August 1, 2008

An Accurate New Name for "MMORPGs".

Today in Reflections I discuss a pet peeve of mine regarding everyone's favorite genre of games, the "Massively Multiplayer" variety. I have a solution to a problem of which gamers don't even seem to be aware!

The Effect 37 "Stubborn" IQ Quiz!

Hopefully if you've arrived at this post, you have been sent here from quiz questions elsewhere on the web to get some answers and see how you've done! I'll repeat the questions here in case you've stumbled onto this directly. If you haven't seen the quiz yet, try not to look at the answers before coming up with your own answer first!

This "IQ" quiz (and I use that term loosely) is to test what you think you know against what is actual truth- and how stubborn you are in being willing to change your thinking in the future!

This is all on the honor system- no automatic grading here... Be honest with yourself- how else can you become a better person? =D

1.) In biblical concepts, what is "the number of the beast"?

"Stubborn" Answer to #1.) 666, dude! It's the devil's digits!

Factual Answer to #1.) 616. Researchers recently discovered that 666 was a mistranslation based on recent documents found. In fact, 666 was a reference to Nero, not the number of the beast. The actual number of the beast has been determined to be 616.

Don't believe me? Here's proof.

2.) In what year did the most recent new millennium start?

"Stubborn" Answer to #2.) 2000, dude! We partied like it was 1999, and rang in the new millennium when we flipped to 2000- no more "1" in front- that means it's a new millennium obviously!

Factual Answer to #2.) 2001. This greatly confuses people, but consider this... Count to ten. Wait- what was that first number you just said? *1*. You did not start counting to ten with *0*.

Don't believe me? Here's proof.

3.) How many sides does a stop sign have?

"Stubborn" Answer to #3.) 8, duh! It's an octagon!

Factual Answer to #3.) 10. What? You disagree? I dare you deny it: 8 sides for the 8 edges, and the front side and the back side. You see- a stop sign is a 3 dimensional object. Therefore, the front and the back are in fact a side! The only way "8" is the correct answer to this question is if you ask how many sides a stop sign *shape* has- drawn on paper, it would of course only have 8.

4.) What did the legendary musician Prince change his name to in the 90's?

"Stubborn" Answer to #4.) He changed it to this weird symbol and he was going by "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince".

Factual Answer to #4.) Prince changed his name to his logo, which was an *unpronounceable* symbol (combining the male and female symbols with a horn flourish). The symbol has no name, period. Prince never called himself "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince". The media, not able to deal with a person with no pronounceable name, landed upon the lengthy moniker- to which Prince latched on as a humorous result of the social experiment aspect of his name change.

The reason for Prince's name change was purely a brilliant business move. Warner Brothers was trying to stifle Prince through their contract, and he found the loophole- the contract said "Prince" couldn't do certain things. Therefore, just as a band changes their name, Prince changed his- able to do whatever he desired under his new silent moniker free of Warner Brother's meddling.

To be accurate, when referring to his albums over the years, you should not mix the use of "Prince" with the use of the symbol. For instance, the classic "The Gold Experience" albums was performed by O(+>, not Prince!

5.) What's wrong with the following sentence? ... "Your stupid!", the teenager said to another kid he was not fond of.

"Stubborn" Answer to #5.) Everyone knows (that paid attention in school) that you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition! So, that sentence should read... "Your stupid!", the teenager said to another kid of which he was not fond.

Factual Answer to #5.) Bravo on getting one part right- of course you shouldn't end sentences with a preposition, so your fix is indeed a solution. But you probably missed the other mistake that is far, far worse! (I'm hoping you didn't!)

For the last time, people: "Your" is possessive. "You're" is short for "You are". It is NEVER correct to use "Your" in substitute for "You're". Saying "Your stupid" is not a complete sentence! You are trying to say "You are stupid!". If you use "your", you're trying to say something about the "stupid" someone has or owns- which makes NO sense whatsoever!

Learn your Your/You're skills! (And don't forget to brush up on their/they're/there while you're at it!)

So how'd you do? Did you discover you've had a stubborn mindset all along? Well, look- if you're unaware of the answers in the first place, that's not quite being stubborn, is it?

The question is- now that you know... will you continue to use the wrong answers? If so, then in fact you've failed the "stubborn" quiz! Shame on you!

If you enjoyed such mind-puzzles (educational as they are!) And had fun wandering around in the land of creative mind games, make sure to visit Effect 37 here on Blogger often- anything and everything creative is and will be discussed to keep that brain flowing with creative juices of the best kind!

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July 31, 2008

What is Happiness in an Afterlife?

With the recent passing of my grandmother, I thought I'd post this blog I wrote a short while back. It's a creative consideration of existing ideas concerning the existence of an afterlife, and what would be necessary for true happiness for a person living in such a state.

July 30, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Genius Web Film

Mindflow today sends you on through the vastness of the Internet to the Girl's Entertainment Network to check out Becky "Aktrez" Young's post on Joss Whedon's truly amazing "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".

Two birds with one stone: Highly creative web site and community, check! Amazingly creative and genius web film, check!

July 29, 2008

The Humans Are Dead

Today's Mindflow video should make you laugh your ass off... if not, please seek immediate treatment for your funny bone!

July 28, 2008

Original Short Story: "To Serve"

Please enjoy the following original short story submission in Wordcraft! After the story, I discuss a few salient points about the work.