Rayce blogged
Jan 26, 15 5:00pm

Education is such a fundamental toolkit; given you are born with no knowledge and schooling seems to make sense, it makes a lot of sense that we fund public education up to the 12th grade. It also makes sense that the curriculum of the varying levels are geared towards the appropriate ages. There are a lot of things that just make sense; however, there are also a lot of improvements needed. Here are just some of my ramblings on our educational system here in the US.

Giving everyone an equal education sounds great on paper, and getting everyone up to a new norm makes for a more educated society; when something like this becomes so standard, however, it actually ends up hurting by creating a "level playing field." Back to the toolkit metaphor that I picked up from vlogbrothers' YouTube video, if everyone has the same toolkit then there is a much lower demand for users of those tools. Everyone should have a slightly different toolkit so that a "High School Diploma" goes from being the standard to something that is acknowledged with some approval.

In my opinion, GED in college is useless; your GED should be taken care of in High School. Really, the first two years of it should be GED-like courses. The last two years should be something like a trade/technical school, or something like a mix of electives varying from creative writing and ceramics to wood shop and finance. There's a few reasons for this:
  • For one, it allows students to achieve a basic GED-isque certificate showing a sense of being well rounded in their resume. It also allows students to eliminate the tedious 2 years of GED credit that they will likely never use in their field of interest.
  • Allowing students to take courses they enjoy in their latter half of the year allows them to "find themselves" and determine what they'd truly like to be doing for their career. I know so many high school students have no idea what they want to study further after school, and having this will provide some opportunity to try new things, no strings attached (e.g. major changing fees, extra courses)
  • On a more personal level, it also lets students enjoy their last few years. I for one was very stressed my senior year of High School due to all these issues and then some, so taking heavy courses off the table and replacing them with newer relevant courses would help significantly.
In the end, students should get a GED-like certificate with a concentration in a certain area they could earn from their last two years of elective courses. That way, everyone has a step into education while one's certificate not being the same as another person's, mixing the standard into one of varying certificates. It allows those who just want to be in and out the certificate they need, while allowing those that actually want something out of their public education a step in the door of their career.


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Rayce blogged
Oct 13, 14 12:26pm

Something unique about the internet that makes it truly a place different than any other is the fact that it is anonymous at face value. From the point we log on, we choose exactly how public we want our information to be; it is at no pressure to us to disclose anything.

Yet from this point, it is surprising how much users choose to reveal from this private position. Ranging from age, gender and interests going as far as location, jobs, even what they look like. Part of this is why some studies show that online relationships are more likely to last and be closer to one another as opposed to real life relationships; we only have our interests to base off of and are blocked from whatever we choose to keep private. In this sense, we may only choose the better aspects of our lives to share than the aspects we may not be so fond of, and because of that, appear better in our self image than what we may in real life. Ultimately, people form these relationships that bond more strongly because they only base us off of what we want to share, and if they are attracted to what we want to share they are more inclined to be affable to us based on this pseudo-personality.

In places like South Korea, however, internet is completely public. Internet users use a type of identifier that is assigned at birth (similar to a US SSN) that is used to access internet accounts. There, users are completely known by their number identifier that government officials can use to identify the individual. Now this still means to the average person that the information is private and they still choose what to share, but the mere idea of having a universal identifier number to connect the person to the profile is one worth discussing (or dare I say ponder over). Would such a system, something accepted unanimously by the planet be worth considering? Would such a thing destroy what makes the internet unique? Should we live life behind a screen like the internet or is a public lifestyle more worthwhile in the end?

Each position has its own benefits and doubts, but which would be more superior? IMO, it's best to have the private system where users choose what to make public. It keeps internet culture alive and sprawling since most of the hacking scandals that make us open our eyes for a minute are conducted under heavily anonymous conditions and make us laugh, grin, remember and learn. But after all, it is just the internet; we can be anyone we want on here. Most choose to be themselves, some attempt to be girls, others are just NSA agents trying to establish a safe connection and the majority choose to be stupid. What can we do in a world where anyone can be who they want? Nothing.


