What happens when I’m bored

What’s up everyone? I’m enjoying that one week of freedom we schoolguys get in India before we start the next grade. Anyways, I was bored as hell, so I started to do weird things to music. I imported them into Audacity, and applied some effects. Turns out, every song can be sung by chipmunks with two minutes’ worth of work and a bad sense of humour. I thought I’d upload the results of my activities on Side To Side by Ariana Grande. The file (.wav) as exported by audacity is 40MB, for some reason. And exporting as an mp3 is a process I haven’t got around to implementing yet (I need to add some DLLs). Anyway, you can find the file right here

Long Time!

Hey! I couldn’t post because I had (have) exams. Also, learning Python takes time, but is well worth the effort, and that’s actually what I’m up to in this little week I have. Keep checking back to find more stuff that I’ll post. Thinking of a QualityQuote. In the meantime, Adios!

Doomsday

Here’s a new one. I wrote this a couple months ago, for my exam, and I really like it. Enjoy!

Doomsday

He could see the smoke rising from the factory and spreading over the town. It had been doing so for the past two days and would continue to do so for two more, till it had covered the city. The presence of a greenish tinge to the foul substance betrayed the presence of chemicals not usually present in common factory smoke from a few years ago.

It was 2116, and the world was dying. Everyone knew that, yet denial made it seem that the unavoidable truth could be delayed further. Yet, alas, nature – or what was left of it – does not conform to the whims of mankind. The Boole-Hasbergen Law formulated five years ago, confirmed it and even predicted the date. It was frighteningly close, approaching fast, and no-one could stop it.

The world was in tatters. Water was only for the filthy rich, and all food was little more than synthetically prepared nutrients in colourful packaging. The world was one large city. Most oceans were little more than lakes, and forests were virtually non-existent, and rapidly increasing population consumed whatever resources remained.

Diseases were common, and most were deadly, as science could not keep up with bacteria as it mutated to counter each new antibiotic. Life at home was tough. On the streets, it was deadly. Each man, woman and child had to fend for themselves, and dead bodies were found every day, eaten away by scavengers and sometimes the poorest of the poor. There was no government, as each one fell to terrorist attack or was besieged by the needs of the poor.

Nothing could stop the end of the world. This was how humanity would leave the Earth. This would be its legacy, with none to remember it. Earth, corrupted by nuclear waste, ravaged by war, torn apart by endless mining, would continue to orbit the Sun. Another plant, one in billions of billions, would nearly be destroyed.

Yet, as humanity was wiped off the planet, other forms of life would survive. Life would pull through, as it had for billions of years. This only marked the end of an aeon, and the beginning of a new one. Something would remain.

All was not lost.

Help me write!

I got a new idea, guys! I’ve been getting a lot of activity on my stories, and people seem to appreciate them a lot, so I thought I’d put up more of them. Problem is, I don’t have many ideas. Help me out and put a starting phrase or sentence down in the comments below. I’ll write on the one’s I like best.

Help Us Help You!

Hey guys, what’s up? This post is gonna be a short one. I just want to ask everyone for a favor. You see, I’m going for a NSQCC (National Statistical Quality Control Circle) competition, and I’ve posted a couple of surveys on this blog I made just for it. Please help me fill it in and please be truthful. Your details will never be shared. Visit the new blog at http://www.ssqcc.wordpress.com

Ideas Please!

Hi everyone. I wanted to know what you would like me to do on my blog. I know I haven’t posted much lately, and the reason for that is in my other post a few hours ago. You can view it here along with my post on Brexit. I wanted to ask you what you want me to post. I am already working on an article for VR. It’ll be out in a while. I’m also working on an FPS in Unity. Check out my other games hereVote on the poll below, and also write in the comments. Should I write about tech, just whatever catches my fancy (or what you want me to)? Should I do more literature, like my book review on Eragon (here), or another short story (like the ones here)? Should I start making tutorials on how to code (I do know a few languages)? Put your opinions down in the comments, and feel free to tell what exactly in tech you want me to do, but only stuff I can do online because I can’t review stuff I have to buy, or what kind of short story I should write. You can even put in a a line or phrase you think the story should start with, or contain, or revolve around. I’ll try my best. As for now, that’s all. Write in the comments, and please follow my blog by pressing that follow button on the sidebar.

