Writing, chemistry, and robots

2/16/17

I feel more hope toward my story than I’ve felt in a long time. I know this is because of my reason for writing the story—I don’t want to get a particular message across, or roleplay certain things, or create a funny story, or beautiful story, or witty story—I don’t care about making it for anyone else this time, and that’s different. I know it sounds selfish, sorry. Negative consequences of being honest. Anyway, before it was about others. Now, it’s about me. Writing is for my pleasure and enjoyment; writing is to immerse myself in a world I’m burning to go to. Writing is a private, personal adventure filled with strangers in a new world, just like when I read a book for my pleasure, not that of anyone else’s. Writing has become something for myself.

My dedication to action and adventure, as opposed to a story with the main theme of friendship, or romance, or anything else I tried but didn’t want to write a story about, is clear to me. After certain activities, I have 22 minutes to learn from others on how story writing should work. I’m focusing on gathering ideas and I feel that I am involved. I am very eager to write this story, and my eagerness is displayed by the time I am investing into planning, whereas before, writing was a bird I didn’t expect to fly. I just wanted to see how far it could go and what it would be like—I was impatient. I didn’t care much about the story being finished. I didn’t want to be there the whole time. So I didn’t plan much. Now, writing a story is for every moment. Now, I am determined to finish the story. So I am approaching this writing task differently than I have approached all others.

Something good did come out of getting that Star Wars game. I can’t be perfectly confident—this story may get stuck and abandoned, or it might not even take off—but if this succeeds, I will have the game to thank for making me come back to the question of what I was continuously looking for. I was looking for action and adventure, for passion, thrills, and meaning, for dangers and excitement: I was looking for a way to feel alive. I was looking for the positive, high arousal (to use terms used to describe emotions according to my psychology book) that seems to charge me with ecstasy and give my life purpose.

That feeling is an electrifying form of happiness.

2/17/17

Look at the date: 2/17/17. Will it ever be 17/17/17? Well, no because there’s no month that’s 17 (only 12 months in a year). The month limits first, because there are 12 months only; then the days limit, because there are only so many days in a month; but the year is less limiting. It’ll be 2/17/99 one day, but neither the month or the day will ever be 99. After it is 2100, the matching will occur again. It will continue working for years, 2112 being the last year it’ll work (because 12/12/12 is possible). After all, once it is 2113, they won’t align anymore. The closest is: 12/13/13, because the month cannot be greater than 12. And so until 2200, this will not occur again. And I’m sure that when this happens, on December 12th, 2112 (12/12/12), at least one person will notice, just like I noticed back in 2012. (I just remembered, right now, having noticed that.) When they notice, I will possibly be gone. I was born in 2000. There will be children born in 2100. Their life will be just beginning when mine draws to a close, if I make it that far.

Contemplating my own death makes me extremely sad. The only way I can cope is by having hope in Aubrey de Grey.

I don’t want to die. I feel sorrow for those who didn’t want to die, but were born too early, and had no hope, and died.

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Like I probably mentioned before, gases (like liquids) are considered fluids because of the flow of their particles and their quality of taking their container’s shape. Liquids are the least-common state of matter in the universe (solids and gases being more common) because “a substance can exist in the liquid state only within a relatively narrow range of temperatures and pressures.” Like in a gas, particles of liquid are constantly moving. However, liquid particles move a lot more slowly. Liquid particles are a lot closer together than gas particles. Those particles are affected by attractive forces more than gas particles are.

Most substances will be a lot denser in liquid form than in gas form, because in the liquid form, the particles are a lot closer together. Compared to liquid form, however, substances in solid form generally are not that much denser.

Like gases, liquids can diffuse—with liquids they are capable of dissolving into. Diffusion is caused by the constant, random movement of liquid particles. Of course, since liquid particles move a lot more slowly than gas particles, liquids diffuse more slowly. Diffusion in liquids can be sped up if the particles move faster—and the particles move faster if the temperature is raised.

All liquids have surface tension, which pulls the liquid’s surface together and “decreas[es] surface area to the smallest possible size.” Just like temperature and particle speed are directly related (an increase in one leads to an increase in the other, and vice versa), the strength of attraction and surface tension are directly related. The stronger the attraction between particles, the greater the surface tension. Surface tension causes liquid droplets to take on shapes that are somewhat spherical, because “a sphere has the smallest possible surface area for a given volume.” At least in water, surface molecules form hydrogen bonds with molecules around them and beneath them, but not above them (there are no water molecules above them, and they form no bonds with molecules in the air). This makes it so they are pulled to other surface molecules (which are next to them) and molecules underneath them; as a result they are pulled “together and toward the body of the liquid.”

2/18/17

I was working, just now, on an assignment for my French class that basically consists of me reading an article in French and answering questions. The article is about child labor, and my eyes have been opened once more. There are so many paths undiscovered, so many topics I haven’t even touched upon; so many things I don’t know. One thing I didn’t know was that child labor still existed. Now I’m reading a section that is literally titled (this is my English translation) “The grave consequences on their health and their future,” and in this section I found this: “In the carpet or weaving industries, children are crammed into dark places and polluted with wool dust. This harms their eyes and their lungs.” This was deeply concerning (I don’t want anyone to suffer), just like what I read above: “The utilisation of chemical products in the case of shoe industries, goldsmithing and textile industries, but also in agriculture, intoxicates the fragile bodies of children.”

As I learned about the negative effects that these jobs have on children’s health, I naturally thought about the effects these jobs have on adults’ health. And I was concerned. What is the solution? The more dangerous tasks must be done by someone, after all—or something. I thought about robotics. I’m currently reading the book Seveneves, in which one of the main characters, Dinah, controls different types of robots with programming. While she is safe, they are doing the dangerous work—and they can, when working together, work extremely quickly, it seems to me. They seem more efficient than human workers. The story is hard science fiction (meaning it all could happen), so robots could theoretically do this.

I was thinking that maybe, since I don’t know what I want to do yet, I should enter the field of robotics. After all, I feel that somebody has to develop these means of protecting people. Robots are useful in many other ways—they can go where we can’t and increase our abilities.

Just a thought.

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“Children which work in construction have growth problems and deformations because they carry loads that are too heavy.”

This is so inhumane.

The world is filled with problems, but I need to know what they are, because if I don’t, how am I supposed to help?

The article also says that children working in quarries (pits which stone or other materials are extracted from) or mines can contract silicosis (which is defined as “lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of dust containing silica”).

This post is getting long, so I’ll start another one.

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