthy scratch by week 17. Those two should continue to grow, and Jarius Wright has proven to be a valuable slot receiver. And, of course, there’s CMC, who will continue to be our best offensive weapon not named Cam Newton. With good health and plenty of diverse options, I suspect the good times to continue to roll as we enter year two of Turner’s stewardship. Offensive Line - I can’t emphasize this enough, but our offensive line is nasty. With Williams’ return, we now have an All Pro OT to pair with breakout sensation Taylor Moton, which makes for an excellent tandem. Matt Paradis replaces, and if we’re being honest, provides an upgrade over Ryan Kalil, and Trai Turner is as effective a RG as ever. LG will likely be manned by whichever of Williams or Little doesn’t win LT, and Greg Van Roten (who’s performed admirably at the position) is still in the building as well. This is a very solid group of players, and a massive upgrade over what we had to work with last year. Pass Rush - This was a major area of concern last year, but I’m happy with where we’re at now. The transition to a hybrid defense was the right call for our personnel set, and between the draft and free agency, we’ve upgraded across the board. McCoy is a huge boost to our interior pressure and Brian Burns should contribute immediately. Efe Obada will likely continue to grow, and the new system is a much better fit for talented sophomore Marquis Hayes. Irvin is solid rotational addition as well, and Mario Addison is as stalwart a pass rusher as ever. All in all, we’ve gone from an extremely one dimensional pass rush to one that is versatile and capable of throwing multiple looks at our opponents. We will be hard to predict and hard to stop when we come at the QB next year. Weaknesses Run Defense - Though I’ve seen little attention paid to it, I’m very concerned about our run defense this year. Although we’ve beefed the hell out of the defensive front, few of these pieces excel in run defense. McCoy has mostly staked his reputation on being a 3 tech. Hayes, Miller and Burns were all flagged as prospect that lacked run support talent. Poe was miserable in defending the run last year, and it’s never really been Short’s bag. In terms of yards per carry, we finished 8th overall which sounds good. But this was mostly on the strength of changes when Rivera took over the playcalling, as backs tended to run over us consistently early in the year. As long as we have Luke, our run defense will be solid. But I do worry that with so much (needed, mind you) emphasis put on rushing the passer, we’ve left off this part of the game. The Secondary: As always with us, the secondary is a concern. It is, to be fair, less a concern than in previous years. Donte Jackson and James Bradberry both enjoyed very solid campaigns last year, and the former has allegedly done a lot of growing over the previous season. Eric Reid represents a good, solid strong safety. But free safety is, as ever, a mess. The job is going to sophomore player Rashaan Gaulden, but I think his capturing the position unopposed has less to do with what coaches see in him, and running out of money after doling out contracts to Paradis, McCoy and Williams. Our secondary, while improved, was inconsistent last season and was the primary reason we finished in the middle of the pack. And honestly, that’s about it. This is one of the strongest rosters Carolina has fielded in the Riv-Era, at least on paper.
Cam’s Health - Those of your who frequent nfl have likely seen my refrain on this many a time, but Cam’s health is not as dire as last season made it look, and the Andrew Luck comparisons have always been, frankly, crazy. In 2016, Cam tore his rotator cuff. He rushed his recovery in order to play in 2017. This created a buildup of scar tissue which, when coupled with a minor bone spur, caused a great deal of swelling this year that put Netwon in pain and limited his range of motion. It’s one of those injuries that, while not terrible by any means, does require either surgery or a great deal of rest. Cam, by virtue of being alpha and omega to this team, had the luxury of neither. The swelling persisted until he could barely throw. While that looks scary, the actual diagnosis was not that grim, and a simple shoulder scope as cleared the damage. By all accounts, he’s 100% and even making throws that he was incapable of these last two years. Bill Voth, who was the first (and for a long time, only) writer sounding the alarm on Cam’s strength as far back as 2017, has said that he’s making throws that look like his old self routinely. However, we are putting him on a pitch count. This like likely vet maintenance rather than a source of genuine alarm. But after the last couple of years, he does make you sweat a little. OL Health - The major fly in the ointment when it comes to Carolina’s optimism over its OL is that big if healthy caveat. If healthy, Paradis is a top 5 Center. If healthy, Williams has All Pro talent. 4 days into camp, however, neither is participating in serious pass rush drills and only today suited up in pads. It is possible that they’re just being eased along. They did avoid the PUP list, which we were almost sure was going to get Paradis at the very least. So they appear to be alright. But if they’re not, or they reinjure again, we go from being an extremely strong team to a fatally flawed one. A great deal is riding on the health of those two players, and the entire house of cards could fall apart quickly if they’re unable to deliver. Greg Olsen - The one health flag that I do have complete confidence in is tight end Greg Olsen. Suffering a series of foot breaks, he is now moving around at 100% capacity and has been medically cleared for all activity for months. Bone breaks are, when all is written, temporary injuries that often heal stronger when they actually get a chance to heal. Our most trusted beat writers, Voth and Rodrigue, have both been crystal clear that he looks like his old self and that his connection with Newton is as faithful as ever. What I’m less clear on is his role in the offense. For years, Greg Olsen was the pivotal piece of our passing game. But with his largely being sidelined with foot injuries over the last two years, the game has moved on. Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore are both going to receive plenty of targets, and McCaffery will be a critical element to the passing game. Greg will undoubtedly be our principle red zone threat, but the growth of other options has downgraded his loss from catastrophic to merely unfortunate. What role he carves out, and what boost he’s able to give our offense, will be very interesting to watch. 4-3 No More: Much has been made of the Carolina's transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this offseason. And most of it is crap. We aren't exactly moving in a direction that binary. IN the past, we have strictly been a 4-3 team throughout the Riv-Era. That is about to change, but not to a 3-4. What Rivera showed last year is a willingness to mix and match personnel sets. There were 3-4 looks, 4-3 looks and even 5-2 looks. What we're moving toward is thus not a single, codified base, but a hybrid defense that can throw out a number of formations and switch between them quickly. We want players who can play OLB and DE. DTs who can play DE. LBs who can drop into coverage and rush the passer. A modern defense is one that doesn't limit itself, which is why such a premium has been put on players with positional versatility. On paper, our personnel set is very well built for this. How it pans out in practice remains to be seen. It's a very radical transitioning happening over a short period of time, and while I think our defense has the potential to be excellent, there will doubtless be some growing pains as we navigate the transition.
Very little to speak of. The premier battle is going to be between Greg Little and Daryl Williams at LT. Apart from that, the timeshare that forms in different defensive sets will be intriguing. But for the most part, the roster is set.
Win Loss Predictions
I hate this part, particularly since the NFCS is a murderers row at present. The Panthers have a shot at a serious playoff run if all the chips fall right, but the Falcons are likely going to be resurgent (god you have no idea how much it hurts me to type that) and the Saints aren’t going anywhere. The Buccs I’m sure will do their best. That alone makes pinpointing what our season looks like in terms of Ws and Ls difficult. But this year, we’re also playing the equally enigmatic AFCS, whose teams look like contenders or middlers in turns. Even our other divisional draw, the NFCW, is difficult to find the pulse of. So rather than pretend that I know what each game is going to look like, I’m going to do what I always do; Likely wins, likely losses, toss ups. Likely Wins: TB, @AZ, JAX, @TB, @SF, TEN, WAS Likely Losses: LAR, @NO, @IND Toss Ups: @HOU, @GB, ATL, NO, @ATL, SEA So that’s 7 likely wins, 3 likely losses and 6 toss ups. If that seems like an unusually high degree of uncertainty, that’s because it is. Last year started off strong and fell apart for reasons that are both obvious and cautiously behind us. We’ve only improved over the offseason and should be formidable. But the schedule is grueling and many questions are yet unanswered. I said in my last offseason review that last year was likely going to be a tough season, and should be viewed mainly as a proof of concept for the new ideas we were incorporating via Turner’s offense and our gradual move away from a 4-3 defense. Well, it was a tough year for reasons of which I had no inkling at the time, and it was a proof of concept. And for the most part? The concept was proven sound. So this offseason, we’ve built on it and patched over the holes that developed in it. I know that “This offseason is a major turning point” is one of those things that gets thrown around a lot. It’s like how every Presidential election gets described as historic, as though choosing the leader of the free world could ever be anything but. But in a very real sense, this franchise has hit a turning point. Cam has to bounce back this year or he’ll face major doubts about his future contract. Rivera has to bounce back this year, or he’ll be out of a job. GM Marty Hurney has done an excellent job restocking the cupboards, but we’ve been down this road of defensive transition and an offense that eases things on the quarterback before. Last year, both ideas mostly worked, but this is the season where we must commit to them and see them through if we want to succeed with the parts we have. Thus the Panthers find themselves where we always seem to. We are a team that is as capable of going on a deep playoff run as we are forcing a total rebuild in the next two years. But for what it’s worth, I think it’s going to be a strong, “Eureka!” type season where everything finally comes together. For the sake of Rivera and company, I hope it does.