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Rayce blogged
Oct 8, 14 1:29pm

People are either introverted or extroverted. There is a spectrum that defines this characteristic of being outgoing versus being reserved, and chances are most of us don't lie on the edges but more towards one side than the other. Much like being conservative or liberal, we're all different on how intensely we tend towards one side, but regardless, we all fall one way or the other, and no one side is correct.

Introversion means one enjoys keeping to themselves; I tend to fall more towards this side of the line. From my perspective, introversion means one prefers to keep to themselves more than sharing their time with others. In my experience, it's never been about hating other people so much as being away from the clutter; its been more about alone time and enjoying solo activities to group ones. It's commonly associated with shyness, though it may not necessarily be. It's predominantly valued highly in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures Being introverted is discouraged upon in western societies, as the image of a healthy person is strong, toned, out-going and well spoken. It's a shame that we have this attitude of shunning this characteristic since it really doesn't harm anyone as opposed to, say, having a violent tendency.

Extroversion means one enjoys being around others. Typically, this is shown as the social butterfly who always has something planned, but in reality, it may just be anyone who enjoys being with others even if they don't take that overly proactive initiative. I tend to have a few of these characteristics; I like being with other people and I love talking with others (I enjoy alone time more, however). I'm not an extrovert since I do value my alone time more than my social time but I still have extrovert characteristics. Being extroverted tends to be more helpful in western cultures since employers often look for well-rounded individuals.

Being introverted or extroverted is merely a defining factor of personality and just that; nothing that should be changed to fit another role, or become another personality that is different from the actual. Being introverted shouldn't portray the image of a pushover, weakling, or inferior and neither should being extroverted show an overpowering, dominant, and superior being. It's all a matter of character; if someone falls one way or the other, well, that's simply how they are. They should be accepting of it and should never feel like they need to change.

Well, that seems to be how most things are in this world. Whether someone is an introvert or an extrovert, they should embrace where they fall regardless of the peer pressure they may face. It is a blessing humans have this personality factor since we are social beings, and sometimes it takes a step back and nice inspirations to see that.


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Rayce blogged
Sep 17, 14 1:32pm

Big big big topic that almost seems guru in level. It's also been on my mind for a while now just thinking about some of the vernacular I hear on the streets and between classes. I came to this perspective having taken a part cultural but mostly philosophy class called Theory of Knowledge (TOK) where we learn about how we learn. It should be called meta-cognition but of course that doesn't sound any fun, so TOK it is.

People always say "why did she talking so loudly?" or "why isn't he eating his food?" Really, the proper question isn't why so much as how. How have they been taught that led them to behave this way? Thinking in this matter really takes the edge off of communicating in a much less direct way. People are unique, and with that, so is their set of values, traditions, habits and behaviors along a lengthy list of others. We initially have this knee-jerk reaction to ask why because we were raised differently than the person we are observing. And that's okay, they will probably have the same thought we do at some point or another. It's very natural to favor in-group bias and exhibit out-group bias. Understanding that others are raised differently than ourselves is a great step towards gaining a worldly perspective.

People are different. We're all raised differently, and the culture and beliefs we have been raised to uphold are embed within our selves. In that sense, we are all the same because we are all different. When we reach this understanding of "I'm different, you're different, we can relate because we are different," we can really gain insight into new cultures and further our knowledge of understanding where someone is coming from. For example, in my TOK class, we did an exercise where we named off some practices that were strange while visiting different areas. Lots of those were very strange at first, but once there was a very long pattern of odd traditions, they began to see normal. It's okay that they are different; they were not raised in suburb OC, California with the same environment as I was, they didn't have the same parents as I did or relatives or education or anything. Yet, they are still human. And that is okay.

There is no model or strict setting that we must conform to, which makes life such a vivid experience. Capturing all the perspectives out there is impossible, but seeing new ones expands or own horizon. We all have different perspectives and opinions, but so long as we maintain an opinion and rightly declare it as our own, we are on a new level of understanding. Those hollow men as T. S. Elliot describes that have no opinion lack the connection of a just opinion and suffer from a monochromatic life.

