An era of virtual avatars and VStreamers/VTubers

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Puppet shows have always been a way for people to take on different personalities, and speak more comfortably while directing attention towards the puppets and away from themselves. While there are still a number of popular shows featuring puppetry, and a few well known puppeteers, including Jeff Dunham, puppetry isn’t as popular as it once was, with one exception.

Streaming and VTubing is a relatively new form of entertainment where a streamer dons a virtual avatar to engage with their audience. I would consider this medium a modern form of puppetry. Yes, the puppets aren’t physical. They’re generated by a computer. …


Getting the population vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 is of great importance.

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SARS-CoV-2 and its associated disease, COVID-19, has caused an unprecedented public health response. It has caused many peoples’ lives to grind to a halt. Getting back to “normal” is a goal for many. An effective vaccine that can generate herd immunity is would allow us to do just that. But for herd immunity to occur, a vaccine has to be effective at preventing the spread of the infection, and enough people must be vaccinated to generate herd immunity.

For this reason, some have floated the idea of mandating the newly released vaccines. A new your legislator has recently put forward a bill that would allow New York’s Department of Health to mandate the vaccine (A11179). This proposal may seem like a good idea, as it “should” improve vaccine uptake. …


The Chippiparai is unique twist on the classic Dalmatian cocktail.

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Piper Longum (Long Pepper) CC-BY-SA

Spices are wonderful additions to any cocktail bar. They make useful garnishes, but they can be part of the base flavor of a cocktail as well. One spice that I always have on hand is the long pepper. This relative of black pepper has a distinct sweet aroma and flavor, and adds a unique touch to cocktails.

Black pepper, and its relatives, seem like an odd addition to a cocktail, but it works. The first “cocktail” that I ever tried with them was a simple black pepper soda from my favourite Italian restaurant, A Tavola, in New Paltz, NY. The bartenders there certainly know their stuff. …


Any article which provides utility to a reader deserves revenue.

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Why I Index my Articles

Whether I’m a good writer is something that can be argued. But it’s hard to deny that I’m a prolific writer. I’ve written so many articles, on so many different topics, that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. A lot of my articles are organized into publications, but I also want to organize my articles by topic as much as possible, in order to make it easier for my readers to find my work. And so, I’ve written a number of index pages on Medium to do just that.

I have a “Master Index”, which links to a bunch of different index pages on topics like philosophy, poetry, food, and many others. My writing is about as diverse as it can be after all. …


It’s time to accept transracial people.

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For centuries, people believed that humanity could be split into biological races. Those who were black were born from black families. Those who were white were born from white families. Race produced race, just as kind produced kind. But those notions have long been rejected by science. Genetic data indicates that race is not biological. We cannot determine lineage based on outward appearance.

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be white? What does it mean to be a member of any race, and who decides? These questions are very similar to questions of gender and the acceptance of transgender people. …


Honest answers to Gracie Cunningham’s Video

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Recently, a TikTok video by Gracie Cunningham went viral. She received a lot of negative attention, but also plenty of defense for her video. To be blunt, the questions in her first video were apathetic at best, and much of her claims were outright false.

Part of the problem rests with the “education” system, but each individual also has a responsibility to seek out knowledge and better themselves. Luckily, after the viral response of her first video, Cunningham produced a second video that did ask some interesting questions.

Questions and Answers

In the second video, the questions were more honest, and they are worth answering. Apathy should be criticized, but true inquisitiveness should always be honored. …


If money was no issue…

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The question of what I would throw into my dream home is something I’ve spent a considerable amount of time pondering. Given all of my hobbies, it would take quite a large home to truly incorporate everything. Here’s my dream home wish list.

Life Indoors

I love nature. And I want to bring nature inside as much as possible. My ideal home would have an indoor greenhouse and pond, attached to a master bedroom. …


Using Blockchain to monetize our daily activities for a more prosperous future.

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Universal Basic Income is crucial for driving a more prosperous future. Individuals should not have to work tirelessly just to survive. There are some people who disagree with this view. I won’t get into the ethics of the issue. Instead, the view that I propose here is merely practical. Creating a basic foundation will improve economic output. People will be able to spend their time improving themselves and the world, rather than struggling to survive.

As efficiency is increased, more resources are available for all participants in the economy. Therefore, even though lower income members of society benefit from basic income, there is no reduction in wealth potential for other members, and indeed wealth potential increases, as efficiency increases. …


I shouldn’t have splurged, but I did. So I’m writing about it.

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Caviar, sea urchin, and other deliciousness

Caviar and sea urchin are two foods that people generally either love or hate. I love them. They’re really wonderful on their own, but they’re also delicious paired together, and with other ingredients. They add a sense of luxury to a meal. The options are endless. But what if you’re not familiar with either, or you’re not sure what to do with them besides just eat them by themselves?

I have to admit that I have expensive tastes. I don’t mean that I only eat expensive food, and I also don’t think expensive has to mean good. But a lot of the food that I like simply is quite expensive. My budget, sadly does not match those expensive tastes. However, since I’ve been staying home a lot, thanks to everything that’s been going around, I haven’t spent too much at restaurants lately, even if I include takeout. …


Before, Now, and In the Future; Here and Elsewhere

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What can we say about the origin of life, or what form life may take in the future, and elsewhere in the universe? It can be troubling that all we have to work with is what we current can observe here on Earth, but this one “laboratory” still gives us volumes of information to answer these kinds of questions. For a more in depth analysis, you can check out my detailed paper on the topic: The Progression of Life: Before, Now, and in the Future; Here and Elsewhere.

Science and Predictions

Scientific inquiry allows us to develop and test theories. We use those theories to make predictions. It’s true that we’ve never observed life beyond this world. Likewise, before we landed on the moon, no person had ever walked on another celestial body. And yet, astronauts weren’t afraid that they would float away into space after taking their first steps on that alien hunk of rock. …

About

Daniel Goldman

I’m a polymath and a rōnin scholar. That is to say that I enjoy studying many different topics. Find more at http://danielgoldman.us

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