The Brexit Breakdown

I had to do this for my homework, and since I liked it I decided to upload it on this blog. I know I haven’t posted something in quite a whie but I had so much going on, what with school homework, my tution homework, trying to write a post on VR tech (Should be coming soon), and making a game by myself in Unity. If you havent already, check out the games I have already made here. They are all just tutorial games from Unity, and it goes to them, I just made it and uploaded it. I also went to Unity’s Roadshow in New Delhi. LOADS of fun by the way. You know what? I might even write on that. Anyhow, lets get on with the article.

UK’s decision to leave the EU is undoubtedly one of the most controversial so far. Termed Brexit, this is a highly debated topic and one which can have worldwide repercussions. Let’s look at the facts and figures of the vote, as well as a region-wise breakdown of the referendum that took place on 23 June.

Facts and figures

The UK as a whole

The turnout for this referendum was 71.8%, with over 30 million people casting a vote. This is the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election. This goes to show how much this was valued, and how critical a decision it was. Nearly everyone of voting age had a choice. Leave won the vote with 51.9% to 48.1%.

Brexit Regional Breakdown
A breakdown of Brexit votes both for and against, categorised regionally.

Wales

In Wales, Leave won with 52.5% to 47.5%. The irony here comes in when one sees that Wales receives more from Brussels as part of the EU than it puts in, a net benefit estimated at $325 million per year. EU funding has created nearly 37,000 new jobs for Welsh workers, and has helped more than 556000 into work training. With Britain exiting the EU, it will have to deal with many regions that have EU sized expectations, which will be difficult to deal with considering that Brexit may well cause an economic depression.

Northern Ireland

Like Wales, Northern Ireland is also heavily EU dependent for subsidies, and nearly 90% of its farmer’s income is EU money. More intelligently in the opinion of some, Northern Ireland voted to Remain, with 55.8%. Also, as Northern Ireland was formed due to Protestant and Catholic divisions in the 1920s, it remained with the UK. However, there is still a sizeable Catholic population pushing for Irish reunification. Before, with Britain in the EU, there was not much need for real borders between Ireland and its northern counterpart. The Brexit vote puts this in jeopardy.

Scotland

Scotland is a much more immediate risk, and voted for Remain heavily, with 62% of their population thinking that the EU is more of a boon than a bane. Apart from being heavily pro-European, Scotland is also heavily pro-UK; an opinion very well heard when 55% of Scots decided to remain in the UK less than 2 years ago. An independent Scotland would have to rely heavily on oil sales for their economy, which isn’t doing as well as before.

England

In its finality, the Brexit vote was decided by the UK, which makes up 84% of UK’s overall 64.1 million population and therefore had much more of an impact on the vote than the rest of the regions combined. Both migration and finances are valid concerns for UK, and longstanding ones. To address these concerns, PM David Cameron even renegotiated the UKs membership in the EU a few months ago. Still, it was inadequate to placate the English, who voted 53.4% to leave.

London

This may be a surprise, but London is strongly pro-European, and comparable to an island in the ocean of the anti-EU sentiments of England, and 60% of Londoners voted to Remain. London makes up just 12.5 % of the UKs population, but contributes to 22% of UKs overall GDP. Another point to note is that London is home to 37% of those who live in the UK but were born abroad, which can explain quite a bit of the vote.

UK may have voted to leave EU, but the actual exit process will include negotiations about UKs relation with the rest of the EU, and won’t happen until the coming autumn. This has also given some regions reasons to look for life beyond the UK. The think tank Open Europe predicted that in the worst case, UKs GDP will go down by 2.2% by 2030, and a best case scenario says that it will rise by 1.6% in the same period. Some decisions should be taken with a long term perspective in mind, and this has shown that people don’t always bear that in mind.

PS. Comment on your views about the Brexit