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Before we get into everything, let me start by saying that obviously, this is not required reading to watch my videos. I am doing this for 2 reasons: 1) for those who are interested in “playing along” and possibly learning more about the so-called universe I’ve created and who may be new to my channel, and 2) to set some things straight (as possible) and make some things official.

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ERP #30: Fear (Part 2) – Physiology to Phobias

Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 30 were I discuss a variety of topics ranging from the physiology of fear (limbic system (amygdala, thalamus)) to phobias and everything in between & beyond such as: OG monkey vs modern brain, anger, paranoia, controlling behavior, the power & speed of fear, innate vs learned fears, common fears, patience & fear / anxiety, these self-aware biological machinations, the human body has no user manual, our inability to inquire our own minds.

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Squid Game Analysis: The 1 Argument That No One Raised

Yes, the participants involved in the Netflix series Squid Game chose to join the game by their own volition.

However, the 1 immersion breaking part of this otherwise perfect show was that no one ever said “yes, we willingly obliged to join the game to win money, but none of us knew that we would be killing one another or putting our own lives at risk!”

There was 1 particular scene where one of the main protagonists was shouting and questioning everything that was going on, and 1 of the people running the show, maybe it was the Front Man himself, said how each person chose to be there on their own accord. And that was that.

And as I sat there watching this scene unfold, I was waiting for the contestant to say: “well, duh, yeah.. but we didn’t know we were joining a game where we had to kill each other or that we might get killed in the process!”, because that’s what I was thinking.

It’s funny how smart these characters were, how smart the writing was, but they weren’t that smart. The fact that no raised this argument was kind of a immersion breaking and a bit of a let down.

Because the first question asked in this scenario was: “none of us wanted this!” and the response given was “but we didn’t force you to be here!”. So the next logical response/argument to raise is “true, but you never told us what we’d be getting involved in!” which the response then would be “if we told you, you’d never join the game!”. Of course if the people running the game told them what they were getting involved not only would no one join, but the people running the game might actually get arrested. All you needed was some people to record the conversation about “join our game where you have to kill other people and you might even be killed yourself, but you have a chance to win a ridiculous amount of money”. Not to mention it would ruin the surprise of what they were getting involved in.

The writing was 99% smart except for this one part, and maybe a few other scenes, but nothing’s perfect. And I’m pretty sure if the contestants knew about what they were really getting involved in from the git-go, they wouldn’t have ever joined the game in the first place.

But then we’d never have (this wonderful and amazing series that is) Squid Show.

ERP #29 – Down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole Part 2

Welcome to the Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 29.This is part 2 of the ongoing, periodic series where I go down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, picking up where we last left off with the entry for Crust. But before all that I revisit micro plastics, Squid Show, Parasyte anime, then talk sequels, plot twists & reveals, the pros and cons of some listener/viewner countries, anti-intellectualism, “woke” as an insult against smart people, my drug “experiences”, taxes, and human spaghetti code.

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Just another praying mantis

This young praying mantis was found on the tire of my car this October 2021. It’s always a wonderful occasion whenever I spot one of these just because of how uncommon they can be. Apparently this one had no problem basking in the limelight. Or maybe it wanted to get the hell outta dodge and was hoping to hitcha ride. We will never know.

The praying mantis will always be my favorite insect. I think its because of the obvious and apparent humanoid appearance. That, coupled with the fact that they are never aggressive towards humans. They will never jump at you or anything, unlike bees or spiders.

After this photo was taken, I picked up the mantis and put it under the car so it would be out of the sight of birds. A few hours later, I found it on the exact same location but on the other front tire. I then scooped it up and put it in the shadows of some brush so it was better hidden out of view this time.

“Boredom”, a Poem

I’m fucking bored,
so I went down into my basement,
because that’s where my computer is.

While my computer renders my next video,
which is scheduled to be published on October 10th, 2021,
I decided to post this poem I made up on the spot.

And now I’m done,
and I’m still fucking bored,
so it’s time to do something else,
besides be on the fucking internet.

“Boredom”, a Poem is Copyright Copyleft Copyup Copydown Copyforwards Copybackwards Copydiagonal © 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030, 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2041, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2050 ad-infinitum Ephemeral Rift.

