Friday, December 30, 2011

I have been playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution on my PS3 for the past several days, and I have to say that it is easily one of the best games that I've played in the past few years. I have not been this engaged by a video game in quite some time. I found this email on an in-game computer that I had hacked earlier this evening, and I thought that it was worth sharing. For the purpose of setting, this email was uncovered in the office of a news media company.

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Hello,

With the rush of day to day operations, it's easy to lose focus and forget what the job is all about. As a reminder to all of you:

1) Minds and emotions can be influenced by the media.
     a) A crowd has the mental age of a 5 year old child.
     b) It is our mission to orient and guide the child to higher understanding.
     c) That understanding must keep the right intent at heart.

2) Language and carefully chosen words are a form of influence.
     a) Anyone can experience the world and express points of view.
     b) Words are condensed ideas and the sole means for men to understand the          world.
     c) This is the power of Semiology and Rhetoric.

3) Control is in the delivery of information.
     a) Knowledge is power.
     b) Today, knowledge is based on information.
     c) Controlling access to and the flow of information is the key to power.
     d) With this power comes responsibility.

A bit simplistic, I admit, but it gets the point across.

     Emilie Masse
     Division Supervisor
     Picus Confidential

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Peace be with all of you throughout this holiday season.

Especially to those of you who keep up with this blog.

You mean so much to me.

I don't say that as much as I should.

So thank you all.

For everything.

And Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"That was...that was very real, Hayden. It's exceedingly rare that I get to see such an unhindered display of emotion from you. Where were you just then?"

"I was with her, Doctor."

"I was with her."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nine days ago, I graduated from college.

Five days ago, my grandfather passed away.

Yesterday, I was informed that a dear friend of mine was killed in a car accident in India last week, along with eight other members of her family.

I would love to offer some sort of introspection here.

To expound upon my feelings.

Provide some sort of valuable insight.

I would love to offer something more.

But there is nothing to say.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Celebrate difference and try new things.

You will be happier.

I promise.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"I like how you're always calm."

It is difficult not to be calm, my dear.

It is difficult not to be calm.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our senior design project made the local news!

http://www.wltx.com/news/article/162834/2/Engineers-Design-Device-for-Boy-Born-With-No-Arms
I graduate on Monday.

It is...surreal, at best.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sometimes when I lack the concentration to do the things that I need to do, I think about all of the things that I have given up in the interest of my work until my personal desires fade into irrelevance.

The memory of the things that I have lost provides my mind with the sadness necessary to overcome the discord of my broken attention span.

It is uncomfortable; having to meditate on the harmful until my thoughts are so powerful that they literally dull my awareness of the world around me.

Until they physically cause my ears to ring.

But the work simply has to get done.

This is something that people often do not understand: for everything that the depression takes away from me, it leaves something horrid and twisted, but ultimately more meaningful in its place.

Animal Planet

Saturday, December 3, 2011

There has been nothing more frustrating in my experience with academia than dealing with scientific intellectuals who refuse to acknowledge the importance of the arts.

It is art - not history - that propagates culture, and we would be incomplete without it.

Those who are so stubborn as to dismiss the merits of the arts simply because they do not follow the particular rigors of the scientific method need to reconsider the metrics by which they deem themselves intellectuals.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Late Night Snack

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spree



More late-night engineering shenanigans.