Beware: avoid Rally Airdrop App and James Cashiola at all costs

Rally App by James Cashiola screwed me for $11,268

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Beware of James Cashiola, the Founder of Rally. He is extremely shady and screwed us over.
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Now he is ignoring all communications (even though we know he is reading all our emails). If you ever get the opportunity to work with him or his company, avoid it at ALL COSTS. You will regret it.

Rally Airdrop App (RallyApp.com and RallyAirDrop.com) is a gamification startup that “supposedly” exchanges various activities for compensation.

However, stay far far away from them. They are shady and dishonest, and cheated me for $11,268. I’ll elaborate on the full story, but I first wanted to post this out there as early as possible in case someone else out there gets tricked into believing that Rally Airdrop App would honor their promises and commitments.

It’s crap like Rally Airdrop App that ruins the entire gamification industry and makes everyone feel like reward-based companies are untrustworthy and scammy. Since I am considered one of the OGs that have been in the “industry” for 16 years, it pains my heart to see this type of toxic in the world.

Previously I shared a very popular post called the Top 10 Mistakes I Made in My Life as an Entrepreneur. Well, you could add working with Rally Airdrop App’s James Cashiola as another one of my big mistakes. I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to anyone else out there.

Benefit of the doubt?

Before I wrote this post, I also wanted to make sure I gave him a ton of benefit of the doubt – maybe James Cashiola got into an accident and couldn’t reply to my communications. Maybe Rally Airdrop App is going underwater and he was too prideful to tell me. I don’t want to declare a person is maliciously dishonest until I have full proof.

But then our email tracker informs that during the 4 months that he has been completing ignoring our communications, he has been opening every email. Clearly James Cashiola wasn’t in a severe accident or life altering distress.

Maybe Rally Airdrop App was going underwater somehow? It would still be extremely dodging to not communicate anything with us, but at least it wasn’t plain out maliciously trying to screw us over.

But I went on Rally Airdrop App’s Twitter account, and just two days prior they were pushing more big rewards to drive their audience into their desired behaviors. Clearly not a sign that the company is dying.

Stay away from Rally Airdrop App and James Cashiola at all costs, or you will regret it severely.

The government should pay entrepreneurs salaries to save the economy (Trickle Up Stimulus Optimization)

(Note: this is a blogpost I originally wrote in 2009 during the financial crisis. In 2019 I became a supporter of Andrew Yang, and remembered that my proposal ten years ago, while not as “complete,” was very similar. So I updated it a little bit and surfaced it back. Despite having a degree in Economics, I am NOT an expert on the economy but an expert on behavioral design and gamification)

A few weeks ago, I was exercising while listening to the Wall Street Journal This Morning about what the government is doing to save the economy. I have also been paying attention to how governments are giving grants to startups who can prove that they are very innovative.

Having wrote a blogpost on this topic earlier, I formulated what I think is a doable plan for the government to save the economy.

For validation, I took this plan to two of my friends, one who is an ex-VC and Boston Consulting Group Consultant, and the other a Stanford University Researcher. They haven’t been able to poke holes in this theory *yet*, so I thought I would share it on my blog and hopefully I will find out the flaws in my thinking or it will get discovered by policy makers to really execute it through.

Foundations of my theory: nodes and 3 coefficients

When the government throws money into the economy, it passes through many “nodes” (person or organization), and each node has three coefficients along with it: spend/save, innovation, and upside.

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Backup for the Double Slit Theory supporting the power of the Conscious Mind

Hey everyone!

If you are here, you have some doubts about my statement on how our consciences can affect reality, suggested by Quantum Physics. Here is the video to intro it if you are unfamiliar:

From my own research, many traditional physicists mocks the concept of consciousness affecting the world of physics. Even the popular Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson dismisses this concept and makes fun of it. However, many Quantum Physicist now believe in this concept of consciousness affecting the physical world based on the evidence from experiments.

Now, there are two type of doubters – lazy ones and diligent ones. Lazy is not a bad thing, but just means you doubt but you don’t want to spend a lot of time investigating. Diligent ones want to investigate a lot. I’ve made some argument sessions on both:

Lazy Doubters

Here I offer some higher level items, mostly in the form of social proof. This shows the credibility of people who believe in this consciousness concept. This is not “widely accepted” or “proven” in any way, but it is a legitimate theory that accomplishing scientists support.

