Welcome to the Age of Virtual Reality

Palmer Luckey, 21 year old Founder of Oculus and creator of the Rift

Palmer Luckey, 21 year old Founder of Oculus and creator of the Rift

Oculus Rift Eye Port

Oculus Rift Eye Port



Welcome to the age of virtual reality. Unlike the majority of gaming inventions being released by tech-giants, this innovation came from a garage. At the young age of just 21 years old, it is likely that if you haven’t heard of Palmer Luckey, then you will hear about him in the very near future. The much anticipated technology of virtual reality might even be available later this year. Palmer Luckey’s “Oculus Rift” will be the first mass produced virtual reality gaming device to ever be released to the public. With a prototype built while still in High school, the young entrepreneur perfected his VR headset in College.

One of the problems that most companies were having with the development of virtual reality was the delay between the movement of the user and the imagery being displayed after the movement. Most people who tried to use virtual reality headsets became nauseous after just a little while of game play. When looking from left to right, users would often see a delay in their screen which resulted in a trail effect rendering the device useless. However Palmer Luckey was able to identify this issue and improve upon it to the point of near perfection. His Oculus Rift is the first device free of a delay that users can immerse themselves in virtual reality with.

Oculus, the company featuring the Rift, was recently purchased by tech giant Facebook for a whopping 2 billion dollars. It’s clear that the implications for this device are far more than just gaming. With such evolutionary graphics and image speed, people are saying the device could revolutionize everything from video games to sex. While a kickstart model is already available for purchase, Palmer Luckey urges people not to do so just yet. He wants to perfect the Oculus Rift before releasing it to the public. Oculus CEO Brenden Iribe said that he knew this would be huge after wearing the device for the first time.

Iribe explained his experience with the Oculus Rift as revolutionary. He walked around the room, turned his head and looked up and down in disbelief. Several simulation programs later, Iribe wanted to run through the simulation again and again. As for consumers who have been waiting for virtual reality, this is the Holy Grail. So get ready to have your mind blown by the Oculus Rift, and when you do, remember that it wasn’t some giant industry that spent millions in research and development who brought it to you. But rather it was Palmer Luckey, a 21 year old entrepreneur working from his garage at home.


Oculus Rift Back Panel

Oculus Rift Back Panel

Oculus Rift Overhead Image

Oculus Rift Overhead Image

Cannibal Warlord, General “Butt Naked”

Do you remember the last time that you ate a child’s heart so that you could be invincible in battle? Can’t recall ever doing so? Well take a look at this documentary that I found on youtube.com. The documentary was produced by Vice News, a news agency that does in depth reporting across the globe. In this documentary Shane Smith, Vice News co-founder and field correspondent, travels to the west African nation of Liberia to investigate the so called Cannibal Warlords that live there. Let me warn you that the documentary has some strong content.

After exploring several parts of Liberia, Shane Smith lands a shady interview with former General “Butt Naked.” The general, who gave himself the name “Butt Naked”, explains the origin of his name to Shane. He tells the reporter that he chose this name because of his combat strategy during Liberia’s civil war. A strategy in which he would instruct his rebel soldiers to strip down completely before battle. Once fully nude, he would have his soldiers bring an innocent child to him for ritualistic purposes. He would then cut the child’s heart out of his/her chest, while still alive, and have each of his soldiers consume a piece of it. General “Butt Naked” explained to his soldiers that this sacrifice would bring them magical powers in combat and make them invincible. Only then would the General and his soldiers go into battle, while still completely nude I should add. This ritual of sacrifice was repeated before every single battle, thus causing the needless slaughter of hundreds of innocent children during the war.

Today General “Butt Naked” spends his days preaching to his community. He converted to Christianity after the war and now preaches at churches around Liberia about his struggle with his violent past. Former victims of his cannibal rituals say that he converted to Christianity only to avoid punishment for his war crimes. So the former general’s life is now in constant danger of attack from people affected by his military past. According to him these are false accusations. He says that the reason he converted to Christianity was so that he could be a better person and more importantly a better father to his young daughter. Though he takes the full blame for his actions, he recognizes that if his parents would have raised him instead of abandon him, then he might be a different man today. That thought is what motivates him to be a better father and a better person with the help of Christianity.

I tried to put myself in his shoes and imagine what life must have been like for him in Liberia. I wonder what kind of trauma he experienced before deciding that killing children and eating their hearts was the right thing to do. Maybe he’s just a psychopath with no remorse, incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. However it seems odd to me that a person who is incapable of knowing right from wrong would choose to devote the rest of his life to Christianity seeking forgiveness for his sins. The question of whether or not this man should be executed for his crimes remains a mixed issue. Does punishing a person’s ignorance with death solve the issue of ignorance? Does not punishing this man solve the issue of ignorance? I’m not sure what the solution is, if there even is a solution, but what I do know is that this country and its people are completely foreign to me. I will pray for them and hope that change comes sooner than later…

I would love to hear from someone living in Liberia. If you are from there or have family that lives there, please reply to this blog post. I want to hear your story and know what it is like for you as a citizen of Liberia. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

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15 Quick Facts about Liberia

Official Language: English (Though only 20% of the population exclusively speaks English)

President: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, since 2006 (She was reelected in 2011 with 90.7% of the total vote in her favor)

Religion: 85.6% Christian, 12.2% Muslim

Total Population: 4,092,310

Capital: Monrovia

Median Age of Population: 18 years old (U.S. median age: 37 years old)

Sanitation Facility Access: 18.2% of the total population (81.8% with no access to restrooms or sewage infrastructure)

Health Expenditures: 19.5% of GDP

Physician Density: 0.01 Physicians/1000 people (Whatever you do don’t get sick in Liberia)

Education Expenditures: 2.8% of GDP

Total GDP: $2.89 Billion U.S. Dollars (Mark Zuckerberg’s Net Worth: $26.6 Billion U.S. Dollars)

Average Annual Income (Per Person): $700.00 U.S. Dollars (Qatar’s average is the highest at: $102,100 U.S. Dollars)

Privately Owned T.V. Stations: 3

Total Internet Users: 20,000 people (That’s less than 1% of the entire population)

Transnational Issues: Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking, Civil Unrest, Refugee Disputes with Neighboring Countries