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You Doesn’t Exist – update

Hi!

The version I uploaded previously had a few bugs that I corrected thanks to some great feedbacks. It prevented notably access to my favorite part of the game =s So here is a fixed version, with extra content for the ending:

http://www.yoannbourse.com/yde/

For those of you who tried the first version, you can easily transfer save by copy-pasting the files gamedata/save00000*.json from the previous version to this one.

Apologies and please enjoy the game!!!

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[Short story] Last words echoing through history

 

As one rises to fame and glory, one is bound to attract jealousy and envy. The light in some grows shadows in others…

 

The morning had been painful. His wife had woken up in fury, yelling about nightmares and dark omens haunting her sleeping night. That happened more and more as of late. Women were clearly too soft and sensitive for this kind of pressure. Something would have to be done.

 

And the brighter you shine, the more resentment you inspire. To climb up, you have to step on some things. To succeed, you have to make sacrifices, and a few enemies…

 

He tried to appease her torments and bring her to reason, but talking did not appease her. It was the second time this week. It was starting to get irritating. He had to get out of the house, this was the last meeting before his departure, a lot of affairs needed his attention. Since there was no calming her, he conceded to consult the omens.

 

So it makes sense, if you’ve build something grander than anything else before, to also attract more thunder than ever before. Leading a nation is an impressive thing, but bringing it to the level of gods is a whole other…

 

Of course, as luck would have it, omens were bad, or unreadable. There were talks of bad spirits and evil intents. But he would be damned if he let superstitious nonsense rule his life. He got everything he had thanks to his courage and his wits. As his right hand man noted, that’s all the omens he needed.

 

At the beginning, the country was not much. A bunch of disorganized territories just lying around the sea. It may have been impressive compared to what it was in the past, but it was nothing compared to where vision and leadership could bring it…

 

There had been rumors of plots, of course there had. There always were. But these were just idle gossip. He would not let them affect him like it had his wife. He had humored their annoying concern long enough, there was work to be done. He disregarded the warnings, and with an iron determination, started walking swiftly on the white marble.

 

That’s why he had to take matter into his own hands. Nobody else could do it. The early death of his father had thrown him onto the political scene. As the ambitious young head of a strong family, he rose to power at an impressive pace. He made good progress on the path of priesthood before it was denied to him…

 

This was just one of these days when things did not go your way. People nagging him, getting in his path. He hurried across the gardens. Duty awaited, the politicians were gathered and already waiting for him. When he opened the gates of the senate, everything seemed as usual…

 

But this setback was only a gateway to bigger things. It was the start of his military career. He started to make a name for himself with his achievements. He was first elected military tribune, then quaestor. There was no stopping his political successes. But nowhere did he excel as impressively as the battlefields. His ecstatic soldiers would shower him with praise…

 

Tillius Cimber reached out to lay a hand on his toga. The insolence! Sure, it was well meant, a sign of prosternation in apology, but he was having none of that. He dismissed it with a hiss and turned towards the assembly. That’s when the senators started to move.

 

He soon earned the honorary title of imperator. The fame from his spotless military victories brought him to a long awaited consulship. He was finally in a position to take matters to a new level, to aim higher than anyone else dared to conceive. He turned the wrath of his mighty legion towards Gaul. It was a fierce campaign, but it seemed like nothing could stand in the way of his ambition and strategical genius…

 

There was nothing he could do. Surrounded on all side, at the mercy of the crowd. They were pushing him around like a vulgar bundle of straw. Him! The one who lead Rome to a glory never before imagined. Them! His trusted fellows and advisors.

 

So Gaul fell, and other followed. But his travels and battles did not sever him from the political scene in the capital, thanks to a powerful network of influential advisors. He was simultaneously leading the country on the inside, and pushing its boundaries further than conceivable. Nothing would not bend to his iron strength. The clamor of his victories in Egypt, Pharnaces or Hispania resonated within all of Europe, and brought Rome tremendous glory…

 

Thus ended the greatest empire ever achieved by man. In the midst of its grandeur, right before yet another accomplishment. The disbelief that they would turn against Rome’s glory rendered him speechless. He did not even yell from the pain of his many wounds. His face was frozen in shock.

 

Faced with such an incredible success, what could the Senate do but bestow upon him honors after honors? But none seemed enough to satiate his thirst. He would not rest as long as the shine of Rome was tainted by its internal disorganisation. To counter the chaos and mess that the republic had become, the only option was a strong leadership. He proposed to become dictator of a better organized empire. Not only did they allow it, they supported it. They welcomed it. They acclaimed it…

 

And in the sea of familiar faces, he saw the most familiar of all. Somehow his blow occulted all the other ones and chilled him to the bottom of his soul. His most trusted lieutenant, his close friend and protege… He barely managed to exhale the words ‘Et tu?’ before his body fell lifeless in a puddle of hot blood. As his eyes closed, his vision was engulfed in a sea of light.

