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Monday, May 28th, 2012

I don’t usually blog the day-to-day kind of stuff, but thought I might shake things up and give it a go.

It’s been nice to finish my writing early today, to work past the difficult portion and sail into the calmer waters of Having A Clue Where The Scene Was Going, and being able to get it there with a minimal amount of fuss.  I’ve split my time the past two weeks between producing work and reinvesting in my skills to better my work.  It didn’t help that when I looked at the page, I promptly forgot everything I should do and could only remember what I shouldn’t do. The result of this was that I sat there staring at the screen.  Not a very good way to write a story.  So I stuffed that part of my brain into a box and just wrote.  The nice thing about being done for the day is that I get to do other things guilt-free.

This video is amazing: Run Boy Run.    It reminds me of both Where the Wild Things Are, which I’ve neither seen nor read–a crime, I know–and the game “Shadows of the Colossus,” simultaneously a beautiful game and one I can’t play without feeling terribly bad about playing it.  Follow the link to see it bigger.  It’s HD, after all.

Read a (digital) comic book today, one of a very few that I’ve read in my life (first issue of Eternals, for those curious).  When it comes to comics, I mostly just read the text very quickly, and then feel bad that I almost didn’t even look at the art.  So then I go back and look it over for a while, when I remember to do so, and I imagine that that’s not how one is supposed to read a comic. Does that mean I’m more of a text person than a visual person?

Right then.  That’s all for now, so off I go.

Oh The Lies We Tell

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I have a confession to make: Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never played Scrabble.

The revelation of that little chunk of wisdom to a few friends provoked a few, “really?!” responses.  It came about during my questions and ranting while playing Words With Friends on the iPhone.  “What do you mean it doesn’t allow proper nouns?” I cried.  “Why doesn’t it spell backwards?”

It also doesn’t do very well with medical terminology, in case you were curious.

Beyond being a tidbit, my introduction reminded me of years past when I’d have conversations with friends about Scrabble.  I’d invariably get a response like, “oh, there’s no way I’m playing with you” or “no, you’d totally just win.”  I write, therefore people automatically assume I’m awesome at words and therefore awesome at Scrabble by association.

Which is the furthest thing from the truth, really.  Sure, if I had a good vocabulary (which I don’t, really, and I’m against expanded vocabulary in writing anyways), but the point of Scrabble is to win points, and to do that, you need to understand how the game scores points.

But I never said anything to my friends.  Didn’t want to burst that bubble of awesomeness that they had erected around me.

Far be it from me to dissuade them of the notion.

Oh, the lies we tell or let carry on, eh?

Why I Am Sitting Here and Not Playing a Game

I’m sitting at the computer, very much Not Playing a Game, when I would rather be Very Much Playing A Game.  Why?

Speed.

I wrestled with the decision of whether to brave the overcast and apathetic Sunday in favor of going to a game store to buy Fallout 3.  In the end, I found that it was available via Games On Demand on the XBox360.  Salvation was at hand.

Or that’s how it seemed four hours ago.

The game’s still downloading, you see.

We see most of our entertainment moving towards a “downloadable content” (DLC), on-demand, streaming, yadda yadda.  But this sort of thing lives and dies by speed.

I used to cringe when Netflix streaming announced that a movie was available in HD–the damn service couldn’t keep up the bandwidth and would pause mid-movie/show and renegotiate a standard resolution connection.  It was annoying because it kicked me out of the action, and it was annoying because they told me “my connection speed has changed” or some other excuse.

I have a 12Mb cable connection.  The limiting factor here isn’t me, it’s the service that wants to sell me content.  And for content that cannot be streamed and consumed while the rest finishes (games, programs, and so forth), speed is paramount to the success of the product on both sides.

I can’t tell if I’ll volunteer for this again.  Not when a slight push to break house gravity would have resulted in me roaming through a post-war future three and a half hours ago.