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Springtime brought along blooming flowers bathing in the sunlight pouring between the parting clouds. An illuminating sun was centered in the bright sky while the chilling northern pacific winds sifted through the pine trees. It was a time of rebirth and new beginnings. The high schoolers cloaked in sweaters folded their arms as they approached the school hall. They were partitioned into their different cliques. There were the sports teams, the drama clubs, and the church groups. There were the carpoolers, the intertwined couples, and the loners.

And then there was Hunter, kicking his skateboard up to cradle under his…

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David Lynch is the wispy-haired director responsible for some of the most popular works of surreal filmmaking in the last century. “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Twin Peaks” all encourage people to question reality and investigate the depths of their own minds.

It takes an incredibly creative soul to be able to cause people to question after witnessing their art. As an aspiring creative, I fanboy over the specific processes these types of individuals subject themselves to in order to get a better understanding of how I can become a better artist.

Besides being vocal about practicing different creations and partaking…

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There’s a lot of pressure on us to make the most of the time that we have. Every single body of life that situates itself on Earth is subject to the same minutes on the clock, or days on the calendar. Where you end up in life depends on how you use the 24 hours that you and everyone else, is confined inside of.

It’s an overwhelming notion that we could be wasting the short amount of time that we are supplied with. What constitutes a waste of time? Maybe you find yourself sleeping in too often. Maybe you keep…

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If you have a sturdy savings account or stacks of cash stowed under your mattress, you’re not doing yourself as much good as you should. There might come that one rainy day where you do get to take a hammer to that piggy bank of yours and pick up the few cents within the shattered shards to cover some emergency expenses. But that’s not what money is meant to be used for.

Money needs to be used in order to have a purpose. You leave money frozen in an account with the hopes of it being useful in the future…

The trust is in the math

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Monetary transactions have gone from exchanging notes with straight-faced slave masters to using lasers to read plastic rectangles. Beyond credit cards, people magically send others money through PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App. These are glimpses into what would transpire in a cashless economy. Everybody will be paying for everything with virtual forms of money like V-Bucks and Minecraft Rubies.

The idea of easing into a post-cash economy is what guides plentiful attention towards cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, which had momentarily spiked to being worth over $40,000.

History of the Cybergold

Bitcoin makes its rounds in the news every…

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We are deeply familiar with the idea of the post-war American nuclear family, which consists of two parental figures and a number of children. The man of the house would grab their hat and get their kiss from the stay-at-home wife as they went on their way to work a high wage, non-soul-sucking job. Pair that with some swing music and you have every familial conservative’s Leave it to Beaver wet dream.

But times have changed since the 60s. Women pursued higher education and continue to create much-needed representation in the workforce. …

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It sucks when you’re told that you can’t do something. And I hate to be the guy that tells you that you can’t comprehend what higher dimensions look like.

We were all born and brought up in a reality contained within 3 spatial dimensions and 1 linear time dimension. It’s elementary for us to comprehend the dimensions below our own.

It’s best to imagine different dimensions through dots, lines, and shapes. An object in the zeroth- dimension contains only a single point. An object in the first-dimension contains a line bounded by two zero-dimensional points. An object in the second-dimension…

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The Console Wars have been an arduous 21st century battle between two juggernauts of the gaming industry. Microsoft’s Xbox lineage and Sony’s Playstation lineage have been pitting against each other for decades by supporting nearly the same features, all the while Nintendo practices innovative isolationism on the sidelines.

The two consoles have comparable specs: both are sleek in design, identical central processing units, similar storage space, familiar frame rates, and the same likelihood of a 12-year-old tauntingly teabagging your character post-headshot.

Considering these shared features, brand loyalty condenses down to whichever one you have more friends on. …

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Music is there to comfort us whether it’s top-charting sugarcoated pop ballads or experimental industrial screaming trapcore. It doesn’t matter how simple and bright or odd and complex the sounds are as long as they take our attention and soundtrack our lives.

While there are a number of genres growing exponentially, they all adhere at least somewhat to the same ruleset of music theory.

On paper, all of the music outside of the added distortion, delays, reverb, and wub wubs are just notes locked inside of barlines.

Writing a full song involves combining rhythm, melody, chord progressions, and harmony to…

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I consider myself to be an avid consumer of myriad forms of media. This means that I tend to reference things very often to the confused utterances of the peanut gallery.

At times I’ve used it to prove something of myself. I used to be the type of person that would question people about the band tees they were wearing fully aware that they had little knowledge of the subject. I chose to be that instead of happy.

Throughout my years of researching useless information, I began to notice how lacking of originality everything was. …

Erik Ruof

Storyteller with an extensive list of passions and eccentric opinions. Short stories, hot takes, and pure stream of consciousness word vomit.

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