 

As the light faded, so did the consciousness and the memories. It was amazing how it all came back so swiftly to the previously saved configuration. Jack reached down his neck, took out the electrodes, and stepped away from the virtual reality machine. “How did I do?” he asked his friends who were watching over his shoulder. “Overconfident, but not too shabby” was the reply. The final score was still being computed. On the screens were blinking the words “aftermath simulation in progress”…

[Game] Conversations

Hi,

so this is a little overdue due to circumstances but I’d like to introduce you all to the first ever videogame that I made! Please have a go and let me know what you thought! Don’t worry, it’s really small. I’m always open to feedback and advice and I’m definitely working on perfecting it.

Since i’m a super cool dude, it’s a standalone html file that you can copy paste and read from anywhere. You’ll find it at:

http://tinyurl.com/conversationsyo252yo

Enjoy.

Postmodern deconstruction strikes back

You’re all witness and actors of the largest  ever contemporary postmodern art work/experiment. I do have many issues with the Star Wars franchise, more than I can count actually, and it really pains me to do an article on it, especially under the circumstances, and even more so to praise its glory, but I would be remiss considering my passion for post modern art if I let you guys miss out on something so huge and elegant. I cannot in good conscience not point it out for you.

My issues with Star Wars start as early as episode 4. The whole movie is riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, biggest of which being the fact that a massive technologically advanced space empire would undertake something so huge as building a planet-sized weapon and leaving a literal hole in it. Straight to the center. And though I have to admit it’s somewhat elegant to have a movie centered around a gigantic plot hole that is actually a giant hole, there are many things with it that do not make sense.
But you know me, I’m a tireless optimist, always trying to shoot for the best and trying to see the best in everything around me, though sometimes it’s really really hard. I just couldn’t accept the success of something so inconsistent among my peers. And then it hit me. Star Wars – A New Hope was actually a societal criticism of overcomplex bureaucracy, which would lead to flaws this outreagous in projects this big. It would mirror the countless project fails from the real world, as an illustrative cautionary tale.

The cliche characters and repetitive catch phrases would now make sense if you look at the movie through the lense of societal criticism. It becomes a somewhat efficient kid-targeted sarcastic parody (postmodern deconstruction can save anything). It even soothes the outreageousness of the plot of 5 and 6 being « let’s do 4 all over again ». Cause mankind never learns, be it IRL or in a galaxy far far away. Semper eadem sed aliter.
Now I know what you’re thinking, Georges Lucas may not have intended for this interpretation. But even if art/beauty/meaning is clearly in the eye of the beholder, and the paternity of a work of art can lead to so many debates, I think you’re not giving the guy enough credit. He recognizes and advocates the parallels within the… let’s call that a plot. And let’s not forget that he wanted to move on to episodes 1,2 and 3.

Now more experienced, he could move on to wiser and more subtle societal considerations, which is clearly what the prequels are all about. Anakin’s story arc is a deconstruction of the nauseating manicheism that plagues the original trilogy. Right and wrong are really blurried now. Anakin ends up on the « Dark Side » while purseuing seemingly noble interests (love, passion…). The goodies are sometimes stubborn fools clinging to inconsistent imperialistic values.

The irony of « only sith deals in absolute » is no accident. Lucas goes a long way into the deconstruction of the original trilogy to highlight that the world is nowhere as simple, thereby offering a very elegant meta-criticism of its former simplistic work. The light is now on how society erroneously builds up manichean arbitrary distinctions, through many media including movies like the original trilogy, and idolizes them to power conflict.

On a less meta note, this is litteraly what the prequels are all about. The plot is centered around the manipulations of Palpatine to create tensions all around the galaxy so that in the midst of the chaos the people would ask for and welcome with open arms a totalitarian regime imposing order. The parallel to real world dictatures is not even hidden, considering how Hitler’s rise to power is the result of democratic elections. The prequels culminate in this amazingly elegant phrasing: « so this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause ».

Mankind is its own worst enemy, asking for its own leash/destruction. The prequels are a classic cautionary tale about how man, left to themselves, will so easily follow a trend and descend into hatred, extremism and annihilation. It warns us about the worst sides of mankind, about the dangers of brainless following and manichean demonization in a very cute and meta way.

