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In the beginning, there was an obfuscated Half Life 2 reference demanding, "Pick up that can."

Hello world!  I'm Joseph Richard Cantrell, a computer scientist with a passion for lighting the torch of mutual prosperity.  I am merely an extraordinary man and nothing more.  I will speak more on that later, but beginning November 21, 1995, I grew up on Emerson Avenue in the old land of the free and the new world of the brave, the United States of America.  At age 5, I abandoned Christianity to be agnostic, and I ironically pushed forward an exceptional Atheist at age 7 while at Christian summer camp.  Meta4's this way and meta4's that way; I'm also the United States of America, and the Golden Rule, the One rule to rule them all, is my Constitution.  For eighteen years, I lived in Columbus with my mother Patricia Cantrell before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology and begin anew. 

I always craved entrepreneurship for the freedom it brings myself and society.  However, massive amounts of investment capital did not exist in my household, so I forsook my Business Administration degree plans and set my sights on a Computer Science degree several months before attending college.  As a developer I have experience programming using a diverse set of technologies like electrical circuits, assembly, C, NativeScript, and NodeJS.  I coded this website by teaching myself PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with the wealth of knowledge on the internet.  I love playing video games and have learned to make my own games using the open source game engine Godot.  Multiprocessor algorithm efficiency is summarized by the expression speedup(P processor algorithm) / P, which shows how well the total work (Joules per second) of a serial (single processor) algorithm can be distributed among the P processors using a new parallel algorithm.  Superlinear speedup, a division of labor using new parallel processing algorithms, allows for higher efficiency than 1 (I'm also talking about money!).  However, expect there to be diminishing marginal returns as you repeat the same process.  Right, I'm a drill sergeant with lots of experience and I want one composition: NoSQL or MySQL.  With my brain and a Bachelor of Science of Computer Science, I am a doctor with no Ph.D. and there is nothing beyond my mind!  Everything is easy; piece by piece and step by step I can read, analyze, and apply any information. 

Here's a quick rundown of my hobbies.  I have spent 84 days of my life playing Modern Warfare 2 and 50 days playing Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360.  This equates to 6.8% of my time in high school mostly playing Search and Destroy in Modern Warfare 2.  Metro Exodus and Modern Warfare are currently my favorite games, and I have now moved to the Windows platform (PCM4$T3R4C34LYF3).  I also enjoy games like Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Red Dead Redemption 2, Halo Reach, and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. Machine Learning and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Human Values are my favorite Georgia Tech classes.  My favorite type of music is metal, and some of my favorite artists are Slayer, Soilwork, and Boosie BadAzz, though I'm also quite partial to the series Punk Goes...  Animated television shows are my favorite because they are an inexpensive artistic medium attracting eccentric talent; I rank The Boondocks and ChäoS;HEAd very highly.  Without their original creators, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and The Boondocks Season 4 were too modular, so I can't wait for the real SQL's.  Some of my favorite movies include Scarface and Tropic Thunder.  Brave New World and The Stranger are some of my favorite novels, and although I quite enjoyed The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings was difficult for me to finish at times.  As I Am that is, I write more than I read now, but I really enjoyed the Inheritance, Redwall, Warriors, and Merlin Saga book series.  Life is like a single novel in that you only live one part, yet life is a trilogy in that death shall give birth to life and its death.  I enjoy weightlifting and perform bench press, bent over rows, military press, barbell curls, deadlifts, light stability squats, and weighted pullups to build strength and stay healthy.  Lately, my best deadlift is five repetitions of 405 pounds.

Although I do not pursue it, the origin of the universe interests me.  The three spacial dimensions before you intertwine with time, elucidating timespace.  When your velocity increases, time will tick more slowly for you.  In mathematics it is easy to imagine four spatial dimensions using linear algebra.  Thus, time can be seen as an extension of space: a fourth dimension creating spacetime.  In mathematics, it is easy to imagine an infinite number of dimensions.  Stephen Hawking conjectures this universe is an offshoot of a universe encapsulating more dimensions.  Any "timespacial" dimensions perpendicular to these four "timespacial" dimensions would be imperceptible to us.  It is easy to imagine this universe can be perpendicular in space to another universe; quantum entanglement indicates this universe is a self-containing system originating from a place where our perception of time does not exist at all.  If two particles are entangled, a change in the state of one particle will instantaneously flip the state of the partner particle.  This quantum exchange of information cannot be measured as the particle's state changes as one measures its properties.  This correlation of particles shows there is one more time dimension governing this quantum leap: imaginary time. 

