Submit Your Custom Game Map for Heroes of Newerth and You Could Win $4,000!

There’s a contest. The Heroes of Newerth’s Expanding Sol’s Theater contest!

All you have to do is build a custom map and if you win, it becomes a playable map on Heroes of Newerth!

1st place – Map submitted into the game AND $4,000!

2nd place – $2,500!

3rd place – $1,500!

Winners will be announced on November 7th..so get to it, my little worker ants!

Learn more about the Heroes of Newerth contest here.

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The Blind Egocentric Mind

Let’s get this straight – a big ego is a horrible color on anybody.

I’ve always been a modest type of person that looked after others. But, I’ve known many self-centered people that couldn’t fit their heads through the doors.

Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to put yourself high on the list.

In my opinion, people that have big egos are blind.

They are blind to what really matters and their values are skewed. Sure, everyone wants to be successful and get what they want. But, with a large ego other people may back down and keep their distance which could actually give you the opposite result – failure.

Some believe that an egocentric mind is no different from one that is a narcissist. I can see why people could think that, but are they really wired the same?

Here are some signs/symptoms of a narcissist:

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

You may know people with some of these listed above, but don’t fret – it may just be over-confidence. A narcissist would put themselves “above” everyone else, but someone that doesn’t have this disorder would still consider themselves worth as much as everyone else.

Blindness is included in narcissism as well as a big ego, because people do not see outside themselves and only see what will benefit them. They are blind to other people’s feelings, values, and their own morals (or what should be).  This is unfortunate and could affect everyone that knows the person, especially if it is more than a big ego.

I have seen the fall of connections towards friends and family that had these characteristics and it is hurtful to everyone that tries to stay connected. A large ego, I can deal with, but no one can deal with the constant hatred that comes from someone that feels like they should have the right to hurt others.

 

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The Idea of Sharing Information in a Modern World

Our world is connected in a vast webbing of information through the internet and in fact, thanks to our technology, we can connect to our spacecrafts like Cassini which is out HT_earth_saturn_jef_130723_16x9_992near Saturn as we speak taking the most beautiful pictures.  Just recently, the Earth was seen in one of these breathtaking photos.

The idea of sharing ideas has lead to a broader understanding on an individual level.  We have so many resources that have giving people information about our world, scientific theories, and what other people can provide.

The television and radio are great resources to provide information to a large audience and I’d like to note that they have been around much longer than the internet. But, I Flickr: MKHMarketing http://www.flickr.com/photos/mkhmarketing/8560618867/have to say that the internet is the ultimate in information sharing platforms.  Social sites like Facebook and Myspace (back in the day) allowed family and friends miles apart to share their daily lives.  People couldn’t do that before social websites became the thing.  They just sent photos and letters in the mail and made weekly phone calls. Well, that has changed and will forever be this way (and forever improved, I’m sure!)

YouTube has an infinite amount of videos that allow people to wonder, learn, and be entertained. But, fear not when entering the weird part of the Tube when going through a few “related” videos. Go back, go back!!!

One of my favorite places to hang when surfing at home is Ted (Ideas Worth Spreading).  This place is packed full of people with ideas to share with the world. It has changed the way I see things and given me an open mind on what the future holds and what is possible.

Sharing information will never be the same again and will always evolve as long as we are evolving.

 

Looking Nostalgia Right in the Face

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my younger years and all the wonder little things that made me smile as a kid.

Tamagotchis and Pogs were a couple of my favorite things when I was just a wee little lass.

Ahh, yes. Me and my Tamagotchi had a love/hate relationship. It would yell, yell, and yell some more after playing with it until my fingers hurt – then eventually I would throw it under my bed. Of course, I always reset it and start anew. Eventually, I’d lose that little guy and I’d get a new one. I had quite a few of these little things.

Pogs were one of my favorite little games between my sister and I. We would fight over them a lot, but it was a cool idea.

So, I did some research like a “Where are They Now?” kind thing on eBay. I was looking nostalgia right in the face!

I went through pages upon pages of Pogs on eBay. I was so tempted to buy 1,000 of them – uggghhh almost can’t resist! My husband sure would be a little less than impressed. Ha!

Don’t get me started on the Tamagotchis! I want to buy all of them! I think I’m going to get a couple for my daughters. It will be neat to see them play with one of my favorite toys as a kid and I think they will actually like the little guys a lot. Hopefully, I don’t end up hiding THEIR Tamagotchis when they stop feeding their pixel pets.

Oh, one more thing. There is a Tamagotchi app out there! Yes!

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My Fantasy and Reality of Space Exploration

I have always had an interest close to my heart for astronomy and space exploration.

As long as I can remember, I would imagine exploring the vast universe.

As a kid, my milk and cookies was star gazing. In my early teens, I made my own star charts. Boy, do I miss that notebook.

In first grade, our class had to write a short story. Most little girls write about princesses, mermaids and whatnot. I wrote about an alien abduction and zipping through space.  I had detailed illustrations of the aliens, spacecrafts, and objects in space. I wish I still had this little booklet to share with you all, but unfortunately I do not.

My fantasy as a kid was an idea of space exploration…an idea that insinuated that space exploration would be fast tracked as I grew older.  Our technology has improved drastically, but I thought we would be a little farther than we really are today in terms of our limitations here on this planet.

Through the years, my observance and studies have amplified from fantasy to reality.

While I expected humans to be on Mars by now, today’s reality with our rovers and other cute space bots perplex us with some of the most gorgeous photos of local and far away planets as well as the distant galaxies.

I cannot get enough of the rovers we have landed on Mars, especially the Curiosity Rover! I love that little -ahem- big guy!!

It is so awesome that our world has this capability – I hope to see a thriving community on Mars before I die…just maybe!

Lost in a Grain of Sand in the Vastness of Our Universe

Our world is such a small place in this infinite thing we call the universe.  Who knows – there could be alternate universes that just make us all the more insignificant. Did I make you feel small?

I know I do.

Astronomy is one of my favorite subjects to chime on about and I have some interesting things to share. But, first…check out this video!

To even come close to understanding how big the universe truly is, check out Scale of Universe.  This interactive activity shows you the scale of our world and universe.

If we can only partially observe the universe, how do we know that it is that much of an area that we can observe? I know the big bang theory may support how fast objects are moving from a point in which we could make an estimate on the area of the universe. But, science has been wrong before; hence, it’s just a THEORY.  I ponder on this idea once in a while and wonder if there is really multiple planes of universes and do they co-exist or new ones appear after other universes have disappeared?

Look at this picture below and tell me they don’t look like similar!! I’ve always found this observance interesting.  Is our universe…a brain??

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I want to know, will we ever know how the universe really works?