Homeless man got some stuff going on...
By - ohmyEllis
dw he's a grad student who couldn't get a job
Take a number.
I was lightning before the thunder
#THUNDER, FEEL THE THUNDER
Lightning and the thunder thunder
No wait.....wrong sub. I'll get it right one day
What does “dw” mean?
For those of you wondering what's going on here, this video is part of a (now 3 part) video series on TikTok that appears to be a narrative fiction experiment on the social media platform.
The account to follow is here: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdTJyXME/
If I was a homeless person this would piss me off
I saw some people doing a video near my local taco bell and it looked like a girl talking to a camera with a homeless man sleeping behind them. When she finished saying her piece the man got up, gave her the ratty sleeping bag and got in his car to leave. Obviously something staged
Are you kidding me? Obviously her video was so inspiring that he instantaneously found a home and bought a car and had to get up and head to training at his new job. Give credit where credit is due.
"if you're homeless, just buy a house"
"ill take you up on that"
People pull shit like this all the time. It started with reaction videos and pranks, now it's "animal rescue" and "charity". Best believe that nothing is real when it comes to the internet. There are no depths people won't sink to.
What’s a “narrative fiction experiment”? Those words make no sense to me other than disjoint jargon words in a row.
Near as I can tell, it means "present bullshit as fact and see what happens."
TIL Fox News is a narrative fiction experiment
Someone spot me an award for this comment.
Edit: thank you
Make up a story and present it as real. Include the initial reaction as part of the experience.
In 1938, War of the worlds was presented in the radio and *some* people believed as if it were an actual news report. So something like that.
I was thinking how some viral marketing campaigns do this too but your example is way better
Actually it was quite well known at the time that it was fiction; the broadcaster was known for reading stuff like that and every so often during the broadcast they would explain it was fiction iirc
The best thing is that the real myth is that people actually fell for it.
Irl people knew it was a radio show. It was popular
Newspapers made up the story that there was massive panic over that broadcast. They wanted to discredit radio news. Most people weren't even listening, and most who were, knew it was a radio fiction show. So the made up story is that people panicked.
It's just a skit.
It's the words you use to secure venture capital.
The experiment references that "narrative fiction" is an experiment. They are testing out a new medium. This medium is for fiction. The only word that is somewhat awkward is narrative because all storytelling can be viewed as a narrative. Perhaps social media would be a better description but it's just that they deliver it via Tik Tok and maybe have some audience input by the looks of it.
Reminds me of a scene from the comic transmetropolitan where a janitor with no formal training comes up with this arcane reality bending equation. He tries to create utopia with it but gets a variable wrong and causes the whole city block to go up in flames.
I need to re-read transmetropolitan. Fantastic comic and a great homage to Hunter S. Thompson.
I'm a huge Hunter s. Thompson fan, I've never heard of this, can you give me any info?
Isnt this good will hunting?
Yeah I'm pretty sure he's just describing the plot for Good Will Hunting.
this needs to be top post, sadly you may be too late. good luck buddy, take my upvote and hopefully more will follow
can you post direct links to the three tiktoks? without the direct links those who dont have tiktok accounts cant view them cuz it just redirects you to the app download.
Wow, seeing all three is somehow worse than just the first one in the OP.
Damn! We going to future boys
He's going back to 2010 to invest the 50 bucks in his pocket in Bitcoin, stopping in Apr 2021 to cash out.
Nah. He's going to 2010 to invest, and then go to 2100 when he doesn't "cash out", he just lives like a king and uses a sound currency.
How do you find a crypto head at a bbq? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
Yeah, its like the opposite of fight club. Rule number 1 must be: tell everyone you meet.
So investing in crypto is like being the vegan of investments?
It's the Mary Kay of "investing"
Network effect. It's like back when Facebook started and people asked are you on Facebook yet? You should get it.
Hopefully its pre 2010 bills or hes fucked.
Anyone seen the movie “12 Monkeys”? well this dude just stuck here trying to get back to the future to say he was sent too early, the plague started but it hadn’t finished yet.
Straight where my brain went too!!!
Omg is that will hunting?
El Psy Congroo
Abort the operation homeless valkyrie, the organization found us
Its Hari Seldon
That's Charlie Epps.
Oooooooooooh! The character's name is Will Hunting! So the title is saying he's 'good'! I just got that now
Did you think they were trying to actively preying upon good will or something? Genuinely curious as to your thought process on the title or if it was something you never really thought about before and suddenly it made sense, like me in my 30s when I realized that Fruit of the Loom = product of the cotton loom?