Even this rant I'm totally tangenting on isn't set in stone, or a set model, or "right". You will have a different opinion than that of mine, and guess what? That's okay. We have different opinions, but we are both the same because we have an opinion. We're different, but connected.


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Rayce blogged
Sep 12, 14 1:06pm

Since I've been writing a few of these discussions where I just talk about these topics, I'm just going to tag this series of blogs with the hashtag "ponderables" so if you're feeling like reading some of these you can see what I have to say by clicking on that and bringing all the blog posts I've made with this type of tone.

So on to the topic, there's really something to be said about one's interests. The notion in elementary through middle school and even the first few years of high school is the feeling of conformity and fitting in. That's the name of the game in these crucial years, and really it's silly looking back on it. It's hilarious that one feels they should conform, and it's even more ridiculous that others aren't approving of those who stand out because they are different, when really they should be approving of them for expressing their inner self and staying true to their values.

In my experience, it is so much, much more enjoyable being around others who share your interests. Being around those who you are trying to fit into just puts pressure on yourself to try and like something you may not enjoy. It's like trying to eat vegetables you aren't fond of; you'll do it, but you'll have an ugly face on your mug and a gut reaction on the inside against the action. To provide a real life example, I decided to stick around some of my "nerdy" friends because they were a lot more friendly and I could talk with them about Pokemon, something I really enjoy. Well later in the year when we finished AP testing and had some lull time, we planned a Smash Bros/Mario Kart/Pokemon party in our Chemistry class (which our Chemistry teacher actually supported and brought food for us) and we had a blast. Easily the best time of my life. I wouldn't have had that experience if I had stuck around the jocks, which are totally out of my class.

Additionally, I am a very shy person in real life, so sharing the love for a game series or TV show really helps me get that connection to open myself up. Even further, it does give me confidence now going into meetings and classes because if I wear a symbol or merchandise of my interest such as my Haunter shirt, I have the hope of being a beacon for meeting someone of the same taste and becoming newfound friends. It's also funny because people with these same interests tend to be very much of the same personality. Being strong to these interests gives me the confidence to be true to myself because in the end it is more rewarding.

So in all, my advice for loving what you love is to be around who you love and not who you'd like to love, stay strong to your interests, and always talk to strangers who love what you love (not in that way). You never know what you're going to discover.


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Rayce blogged
Sep 8, 14 1:33pm

Yes, you read that title right.

This has been on my mind for quite a while now, and not just the stereotypical guy-thought, but the actual concept. There have been several videos explaining what it is in the legal context and I think I'd like to give it a go.

In 2014, sex is a topic that is very similar to politics, religion, money, and the likes. It's very difficult to talk about in the open and with others, and part of that is the cultural norms that have made it that way. As a result, we have to confine it to a classroom we all need to take either separately as "sex ed" or umbrella-style in a typical health and wellness class. While it's great we do take the liberty of educating everyone about it, often times it stops after that. We don't hear much outside of the classroom and when we're all thrust out into the world running (or crawling for some), we are practically clueless about it, and moreover, the cultural barriers that we have set up prevent us from reaching that educated standpoint of clarity and confidence. It's kind of like riding a bike, we learn what it is and how to do it, but once we are out on the road, we just need to let our instincts compensate.

Really, it shouldn't have to be this way. I do wish it wasn't such a topic shunned by society or viewed as a disgusting topic on face value. It's really one of the more beautiful things of nature; a man and a woman sharing so close a bond that they attempt to pro-create. Bringing new life into the world; raising that which is new and infant to eventually become better than us and take us over. That's beautiful, and it's the wonder of life. Back to the initiation, it's also a sharing of trust. Two beings envelope their inner trust to begin this action. It's a trust that is comparable in strength to a mother and her child. That, the same trust that seems one in a billion in possibility is made. That's beautiful.

