Riddle me this

A riddle a day keeps the doctor away

(Why are we trying to keep doctors away? What have they ever done to us?)

For a little while I want to offer a daily riddle or puzzle on my blog here. The answer will come out a week after the riddle is posted. Also if you haven’t noticed based on past posts, I kind of have attention problems. I’m hoping this series lasts a little longer than my Shane vs Phobias YouTube run of 4 episodes.

Your first riddle:

I hide what is not yet hidden. I am a tool for those in secret pain. Dancers adore me, yet I am a friend to thieves.

A Pyromancer is Born

Kindling the first flame

This photoshoot didn’t start off inspired by the Dark Souls series, but during the shoot I was “prepared to die.” I couldn’t shake the feeling that a giant halberd wielding knight was going to invade my world and leave me jumping over bottomless chasms to retrieve my 23,225 souls. I needed those to level up. This once “element” inspired shoot has now been morphed by my passion for the Souls series.

Have I gone hollow?

I awoke in a world of darkness. The dark sign has begun its cycle. I refuse to hollow, I will not become one of the mindless. I must rekindle the bonfire to preserve the age of flame.

The dark sign has appeared

A pyromancer is born

There are many great trials ahead of me. I must find the original bonfire and rekindle it. I don’t have much to my name yet, a few simple fire tricks and not much else. I must channel this power into something greater.

A single pyromancy

Linking the fire

Fire now bends to my will; it has been a long road. I have fought past hydras, black knights, and dragons without scales. Now I find myself standing before a wall of fog. The Lord of Cinder himself stands beyond this threshold. I have also learned that sacrificing myself to link the fire will only prolong the cycle. Perhaps it’s time for a new age; the age of the dark. I’ve yet to decide what path to take.

The fire now storms

Top 5 Toys That Spin

Why things that spin?

As humans we are drawn to things that spin. Toys have been capitalizing on this for as long as they have been around. If it can spin we will likely play with it.

5. Fidget Spinners

This is the newest entry into the spinning toy category. Fidget spinners have hit the ground running and have become the latest fad. Because of how new they are and the limited (currently) number of tricks; they come in at number 5.

4. Spinning Tops

Tops are like lamer versions of spidget finners (see what I did there). Why did they rank higher than fidget spinners? Solely because of their longevity. Tops date back to ancient times. Also dreidels are tops so bonus points or something.

3. Beyblades

Beyblades quickly came into our lives and disappeared from them just as fast. They were like spinning tops on some sort of drug that made them hyper aggressive (I’m looking at you bath salts). Beyblades are tops that fight when you pulled the cord. It’s too bad they only lasted about 5 seconds in the limelight.

Here and gone so fast.

2. Playing Cards

Playing cards aren’t typically the go-to toy when it comes to “spinning objects,” but they are the perfect example of “if it can spin it will spin.” Many people toss around, throw, and spin cards for fun. If you haven’t ever seen someone masterfully spin a card check it out here.

1. Yoyos

What other spinning toy has been so utilized. The yoyo stormed the world and has acted as a staple in the toy world for decades. Unlike most of the other toys listed, the yoyo is extremely versatile. Its versatility has led it to amass an amazing number of possible tricks. The yoyo is the only toy on this list that has professional tournaments tied to it (tied, like the string…please don’t make me explain my puns).

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Perpetually Single Hopeless Romantics

1. We accidentally build an arsenal of weird skills.

A hopeless romantic isn’t satisfied just meeting a stranger from a bar. We want someone who shares in our passions and hobbies. Because of this we often find ourselves taking on new ventures in order to meet someone. When we inevitably don’t find the love of our lives we are left with a new hobby and hundreds of hours soaked into it.

2. We love our friends that are in relationships, but often feel left out.

The world has this tendency to put a high value on couples and families, while neglecting singles. We are happy for our friends that have found someone, but it is still hurtful when there are “couples only” double, triple, and quadruple date nights.

3. Gladice, I’m sure your granddaughter is very nice, but for the 600th time I’m not interested.

For some reason the older people in our lives always try to set us up with their relatives even when we have absolutely nothing in common or any mutual interest. Stop it old people, just stop.

4. We don’t have unrealistic expectations.

As a “hopeless romantic” we are seeking our other half, the other piece of the puzzle. We want someone with commitment, loyalty, that shares in our interests and passions. We don’t hop around from person to person and as such advice like “just date around until you find someone you like” doesn’t fly too well with us. We don’t play games and don’t relish in the idea of hurting others.

