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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Hi everyone!

If you know me, you probably know that I do Extra Life every year, and 2017 is no different! If you don’t feel like clicking that link, Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’m playing for Sick Kids in Toronto, so all of the money I raise goes directly to them. And this year, I’m extra-happy because they’re allegedly curing allergies, which is kind of a big deal for me.

So here’s the ask: Pledge! I have a fundraising page on Extra Life’s website, and you can donate there with your credit card. If you prefer not to do that, but still want to support me, you can send me a cheque (made out to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), or give me cash in some way and I’ll make sure it gets where it needs to go.

To those who’ve already donated: Thank you thank you THANK YOU! If you can’t, that’s totally fine too. Kind words of support are also really great, and you can always drop into my livestream to see what I’m playing (Note: I can’t livestream Nintendo Switch gameplay, so if you see a note saying I’m playing Switch, come back in a bit). I’ll be starting at 08:00 this Saturday, November 4th and going right up to 08:00 on Sunday morning. Yes, that includes the 1 hour Daylight Savings Time rollback.

A HUGE Thanks in advance to my wonderful lady-friend/partner-in-crime/copilot/pit-crew Brooke. For the past 5 years she’s really gone above and beyond to make sure I remain fed, hydrated, and awake (especially in the last few hours!)

So what’ll I be playing? Lots of stuff! Here’s a short list, but there will likely be others, and I might not get to all of them. I’m very open to suggestions – leave a comment, or message me some other way if there’s something you’d like to see me crush (or utterly fail at)!

  • Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars
  • Overwatch (With my good-good boys AKA The Squanch Squad)
  • Stardew Valley
  • Portal Speedrun
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Master Mode
  • FTL: Faster than Light
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • DOOM(2016)

Thanks again to all who donate. It’s my honor to game my little heart out For The Kids.

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I just thought of a pretty compelling argument for why eating plant matter is inherently better for the environment than eating meat. The energy is ‘cleaner’, in that it’s touched less matter between it’s emission by the sun and being metabolized out of digesting plat material. A calorie from a cob of corn, say has gone: Sun -> Chlorophyll -> Glucose (out of H20 and C02) -> eaten. A calorie from meat *must* have gone through at least one additional Glucose -> digested -> stored_in_tissue sequence before being eaten. And meat from carnivores has to have gone through at least one more digestive cycle as well.

How does this tie into the environment? None of these steps are 100% efficient. Each time the energy is moved or changed, a bit of it is lost as heat or entropy. Entropy does tend to make complex things suck. It seems to me that the problem of anthropogenic climate change can be summed up on a physical level as us dumping a whole lot of extra entropy into our environment than it would have ‘naturally’. So, cleaner energies are energies that don’t dump a lot of extra entropy into the environment, instead they redirect the flow of entropy to do work (or be stored to do work later).

This could also be extended to other energy sources. What makes ‘clean’ energy? Energy which hasn’t changed form too many times since being emitted by the sun. So Solar is the absolute cleanest, and fossil fuels are pretty dirty. Wind is just below solar, because it has to be absorbed something to power the air convection first, but still very clean.

Geothermal and nuclear don’t really fit in this model but I think I’d consider geothermal clean because it’s using that heat/entropy to do work instead of letting it all go to waste. Nuclear… might not be clean by this, as it’s releasing energy quickly that would never have been released if we left it alone.

And of course, this is just a thought experiment at a *crazy* low resolution, which doesn’t take into account like… any other factors at all. Just an interesting thought.