Nobody cares…BUT I DO!

So as I predicted in a previous post, we’ve become THE #1 PATRICK RUFF site in the world. That’s right, we beat out that weird Christian guy from the Priory of whatever. Anyway, we’re number 1 now so if you Google “Patrick Ruff” (hopefully Google remains relevant despite AI) you’ll see this site. I think it’s important to recognize what this means, I AM THE PATRICK RUFF. I hope my parents are happy.

I wanted to write a little bit (yes me as a human, this is not ChatGPT writing for me) about personal meaning. I’ve come to realize that it’s probably the most important thing in life. “What are you up to?” “What do you do?” “What are you passionate about?” These are all good questions. We all have a series of things we are into at any one time and this sort of defines us as people. For me, I think my major interests remain human longevity (although at this point I feel like it’s “solved”), calisthenics (sort of related to the first thing), coding (now dominated by AI stuff), and video games.

On the calisthenics front I’ve started tracking my progress (most recent achievement unlocked is 5x handstand pushups).

On the coding front I’ve fine-tuned the recent LLM from Facebook lllama-2 (the 7 billion parameter version, the one that fits in memory).

On the video games front I’ve been playing Slay the Spire (I just beat the Heart, the final boss, yesterday).

So all of these things may be of ZERO interest to you, and that’s fine. However, TO ME, they are important. I’ve attributed value to these things and for me, I’m interested. There’s only a finite amount of things you can focus on, and for now these things, as well as friends/family OF COURSE, are biggies for me. Speaking of which, SLEEP is important in all activities and I need to go get some. Just wanted to say thanks to anyone reading this website (or thanks to the bots crawling the internet looking for “WHO CARES ABOUT PATRICK RUFF”). Dave, I remember a long time ago you commented. Zach you too. Would be cool to get a comment now, but if not that’s cool too. I only really exist now for myself, I am very happy this site is the #1 in the world for Patrick Ruff, it used to be several pages back but slowly and surely we’ve come to be #1. I love love love progressive realization of a worthy goal.

Thanos Revisited (fake script)

I asked this of ChatGPT, it’s okay but a little weak

**Thanos’s New Vision**

In a dark corner of the universe, Thanos brooded over the plight of the worlds he had encountered. Poverty, addiction, and suffering seemed to be rife across galaxies. He’d always sought balance, but what if true balance meant eliminating the root causes of societies’ plagues?

The Mad Titan pondered, “What if the key isn’t halving all life, but removing specific sources of pain and imbalance?” With this new vision, he decided to realign the purpose of the Infinity Stones.

The Snap happened. And billions vanished. But, it wasn’t indiscriminate as before. Gone were those trapped in poverty, addiction, and suffering – and their absence had a seismic effect on the universe.

Earth was a significant beneficiary. Economies surged. Cities previously riddled with destitution were transformed overnight into thriving hubs. Drug cartels, illicit trades, and their dependent populations vanished, leading to a significant drop in crime.

The Avengers, who had braced for another catastrophe, were left in a world they barely recognized. Stark Industries was making more profit than ever; Peter Parker’s neighborhood in Queens was prospering. Wakanda, having always been a beacon, now led global efforts to help nations rebuild.

But the moral implications weighed heavily on the team. Steve Rogers found it hard to grapple with. “Just because the outcome seems positive doesn’t mean the act wasn’t monstrous,” he argued.

Banner, ever the scientist, had data on his side. “Look at the numbers, Steve. Crime rates, poverty statistics, global happiness indexes. Everything points towards a utopia.”

Natasha was conflicted, “But at what cost? Lives were taken without their consent.”

Thor, king of a now-flourishing New Asgard, mused, “In the grand tapestry of fate, sometimes, the Norns weave threads we cannot understand.”

A series of debates erupted. The world governments were split. The public, for the most part, was content. Prosperity was at an all-time high. The Avengers, supposed saviors, were ironically out of step with a world seemingly saved by their greatest enemy.

Seeking answers, Doctor Strange embarked on a cosmic journey, scouring alternate dimensions and realities. He discovered something fascinating: In universes where Thanos’s snap targeted the wealthy or the elite, the outcomes were chaotic and imbalanced.

