Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I'm busy researching for a project and dug some fun stuff up.
In class, I piped up when someone asked how the value of money is measured. I mentioned that the world uses gold to back up their currencies and cited examples like Fort Knox and various recent events to back that up. Basically, I was pulling stuff outta my ass and cruising on hearsay.
The textbook mentioned a few pages later that South African hadn't used gold backing since the 70's. The teacher's mentions I'm wrong and that lovely girl I have a crush on faints in mock-shock (<3). I made it sound so real, apparently.
Turns out, the truth is much worse.
We've been running on a thing called Fiat money in recent history. Inflation has caused gold backing to become worthless, because $1 to 0.0000000002 ounces of gold is probably a bad idea. Or some other absurd number like that. Only the Swiss have currency with any gold/silver backing. The rest are using Fiat money.
Fiat is Latin, meaning 'let it be done,' so "Fiat lux" means, "Let there be light."
I like to think it means, "Make it so." which it kinda does.
It got it's name because the Fiat money has very little or no backing. It has value because governments say so. The government tells the people to use the money. If foreigners come into play, the government promises that this money has value. They just say, "Let there be money." and it happens.
So when you hear boring people on TV go on and on about 'Confidence in the US dollar dropping,' what they actually mean is, someone realised it was a bad idea to trust people up to their top hats in debt with even more loans and they're getting less confident about those promises of being paid back.
Which basically means that the world's largest nations and greatest leaders, buying, selling and loaning billions per day and occasionally run into debt are dishing out IOUs to each other.
Even EVE Online players did better. When hauling contracts were signed (have my stuff, take it somewhere for me), there is always collateral. If the cargo does not reach its destination, then the delivery guy loses a predetermined portion of money. So even those guys who do pull Number 7 and Number 1 have more to back their promises than our esteemed leaders.
Economics is destroying my faith in the world, rather than showing me that there is enough money and resources in circulation to solve most of our problems.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
We'd have more Mass Effect.
Played the first one for old time's sake and the second one to prepare a character for the upcoming third game.
Definitely my favourite RPG series of all time, bar none. It's just so wonderful. I love both of them to bits. Preliminary trailers of the third one show a more actiony, war story approach, which I don't like as much. I prefer the story part more. I love mindless violence, but Mass Effect's story is too deep to be wasted.
Nothing of note going on. Stellar Dawn might as well be dead.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Jagex is doing nothing. Being dicks about crappy marketing.
Got into World of Tanks. It's an MMORPG, natch. Combo of third-person shooter, team strategy and RPG. You advance up a tech tree of tanks from weak to strong by throwing experience points earned on battlefields into research to upgrade your vehicle(s). There's a lot of room for customisation and teamwork, but most people don't do the teamwork thing. It's not a Build-Your-Own-Tank game. The combat mechanics are very realistic for something as fun as this, and your equipment upgrades are limited to pre-selected things that can plausibly fit onto your tank.
A good game, but a bit grindy before you hit the nice stuff.