Connect PS3 Controller As Xbox 360 Controller On Windows 10

DS3 Tool from MotioninJoy and Better DS3 are no longer working out for me when I’m using PS3 controller to play video games on Windows 10.  I’m running Windows 10 Preview Build 10159.  Previous Windows 10 Build would work with DS3 Tool though.  Anyhow, and so I had to find another way to make my PS3 controller works with Windows 10.  Luckily, now I’ve found out a way to do so.  Basically, as how I would use DS3 Tool to make PS3 maps to Xbox 360 controller layout for playing game, the trick which I reveal in the video is going to allow you to do pretty much the same thing.  Except for one thing, you cannot customize the mapping of Xbox 360 controller, but you just have to let the driver automatically maps all the Xbox 360 controller’s buttons and sticks to the PS3 controller.  Hopefully, if you need something like this, my video is helpful to you.  Enjoy!!!

Mean Angel (Music by Vinh Nguyen)

I just released a brand new single “Mean Angel.”  This song got beautiful lyrics and sweet beats.  You can now download it at CDBaby.com for $0.99 a download.  Very soon, you can also find “Mean Angel” at places such as Spotify.  By the way, you can listen to “Mean Angel” on my music blog (VinhCanDoMusic.com) for free for limited time.  I hope you will like the new single of mine.  If you do, please spread the words about it.  Thanks.

Mean Angel Music Cover Art

Sharing A Currency Means Giving Up One’s Own Sovereignty

I’m no expert in economics, but this doesn’t stop me from having my own thoughts on all things economics.  Thus, if my thoughts on economics are skew somehow, you have to forgive me for having a weak forte in economics.  Hmm…, weak forte is an oxymoron?  Anyhow, in this blog post, I like to persuade you why holding on to sovereignty is bad for a country which shares a currency with other countries.  Beyond the scope of currency matters, the good and the bad consequences for a country to give up one’s sovereignty is entirely another topic in which I don’t want to delve into in this blog post.

There are 19 European countries that are using Euro currency.  These countries are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.  Certainly, you can think these 19 countries that are using Euro as a region in the West, westward of Russia and China.  To simplify things in this blog post, I like to say the West whenever I refer to these 19 European countries.  Contemporary economic troubles that are stirring unrests and provoking new economic fault lines in the West can be argued that one currency Euro is the source of troubles of the economic crisis in Greece and several other Euro’s member countries.

In my opinion, the U.S. Dollar or the China Yuan or Japan Yen and so on has always been more flexible than Euro, because Euro is not a currency for a coherent country but for 19 countries with incoherent economic policies.  Instead of seeing economic progress for all countries within one currency system, we are seeing some Euro countries do really well and others are either bankrupted or on the verge of defaulting.  Incoherent interests among these currency sharing countries have divided these countries from forming up a coherent economic plan.  Without a coherent economic plan, these currency sharing countries are failing to execute economic policies that would work for most if not all member states (i.e., countries that are using the same currency).

For an example, Greece of today may be a very good country for tourism and several other service industries, but this country does not have a strong foundation of manufacturing high value products.  Taking this narrow point of view on Greece’s economic structure, we can see that Greece has to import a lot stuffs for internal consumption.  What would happen when service sector and several other sectors fail to produce net profit for Greece?  Greece has to spend less on internal consumption of course.  Unfortunately, Greece’s economic crisis evolves with how Greece is spending more than Greece can make, thus the whole country is now bankrupted.  In this situation, we can see that Euro currency isn’t able to dictate the economic policy to Greece in a way that Greece won’t have to go bankrupted.  In this situation, Greece cannot print more Euro since it has no power to do so.  If Greece can print more Euro, it may be able to attain more Euro to pay off the debts at the cost of devaluing the Euro.  Without being able to print a country’s own money to get out of debts (i.e., work for short term at the expense of the purchasing power of the next generations), Greece may have to find other means of bringing home the bacons.

The example of Greece shows that country without one’s own currency can prevent a country from having a second chance of righting the sinking ship.  Without being able to repair a sinking ship, how one can expect Greece to be able to get out of the economic crisis?  Foreign countries can continue to lend money to Greece — increasing Greece debts without knowing for sure that Greece would be able to pay back — to help Greece sustains the sinking ship from sinking.  Nonetheless, without repairing the hole from the sinking ship, no amount of extra lending would be able to suddenly make the hole whole.  It’s like you keep on scooping the water out of the sinking ship while the hole keeps on letting in more water into the sinking ship.

