Getting back on track, I’m resuming a personal experiment to document the physics concepts I’ve picked up from various sources and my extrapolations on them before I start researching related subjects so I can refer back later and see if my intuition was on the right track at all. My education consists of high school plus a few college classes on UNIX, Networking, and C Programming. The majority of my career has been in IT, so I plan to use UNIX terminology in place of whatever scientific vocabulary I lack. Keep in mind that I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, or claim this as proven science.
The idea of a simulated universe is not new. If were to ever get a clear view outside the boundaries of our universe, we might see another universe, or we might just hit the limitations placed on either the machine or virtual machine running the code that makes up our universe, in a compartmentalized sandbox. We would also be limited by the capacity of that computer’s hardware, software, the I/O bus, and the firewall rules of the larger network of the metaverse. We can’t rule out the possibility that the rules can be bent, of there being vulnerabilities or flaws in the system, perhaps some of which could exploited or manipulated. On second thought, maybe pen testing our universe is a bad idea.
This simulation model would account for the Planck length (the length scale at which the structure of spacetime becomes dominated by quantum effects), and would indicate the that resolution of the universe is finite If a universe can be simulated as a set of data points being run through a software algorithm, and all matter is made of energy and information, then a simulation could be the foundation of we call nature. Like any computer, there could be bugs, clock jitter, rounding errors, or propagation delays. Dynamic resource allocation could increase the size, resolution, and refresh rate of a simulated universe, which we would see as universal expansion. Any perceivable physical change would only occur once every clock cycle. Sir Isaac Netwton’s ‘action-reaction law‘ doesn’t include the possibility of lag between the action and reaction, and it may be worth studying.
At one point, all of the data that makes up our universe was either random or didn’t exist. What was the big bang if we’re in a smulation? Possibly the ‘init‘ process bootstrapping our program for the fist time. The UNIXverse is born. The initial injection of data, matter, energy, and all that exists being brought online when the simulation was started.
I look forward to learning more about the physics and math, and the theories of more knowledgeable scientists. If you have any evidence for or against any of these possibilities or have anything to add, please leave a comment.
Finally, after a year of turmoil and moving to a new state, I’m settled in enough to start making videos again. Plus, with 2 new iOS devices (first ones I’ve owned), it’s orders of magnitude easier to create content. After a week of joining the Applesphere for the first time, I’m very impressed.
A Traditional Game of Poker
In the process of learning, I’ve come across a few bugs, and I’d like to start entering reports so they can improve even more. There are also a few regressions with things that used to work in previous versions, but don’t now. This bug is labeled 003 because I’ve filed 2 already, but haven’t made videos. Since I might want to down the road, I thought I’d number them in chronological order. The first one documents a bug in iOS 9.3.1 where App Switcher does not change orientation when the device is rotated. I’ve entered a bug report to apple (text below), with a link to the video:
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I prefer the rectangular-cut Japanese cotton for dripper builds, and I usually peel off the stiff outer layer as thinly as possible and toss it, since it doesn’t wick as well as the soft goodness inside. After dealing with a set of coils that just didn’t feel like heating up at the same rate no matter how much tweaking I did, I thought it might be useful to bridge the cotton between the two sides so that the cooler coil can lend some of its unused e-juice to the hotter, thirsty one.
I thought I’d try twisting those discarded outer layers together and stringing them between the poles, then thread the coils as usual and wrap the loose ends around the main wicks and tuck them in. It works great. I found that it has the added benefit of leaving less of the coil sitting there just heating the air instead of that sweet, sweet nectar. Plus, it noticeably increases the capacity of the RDA while also preventing juice from pooling at the bottom and leaking out the air holes.
It took longer than usual to get the cotton saturated with a high VG liquid… not only is there more cotton to fill, but there’s very little gap to drip between, so it wants to pool up on top and run off the sides if you’re not patient. (I’m not patient). With 5 winds, the Overdose mod runs so hot that you can get a good lungful of vapor by holding the button for only about a second with this setup. Any more than that and you’ll hear the dreaded pop that usually means you’re about to get a blast of scalding hot vapalm on the roof of your mouth. But, with this much cotton, it gets blocked and is just reabsorbed. Bonus.
I’ll never go back to the two strand setup. One thing you should know is I’ve found that if too much of the wick is touching the center post, you’ll get a short(er) circuit and the coils won’t heat as fast. I use a small flathead screwdriver to go around and pack the cotton toward the outside once the ring is installed. It seems to hold well enough if you make a good trench, but you might want to check and see if it needs a touch-up when you drip.
If you have any techniques you’d like to share, please post them below.