10 Years Old Young Christian Li Violin Prodigy’s Performances In Menuhin Competition of 2018

So young but so excellent with a violin.  Just astounding!  I’m not familiar with classical music at all, but even I like how his violin is flying in the video.  Only 10 years old, if I’m not wrong about his age, he plays the violin like drinking a wonderful cup of coffee or tea or leisurely walking in a park with style.  Check out his performances in Menuhin Competition of 2018 in the videos right after the break.

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Could Blockchain Be Used More Appropriately To Facilitate Cashless Society?

Thinking out loud is often done in a haste hints the nature of it.  Thus my thinking out loud in this post isn’t solid, but I like to dabble on here.  One thing people fear about a cashless society is that once the digital numbers are being erased somehow, their worth would be gone without any trace for recovering.  Thus, people are definitely still preferring cash as a mean for emergency backup.  After all, if their digital world is being shut down, they got cash to help them survive daily such as buying foods and whatnot.

Bitcoin is probably going to be an enemy of the banks since banks want to be the middlemen of the transactions.  Bitcoin takes out the middlemen role and allows people to have a direct transaction between the two parties.  In order for the bank to receive commission and gain liquid fund, the bank needs to be able to insert itself into the deal.  Simply put, Bitcoin is against a traditional bank which isn’t accepting Bitcoins!

Banks can accept Bitcoins, but people won’t use banks as of how they would use a traditional bank.  Bitcoin users may want a bank to behave as a trustful Bitcoin exchange to facilitate the Bitcoin transactions in safety manners.  This way any Bitcoin bank can still insert a banking role in a non-traditional way into the deal.  Since Bitcoin will be more transparent — plus demoting a traditional banking role somewhat, I don’t think the banks will be able to create more creative derivative means for creative investments.  I could be wrong since this is thinking out loud session.

Bitcoin is also very similar to a cashless society because it isn’t cash and it’s digital medium.  Taking away Bitcoin, underneath it all is the technology itself which is the blockchain.  The blockchain technology is more important than the clothes it is wearing such as a crypto coin (i.e., Bitcoin).  Why?  I think blockchain technology is good at keeping transactions honest.  This honesty is rather important for cashless society don’t you think?  Nonetheless, current Bitcoin way isn’t helpful for blockchain technology since the implementation is rather crude, allowing people to hack and steal each other Bitcoin without a clear way to trace back to the original owner of the lost Bitcoins.

If I’m not wrong, a will be successful cashless society could use the blockchain technology to keep cashless money honest so the original owner of the money won’t fear the tyranny of a cashless society shutdown event.  By that I mean the only way for a person in such a society to lose wealth is being incriminated with evidence and wealth get confiscated by a court of law.  In such an orderly way the blockchain technology could be used to keep track what money belongs to whom before the exchange takes place and long afterward so a cashless society shutdown event which occurs by any other mean besides the legal ones such as the one I stated just a moment earlier would be a futile effort.

I think people would be able to accept a cashless society when their wealth won’t be suddenly disappeared overnight in a mysterious event.  Of course, people are still going to fear that if they’re innocent and being convicted wrongly; their wealth got confiscated in such a rude event — they could be helpless as they would not be able to survive daily when their digital wealth got shut down in a cashless society.  I think once one accepts a cashless society, one has to accept such possibility as there won’t be any legal cash laying around to act as a legal tender for acquiring daily things.

By writing this blog post, it doesn’t mean I support a cashless society!  I just merely thinking about the possibilities and effects of it all when such a society occurs.  Although China isn’t a purely cashless society, because paper money is still going to be a legal tender within China.  Nonetheless, China is one of those countries that is leading the race in facilitating the use of money through digital devices such as the smartphone.  I think once the money becomes digital numbers, money is indeed facilitating a cashless society.  A cashless society is definitely taking some shapes or forms around the world, and so I’m writing this to amuse myself with both negative and positive possibilities of such a phenomenon.

The Three-Body Problem Is A Wild Ride, But It’s Worth It!

I’d watched a few science fiction movies here and there, but my little human brain could only recall a few titles of these sci-fi movies.  I could probably watch them all over again and still be amazed at how much content within that I’d forgotten.  Reading sci-fi books?  Not really, but I’d just begun listening to sci-fi and fantasy books on Audible for two months or so already, and I like this a lot!  Just recently, I’d finished the first book of a hardcore sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu.  The first book is titled as The Three-Body Problem.

I like how this book is setting up from the very beginning!  At the start, you thought the book is about a Chinese revolutionary historical piece, but it is rather a very good set up for what to come.  The historical set up is definitely a good foundation to build emotion and space and relations for the behaviors of intricated characters that would expand the sci-fi ideas within this very book.  I have to say, if you’re not following the book closely, you could be confused a bit later on, because the hardcore sci-fi information within could be hard to follow.  Nonetheless, I don’t think you have to know, like really understand, all the facts and fictions of it all to understand what is going on.  In fact, I could follow the book through and through by grasping the basic of the sci-fi ideas from within the book.

I think Cixin Liu is very good in this book in a way that he could provide intricate detail of emotion of various characters so these characters could make sense why they’re behaving in their unique way while the fantastical sci-fi vibe permeates throughout.  The first scene pulls me in right away as if I’m there witnessing the chaos of a Chinese revolution.  I could see the bullet entered and exited the soft body of a young revolutionary girl who waved the revolutionary flag.  The bullet went through the air and the girl fell down.  The revolutionary atmosphere was intense and afterward, I wanted more.