Don’t you dare think about stealing this fucking literary masterpiece.

“Shit”, a Poem

I took a shit in the toilet.
I felt relieved afterwards.
I think I found god.

“Shit” is a poem that is Copyright © 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030, 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2041, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, and 2050 Ephemeral Rift.

Don’t you dare think about stealing this fucking literary masterpiece.

ERP #28 – Rise of the Plastic Fungi People

Nothing scarier than reality. Welcome to episode 28 of the Ephemeral Rift Podcast where I talk about time, Carpe diem, irrational people & COVID mask mandates, indoctrinating children into organized religion, wisdom teeth, Fantastic Fungi documentary, fungi health benefits, our fungal ancestry, Terrance McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory, microplastics & human evolution, Parasyte anime, Back 4 Blood video game, High on the Hog documentary, Squid Game show, and responding to messages about “why this ASMR stuff works”, science & proof, learning to drive, anxiety, and people who like cold weather.

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Rules of the Sleep Note

Image of the actual Sleep Note

Hello, dear reader, or should I say, sleeper? After all, you are one who sleeps.

Welcome to the official Rules of the Sleep Note.

I recently discovered this notebook in early October 2021 purely by happenstance while preparing to make another ASMR video on my YouTube channel.

If you want to learn more, or are new here and unfamiliar with what this is all about, please watch the video below. You may also want to look into the Death Note while you’re at it.

And like the Death Note and its related incidents that occurred in Japan in the early 2000’s, the Sleep Note also has rules that explain how it works. I have decided to share some of them here for anyone who is curious, as well as anyone who may not speak or understand English.

Rules of the Sleep Note:

  1. The person whose name is written in the note shall sleep.
  2. The note will not take effect unless the specified questions are asked and the answers written down in the note, and a sketch of the person’s facial features is drawn.
  3. If the time & place of sleep are not specified, the person will sleep at their usual time & place.
  4. If the place where the person is to sleep that is written in the note is not within 20 meters, the person will be teleported to the place once they have fallen asleep. They will also wake up at that new location (i.e. they will not be teleported back to their original location).
  5. The sleep note will affect anyone under 54,750 days old.
  6. If the amount of time the person is to sleep is not specified, the person will sleep for 8 hours undisturbed.
  7. If the amount of time the person is to sleep is days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, etc., the person will sleep straight through without aging or requiring sustenance.
  8. The person in possession of the Sleep Note is possessed by a god of sleep, its original owner, until they die.
  9. The God of Sleep is called a Sleepigami.
  10. If a human uses the note, a god of sleep usually appears in front of the owner within 18 days after using the note.
  11. If anyone or anything other than a human uses the note, it will not work.

That is all for now, I’m starting to feel a little sleepy myself…
– E.R.

ERP #27 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Love on the Spectrum, School Reform, Pink Floyd, Social Media, Interconnected Society, ASMR, Slaughter to Prevail, etc.

Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 27 talking about the documentaries Love on the Spectrum and one on Lynyrd Skynyrd, and then responding to messages about school reform, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, leaving social media, the pitfalls of participating in this interconnected society, ASMR, Slaughter to Prevail, happiness, and prolly a buncha other tangents I can’t recall at the moment.

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Dear Bluepoint Games: Your Demon’s Souls Remake is Perfection! Please Remake Dark Souls 1 ASAP! Thanks!!

Title.

I mean, really, do I need to go any further?

Bluepoint’s remake of Demon’s Souls is a near-perfect visual & audio work of art (aside from any lingering imperfections that they could not overcome such as anything related to the original code). While looks are not everything, the core game of Demon’s Souls that made it a pioneering and revolutionary masterpiece now has matching graphics and sounds. And the sounds! The music and effects are impeccable. The ambience, the “foley” effects such as the footsteps, all of it. I simply love taking a break from the punishing combat to slowly walk through the environments just to enjoy the audio atmosphere and sound effects.

I, as well as many other fans, hope that Bluepoint can work the same kind of magic with Dark Souls, so that all gamers, whether PS, PC or Xbox, whether old or new to the franchise, can enjoy the 2nd masterpiece in the Soulsborne franchise.

I’ll be waiting with bated breath.
– E.R.