> Did you think they were trying to actively preying upon good will or something?
That's one of the plays on words of the title. Robin Williams' character is "hunting" for good will from Will, i.e. trying to earn his trust. That's one of the major plotlines of the film.
You know how sometimes you read a newspaper headline and you have to take a second look at it? And sometimes it only makes sense after you've read the article? I think because I tried to read it as a sentence my brain assumed verbs. I eventually just settled on it as being an artsie fartsie title but I always took that second glance. I never knew the character's name despite seeing the movie like 5 times which is the main reason(or only?).
Its a double entendre
He knows a high level of math at second glance though; matrix algebra, knows about matrix operators on the last page...
looks like a tensor on the first window, and then some weird particle collision type spirals
You can see the amount of meth consumed increasing from left window to right
people like this is why there's an 'in mathematics' section on the wikipedia page for 'amphetamine use in popular culture
>Perhaps the most notable example of this is Paul Erdős, one of the most prolific and successful mathematicians in human history. He took amphetamine and methylphenidate occasionally throughout his early career. He began taking them daily at age 58, when a doctor prescribed them to him to allay the depression associated with his mother's death, and didn't stop until his death at age 83. He would also sustain himself on copious amounts of coffee and caffeine pills.
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best part here:
>Erdős took amphetamine despite the concern of his friends, one of whom (Ron Graham) bet him $500 that he could not stop taking the drug for a month. Erdős won the bet, but complained:
> You've showed me I'm not an addict. But I didn't get any work done. I'd get up in the morning and stare at a blank piece of paper. I'd have no ideas, just like an ordinary person. You've set mathematics back a month.
>He then promptly resumed his amphetamine use.
That section seems like a very good ad for amphetamines though. I am just about smart enough to know not to disagree with Erdős.
Not entirely related but there was an irish lad who came up with some sort of important mathematical formula or solution and he carved it into the rock under a bridge somewhere in Dublin apparently.
Or so thats what my ex who was a historian and tour guide in Dublin said.
Some of the diagrams look like feynman diagrams. Kinda looks like some QFT
Someone give this man a lab
*instantly starts making meth*
>instantly starts doing math
Math is clearly a gAtEwAy DrUg to meth
First, give this man a bath.
Bathmatics > Mathematics
Could they be just copied out of a book on nuclear physics? There's a faberge egg diagram that's probably the Fat Man bomb.
Egg diagram threw me for a loop
There are a fair number of homeless people with PhDs, MDs, JDs, etc.
Schizophrenia can hit people in their 20s and 30s. Drug addiction can hit anyone at any age.
Anecdotally, people who are in the top 5% for IQ seem to have a greater tendency toward mental illness or drug issues.
Phew im safe then.
Huge buffer to me.
It's fake, this video is fake..
It's funny. 80 years ago all that was top secret stuff. Now you can read about it, in text books.
I'm not too sure, some of the notation I have not recognized before. Like roman "IV", and circle with dot, and random diode with a tilde. He wrote right of refusal which seems unrelated to math. Thought he was drawing a diagram of the metro or something.
We won’t discover the IV mathematics for another 100 years
Then the community will split between Mathematics 3.5, Mathfinder and 5e
Yeah, mathematics 4 is too derivative.
I'm still pinning my hopes on MathS++
It's like a pseudo-mathematical Voynich Manuscript.
Underrated comment right here.
They aren’t saying the math is correct, just that he’s using real high level mathematical notation. Which he is.
Right. This is someone with some sort of math background, methed the fuck out and scribbling bs
It's [staged](https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdTJyXME/) as an 'experiment', so the only meth involved is probably the people who thought it up. Good to know he's not actually homeless, though.
Thanks for this. Yours is the first comment I’ve seen linking to an actual source for explanation
Yes. Idk why all these people don’t get this is what I’m saying.
I feel like an idiot here haha btw respect to all of you guys, I could never understand math
Two plus two is four minus one that’s three quick maths.
Every day (homeless) man’s on the BLOQ
And thats a NUMBERWANG!
I was really good at math but completely forgot it all after college cause I never used it
This is clearly some sort of viral marketing or art project. The presentation is way too crisp. [Also there's a second video](https://www.tiktok.com/@comeatmebhai/video/6989010976989383942) with receipts purporting to be from 2046.
