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January 2nd, 2019

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After seeing this article, I had my mind boggled by how much some people are willing to spend on smart phones. Six hundred to a thousand dollars??? O_o WTF? I think more than fifty bucks is asking too much, especially now that Tracfone is selling smartphones for around $20 to $30.

Listen, if you're spending more than $100 for a smartphone, you're getting ripped off. And if you're spending $600 or more on a smartphone, how about you stop throwing your money into this fire and give out to me instead, so I can afford to eat all month long. Because the new iPhone X, at $999, is $100 more than I have to live on every month. If I found an abandoned crate of 48 iPhones X, I could sell one a month on eBay and more than double my income for four years. (Hypothetically. Realistically, I'd be better off selling all of them at once and putting most of that money into savings.)

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Octopus intelligence

After watching a video about octopus intelligence and how they're basically as smart as small children, right up there with ravens, cetaceans, and apes. Impressive, given that everything on that list except octopi spent millions of years and has thousands of ancestor species with high intelligence, whereas octopi evolved pretty much directly from clams. All those birds and mammals with high intelligence spent millions of years and had thousands upon thousands of ancestor species perfecting big brains, and then the octopus just came along and evolved a powerful brain pretty much straight from what is essentially living snot filter feeding from inside a shell. They essentially evolved both high intelligence and complex eyes from scratch.

And their body is pretty much still little more than fluid, rubbery muscles with blood, a stomach, and multiple brains. They can squeeze their fluid body through an opening as small as a quarter, and the only thing creating that limitation is their beak, the only hard part of their body. Oh yeah, and if they attach themselves to your skin, it can take as much as a thousand pounds of pressure to manually force them off.

Suddenly, the fact that Nizoni Hatathli-Ravenstone has a tree octopus for a familiar means that he'd be a badass at defending her. Octopi are already highly intelligent, and the magic of the familiar bond makes them far smarter than their mundanes counterparts. So... Massively intelligent, can squeeze into tight spaces, can hold onto things with amazing force, detached limbs continue to function for a little while, and is of a species of octopus that had mastered the land... Barry the tree octopus would be a very wily and dangerous familiar. I can see more a scene something like this:

Villain: "How did you get in here? This door is quadruple locked!"

"Oh, my familiar here just squeezed through the crack under the door and unlocked it for me once he got inside."

"Agggh!" (Attacks Nizoni)

(Barry attacks, covering the villain's whole face)

(Muffled screaming)

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