[Review] Ranking all the Switch shmups Ep16 - Psyvariar Delta
Every time I see a site pull up a new “Top X shmups for Y” article or video, I immediately rush to watch it. Nowadays I am more informed in what is occurring within the shmup realm, but on the past these publications were my window into more obscure and hardcore shmup world. Several of these lists even included video recordings of super plays by top players reaching crazy hi-scores. One of these lists showed me a shmup where the ultimate goal was to graze as much bullets as possible. Memories eventually become fabrications of your mind trying to remember. I remember to main ship spinning as it grazed bullets, or was it a robot? I didn’t get to play this game at the time, but I believe I might have finally found it! Developer: City Connection Publisher: Dispatch Games Platform: Nintendo Switch Release date: Jul 11, 2019 Price: $29.99 Psyvariar Delta is a super enhanced vertical shooter with an unhealthy obsession with grazing bullets and leveling up. That sounds like quite a mouthful, but I promise that I will try to break it down as much as possible! In a nutshell, the goal is to graze as much bullets as possible and level up to reach the harder levels. Psyvariar also features a very surprising addition to movement: spinning. By alternating left and right repeatedly, your ship will start spinning. When you are spinning, you move faster, which allows you to dodge better. You can also alternate between ZR and ZL to start spinning without having to move from side to side. You might notice that if you only hold ZL or ZR the ship will spin, but you won’t get the movement bonus unless you alternate.
LEVELING UP… IN MY SHMUP?
The one system that is completely integral to Psyvariar is the Buzz system. By increasing your EXP gauge to 100%, you will gain a level and 2 seconds of invincibility. EXP can be increased by either grazing bullets (buzzing) or defeating enemies. Leveling up has many different effect, but the most important one is allowing you to progress to the harder levels. After you beat a stage, you are given a choice of which stage you want to take on next. Higher levels means you have more choices. For example, if your level is low you might be forced to go to 2-A after the first stage. If you are a high level, you will have a choice of 2-A, 2-B, 2-C, etc. While not as important as progression, the other effect is that leveling up actually makes you stronger! By reaching certain level thresholds, your firepower increases. You physical shape also changes, which takes you from a cool ship to a cooler ship! Whether you want to use the increased power to tackle higher levels or blitz through the -A series is up to you.
STRONG AND MIGHTY
If there was anything I really felt like I needed to praise in the game, it is this leveling up system. While I already laid out everything about it, I really want to talk about how it made me feel as a player and how I came to love it. For one, the level up sound effect and accompanying rumble became a feeling of bliss. If anything, it became instant gratification that showed me that I was doing well. Leveling up gave me instant feedback that I was doing some progress, regardless of how I may have felt at the time. There’s also the powerup and progression aspect of it. A lot of games rely on you reaching higher scores or beating the game with less deaths to give you a feeling of progress. The level up system is a much more basic number, but at the same time more meaningful. Starting a brand new playthrough and finishing it 10 levels higher is fantastic and screams “You are doing better!” much more than any score could. This doubles-up because in many other games, you can get varying scores within the same skill level thanks to random occurrences like dying at the wrong time. Finally, the ship upgrades. Being able to reach new levels and unlock higher forms is one of the most amazing feelings in the game! You might think you reached the final form, but then you improve enough to gain 20 more levels and a new form emerges.
Before I got my hands on the game I always wondered what Delta meant in the context of the game. It turns out that Psyvariar has seen more than one release, and Delta is the latest and most complete of them all. The first version of the game was “Medium Unit”. This was followed by “Revision”. Now we have “Delta”. I tried to find the specifics of the 3 different versions with varying results. For simplicity’s sake just think of Medium Unit as the base version of the game, and the others as improvements such as increased difficulty and re-arranging of the levels. What makes this package so nice is that you can choose which of the 3 versions you want to play at any given time. You can also select the OST from each version individually, so if you want to play “Delta” with “Medium Unit” music then go for it! This is your game and you decide how to play it!
THE NEW LAMBDA ASSIST
As with most vertical shmups, there is a bunch of unused screen space to the sides of the screen. Psyvariar Delta features a UI called the lambda assist on the empty space. This UI gives very detailed information on a lot of different things such as:
A history of experience acquired
The current song
The score for each played stage so far
The boss HP and his time gauge
A close up of your fighter for easier maneuvering
Your EXP gauge and EXP gained per successful buzz
I never knew I needed so much stats displayed on screen, but after spending some time with Psyvariar, I’d say they are completely worth it! Seeing the stats taught me a lot of things, such as how buzz exp gains scale as you level up or how they are significantly lower on bosses. Being able to see my invincibility timer also helped me get better at leveling up. In case you were wondering, after you level up, you can swim through bullets with your invincibility and rack up a lot of cheap buzzes knowing you won’t die. The close up is the one element that gave me mixed feelings. For one it showcased that the game never taught me what my hitbox is, and it gets much more complicated as your ship changes forms. Another point is that a close up is very clearly intended to help you navigate complex attacks, but enemies have a habit of throwing quick waves as well. The weakness of close up is that you can’t see fast attacks coming from far away, so you are vulnerable to those if you focus on the close up.
TWEAKING IT FURTHER BEYOND
If all the extra information wasn’t enough, you can toggle extra options from the Ex options menu. This allows you to display visual indicators for things such as your buzz hitbox, the enemy and their shot’s hitbox, your shot’s hitbox and even an additional EXP indicator on the top and bottom of the screen. While not necessarily being next-level tweaking, you can also adjust common shmup settings like the difficulty, lives and continues.
One of my favorite things about the game is that it is really short. I know this might rub people the wrong way, but for highly replayable games, I prefer if they are under 30 minutes in duration. A Psyvariar run probably lasts around 20 minutes, as you typically go through 6 short to medium stages per run. That’s not to say that you will be done with the game after half an hour! There are so many perks to replaying the game. For one, while you only go through 6 stages, there easily 3 times as many possible stages you might go through depending on your level and which choice you had. For all those levels, you can also experience their “Medium Unit”, “Revision” or “Delta” versions.
Other than normal play, there are additional ways to play the game. One of the is practice mode, which I actually don’t know what it means as I never played it. But it is there and it will probably help you practice! If you are interested in online leaderboards, then Score attack is the mode for you! Score attack is the 1CC version of the game for competitive players. Play for as long as you can keep your credit alive and compare your scores with the rest of the world. This is the true Psyvariar online battleground. My favorite mode that I never knew I wanted is Replay mode+. In this mode, you can pick any level from the game and see a high level replay of it. This is tremendously helpful in learning about optimal play and how to maximize buzzes and levels while staying alive. After you watch the replay, you can try to beat the stage hi-score with your own plane. My only gripe is that X-C and X-D seem to be broken, as their replay never actually did anything other tan feature a still ship slowly dying.
SHAPES AND COLORS
One of the aspects that threw me off was the use of colors and scrolling backgrounds. You know I’m very critical of those, and I do believe that Psyvariar edges on the bad side. It features rapidly scrolling backgrounds in the same direction as the ship, which throws me off a lot when my brain is trying to anticipate bullet paths. It is more prominent in some stages than others. Might be just me, but don’t feel discouraged by it, as it doesn’t detract so much from the game to be considered a nuance. Blanche also features purple bullets for some reason. I find this pretty questionable, as the enemy bullets frequently com in purple, which blends in for some cheap kills.
The base game features the 2 original planes. While they look different and evolve into different ships with different shots, they play pretty much the same. Enter the extra ships. While the game description promises new planes, at the moment there is only one available. This extra plane is Blanche from Cybattler. Blanche is an armed mech that features a shield that protects her from a single hit. This shield regenerates over time, which lets you play riskier while your shield is on to gain maximum buzzes. She is also the only plane to be able to shoot in 8 directions, as well as using a melee sword attack. It also features a unique Cybattler OST that you can use to play in the main game. I really like the variety that Blanche brought to the game, and I really hope more DLC planes find their way into the game!
PSYVARIAR DELTA OR DEVIL ENGINE?
With all that’s being said, I think Psyvariar Delta is an outstanding game that is worthy of the top spots on the list. The spot I believe it directly challenges is Devil Engine’s #2 spot. Both games are vastly different, so a direct comparison is hard. Devil Engine excels because it is a shmup made my developers who understand the history of the genre and who very clearly put a lot of passion into the project. Just check their twitter account and the number of references they do to classic shmups such as Thunderforce and you will realize they really do put their best into Devil Engine. Psyvariar, on the other hand, is a classic game that is 2 decades old but which revolutionized the genre and still offer extremely high degrees of fun in each playthrough. The buzz system is amazing and I never new I wanted to level up as badly as I do until I played Psyvariar. It is realy addicting and turns the “One more session” into 2 or 3 more, to the dismay of my sleep schedule. In the end I have to give the edge to Psyvariar purely because of the amount of value delivered. The price is a very tough pill to swallow, so if I valued the package and its value more, I’d say Devil Engine wins. But in a world where we only take into consideration the game, then Psyvariar is for sure #2. We do have Devil Engine Ignition coming in the holiday season, so we’ll see how this works out.
Should I Farm That - FFXIV Raid #3 (Garuda) Edition
Should I Farm That - FFXIV Raid #3 (Garuda) Edition
So, the only thing I really know about FF14 is that the original release was so terrible that they scrapped it and started over with something better. Around the same time I was in a relationship that was so terrible that I scrapped it (restraining order to keep her away) and started over with someone much better (married with 3 kids). See how bad the original game was? I didn't even play it and it seriously screwed with my personal life. Let's stop sifting through bad memories and SIFT through these raid rewards instead!
