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The Maestro of Colors and the Enigmatic Princess

The Maestro of Colors and the Enigmatic Princess

by Brian Carrillo

In an era woven with the threads of time, there existed a venerable artist, a maestro of colors, who roamed the vast expanses of the countryside. His life’s mission was to bestow upon the world the gift of beauty, offering his artistic services to those in desperate need. It was on one fateful day, under the azure skies, that his journey brought him to a forsaken fence, its once vibrant essence long eroded by the relentless march of time. With a heart full of determination, he laid down his tools upon the earth, embarking on a quest to resurrect its lost splendor with strokes of luminous white paint.

As the day waned, giving way to the golden hues of twilight, the artist, with meticulous care, breathed life into every post and panel, transforming them into a canvas of perfection. Not a single flaw dared mar the masterpiece he had conjured from the realm of possibility. With the setting sun casting long shadows, he packed his brushes, stepping back to behold the fruit of his day’s labor—a sight to stir the soul.

Yet, as he prepared to depart from this scene of silent triumph, from the shadows emerged a figure of ethereal beauty—a young woman, whose radiance seemed to mock the very notion of time. Taken aback, the artist inquired of her origins, to which she replied with a voice as melodious as the spring’s first breeze, “I have always been here, shielded by the embrace of this fence you have so lovingly restored.”

Confounded, the artist confessed his ignorance of her presence, to which she responded with laughter, light as the fluttering leaves. “Indeed, I have been your silent companion, invisible to those who merely pass by, but ever-present to the hearts that truly see.”

The artist, struck by her youthful grace, protested, “Impossible! For such beauty cannot be tethered by the chains of time.” Yet, the woman, with wisdom in her smile, whispered, “To you, I appear as a burst of spring amidst the autumn leaves, for your eyes, though aged, see beyond the facade, recognizing beauty in its purest form.”

Moved by his genuine spirit, she bestowed upon him a gift miraculous—a mirror that reflected not the visage marred by time, but that of a youthful vigor, his essence reborn, eyes alight with dreams unfulfilled, a visage of strength and vitality. “For you,” she proclaimed, “have always seen the beauty that lies hidden, offering your heart without reservation. In return, I gift you the mirror of your soul, reflecting the beauty you have always seen in the world.”

With a promise of an eternal journey woven with the threads of beauty and joy, the two, hand in hand, ventured towards the horizon, where the last whispers of the setting sun beckoned them to a realm beyond the mortal coil, a paradise where happiness and love reign supreme, forevermore.

And so, the tale of the Maestro of Colors and the Enigmatic Princess remains a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of seeing beauty in the mundane, transforming the world, one stroke of love at a time.

The End

Trouble in Paradise

The Most Amazing Adventures of Majeek and Cheeko

Welcome to the enchanting pages of “The Most Amazing Adventures of Majeek and Cheeko,” a heartwarming tale where the extraordinary is the ordinary, and every day is an adventure teeming with laughter and friendship.

In a world where peanuts are as free as the wind and elephants roam even freer, we meet our unlikely heroes: Majeek, a youthful elephant whose dreams are as vast as his massive ears, and Cheeko, a daring and spirited Chihuahua whose size is no match for his colossal heart. This duo is not your everyday pair; they are the epitome of the adage, “opposites attract.” Together, they embark on a journey that is not just a trek across diverse landscapes but a voyage into the heart of what it means to be friends.

From the lush, green jungles echoing with the symphony of wildlife to the neon-lit vibrancy of the city, Majeek and Cheeko find themselves in scenarios that are as hilarious as they are unexpected. They’re not just wanderers; they’re warriors of joy, turning every obstacle into an opportunity for laughter and every challenge into a chance to deepen their bond.

Their adventures are a cascade of delightful escapades: outsmarting a cunning carnival owner with their wits, parading through the city in an extravagant pet parade that turns heads and hearts, and soaring into the skies in a whimsical hot air balloon, painting their story across the canvas of the clouds.

“The Most Amazing Adventures of Majeek and Cheeko” is more than a story; it’s a celebration of the unlikeliest friendships. It reminds us that true companionship knows no bounds, no size, and certainly no limitations. This tale, brimming with laughter, whispers a truth as old as time: in the universe of friendship, every day is a grand adventure, every moment is a memory in the making, and every dream, no matter how big, is within reach when you have a friend by your side.

