How much longer will it be until people are unable to make new, unique songs?
Have you heard that question before? Better yet, have you wondered that yourself? I have. It’s an interesting notion. After all, there are only so many different pitches in music. Therefore, there is a finite number of ways to put all of those pitches together. Hence, there is a finite number of different songs that humanity can produce. Despite that, it is HIGHLY improbable (dare I say, impossible) that humanity will reach the point of not being able to produce new, unique songs. Why is that?
Think about numbers. Technically, there are only ten different numbers, which we refer to as digits:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
A person can spend their whole life counting up from zero and never get to the end of their count. That’s because, while there is a finite number of individual units, the number of ways to combine those units is so large, that society considers it infinite (mathematicians literally use infinity in formulas). The cause of the apparent infinity is an exponential growth of 10^x*9 (x being the number of digits minus one); There are ten
single-digit numbers, ninety double-digit numbers, nine hundred triple-digit numbers, and so on. If you’re trying to figure out how ten single-digit numbers fits the exponential growth formula, it doesn’t. 0 is technically a number of its own, but when placed in front of another number the combined number is considered the same number as the number that follows the 0 (09=9). You can’t take 0 out of the digit list because without zero we would not have 10, 20, 30, etc. They say that there is an exception to every rule; 0 is the exception to the exponential growth of number count formula.
Due to exponential growth, we will never run out of new music. The bad news: songs are going to get a heck of a lot longer over time if they still want to be original. The good news…
I released the long overdue first edition of my 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings last week, so it’s only natural that I release the next long overdue thing on the agenda: the first edition of my 2018 NFL Win Projections. The win projections list is too long to make for an aesthetically pleasing post, so I’ll post the link to the document below. Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments:
My primary Spotify playlist, “TheHaysWay Grand Music Mix” is officially finally living up to its name! After somewhere between 3-4 years working on it, I have gathered over 1,000 songs (that’s right, one GRAND–See what I did there?). In honor of the milestone, I felt it fitting to have a music-related post (which I will be making exactly 1,000 words long). Here is a list of some of the best all-time quotes about music, from some people you may have heard of (in alphabetical order by last name, in case you’re looking for a particular famous person) 🙂
“I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
“Dance music is an emotional journey. It’s how well you can make people feel something that they haven’t felt.” – Steve Aoki
“Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music? No matter what kind it is.” – Louis Armstrong
“Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Jane Austen
“Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven
“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein
“Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.” – Napoléon Bonaparte
“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat
“Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” –Confucius
“I love music. It’s freedom, a way to deal with pent-up frustration.” – Ice Cube
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” – Charles Darwin
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein
“Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.” – Lady Gaga
“Music is a safe kind of high.” – Jimi Hendrix
“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” – Michael Jackson
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton John
“Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.” – Olga Kurylenko
“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” – John Lennon
“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” – Martin Luther
“Music is therapy. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. I acts as medicine.” – Macklemore
“Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
“Music is not math. It’s science. You keep mixing the stuff up until it blows up on you, or it becomes this incredible potion.” – Bruno Mars
“Music inflames temperament.” – Jim Morrison
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Distance doesn’t exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times.” – Yoko Ono
“All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.” – Tom Petty
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato
“The world’s most famous and popular language is music.” – Psy
“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan
“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann
“Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can’t portray when you’re acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel.” – Amanda Seyfried
“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” – William Shakespeare
“People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.” – Paul Simon
“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.” – Igor Stravinsky
“That’s the amazing thing about music: there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles
“Singing is just a feeling set to music.” – Carrie Underwood
“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” –Kurt Vonnegut
“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” – Stevie Wonder
I dropped the ball on these: I’m Sorry. I’ve actually had these done for a few weeks but I kept forgetting to post them. These may change a little over the next couple of months. As usual, you can also find this ranking on my fantasy football page. Enjoy, and feel free to tell me how wrong these rankings are in the comments. 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve composed a post about an inspirational quote, and it’s been even longer since that quote has been one of my own. I’m rectifying that today:
“Learning, in its truest form, is the realization of our second chance fantasies.”
How often do you get the question, “If you could go back in time and change one thing that’s happened in your life, what would it be?” Sometimes, others ask us this question. Many times, we ask ourselves that question. It is humanity’s way of checking our regrets. We regret those moments that we felt did not go the way we wanted them to because we chose poorly. Maybe ill-conceived words decimated a relationship, be it with an acquaintance, a friend, a family member, or a lover. Maybe a catastrophic decision closed the door on an opportunity, like a career.
No matter what others tell you or what you tell yourself, we ALL experience regret at some point in life. Yet, there are some people that have no regrets. When you hear someone say that they have no regrets, they often don’t include the fact that they used to have regrets. How did they eliminate them?