And so people thought it was over and continued to praise the worst movies of Lucas career entirely unaware ot the gigantic irony they were partaking in, doing the very thing the work (by no means unflawed) was warning against. And the world seemed to have reached some kind of peaceful status-quo going on as it always had, moved mainly by the terrific inertia if mankind. But then Lucas gave the right of Star Wars to Disney. I guess his motivations were manifold, probably centered around the prospects of a quiet money-filled retreat. But it turned out to be exacly what the franchise needed to sublime its meta-reflection about society.

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For the franchise was now in the hands of mankind, completely at the mercy of its go-with-the-flow tendencies. And what would Disney do but chose the most comfortable non-risky option to make a shitbuck of munnies: recycle the scenario of the much acclaimed episode 4. Ponder how capitalism is by definition the driving force behing the self-sustaining drive of mankind towards mediocrity through catoring to the lowest common denominator, since it’s about providing people with what they want and keeping them in this safe state of content. The reflection was now de facto moved towards the intertwining relation of society and economy.

This has the very elegant side effect of adding to this new iteration of the repeating loop an extra layer of irony. I’m not even going to touch on the many many issues of the movie, this is not what this is about (take literally any moment of the movie and you’ll be bombarded with inconsistencies, plot holes and dumbing down). The release of SW7 was carried by an unrelenting imperialistic marketing machine, answered by the joyful praise of the masses welcoming the new level of parody of a parody like a new messiah. We’re surrounded by people acclaiming our new capitalistic overlord with a mirth equal only to the one which surrounded the rise to power of Palpatine. Everywhere, they were celebrating being taken advantage of.

If religion used to be the opium of the masses, Star Wars was most certainly its lubricant. How ironic to see that « with thunderous applause » was dying Nietzsche’s ideal of an Ubermensch, he who so proudly proclaimed the death of God. Maybe he should have realized that this also meant the death of an ideal to tend towards.

Which brings us to today. People everywhere praising the new opus with an hypocrisy equal only to the irony of the situation. Do we even dare bring up parallels with the real world political situation? Or the fact that this entertainment is the flagship of a country where evolution is taught in schools? Who knows what the future will hold, if the craze will cease or if people will stop being ecstatic about their exploitation… Will the mass turn its back to this iteration like it did for the prequels? I hope the beauty of this situation soothes the pain of Georges Lucas, because he did create a whole franchise and no matter how much problem it had, it must not be easy seeing your baby thusly butchered. As for me, I’ll try to stay away from any subsequent movie, and try not to suffer too much from the crippling lonelyness that comes with not being on the bandwagon. That being said, I’m super glad that my optimist side found a silver lining in all this. Considering my lifelong quest for irony, you can imagine how happy I am.

Food for thoughts

Here is a collection of small ideas, too little or self contained to be a full essay but too important to be simply a message on my « interesting thoughts » tag on tumblr.


There’s a well known theory that says that every time you make a choice, you create alternate timelines. That’s not exactly how quantum physics works. My brother would always tell me that it’s more a matter of these possibilities coexisting at a potential stage, as long as you have not observed them (kinda like Shrodinger’s cat). Meaning that your choice, by making one real, isn’t creating alternate timelines but destroying them into nothingness.


When you think about it, dying is mostly giving up your flesh cocoon to pass on to your final form of fully abstract concept. It’s like everyone is ascending into some kind of godlyhood/infinity when their time comes, and live forever as a meme. It’s especially cute because they came from nothing. Your life has transformed matter into meaning.


Entropy is kinda « the measure of the chaos in the universe », the one relentlessly increasing metric. At atomic level, entropy is due to intermolecular frictions. Nothing is frictionless, some energy is constantly being wasted. It’s like a permanent leak that increases entropy. And that’s what makes time pass, and irreversible. If it weren’t for this leak, physical phenomena would be – at least conceptually – reversible. What you’re experiencing daily is the universe leaking (more on that).

So ultimately, these atomic frictions are what constitute time, its cause, its essence. No atomic friction, no entropy, no time.

And the cool cool thing is that entropy is homogeneous to an energy divided by temperature. The hotter it gets, the more subatomic friction, the more entropy. And in a way I find it super poetic and intuitive. It’s like… a scientific analogue to « the more activity, the faster time passes ». When everything is dull and motionless in literature class and that time seems to freeze, on some level it kinda does. And that’s amazingly beautiful.


You know, when you dream, reminisce or imagine stuff, it’s more or less the same neurons that fire up than when you experience « real » things. You can kinda feel it when you play music in your head. And since the world only exists through your perceptions, your brain reenactings can be indistinguishable from the real thing =o they literally ARE the same as the real thing.