As you turn these pages, immerse yourself in the world of Majeek and Cheeko, where every chuckle is a treasure and every mishap a melody of mirth. Let their journey remind you of the simple, yet profound truth: in the realm of true friends, no dream is too big, and no friend is too small.

Embark on this journey with Majeek and Cheeko, and discover the magic that unfolds when two hearts, as different as can be, beat in unison to the rhythm of adventure and the melody of friendship. Welcome to their world, a world where every day is an unforgettable adventure!


 

Dedicated to my Sister, Allison,

In the cozy confines of our small bedroom in Echo Park, California, we embarked on incredible voyages without ever leaving the room. Our youthful imaginations transformed those four walls into gateways to endless worlds, each journey woven from our shared laughter and dreams. This book (and the books that follow) is a tribute to those moments, a reflection of the boundless spirit and playful adventures we created together. Within these pages, you’ll find echoes of our favorite childhood companions – the spirited dog breed I adored and the majestic animal you cherished. This story is as much yours as it is mine, a celebration of the unbreakable bond we share and the rich tapestry of imagination we’ve nurtured together. Allison, this adventure is dedicated to you.

 


 

Chapter 1:

The Unlikely Friendship

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Cheeko had endured a humorously convoluted and lengthy journey from the Americas, reluctantly tagging along with Victoria, a remarkably spoiled child. Victoria, excessively coddled and spoiled by her extravagantly affluent parents, had insisted on Cheeko’s company during her trip to the African jungles. Her mischievous nature and penchant for trouble constantly tested Cheeko’s patience, making his role as her unwilling guardian a thoroughly trying experience.

As Cheeko and the ever-demanding Victoria pranced through the jungle, Cheeko couldn’t help but roll his eyes skyward at her whimsical, and frankly, outrageous demands for the trip. She yearned for swanky safari experiences and posh picnic spreads, while Cheeko, despite his pint-sized stature, daydreamed of epic feasts. In his mind’s eye, he saw himself heroically conquering gargantuan bones and partaking in epic barbecues that would make a gourmet chef weep with envy. His appetite was a comical contrast to his tiny frame, as if he fancied himself a gourmet in a Chihuahua’s body.

In the midst of this wild escapade, Cheeko was grappling with more than just Victoria’s endless whims. Accustomed to the lap of luxury, he found himself hilariously out of his element in the African wilderness, a far cry from his plush doggy bed back home.

Then came the day Cheeko decided to covertly sample Victoria’s mammoth sandwich, an architectural marvel of culinary excess. As he made his move, a ragtag band of wild dogs and hyenas, infamous local pranksters and part-time sandwich thieves, ambushed him.

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They circled around, their growls sounding like a rusty engine and teeth flashing like bad dental work. Cheeko, caught sandwich-handed, now faced a new dilemma: how to outwit this motley crew of jungle jesters and save both the sandwich and his dignity.

Just when it seemed Cheeko’s culinary caper had turned into a dire predicament, a massive shadow emerged, casting a protective umbrella over the scene. It was Majeek, the young elephant whose aspirations were as sizable as his enormous ears. Majeek, ever curious and instinctively heroic, had wandered towards the commotion, ready to play the unlikely savior.

With a playful, booming trumpet that was more musical than intimidating, Majeek effortlessly dispersed the wild dogs and hyenas. They scattered in a comical frenzy, tripping over their own feet in their haste to escape the gentle giant. Cheeko, clutching the sandwich like a prized trophy, looked up at Majeek with a mix of relief and silent gratitude.

In that unexpected encounter, a unique bond was forged between the diminutive Chihuahua and the towering elephant. Majeek’s amiable and protective demeanor complemented Cheeko’s spirited, adventurous soul, setting the stage for an extraordinary friendship. Their unlikely alliance promised a future filled with adventures, camaraderie, and perhaps a shared meal or two in the heart of the jungle.


 

Chapter 2:

Jungle Shenanigans

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After their serendipitous meeting, Majeek and Cheeko found themselves galloping into a whirlwind of hilariously haphazard adventures in the verdant jungle. As their friendship bloomed like a zany, exotic flower, they discovered the delightful quirks of their unlikely partnership.

Cheeko, tiny enough to double as a furry jungle commando, darted through the underbrush with the enthusiasm of a seasoned explorer on a quest for El Dorado. He zigzagged between trees and zipped up vines, reaching secret nooks and crannies that were laughably unreachable for Majeek’s considerably larger anatomy. Cheeko’s limitless zest for adventure often led Majeek into situations that were both bewilderingly absurd and endearingly amusing.