When one experiences a moment one regrets, one tends to replay that moment in their head with all of the different possible outcomes that would have been preferable to the real outcome. Those different outcomes are our second chance fantasies; When we are asked about what we would go back and change about our life, they are usually the clarification we tack on the end of our response. “If time travel was possible…”
A day may come when time travel becomes a reality, but it is not this day. The good news is that time travel is not necessary to realize our second chance fantasies. The key to freeing oneself of regret is learning from those second chance fantasies. If you decimate a friendship by telling your friend to go to hell, you say kinder and more reasonable things in your other friendships. If you close the door on your dream job by missing a crucial interview because you needed an extra hour of sleep, you start setting your alarms earlier for future interviews.
Everybody makes mistakes and the truth is, not a soul among us can take back mistakes we’ve made. But, every single one of us has the capacity to learn from our mistakes, ensuring that we do not repeat them in the future. We learn from our second chance fantasies by taking what we should have done in a moment we regret, and turning that into what we actually do in a similar moment in the future.
You probably remember my Way Too Early Fantasy Rankings from a couple of weeks ago. Well, I’ve changed my mind on what I said in that post; My 2018 fantasy football analysis is no longer going in alphabetical order–it’s all over the place. It’s in complete chaos. The good news is that NFL.com has opened their mock drafts, so I have a more updated list of players to work with, including the rookies. That also means I can base my rankings more on where players should be drafted, rather than how many points they will score this season (ex: QBs will score the most points, but the gap between the best and the worst QBs is significantly less than the gap between the best and the worst RBs and WRs). Anyway, I’m trying to get my poop in a group (s*** together, if you prefer). Here is my first official Top 25 2018 Fantasy Fooball Ranking, in the order in which you should draft them:
A band I’ve been hearing a lot of lately is The Score. This, in part, is due to the fact that I have 16 of their songs in my Spotify playlists. But, they’ve also been getting more recognition on a larger scale; I’ve started hearing a couple of their songs in commercials (for example, this Battlefield 1 official trailer from last year). Their latest album (which is also their debut album), Atlas, was released last October and is absolutely fantastic. I definitely recommend checking them out, especially if you like pop rock. If you’re short on time (or patience:) and you don’t want to listen through the whole album, my favorite song on the album is “Revolution,” unless you’re listening to the Deluxe version, in which case my favorite song is “Money Run Low.”
It’s no secret that the NBA has become EXTREMELY top-heavy. That’s why the difference between the 2017 and 2018 NBA Playoffs is 4 teams (that’s right, the playoff field was only 25% different). That’s why the 2018 NBA Playoffs are on the brink of bringing us a Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State WarriorsNBA Finals matchup for the FORUTH YEAR IN A ROW, with the Cavs having just evened their series against the Boston Celtics at 2-2, and the Warriors having a 2-1 lead in their series against the Houston Rockets including a win in Houston already. It’s like the NBA decided that instead of just a seven game series each year, they should play seven, seven game series over seven years to decide an NBA Championship.
Are there people in this world–not including Cavs and Warriors fans–who still enjoy watching the Cavs and Warriors meet in the Finals?
I don’t, and it’s not just because I want my Portland Trail Blazers to make it (though, that would obviously be awesome). Take this season for example: I’m so sick of the Warriors winning that I actually screamed in excitement when the New Orleans Pelicans won a single game against them in their playoff series, despite the fact that in the Pelicans’ previous playoff series, they swept my Blazers in completely dominating fashion.
We know there is a problem in the NBA’s balance of power: How can it be fixed? Here are a few ideas:
Change the heck out of the salary cap policies. The NBA has ridiculous salary cap policies, most notably the presence of a “soft” salary cap in addition to the “hard” salary cap. The soft salary cap gives NBA teams MANY exceptions which allow them to go over the soft cap to sign players. I may go into those in more detail in another post, but for the sake of preventing this post from getting too long, I’ll just leave you with this: According to spotrac.com, the 5 NBA teams that are furthest over the cap are all 2018 playoff teams and the top 2 of those are the Cavaliers and the Warriors. I’m guessing the billionaire owners don’t mind spending so much money considering they are competing for a championship every season (which also usually means greater fan attendance and higher ticket prices to make up for the extra money spent).
Change the playoff format from seven game playoff series to single game matchups. Everybody loves March Madness in College Basketball because nobody knows what will happen–case-in-point: UMBC. That’s because if a team wants to win it all, they have to play their best in EVERY GAME. If the favorites take a game off, the underdogs will rise. The seven game playoff series pretty much guarantees that the better team will advance to the next round, which is occasionally a lower seeded team. But that playoff format is boring. Want proof? Viewership numbers from Showbuzz Daily and TV By the Numbers on Wikipedia indicate that the clinching game is consistently, BY FAR the most viewed game in the NBA Finals, most notably in 2016 and 2014:
2016- 10.32 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 4.23 million viewers.