5. Current social norms leave us feeling isolated.

We are less than thrilled with the state of “social norms” at the moment. We live in a world full of the ‘FOMO, do what is best for yourself, forget loyalty, and do whatever you want’ mentality.

6. We’ve tried dating sites and they suck.

Dating sites are the breeding ground for the types of people mentioned in point number 5. I’m sure there are some good people that attempt to use them, but they are vastly outnumbered and often scared away by the crazies.

7. There’s no reason to belittle us.

“Your standards are too high,” “just put yourself out there,” “learn to settle,” “I hear Gladice’s granddaughter is single,” are not things we enjoy hearing, nor are they helpful in the least.

8. We aren’t scared of commitment.

As a matter of fact we prefer commitment. We just don’t commit to people we aren’t interested in pursuing. There is either interest or there isn’t. There is no in-between.

9. We aren’t selfish.

We would give anything to find that fairy tale ending. To have someone to make laugh, to share with, to be our adventure friend. Just because we are single and don’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves doesn’t make us selfish.

10. We value love.

Above all else we value the idea of love, actual love, not what movies and television claim it is. The selfless kind of love that seems to no longer exist.

Is love dead? Most likely, but hopefully not. 

Photo Shoot Fun

A quick “add some Gambit energy to cards” edit

Card Cascade
Wishing I was Gambit

So this isn’t going to be one of my normal blog entries. I recently went out on a little photo shoot with my friend Mark. We decided to take an approach where we went for a “Gambit style” shoot, playing on my love of cards. We originally had the idea of doing a full cosplay, but then decided we’d rather take a more subtle approach. This entry isn’t really going to have much writing, more or less I just wanted to share some of my favourite shots from our little adventure.

The gallery

If our Gambit photo shoot was shot like every Bigfoot sighting.
Climbing is important.
Trees are important too.
We decided that Superheroes are always perching on something.
…or leaning in between things.
…or just chilling.

Secret Blog Puzzle

You’re on the right track

So recently I put out a puzzle in my blog. I’m really impressed with the response I’ve received in regards to it. I’ve also noticed that it’s a little on the difficult side. I’d like to offer you a hint. There are really only 3 main blog posts that will be relevant to you, though there are some hidden chambers to explore.

***if you don’t want a hint please do not read any further in this post***

Hint time

If you are looking for underlines to guide you then you are seeking in vain. You have been looking at the picture a little too close, but remember not every link in the chain is green. Words are your friends, hover around them a little more.

Escaping Prison

How to escape from prison.

We were framed!

So Ryan, Alyssa, and I found ourselves behind bars yesterday. Ryan was arrested for streaking and I was arrested for disorderly conduct (probably because I was loudly convincing ryan to streak). Alyssa was arrested for jaywalking (in her defence she was trying to get away from Ryan and I as quickly as possible). The really weird part was we were tossed into the same cells as these two (who went by Anthony and Sarah). Sarah was arrested for grand theft auto and Anthony was arrested for robbing a bank. Hardly comparable to our petty crimes. It was actually kind of terrifying being in the same cells as major and possibly violent criminals.

We needed to get out

We began talking with our cell mates and they didn’t seem that bad. As a matter of fact they had all been framed by the same corrupt police that threw us in jail. We had to get out. We worked as a team and knew we only had an hour before the guard would come back around. Luckily we used our wit, dexterity, and combined problem solving to make a grand escape in 46:49.

Rooms to escape

If you haven’t guessed yet (or just don’t know much about them) we were playing an escape room game. My group of friends loves these. Today we tried out Prison Break at Ape Escape here in Windsor, Ontario. I can’t say enough good things about it. Everything was intuitive, it wasn’t linear, had an array of different types of puzzles, a completely charming atmosphere, and some very unique ideas.

Overall I was very impressed with Ape Escape and I’m sure we will be going back some time soon to try out their Casino Heist room.

4.8/5 experience

***side note***

One day I hope there is a 5 hour long, massive, insanely hard escape room challenge. Something that really just suspends our notion of reality for a long time and let’s us live out that adventure.

