Frosted Games

Hello friends! What’s a bubble if not frosted?  In this post, I wanted to stop thinking and just talk about fun and interesting stuff, so I decided that I wanted to just review some of my favorite/recently played games. All of the games I list will be story-based (because there’s not really much to talk about for competitive PvP games, but I do like Smash Bros and Apex and have around 1000 hours in them each). Zelda: Breath of the Wild—This is my first game outside of Pokemon/Mario. It is one of the major reasons why I like the Nintendo Switch so much and why I decided to give other games a try. I first got this game right after I bought my switch to beat my friend in Smash Bros. The friend in question recommended this game, and I thought, “Why not?”, and decided to give it a go. The first thing that caught my attention was the style of the visuals. The cell-shaded backgrounds give the game a very calming(?) harmonic(?) feel, and…

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The Cliche Article About The Possibilities of AI

Le Bubble de Frosted here. I really couldn’t think about what to write today. I decided to write about general artificial intelligence, a topic that I’m also interested in possibly researching in the future. I want to talk about why I’m interested in it, and also why I’m worried about it. I think this problem is the ultimate goal of all researchers right now, and the impact of this problem, if solved, is tremendous. Personally, I have many selfish reasons why I’m interested in such a subject. Firstly, I interact with a lot of math/computer science problems daily, and since I’m so involved in the subject, I have a deep interest in algorithms that can visualize and reason through problems the way a human can.  If these AI were privatized and distributed among the common people, this would bring about great societal changes, because interacting with a computer would be the same as interacting with another living being. Perhaps it would also be possible to make a computer as similar to humans as possible, and…

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What’s Going On in My Waifu’s Head: An Insight Into Problem Solving

Frosted bubble here. Today, I’m just going to be babbling on and on about random thoughts I have had about problem solving and thinking in general. Have you ever thought about how we humans learn, actually perform, and improve on problem solving? As a competitive programmer, I have done lots and lots of questions, most mathematical in nature. Sometimes, I like to step back and reflect on how I tend to think and how I eventually arrived at a solution.  In university, I have a professor that describes it as such: in the beginning, we have an arsenal of tools. Solving a problem is essentially randomly choosing some tool, working on the problem a bit, and seeing if the problem reduces into something simpler that can be worked further. Thus, we can imagine that everyone has some sort of probability distribution on this set of tools, and “getting better” at solving problems is just building an intuition of what tools to use when, and optimizing this random distribution. I think that my professor gives a…

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Respect vs Dependence: When Respect Goes Too Far

Hello, everyone! Long time no see! Frosted Bubble here. As a college student, I recently began working at an internship, my first in-person one, and taking my first step into the working society has taught me more about myself, my childhood, and my flaws. Today, I will be focusing on the issue of respect and authority figures. Ever since I was young, one thing I had always been taught to do was to respect my elders. To me, my father and mother were figures that felt untouchable because they seemed to me as people who simply knew more and knew better, and in return, I treated them with respect and complete dependence. I followed their instructions blindly and mentally positioned myself below them. This feeling of being below people did not stop with just my parents and also translated to my older siblings, my teachers, and anybody who was simply older or more competent than me. Having such a mindset made me obedient to my parents, teachers, siblings, but also gave me difficulty bringing up…

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Keyboard Shortcuts for a Mac and Internet Addict

I am a programmer but I don't use Vim I'm sorry What’s up! Frosted Bubble here! Today I wanted to talk about keyboard shortcuts that I use. I’m sure many people already use these shortcuts, but once in a while I still have friends who don’t really utilize these shortcuts despite using a computer 24/7. I am a Mac user, so unfortunately this probably won’t mean much for Windows users, and I’ll mostly talk about generic Mac shortcuts and Mac Google Chrome shortcuts. For mac: CMD + Tab to change between applicationsCMD + ` to change between windows of an applicationCMD + space to open spotlight search, which can be used to open applications Ctrl + left arrow or right arrow allows you to switch between desktopsCtrl + up arrow or down arrow allows you to see the different windows/applications open in a desktop CMD + w usually closes either the window or something relatedCMD + q quits the applicationCMD + f usually opens some search barCMD + n usually opens a new window of…

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Speed of Human Consciousness

Hey! Frosted bubble here! Today I wanted to just talk about an interesting topic: the speed of our consciousness or thinking. This is one of the thoughts that are pretty fun to mull over in the shower, and I wanted to discuss it because I don’t see many articles on it. Though, with that said, my thoughts are not that polished. This is mostly me laying out some thoughts and observations that I thought were interesting, so please do read this with a grain of salt, and maybe come up with your own theory on why things are. I. Definition First, let’s try to describe and define the speed of consciousness. Vaguely, I think we can describe the speed of consciousness as just the pace at which we experience time.  I imagine that someone with a fast speed of consciousness could feel like time is slower, and if we were to speed up someone’s speed of consciousness, they would feel like time has slowed down. Quicksilver slowing down time It’s a bit difficult to quantitatively…

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Intro: The Frosted Bubble

Hello, World! The Bubbul is a blogging site run by three friends, and we plan to post about all sorts of topics including food, finance, computer science, anime, philosophy, and random events in our lives. All three of us are close high school friends and are now students at different universities studying computer science, so our blog posts may tend to lean in that direction. I am the Frosted Bubble, and I will be using that name from now on whenever I post. I am a student in the UK, and my hobbies are gaming, guitar, coding, competitive programming, drawing, eating, cooking (sometimes), watching anime/manga/light novels, and badminton. I also read occasionally with a book club (at the pace of around 1 book every 1-2 months). Currently, I am trying to find new hobbies to immerse myself into. For games, I like Zelda BOTW, Smash Bros, Apex Legends, Nier Automata, and Runescape. I play other games too, but these are the ones I enjoy the most. My favorite anime are the Monogatari series, Code Geass,…

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