If it’s who I think it is, he’s been living outside the NYU math dept for decades.
This is actually just an average engineering professor.
Damn we are witnessing an origin story, it's happening guys !!!!!
He is lost in the past with no money, nobody knows about him. And he is trying to recall everything he can to go back to his present.
Ah, so he’s a WSB dude trying to figure out his next short. Gotcha!
No we’re all retarded and just trade when someone makes a post saying we should
Rob shnieder is - a stapler
What we're seeing is the end of act 2. Maybe a young, driven-to-succeed math protege that fell to drugs and burned out. Or maybe there was inter-math-societal sabotage that left him penniless. He gave up, his drinking became worse. No family and no support, in a society that gives up on the mentally ill and punishes addicts, he has no choice but to live on the streets.
Anyone know if it is actually an equation or means anything? Or is it all gibberish drawings?
This look very very well thought out. There definitely is a lot of structured thought but the resolution makes it hard to decipher what's going on. But it definitely looks exactly like something we do at uni in maths. Particularly the matrices on window 4 show that these person knows and is doing high level math.
I don't know. Looks like there's a lot of gibberish mixed in there. The guy posted a second video: https://www.tiktok.com/@comeatmebhai/video/6989010976989383942
K there's a recipt from 2046 in there, which references a Nuralink as a method of authorization. Elaborate marketing video likely for a game involving time travel.
Ah damn this is probably it
IT'S AN AD
That's fucked. Can't have anything nice.
Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!
Yeah, thats fishy
ah good catch!
so... its an ARG?
we haven't discovered the "gibberish" yet
Is this a marketing thing for a product or just a very dedicated and creative guy who wants to get big on tik tok? I guess we will find out.
Love how he's standing there shaking his head like "No. No. The Mandelbrot Discombobulator is *still* incompatible with Oppenheimer's theories!"
He’s probably just a student who lost all of his money on meme stocks
He and I invested in $CLOV and now we share a cardboard box
$WKHS here, enjoy your box
or hes doing high level math while high
i can see matrix multiplication.
impressive to do matrix multiplication in your head lol.
I mean I see a bunch of stuff that *looks* like matrices, but there's no indication the notation is valid. When you read the text written around the windows a lot of of it is clearly unrelated random science buzzwords.
Matrix calculations are honestly really basic on a uni level.
Probably means something to him. This is typical of people with certain mental disorders like OCD or Schizophrenia
There are some legit maths, such a matrix manipulation, but most of this looks like physics stuff. Diagrams of machines he's thought up, aerodynamics, etc. It looks petty disconnected. But strong possibility that this person has a PhD or similar level of STEM experience. That isn't to say that he's mentally stable, the gifted can very frequently have mental breakdowns. And just because you have a PhD doesn't mean you can't become homeless, it's more about a support system than anything else.
[UPDATE] The video is fake.
However, the problem of homelessness is very real. Take from it what you will
Reminds me of Beth’s mom in the Queen’s Gambit. And Beth as well.
Queen's gambit almost gave me a chess addiction but thankfully my adhd crashed it.
I bought a chess set and haven't used it yet lol
Do it, you won’t regret it
I relate to this so fucking hard lmao.
If this guy isnt just writing nonsense then that's actually pretty sad. A mind you can spend your lifetime building and developing just kinda losing track of itself and turning on you :/ sad to think about
I know a guy like that. Brilliant electrical engineer and a walking encyclopedia. Fried three company computers with powerful electromagnets trying to remove kgb tracking/listening devices. Would only talk to people in open areas and only after clearing the area with a compass and magnet. Last I heard from him, his family had left him to go back to Ukraine and he was living in his car.
A friend of mine from college was studying electrical engineering. Also has solid IT experience. He grew up poor, so he had to take on jobs through college to pay for tuition and take care of his mom. Only thing, though, he has a sleep condition that made it difficult for him to hold a 9-5 job. He ended up working at a pizza place just because the hours fit his lifestyle better.
If your guy's family went **back** to Ukraine, I wouldn't be shocked if he was actually being listened to by KGB if he's as genius as you say...It's also possible it may have only happened once for real and he "just couldn't take any risks" after that. It's a shame..