“When the province of physical theory was extended to encompass microscopic phenomena through the creation of quantum mechanics, the concept of consciousness came to the fore again. It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness.
―Eugene Wigner, Nobel Prize Winner and leading Physicist of the Twentieth Century

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.
― Max Planck, Also Nobel Prize Winner

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
― Also Max Planck

Here is an article by BBC that supports this:

“It turns out that, just as Bohr confidently predicted, it makes no difference whether we delay the measurement or not. As long as we measure the photon’s path before its arrival at a detector is finally registered, we lose all interference. It is as if nature “knows” not just if we are looking, but if we are planning to look.”

“Beginning in the 1980s, the British physicist Roger Penrose suggested that the link might work in the other direction. Whether or not consciousness can affect quantum mechanics, he said, perhaps quantum mechanics is involved in consciousness.”

This is Roger Penrose’s Credentials:

“Penrose is known for his work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for the Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems”

Adrien Kent has this quote: “We could make some progress on understanding the problem of the evolution of consciousness if we supposed that consciousnesses alters (albeit perhaps very slightly and subtly) quantum probabilities.BBC adds, “In other words, the mind could genuinely affect the outcomes of measurements.”

Adrien Kent’s credentials are:
Professor of Quantum Physics, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario
Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge
Director of Studies in Mathematics at Darwin College, Cambridge
Affiliate at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Ontario
Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford”

Diligent Doubters

For those who are more serious doubters, here is some backup science to investigate into.

Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment

The best and most convincing is the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment. The video below is the second part of the video posted above (this here is the original), but is a video to make sure to watch.

The 3 min 6s mark is a good place to start. I didn’t fully understand the experiment from a bunch of other videos, but this one I finally understood it in roughly 5 minutes. This explains how the human mind is what determines the results, not the measuring device.

Tom Campbell Workshop

This is a LONG workshop by Thomas W. Campbell explaining the experiments. His conclusion: “There is no objective reality.”

You can probably start at the 44 min mark if you don’t want to watch the whole thing. Below is his bio:

“Campbell has had a long career as a scientist and physicist. He received a B.S. in Physics as well as an M.S. in Physics. His Ph.D. work specialized in Experimental Nuclear Physics with a thesis in low-energy nuclear collisions.  Subsequently, he spent the better part of 30 years working within the U.S. missile defense community as a contractor to the Department of Defense.[4] Campbell most recently worked for NASA within the Ares I program (follow-on to the Shuttle) assessing and solving problems of risk and vulnerability to insure mission and crew survivability and success.”

Some people doubt his credibility, but I dug deeper into Thomas Campbell’s background as people said his background isn’t verifiable and he just made it up.

I finally found his credentials on the NASA website: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20090014192

In the PDF that is attached there, it does verify that, “THOMAS W. CAMPBELL is currently consulting in the field of Probabilistic Design Analysis for NASA. He has over 36 years of experience working with the Department of Defense in several fields, including systems engineering; technology development; physics based modeling and simulation; algorithm and software development; intelligence analysis; radars, antenna, and electronic environments analysis; system security engineering; technology transfer, reuse, and insertion; engineering management and program management; and system risk and vulnerability. He received a B.S. in Physics as well as an M.S. in Physics. His Ph.D. work specialized in Experimental Nuclear Physics with a thesis in low-energy nuclear collisions.”

Since his work with NASA is assessing and solving problems of risk and vulnerability to insure the Ares shuttle mission and crew survivability and success, I think there needs to be a lot of precision in his work, as opposed to being an idealistic philosopher.

2. If you want to investigate the actual scientific paper, check out this LONG and dense reading:

http://www.bottomlayer.com/bottom/reality/chap2.html

Hope this is helpful!

Limited Sales Week: Order Team Octalysis Jerseys and the Octalysis Framework Pillow

Limited Sales Week (Ends Sep 27): Order Team Octalysis Jerseys and the Octalysis Framework Pillow

Gamification Esports Hoodie Gamification Esports Jersey

Ever since I posted the picture of me wearing our Team Octalysis Jerseys, people have been asking me how they could get one for themselves. Even though this was meant for our own team members, we received so many requests that we decided to make it possible for Octalysis fans to get one.

Since we are ordering a few more Jerseys for our new members, we are letting people order one so we can batch all of them together.