During one of their snack-hunting escapades, the duo stumbled upon a tree that was practically groaning under the weight of its ripe, vibrant fruit. Cheeko’s eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store at the sight of this arboreal bounty, dangling tantalizingly high above.

With the cunning of a cartoon villain, Cheeko concocted a plan. He scampered up the tree with the grace of a miniature acrobat, while Majeek, attempting to nab some fruit himself, turned into a living embodiment of “just out of reach.” His trunk stretched ambitiously, but only succeeded in creating a shower of leaves and a few comedic near-misses with the elusive fruit.

Undeterred, Majeek had a brainwave. He knelt down, and Cheeko, chuckling like a mischievous sprite, clambered onto his back. From this elephantine watchtower, Cheeko directed operations. With Cheeko’s eagle-eye and Majeek’s dogged determination, they finally snagged some of the juicy spoils.

Sitting together, feasting on their well-earned snack, they exchanged stories and laughter, their voices mingling with the sounds of the jungle. The jungle had transformed into their personal playground, a stage for their comic escapades that were rich with laughter, friendship, and a parade of unexpected delights.


 

Chapter 3:

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The Great Escape

The idyllic days of adventure in the jungle came to an abrupt end when a conniving carnival owner named Mr. Grimes and a relentless hunter known as Hunter Smith arrived in the jungle with sinister intentions. Their greed knew no bounds, and their plan was to capture various exotic animals and transport them to America to be part of a cruel and exploitative circus.

One fateful day, as Majeek was peacefully grazing near the river and Cheeko was perched on his back, the devious carnival owner and his henchmen descended upon them. Before they knew it, Majeek and Cheeko were captured and loaded onto a massive cargo ship, bound for the distant shores of America.

The journey across the ocean was a harrowing experience for both Majeek and Cheeko. They were confined to cramped cages, surrounded by other captured animals who shared their fear and misery. In this foreign land, they longed for the freedom and camaraderie of their beloved jungle.

It was during their captivity in America that Majeek and Cheeko formed connections with other animals who were also trapped in the carnival’s cruel clutches. They met Leo, the acrobatic lion who dreamed of roaring under the open sky, and Ella, the graceful giraffe whose heart yearned for the endless savannah.

Together, Majeek, Cheeko, Leo, and Ella devised a plan for their escape. Cheeko’s determination to rescue his friend Majeek had inspired hope in the hearts of all the captive animals. They realized that they were stronger together, and they were determined to regain their freedom.

In the heart of the carnival, amidst the bright lights and deafening music, Majeek, Cheeko, Leo, Ella, and their newfound friends executed their daring escape plan. Their antics and teamwork left the carnival staff bewildered and confused, as they created diversions and unlocked cages, setting off a chain reaction of hilarity and chaos.

As they made their escape from the carnival grounds, they knew that their journey was far from over. They were now fugitives, but they were also united by the bonds of friendship and the shared dream of returning to their homes in the wild.


 

Chapter 4:

Pet Parade Extravaganza

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After their triumphant escape from the terrible conditions of the carnival, Majeek, Cheeko, and their newfound animal friends embarked on a delightful journey through the countryside. They meandered through rolling hills, explored dense woodlands, and reveled in the simple pleasures of freedom. Laughter echoed through the forest as they played, frolicked, and enjoyed the unspoiled beauty of the wilderness.

As they approached the outskirts of a bustling neon-lit city, their hearts swelled with excitement and anticipation. The city was a stark contrast to the tranquil jungle and serene countryside they had known. Skyscrapers pierced the night sky, and the cacophony of city life filled the air.

Majeek and Cheeko were particularly eager to experience the city’s vibrant energy, but they had no idea what awaited them. Soon, they stumbled upon a grand spectacle: the annual Pet Parade Extravaganza. The parade was a dazzling display of animals from around the world, each showcasing their unique talents and personalities.

Determined not to miss out on the fun, Majeek and Cheeko, along with Leo and Ella, decided to join the parade. They knew they were different from the other parade participants, but they embraced their uniqueness.

Their participation in the parade was nothing short of comical. Majeek’s massive frame stood out among the smaller pets, while Cheeko rode proudly on his back. Leo’s acrobatic skills drew gasps from the crowd, and Ella gracefully towered over everyone. Together, they created a whimsical and unforgettable sight.

