Archive for November 2015

Saddling Up in Assassin’s Creed III   Leave a comment

The latest Assassin’s Creed game (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) lets you drift on a horse-drawn carriage in the streets of London, but Assassin’s Creed III is the last game in the franchise where your character can ride a horse. This is me saddling up on all main maps in the game: Davenport Homestead, the Frontier, Boston, and New York. I excluded both Benedict Arnold Missions and The Tyranny of King Washington DLCs.

Davenport Homestead..02min20sec
New York…………………….02min28sec

I’m done.


Strolling Through Assassin’s Creed III   Leave a comment

Strolling through all the walkable locations in Assassin’s Creed 3 (AC3): Davenport Homestead, the Frontier, Boston, and New York. I excluded both Benedict Arnold Missions and The Tyranny of King Washington DLCs.

Davenport Homestead..08min07sec
New York……………………09min34sec

I’m done.

Sprinting Through Assassin’s Creed III   Leave a comment

So I sprinted through all the walkable locations in Assassin’s Creed 3 (AC3): Davenport Homestead, the Frontier, Boston, and New York. I excluded both Benedict Arnold Missions and The Tyranny of King Washington DLCs.

Interestingly enough, Both AC3 and Assassin’s Creed Rogue’s New York maps are about the same distance when sprinting through them from south end point to the wall boundary in the north at about 4 minutes.

Davenport Homestead..02min33sec
New York……………………04min02sec

Who Are We?   1 comment

There was a TV show called Ed back in the day about a Bowling-Alley lawyer. The premise was that on the same day he got fired from his job (for drafting a contract with a misplaced comma, costing his law firm $1.6 million), he comes home to find his wife sleeping with a mailman. His wife made a point it wasn’t their mailman. He spends some time back to his hometown in Stuckeyville, Ohio, reuniting with old friends and his high school crush. He decides to win her heart, move to Stuckeyville, buy a rundown bowling alley and open his own law firm.

In one episode, Ed was hired by a psychologist who was sued for allegedly scamming people. The psychologist explains to Ed that this was part of his research (I think it was). He asks him to think of a number between 1 to 10. The psychologist guessed correctly: 7. The psychologist asked Ed again to think of a number between 1 to 100. He guessed correctly: 37.

Statistically, 7 and 37 are the most common numbers people think of from 1-10 and 1-100, respectively. In the lawsuit, the psychologist sent e-mails to a distribution list, predicting which team would win in a ball game. All he did was send half the people a prediction and the other half another team winning. On the winning half, he divides it again and so on. The people who were randomly placed in the ‘always’ winning distribution list surmised this guy as the real deal. Some people started betting real money on the games. This is part of a general phenomenon known as subjective validation.

Subjective validation occurs when two or more unrelated or random events are perceived to be related because a belief, expectation, or hypothesis demands a relationship. This phenomenon is also related to the Barnum effect, where individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. It provides us a partial explanation to why people believe in horoscopes, astrology, and personality tests.

I recently read a horoscope infograph on Facebook, describing the personalities of each sign. I scrolled down to my sign and thought “that kind of describes me.” I read the other signs. They are just as vague as the others and might as well describe me. Some of them, at least.

This got me thinking about personality tests. I know of people who are vehemently against religion, pseudoscience and supernatural things, yet welcome the Myers Briggs test with open arms. 

Are people just inclined to seek patterns and meaning regardless of religion, creed, belief system or lack thereof? Do people take these readings and personality test results at face value or aspire to represent them in a self-fulfilling prophetic way? What makes us us? What make me me? What makes you you?

I’m done.

Posted November 13, 2015 by StupidSystemus in Musings, Personal

The New Job   1 comment

  1. In the IT world, especially companies dealing with government and sensitive info, security is everything. It’s the third day of my new job and they’re still processing my badge. I have my laptop setup, but I can’t login without my badge. So I’m reading and re-reading documents my coworker printed for me about the programs we support. Once I’m done, I stare at the wall for hours. Hence my new posts.
  2. Had lunch with a former co-worker and her co-worker earlier. It’s been a while since we left that really awful experience for a job at that company, which still holds the title as the worst, period, job, period ever, period. She’s still in the area so it’s nice catching up with her.
  3. I’ve come to depend on Facebook for such a long time that I expect I could find long lost friends I haven’t talked to or seen in many years, that I forgot to factor in them probably not having an account.
  4. I brought my iPad mini to work, hoping I could up my work count for NaNoWriMo, but no. I forgot to install the Google Doc app for editing. I can’t connect to my work wifi without a login (which is probably a good idea as they’d know what I’ve been accessing at work). The nearest Starbucks is 3.4 miles away. I’ll just make sure to download it when I get home.
  5. My Starbucks card’s gold status expires next year in August. Thanks to their member exclusive star deals, I could gather 30 stars to retain gold status for another year and spend less. If I buy from 3 different stores till 11/14 this week, I get 6 bonus stars on top of the star I get per purchase/visit.
  6. Saw Spectre last weekend. It was not as good as Skyfall, but I enjoyed it the same. Also, Sam Smith’s Writings on the Wall is the epitome of all James Bond theme songs. I put it on the same level as You Know My Name and The World is Not Enough. Don’t care what anyone says. Goldfinger theme song did not age well. Can’t let nostalgia hold us back. Not sorry.
  7. The last Hunger Games movie comes out this next weekend. I’m actually more interested in what trailers they have in the theater. Watching trailers on a full screen is just better.

I’m done.

Posted November 11, 2015 by StupidSystemus in Music, Personal