2014- 2.46 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 0.76 million viewers.
Conference Realignment. This solution is the easiest, yet least practical. It’s simple: If the Warriors and Cavs play in the same conference, they can’t play against each other in the NBA Finals. It’s complicated: This would involve more traveling for teams, which would wear out the players more and cost the teams more.
College football has been trying to stop Nick Saban, so why isn’t the NBA trying to stop the Warriors and Cavs? Maybe there is a better idea out there to level the competition in the NBA (if you have an idea, let me know in the comments), but certainly we are at the point where something needs to be done.
SPOILER ALERT:Most of the movies I’m going to be discussing have been out for several years (some for multiple decades) but the most recent movie I will be including is Avengers: Infinity War, so if you still have not seen that movie, you may not want to continue.
I was re-watching the original The Matrix this weekend because the trilogy is streaming on Hulu right now (the second and third in the trilogy are, largely, crappy. The original one is cinematic gold). In the movie, there is a line where Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is discussing humanity with Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne); He compares humanity to a virus because, rather than attempting to live with the natural equilibrium that most species work with, we continue to multiply and deplete natural resources. Let me guess: that line sounds familiar to you, but you haven’t watched The Matrix for a while? That’s probably because Thanos (Josh Brolin) has a very similar line in Avengers: Infinity War. He tells the story of his home planet–Titan–which was destroyed because his species continued to multiply until they depleted their natural resources. In fact, that line is Thanos’ justification for his quest to destroy (or save) half of the beings in the universe. Agent Smith also uses that point to justify to Morpheus why it was right for the machines to plug all of humanity into The Matrix (roll credits).
Takeaway: Thanos is Agent Smith.
Maybe that’s a reach, but imagine this: Humanity knows how to travel through space, so logically the AI we create does, too. They do so and establish versions of The Matrix on other planets, including Titan. If the machines can do that, it’s reasonable to assume that they would have some form of interplanetary communication. Therefore, they hear about what happened on Earth respond with two actions:
They modify each planet’s version of Agent Smith.
They send more machines back to Earth to reclaim it and reestablish The Matrix there.
Now, humanity progresses and makes discoveries over time and likely, aliens do so as well. So, over time the different planets’ Matrices meld together as alien species and humans discover one another. Eventually, humanity’s melded version of The Matrix reaches as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe does. During all of this, the machines are consistently improving Agent Smith because he needs to be able to deal with many different species now. The problem with the last Agent Smith was that he was designed to deal with humans who questioned the system. So, the new Agent Smith draws attention away from the questioning of the system by trying to destroy the peace within it (for example, attempting to eliminate half of the population of the universe). To do this, he needs more individual power than a human form will afford him. So, he decides to take the massive form of a member of the Titan species, which is Thanos.
The Matrix has expanded from Earth to become a universal system of domination for the machines.
Agent Smith has changed his objective from ‘stop people who question the system’ to ‘prevent people from questioning the system in the first place by threatening to catastrophically alter it’
In order to complete his new objective, Agent Smith becomes the massive life form of Thanos (of the Titan species) because it affords him the individual, physical power he needs.
Hence, Thanos is Agent Smith.
Drop the mic.
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support the jumps I made throughout that tale. That said, there is also no evidence to deny the jumps I made throughout that tale…except one part. While, in our “real world” we progress and make discoveries as a species and a society, that’s not how it works in The Matrix. Recall one of Morpheus’ conversations with Neo (Keanu Reeves), where Morpheus explains that The Matrix has everyone living in the 1990’s, while in their real world, it is more like 2190. Therefore, that suggests the machines do not program The Matrix in a manner that progresses mankind, which, in turn, means that there would not be a logical reason to meld different species’ Matrices together because humanity is unable to make discoveries of that magnitude (aliens) within The Matrix.
That’s all kind of a bummer for my extended Matrix fan-fiction, but think about this for a second: The ONLY part of my tale that The Matrix trilogy can definitively disprove is the progression of societies and the resulting melding of Matrices. There is no evidence in the movies to disprove the notion that the machines could have overrun other species on other planets to plug those species into their own, unique version of The Matrix. If any movie studio out there wants to reboot The Matrix, holla’ at me in the comments section!
I haven’t posted in over a week, but rest assured, I’ve been preparing stuff for the upcoming (and yet, still far too distant) NFL season. My last post featured the beginning of my 2018 fantasy football analysis, so I figured it was only fair to show you the beginning of my other bigger project I’ve been working on: my 2018 NFL win projections. Here are my predictions for which teams will win which games in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season:
Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles- (Atlanta Falcons)