Hellow

hel·low (ˈhelō/) exclamation. A salutation embodying the vibrant energy found in the color yellow.

27 April 2012

Bajasa Mulayu


The Bajasa Mulayu conceals the answer. Begin by crossing out the numbers from the outside-in. Eliminate those in between. The remaining numbers give the tridigit code for letters of the English alphabet. At the alpha, shift clockwise with the first, select the letter with the next two. Burn the following seven digits and repeat. Enjoy.

759123726948856308515968217209184276554234
226824621790494221638366204298627283917260
857843288279679366814541309208137863609536
600946531242061173929943719132274277664874
759642723830855832525995813340070227550099
852731836205196427287563945144272236366941
732316707527344881985516007071217972462589
548750137608881358257268286122686985235339
229287854901408830973807016589228563129122
534754459811253811290040092058816177045117
363585640782222294276481111639386600080311
836463689858220547264739904248462187490087
769736711795722672142542546782542365188700
134072022335365721601280931215920078057185
383991135492354306100570995000611349805249
806697487730176083580440811215526531150995
22814472328709321442a911364600542380922668
118352587035859517983447135735195300655346
737426705902908176518578029053074087350622
383231200937317034854853635322816768603416
050441762779045603109200800790004925685346
941460147695090284013639434215530906820349
526252174900065143142981219065965183722168
646152047098583877609978859597122954162499
343312138480904071038638073431772675456545
323127709262019605106962126909263601972131
666356286193200306062738622303544776231650
450423557711185957027915143562466451718022
464460004456127530313407833005362482327838
449453824000835311477139926063834677687969
597052493391307910987049859133746340742822
772634757471024587847714201527715287031767
907107159213444730620700733490466931138300
493403128494259129959517904694114327013147
913047819430685185280929560365464629458835
013983735389824760965070172090986785273908
466403632680362703468688751604262516654834
619616223013759451575920266674374953195739
003608608232450562698827497648720545406343
889330180098781332114804852527953847033927
570858104542934781321120670281019487950277
066310670692469331989671970649063741175841

This is an ingenious puzzle. If anybody needs hints or has any interest in solving it, please let me know. 3armjustin@gmail.com

24 April 2012

Fine Is Not Ok

"How are you?"
"Good, yourself?"
"Fine I guess."
"Define fine."
"Well...fine is ok."
"Ok? So you're ok?"
"Not exactly."
"But you said you were fine."
"I am fine."
"But you're not ok?"
"Yup."
"You said fine is ok, therefore you're ok."
"No. Not at all."
"If A equals B and B equals C then A equals C. Its basic logic."
"I don't like math."
"This isn't math, its logic."
"Its the same thing."
"Not really. There's not numbers."
"Same thing."
"Last I checked A, B, and C are part of the alphabet. That means they're letters. 1, 2, and 3 are numbers."
"Can we not talk about math?"
"Of course. Why aren't you ok?"
"Because I'm fine."
"What does that mean?"
"It means I'm not ok."
"So what's bothering you?"
"Nothing is bothering me!"
"If you're not ok, something has to be causing it."
"Nope, I'm just fine."
"Ok..."
"It's not the same thing!"
"What?"
"You said 'ok.' That's not what I am."
"I got that. I wasn't saying it like..."
"Please. Just stop trying to explain yourself."
"Fine..."
"What?"
"Huh?"
"Oh. My. God. Nevermind."
"Alright...so why are you just fine?"
"Can we please stop talking about this?"
"Of course. So what's new?"
"Nothing."
"I see...well, hows life?"
"Fine. Just fine."
"Ok then."
"I said I'm not ok."
"I know, we went over this."
"Fine."
"What's wrong now?"
"Nothing. I'm fine."
"Fine then."
"Excuse me?"
"I said 'fine.' Everything is fine."
"Umm clearly not! What's wrong with you?"
"Nothing!"
"Wow, way to be all defensive."
"..."
"What?"
"I give up. Have a good day."
"I can't, I'm not ok."
"Have a fine day then."
"Fine."
"Ok."
"Fine!"
"Message received."

20 April 2012

Let There Be Chaos

There are two theories about life: chaos and order. The chaos theory revolves around the idea that everything is in disorder. All things happen by chance and there are millions of variables that are constantly changing the world around us and the lives within us. Although interesting, this theory seems close-minded. If everything is always occurring by chance, why are there so many patterns? How can predictions be made and paths be determined if life is just a spattering of randomness?
The order theory focuses on finding patterns and cycles in the world. In our lives there are so many routines and structures that this theory becomes easy to crystallize. Each morning we arise at approximately the same time and go about our daily schedule. We take a shower, brush our teeth, eat breakfast, travel to work or school, eat lunch, talk to the same people, go home, relax, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to bed at the same time as the night before. Whether we admit it or not, we are creatures of habit. Maybe our routines vary a bit from day-to-day, but even the most free-spirited of us live a structured life. We may not be as regimented as military men, but we tend to naturally stick to a routine. It is only fitting, as we are built to exist in networks. Our whole lives follow a structure. Circadian rhythms determine the times of day we are most alert or most asleep. Our blood flows through networks and channels, pumping vitamins to the areas they need to go through an inner-connected web. We see the same people day in and day out, because they are in our social web, our network, our system. Sometimes, we are too ordered. When there is no change, no chaos, our networks cannot expand. Our routines will dig deeper trenches and order will lock us in a grid. It may be comfortable, but it is not best. When we reach the end of a cycle, it is time to enter a new one.
We go through four years of high school, followed by four years of college. The beginning of each cycle is not always the greatest. While it may be exciting, it may also be frightening. We start at the bottom after finally achieving the top. One learns to start again and form a new path. The times when we enter a new cycle are the times we should let in a little chaos. We should allow the unexpected to wriggle into our lives and open up new doors to expand the networks we have created in past cycles.
The beauty lies in creating order from chaos and letting chance alter structure.
The inklings of chaos make all the difference.

16 April 2012

The Magic Sense

This is my final project for a creative writing class (English 223) at the University of Michigan, April 2012. For your great pleasure and enjoyment, it is presented here: The Magic Sense