Further, it is even stronger when the relationship is well developed and unbreakable. When you know your partner inside and out, it is much much more enjoyable in that regard. Even more, it shouldn't matter who your partner is or what gender they are (yes that's an opinion), if you enjoy that person and they enjoy you then you should be able to have morally justifiable sex without anyone shuning or judging you for your choice. All that matters is that one in a billion bond that humans seek out of the world, and that, anyone should recognize, is worth them being "different" than society. That is worth a lifetime.

Speaking of how society tends to twist and torsion things against what should be to adapt to the normal's standard, there is also something to be said about consent. Yep, that was coming. Living near a crime-ridden city, sexual assaults and minors getting wrapped up i these situations come up often, and it is such a tragedy to hear another human like you and me was taken advantage of. Sex is a wonderful thing, but abusing it is just dastardly. This is where consent plays. If your partner does not want to engage in this activity, they should not be pressured to in any way. Continuing so voraciously only seeks the immoral ending that will likely follow. Consent is a sober, conscious, and alert "Yes" and anything else that would even hint at a different answer may be a questionable position. You and you partner should always have this agreement because quite frankly anything less is significantly less enjoyable. Knowing the person and knowing when it is right are things we should all know, and personally we will all know when it is right because you will feel that one in a billion connection.

My lingering thoughts: don't be afraid to breach the subject with those you're close to, be close to the person you are with, and don't be afraid to take it slow. The stronger and closer the relationship, the more enjoyable and stronger the bond will be; because sex is a wonderful thing, and should be treated as something awesome instead of as something awarded.


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Rayce blogged
Aug 19, 14 3:28pm

Saying goodbyes have always been portrayed in movies and books as very heart felt and touching. Whether it is the end of the many years of the series Friends or the just newly acquainted "love at first sight," goodbyes find their ways into the hearts of those that become invested in them.

I have been fortunate enough to never have experienced a goodbye like those used in entertainment since everybody, everything and every what now has been here in my own backyard...until just recently. Sunday August 17th was the first day I felt a true goodbye as I said goodbye to my friends group as we all go our separate ways to college this week. It was a truly eye-opening experience and totally crushed me for the first time in years. I had become so emotionally attached to these wonderful friends of mine that leaving was quite the experience for us all. I am so grateful for each and every one of them and their impact in my life, and sometimes it takes till the end to realize that.

"End" is a funny saying because I know this wasn't the end. It was more like a goodbye for a while, as we go the distance discovering life for a moment before reconnecting to share our experiences and having another go at it. After all, we're all still broke college students dependent of our original living quarters (read: home), so we will be back soon enough to rekindle what was lost. Still, it hits us right where it matters most; the fact that these people we've known for years on end that have become staples in our daily lives will no longer be there and that we will need to rebuild from the bottom-up in the food chain again and find new sentiments to fill the voids. We wish that it will work, and with that, we are thrown into the world running.

You never know who your best friends are until you have wept the night away. <3;


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Rayce blogged
Jul 30, 14 8:10pm

Today I got back from my trip at the Las Vegas strip. I actually stayed off the strip at a nice resort, but went into the strip during the late afternoons. There is so much going on there that I thought I'd take a second to reflect and comment on the happenings at the planet's party city.

Fabulous Las Vegas. It is an interesting place nonetheless. A social hub that is possibly the nation's most densely populated area of wealth, yet the state of Nevada (as I saw on a late night news episode) is 2nd worst in the nation in terms of people in debt. Las Vegas itself is a very rigid area; there are some nice places, and then there are complete shitholes. It's crazy how scattered the wealth is and how many homeless there are within the greater strip area. Additionally, it's a bit more discouraging how people will gamble away tons of money and not even consider distributing some of it to, say, the street performers who actually do work for their living. Money, money, money. How to distribute wealth is for a more political talk though, and I think I will leave it there.