Despite their differences, the quartet put on a show to remember. Majeek displayed his gentle and graceful moves, surprising everyone with his agility. Cheeko added his signature sass, occasionally breaking into dance moves that had the crowd in stitches. Leo somersaulted and tumbled with finesse, and Ella extended her long neck to offer flowers to the spectators.

The audience was captivated by the unexpected charm of this unconventional parade entry. Laughter and applause erupted from the crowd as Majeek, Cheeko, Leo, and Ella paraded through the city streets, spreading joy and merriment.


 

Chapter 5:

Up and Away

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After their fantastic day in the city, filled with laughter and excitement, Majeek and Cheeko continued their journey, guided by curiosity and the spirit of adventure. They traveled through picturesque landscapes, experiencing the beauty of the countryside, until they found themselves in the enchanting wine country.

Amidst the rolling vineyards and charming wineries, they stumbled upon an idea that would take their adventure to new heights. It was an idea as whimsical as their friendship: a hot air balloon adventure.

The mere mention of a hot air balloon adventure sent waves of excitement through Majeek and Cheeko. They couldn’t wait to embark on this extraordinary journey. With the help of the friendly locals, they prepared for their flight, donning special harnesses to ensure their safety during the ride.

As the giant balloon inflated with a hiss of hot air, Majeek and Cheeko exchanged eager glances. Their hearts raced with anticipation as they climbed into the basket, surrounded by the cheerful chatter of other adventurers who shared their enthusiasm.

With a sudden release of tethers, the balloon gently lifted off the ground. Majeek’s massive frame swayed gracefully as they ascended into the clear blue sky. Cheeko clung to the edge of the basket, his tiny heart filled with exhilaration and wonder.

The whimsical journey took them above the rolling vineyards, where neat rows of grapevines stretched out like a patchwork quilt below. They marveled at the lush landscape, the picturesque wineries, and the distant mountains that stood as sentinels on the horizon.

As they soared higher, the world seemed to shrink beneath them. They watched in awe as the countryside transformed into a sprawling tapestry of colors and textures. They spotted wildlife below, including deer and rabbits, who looked up at the floating balloon with curiosity.

The air was crisp and invigorating, and the silence of the sky was broken only by the occasional burst of flame that kept the balloon afloat. Majeek and Cheeko shared a sense of freedom like never before, and their bond felt stronger than ever as they experienced this breathtaking adventure together.


 

Chapter 6:

Trouble in the Skies

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Majeek and Cheeko were soaring high above the Earth in their hot air balloon, the world stretching out below them like a breathtaking tapestry. They reveled in the beauty of the landscape and the joy of their whimsical adventure. However, as with any adventure, unexpected challenges were bound to arise.

Their initial excitement gradually turned to concern as they noticed that the fuel that kept the balloon afloat was running dangerously low. The once-bright flame that danced at the top of the balloon’s envelope began to flicker and weaken. Without fuel, they faced the terrifying prospect of being adrift high above the Earth with no way to control their descent.

Panic threatened to take hold, but Majeek and Cheeko were not the type to give in to fear. Their bond had been forged through countless adventures, and they knew that they were at their strongest when they faced adversity together.

Cheeko, always quick-thinking and resourceful, rummaged through the basket, searching for anything that might help. He found a large fan that was used to cool the balloon’s envelope during landing. With a determined look on his face, he handed it to Majeek.

Majeek understood Cheeko’s plan immediately. He began to fan the weakening flame, feeding it with fresh oxygen and coaxing it back to life. The balloon’s ascent slowed, and the ground below seemed to draw closer, but their predicament was far from over.

Just when it seemed they might make it safely to the ground, they encountered a powerful updraft. The balloon was caught in a turbulent current of air, buffeting it from side to side. Majeek struggled to maintain control, while Cheeko clung to the edge of the basket, determined to support his friend in any way he could.

The tension in the air was palpable as Majeek and Cheeko battled against the elements. They had faced danger before, but this was a new level of challenge. Yet, they refused to give up. Their bond grew stronger with each passing moment, as they relied on each other’s strength and determination.

With a final burst of effort, Majeek managed to guide the balloon to a safe landing in a nearby meadow. They had overcome the unexpected challenges of the skies, their resourcefulness and unwavering friendship saving the day once again.


 

Chapter 7:

Return to the Jungle

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The hot air balloon’s near-death experience had left Majeek and Cheeko with their hearts pounding and a newfound appreciation for life’s uncertainties. As they came to a gentle stop in the beautiful countryside, they realized that their unexpected landing had brought them to an extraordinary place—an animal sanctuary dedicated to the rehabilitation and eventual return of animals to their natural homes in the jungle.