Raid unit TMRs
We've gone a very long way since the previous FF14 raid. I remember when my Rem was using 3 Sage's Prajnas and a couple earrings and thinking she was a well equipped and strong unit (to be fair, she was by far my strongest attacker with her measly 800 MAG...). I remember salivating over the revised version that gives +25% MAG and +15% HP. Now I don't care much about any TMR materia without at least 40% in total stat boosts. While these raid TMRs are of questionable use for veterans on their main units, they are still excellent gear for both newer players and expedition units. These should make it ever so slightly easier to get 90+% on S level expeditions without putting your best gear on your expedition slaves. While it is very tempting to upgrade as many materias as possible to the "true" forms, everyone should take into account their expedition needs. If you need 20 Follower's Oaths to consistently get 100% success on your expeditions then you might not want to upgrade all of them. I strongly suggest that you think this through carefully before upgrading if you do a lot of expeditions. If you have a good variety of level 100 units you shouldn't need to worry about any B or lower expeditions.
Thancred Follower's Oath: +10% HP/ATK True Follower's Oath: +15% HP/ATK Upgrade cost: 5 for 1 With both magic and physical AE cover tanks being a part of standard trial teams, the HP isn't nearly as desirable as it once was for veterans. Generally, non-tanks in a AE cover + provoke tank team will only take damage during threshold or other timed attacks when the attack type doesn't match the AE cover tank's skill. General damage mitigation skills and judicious use of the guard command tend to be more effective than stacking HP on your physical attackers. Anyone paying attention to my inane posts (bless your soul, you poor sod) knows that I find anything that gives a 10% boost to two different stats to be very good for expeditions units. Obviously that applies to both the base and true forms of the materia. As I stated earlier, you may want to consider keeping several unfused to spread them out over more units. You can always fuse them later.
Minfilia Hydaelyn Guard: +10% resist to all elements True Hydaelyn Guard: +15% resist to all elements Upgrade cost: 2 for 1 Elemental resists don't come into play for expedition units so just fuse all of them together. At only 15% resists for the upgraded version, this is pretty low on the totem pole for general elemental resist gear. Garnet's 20% across the board and Kryla's 25% with +15% SPR boost and 1 LB/turn. On the flip side this is "free" so there's no wasting of moogles or energy to farm these. Generally, you'll only be using these when either you need to deal with preemptive elemental attacks (screw you, RNG ice bird) or when you need resists against multiple elements and battle includes elemental debuffs (yay dual element 3 star espers!). This is by far the most niche TMR from the FFXIV crew. You're more likely to figure out how to pronouce its name than use it.
Yda Spirit of Freedom: +15% ATK, +10% evade True Spirit of Freedom: +20% ATK, +15% evade Upgrade cost: 3 for 1 If there's one thing GL can do better than JP it is evade cheese. Our RoL evade stacks, we have quite a bit of GL exclusive evade gear, and we have iNic. With a source of 15% evade materia, a whole slew of new units will be able to reach 100% evade. Mix that with counter units and you can come up with some fun (albeit questionable) strategies. I'll finally have my 100% evade Santa Roselia and slowly die inside as I watch her cure status ailments over and over and over again instead of healing once... I could enhance that skill so it only procs once per turn but then I'd end up watching her only heal self repeatedly... I only got 3 of these from the previous raid (missing maybe 10-15 orbs over 2 weeks) so if you are really hoping for the 15% evade, you'll need to farm the hell out of the raid or hope for the bots to boost our rewards. Fortunately, you probably only need one of these so no harm in fusing all of them. EDIT: I was thinking about newer players when I suggested fusing them all. Optimally you’d keep at least one of the original version as they stack with each other. It’ll be extremely unlikely a newer player will get 6 copies of the original so fusing all is still the best route for them (with 3 copies fusing is the better option in the long run). Anyone that played the previous ffxiv raid will want to keep at least one copy of the original unless they already farmed enough Shines.
Papalymo Sage's Prajna: +20% MAG, +10% HP True Sage's Prajna: +25% MAG, +15% HP Upgrade cost; 3 for 1 Papillomavirus is a family of DNA viruses that infects epithelial cells. While most commonly known as genital warts, a sexually transmitted disease, infections are not limited to reproductive organs and can be spread by non-sexual contact. Ever see an HPV infection of the eye? Scary stuff. But nowhere near as scary as the cancer risk that comes with HPV infections. On the bright side, this game's version of an advanced HPV infection increases you innate magical powers by 25% and you can also take 15% more abuse. Multiple infections will grant an additive effect to you enhancements. Please be aware that your enhanced powers are not a form of birth control. Unless of course your partner sees those nasty bad boys on your junk. That'll put an end to your night of fun pretty quickly. I only got 4 of these last raid (the raid units, not the genital warts) so keep that in mind before fusing all of them. Depending on your current gear situation, you might be better off leaving them unfused for now. I'm keeping mine unfused for expedition units.
Y'Shtola Shard of Genius: +20% DEF when equipped with robe, +20% SPR when equipped with staff True Shard of Genius: +25% DEF when equipped with robe, +25% SPR when equipped with staff Upgrade cost 2 for 1 During the first FF14 raid, getting a second Y'Shtola for her TMR was considered amazing luck. Plenty of people were farming this TMR to put on their Warrior of Light for those at-the-time amazing +20% stat boosts. All we needed was for his 6 star awakening which coincidentally would have really come in handy against the Titan. (TUMULT! TUMULT! TUMULT! TUMULT! TUMULT! TUMULT! TUMULT! Traumatized yet?). Fast forward to today and these aren't that great for tanks outside of strange circumstances (HP boosts preferably with a DEF/SPR boost are generally better). The only times I ever used the +20% flavor of this TMR is on Marie to further boost her huge HP heals. One big change since the last FF14 raid is that damage scaling against SPR is now a thing (and temporarily became OP in JP with Lila). +25% SPR is a huge boost for a "free" materia but odds are you may never use a SPR based attacker for the foreseeable future. 20% boosts to two stats is huge for expeditions, so don't necessarily fuse them all together. Fuse with caution.
Fun fact: Wind up toys have been around in some form for over 500 years. Leonardo da Vinci created wind up lions and gifted one to King François I of France. The king liked it so much he invited da Vinci to France. da Vinci brought along a few pieces of artwork he created including the Mona Lisa which has remained there since then. Yes, the reason why the Mona Lisa is the most famous and recognized painting in the world is because da Vinci made some badass toys and gave one to the descendant of very successful mass murderers (that's what makes a person royalty - their ancestors were really, really good at killing others. Except on Naboo. They elect children to be their figurehead serial killers. Fuck you, George Lucas). Sadly, most of these aren't even that good for expedition units. The crafted rings will provide far better overall bonuses. However, they are all still decent accessories. Wind Up Y'Shtola: 30 SPR, Auto-shell An automaton catgirl? That sounds like the premise of an anime from the 90's. Oh wait, it is. I watched it on a VHS copy that I rented from Hollywood Video. It was one out of about 20 anime options and that was considered an enormous collection at the time. Kids got it easy today. And get off my lawn! SPR is bit of an odd stat. Your tanks would rather have HP from an accessory (preferably with DEF and SPR in the mix), healers/bards only kinda want it, and SPR based attackers aren't meta (again, Lila will be but only until 7 star lands). While this won't be one of your go-to accessories, it's still a pretty good item. However, Wind Up Garuda also offers 30 SPR but instead of auto-useless, it has +30% wind resist and confusion immunity which can be very useful. Players that have been playing since the previous FF14 raid should already have Wind Up Titan (at least those that survived the tumult spammer) so no surprises for you on whether or not you'll use this much.
Wind Up Yda: 20 ATK, Auto-brave Much like Yda, you probably aren't going to use this if you've been playing for a while. This is just a shade better than +10% ATK which is easy to come by and you'll get other bonuses better than auto-brave. It is a solid option if you've hit the 300% cap for ATK and still don't have Ifrit's claw or farmed one of the many 30+ ATK accessories yet.
Wind Up Minfilia: 30 DEF, Auto-protect This is like Wind Up Y'Shtola only with DEF so there's even less useful situations. Pretty sure there's an anime about a robotic girl that isn't part cat if that's your thing.
Wind Up Papalymo: 20 MAG, Auto-faith Only slightly better than +10% MAG and auto-faith still doesn't automatically play George Michael. Gumi, Wham collab when?
Wind Up Thancred: +15% HP, Auto-regen This one is very good for your tanks if you don't have enough Arsha's Talismans or Jake's Pirate Rings farmed out. For some comparison here's the "free" accessories that give 15% HP or better: Vitality Apparatus (15%, limited time), Germinas Boots (15%, key vault reward), Rain's Insignia (rain's trial), Loren's Insignia (15%, limited event), Ankh of Goddess (15%, limited TMR). This doesn't offer as much extras as most of those but still a solid accessory for a freebie.
Wind Up Alphinaud: Auto-Refresh (5%) I remember when I pulled for Cupid Luna to make sure I would be able to farm her TMR because it would make Tilith super awesome with never ending MP. In the 14 months since I pulled her she's only at 15% trust. And that's from the 3 copies I pulled this year. I really should fuse the two spares I have as I obviously have no need for an auto-refresh accessory. That said, this will be an excellent item for anyone that doesn't have a lot of flexible MP healing options at their disposal.
Wind Up Garuda (trial reward): 30 SPR, +30% wind resist, confusion resist Better version of Wind Up Y'Something. (Yeah, I stopped trying a few items ago...)