Without having one’s own currency, a country may experience the devaluation of a currency without having any choice in the first place.  For an example, Germany’s economy got most things right, thus Germany doesn’t need to weaken the Euro for generating an attractive export industry, but Greece and other European countries need to have Euro to be weakened for various economic benefits.  If European countries are banding together to devalue the Euro for economic benefits, this means Germany will have to be a reluctant party to the devaluation of the Euro.  If the Euro is being devalued, Germans will see their wealth being stealthily taxed away by other Europeans, because currency inflation weakens the overall health of the wealth holding of every German.  Basically, Germans don’t have a choice if Germany wants to see Euro’s member countries devalue Euro for economic benefits.

In the long run, the disparity of the rich and poor members within a single currency system will become ever more so apparent.  The disparity of such a scale within single currency system will be the force that can eventually break the system apart.  Once the system breaks down, the rich members will go on, hopefully, with a better currency system.  The aftermath of a broken single currency system will make things a lot harder for the poor members.  The poor members will have to fight an uphill battle, because they lack the economic prowess.

A single currency system can work only if all member countries become one country!  As each member country gives up the sovereignty, each member country has to act as a state and not as a country.  This means the states need to listen to a centralized power.  This centralized power will execute general, coherent economic policies.  Sure, each state can have its own economic policies, but these economic policies would be localized and limited in scope and scale.  Since each member country gives up sovereignty to become a state, it’s pointless to spend the money that they don’t have to upkeep big military as if a country would do.  Thus the implication of truly giving up one country’s sovereignty for sharing a currency can go beyond the scope of economic matters.

Basically, a true country needs to be efficient in resource allocation.  Nonetheless, a true country also needs to be able to generate needed resources in the moment of need, thus the power of printing money comes in handy.  Perhaps, the power of mobilizing many states’ resources in a coherent manner in the time of need can also be very effective in stabilizing the crisis moment.  As long a true country has a clear, efficient picture of the resource allocation, it can figure out which resource needs to be generated in extra for strategic purpose.  The redundancy of a strategic resource can later bail out a country from a resource lack crisis.

If 19 European countries in Euro currency zone can become one true country, then the Euro may become more flexible.  Nonetheless, one’s own currency doesn’t necessarily translate into healthy economy for a country.  We had seen countries devalued one’s own currency to the point of the currency became worthless.

Quote from Wikipedia:

By late 1923, the Weimar Republic of Germany was issuing two-trillion mark banknotes and postage stamps with a face value of fifty billion mark. The highest value banknote issued by the Weimar government’s Reichsbank had a face value of 100 trillion mark (100,000,000,000,000; 100 million million).[15][16] At the height of the inflation, one US dollar was worth 4 trillion German marks. One of the firms printing these notes submitted an invoice for the work to the Reichsbank for 32,776,899,763,734,490,417.05 (3.28 × 1019, or 33 quintillion) marks.[17]  (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperinflation)

To conclude this blog post, in my opinion, one’s own currency allows the possibility of currency manipulation.  Usually, a country manipulates its own currency to gain trade, tourism, and other advantages.  Nonetheless, if not careful, currency manipulation can drive one’s own currency into a currency hyperinflation, leading to a worthless currency in which nobody wants to have anything to do with such a currency.  Worthless currency won’t be able to support trade and so on.  Sharing a currency is not the same as having one’s own currency, and the disadvantages of sharing a currency are many.  The lack of the ability to freely manipulate one’s own currency, currency sharing country will have to rely on self-discipline in nation spending.  If a currency sharing country cannot produce anything of values to bring in a net profit, a currency sharing country must cut spending even more since money printing isn’t possible, leading to apparent austerity and poverty.

Traveling Within A Network of Multiple Infinite Universes

With a pen and if you’re willing, you can write 0 and 1 into the infinity on an infinite, long paper.  With all of those 0s and 1s, you can basically form infinite patterns that represent whatever you want.  Our computer is much more complicate than using a pen to write down 0s and 1s pattern to form software, because it involves much more than just a pen.  Nonetheless, in theory, if a computer is strong enough, it can create 0s and 1s into the infinity to form a software of infinite.

In my mind, I imagine an infinitely strong computer as a universe.  The 0s and 1s — that form patterns — form up humans, planets, thoughts, and whatnot.  So in theory, if a computer as a universe that can write infinite amount of 0s and 1s without stopping, isn’t it creating an infinite universe?  Nonetheless, I can also imagine we have multiple infinitely strong computers which can create infinite 0s and 1s.  Isn’t this mean we have multiple infinite universes?  And if we can network these universes together in a Local Area Network, isn’t this allowing intelligent beings to travel between universes?  Just like data of 0s and 1s.

