Friday, September 30, 2005
What I'm about to share in abstract form is a great love of mine that as an individual I can not ever fathom to give life by myself. So I share this ambitious concept with anyone or corporation willingly to run wild with this bold plan with cajones. This spark of an idea was given to my by God's Holy Spirit like a lightening bolt of an "Ah Ha" idea. That was four or so years ago which I have added additional details to so as to expound on this concept. I even plugged it in a couple of forum sites, one notably at the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) a couple of years back.
What this concept is what Walt Disney is to MMORPG's is to an MMO Theme Amusement Park. (MMO stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Games) The code name of this concept is "Epic Dream Parks" (EDP), since there has been nothing like it before in reality.
Where not too much unlike a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) via the internet. There would be a MMORPG as an themed amusement park. Of course the EDP model can be takened to the "Resort" level like in the late 1970's movie with Yul Brenner "West World". (Which I hear in the Hollywood grapevine there is a remake in the works). If a resort or amusement park setting is too much for a proof of concept model. Than as a shopping mall pavilion like in something of "Mall of the Americas" in Minnesota for example.
If I were the project designer which I lack serious real world creditals for to begin with. But I can see the vision as if it were alive and clarity is a strength. I would first launch a MMORPG online and allow it to stabilize, if not take an existing online game world like "EverQuest 2" for an example. Then build a phase 1 themed bricks & mortar amusement park of the EverQuest brand.
How the park patrons / customers would interact with the parks gameplay is via a wrist band PDA set up. The park would have as needed cellular towers for the closed network of wireless interconnectivity.
Now picture something like a super arcade crossed between a EPCOT pavilion they have in Orlando as a themed showcase site. Let's say that a small complex of pavilion buildings would be Qeynos ala the good city of Everquest lore. Inside these buildings would be play zones where the walls have either large LCD screens or that thin film screens that would layer the walls. Coursing through these displays would be the identical game world that home online users would experience via game play.
Other sections of this Qeynos pavilion would be the crafting and trade markets. Where via kiosks players can craft virtual wares for the trade market etc... There would be gift shops, restaurants from the fast food to gourmet variety just like EPCOT.
The kicker is what is considered now as the gamer underground secondary black market of trading virtual game items and accounts. In this EDP showcase it would be considered common. Much like how SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) has embraced their "Station Exchange" of such item and accounts auction site.
Park patrons can purchase game currency before entering the park that has an exchange rate to the US dollar. (much like Second Life or Project Entropia MMO's) Or if the park patrons have home online EverQuest 2 accounts can continue using their avatars in the EDP model.
There can be clothing gift shops where park patrons can purchase or rent period EverQuest clothing as a costume for their park enjoyment. Besides the EDP model would have a conference center of their own to host their yearly festivals of the online game itself. Which the larger MMORPG's host each year at various locations mostly in the West Coast of the USA.
That is just a short birds eye view of what I can envision for this "Epic Dream Park" system. In the later weeks to come I'll share more specific amendments to this suggested project.
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Now to my two latest spiritual quotations with two other favorite quotes of the day additions.
721) There comes a time in a person's life. That one that tries to forget or escape from one's reality so much. May in advertanly thru happenstance find themselves back at the beginning of their personal reality. Although their previous journey into escape was naught lost on them. But was a vehicle indirectly to find the substance of their soul's worth. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.
722) We are all a looking glass mirror of each other in eternity. Which mirror do you wish to peer into? ---Ivan / Atrayo.
Now onto today's "Favorite Quotes of the Day":
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. ---Marcel Proust.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ---Dennis Waitley.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
I rarely do this, albeit this entry would be considered my first book review ever. The reason why I'm reviewing this book is because plainly I enjoyed it. With that said I'm biased for quotations, especially those that offer unconditional truth & wisdom.
Such is the book titled "Radical Careering" by: Sally Hogshead published by Gotham Books a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
What is this book all about and what makes it different about any other book in this genre? Well this book offers 100 quotations in motivating individuals in their careers to clear their dust bunnies. It also offers interweaved an opinion poll they conducted to gauge those readers reflection of what they want out of their careers.
The book is written in not a classical cover to cover book with quotations. But a web format with gotcha pictures and a quote with a brief summary. Sprinkled in there are the results of the this opinion poll that is also intergrated with 19 micro websites to reinforce the reflection of Sally's quotations of " get up and go mentality".
Out of 5 stars I'll offer a 3.5 stars since this I suspect is a first book in a series of more to come. Ala the "Chicken Soup of the Soul" books done a decade ago or so.
Here is the website for the book "Radical Careering".
Without further adieu here are my two latest quotations on stark contrasts of life.
719) The age and turmoil weigh heavily in eternity for those on the battlefields or war. There is never any glimpse of mercy to be found. Nor any remorse to be understood during the firefights of instense slaughter. Those are truly the days of manifested Armageddon on Earth.
Only the bravest and pure of heart may pass this crucible onto a fuller life. All others are downtrodden by the demise of such vengeance encountered. ---Ivan / Atrayo.
720) Music especially when it is good in harmony unveils our purity. A purity that synchronizes all the beauty that brings us life. A life that is or could be for another moment. Although our only moment is now and none other. So let the music play, and our appreciation of it grow into the heavens. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.
Now onto the "Favorite Quotes of the Day":
Whoever does not see God in every place does not see God in any place. ---Rabbi Elimelech.
If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.
---Sir John Templeton.
Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all. ---Swami Satchidananda.
Go with God & Love / Vaya con Dios y Amor.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
My product concept for screensavers here isn't that "fish tank" animation that loops constantly. It is an application tool for a screensaver yet to come (I'm no coder) that allows video to run in loops. Note this concept is for retail purposes as another type of gimmick to enhance the sales of screensaver bundled software. Of course knowing the culture of the Net someone can do this for free distribution.
So for instance what type of video looping is right for this screensaver? Well how about rolling waves on a sunny tropical beach, perhaps include the sounds of the waves. Or for those with families take out a clip of a home movie with the kids and wife. Or for gamers to create a video loop of a blooper in-game of guildmates. LOL For movie fans to create a screensaver loop where Darth Vader constantly says he's "Your Father". :o)
Get the idea, I have yet to see something of this nature for retail sales.
Ok I'm assuming this TV feature isn't on any known brand to date. If it is please point it out to me with my full appreciation. Since I still lack those fancy LCD, HD, or Plasma TV's at home. I'm assuming their features base is similar to the older CRT's.
My suggestion is rather simple since how many times while surfing TV channels you notice the volume jumping around, sometimes drastically by scaring you for a moment. Well this TV sound feature would easily balance out that eratic tendency in all televisions. Where the TV owner manually sets a volume sound that is pleasing to him/her. After that the TV will seek out that volume setting whilst the viewer is surfing TV channels.
So for example the moment I switch to one of these crazy volume channels. I would see the volume bar at the bottom of my screen automatically equalize the volume to my manually selected position.
Here are my two latest quotations, please note one of them #718 has diverted into political observation.
717) What is the will of God(dess)? It is unconditional love for all manner of life. No matter the magnitude of creation, all is one now and forever more. ---Ivan / Atrayo.
718) If all the democracies of the world revealed their subterfuge in preserving such institutions. Then the crimes of humanity committed would dissolve all these democracies into chaos. ---Ivan / Atrayo.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Perhaps in my own way in following the recent mega natural / man made disaster of the US Gulf Coast region. I have a suggested concept to offer up that in no way is a cure all. I also offer my deepest sincere remorse in how there was a lack of cohesive execution of the disaster relief plan by all parties involved. Alas this is "Tombstone Technology" at its worst, but still America is known for its innovative approach to surmount climatic challenges to the human condition. And this to will be licked and hopefully during our collective lifetimes.
Now onto my suggested Urban Disaster Prevention System. In no particular order:
- For those citizens who are able bodied be required to enlist into a citizen volunteer corps as humanitarian workers. Be it as first preventers, first responders, or other auxiliary compassionate aid workers during a local disaster.
- For those citizens that qualify due to proverty conditions to be granted an "allowance" package or waiver. Where they can fill up their car with a tank of gasoline or purchase disaster relief supplies. Much like the "WIC" program where newborn mothers are provided with a type of food stamp program for infants formula for nutrition or other needs for infants. This "allowance" program could be administered by local human service agencies of the needy.
- Similar to the allowance program for the disadvantaged there can be a Federally or State government mandated "Disaster Kit" for every adult citizen. It would be something akin like the State of Israel provided "gas masks" to its citizenry during the first Gulf War. Due to suspected fears of Saddems SCUD missile attacks delivering a chemical or biological attack to Israel. In this case it would be required that all US Citizens be provided with a government mandated and approved all purpose disaster relief kit. Whether if it is provided at no charge or paid for by each citizen. There would be mandated certification classes for all citizens in the use of such a all purpose disaster relief kit.
- For urban & suburban city planners to create neighborhood bunkers for disasters. The current school districts in America are often burdened with this responsibility. Which is like doing something backwards as a band-aid solution. What I'm suggesting is more in line with America's "Duck & Cover" days of urban bunkers during the early cold war. Where easily reachable urban bunkers for a certain capacity of citizenry to use during a natural or man made disaster. Whether such installations are above or below ground is up to the city planners. Such bunkers would include a: medical clinic, caches of food stuffs (that are up to date), and assorted needed supplies for a capacity suitable for a neighborhood population for the short to mid-term. Aka a mini decentralized self-sufficient village within a city of need be for such dire civil emergencies.
- In line with a metropolitan bunker network for city residents. To include any major military bases in the vicinity of a major city as the back-up city government during a disaster. Besides command & control coordination relief there would be the launch point for all humanitarian aid. Including law enforcement assistance doing major civil disobedience following a disaster. If no large military installation is nearby a major city. Then a adhoc para-military civilian government installation should be built to facilitate such a service to the burgeoning metropolitan region for emergency uses.
- To contract with mass transit providers, be it the local bus system or airlines / cruise ships or chartered bus services. That in the very likely case of a imminent disaster that when a mandatory evacuation order is issued. As many of the locally affected citizenry are to be evacuated and ferried out of harms way. To be housed in available motels that are also contracted by either the State or Federal governments. Whilst the threat of a disaster passes from their regional vicinity.
Finally when a mandatory evacuation order is issued in expectation of a disaster. That it is enforced or be arrested by local authorities. Since for those citizens who are either ignorant or fool hardy that stay behind during a natural or man made disaster. Later on put themselves in jeopardy including any first responders who have to rescue them afterwards. Which compounds the risk for both the victim and the rescuer.
Those are my suggested proposals for a potential disaster relief program many municipalities could consider in light of the rude awakening that Hurricane Katrina has offered America as of now.