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The Omega Phone

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The cell phone of the future will have computational capabilities that dwarf even super computers in the present.  The cell phone will move from being a communication or even a computer tool to become an Omni-tool!  The cell phone will become a ubiquitous piece of tech that performs a wide range of function in the areas of sensory augmentation, weaponization and intelligence amplification.

1.0) Sensory Augmentation

The cell phone of the future will be an aid to our senses in many ways.

1.1) The Omega phone will have night vision via an infrared camera that displays the results on the screen.

1.2) The Omega phone will have the ability to measure ambient weather and air pollution.  The temperature sensor can also measure the body temperature of the user.

1.3) The Omega phone will have a Geiger counter due to the fact that tactical nuclear wars have made the environment increasingly radioactive.  The Geiger counter is generally used to see if food or liquids are safe to consume.  A record of daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and lifetime rads is kept on the cell phone.

1.4) As truly fresh water becomes harder and harder to find, Omega phones are equipped with an electronic water pollution/poison tester.

1.5) A personal radar system allows the user to figure if a person or persons are waiting for you around the corner or on the other side of a door.

1.6) As batteries become more efficient, the cell phone can also be used as an old fashioned flash light!

1.7) The voice meter can tell if a person is lying with a high degree of accuracy.

1.8) Natural language recognition is passé and the phone of the future can translate verbal input in real time.

1.9) Pheromone detectors help in amorous situations

1.10) Telescopic optics in the camera can be used for surveillance. Lip reading software allows conversations to be understood minus sound.

1.11) Microscopic optics in the camera let the lay person identify fingerprints in their immediate environment.

1.12) A bionic ear augments sound and allows conversations to be monitored from afar.

1.13) The cell phone can identify persons with similar professional and personal interests by communication with other cell phones that are within a predetermined proximity.  You can walk down the road and the cell phone can find another fellow Star Trek fan by communicating with the other person’s cell phone on the fly.  Predetermined covert text communications can also be made between strangers with the same group settings that walk by each other but do not overtly say hello.

1.14) The Omega phone becomes the primary interface used to communicate with other computers including computers in the car, home, office and in the overall environment.  Automated Omega phone computer to computer communication becomes common.  A person walking into their home can have their cell phone turn on the TV, computer and A/C.  When the person leaves the house all appliances are automatically turned off by the cell phone.  The cell phone takes the place of a credit card.  The cell phone takes the place of an ignition key, office key and home key.  Wallets and keys disappear and are replaced by the cell phone.

1.15) Near real time simulations can be shown on the computer screen using the sensory apparatus combined with the computational power of the Omega phone.

1.16) The built in mini projector allows the user to watch standard video but also allows the user to watch augmented sensory input in a more comfortable manner.  The projection keyboard also allows the user to interact with the mini projector output in a more comfortable manner.

1.17) Anything your cell phone’s camera can detect whether via night vision and/or telescopic optics can also be seen by the user directly in 3D via 3D headsets.

2.0) Mobile Phone Weaponization

The future is dark.  The rise of radical Islam, the demise of the Pax Americana, the collapse of the world economy, the collapse of the environment, and the widening gap between the technological haves and technological have-nots mean those with a cell phone must be prepared to use the cell phone to keep their cell phone!

2.1) As Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) become the weapon of choice by terrorists, the cell phones have circuitry that is increasingly EMP resistant.  This means the persons with EMP resistant cell phones can disrupt enemy communications while leaving their own communications via cell phones intact.  Military Omega phones can cause electronic systems to overload and create EMP pulses as needed in order to disrupt communications on a small scale.

2.2) Omega phones are encased in super durable materials that allow the Omega phones to be used as a hammer, socket wrench, bottle opener or club.  Cell phones with a concealed blade are made illegal in the future.

2.3) The Omega phone has studs that can deliver an electric shock that can stun or even kill an opponent.

2.4) Spray attachments are at first used for 72 hour deodorants and anti-pheromone detector chemicals.  Omega phones are weaponized and tear gas and even knock out sprays are also delivered using the spray attachment.

2.5) Some cell phone flashlights can deliver a concentrated strobe light that can blind and disorient an opponent.

2.6) Some cell phones can fire needles with nerve agents on the tip using compressed air that can drop an opponent ten feet away.

2.7) Biometric security is standard on all cell phones but Omega cell phones can bypass biometric security measures by generating electronic signals that fool biometric sensors.  Advanced Omega phones can even leave a false biometric trail.