The wonderful people at the sanctuary greeted Majeek and Cheeko with open arms and warm smiles. They were amazed by the incredible journey that had brought the unlikely duo to their doorstep. The sanctuary became a temporary haven for the adventurous pair, a place where they were cared for and fed while their future was decided.

Majeek and Cheeko spent their days at the sanctuary getting to know other animals who had also been rescued. They shared stories of their adventures, their daring escapes, and the challenges they had faced. In this close-knit community of creatures from around the world, they found companionship and understanding.

But deep down, Majeek and Cheeko both knew that the jungle was where they truly belonged. The sanctuary, as wonderful as it was, couldn’t replace the wild beauty and freedom of their home.

One day, the decision was made to return Majeek to the jungle. It was a bittersweet moment for both friends, as they had grown even closer during their time at the sanctuary. Majeek’s eyes shone with anticipation, and Cheeko’s tiny heart swelled with pride for his friend’s impending return to his natural habitat.

As they journeyed back to the jungle, the landscape seemed familiar yet different, as if they were seeing it with new eyes. The jungle welcomed them with open arms, and their friends and family were overjoyed to see them return.

Their experiences had changed them, and they were not the same Majeek and Cheeko who had first ventured into the wild. They had learned the value of friendship, resilience, and the importance of home. Their bond had deepened, and they knew that no matter where their adventures took them, they would always have each other.


 

Chapter 8:

Every Day is an Adventure

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Majeek and Cheeko had returned to the jungle where their incredible journey had begun. The familiar sights and sounds of the lush green world surrounded them, and the embrace of their jungle friends and family filled their hearts with joy.

As they settled back into their jungle home, Majeek and Cheeko shared stories of their adventures with their fellow animals. They regaled their friends with tales of daring escapes, heartwarming encounters, and the lessons they had learned along the way. The jungle creatures listened with rapt attention, their own lives enriched by the experiences of their adventurous friends.

Through it all, Majeek and Cheeko had come to understand that the true treasure of their journey was the bond they shared. They had learned that no dream was too big and that no friend was too small. Their friendship had carried them through the most extraordinary of circumstances, proving that when they were together, they could overcome any challenge.

Their adventures had left an indelible mark on their hearts. They had discovered that life was a tapestry woven with laughter, camaraderie, and the unpredictable twists and turns of the unknown. Every day in the jungle was an adventure, and they were determined to savor every moment.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm golden glow over the jungle, Majeek and Cheeko looked at each other with a sense of contentment. They knew that their story was just one chapter in the grand book of life, and they were eager to see what the future held.

With a trunk raised in salute and a wag of Cheeko’s tail, they embraced the message that had carried them through their nutty adventure: no dream was too big, and no friend was too small. In the world of Majeek and Cheeko, every day was an adventure, filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the promise of more incredible journeys to come.

And so, as the jungle embraced them in its verdant embrace, Majeek and Cheeko looked forward to their next adventure, knowing that no matter what awaited them, they would face it with hearts full of joy, laughter, and the enduring strength of their remarkable friendship. Their story may have ended, but the legacy of their love and friendship would endure through many lifetimes and experiences, a testament to the enduring power of camaraderie and the magic of every day being an adventure.


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THE END (Beginning) 


 

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Majeek and Cheeko’s Next Big Adventure – Book 2

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Goodbye Old Thinking, Hello Future: Embracing the Stars and Uncharted Territories!

Welcome to a delightful rendezvous with the future! A future where old thinking and stagnant attitudes are tossed aside like yesterday’s leftovers. In this whimsical exploration, we shall embark on a voyage through the stars, where those who dare to dream and embrace change are the ones who shine the brightest.

Imagine a world where people cling to outdated ideas like inflatable furniture and pagers. A world where imagination is tucked away, collecting dust in the attic of forgotten dreams. Alas, that world is not for us! We are the pioneers, the adventurers, and the dreamers who believe in a better tomorrow.
In this new world, the horizon stretches far beyond the boundaries of what we know. The stars beckon us, their twinkling lights reminding us of the infinite possibilities awaiting exploration. Instead of being content with the familiar, we choose to reach for the stars, both figuratively and literally. We aim to discover new frontiers, unearth hidden talents, and challenge the limits of our imagination.
Creative thinking is our guiding star, our celestial compass in this ever-evolving universe. It allows us to explore uncharted territories and discover new solutions to age-old problems. So, let us abandon rigid thinking and embrace the art of brainstorming, doodling, and dancing with ideas. After all, who knows what brilliance lies just beyond the reach of a wild and daring imagination?
Ah, the power of positivity! While some might dismiss it as mere wishful thinking, we know that a positive attitude is the secret ingredient to fueling our journey into the future. It’s like a cosmic cheerleader, cheering us on as we stumble, fall, and eventually soar.

