NBA players and the flat Earth theory

I don’t know how it began, but a number of famous basketball players are flat-Earthers. Yea, they legitimately believe that the planet we live on is flat, not round.

It’s all due to this new anti-science mentality going around these days. A large number of people would rather believe in conspiracy theories than cold-hard facts, because unless they can see it for themselves, they don’t want to believe it. This is propagated by Facebook pages and YouTube channels that try explaining the anti-science using extremely simplistic and completely incorrect examples. I have to assume, now, that every major human achievement nowadays is accompanied by a far-fetched conspiracy theory.

“Space may be the final frontier
But it’s made in a Hollywood basement” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers said it best in their song “Californication”. Is California culture where all these conspiracy theories came from? I don’t know, but there certainly are a number of rich and famous people living in Los Angeles that believe some really crazy things.

An article came out recently exposing Shaq as a flat-Earther too. Come on man, not Shaq! This guy is on television all the time. He’s a likable guy. But seriously, unless he’s talking about basketball, don’t listen to him.

I really want to believe he was joking when he said this:

“It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair-skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So, what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this s*** is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.” – Shaq

Shaq is far from being the only one. Kyrie Irving is also a flat-Earther, and he has told us so on multiple occasions. To him, he is just passing it off as having his own beliefs, as if everything is up for debate and facts don’t exist.

There is absolutely no reason for me to jump in here and debate a flat-Earther, but I will say this: if you honestly believe the Earth is flat, you are calling thousands of hard working people around the world liars. You are calling NASA liars. We have walked on the moon. We have satellites orbiting the Earth, and we have spacecraft far far away from Earth exploring other planets and someday other solar systems. Please just cut it with this flat-Earth theory.

Blogging Again

For awhile now, I’ve wanted to restart my blog but I didn’t know how I wanted to do it. I thought that maybe I would write on important topics and only try to publish high quality blog posts, but that was several months ago and I haven’t published a single one.

When I first started blogging, I did it on a site where you could earn money from views and interactions. In an effort to earn myself some much needed cash, I would write five or so blog posts a day, covering literally anything I wanted. I wrote about my day, I wrote about the Columbus Crew soccer team, and I wrote about esports. Now, I’d like to finally get back to that, even though I won’t be earning any money. I’d just like to speak my mind, and this is the start.

It doesn’t matter how long the blog posts are, and it doesn’t matter what the topic is. This type of writing is something I’ve missed since I began devoting myself to esports journalism two years ago. When you only post objective facts, with some slight opinion thrown in, you don’t really get to speak your mind. I was good at it, in my own opinion, but I think I began to lose my flow because I was only writing in a single style and not changing it up. My old writing style was a bit more quirky and fun. Hopefully I can get back to that.

So, this blog is back and I don’t plan on changing the name again. I plan to write about anything and everything, hence the name ‘Chemistryandstuff’. Thanks for continuing to visit!

Funny Story: My Friend and His Call of Duty Struggle

The Struggle

This is a story about a friend who has been struggling recently on Call of Duty. It’s really quite a funny story, where a simple fix made all the difference. I’m just glad everything is working properly now, because it was a bit difficult playing with him recently.

I will not name the person this is about, but I bet you could figure it out after a bit of sleuthing. I met him over two years ago on Black Ops 2. Back then, Team Orbit was a community organization similar to XGN (I’m not sure XGN is anymore either). There was a website with forums and amateur players such as ourselves could go there and search for other players to team with. At the time, I was the head of the North American Call of Duty section of Team Orbit. I was working to keep people active and playing the game by setting up scrims and such.

My friend was pretty new to the game. When we first played, he was on a team of n00bs, to say the least. When we had our first scrimmage, my team dominated his, but since we were all part of Orbit, we were on friendly terms. My teammates and I took in the new players and taught them all we knew. We played League Play constantly and a few GBs as well. My friend, the n00b, got better at Call of Duty in no time.

We teamed together throughout Ghosts as well, until our entire team decided to stop playing the game. I’m sure you got tired of Ghosts too, right? Before we quit, we were playing a lot of GBs, and I would say that we were an average team. Not bad for a bunch of amateurs that couldn’t dedicate more than a few hours a day. The only problem I had playing with this team was their lack of a good internet connection. My friend would sometimes lag out of games entirely and sometimes have a great connection and be fine.

This phenomenon continued into Advanced Warfare, where we teamed again. Our squad was set and we just had to continue playing together, but just about everyone’s connection was suspect. Then one day, my friend was excited and told us his family was getting better internet. A miracle!

The weird thing was, once he got better internet, he was worse then before. We couldn’t figure it out! Was he a warrior before and we didn’t even know it? Sure didn’t seem like it. My friend went negative a lot after that. At first we thought that he just had to get used to his different internet, but eventually it became a big problem. As a team, we stopped playing because we just couldn’t compete anymore.