3.0) Intelligence Amplification

AI capabilities of cell phones will increase dramatically so that true intelligence amplification is possible with the aid of the Omega phone.

3.1) Increasingly the cell phone uses a wide range of expert system applications to help the user to navigate both professional and personal problems.  The expert systems learn over time based on user feedback and become more and more useful for the particular user.

3.2) The computer in the Omega phone searches the internet for information and filters results for optimal personal usage.  The Omega phone uses new online information to suggest tactics and strategies tailored for the IQ level and educational level of the user.  Over time the Omega phone becomes the users most trusted consigliore.  There are fears that if Omega phones ever achieve sentience then they could easily rule humanity.

3.3) Textual communications are tailored by the Omega phone for optimal user impact.  The word processor does not just do spell checks and grammar checks. The word processor of the future does strategically important rhetorical decisions.  The user can verbally describe the outline of the sort of letter they want and the word processor of the Omega phone can actually write the letter.

3.4) The computer in the cell phone has a personality that is far more sophisticated than the current Siri personality modules by Apple.

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Using Safari Ltd Miniatures in Dungeons and Dragons

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Safari Ltd makes a wide range of plastic miniatures some of which are well suited to Dungeons and Dragons.  Their line of Fantasy Figures includes Dragons, Days of Old, Fairy Fantasies, Mythical Realms, and Knights and Horses.  This looks like a lot of selection but upon closer examination one quickly realizes the figures of Days of Old, Fairy Fantasies and Knights and Horses are the wrong scale for D&D.  They are far too large for Dungeons and Dragons.  However the “miniature” version of the fairies could work in D&D.

The best line for Dungeons and Dragons is the dragon line.  This line includes a three headed fire dragon (D&D elemental drake), horned Chinese dragon (D&D red dragon), ice dragon (D&D elemental drake), forest dragon (D&D green dragon, arboreal dragon), midnight moon dragon (D&D purple dragon, shadow dragon), krystal blue dragon (D&D crystal dragon ), mountain dragon (D&D brown dragon), purple Chinese dragon (D&D purple dragon), cloud dragon (D&D purple dragon), swamp dragon (D&D green dragon), dragon hatchlings, and a blue Chinese dragon (D&D blue dragon).  These dragons are large or huge in D&D terms.  The best deal by far is the Lair of Dragons Bulk Bin which includes 48 pieces for 90 dollars.  The dragons in this bin are 3” H or 7.5 cm. which translates to small to medium sized in D&D.

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Mythical Realms has several pieces that would add something to a D&D campaign.  The mythical realms line includes a Pegasus, griffin, mermaid (D&D sirene), Poseidon (could be a D&D merman), minotaur, phoenix, chimera, centaur, Cyclops, Medusa, hydra, unicorn, a baby unicorn and an Arion.  The Mythical Realms are medium to huge in D&D.  There is an eight piece miniature version of Mythical realms tube that is a better deal price wise and the size of the figures would be medium which makes more sense for more game scenarios.  Below is a picture of the figures included in this set.

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Santa at Art in Paradise in Pattaya

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Art in Paradise is a trick art museum and bills itself as the largest trick art museum in the world.  The museum is very similar to the trick art museum in Korea,  the trick art museum at Odaiba in the Decks Tokyo Beach , the trick art museum in Takao and the museum at Nikko.  I guess someday every city will have a trick art museum!  Art in Paradise includes trick art in the following categories: Aqua, Zoo, Classic Art, Ayutthaya, Egyptian, Thai, Surrealism and Dinosaur.

The museum is located at: 78/34 Moo 9, Pattaya, 2nd Road, Nonprue, Bang Lamung, Chonburi, Thailand 20150.  The museum’s telephone number is 038-424-500.  No one was answering the phone when I went and I could not have the people at the museum give directions to my driver.  The place is relatively new and the taxi and scooter drivers have no idea where the place is located.  The local drivers do know where Alcazar is and the museum is more or less in that neighborhood.  The museum is more or less across the street from Tiffany’s.  From 2nd road which is one of the main roads in Pattaya, you can see the Museum about two blocks down Moo 9 which intersects 2nd Road.  If you hit Nakula Road then you have gone too far.  Actually finding the place was not easy and below is a map in Thai that I suggest you print out and give to your driver before going to the museum.

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I am a farang working in Thailand and paid 300 baht when I showed my university ID.  There are reports that farang pay a higher price than Thais but I think I ended up paying the Thai price.  Keep in mind I was also dressed as Santa.  After playing Santa for 14 years in Asia, I can tell you that Santa does get preferential treatment!