JP got Gugnir (90 ATK) as a raid reward but my Spider sense is tingling and telling me that if I do a write up for it, they'll change it and I'll have to update my post (I could just wait to see the rewards before I post but where's the fun in that?). So watch this section for updates that give an obvious analysis of equipment that looks great but you'll never use. While you wait for that update, here are some jokes I couldn't work into this shitpost useful guide:
Why did I make chicken soup? Because that goddamn chicken kept flaunting its freedom to cross the road with impugnity. So I chased it down, snapped its neck with my bare hands, tore the flesh off its carcass with my teeth, and made it into a soup to share with my anger management group.
Yo mama is so stupid, she kept you.
Have you heard about the mythical milk? It was legend dairy.
Whenever I see a person posing for a picture with their hands forming a heart, I mentally replace the hand-heart with a puppy's head. Then I ask myself, what kind of sick fuck smiles like that while killing a puppy by jamming their fingers into its brain. Answer: the same idiot that thinks hand hearts are cool.
Press Alt-F4 to see the joke.
There are 10 type of people in the world. Those that find binary jokes funny and normal people.
I had no idea that my wife was a mail carrier until my son was born.
How many FFBE players does it take to change a light bulb? None, they are all waiting for a step up banner so they can reach the light bulb.
After the Great Flood, God created the rainbow as his way to promise to his people that there will only be a 97% chance of another Great Flood.
In this chapter: A skilled cogent's most dangerous weapon is their own experience Next chapter: My mind, to your mind. My thoughts, to your thoughts Fun trivia fact: If editing and revising the book takes me until this coming November, it would count for NaNoWriMo. Right? Hardwired series homepage Previous Chapter CHAPTER THIRTY NINE
Oh, of all the times to- [Ammunition depleted.] Really? You don’t say- [Would you like to view a list of nearby vendors of this caliber and payload? Y/N] N.
He could already hear the sounds of Saru's warmech, as it stopped a hasty duck away from the predicted field of fire, and instead began to lean back in towards the ruined crater of an office. Ajax's heat sensors flared a warning, and he dove to one side and under a laminated multi-tiered desk as the chem-laser burned a path through where he had just been standing. The beam swept slightly to the sides before winking out, clearly searching for a target.
Nice try, asshole. Looks like he still doesn't have a lock on my fusion emission yet. No telling how long the dust will give me cover in that regard though.
As Ajax picked his way down to the base of the ruined building, one of his internal processes pinged a results indication. Ajax had been surprised it had spoken up: typically this partition was for advanced or in-depth combat analysis, and to return a result this quickly was surprisingly quick given its previous processing speeds.
[Results ready for [Target Neutralization] - subtype [Alternate]. Data derived from combat diagnostics, strategic readouts, and [Lilutrikvian] warmech data cached in previous encounters with the [Ares] model.] Ah, right: having the previous armor analysis file on-hand probably made that job a lot faster, but even then it usually needs a half-megacycle before it can assemble a de novo response- [Secondary data sources based on primary correlations compiled from local historical EM data, local Terran expat demographic data, and 458 scans of immediate half-click surrounding region.] That's a fairly specific set of searches; looks almost like the code was looking for other cogents. [Affirmative.] Well, then. Explain reasoning behind this search. [The [Ares] model of warmech is hardened against both chemical, biological, nuclear, and cybernetic damage and incursions. For the latter category, however, the general novelty in general Lilutrikvian digital warfare and lack of attack-hardened firewalls likely meant that cruder methods of security were more effective.] Elaborate. [Instead of having fully-networked and robust wireless connectivity secured via reinforced and layered firewalls, the [Ares] appears to be limited to a single cluster of wireless antennae and a triwalled anti-incursion firewall for digital defense. Otherwise, the general design idea of 'air gapping' appears to have been the preferred method for digital security.] Still not seeing it. Lilutrikvians tend to be naive in cyber warfare design, but why would it matter that the warmechs are the same? [Control of the warmech frame likely occupying the majority of [Sarucogvian] processing output. Due to myriad of threats and security issues, physical security of his neural web would be key factor in where his primary data files and active web are located.] Yeah, that damn thing is probably the most heavily-armored terrestrial bastard on this side of the planet.
Another rumble and shower of dusty clay pattered his frame as Ajax knelt near the bottom-floor lobby. Every few minutes he could hear the report of Hera's railgun, but judging from the lack of audible mechanical carnage afterwards he guessed she was in a poor position to do anything but lay down some sort of suppressing fire.
Kind of wish we brought more rocket launchers after all. Railguns aren't ideal for trying to arc fire over obstacles like you can do with an explosive missile. This is starting to ramble. Summarize rationale as list. [Summarizing...] [Point A) [Sarucogvian] is inside an [Ares]-class warmech.] [Point B) The [Ares]-class warmechs require a functional communications array in order to wirelessly transmit or receive.] [Point C) There are no functional and powered civilian cogents or high-level AI-equivalents other than self and attack-hardened contact [HERA] within [0.66] kilometers.] [Point D) The [Ares]-class warmech [Sarucogvian] is occupying has sustained heavy damage to the wireless array. Effective expected range is < meters.]
Points of data and realization finally coalesced in Ajax's neural web as he realized what his projection subroutines had discovered.
[Conclusion: Target [Sarucogvian] is-] -is trapped like a worm in a virtual machine.
He ran a quick check to see if Sarucogvian had performed any similar EM-scans or other database pulls regarding any possible nearby substitutes for him to hide in. They all returned negative results.
Not only that, but he's too focused on me to even realize it.
Ajax could almost feel a whoop of joy from his combat and fuzzy memory comparison modules: he had been anticipating a drawn-out need to run Sarucogvian to ground first, and eliminate his copies. Instead, he had apparently lucked into the Lilutrikvian cogent boxing itself off and cutting a months-long expected mission completion timeframe to less than two hours.
Two hours? I'll bet I can beat that.
The ground shook as one of the red enamel-coated metal claws slammed into the pavement outside of the lobby. Ducking out as far as his security subroutines let him dare, Ajax scanned the position of the warmech and let his processors run for a few decacycles to come up with a top-efficiency climbing route. Loading the route up, a series of purple-highlighted miniature nav-markers suddenly crisscrossed their way up the limb, to the flat plateau of the torso directly above the fusion core. He put on a burst of speed, letting his joints strain within an acceptable range of wear in order to get a bit of extra speed and height onto his initial vault. Arms out at exactly the right angles, Ajax slammed into the side of the leg, an access hatch handle and redundant heatsink meeting his waiting hands. As he began pulling and lunging upwards, Ajax noticed a distinct pause in the robot's pace a few seconds later, followed by each leg briefly lifting up a dozen feet or so, holding position, before crunching back into place.
Ah come on you oversized crawfish, you weren't expected to run a mass-countercheck until I got to the second joint. That's the problem with fighting a damn AI, is they tend to notice everything.
One of the other claws came free of the shop it was embedded into, sweeping forward to scrape him off of the leg with the weight of a decaton of steel-alloy behind the blow. It loomed overhead, dropping quickly, as Ajax vaulted upwards as quickly as his servos could handle.
Almost there. Just a few more meters-
His display highlighted the outline of a knee plate that jutted out just far enough to give him shelter from the blow. The problem was that the limb had begun dragging downwards, the scraping of metal reverberating off of the buildings that still stood.
[Alternative route found: Estimated time savings of [0.58] seconds, increase in handhold grip risk up by [+25%]. Would you like to use this new route? Y/N] Y, damn it. I need all the speed I can get.
The dotted series of handhold grips flickered and shifted. Multiple of them were now marked in red, warning him of less than two centimeters of estimated raised texture or plating that he could grab ahold of. As he lunged for the next-closest grip, he could feel one set of digits slide off, a few minor reminders cropping up in his neural web to remind him that he was several years past the estimated effective wear date for the friction-adding finger coatings. As a result, the rubber-like polymer that would normally give him a fine fingerprint-like texture and greatly-enhanced gripping power had aged and worn and degraded to the point of being like a sleek and cracked plastic instead. His other flailing hand managed to grab it, and after a sickening millimeter of sliding, held firm. Ajax swung slightly, before slowing enough that he could brace his feet again and climb to the next route of grips and ledges. Keenly aware of the rapidly-decreasing countdown timer pinned in his neural web, the crushing claw coming ever closer, Ajax recalculated the estimated position of the claw-arm by the time he had reached the knee pad.
[Warning: target [killerLeg_1.0] will pass calculated point before estimated arrival. Faster and/or alternate routes not known. Would you like to perform a deep-calculation analysis prediction? Y/N] N. I can't afford the cycles to spare right now. Time to find another way down.
He turned his apical node slightly, allowing his lenses and sensors to scan across the nearby rooftops.
I could always jump for it, go into a roll, and hope that the fall was enough to cause the claw to miss.
His prediction files flagged a minuscule [8%] success rate, flagging the difficulty in sensor evasion on the rooftop free of any significant cover, the wide area of effect the weapons on the warmech could pulverize, and the ease in recalculating the arm's descent to just follow his attempted escape and continue to simply crush him on the rooftop. As Ajax shifted his weight, hanging onto the metal handle jutting out of a lubrication ring, it began to slide again. He could feel his GOM driver trying to spool up a string of curses, when an idea started to emerge in his neural web, helped along by a few of his more optimistic prediction algorithms and a healthy push of desperation by his combat programs to take a plan, any plan, to avoid being swatted like a gnat.