When he returned, he shared his findings. “It seems the universe seeks balance. Thanos’s method, while extreme, brought about a harmony I’ve not seen elsewhere.”

Wanda, still reeling from past losses, said, “But it’s all wrong. You can’t play God, decide who lives and who doesn’t based on circumstance.”

Clint Barton, having lost his family in the original snap and now having them back, weighed in, “We’ve always fought for a better world. Maybe… just maybe, this is it.”

Months turned into years. The Avengers disbanded, not out of strife, but because the world didn’t need them in the same capacity. They became diplomats, scientists, and educators, shaping the newfound prosperity.

A decade passed. A memorial was erected, not for the vanished but as a reminder of the universe’s fragility and the weight of choices.

The new generation, born into affluence and peace, revered Thanos, not as a villain, but as a tragic hero. A Titan burdened with a vision so grand, it took the world years to understand.

In the heart of New York, an elderly Steve Rogers, having finally found peace, visited the memorial. A child approached, “Sir, was Thanos a bad man?”

Steve sighed, “He was a man with a vision, and like all visions, it had its shades of gray. We might not agree with his methods, but we can’t deny the world he left behind.”

In the vast cosmos, Thanos watched, content in knowing that for once, the universe had found its balance.

Becoming The #1 Patrick Ruff Site IN THE WORLD

In the end, there can be only one…

So yeah in addition to the tips below, you can also leverage LLMs to write stuff for you (it’s a great way to generate content)

## Maximizing Traffic to Your Website: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you run a personal blog, an online store, or a corporate website, driving traffic is most likely one of your primary concerns. More visitors often translate to better brand recognition, increased sales, and higher revenue. But how can one increase the number of people visiting their website? Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you maximize your website traffic:

### 1. **Optimize for Search Engines (SEO)**:
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Asymptotally Dude

**Asymptotes and Personal Development: The Pursuit of Excellence and its Limits**


In mathematics, an asymptote is a line that a curve approaches but never touches, no matter how far the curve extends. This concept can serve as an intriguing metaphor in the realm of personal development, illustrating that while we can consistently strive for improvement in various areas of life, there may be inherent limits to how much we can achieve or improve upon certain skills or characteristics.


**The Growth Mindset and The Asymptotic Curve**


Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on the growth mindset offers compelling insights into the power of beliefs in influencing abilities. People with a growth mindset believe that abilities can be developed through dedication and effort. This perspective is in contrast to those with a fixed mindset, who see abilities as static. However, even with a growth mindset, the rate of improvement can slow down as we approach our personal limits. Just as the curve on a graph approaches its asymptote, our progress may slow, but it doesn’t mean growth has ceased.


**Innate Limits vs. Malleable Potential**


Research has shown that while deliberate practice is vital for achieving expertise, it is not the only determining factor. Ericsson’s study on expert performance reveals that while focused practice is essential, individual differences, starting age, and genetic factors can play a role in determining one’s upper limits in certain domains. For instance, while most people can improve their running speed with training, not everyone has the physiological makeup to become an Olympic sprinter.


**Recognizing the Asymptote: When to Pivot**


Understanding the concept of asymptotes in personal development can help individuals make informed decisions about their pursuits. If someone finds that despite immense effort, they are not seeing significant improvements, it might be time to reassess their strategy or even pivot to a new endeavor. The key is differentiating between temporary plateaus, which can be overcome with persistence, and asymptotic limits, which might suggest a more profound limitation.


**The Value of the Journey**


While the idea of asymptotes might suggest that there’s a point where further effort might seem futile, it’s essential to remember the value of the journey itself. The pursuit of personal growth, the lessons learned along the way, and the resilience developed are often more valuable than the destination. As the adage goes, “It’s not about the destination, but the journey.”


In conclusion, while it’s empowering to believe in unlimited potential, it’s also pragmatic to understand and accept our personal asymptotes. These limits should not be seen as failures but rather as opportunities to refocus, reassess, and perhaps redirect our energies to areas where our growth curve is still steep and the potential for advancement remains high. Embracing both the limitless possibilities and the inherent constraints can lead to a more balanced, fulfilling journey of personal development.