Maintaining a positive outlook helps us weather the storms of uncertainty, infuses our endeavors with hope, and reminds us that failure is simply a stepping stone towards success.
So, as we prepare to bid adieu to the confines of old thinking, let us embrace the future with open arms and open minds. Let us be the adventurers who dare to dream, the innovators who shatter boundaries, and the joyous souls who make the world a little brighter. Together, we shall populate the new world, a place where reaching for the stars is not just a metaphor, but a way of life. So, go forth and paint your masterpiece on the canvas of the cosmos, for the future awaits your bold and brilliant strokes!

Cordially

Brian Carrillo

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Dad Gummit, Hombre

Welcome to my wacky corner of the web!

Dadgummit, dagnabbit, or goldarnit – these alternative swear words were like secret codes our grandparents used to dodge any divine retribution for “taking the Lord’s name in vain.” Sneaky, right?

But let me tell you, what in the world is going on out there? Holy jumping jalapenos! We’ve got gas prices soaring higher than a rocket ship, inflation going through the roof, crime running wilder than a pack of wild coyotes, and a president who seems to be mumbling his way through press conferences like a crossword puzzle gone wrong. And if that’s not enough, it feels like World War III is brewing up a storm in Europe. Can I get a God Dammit or a Dad Gummit?

Come on, join me in the chorus: “Dad Gummit!” We need some serious change around here, or we’ll all be heading straight to the fiery depths down below.

But hey, let’s have a laugh amidst the chaos. Stick around and explore this quirky little corner of the web where we can find humor in the madness. Together, we’ll navigate this crazy world with a smile on our faces, a sense of humor intact, and maybe, just maybe, make a difference along the way.

So buckle up, my friend, and let’s embrace the absurdity with a hearty “Dad Gummit!” ‘Cause if we can’t change the world, at least we can have a good laugh while we’re at it.

Stay tuned for more shenanigans, musings, and a dash of humor. It’s going to be one wild ride!

Yours hilariously,

Brian Carrillo

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Bank of America Claims There’s a 20%-50% chance we’re inside the matrix and reality is just a simulation

The thing is: We’d never know it anyway.  In a note to clients out Tuesday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said there’s a 20%-50% chance that we’re living in the matrix — meaning that the world we experience as “real” is actually just a simulation.  The firm cites comments from Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Nick Bostrom’s seminal paper on the issue as the basis for its 20%-50% view.  Here’s BAML (emphasis added): “Many scientists, philosophers, and business leaders believe that there is a 20-50% probability that humans are already living in a computer-simulated virtual world. In April 2016, researchers gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to debate this notion.

The thing is: We’d never know it anyway.

In a note to clients out Tuesday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said there’s a 20%-50% chance that we’re living in the matrix — meaning that the world we experience as “real” is actually just a simulation.

The firm cites comments from Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Nick Bostrom’s seminal paper on the issue as the basis for its 20%-50% view.

Here’s BAML (emphasis added):

“Many scientists, philosophers, and business leaders believe that there is a 20-50% probability that humans are already living in a computer-simulated virtual world. In April 2016, researchers gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to debate this notion. The argument is that we are already approaching photorealistic 3D simulations that millions of people can simultaneously participate in. It is conceivable that with advancements in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and computing power, members of future civilizations could have decided to run a simulation of their ancestors.”

BAML also notably highlights Nick Bostrom’s three probable scenarios for the human race, which are 1. extinction before reaching a “posthuman” stage, 2. reaching posthuman existence but not simulating evolutionary history, and 3. we are in the matrix already.

Reading Bostrom’s 2003 paper, however, makes clear we’d never really have access to full knowledge of any of these scenarios because, as Bostrom concludes, “Unless we are now living in a simulation, our descendants will almost certainly never run an ancestor-simulation.”

This “if true, then true, otherwise false” construct means none of this philosophical struggle really matters anyway.

We’re either in the matrix or we’re not. And if we’re not, we’re unlikely to create the matrix because if the matrix were plausible it would’ve been created anyway. And we’d be in it.

The investment implications remain unclear.


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