Although our existence is made of elements on periodic table, but how do we know the periodic table consists of all the possible elements there are in a universe?  After all, patterns can be formed infinitely in theory. We can already theoretically theorize how an infinitely strong computer can form infinite patterns with just 0s and 1s, and so it’s also possible for us to imagine the basic elements that form the higher elements can also multiply as if 0s and 1s, consequently forming infinite elemental forms within a universe.

I raise all sorts of interesting points about how infinite 0s and 1s can be, because I’m very curious of how infinite our universe would be.  Furthermore, I wonder is it possible that there are multiple if not infinite universes out there.  To go one step further, 0s and 1s existences in this universe are possible for there are those earliest basic elements that formed from the beginning of time since the birth of this universe.  This means, the universe herself probably is an expert in 0s and 1s.  I suspect the universe herself is infinite.  Nonetheless, if she is being networked within a web of universes, perhaps us intelligent beings (among others) are capable in traveling between multiple infinite universes in the future.

Sticks and Stones

In nuclear age, some people tend to think numbers don’t matter, because one nuke can send millions and more to the grave.  Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder what if all the nukes go off but fail to kill the very last couple thousands of human beings, because the last few ones are resilient as cockroaches.  This shows that number does matter.  With enough number, even all the nukes go off, some human beings will be able to carry on with sticks and stones.  These people will live, but they will suffer a hell that they wish they had never been born.  Perhaps, Einstein can be wrong in some mathematical equations, but he might be dead right on people who live through the next great war will have to use sticks and stones for their regiments.

I’ve always had this thought in the back of my head, and it keeps on telling me that nuclear winter is coming.  We have witnessed atomic bombs went off in WWII in Japan, and the devastation of these bombs left behind was godlike destruction.  According to https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006041224270, a single modern nuclear bomb such as hydrogen bomb can be 1000 times more powerful than an atomic bomb.  With this picture of how powerful a hydrogen bomb may be, do we really want to test to see Einstein is right about sticks and stones?  Although I think there will be some lucky souls that might survive the successive nuclear bomb attacks — they might have underground bunkers and whatnot that can resist nuclear bomb attacks — but I doubt that we would know for sure who could win in the battle of number versus nuclear weapon.

In WWI, people were convinced that peace would prevail as the twentieth century was young.  I had heard some people mentioned how people back then believed modern trades and business links would bring peace and prevail over war.  Unfortunately, they were so wrong as WWI broke out in July 28th of 1914.  Nowadays, some people are believing that the world is so interconnected by modern communications, transportations, financial connections, trade links, and whatnot that WWIII would be impossible.  These people may want to refresh their memory of WWI, because history can sometimes be a great teacher.

In my opinion, it’s not a conspiracy theory to think that WWIII might happen.  It takes only one rouge state with many friends that starts the attack on another state with many friends to have a WWIII started.  In fact, it might just be about one state is winning an economic battle against another state, and the state that is losing in the economic warfare would begin to lash out with military prowess.  In today world, I’m pretty sure that two big powerful states that got friends may very well start a WWIII easily.  Perhaps, smaller states that are friends of the superpowers would push the superpowers into WWIII.  If a superpower fails to protect a smaller state or giving a smaller state a sense of security, I don’t think such a superpower would be able to recruit more friends into her alliance structure.  Sure, a WWIII may also start out with proxy wars in smaller states, but the fire of WWIII may eventually engulf the whole world.

We know wars such as WWI, WWII, and possible WWIII are wars that require traditional military structures.  By this I meant the battlefield will be littered with as many weapons and soldiers as possible.  Nonetheless, I think WWIII will also see nontraditional battlefields.  How come?  The future war is going to be a war of unrestricted warfare tactics and strategies.  From guerrilla tactics to massive force blitzkrieg, all is going to be carried out in WWIII.  Of course, all of that may not be even mattered if states with nuclear weapons decide to empty their nuclear arsenals as much and as fast as possible.

Knowing the truth of how ugly a future world war would be, why would humans even think about playing a zero sum game?  Perhaps, we are humans, but we still have some ape DNA strands within us still.  Only animals (e.g., ape, whale, bird, etc…) know the trap is around the corner and yet they still head right into it.  Let’s hope Einstein will be very wrong on how humans will resort to sticks and stones for regiments, because otherwise it would be insane.

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