Surchin for Urchin

I wanted to write a post about search. It’s really important. As humans we have dopamine, we have goals, we’re just constantly moving from thing to thing. If we lose all goals, if we have no purpose or direction, we flounder, we’re depressed, we feel like there is no purpose, there couldn’t be a purpose. Daughter just woke up, that’s my purpose (young kids are great at grabbing your attention :P).

Artificial Intelligence

I’ve been dabbling because a lot of the AI stuff I’ve seen on the web/YouTube sucks, it’s all hype and no substance, or its a data scientist talking about how you can ask GPT to do basic stats on a CSV. Really?! How about THINKING BIGGER people. I got it to make a website in 5 “chats” where it cloned a repository of code, created like 5 or 6 different resources on Amazon (using Typescript), all by working with the tools it had (mostly Python). I call it Python Amazon Typescript (PAT) gpt. Check out the website below. I’m still not sure how to use tags, so Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff Patrick Ruff (I had to buy the domain)

I asked it to write a poem with some things in my life:

In the land of the rising sun, (I said Chinese, I guess it took that to mean Japan…that’s a NO NO, AI probably doesn’t know of Japan/China’s complicated history)
Where ancient traditions are still spun,
A new path has been paved,
By scientists, fearless and brave.

In labs where beakers bubble and steam,
A new kind of magic is being deemed,
Where DNA can be spliced and spurned,
And computer science can be learned.

The Chinese, with their passion for love,
Embrace this science, soaring above,
For they believe that love is the key,
To unlocking the mysteries of our biology.

They seek to engineer our very code,
To create new life, or lighten our load,
To cure disease and extend our days,
And bring about a better, brighter phase.

With each new discovery and breakthrough,
They push the boundaries, break through,
And bring us closer to the future,
Where science and love become a nurturer.

For in their hearts, they know it’s true,
That love is what drives us anew,
And in the quest for knowledge and science,
They find a way to blend it with defiance.

So let us applaud these pioneers,
For their courage and their cheers,
And let us embrace this future bright,
For it is one that we will unite.

Jack of all trades


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Master of none. This is often how I feel. I’ve climbed some small hills, but never any mountains. I’m above the ground (average) in a lot of ways, but never flying. I often think if I had the time and could dedicate the attention I could enter the high ranks of a community, but there’s too much going on. Similar to other posts of mine this is a duality or a dialectic, I have on the one hand the view that there’s too much going on, then I take time to post something like this. In reality, there is a lot going on and maybe I shouldn’t be taking time to do this, however, for my own mental clarity I feel like I NEED to get some ideas down and hopefully return to them (or exceed them) in the future. The dual nature of this problem is that while I am no master in any field, I am protected in my diversity of “trades.” By not investing everything into one particular area of my life I can always take solace in that “at least I didn’t try to be a rapper” or “at least I didn’t go into professional sports” or “at least I didn’t drop out of school to start a failed business.” There are many roads not traveled that I’m very happy about (I express a similar thought in a different post), but even the person who is statistically really lucky in the game of life still wishes they were even MORE lucky. What if I did pick the exact correct field? What if I had gotten into X at time Y? Can you imagine? I think life is a lot of gambling and of course you always wonder about what if you had bet more and won bigger (even if by most standards you’ve been really really lucky). That’s where I’m at. On paper I have everything, I realize that. I still have problems, but they are minor, I can look at them objectively and say “this is a minor problem, I owe this organization some money, pay in the next 30 days?” “Okay” I say, I’m not broke. The problems I have could be crippling to someone in a different situation, but I’m not that person.