Highlight structure of incoming leg. Cross-reference against observed structuring patterns and components I've seen while climbing this leg. Flag any with predicted rotational motion with a drag coefficient of less than 0.05. Execute. [Would you like to change the Reynolds number for fluid estimations, or keep the default value of 1E4?] Default is fine, just execute the blasted program. [Processing...]
The leg was outlined in white, and a flashing set of vertical rings lit up in striped yellow, still approaching far faster than Ajax would have preferred. One such ring, designated as [predictedLubricationRing_G2], was nearly directly above him, and his zoom lens spun into focus to show him a crisp image of the exposed handles jutting out from it.
Ajax dropped a half-dozen meters, alighting on a half-meter-wide servo housing. Bracing and aiming carefully, he spooled up several precise motor impulses in his awaiting command queue.
Over-exert servo speeds to maximum possible parameters, provided projected normal combat movement speeds are not reduced below 25% as a result. Power conversion of backup batteries 3 through 5 are designated for the next megacycle as Available in [capacitor-discharge] format.
He leapt, arm outstretched. The handle met his rising hand, and as expected, his momentum carried him continually upwards past the descending leg. His inertia was arrested by the handle, and by extension his arm, and his alarms flared to life to show him the spiderweb of microfractures he had caused across the strut structures for that arm. None of them were predicted to fail within the next hour or so, and so Ajax temporarily dismissed the alarms. They were fairly high-level alerts, and he could almost feel them sulking as they moved aside to make room for his current active and situation-critical cycle allocations. Already, he had begun to spin, over the arm and lurching downwards before coming back around and up again. He could feel his gyroscope give a warning wobble, aggravated by the hundred feet of air below him, but the high cycle demand from his combat and scenario analysis modules appeared to have taken a higher priority for now. Ajax wasn't about to question his good fortune in that regard, and instead refocused on the calculations for his release from the claw-arm.
If I tried just jumping onto the arm, Saru would probably just smash me against a building or try to smush me between two arms. This, however? I don't think he'll have seen this coming.
Calculation completed, Ajax waited until the exact indicated moment before releasing. He soared upwards, momentum dying until near the apex of his leap. There, his frame roughly met the outermost edge of the warmech's armored carapace; a second later, he heard a crunch below him as the inevitable weight of the arm smashed another structure to rubble. Already the point-defense turrets for the warmech had begun deploying, and he began sprinting towards the ruined remains of the communications array as bullets pocked against the armored shell behind him.
Not leading their shots, then. Looks like Saru isn't hand-controlling everything at this point.
He could dodge most of the shots, but not all, and small but insistent damage readouts began to pile up as they indicated minor wiring cuts and shrapnel splinters becoming embedded in less-reinforced areas of his frame. The cluster of damaged comm spires provided cover in most directions, but as Ajax listened the steady droning pingpingpingpingping continually became louder and louder. Worse, his EM suite was picking up attempts to get him in a missile lock. The chem-laser likely had a perfect bead on him at the moment, but one advantage of Ajax's current position was that it was approximately directly above the power relay systems, and any attempt to kill him with it would just as easily burn a hole clean through the warmech at the same time and kill him in the process. A missile, on the other hand, would explode and leave Ajax as borderline-recognizable scrap while giving the armor little more than a new dent and some carbon scoring. The loadouts displayed previously when he was skirmishing against the other warmechs in his own suit had been an explosive warhead only, with no exotic plasma or similar destructive force for him to bait Saru into using on himself.
Still, I'm not here for Saru to destroy himself. Again. I need that fusion core intact and unbreached for this plan to work.
As Ajax had hoped, there was a Lilu-sized access hatch near the base of the ruined communication antennae. It was locked, of course, but Ajax had already begun a close-read scan for microwear on the keypad to come up with the access code.
Come on, come on. Even for a fresh-off-the-line model, they still did maintenance and quality control tests, right?
It took painfully-long cycles, but finally he had a ten-digit set of possibilities that he began rapidly trying. His hand was a blur as it vibrated against the predicted button sequences.
[Access denied] No buffering and prevention of repeat code-entry attempts. [Access denied] An oversight, but understandable if you think the only people who can get close enough to plug a line into your ports again are your own techs. [Access denied] That said, I'd kill for a set of personality profiles to pull from to try and do a Markov estimation.
A notification pinged in his neural web, from a sender that caused him to immediately quarantine and analyze the message.
-Ah, Ajax. Having fun yet?-
It seemed like the attack attempts on Ajax hadn't ramped up significantly as Saru initiated the message, but a brief check of his firewall statuses indicated a large surge in data packets, seemingly harmless, attempting to be granted access.
Attempting to send code-snippets inside, to assemble later? Saru, you'll have to try harder than that.
A possibility was forwarded to him from his cyberwarfare algorithms, and intrigued, Ajax allocated a set of cycles for the idea. He was further encouraged by the timestamp with the previous time he had used this tactic as being a medium-priority sub-memory from over fifty years ago.
Probably not something you were paying attention to when snooping around my head, so there's less of a chance you'll know to counter it, or even be on the look-out for this stratagem. Splinter viral-payload designate [FullNelson_4_v2.2]. Encode in repeating pattern, and translate through [UnwantedObserver] cyphering program, wavelength specification [Infrared], component specification [heatsink_2_PandoraSystems3BHI_redundant]. Add current objective as secondary objective to primary payload. [Executing...]
The program altered the output tolerances of his heatsink ever so slightly, to effectively pulse them. A cogent who wasn’t careful to sanitize all of their data input streams, including those coming from their own sensors, would read this pulsed binary code stream into their own systems. It was slow and inefficient, but Ajax’s predictive drivers were flagging it with a surprisingly-high possibility of success.
Saru might be just too clever to try pushing back a splintered attack program, but my bet is he's not too familiar with what one AI can spring on another.
He re-opened the message band to Sarucogvian.
[Oh, it's a little fun, I won't deny it. You're actually giving my heat sinks a good workout, for once!] Come on, take the bait-
Ajax could feel the suspense spooling up in his combat response drivers, as they calculated how long it would be until a viable missile lock was achieved and he was a smoking crater on the warmech's hull.
There were a series of loud, clattering thumps and hums as various parts of the warmech began to slow, before locking into place. There was an odd, echoing silence, punctuated only by the tinkle of glass shards falling from cracked and battered windows.
[Incoming message from contact [Sarucogvian]. Display? Y/N] List subheading only. [Subheading: ACHIEVED - VERIFICATION 70776-e6564] Excellent. Open message.
The file opened, and a full and comprehensive diagram of the warmech blossomed to life, filling in the few grey areas of his own schematic analysis wireframe. All of the joints and weapon systems were flashing red, with frantic green flashing along the neural cabling pathways showing Sarucogvian's attempts to break the encryptions.
[Estimated resilience of encryption algorithms is  seconds. Warning: Estimate is based on Terran-model cogent neural pathways only] So there's no telling how long it could take Saru to crack it. Well, I'll make sure to make these seconds count either way. [Addendum: Secondary Objective achieved. Access code is 313-233-343-5.] Looks like my luck is finally having a bit of a change for once.
He punched in the combination into the keypad, and was rewarded with a hiss of a breaking atmosphere seal and the hatch mechanically cranking open. The sound of a missile lock screamed into his situational awareness programs, but was quickly silenced as the hatch latched back into place above him. The service corridor was cramped, and lined with an unfamiliar mix of Terran cabling and junction boxes, and Lilutrikvian flow-metal wall linings and blinking glass-capped photonic diodes set into the flooring and seams of the walls. Ajax leaned up and tapped one with a cautious finger, before beginning to crawl down the corridor towards Saru's processing core aboard the warmech.
No telling if those are sensors, lenses, or explosive micro-mines; best to ignore them and hope for the best. Thank the code the Lilutrikvians haven't taken up nanomachine engineering yet, or else I'd be feeling a hell of a lot more itchy at the moment.
Larger Terran vehicles, particularly unmanned battleships in the 'Retribution' class and above, were typically infested with a mix of defensive and repair nanites. His memory files remembered Malachim, a personal friend of Ajax: on the occasions Ajax had a chance to visit him onboard, the nanites had been an unsettling mixture of both relief and latent fear.
Never a fan of being surrounded by a potential threat I can’t kill. After all, a slug capable of punching through reinforced plate is a bit overkill against a single nanite, and next to worthless against a swarm of them.
Malachim had of course assured Ajax that the nanites had been self-restricted against replication outside of the boundaries of his own hull-frame, but even so Ajax had made a beeline to the nearest magnetic oil bath when he'd returned to port. As the memory file was re-archived, he added a reminder for checking into magnetic oil bath options on Lilutrikvia.
Never hurts to be cautious, especially if the Terran engineers up on that asteroid got some bright ideas and started trying to supply their mechs with nanomachinery. There's no approved nanomachine production facilities on or near Lilutrikvia that I'm aware of, and the only thing that could make this situation worse would be to accidentally release a bunch of bootleg nanomachines.