These Jerseys and Hoodies are of course not cheap, as they are fairly quite high quality. It will also have your personalized name or gamer tag on the back.

Each jersey is 50$ normally and each hoodie is 65$. Again, they will be customized to your name or GamerTag on the back, whatever you choose.

Here are sizing references:

Team Octalysis Jerseys

This is what it looks like on an average Joe – completely relatable instead of the super pro models.

Update: Sorry – the time to order is over 🙁

A Great Addition: The Octalysis Framework Pillow!

Ever felt that the Octalysis Framework is a bit too involved and you just wanted to sleep on it? Now you can. With the Octalysis Framework Pillow, you can absorb Octalysis magic when you are asleep, and you can peak at the answers when you wake up.

Great for bed-time conversations with your spouse and putting your toddlers (and spouse) to sleep.

It also works on your couch where you can impress all your guests with your amazing Octalysis knowledge as you tell them all their life choices were done through Extrinsic/Left Brain Core Drives, and they need to shift to Core Drive 1 and 3 to be happy.

 

Since even the shape are custom made for our needs, these pillow are even more expensive at $130 a piece. Only invest if you want your kids to grow up into geniuses or you feel proud of being a behavioral nerd.

Update: Sorry – the time to order is over 🙁

Now, enjoy the rest of your life WINNING.

I now have my own eSports Team in Heroes of the Storm!

To Make Games Meaningful

Back in 2003, I had an epiphany that changed my life. I had just quit playing Diablo II and I felt a rush of emptiness.

I spent thousands of hours becoming strong in a video game, but once I was done with the game, all that disappears. I’m still at the same place in life.

It was then when I went on a life journey to make games more meaningful towards our real lives.

At the time, I had considered two options:

Option 1: do what was considered “Gamification” (in today’s terminology)

Option 2: do what was considered “Esports” (in today’s terminology)

Both of them were relevant in my quest of making real life better through gaming (and ensure that playing games wasn’t a “waste of time.”).

The Non-Existent Esports Industry

Back then the esports industry didn’t exist, besides some serious matches of Starcraft in South Korea.

It was just more of a vision for me where, if videos games could be like a real sport such as Basketball, then there would be a real economy and ecosystem around it (Managers, Players, Coaches, Media etc.), and playing/studying games all day long suddenly became very productive.

It wasn’t unfathomable (despite sounding crazy to everyone I talked to – they thought I was just creating more excuses to play games). “Real Sports” like Basketball and Football are basically just games that people played for fun. But when enough people enjoyed playing and watching the game, it sets up a whole economy of ticket sales, advertisers, staff, dedicated venues, and cultural change.

It becomes “legit” and is no longer “just a game.”

Team Octalysis Esports

As you probably know, I ended up choosing the Gamification path. As a result, I became a leading pioneer in the gamification space and am running many of the biggest gamification initiatives in the world (consulting company, the education platform Octalysis Prime, FB community). It worked out quite well for me, and I live every day of my life as a passionate gamer. Even Blizzard has sent their game designers to my workshops to learn about the Octalysis Framework.

But I sometimes can’t help but think about the other choice I didn’t make. If I chose to go down the esports path, I would also become an early pioneer in esports and today I may be running some of the largest esports infrastructure entities in the industry (I’m realistic enough to know that I wouldn’t become a pro-player myself). That would be tremendously fun too.

The two passions meet

Gamification Esports Jersey

Gamification Esports Hoodie

Luckily, because of how strong my gamification efforts are doing, I suddenly have the unique opportunity to go down the path I didn’t take.

We have now sponsored a team in the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC), the premier Heroes of the Storm competitive league from Blizzard Entertainment. Our team “Team Octalysis” (formerly Team Twelve) is currently a Top 3 Team in North America.

Team Octalysis has 5 amazingly hard-working players, a great team manager, a coach/game analyst, and media members – all there to support competitive play at the highest levels, engage the fans, and spread a little bit of Octalysis love.

Team Octalysis is officially competing in the HGC, where eight teams in each of four regions compete every week to qualify for international tournaments and a shot at a world championship.

Every weekend, you can tune in on Twitch.tv or the HGC Website to watch their competitions, support Team Octalysis, and muse over obviously-less-talented teams fight each other.

You can also follow Team Octalysis on their Twitter: twitter.com/TeamOctalysis

Exciting times for Octalysis and for Gaming!