2pm Focus

It has just hit a quarter past 2pm on Thursday, the 31st of March, 2017. I have two tests tomorrow and I cannot focus for the life of me. I have never been able to focus at this hour for some reason, my previous knife-edged focus disintegrate into a fine powder when faced with 14:00 hours on my computer. Of course, you can connect this with the fact that our brain caffine (Scientifically called Cortisol) levels are at their lowest around now.

So instead I’m browsing the internet, importing blog posts from the old version of this website, drinking coffee and opening my window and looking out at it, writing about how Medium is very important to a young writer these days, and watching the young men from the buisness management college that shares the same land with my dorm playing cricket. They seem happy, throwing the ball, laughing, clapping, shouting, mock punching each other. Right now they’re all I can focus on, them and this blog post.

Soon my focus will pick up and I can go right back to mixing 1 part study with 4 parts procrastination for my two tests tomorrow.

Can we really trust the Jedi?

From a 2005 article on Marginal Revolution, titled “The public choice economics of Star Wars: A Straussian reading”:

  1. The Jedi and Jedi-in-training sell out like crazy.  Even the evil Count Dooku was once a Jedi knight.

  2. What do the Jedi Council want anyway?  The Anakin critique of the Jedi Council rings somewhat true (this is from the new movie, alas I cannot say more, but the argument could be strengthened by citing the relevant detail).  Aren’t they a kind of out-of-control Supreme Court, not even requiring Senate approval (with or without filibuster), and heavily armed at that?  As I understand it, they vote each other into the office, have license to kill, and seek to control galactic affairs.  Talk about unaccountable power used toward secret and mysterious ends.

Despite what George Lucas said, my personal theory is that ‘Balance to the Force’, involves an equal number of Sith as there are Jedi, which is exactly what Anakin did. The Jedi are just too overpowered to be left uncontested in the galaxy.

As an addendum, the reasons the article states about the Jedi perfectly reflect why I love Knights of the Old Republic 2 over the original. Through Kreia, Obsidian perfectly critics most of the Star Wars universes problems. In it, there is no ‘right’ choice. Give a beggar money, and he is killed for it. Give him nothing, and he kills someone else.

Kreia seeks to show you, that even the purest of Jedi can never bring true harmony to the galaxy. Even if the Jedi where to become the sole users of the Force in the galaxy, the implications for this are not good for any normal civilian in the galaxy.

What a tree rings sound like when put on a record player

Tree stumps look kind of like a record, right? So what would they sound like if played. It makes a tortured, yet beautiful sound of piano keys as it spins, using optics instead of a needle to read the notes:

The rings of a trunk reveal the age of the tree, and environmental conditions like rainfall levels, disease, and even forest fires. Light-colored rings indicate growth spurts, while darker marks show times of a slowdown.

Each slice is unique — a glimpse into the story of a tree’s past. Bartholomäus Traubeck wondered what story those trees would tell. So he created equipment that could translate those rings into music on a record player. But instead of a needle, an optical sensor reads the wood’s color and texture. Then, algorithms convert those variations into notes on a scale, which is mapped to a piano synthesizer and played.

Discord adds some much needed safety features

In a new blog post Discord has announced new, a bit late but much needed security features including security scanners for messages from non-friends, link filters, two factor authorisation and, most importantly, a report button for individual members.

You can read in depth about it in detail on the official Discord blog (On Medium of course).