Man, seeing some old friends on the previous thread gets me all nostalgic, time to catch up with whoever comes by, I'll start it off and am REALLY looking forward to hearing from whoever still stops by; Life is good, getting older then I ever thought I would get, I'm 61 now, most people didn't know my age since I changed it to one hundred on my profile some time back Like most people, and everyone my age, lost some close family and good friends, we all know that's going to happen. The first close friend or relative you lose really hurts, then the next person leaves your life, that hurts more but you realize you're going to lose more and more and it's a part of life, this somehow makes the loss easier to take. I've learned a few things from this, live every day as hard as you can live it, do the things you mean to do as soon as you can, take the hills and valleys as if you're on a great roller coaster, there are going to be highs, and then there will be those lows, it's the circle of life. Lost my dad, ran into tough times liquidating my fathers estate, was embezzled, devastating emotionally, but that wound up for the better in the long run, that's a story that's too long to tell today. Right now I'm on a new project, actually it's a pretty old project that I'm revisiting; Before rappers delight, when "rap" was strictly underground, I had a restaurant in Jamaica Queens, because of my great relationship with the help, they introduced me to this underground sound now known as rap, I was enamored, I wrote and produced the first rap song, before rappers delight, it's because of my song rappers delight came to market. I'm going to release that song and tell the real story documenting the history of pop rap in the near future and I'll give a heads up here when I get the story complete, lots of twists and turns. Here's an interesting theory I'm talking to a pretty accomplished physics professor about, first the set up though; Quite a few years ago, when I first found out about white holes, I postulated that since we're in an expanding and then compressing universe, we might be a black as it expands at the other end of it's cycle, had this discussion back then, some 40 years ago, I couldn't find that idea published and I'm pretty sure it was unique, that theory now carries some weight http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140218-black-hole-blast-explains-big-bang/ So I have a new theory I think might be developed, I know most of you've read something about dark matter, you might've also read the working theory that we're a hologram, a computer program, http://www.iflscience.com/physics/2d-people-looking-out-3d-world As soon as I read something on that theory I immediately thought "well if that's true, and if we're a program, then dark matter might be the operating system" So now I'm talking to a pretty well known physicist about it, he's a childhood friend, he's going to look into the holographic theory to see if this dark matter is operating system theory can stand up to whatever tests they can devise to test Back to this "we are a program" theory, think about this, everything is data, mass is just our perception in the running program, the smallest particles of mass might be the zeros and ones, (though I don't think the universe would be binary, there's no reason there can't be more data points in an operating system, ternary would be more efficient for our computers I think but we're stuck in legacy for a while, you know our dna stores info in the base 4 (A,T,C,G) not the base 2, and I believe we've had computers working in the base ten with a dekatron tube, though the neurons in our brain spiking might be considered a semi base 2) I do go on don't I anyway WHAT'S UP WITH YOU?