Kid friendly is definitely not a term that belongs here. In terms of laws, Nevada rides a completely different wavelength than say coastal beach cities in California. The two come hand in hand when drinking in public is allowed and people selling prostitution line the strip every 40 yards on the yard. It's actually quite frightening that families of average ages walk up and down amongst sites like the a fore mentioned with tons of second hand smoke lining every walkway and casino, which is conveniently placed so everyone must walk through it to reach the hotel. I'm not going to argue with these laws since they have been voted on and passed, but perhaps a redefined limitation would help. Nah, I'd say stick to Circus Circus and a nanny. That'd shield you from the smoke and booze, at least.

All these complaints aside, it is still a marvel to see. Technologically, it is amazing; Vegas is like no other city because like no other, the buildings within the strip are all for entertainment rather than Los Angeles where they are mostly for corporate offices. There's also no better thrill of driving down scenic Las Vegas Blvd underneath the lights at night. The action, the movement, and the hundreds of early adults running across the street makes you really feel alive and in the know-how. Every huge hotel on the strip, too, has middle-class and upper-class luxuries that make it a comfortable and fun getaway. It's a great vacation place if you've got money to spend and mates to run around with.

Would I return? Absolutely. I look forward to seeing it evolve even larger, and perhaps even expanded. MGM Grand and Luxor both had a ton of class and look the best at night, and the Luxor had a great buffet to boot, so I would most likely stay at one of those on the strip. Off, I'd go back to the resort. Avoids: downtown. Events: all of them. And it would be a smashing good time.

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Rayce blogged
Jul 16, 14 10:11pm

Beartic @ Assault Vest
Adamant 252 HP / 252 Attk / 4 Sp Def
Swift Swim
-Icicle Crash
-Superpower / Play Rough
-Stone Edge
-Aqua Jet

Grassy Terrain Combo:
Magnezone @ Choice Specs
Modest 252 HP / 252 Sp. Attack / 4 Spe
Magnet Pull
-Flash Cannon
-HP Ground
-Hyper Beam

Venusaur @ Venusaurite
Calm 252 HP / 252 Sp Def / 4 Sp Attack
-Grassy Terrain
-Sludge Bomb
-Giga Drain
-Synthesis / Sleep Powder

Relicanth @ Assault Vest
Adamant 252 HP / 252 Attack / 4 Sp Def
Rock Head
-Head Smash
-Waterfall / Aqua Tail
-Rock Slide / Ice Beam / Double Edge

Tropius @ Sitrus Berry
Impish 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Attk
-Leaf Blade
-Dragon Dance
Rayce blogged
Jan 8, 14 7:29pm

Having taken Psychology and Theory of Knowledge, I know looking back is important to kind of reassure the past and offer a sense of completion. In good spirits now and with a pretty good outlook on life, I think I'll make a post I can look back on in future years and recall the attitude, feeling, and perspective I felt in the moment.

It's now been 3 years since I've began Trading Pokemon. Wow, what a ride. I've been through so much that has made me realize how awesome the Pokemon Community is in general. I've met so many awesome people through Trading and I'd like to think I've grown myself. Looking back on my first post on Serebiiforums, I was a total newbie; 3/5 of my offerings were hacked and I typed like a french princess. I remember the community on Serebii being pretty strong before the huge AR hack spiel, and I'm sad to see it be somewhat dissolved as it is, but I'm happy to see it trickling in and even seeing a new community of Traders coming through!

I came to Neoseeker sometime in March and joined around April mainly because I wanted to branch out with my shop, now pretty large, to other sites and see what other communities had. Never did I expect myself to fall head over heels into such a community, even leaving my birth place for this new, unfamiliar grounds. Lest I say I was very welcomed and felt I was now a part of something larger. Shopping District is, and always will be, the best community on the internet. I always feel as though I can pop in on anyone's thread and have a friendly conversation out of nowhere; you can hardly boast that elsewhere. Sometime later, I would meet a group of friends here that would change my perspective forever, more I'll go into later.

Not only that, but around December I joined the Pokecheck community, an even tighter group of Pokemon fans that all share an amazing set of values and ethics. February rolls around and I am getting a better understanding of myself. I think the sense of belonging really helps and has contributed to making me into the confident and strong-to-my-self person I am today.

