El Politico (‘Pinas) game

I took a HCI course by Stanford University at Coursera and an online classmate created an app prototype called “Political Promise”. An app that tracks the promises and oaths of politicians before they get elected and surfaces when they did. I am not saying the idea is new but it makes a lot of sense. I scored the app for 5 stars, the highest. The idea is awesome, right?

Being influenced, I decided to sketch a game in which you are a politician and you will strive to become a president of the Republic of The Philippines. Choose from different paths, decisions, parties and resources to balance. Also, eliminate or bribe enemies who tries to block or derail your progress. I’m smiling while writing this.

I will release a beta before my birthday.

Can we do the same thing? Since we all like to keep scores, how about we democratize the use of “private database” to keep track of “receivables.” The things promised to us or things we know we deserve to have whether we worked on it or told to have it.

Almost all of the action movies run on the same course: a promise not fulfilled and a value not delivered as expected. We all poke fun about things not happening to be true not realizing that the jokes of today are tomorrow’s funny Nobel Prize idea. I’ll work on some, actually I’m joking about it, for real.

Facebook thoughts

I had a nostalgic bite of browsing Facebook and their links for about 5 hours straight. Achieving nothing and envying everything. A cool reason why my future self may hit me using a plastic mullet with whistles. Also the reason why I started an “un-friend” campaign for a year which is an international success.

Friends in real life don’t guilt trip you into “liking” shit.

Any left-brainer person knows that a “friend” is a trading position. A fraction of your time in a day which can cost or earn you resources in some sense.

But expressing a lot of stuff online? Stop shaking heads,fuck you. How can you be exactly be more or less serious?

Who in the flying fuck thought about the 1 like = 1 prayer/money/respect trend? His/her purpose and time in life might be poorly spent.

Who? Your lazy-ass-stamp-addict-empty-planner-frappe-induced-overpaid-seo-social-media consultant who can’t pronounce three words without letter “f” and “t”? Your overpriced fashion brand who evade taxes? Your bogus charity page?

Anyway you can close this tab because maybe, just maybe, you forgot to “like” the awesome gellato chocolate stupid selfie shit in a plush hotel, brought to you by your favorite local friendzoner crush. Along with that spreading of oily chicken legs that your pet chihuahua more famous than you can eat. What a clusterfuck.

Everybody has to justify their pay but…some things are more nay than yay. Some things just don’t fit right.

Value is a flux thing, connecting people is great. I owe the system my online presence in a sense that an employer can Google or grep my name in a database. Also great for connecting with friends about how they end up with what they are doing in their lives. Along with the Oh-you’re-so-so-cool-before-but-now moments. Pretty slick.

I don’t know exactly how Facebook operates. The system mastered Pavlov’s techniques, the old boy’s club wisdom about managing cocaine-like dynamics on psyches, the viral “like” button mentality.(Can a cheeseburger like?)

The ubiquitous idea of being able to project an omnipresence feeling about eyeballs and imaginary profit tickets that you can bleed in your gums in any Starbucks branch with glee.

I really have no idea, but all I know is that they are real players and knows how to play the game. They got backing from different strong allies and shit. Someone has to do it and they did.You will highly think that the social network is the main thing that they’re busy today, but that can be managed by an AI and a couple of PHB at a price.

Over time, what you do thickens like a Sharpie line. They’re probably busy at something else and solving interesting society problems. I don’t know. I am over stretching the ideas by appearing arrogant and ranting in the process. My writing must be improved next time.

Lucy and The Lawmower Man

Watching Lucy with a friend reminds me of the scene of Lawnmower man:

Dr. Lawrence Angelo: This is all so new.

Jobe Smith: It’s not new. I realized that nothing we’ve been doing is new. We haven’t been tapping into new areas of the brain – we’ve just been awakening the most ancient. This technology is simply a route to powers that conjurers and alchemists used centuries ago. The human race lost that knowledge and now I’m reclaiming it through virtual reality.

Dr. Lawrence Angelo: You’re moving too fast. Even with all these new abilities, there are dangers. Man may be able to evolve a thousand-fold through this technology, but the rush must be tempered with wisdom.