But back to the prompt, being of all trades I am not in them equally. I’m not a master of anything, but I’m not equally distributed amongst all trades. I’m actually an intermediate of several trades, not a master, but maybe a journeyman (I ain’t no NOOB). I have money, I have my health, (6 figures, 6 pack abs, 6 inches…is half the size of a ruler) and a beautiful family. It’s like, I maybe want to make an app that will give people a score saying, you are THIS unique. Like, how many people have six pack abs? 2% okay. How many people make X amount a year? 10% okay multiply that by 2%, and so forth. Eventually you’ll say something like “the number of people that can code, have two beautiful kids (boy AND girl), have been married for over X years, etc. etc.” and you see, “WOW, I’m SOOOOOOO lucky.” But that’s only when you objectively get it all written out like that. You don’t FEEL lucky, you have to KNOW that you’re lucky. Your brain is only capable of wanting more, if you were lacking dopamine you’d just sit there and not even bother.


I know my time is limited and I’ve already taken too long. Much like this post (and MOST of my posts to be honest), I’m never fully developing things. I’m half baking life, it’s not tasty to you the consumer, but at least you won’t starve I hope. Anyway, enjoy your floopy, disgusting half-dough half-bread hybrid of ideas.

American Psycho semi-review

American Psycho: A Vital Satire of Fragile Masculinity | Den of Geek

I saw this movie when I was in my teens. My Uncle Rick (rest in peace you great man) showed my Dad and I his new movie system in the basement. It was great but a little awkward when it was just me, my Dad, and my uncle and the scene with the sex workers was there “Don’t just stare at it, eat it.” I wanted to comment on the ending scene, basically Patrick Bateman is a tortured soul, however that’s all internal. One of the characters, Bryce (the most stand-out character who in the book just sort of disappears), is commenting on Reagan. “He presents himself as this harmless codger, but inside…inside” and then Bateman thinks to himself “but inside doesn’t matter.”

In regards to Reagan it actually did matter because he was lying to America and knew it (the Iran Contra scandal) and there was a lot of internal stuff that affected millions of lives. But I agree with the overall point in that “Inside doesn’t matter” because a lot of our lives are dictated not by what we think, but how we ACT. If you internally believe you are a devoted husband or father or humanitarian that’s fine, but you need to actually live that. Most of the time I think people spend time THINKING about things and not doing them. There are way too many reasons to do or not to do something but beyond that I think people often value the flexibility. When time runs out you can then at least say “there wasn’t time” but there definitely was, you just didn’t prioritize properly. On that note, I’m cutting this short (goes with the picture I guess), I’m tired and need sleep.

American Psycho is great though, that, the Matrix, anything discussing reality V. simulation is great.

Whiplash Movie Ending Explained

Whiplash” Gets Jazz All Wrong | The New Yorker

This will be a short one but I remember discussing this at Ben’s housewarming party. It’s a movie that was recently free on YouTube and I watched it again. The first time I saw this movie I thought the ending was left ambiguous (or rather maybe I remembered it that way?). The way the lead character and his music teacher are constantly struggling it’s almost like you’re never truly believing if the main character is a GREAT drummer or not (like he wants to be). Certainly the main character is good, but is he great? The true test according to the movie is that a GREAT drummer would be able to undergo anything and still be great. Like, if you put a piece of metal in fire, the fire might burn away some other stuff but the metal will remain. That’s the point of the movie and that’s what the main character wants. At the end it seems like they are still messing with each other but watching it again it’s pretty obvious that’s not the case.

Close to the very end the lead character is humiliated and is going to give up drumming (again) but then before walking away to be comforted by his dad he goes back on stage. The lead character starts taking over, giving others in the band orders, and basically screws up the program. The music teacher at first is antagonistic and seems shocked “what are you doing? you’re done, you’ll never work again” type of comments but being a showman he doesn’t stop things because the audience still is watching. The lead character continues stealing the show but then toward the very very end you can tell that the music teacher is recognizing (maybe for the first time in the movie) that the lead character is going above and beyond all expectations. He’s a master of his craft. It might be that there’s a further scene in the movie where the teacher is like “no, you blew it” but I doubt it. At the very end the lead character is rocking out an amazing solo and the teacher is guiding him, not in a forceful/commanding way, but more as a friend or just an advisor, bringing out the obvious talent. The lead character again exceeds all expectations and in the very end the teacher smiles.

That’s the ending, it’s happy. The student and the teacher both recognize (and the teacher smiles genuinely) that the lead character is, after all this hard work and dedication, a true genius talent of drums.