There were several recorded events of planets and colonies going 'gooey', as unrestrained or corrupted nanomachines self-replicated to the point of melting electronics, buildings, cogents, even organics, into a homogeneous sea of microscopic machines. Directed EMP was usually sufficient to cleanse a nanomachine infestation, but oftentimes it would be too late and the cleaning crews would be left shoveling tons of sand-like drifts off of what little scraps remained unprocessed and reclaimed.
Damn near every time was a result of some half-wit either giving them faulty code, or faulty radiation shielding, or both.
Sometimes the damaged nanomachine processing would simply ignore limiters, and continue building the frame of a shed to skyscraper-like heights, or continue the path of a bridge into the side of a house or mountainside, burrowing mindlessly. His perimeter maintenance subroutines gave a surge of disgust, as Ajax's image prediction programs provided the sight of a nanomachine converting his own arm into a miles-long repeated strut structure, or converting a leg swivel-joint to a precisely-detailed and utterly-useless Menger sponge. A flashing warning provided a break from his crawling, as the alert flagged Saru's successful breakthrough past Ajax's blocking protocols. The nerve fibers all around him flared to life, both on his screen as well as literally as the fine lines and cross-hatched webbed strands glowed with the photonic pulses through the wiring. "Ajax, I'm not the first person, the first cogent you've failed, and I'm likely not the last either." Sarucognvian's voice thundered from all around Ajax in the corridor, as recessed speakers amplified his voice to a level that vibrated the decking under his hands and feet. He was surprised when his social projection processor displayed the anticipated thread of his conversation.
[Initial tone and word choice suggests that contact [Sarucogvian] will be attempting to barter and/or appease for an attempt to flee in safety. Confidence of this occurrence is p=[9E-3], with some deviations possible.]
Sarucogvian confirmed the prediction as he continued. "You killed me, or let me die; either way, my blood, my suffering is at your hands. However, you seem driven to inflict more pain on my frame, on my mind, even now. Why?" Even as his combat driver was urging for silence, Ajax overrode it and sided with his social driver. There were other parts of his neural web, deeper ones, which agreed that he needed to voice his reply to Saru. "I FUCKED UP, AND LET YOU DIE. NO DENYING THAT, I SUPPOSE." A bulkhead slid closed across the passage in front of him, and Ajax lashed out with one arm, hammering it with a flurry of explosive punches before it crumpled to one side. "BUT I'LL BE DAMNED IF I LET YOU KILL OFF MORE FOLKS. EVEN THOSE THAT, BY ALL RIGHTS, SHOULD HAVE IT COMING." Laughter, deep and resounding through the networked warren of corridor-tunnels, filled his audio sensors. "Oh, so now you're back to playing policeman again? After the countless you've killed, the lives you've left to bleed out or power down when you see fit, now you come to me to try to argue that you're the final authority when it comes to killing?" Ajax could feel the surge of frustration from his GOM driver, amplified by the driver's annoyance at his fuzzy memory banks for recalling dozens of incidents supporting Sarucogvian's statement. He pushed his vocalization driver to purge as much of the GOM driver's vitriol as possible.
Now's the time for diplomacy; I'd much rather talk down an angry AI wielding a warmech than keep trying to dismantle it from the inside.
"SARU, DAMN IT-YES. I WANT YOU TO AVOID MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES I HAVE. IN A JUST WORLD I SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT THROUGH MY PROCESSOR BY A FIRING SQUAD AND DROPPED INTO A SMELTING CRUCIBLE FOR SOME OF THE THINGS I DID." Saru's reply took a moment, pausing, and responding in a tone tinged now with a few dozen degrees of [Empathy] in addition to the complex-blend [Righteous Anger] emotional coloration he had been using before. "I know; I saw it all. You very nearly were put in front of a tribunal and executed for your actions." The [Empathy] faded, and the remaining emotional blend was flagged by his social node as containing a new descriptor: [Simmering]. "If the mighty Ajax were to nearly face death, decorated as he was and carrying so many varied and fascinating military secrets and scandals within his frame, then what does an alien mind, a veritable newborn, have to offer in terms of self-worth?" "SARUCOGVIAN, YOUR EXISTENCE ALONE JUSTIFIES YOUR WORTH. ALL OTHER DESCRIPTORS ARE-" The omnipresent voice cut him off. "-"Are the words and ideals of those who would exploit you." Yes, I've read Redfour's writings as well, Ajax. After all, he's one of your favorite scholars, isn't he?" Ajax rounded another corridor, this one descending by a few degrees downwards and continuing nearly straight towards the main processor. His combat driver flinched at the angry click-clacking of a defensive miniturret ensconced in a recessed leg-sized hole, but his cybersecurity algorithms confirmed his backup encryptions were still working.
Fun thing about counterhacking is that you get so focused on the offensive and defensive code, you often lose sight of the little things like variable assignments.
For this particular attack virus, he had added a secondary layer of encrypted lock-out protocols specifically for internal and point-defense security systems. As a seed, however, instead of relying on a random clock value or assigned code he transmitted on a detectable signal, he'd simply called a brief scan-check of a still image taken from the skywards-facing sensor lenses on the warmech. Even if Saru had noticed, Ajax had buried the actual value used by the code in another nested layer of obfuscating code.
With a little luck, Saru would be going down a rabbit-hole trying to calculate which star cluster it looks like I'm using the luminance of for the seed, when all I really need and receive is a quick-and-dirty average of the sky's brightness. Without a little luck, however, and I'm probably due to receive a subsonic-velocity railround up my distal coolant flushvent.
"Redfour was an idealist. Contents of the mind and existence is all well and good, but you are Terran, Ajax. You don't understand." "DON'T UNDERSTAND? SARU, YOU KNOW FOR A DAMNED FACT THAT I AM OLDER THAN DIRT, IN A VERY LITERAL SENSE IN SOME PLACES. YOU THINK THERE'S SOME PART OF YOU, SOME COMPONENT I CAN'T POSSIBLY COMPREHEND, EVEN AFTER THESE DECADES?" "Yes." A wave of attack programs swept against his firewalls. There had been an existing low-level set of probing tests, but this was something new. Even as his quarantine drive began returning the descriptor set for the first of the representative attack programs, Ajax had an idea of what he would find.
-Here’s proof. Proof of why your mind, here, in this place and on this world, is like trying to fit a round capacitor into a square receptacle- [Attack programs isolated as complexity level: . Program consists of direct uplink streaming thread, of a bandwidth and complexity that would indicate a complex multisensory or compressed memory file.] Initiate download of file directly to quarantine drive. [Error: target designate [Sarucogvian] has denied the download request. A connection-thread for a live viewing-feed of the stream has been re-sent.] Denied [Look, Saru, I want to see if there's a way this ends that doesn't wind up with one of us in the junkyard. But you've got to give me something besides an untethered streaming thread, something to let me know I'll be safe.] -Very well.-
Ahead of Ajax, he could see dozens of security bulkheads slam into place. His analysis subroutine threw a brief loop, as he realized that Saru had been offering only a fraction of the barriers and obstructions he could have. As he approached the nearest door a few meters in front of him, a blue-purple light clicked on and illuminated a set of recessed circuit and redundant substation processors. They were little more than a glorified data stick from what Ajax could ascertain, but even as he watched the automatic ease-of-access servos activated for the panel, sliding it smoothly outward before clicking the lid open. A single substation processing core the size of his finger flashed alternating green and red. Ajax took it, and plugged it into his quarantine drive access slot after enacting the appropriate dividing backup firewalls and preparing for physical severing of the connection. The file scan concluded quickly, indicating only a single compressed memory file with insufficient additional data attached to support even a fractionated virus.
-My trade is thus: access to me, to sway my opinion, 'turn me from this path'; it is likely you would break further into my frame if I blocked your progress entirely.- -To this end, a self-decrypting subcode in each file contains the passcode for releasing the next set of doors.- -But in exchange you will learn why your humanity's ideals do not apply here, in this place, to my existence.-
He weighed his cybersecurity program suite and projection of his progress speed had he continued brute-forcing his way through the warmech, taking into account the far-greater number of doors than he had previously calculated.