Yea. It was hard to differentiate between paranoia and reality with that guy. He went off the deep end and became erratic though. There was definitely justification but I’m not sure how much was real and how much was delusion
Reminds me of the schizophrenic programmer, Terry Davis, who wrote an OS and then was trying to talk to God through his computer and whatnot. It was one of the more unsettling things I've watched on youtube.
yup. homelessness and mental illness don’t give one fuck about your college degree, it can happen to the college educated just as it can happen to anyone
> And just because you have a PhD doesn't mean you can't become homeless, it's more about a support system than anything else.
I can back this up, as someone who nearly ended up homeless a couple years ago when everyone in my family died or moved away and my wife got too sick to help me maintain my home business. I did have a mental health breakdown myself but it didn't stop me from trying to find work. I eventually did get a new job and start over in a new place but it was really, really hard and only achieved it by reaching out for help and getting a new support system.
It's staged, lol
What is he really working on r/theydidthemath
It’s an ad for an upcoming game
Hes building a statistical arbitrage algo
Behold the power of Arizona green tea!
This is what is like to chew 5 gum
He's checking the math of his first trip after he ended on the darkest timeline and wants to go back to his timeline
Modern day Diogenes
Only if Diogenese cared about making up things to get viewers/followers -which he clearly didn't.
It’d be ironic if he’s written the solution for curing climate change or cancer in plain sight and everyone just dismisses him as being mentally disturbed.
That’s what I was thinking.
The old joke that if Jesus came back, he’d be in an asylum too
Might be walking past a free energy device blue print!
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.”
The cure for cancer isn’t exactly a math problem you can solve on your own with currently known information.
We already have these solutions. No math will magically solve it further that’s some Hollywood bullshit.
And there’s no such thing as a cure for cancer. There are many different cancers and each one needs its own separate cure.
Anyone know what song is in the background?
I used Shazam to discover Положение (Izzamuzzic Remix) by Скриптонит. [https://www.shazam.com/track/571430063/-](https://www.shazam.com/track/571430063/-)
Here you go my dude ;) There's a YouTube video just below, 'the slowed version' which is it I'm sure.
A guy like this doesn't deserve to live on the streets.
oh, wait hang on.. NO ONE DESERVES TO LIVE ON THE DAMN STREETS.
My man out here thinking about shit
He is calculating where to live next
This is a landlord trying to justify why he's keeping half your deposit
LOL, he’s not building a time machine, not with those quantum variants! How does he expect to modulate the quark soup with a transcendental infindibulator? Yeah, don’t think so! Nice try though!
For the uninitiated, window two is where he brilliantly thought up the [micro encabulator](https://youtu.be/u4ILnWpi8XY) to solve for soup.
The professor. Something big is coming up.
The only legible thing was "right to refusal"
u/fineheresmyname pointed out this is probably some sort of viral marketing for a video game about time travel. Or could be an elaborate ARG but it has a sort of "team of professionals put this together" vibe more than a couple friends doing this for fun / internet fame
besides, seems like it'd be a safer bet to be writing all this down in a cheap notebook or something, as opposed to across multiple public windows, where he could get in trouble for vandalism and / or could be cleaned up before you finish whatever he's trying to do here, so this was definitely done to be seen by as many people as possible on purpose.
Mental illness... : (
Most probably schizophrenia
Ahhh Captain Braxton out there trying to figure out how to get back to his century!
It would’ve been great if the photographer actually got the calculations on screen so someone on r/theydidthemath could tell us if there’s something here.
Hey OP. Could you get closer next time you waltz by? I love all the speculation in this thread, but if someone could recognize exactly what he's doing, he might get internet attention and someone may find a way to help him out.
Feels cruel to post this guy’s mind deterioration as anything else
One man's mind deterioration is another man's time machine.
Looks like a working diagram of a flux capacitor!
My bet is on something manic/psychosis. Poor dude. Probably way smarter than me and has to live like that.
Dude could be onto something here
How do you like them apples?
WHO SOLVED MY THEOREM?!?! WHO IS THE GENIUS?!?! *YOU THERE!!!*
Omg whoever shot this video, please take clear hi res photos before someone erases it all!!
u/SaveVideo (I want a closer look)
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Well instead of just making a tiktok they could’ve, you know, taken some actual pics and then some people over at r/physics/biology/chemistry/whatever coulda told us if it was legit 🤷♂️
My boy’s wicked smaht
Can anyone make that out?
Like for real, imagine if time travel were a thing but you went back to the past with the intention of making yourself rich but you didn’t prepare properly. You’d have no house, no place to stay, no money, only your knowledge of time travel, and what does that sound like to people who don’t have time travel?
The ravings of a crazy man.