05/2/15

I Had A Dream

As I opened my eyes and everything slowly became less of a blur, shoulder height crops that appeared to be… corn came into view. It seemed like a fairly bright night thanks to the moonlight, and that same moonlight helped make it apparent that I was sleeping on a tar road in between fields of corn. As romantic as this may sound, “romantic” wasn’t the word in my head as I noticed a somewhat large, mass blessed person sleeping right next to me (sleeping on tar roads is the next big thing after kale).

It was apparently the crack of dawn, because all of a sudden, the Azan rang out across the land. My sleeping partner, for lack of a better word, with sudden and cat-like agility stood straight up… and loudly declared, “Oh shiii… This is mah’ jam!!!”, before moonwalking with inhuman speed in the direction of the Azan.

I awoke with the exact same facial expression I had in my dream, which could be best described as “dafuq?”… I look forward to being contacted by Freud and Pavlov… ‪#‎IHadADream

12/29/14

Singapore, Smoking (or equivalent), and you…

Malaysians know Singapore as that sterile plot of land at the Southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, while the rest of the world (that knows of Singapore) knows Singapore as that dot that is quite close to an unknown point on the equator. If you like either chewing gum or smoking, chances are you aren’t particularly fond of Singapore… mainly because Singapore is also largely known as a buttoned all the way up, straight laced, follow the rules or burn at the stake kind of place. In their well intentioned effort to improve the health of its citizens, the Singaporean government has made it incredibly difficult for anyone to find a place where you can do anything and smoke at the same time. Very low percentage of population smoking? Check. Very few smoke friendly areas? Check. Scary stories about vapers being hunted down and subjected to medieval torture? Check.

As a vaper visiting Singapore, the government has managed to make me a smoker. I’d much rather be vaping, but given the horror stories of fines and confiscations… you can see where I’m coming from. I vape indoors and in private, almost as if the combination of vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol creates crystal meth rather than a (yet to be clinically proven over time) harmless cloud of vapor. I puff on a cigarette openly, because that stick of tobacco has become my vape replacement device, instead of the other way around.

To be clear, I’m not saying the Singapore government (they aren’t even my government so why should they listen to me) should say you can vape anywhere and everywhere. I do, however, think that vaping should be at the very least as tolerated as tobacco smoking is. Anywhere you can smoke, you should be able to vape. Say what you may about the (unproven) long term safety of vaping, but vaping is proven to be a very effective smoking cessation device. Would you rather your friend be smoking crack cocaine or tobacco? Would you rather your friend be smoking tobacco or vaping? That’s the train of though I’m following, C is less harmful than B is less harmful than A… and while I have mentioned the long term effects of vaping are as yet unproven, I’m going to just throw it out there that it is probably a lot healthier than tobacco even with the limited information available now. I am of course ignoring the extremely biased research that has shown up in either direction, both for and against vaping.

I’m not entirely sure how chewing gum fits into this discussion, but you could probably shoot an email to the relevant government department and find out.

07/28/14

UFC PS4 Career Damage

I don’t know if this is a “bug”, a design flaw, or just intended to be this way… so please take this as my observation rather than some kind of demand for justice.

Towards the end of my 1st career (I’ve just completed my 3rd), I felt the career damage seemed a little “off” towards the second half of the career… like it suddenly spiked… but I shrugged it off as me forgetting how many significant strikes I had taken. At roughly the same point during my 2nd career (which I was playing on hard to unlock Bruce Lee), I thought I noticed the same thing, but I hadn’t been paying close attention… the difference this time being that on the hard difficulty, I was playing very defensive and focusing as much as possible on not getting hit.

I finished the 2nd career at 40 fights (exactly the same as the 1st career), but with very different playstyles – my 1st being rabid dog style not caring if I was getting hit but going for the flashiest KO possible, and the 2nd being ultra defensive because the hard difficulty CPU could probably 1 shot me. The 40 fight ending on both careers struck me as strange… so I decided to try another career and document each and every fight.

3rd Career: Normal difficulty, defensive (not ultra defensive since it wasn’t hard mode) play style. I did allow myself to get carried away and hulk smash stuff in a couple of matches, which resulted in slightly higher numbers of significant strikes absorbed in those matches. They do help to provide more significant strike absorbed vs career damage numbers in a sense, so nothing lost there.

The link to the spreadsheet is at the bottom of the post… and yes, I got a little carried away with the chart.

If you don’t want to look through the spreadsheet, the TLDR is here. Match 32-37 appear to be the matches (at least in this case study) where your career damage seems to be MULTIPLIED. A conservative figure would be 5x career damage during these matches… a non-conservative estimate… well… I can’t even calculate it.

Ooh charts!!!

Ooh charts!!!