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Microbreweries in Asia

Microbreweries in Asia, Adstragold Microbrewery, Singapore City, Singapore, Archipelago Brewery, Singapore City, Singapore, Asia Brewery, Makati, Philippines, Big Man Beer, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Boxing Cat Brewery, Shanghai, China, Brewerkz - Singapore City, Singapore, Craft Brews, Malaysia, Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro, Seoul, South Korea, DenBeer, Drei Kronen 1308 Brauhaus, Beijing, China, Great Leap Brewing, Beijing, China, Hoa Vien Brauhaus, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Inuyama Loreley Beer, Inuyama, Japan, Jolly Brewery + Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan, Khos Torkh, Mörön, Mongolia, Lan Anh - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Lan Chin, Hanoi, Vietnam, Land Beer Circus, Nagoya, Japan, Le Ble D'or, Sanchung, Taiwan, Le Ble D'or, Taipei, Taiwan, LeVel33 Microbrewery, Singapore City, Singapore, Lion Beer Brauhaus, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, London Pub Towser, Nagoya, Japan, Louisiane Brewhouse, Nha Trang, Vietnam, Man Han Lou Restaurant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Munich Germany Beer Restaurant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nguyen Du Brauhof, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, North Taiwan Brewery, Wugu, Taiwan, Okhotsk Beer, 北京欧可啤酒, Beijing, China, Paulaner , Pivo Prada, Manila, Philippines, Platinum Microbrewery, Seoul, South Korea, Red Dot Brewhouse, Singapore City, Singapore, Saddle Cantina, Beijing, China, Shanghai Brewery, Shanghai, China, Slow Boat Brewery, Beijing, China, SMS Pub - Batam, Indonesia, Taiwan Micro Brewing Company, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tawandang Microbrewery, Bangkok, Thailand, Tawandang Microbrewery, Singapore City, Singapore, The Londoner Brew Pub, Bangkok, Thailand, The Pump Room - Singapore City, Singapore, The Tap Room: Kingdom Brewery, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Will Beer, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Microbreweries in Singapore, Microbreweries in Korea, Microbreweries in China. Microbreweries in Taiwan, Microbreweries in Vietnam, Microbreweries in SE Asia, Microbreweries in Cambodia, Microbreweries in Malaysia, Microbreweries in Indonesia

Adstragold Microbrewery – Singapore City, Singapore

Archipelago Brewery – Singapore City, Singapore

Asia Brewery – Makati, Philippines

Big Man Beer – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Boxing Cat Brewery – Shanghai, China

Brewerkz – Singapore City, Singapore

Craft Brews – Three locations in Malaysia

Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro – Seoul, South Korea

DenBeer Several locations in Japan

Drei Kronen 1308 Brauhaus – Beijing, China

Great Leap Brewing – Beijing, China

Hoa Vien Brauhaus – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Inuyama Loreley BeerInuyama, Japan

Jolly Brewery + Restaurant – Taipei, Taiwan

Khos Torkh – Mörön, Mongolia

Lan Anh – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Lan Chin – Hanoi, Vietnam

Land Beer CircusNagoya, Japan

Le Ble D’or – Sanchung, Taiwan

Le Ble D’or – Taipei, Taiwan

LeVel33 Microbrewery – Singapore City, Singapore

Lion Beer Brauhaus – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

London Pub TowserNagoya, Japan

Louisiane Brewhouse – Nha Trang, Vietnam

Man Han Lou Restaurant – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Munich Germany Beer Restaurant – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nguyen Du Brauhof – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

North Taiwan Brewery – Wugu, Taiwan

Okhotsk Beer 北京欧可啤酒 – Beijing, China

Paulaner – This company has microbreweries throughout Asia.

Pivo Prada – Manila, Philippines

Platinum Microbrewery – Seoul, South Korea

Red Dot Brewhouse – Singapore City, Singapore

Saddle Cantina– Beijing, China

Shanghai Brewery – Shanghai, China

Slow Boat Brewery – Several locations in China

SMS Pub – Batam, Indonesia

Taiwan Micro Brewing Company – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tawandang  Microbrewery – Bangkok, Thailand

Tawandang  Microbrewery – Singapore City, Singapore

The Londoner Brew Pub – Bangkok, Thailand

The Pump Room – Singapore City, Singapore

The Tap Room: Kingdom Brewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Will BeerHo Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Best Wishes to His Majesty the King of Thailand on his 85th Birthday!

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