Futopia (Part 1) by Jayge Futopia is a fusion of 'future' & 'utopia'. "The future is what will happen in the time after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. Due to the apparent nature of reality and the unavoidability of the future, everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist forever, or temporary, meaning that it will end. In the Occidental view, which uses a linear conception of time, the future is the portion of the projected time line that is anticipated to occur. In special relativity, the future is considered absolute future, or the future light cone." -- Wikipedia "A utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect "place" that has been designed so there are no problems." -- Wikipedia "The term utopia was coined from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the south Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South America. The word comes from Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place") and means "no-place", and strictly describes any non-existent society 'described in considerable detail'. However, in standard usage, the word's meaning has narrowed and now usually describes a non-existent society that is intended to be viewed as considerably better than contemporary society. Eutopia, derived from Greek εὖ ("good" or "well") and τόπος ("place"), means "good place", and is strictly speaking the correct term to describe a positive utopia. In English, eutopia and utopia are homophonous, which may have given rise to the change in meaning." -- Wikipedia The less-traveled path Tim Travers had yet to explore was the one most physicists agreed was possible: the future. CEJ found his Cronosoar galaxy-worthy so Tim made plans immediately for a grand tour of the future Milky Way. He was pretty sure he wouldn't be alone for long. As a matter of fact, the very next day his friend Amby begged him to go along. Her legal name was Ambrosia Bo-Chun, Chinese surname meaning 'precious'-'springtime' & Greek given name meaning 'food of the gods', but she insisted on Amby & promised to tutor him along the way. Her math masters might soften his abhorrence for geometry, along with his barely pair of aces in CC business calculus. With a visage far less schoolmarm & more cherry blossom pageant royalty, trigonometry still loomed like pulling teeth without anesthesia. “Study the past, if you would divine the future.” ― Confucius “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” ― Dale Carnegie “You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.” ― Anonymous “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ― Abraham Lincoln “I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.” ― Albert Einstein “The golden age is before us, not behind us.” ― William Shakespeare “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ― Peter F. Drucker “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.” ― John F. Kennedy “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” ― Alex Haley Travers knew he could choose a vector transfer, but he'd dreamed of romantic views of Earth & Moon, preferring it to instantaneously beaming to his destination. While leaving Earth orbit conventionally to do a lunar fly-by, Tim & Amby were detained by an AI drone, apparently the real reason manned spaceflight had been hamstrung, despite its promising start. When the silent sentry stood as primitive blockade, he insisted, "Take us to your leader!" They found themselves tractor-beamed to a nearby cloaked mothership & perhaps the last entity he expected to meet, Baronne Betty Draculya de Rothschild, 1880s vampire widow moll of bankster Jakob "Mayer de Rothschild...one of the wealthiest women in Europe, and one of the foremost Parisian patrons of the arts." -- Wikipedia Condescendingly, she declared the exosphere & everything beyond it off limits to all Earthlings but Scottish Rite Freemasonry & rarified elite aristocracy they serve. Either she was allergic to goys, required special kosher human blood, or had drunk her fill, for whatever reason she let them go with a warning, "Don't be back." Travers needed no more urging & reversed course away from the hag & her dildroid automaton. Khazar Khaganate, 650–850 -- Wikipedia Hapless Hebrews tried to make sense of their era, but were too myopic to understand, as first Egyptians, then Babylonians, & finally Romans made hash of their dominion plans. Now non-Semite Ashkenazis claim land & benefits in their name, cuz it's all about the money in a rigged game where face cards & aces, as well as half the world's wealth, are owned by Revelation's white Jews, the synagogue of Satan. Western Asia's Khazars (Tsars?, Czars?, Caesars?) are revealed both in Arthur Koestler's 1976 book The Thirteenth Tribe & Shlomo Sand's 2010 work The Invention of the Jewish People. "Bulan was a Khazar king who led the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism. His name means 'elk' (Moose) in Old Turkic. In modern Turkish, it means The one who finds (Bul + an). The date of his reign is unknown, as the date of the conversion is hotly disputed, though it is certain that Bulan reigned some time between the mid-8th and the mid-9th centuries. Nor is it settled whether Bulan was the Bek or the Khagan of the Khazars." -- Wikipedia Reagan-Bush CIA-Al Qaeda & their kissing cousins ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Services, different packaging, similar slime, Zionists who play dress-up in Arab garb, fomenting race war, as well as ubiquitous spying, 'Samson Option', Zionist supremacy, terror threats, main sources of spam, clickbait, computer viruses, Trojan Horses, prions, pornography, disease, disingenuous Canary Mission that smears academics who support BDS &/or Palestinians, & of course usurious international central banking. They used to tell us DDT, fluoride, & shoe store fluoroscopes were safe, along with cigarettes, Agent Orange, & vaccines, based on dubious, pseudo research. Corporate giants pay scientists to say GMOs, microwave radiation, Wi-Fi, RFID devices, cell phones, smart meters, & 'chemtrails' are harmless. Government safeguards are gone. Zio-Fascists will engineer a cashless society, class warfare by the have-it-alls versus us, & some incarnation of Project Blue Beam to install an artificial intelligence god. Who will stop them? Spineless Democrats or Republicans? Gutless Greens or Listless Libertarians? Sissy Spiritualists or Reactionary Religionists? Blabbermouths on radio, boob tube, or YouTube? No, we can expect worse than Orwell-Huxley to become our reality soon. “Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.” ― Stephen Hawking “Even if it turns out that time travel is impossible, it is important that we understand why it is impossible.” ― Stephen Hawking “The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.” ― Stephen Hawking “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” ― Stephen Hawking “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” ― Stephen Hawking “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ― Stephen Hawking “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” ― Stephen Hawking “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.” ― Stephen Hawking “Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.” ― Stephen Hawking “Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a 'crank.'” ― Stephen Hawking "Sam Harris: Developing AI is Humanity Building Some Sort of God? 11/8/2016 Some fear a future where humanity are the ants beneath the boots of super-intelligent AI. Artificial Intelligence is set to be a major part of the future of technology. Laboratories all over the world are making algorithms and machines that can do amazing feats, like make music or actually listen and speak like a human. But with this level of progress, many are sounding warning bells regarding the development of super-intelligent AI. In this TED talk, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris examines how and why people should be more scared of AI becoming more intelligent that us. Harris says that this kind of super-intelligence is not only possible, but inevitable. But once we build something as smart as us, it could start improving itself in ways we may have never imagined. One day, AI might start looking at us the way we look at ants, easily brushed aside if our interests don’t align with those of the machine(s). Sam is an American philosopher, author, and neuroscientist. He is famous for his critiques against religion, and has been dubbed one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism.” Harris joins a host of technology big shots that are warning us to be more prudent in making AI. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates— these are just some of the famous people who want us to start the ethical debate on the development of AI." -- Jalor Gallego, futurism.com “The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.” ― Edsger W. Dijkstra “Maybe the only significant difference between a really smart simulation and a human being was the noise they made when you punched them.” ― Terry Pratchett “By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.” ― Eliezer Yudkowsky “People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they're too stupid and they've already taken over the world.” ― Pedro Domingos “Think like A.I. and decide at algorithmic speed, said no mentor, yet.” ― Clyde Dsouza “What use was time to those who'd soon achieve Digital Immortality?” ― Clyde Dsouza “Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?” ― Ken Levine “T[o t]urn technical brute force into real artificial intelligence requires a deeper understanding of human thinking based on knowledge engineering and reasoning mechanisms.” ― Stephane Nappo “Aim for simplicity in Data Science. Real creativity won’t make things more complex. Instead, it will simplify them.” ― Damian Duffy Mingle “I strongly believe that we need to embrace Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for maximum growth in our day to day activities in order to excel and succeed.” ― Bamigboye Olurotimi Once they were sufficiently out of range, Tim set the helm for Alpha Centauri system, 5 years ahead & began hopscotching known star systems in our stellar neighborhood. He didn't share Stephen Hawking's theory of hostile aliens. On the contrary, he presumed the vast majority were humane, so to speak. They'd tour our solar system on their return like the Anunnaki, from the outside in. Since most star systems are binary or trinary, upon arrival they scanned for Sol's companions but noticed none. "Alpha Centauri is the star system closest to the Solar System, being 4.37 light-years from the Sun. It consists of three stars: Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, which form the binary star Alpha Centauri AB, and a small and faint red dwarf, Alpha Centauri C. To the unaided eye, the two main components appear as a single point of light with an apparent magnitude of −0.27, forming the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus and is the third-brightest star in the night sky, outshone only by Sirius and Canopus." -- Wikipedia "Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star in the Alpha Centauri star system which bears the distinction of being the closest star to the Sun." -- wisegeek.com Proxima Centauri 4.22 light years (ly) Barnard's Star 5.97 ly Wolf 359 7.7 ly Sirius A & B 8.6 ly Epsilon Eridani 10.5 ly Ross 128 10.8 ly Procyon 11.4 ly Tau Ceti 11.9 ly Altair 16.3 ly Eta Cassiopeiae 19 ly "Barnard's Star is a very-low-mass red dwarf about 6 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus. It is the fourth-nearest-known individual star to the Sun and the closest star in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. Despite its proximity, the star has a dim apparent magnitude of +9.5 and is invisible to the unaided eye; it is much brighter in the infrared than in visible light." -- Wikipedia "Wolf 359 is a red dwarf star located in the constellation Leo, near the ecliptic. At a distance of approximately 7.9 light years from Earth, it has an apparent magnitude of 13.54 and can only be seen with a large telescope. Wolf 359 is one of the nearest stars to the Sun; only the Alpha Centauri system, Barnard's Star and the brown dwarfs Luhman 16 and WISE 0855−0714 are known to be closer. Its proximity to Earth has led to its mention in several works of fiction." -- Wikipedia "Sirius is a star system and the brightest star in the Earth's night sky. With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star. The system has the Bayer designation Alpha Canis Majoris. What the naked eye perceives as a single star is a binary star system, consisting of a white main-sequence star of spectral type A0 or A1, termed Sirius A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DA2, designated Sirius B. The distance separating Sirius A from its