Thursday, August 4, 2011

Finite Infinity

It's common knowledge that infinity is, well, infinite. But it's not quite as infinite as it seems!

Not too long ago, I had an idea:

There are a multitude of languages out there, and an even greater number of characters associated with them (letters, numbers, punctuation, symbols). So what if I created a program that would make a copy of every possible character that would fit in a certain area? Let's say 10 x 10 pixels. Just black and white. The program would simply shift / add one pixel to the image at a time until it ended up drawing every possible combination of pixels. Now, most of the images that this program would produce would look nothing like anything. But every once in awhile, the pixels would line up just right to produce a recognizable character.

So I ran the numbers. Well, it turns out that a drawing area of 10 x 10 would create 2^100 or 1,267,650,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376 unique images. The fastest supercomputer on the planet running 24/7 would take over 5 million years to complete the task.

Obviously, 10 x 10 was not going to happen. How about a 9 x 9? At a mere 2^81 or
2,417,851,639,229,258,349,412,352, it could be done in about a decade. Ah, the power of powers.

If you keep reducing the drawing area, eventually you can find one that can be done within a reasonable amount of time. The downside is, you can't draw nearly as much or as well in a smaller area.

That's when I stopped looking at the idea from a practical perspective, and started seeing it for what it was...

A standard definition TV has a screen resolution of 640 x 480. That's a high enough resolution to display anything, but that also means that it can display everything.

Take a look at this number: 32,000,000^307,200. It is the total number of unique images possible with 32 million colors at a resolution of 640 x 480. The total number of unique images possible. That's profound! What that means is that everything that you can ever see on a TV is contained somewhere within that insanely huge number.

Some examples: 
  • Every picture ever taken
  • Every frame from every videogame, movie, or TV show ever made
  • A childhood memory or a scene from your favorite book
  • Anything that you can possibly imagine

In fact, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, whatever is going on around you this very instant is captured in perfect detail by an image inside that number! There's an image of you and your surroundings from every angle. From what you are currently seeing with your eyes, to 1,000 feet above you, to 1000x magnification of your elbow.

That's not to say that it would be easy to find them. Just as with the 10 x 10 black and white, a vast majority of all of those images would just look like colorful white noise. 

But that's just what can be shown on a TV screen. How about we take that concept even further?

Your senses have limitations based on how many nerve endings, photo receptors, tastebuds, etc your body has. While I don't have the hard numbers to calculate, there is a distinct, finite number of combinations of senses your body is capable of having. That means that everything you could ever experience, whether possible or not, is contained within one astronomically huge number.

It's a finite number that contains what we thought was infinite.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Latest Adventures

Wow! I entirely forgot I had this blog! I suppose I better post something. How about Minecraft? Ever heard of it? Good! Cause it has been a major time sink of mine lately.

Though, I tend to play Minecraft differently than most...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

It just wants to be loved

How to start this off right? You know, set the general tone of things... I KNOW! The Creepy Doll Gallery to end ALL creepy doll galleries! Now when this... thing invades your next nightmare (which it WILL) you'll know who to thank! :D

(via @eachdayaflower)

New plan...

I've been struggling with finding a purpose for this blog, as I have stopped playing Broken Slogan some time ago, and there really isn't much for me to update with otherwise. I think I've finally got it figured out though!

One of my favorite things to do is find random interesting, funny, useless, sad, inspiring, etc... stuff on the internet. Now, I've been consistently posting all of said things on Twitter, as I can easily do so in under 140 characters. The problem I am now facing, is that I want to go back and find some of the things I have found. That's not so easy when I have over 2,000 tweets to backtrack through. SO! Time to post them here instead! Let's see how THAT works out...

EDIT: Discovered and joined an awesome site called Reddit. Looks like just what I was looking for...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Delay of Game

Whew! It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this here thingymabob!

Friday, September 18, 2009

A little polyticks for you

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.

After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level
determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.

On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its
valuables thanks to the local police department.

And then I log on to the internet -- which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration -- and post on and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.

Read this. Had to post it. Brilliant run down by my good friend: anonymous internet commenter!

*This posting does not necessarily reflect the political opinions of Berick Cook (Ok, yes is it does).

**Berick Cook reserves the right to laugh at and/or make fun of hypocrisy in any form. If you were offended by this post, please feel free to express your feelings in the comments (Mainly because Berick Cook wants his blog to have comments)

***Berick Cook would like to know why he is talking in 3rd person. (Please help Berick Cook!)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

So yer new to this whole "Twitter" thingy eh?

Well listen here Sonny, I'm here for ya. I'll walk ya through this here process, and 'efore ya can whistle Dixie, ya'll be tweetin' with the best of us.

First of all, ya gots to click on this 'ere Twitter Link. I recommend openin' it in a new winda so's you can still follow m' lead.

Aright now, sees where it says "Sign up now"? Click it.

Put yer name in the first thingy, a screen name (like: BobbySue17) in the second thingy, a password in the third thingy, your email in the fourth thingy, and whatever scribblin's they gots in the white box in the the last thingy.

Now click on that there "Create my account" butt'n. Presto! Yer a Twit... Er, Tweep!

Go'on an' say somethin'! I'll wait.

Purty cool huh? Now alls ya gots to do is "follow" me! You can eith'r click on this 'ere link ta me, or smoke me out with their search thingerjob.

No matter whichens ya choose, ya just click on "follow" and yer dun!

I hafta admit, I feel purty privileg'd that'yer considerin' joining Twitter cause of little ol' me. Keep on Twatin'!