Along each point in this fifth dimension, the characteristics of spacetime are predicted as points in a five dimensional (x-y-z-time-iTime) plane.  Through an anomalous Big Bang, imaginary time wrought a single point in spacetime: our universe.  This point in the newfound spacetime, a singularity analogous to a black hole, contained all the matter and energy in our known universe.  Because the grandiose mass of a black hole gravitates light to absolute zero velocity and halts the flow of time, the Big Bang's initial scatter of mass created time.  Indeed, black holes are anomalies in our universe, and the physics governing our universe apply neither there nor in the singularity.  After the Big Bang, stars collected and nuclear fusion supernovae spewed forth larger atoms such as carbon to coalesce into planets.  Water molecules allowed autonomous machines called bacteria cells to collect and mutate into multicellular organisms such as fungi and humans.  Indeed, the universe is expanding, and for every coalescence there exists an equal but opposite dissipation.  The universe will collapse back into a spacetime singularity, yet ever increasing entropy ensures time forever flows forward.  The laws of physics shall once again break down in this new singularity, and a new universe will reign, but it shall not be our own.  Aside conjecture, as at some base instance of rationality, there must exist one finite self contained system (a universe) which has always existed and will always persist without the need for creation as you cannot infinitely recurse creation. 

As I remain an ADHD atheist, I'm delighted scientists are still researching to move humanity to its highest apexes of enlightenment.  My specific DNA resolves my neurons to slowly cease firing at an increasing rate, meaning the rate of my neuron firing has a negative first derivative and a positive second derivative.  Specific neurotransmitters in which I've witnessed signs of decline are norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, and acetylcholine, and the remedy to slowly restore myself is amphetamine sulphate, a constituent of the medications Evekeo and Adderall.  Synaptic norepinephrine yields holistic comprehension and ideation while affording precise, unforced motor control.  Released dopamine determines reward from accomplishment, desire, and forced locomotion.  Serotonin shows different emotions, feelings of internal wellbeing, and occipital interpretation.  Glutamate allows electrical impulses to flow between neurons, effectively allowing communication throughout the body.  Acetylcholine prevents communication between different systems in the body, such as keeping the visual interpretation portions of the brain separate from the rest of the body (this prevents dreaming).  Each of these neurotransmitter systems are interconnected; the release rate of one system has downstream effects in other systems. 

The rate of my neurotransmitter firing can be trained over time to allow me to perform complex mathematics, comprehend more complex and lengthy sentences and concepts, and move with elegance and precision.  These changes take time and cause my neuron firing to oscillate while taking my medication; these oscillations are especially noticeable when quitting my medication and take about nine months to lose influence.  My specific body chemistry gives me preference for norepinephrine releasing chemicals like levoamphetamine, one half of my medication.  I also need the dopamine releasing agent dextroamphetamine found in my medication, although my body chemistry dictates there is something I do not like in this necessary evil.  Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors like the medication Ritalin eradicate the neuronal firing progress afforded by amphetamine sulphate and cause me physical pain like being battered with a stick, possibly by reversing the reverse transport efflux of these neurotransmitters to the synapse.  Others can benefit from medications like Ritalin and Vyvanse, but I must only medicate my ADHD with amphetamine sulphate. 

I must eat my medication three times per day for at least a few months to influence sustained neurotransmitter release, and I originally performed this ritual three times per day for six consecutive years beginning when I was five years old.  I abstained for ten years from sixth grade to my senior year in college at Georgia Tech until I lost my ability to read, listen, and respond to the outside world; it could take me minutes at a time to read or listen a single sentence.  I was once again hallucinating more and more realistic hallucinations like a multitude of rainbow faces of differing emotions overlayed over my vision, a twisted rainbow cloaked demonic human lurking near a door at the end of my hallway, a spherical rainbow explosion reminiscent of an echidna, and a forward flowing river of the different calligraphic versions of the letter A embedded in the hallway carpet.  The hallucinations receded permanently after about a month, and I reconceived my ability to read unmedicated in about five months.  Only time will tell the third derivative of my personal neuronal firing rate, which I hypothesize to be positive, meaning my neuronal firing rate is decreasing faster and faster and I will need to medicate more frequently as I age. 

For my own vanity, I enjoy maintaining this website as a sort of digital signage, a living self portrait.  I began this website working in the web development offices of the IT department at Georgia Techs's College of Computing.  Many of my projects throughout my school, work, adn personal life are housed here, although I have lost many projects I've created on my late mother's laptop and contained within my Ubuntu virtual machines.  I lost my 90,000 words Word Document for a novel called Krelzor's Quest, a lengthy one third complete tale throughout a fictional world teeming with my own talking creatures inspired by Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and The Lord of the Rings.  Now, I write many more stories through the video game medium, although I've also invested some time in learning electric guitar and music creation through the Audacity software. Decode my obfuscated JavaScript code (I invented typefuck), and refresh straight away for secret magnetic induction powers to blacken the hole of the Milky Way.  101010x3!