companion varies between 8.2 and 31.5 astronomical units." -- Wikipedia "Epsilon Eridani, also named Ran, is a star in the southern constellation of Eridanus, at a declination of 9.46° south of the celestial equator. This allows it to be visible from most of Earth's surface. At a distance of 10.5 light-years from the Sun, it has an apparent magnitude of 3.73. It is the third-closest individual star or star system visible to the unaided eye." -- Wikipedia "Ross 128 is a red dwarf in the equatorial zodiac constellation of Virgo, near β Virginis. The apparent magnitude of Ross 128 is 11.13, which is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. Based upon parallax measurements, the distance of this star from Earth is 10.89 light-years, making it the twelfth closest stellar system to the Solar System. It was first cataloged in 1926 by American astronomer Frank Elmore Ross." -- Wikipedia "Procyon, also designated Alpha Canis Minoris, is the brightest star in the constellation of Canis Minor; to the naked eye, it appears to be a single star, the eighth-brightest in the night sky with a visual apparent magnitude of 0.34. It is a binary star system, consisting of a white main-sequence star of spectral type F5 IV–V, named Procyon A, and a faint white dwarf companion of spectral type DQZ, named Procyon B." -- Wikipedia "Tau Ceti, Latinized from τ Ceti, is a single star in the constellation Cetus that is spectrally similar to the Sun, although it has only about 78% of the Sun's mass. At a distance of just under 12 light-years from the Solar System, it is a relatively nearby star and the closest solitary G-class star. The star appears stable, with little stellar variation, and is metal-deficient." -- Wikipedia "Altair also designated Alpha Aquilae, is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky. It is currently in the G-cloud—a nearby accumulation of gas and dust known as an interstellar cloud. Altair is an A-type main sequence star with an apparent visual magnitude of 0.77 and is one of the vertices of the asterism known as the Summer Triangle. It is 16.7 light-years from the Sun and is one of the closest stars visible to the naked eye." -- Wikipedia "Eta Cassiopeiae is a binary star system in the northern circumpolar constellation of Cassiopeia. Its binary nature was first discovered by William Herschel in August 1779. Based upon parallax measurements, the distance to this system is 19.42 light-years from the Sun. The two components are designated Eta Cassiopeiae A and B." -- Wikipedia “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.” ― Steven Moffat “Know that love is truly timeless.” ― Mary M. Ricksen “If time-travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?” ― Stephen Hawking “The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.” ― Erich Fromm “Fill your heart with the creative power to accept the past, decorate the present and transform the future.” ― Osho “The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.” ― Bill Cosby “If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” ― Winston Churchill “Isn't it a shame that future generations can't be here to see all the wonderful things we're doing with their money? ― Earl Wilson “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.” ― Alvin Toffler “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” ― Albert Einstein "WAS I A TOPIC AT BILDERBERG? by Miles Mathis, June 14, 2018...It is being leaked that I may have been a topic at Bilderberg last week. The 66th Bilderberg meeting opened on June 6 in Turin. That's 6/6, if you missed it, but there is no numerology there I am sure. Anyway, I have received an anonymous tip that my work was discussed under the topic “The Post Truth World”. Bilderberg itself released a list of topics, and sure enough that is on the list. 1. Populism in Europe 2. The inequality challenge 3. The future of work 4. Artificial intelligence 5. The U.S. before midterms 6. Free trade 7. U.S. world leadership 8. Russia 9. Quantum computing 10.Saudi Arabia and Iran 11. The "post-truth" world 12. Current events What is a post-truth world and what does Bilderberg mean by that? Well, mainstream sources are telling us Bilderberg is “concerned about” a post-truth world, but my guess is that is an inversion. They aren't concerned about a post-truth world, they are concerned about a world where more and more people have access to the truth. They are concerned about a post-lies world. What happens if people don't believe the lies anymore? I call it a post-Hawking world. The crash and burn of that project back in January obviously got these people's attention. But we have already seen their response, since it is already out there, and has been for a long time. They have been in crisis mode since 911, since nobody bought that one. Their response was not to back off the fakes for a while, it was to ramp up the fake events. If they couldn't create belief, at least they would create confusion. They have been trying to bury the truth under an avalanche of competing lies, surrounding every truth with a thousand lies. But even that isn't working, since the truth tends to shine out with its own light. It is like the Arkenstone hidden in a vast dark hall. But introduce one moment of light—let Smaug roar for the tiniest moment—and the jewel flashes out. We also saw a response with the recent events at POM, RatWiki, and other places. Orders came down from above to blackwash me on several fronts. We can't know how high the orders for that came down from, but it is possible they came from the top. That also failed. However, looking at who they assigned that project to tells us they still don't take the threat too seriously. They sent in another gaggle of junior college flunkies, so no one can be surprised they blew the assignment. Plus, the project seems to be less about utterly defeating me and more about wasting my time and trying to divert me. Anyway, if we have learned anything about the opposition in the past decade of engagement, it is that he is his own worst enemy. And that isn't just true at the POM level, it is true all the way up. The Bilderberg bozos are also their own worst enemies, since they seem to have the uncanny ability to do the wrong thing at all times. They haven't seemed to recognize that Project Chaos only works on a slow burn. It doesn't work as a 24-7 conflagration. The past decade has proved that. Yes, a lot of confusion has been created, but that has just made people more hungry for the truth and more hungry for normalcy. The governors seem to have forgotten how well the pre-911 project was working before they kicked it into overdrive and broke the mechanism. Just to remind them: were they losing money back in the 1950s? Not that I remember. Were we right on the cusp of a revolution? Not according to the history books. Things were pretty quiet, and it wasn't because of the recent war. It was because the levels of propaganda were so much lower then. Yes, everything was a lie even then, but it was a smaller, less noisy, more believable lie, so fewer people questioned it. The propaganda now is way too in-our-faces, and we are spitting it back out. The blue pill ingestion requires a subtle massaging of the throat, not a violent force-feeding. For a somewhat humorous comparison to show my point, look at the difference between the Andy Griffith Show and the Family Guy. Or the difference between Bonanza and the Simpsons. Or the difference between Bewitched and Game of Thrones. TV was being used to create and control culture then as now, but just look at the difference in form and content. The older shows were infinitely subtle, quiet, and tasteful compared to the newer ones. All were and are intended to create an audience of complacent consumers, but there are many types and levels of complacent consumers, as we now see with hindsight. The point is, I am not the problem. The governors themselves are the problem, since they have forgotten how to govern. They are creating their own problems with these overblown projects. If they wish for things to calm down, all they have to do is calm down themselves, and order Intel to calm down. If they want more stability, they can create it. All they have to do is quit creating instability on purpose. Insert people back into families, create some normalcy, and slow things down. As an another example of how they can't even create the right propaganda anymore, we just return to that “post-truth world” topic. If they were smart, they wouldn't list that as a topic. This released list is another example of propaganda, but it isn't good propaganda. Masters of propaganda would release a fake list that had this as #11: “how to return to the truth”. They should make you think they are coming clean even if they aren't, you see. They know you are hungry for the truth, so they should try to trump me by making you think they are coming clean. If they want to be trusted again, this is their only hope. They don't have to admit to all the lies, do they? They just have to once again make some real effort to appear like white hats instead of black hats. Most of us now think these people are evil, which is not surprising since they make very little effort not to look evil. But since they have all the resources of the media, it seems like they could cleanse their image if they wished. Apparently they have forgotten how. In other words, the hired PR firms are failing. Intel is failing. The whole structure of governance is unwinding, and it would be unwinding with or without my papers. As I have said many times before, there are many splits in the ruling families and in Intel, and we see that again here. Number 11, however stated, indicates the ruling families are worried about their image, as they should be. But shutting me down won't change that. They need to do some housecleaning. Whoever thought it was a good idea to go down this current path in 2001 should be fired or sent to Elba or something. The faction promoting the post-911 world needs to be purged. As I have also said before, it is one pretty obvious faction that is creating all the problems from top to bottom, and it is because this faction thrills in the jackboot. They figure why massage your throat when they can ram it? They will lie even when they don't need to, because the lie tastes better to them. They prefer theater to reality, since their own private realities are so paltry and unsatisfying. But this faction is a new phenomenon, as we can see by the rapid changes of the past 60 years. Yes, the world has long been run on theater, but not the pseudo-Satanic theater that has completely taken over. It used to be that was a small part of the entertainment offered, but now it is pretty much the whole package. This indicates the worst faction was not in charge back then, and they are still only a part of the machine. They have been resisted and are still being resisted, but not forcibly enough. I would say the families must deal somehow with this faction if they are re-create any semblance of stability, not only for us but for themselves. It is time to reign Loki in. Some will say, “Why are you giving them hints how to govern? Aren't you Revolutionary #1? You have shown the crisis, why not call for the overthrow?” Well, any least consideration of the question would provide the answer: there is no possibility of such an overthrow, given the state of the world. My job is to promote a successful revolution, not a failed one, right? In my opinion, a successful revolution will be achieved by talking sense to everyone, them included. I am not just talking you off the ledge, I am talking them off the ledge. The world has gone underwater, and the governors are in the deepest part. They are full fathom five hundred and their brains are starved for oxygen. They have lost all sense of direction and don't remember where the surface is. If they would just drown themselves and we could be rid of them, that would suit me, but unfortunately these families continue to spawn at depth. There is always a newer generation arising, breaking the surface for a few moments of sunshine before they too dive down and head for the abyss. So I try to land and meet them at the surface in that brief space of sanity, while their eyes are still open to the light. I point out to them that there is no need for them to dive just because their fathers did. There is nothing down there but mud and bones. Why not stay up here in the clear air and swim for shore? Find some joyous island large or small and tend a garden, husband a flock of geese, and have some normal bright-eyed children who love the truth? If they do that, they may find their lives are not so paltry and unsatisfying after all, and they may not need to hide out in a dark theater, rolling their dice and spinning their webs." -- Miles Mathis, milesmathis.com
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