If you can simulate exactly the behavior of the universe, like make a little computer program that simulates it, then this simulation can also simulate it, and so on and so on… It has the potential to create an infinite stack of interlinked simulations. Over this infinite number, the odds of you being in one in particular, i.e. the odds of you being in the original, are virtually zero. Meaning that if the universe can be simulated, you’re most likely in a simulation. Or a phone or something…


If you consider the time you’re spending on earth divided by all possible time, statistically on average you’re pretty much dead.


No but wait you dont get it, in essence there’s no difference between you watching a movie and a camera making a copy on a harddrive, its both a transfer and encoding of information.
But wait you dont get it, in essence there’s no difference between your brain and a computer, they’re both computational organisms based on a gigantic number of atomic subparts. And incidentally, there’s no difference in essence between that and a population of computing agents, be it distributing computer, or say, the human race…


The brain has evolved to have a layered hierarchical structure and in fact we simply have more layers than other animals. These layers seem to correspond to the complexity of information processed, low level layers being responsible for simple causal processing whereas high level layer are responsible for more complex, abstract and articulate processing/thoughts (art, science, emotions… and most notably consciousness).
Note that every level is augmenting the problem space exponentially due to the hierarchical structure of it all. Which makes humans “exponentially more refined” information-processing-wise than other animals.
Ray Kurzweil is talking about the amazing progress we’re going to experience when augmenting this structure by extra layers, making us able of information processing to an extent hard to conceive of.
He also points out that our ability to process information has been increasing exponentially over time, from letters to phones to computers and is bound to increase some more.
I think it’s kinda poetic to see how our artificial processing has followed the pattern of nature, and I for one cant wait to see the next level of neural processing on top of what we currently experience.
That being said if you consider human beings as inputs to a global computation system, as I kinda like to do because well it is, isn’t it somehow close to what’s already happening?
Earning a new level of neurone/computational ability would mean that we’d be each able to get the cognitive ability to the whole of mankind, then…
That sounds exciting, mankind has made incredible breakthroughts in the understanding of the universe, so if we could all have that processing level at an individual level…
Bottom line it’s important to keep in mind that everything is exponential (because multidimensional).


You know when you think about it, everything you write be it art or messenger or social media statuses are kinda like horcruxes, pieces of your soul that could be later on used to reverse engineer you when we have figured out the human brain…
And at some point in the future, you may even be able to do an explicit horcrux backup…


Clearly the universe, notably through evolution, is de facto à computing device, textbook genetic algorithm. The question is what is it computing, what is it optimizing for. Is you want an answer to the question “why death” this is as close as it gets tbh.

It’s funny because I always thought of nature before man as kind of a harmonious homeostasis but it is de facto a local minimum of an unstable system, ie as soon as a perturbation appears it is chaotically amplified. This is not the goal of the system. The goal is to nurture something that can fight death. It used to be strength or environmental fitness but it looks like its more about intelligence right now? though idk if you can say intelligence is the one true answer…


Godel’s second incompleteness theorem proves that for any system of logical propositions, it’s impossible to prove the consistency of this system from within the system. It’s kinda cute, it means that it’s logically impossible from within a simulation to prove that you’re in a simulation for instance.

Jesusmas (TOP 10)

I wanted to do something special for christmas, and then I realized that gosh, there are many christ-like figures we have just lying around so to come back to the true meaning of christmas, here is my top 10 favorite Jesuses (I mean Jesi):

10. Anime Jesus

Relatable

9. Gandalf

Died for our sins, resurrected, changed color in the process and somehow ended up white.

8. Santa

I mean it’s his party too, he’s super altruistic, probably magical…

7. Reefer Madness!Jesus

because he’s introduced by Joan of Arc with the loveliest accent, and the song is pretty rad

6. Anyone in homestuck

they pretty much all died numbers of times and ascended to godhood for your sake, I mean think about it, and what’s your biggest sin if not being fandom trash… They made it all possible

5. Daniel Jackson

cause really you cant say Ascension without thinking Daniel Jackson, the textbook example of human raising above

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4. Madoka Kaname

sacrificed herself for mankind and became god

3. Baby Jesus (Jess Hall show)

Jesus is either a 33 yo dying martyr or an infant baby, most notably remembered as being stolen by Felicia Day in the Jess Hall Show

2. Kaworu Nagisa

it’s an godly representation than the human representation unites with in Eucharist (apparently thats hebrew for shounen ai). Gruesomly died for your sins

1. Zoe Graystone

sorry not sorry, she died to usher a new age and ascend the whole of mankind to a new status, she created life, she is perfect and you should watch caprica

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Honorable mentions:

Let’s not forget all our other favorite Jesuses:

Let me know if I forgot your favorite Jesus and I will add it to the list if he is cool enough!

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