So I haven't blogged in a long time. I used to use this blog purely for imparting audio knowledge and ideas but, like my youtube channel, I want to talk more about ideas I have in general. Some will be audio, others will be something else.
Since the last time I posted on this blog I have now got a Phd, a job as a software engineer, a family and a bought house. The big lesson I learned from all of the above is that you often don't know where life is headed. You can do things and try to control things but life will happen around you, probably in ways you didn't expect. I've lost count of the number of times that i've had things happen that I never expected, wanted or even thought about. What you can control is how you react to life and how you live each day, even if the bigger picture will happen with or without you.
One of the things I did recently was to close my Facebook account. I had been aware for a while that there was something about Facebook I really disliked. It turns out there was quite a lot of things about it that I didn't like. My main issue is the lack of focus in their offering as a service. You can use it to put up music, but its not really that effective for that. You can use it to talk but larger posts are generally ignored, because the standard format is smaller posts, much like twitter (which I also don't use, and never have). What do you use it for mostly? Fucking around. Its a stream of unedited, unfinished, raw thoughts of the people in your social circle, fed right into your everyday life. To me its the internet's version of small talk. Anyone trying to have a longer conversation is discouraged, and in my opinion its not really a positive thing in society. I have kept the internet services that I feel have some focus or some definite format or idea, something that encourages content creation, but I refuse to keep anything that's organising principle or driving force is purely encouraging people to be "faux social". I have my friend's numbers and emails and I will call them when I need to chat.
So yesterday I went to see a friend who had been sick and we basically decided that we need to do more gaming nights. Often I go to his and we just sort of sit and chill, but we used to really enjoy actually having a focus for our time together. With this in mind we picked out Lylat Wars on the N64 and hit it solid until it was done. Pizza, soda pop and a good old school game. A good night. It struck me as we were playing that although we were both rusty as hell the game wasn't as difficult as we remembered it being. Afterwards we moved onto Prince of Persia:Sands of Time and found that to be much more challenging on the whole, to the extent that we couldn't finish it in the few hours we got through Lylat Wars. I think the lack of a save-game state could have something to do with it, because i've played long games on the N64 that challenged me, its not just the system.