My friend still played occasionally, and today we were in ranked play together. We were playing Search and Destroy on Terrace with two others and I died, so I was spectating my friend. He was in a gun fight with two players on the other team, aiming in and shooting but not hitting many shots, and I realized that something didn’t look right. I asked him, “Is your aim assist on?” He paused, checked his settings, and found that no, his aim assist was not on.

Wow. This entire time, the last two months at least, he was playing without aim assist. When did it go off? Before or after his internet change? How did it go off?

These are all questions that are not yet answered and probably never will be. Immediately after changing his settings, he was better again. Just wow. Now I don’t have to carry anymore! What a relief!

The Struggles of Being an Amateur Gamer

The struggles of being an amateur Call of Duty player… We’ve all been there. The pros have been there. I am there, and I am sure that I will always be there.

A lot of gamers look at the pros and wish they could live that life. Young, carefree, and playing video games for a living. It all seems so perfect. The pro gamers are idolized, just as professional athletes have been for decades, centuries even. We can all say that we’ve thought about what it would be like to go pro, and we’ve all realized the reasons why we are not quite there.

1. Time

The boon to all gamers! There is simply not enough time to devote to gaming and it doesn’t seem fair. There are too many other responsibilities standing in the way: school, work, family, friends. How can we expect to beat the best players in the game when they play for 12 hours a day and we only play for 3?

2. Money

Gaming isn’t exactly a cheap hobby. First you need to buy the gaming console or computer ($400<), then you need to buy some games ($60 a piece), you will be wanting a decent headset and monitor ($100<  each), and your internet better be good enough or you will be getting melted. Of course, those are just the basic costs. In order to make money playing video games, you need to put money in first. And don’t expect to be beating the pros in your first cash tournament!

3. Internet Lag

Oh gosh, where do I begin? We all know what it feels like to experience lag. Sometimes it is choppy and players seem to just teleport around the map. Other times, there seems to be a half second delay even though the whole game is running smoothly. One game you melt kids and the next game they eat 5 bullets, do a 180 degree turn, and insta-kill you. The only real way to get rid of lag is to play on a local area network (LAN).

4. Other Interests

Honestly, playing one video game for 12 hours a day can get pretty boring. Just like watching reruns of your favorite tv show can get boring. It’s nice to think about playing competitively full time, but can you really do that to yourself? There are other games out there. There are other hobbies out there!

5. Social Perception

We have all done our best to defend eSports from the criticism of others. Rude YouTube comments call professional gamers and other gaming celebrities names like “loser”, “childish”, and “fat-40-year-old-virgin-who-lives-in-his-mothers-basement”. People who say things like that can not be reasoned with, but we try anyway. When it comes to doing the things you love, go for it. Just remember that people will judge you either way.

 

Gaming can lead to long lasting friendships with people you may never even meet in real life. It is truly a unique and social experience. Never forget to have fun on the game!

 

 

 

Welcome To My Blog

My girlfriend and I on New Years Eve.
My girlfriend and I on New Years Eve.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I have been searching for the perfect blogging platform for quite some time now, and I am hoping that I have finally settled down and found the right place. Thus far, I am thoroughly impressed with WordPress.

I admit, my first encounters with WordPress were not so good. My chemistry lab group uses WordPress to run the group site and I was charged with the task of maintaining the site. It wasn’t so easy the first few times…

I suppose I should let you know a little more about myself. As I said, I am part of a chemistry lab group. I am in my third year of the program at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I love it here. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to live here once I graduate and find a job. The good news is that my girlfriend of 4 years, who is a nurse, can find a job no matter where we move to!

My girlfriends name is Anna. In here spare time, she likes to crochet. She has been at it for about 2 years now and almost all of our family members have a blanket or other item she has made for them. She has become very good at it, so we decided to make her an Etsy account where she can begin selling her items. I will be posting links and examples on this site to help her out.

In my spare time, I am either playing video games (Call of Duty especially), working out, watching sports, playing sports, or at the bar. I like to think of myself as multi-talented, but I am not extremely talented in any one area… If only I had the time to commit! I play Call of Duty competitively and often stream on Twitch. This blog is part of my attempt to grow a social media audience, and I sure hope that it works! In the summer, I began writing on Bubblews. By writing, I began to feel a bit more confident and I was given the opportunity to begin writing for an eSports organization, Team Orbit. I am very happy with this, as I feel that the world of eSports is going to begin expanding massively in the coming years.

Thanks a lot for stopping by and letting me explain a little bit about myself. Of course, there will be much more to see in the future!

Twitter: @Orbit_CH3MISTRY