January 8th will always hold a special place in my mind. Today, I celebrated with an In-N-Out Burger and relaxation, an awesome combo. I'll leave with that; rock on, as always.

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Rayce blogged
Jul 14, 13 5:03pm

As I have reported, I had a Shiny XD Eevee on my XD Gale of Drakness game. I recently finished it, and transferred the Eevee to 4th Gen, after giving it some special move-tutor madness. Here's the complete story.
(I apologize ahead of time for the pictures sizes)

It started as a Shiny Starter. This was taken Day of receiving. Who knew one's lucky day would become my most prized pokemon? I never did.

Unfortunately, I do not have an image of trading it from XD to Emerald, so I will say I did it instead. Deal with it x).

It arrived on my Emerald. Lookin' good with that gold-plated Dex No. ;).

While on Emerald, I taught it Double-Edge, a super-powerful STAB move even though its Rash and not going to be used in competitive play anyway. Value-upper!

In my room, it looked like wire-mania. My blue GBA-GBA wire matches my GBA-GC wire, both a nice blue color. My amazing camera couldn't get a good focus on the trade, but I was too paranoid to do another, lol. Emerald to Leaf Green was this trade.

While on Leaf Green, I taught it Mimic. Not quite a useful move, but its one more move Eevee cannot learn in 4th and 5th Gens. Off to Fire Red!

Since I had already used my Leaf Green's Body Slam tutor used up, I went to my brother's Fire Red to get it. He hasn't played it in ages, so he wouldn't mind :).

...and this is where it is now, Pal-Parked and on my HG. 100% legitimate, and all mine. I love this thing, it is my Jewel in the Crown (European history joke there). It has those 3 Special moves, and a lot more to it: My OT. That to me is more than I could ever wish for.

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Rayce blogged
Jul 8, 13 9:53pm

My friend Hozu noticed a strange thing when we were checking the legality of common events shared by the community. There is a way to check GBA restricted and unrestricted PID's through using RNG Reporter, which involves using multiple conversions and a few calculations. Through this measure, Hozu and I were able to find a pattern in Pokemon Center Japan 2003 that may hold a key to event legality checking, and perhaps even uncover a huge hack scandal.

For an example, here is one of the calculations done.

Using this Wish Bagon, the under lying creation of the PID will be revealed by converting it into a useable Method 1 Spread. For this calculation, use the above picture with the above stats.

Take the IV's, Hidden Power, Level, ID number and Characteristic and enter it into the Method 1/J/K/ Legality Checker.

Now, take the PID heximal, 158EB1D2, and convert it to the PID halves. This then becomes B1D2158E.

Now, convert this to a decimal, and take the % 25 of this modified PID. This will yield a new nature, as per a Method 1 spread. For this Bagon, it is Timid. Input this nature in the checker and hit "Stats from IV's."

A new seed will pop up. Copy this seed for later. Open RNG Reporter 9.96 Alpha 6 or newer, and open the researcher tab.

Enter that seed you saved from the legality checker and paste it into the Seed (Hex) box. Hit generate.

If you will see, the original PID of the Bagon reoccurs. However, it only occurs in the 16bitHigh sections, and it occurs in two different seeds; we'll say it "skips".

This is abnormal, since one PID is created from two different seeds. There is no evidence to back up this claim so far, so this is merely an observation. On normal PID's of normal GBA Event Restricted Pokemon, however, this does not occur, and it is created from a single seed. Until we have a 100% Legitimate source for PCJP03, we will never know if these Pokemon are supposed to have this skip, or if the skip is an indication that these are hacked. As more information comes in, I will update this discovery.

Credit for this goes to Hozu, written by Rayce.

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Rayce blogged
Jul 6, 13 5:01pm

So I just discovered that Neoseeker has a blog section, and I'm thinking about posting some of my event legality stuff here. If I do then I will make sure they are easily understandable and clear.

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