Although the sci-fi factor comes into play a bit slow, a good set up of emotion is definitely worth it as it breathes realism into much grander ideas later on.  Once the train got going, there is no holding back.  At times, I feel like it is rather overwhelming as hard science facts, fiction or not, starting to hit me left and right.  Nonetheless, I feel like I want more.  That is the beauty of this!  You know something is good when you want more of the hard stuff!

Anyway, I just finished book one, and now I’m so ready for book two and three.  The Three-Body Problem got many good reviews, and I’ve read somewhere online that somebody is trying to get a TV show going based on this book.  If you like sci-fi, I recommend you listen to this book on Audible.  If you like reading more than listening to someone reading to you, then you may want to get this on Kindle or on a hardcover.

Nature Isn’t Good and Isn’t Bad Either!

Is progressing a bad thing or a good thing?  Some people out there prefer that we could live like we were in the past because we couldn’t develop as much and so we didn’t pollute the environment.  They would argue that living closer to mother nature would naturally be good and be healthy, and anything otherwise is just bad!  They would argue that scientific advancements like nuclear power would be bad and so forth.  Basically, they would like to roam naked in the wood and prefer doing things more naturally!  Once again, are they right or wrong?

This specific case, I think they’re not only wrong but super stupid!  In the movies, we got superhuman, but in this case, we got super dumb ideology!  Why?  Just like any tool, it got two sides!  One good and one bad!  Like a knife, you could use a knife to cut food or kill people!  One is good, and one is bad!  So, when scientific developments are meant to be used for good, these things are naturally good.  These things are more natural than a rock which sits pretty on the ground all day long!

People who argue that developments are bad should ask the dinosaurs why they had extinct!  Isn’t it obvious that the dinosaurs couldn’t think as deep as humans thus they could not fly away for a brief vacation till things on earth cool down?  This is why scientific advancements are super crucial for the human race as a whole!  We need to be able to escape one rock and cultivate another just so we could avoid our own extinction!

Us humans tend to be not only stupid but we are also very arrogant!  We tend to think that what we got would last forever!  Unfortunately, we could not live forever, and our human race won’t exist forever also!  Why?  Even the sun will cease to exist eventually!  So, even the scale of the universe would not last forever, why would we think our earth would last forever?  If earth would not last forever, how will human race last forever?  Isn’t it natural for earthy humans to devise plans for our continuation even though we know nothing would last forever?

So, let’s get back down to earth and think simpler!  I think nature itself is just a tool!  If you’re sick and needing a cure, the right herbs naturally would cure you.  If you’re not too careful and eating the wrong mushrooms that exist naturally in nature, you would naturally die!  Nature exists as both good and bad!  So let us not be that stupid to think that developments are bad, and whatever exists naturally is naturally good!

Sometimes, hugging a tree is bad for the whole human race!  Instead of hugging a tree, we need to plant trees as a development and common sense!  Don’t argue that any development is bad!  Don’t just say nuclear power is unsafe!  In fact, I believe that we may need more advancement in nuclear power so we could suppress the tyranny of distance within our universe so we could travel far and cultivate more out-of-this-world colonies (i.e., in space) so we could lengthen the human race lifespan!

BandLab Releases the New Cakewalk Sonar Platinum Now Known As Cakewalk by BandLab For FREE!

So, I was using Cakewalk Sonar Platinum Digital Audio Workstation for past couple years, but then Gibson killed this DAW product line.  Many people were mad since they too had used Sonar for a long long time.  I was agitated by the news, and so I went online to look for the alternative to Sonar Platinum.  There are many alternatives to Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, but the cheapest professional version of whatever out there is still around $60 or so.  I thought I have to spend more money for a DAW since Gibson killed Cakewalk Sonar.  Luckily, BandLab, a Singapore company, decided to buy off Cakewalk Sonar product line so they could continue to build and support the awesome DAW.  I was patient in waiting for BandLab to release the update for Cakewalk Sonar, and my waiting is now paying off big time!

For couple days already but I just got the memo, BandLab had just released the early access version of Cakewalk by BandLab.  Basically, Cakewalk by BandLab is now the new name for what used to be Cakewalk Sonar Platinum.  Not only BandLab had released the early access version of Cakewalk, BandLab announced that Cakewalk by BandLab is now FREE for everyone!  Yep, you heard it right!  Anybody can now freely download a full top of the line version of Cakewalk DAW that used to cost a huge amount of money!  This means you get to save a huge amount of money from not spending any money on DAW and use this saved money for something else that could help you improve the quality of your mixes.

I think BandLab will change the music industry in regards to DAW specifically!  How?  As of now, I don’t see any professional DAW out there that is completely FREE.  Yet, BandLab released Cakewalk as a FREE DAW.  By the way, Cakewalk is a very professional DAW, and it is now FREE!  Imagine that!  So, I think other DAWs out there will have to either drop the prices or come out with better features somehow to make their DAWs unique just so they could compete against Cakewalk by BandLab.  Cakewalk users don’t have to be desperate now since BandLab is going to improve Cakewalk even more!  Basically, if Cakewalk gets smarter such as getting AI features and such, I think other DAWs will have a hard time in competing against Cakewalk by BandLab.

I found a YouTube video which addresses the announcement of the new Cakewalk by BandLab DAW.  You can watch it right after the break!

Update!

I just installed the early access version of Cakewalk by BandLab, and I was surprised that it recognized the settings of Cakewalk Sonar Platinum.  It allowed me to import the customized settings that I had with Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, and so I didn’t have to mess around with the settings of Cakewalk by BandLab!  It was a quick installed and I got to play with the new Cakewalk again!  Oh, I did have to add the locations of VSTs and rescan the VSTs again!  Nonetheless, everything is now working so smooth!