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  1. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  2. 1984 – George Orwell
  3. Road To Wigan Pier – George Orwell
  4. Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. Demons – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. Beyond Good And Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche
  7. Ordinary Men – Christopher Browning
  8. The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski
  9. The Rape of Nanking – Iris Chang
  10. Gulag Archipelago (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, & Vol. 3) – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  11. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  12. Modern Man in Search of A Soul – Carl Jung
  13. Maps Of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief – Jordan B. Peterson

Roaming Millenial’s Live Stream

Interview on Canadian T.V.

Sometimes you find a website that is just awesome, and you want a local copy of it. Here is how you do it:

#!/bin/bash
H='--header'
wget -mkEpnp -w 3 $H='Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5' \
$H='Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8' \
$H='Connection: keep-alive' \
-U 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2' \
--referer=http://www.google.com/ $1

Put the above into a file called mirror.

chmod 777 mirror

Then mv the file to a location in your path, like $HOME/bin if you have that, or /usr/sbin or some other place. The above will go slowly, so that you don’t spam the server with too many requests. It will also help you avoid causing errors on their site if they depend on certain headers for statistics or routing.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a 6th grade dropout, not only that but I was “homeschooled” for most of my elementary school years, so my math abilities are pretty non-existent. To correct this problem, I have started studying mathematics; from zero. Here is where I will put my notes.

Behold the power of 0

Something that was pointed out by Scott Flansburg: 0 is a number. No really – it’s not nothing – it’s something. Programmers, often, start counting at zero, but you’d be amazed how your mind changes when you get rid of 10, and start counting at 0. Don’t count: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10! Instead, start at 0 and count like this: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Once you do that, you notice that counting is circular!

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2

As you continue, the stack can grow, but the units can only ever be 0-9, and the tens can only ever be 0-9, and on and on.

That leads to an interesting ideas: Numbers have no size!

There’s no such thing as a big number! There are only long numbers.

The length of a number is only a problem of memory!

The cycle of reflexive addition

The cycle of reflexive addition shows you that at a certain point, the units column rolls over, and the same units operations begin again. 2 + 2 = 4 and 12 + 2 = 10 + (2+2).

You’ll notice that: 2,4,6 and 8 roll over after 6 operations and 1, 3, 7 and 9 after 9 operations.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27
4 8 12 16 24 28 32 36
5 10 15 20 30 35 40 45
6 12 18 24 36 42 48 54
7 21 49 63
8 24 56 72
9 27 63 81
10 30 70 90
11 33 77 99

This is incredibly useful to know when counting by numbers. As you’re counting, notice how tension in your mind increases right up to the rollover, and releases with the roll over! 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24. Try a nice one, like 7: 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77 … 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 119… and so on.

Magical, Mystikal 9

Nine is an interesting number. If you multiply any number by 9, and then sum the individual digits of the result, they will collapse into 9. 9 x 9 = 81 = 8+1 = 9. As a curious aside, 9 x where is a single digit 1-8 will always be one less the number plus whatever it takes to get to 9. 9 x 3 = 27. 9 x 7 = 63. 2 is one less than 3, and 6 is one less than 7!

Obviously 9 x 10 = 90, and 9 + 0 = 9. The fun thing is 9 x 489,756 = 4,407,804 = 4 + 4 = 8 + 0 + 7 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6 = 6 + 8 = 1 + 4 = 5 + 0 + 4 = 9. You just keep drilling down, if you ever get above 9, combine and continue.

Multiplying double digit numbers by bases

What is 32 x 32? or 34 x 28? An easy way to work out these problems is to multiply by bases. So in the case of 32 x 32, we think of the problem like so:

32 x 32
+2   +2
32 + 2 x 10
340 x 3
1020 + +2 x +2
  1024

That might look complicated, but it’s actually very easy. We don’t think of 32 as 32, we think of it as 30 + 2. So our base is 30. In this example the other side of the multiplication is also, 30 + 2. So we take the +2 from the other side and and add it to 32 to get 34. We multiply by 10 (base 10) and then 3 (to get base 30). Multiply by 10 and then 3 is easy. Next we multiply the +2’s together and get 4, so we add that and get 1024.

Let’s try 33 x 28? Well, base 30 seems the best to use, so that’s 30 + 3 and 30 – 2. Notice the -2. If we add -2 to 33, we get 31, times 10 is 310, times 3 is 930, plus 3 * -2 is 924. Remember, 3 * -2 is -6, and 930 + -6 is 924.

Notice that 28 disappeared? That’s because we thought of it as a base, it’s not 28, it’s 30 – 2.

This is the simplest rule in learning. It is the most important rule. Yet it is the one almost everyone forgets, or doesn’t even know.

Never banalize information!

Never say: “I won’t use this?” Never say: “I’m just learning this to pass a test.” Never say: “Once I’m done with this, I’m going to forget it.” Because if you do, you’ll never remember it in the first place.

The Von Restorf effect tells us that unique or strange things are easy to remember. But more powerful than that is: relevant things are the easiest to remember.

Make learning it fun!

The best way to make something relevant, is to make it pleasant and pleasurable. People love joy. People love being happy, having a good time, seeing something funny. How often have you come out of a movie that you laughed at, and you’re able to quote your favorite jokes?

Anything can be made fun, you have to believe that. Even the most boring thing, even the periodic table of elements, can be fun. (How about an evil mutated science teacher that can only be destroyed by mixing all the elements together in order into an obscenely shaped suppository and shooting it at him from a hairspray powered potato canon?)

Think about video games. How many video game players develop a curiously encyclopedic knowledge of weapons and gear, stats, strategies, and paths to favorite raiding locations? There are people in the world who know their way around Azeroth or Nullsec better than they could navigate their own home town!

Because knowing the shortest path, or knowing the right combination of weapons and armor leads to success, and success is the most fun thing of all. Nothing beats winning for a shot of awesome.