Tetris Syndrome

When the game becomes a little too real

If the pieces fit

Tetris, a timeless video game or a psychological analysis tool? There is a relatively new (since video games are “relatively new”) psychological principal dubbed “The Tetris Effect.” It was first written about by Jeffrey Goldsmith in an issue of Wired, “This is Your Brain on Tetris” (May 1994). The principle stated that after playing Tetris for extended periods of time players would begin to think in Tetris terms.

Causing you to think about little rectangles when you really shouldn’t be thinking about rectangles

Note: this isn’t talking about casual players, but rather those investing an *insert hyperbole* amount of time playing.

Players would begin to envision how street buildings or boxes at stores could fit together. That’s not the scary side of it though. Players would also on occasion actually see Tetris pieces falling from the sky or see the game pieces in their peripheral vision.

The Tetris Effect

Actual hallucinations brought on by playing a game, yikes. Now this doesn’t just apply to Tetris. Anything we spend the majority of our time on begins to mould our minds to conform to the habit.

Tetris Lamp
Think Geek isn’t a sponsor, I just really like this Tetris lamp

I have been spending a lot of my time on card tricks. I often times find myself thinking “I could shuffle that” or “how can I turn this soup can into a trick” (It can make shopping a little more, uhhh adventurous….also I get kicked out for shuffling the watermelons).

Long story short

This isn’t a new principle, just a new way of looking at it. The Tetris Effect basically states that whatever we spend all of our time on will consume us. It just brought out the fact that our brains will actually hallucinate about those little rectangles (or whatever else you use to occupy yourself) if we don’t control how we spend our time.

One-Electron Universe

Our daily dose of science; the one-electron universe.

Alright let’s get started on the one-electron universe theory

I know today is Wednesday (it’s Monday somewhere…actually that’s a lie, it is not currently Monday anywhere…or is it), but I couldn’t wait until next Monday to share our first fun science post. Today we will be diving into the quantum world, but don’t worry you should survive.

***Remember these are supposed to be fun, I won’t make you do any homework and it’s just a surface level overview of theories.***

We’ll be taking a look at one of my favourite quantum theories, the one-electron theory. So let’s get to it!

Briefly on electrons

Electrons are traditionally thought of as little orbiting balls of negative energy whirling around the inner mass of atoms.

Definitely not an electron
A different kind of negative

The issue with thinking of electrons like that comes into light when we start looking at the quantum world. Electrons have what is known as wave-particle duality. The wave portion doesn’t mean that they are moving in a back and fourth motion, but rather that they occupy all possibilities simultaneously. This is known as a state of superposition. Once observed those endless possibilities crash down into a single occurrence. Check out the double slit experiment. It is also important to know that electrons appear to teleport and time travel. The really interesting part is that every electron is completely identical.

The theory

The one-electron universe theory was originally proposed by John Wheeler. His idea was basically that there was only one electron in existence. This one electron isn’t chained by space-time as it operates in a higher dimension. Since this one electron operates outside of time and space it can freely be in every location all at once doing different things, but it is still that same electron.

The non-scientific explanation

Picture your favourite time traveller (mine is The Doctor). This time traveller only has one goal, eat pizza. Now assume that this time traveller went to every single pizza place at every single moment in time throughout all history. From his perspective he would just be jumping around in time, but to those of us bound by our dimensions it would appear that a great number of identical time travellers, who all behave the same, were in every pizza place throughout all time. One person from his perspective, nearly infinite from ours.

Doctor Who?
The doctor is the one true electron

That’s all for the one-electron universe theory…for now.

This Monday we will be talking about the psychological phenomenon “The Tetris Effect.” We will also be looking at more space-time and fun physics theories in the future (or maybe it’s the past, who knows).

Getting Scientific

Monday science is now a thing at Read N’ Butter

It’s about to get educational

Hey everyone I came up with this concept of doing a weekly entry on one of my favourite scientific, psychological, or philosophical principles. Every Monday I’ll use stories and (a lot of) sarcasm to explain one of the theories that interests me.

A carrot who is a scientist is unmatchable
Science and stuff

But Shane, won’t this interefere with your normal posts, stories, hidden links, and absurdities?

Absolutely not my loyal reader. The Monday explainations are something that I figured would be fun and add some structure here at Read N’ Butter. Every Monday I want you to have something a little more substantial to dig into. Combining the scheduled posts with the chaotic ones will be a lot of fun.

A giant fan of cards
Random posts will still be a thing