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Subject:Virtual experience
Time:10:55 pm
Current Mood:geekygeeky
Damn, I haven't posted in like a year, wow.

This morning cleaning cages, I read a 2005 newspaper article about how important video games are, how they are a great medium for education and art, and how we shouldn't dismiss them as frivolous. Even I, who hopes video games will evolve into alternate universes, tend to dismiss the games I actually play as frivolous, and get angry at myself for playing them so much.

runescape.com is a prime example. I spend so much time and energy leveling up, doing incredibly boring repetitive tasks... I probly waste a quarter of my life playing it, and it's too laborious for "play" to be truely applicable. But I do it because I can... I know how to level up my runescape character, I don't particularly know how to level up in real life.

I do make some progress in life, of course. I belong to Naja now, and I'm very happy about it. I am, of course, full of uncertainty and angst about how well I'm serving her, and how willing she is to own me, and how willing I am to *let* her own me... I'm a complicated person, even the best choice I could ever make would have it's share of anxieties. And I've finally had some experience driving. I'm also taking some free classes, just keyboarding and accounting, simple stuff. In accounting I think I might be regarded as semi-brilliant, but it's not a "real" class like *cringe* intermediate algebra.

But back to runescape, it does help me learn things as much as anything else does. I think I'm going to sound like an idiot and a geek at the same time, but I discovered something. Certan activities give half experience points, like gathering oak logs gives 37.5 exp, and willow logs give 67.5 exp. These half points are non-observable until they add up to a full point... just like virtual particles!

Virtual particles have less than a quanta of energy, and we can't see them, but they have cumulative or statistical effects, like when an electron absorbs enough of them to equal a full quanta, and it emits an observable photon. Quantas are cool, sort of like integers... imagine if everything after the decimal point were virtual, invisible. Pi would simply look like 3. the .141592653589... etcetera would still be there, in it's entirety, hidden until it had an observable effect on a calculation. Now, I can't say for sure that the virtual part of pi would be complete, non-approximated... but it makes the concept beautiful, and it makes the whole universe make more sense to me. It may be possible that virtual particles are where the universe hides all it's infinities, like the endless decimals of pi, the unabridged mandlebrot fractal, and the perfect sphere. If we could harness this cumulative effect of imperceptables, math may become simpler and more accurate, and I'm sure gas stations would have a field day with their invisible 9/10ths of a cent, lol.

Well, I've geeked myself out enough for one year, maybe I'll post again next holiday season.

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing...
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