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So I took a break from writing my FPRPG mapmaker. Basically, what it does so far is to draw walls, doors and one way doors on a griddy maze. You can even turn graph paper on and off, and you can place dots on squares you visited and wipe them with one button. And I went and played the lame Mega Sudoku here which makes me feel smart when faced with a bug I know shouldn't be that tough. But it was a Monday MegaSudoku so it did not take long(with hints. Without hints it's mind-grinding bean counting) and didn't let me feel smart long enough.
I bought Fritz 8 for a bargain from Amazon about 9 months ago. About 2-3 months later I'd used it to annotate all of my games I'd played in high school and college in tournaments. At 400 games that was 4-5 a day. That included the easy ones, the tough ones, the long ones, and the ones where I'd written in moves badly. If it sounds like a lot, I think it helped for me to think "would I rather be doing this, or one of the time wasting things it's hard to admit aren't fun, because I've wasted so much time at them?"
I played a lot of chess in high school/college but increasingly looked for new ways to try and be creative while my chess got "solider" (read: mechanical and uninspired, and I realized I was hitting a ceiling.)
Well, I got my gift certificate to Amazon for writing for some of the last few NES North American titles. I had hoped to make it $50 by playing Stunt Kids, but there are other games to write for at the moment.
I remember when I was a kid, I wondered if one day software pirates would be jailed en masse. Now these days I think of how I'm able to emulate and write a guide for a game and even get paid for it...
...at the same rate per hour that people get paid to make license plates in prison.
@ LOLZORZ 3xo+1c dance cottage
Roxored hard teh joo-better-nottage
Lyke "plz not to frottage
Teh über leet hottage
Or sai hi 2 Sir Pwnz a lottage."
Rats, couldn't fit "k" or the -ness suffix in there.
There are a lot of GameFAQs old guard who are just sort of, well, out there. Too nice to delete off AIM but I didn't know them well enough to talk to them. One of them was DJosef. On AIM he has his comment "last college radio show ever." And I remember posting in his LiveJournal about AP English exam stuff.
I've watched this video on rebounding a few times. Kind of scary how much younger this guy is than me.
But the part where Dwight Howard talks about tapping the man boxing you out reminded me of some dumb game I always fell for back in junior high.
Some guy would tap you on one shoulder and he'd be on the other side and he'd say geez what a rube, and he'd keep playing the game, and I was pretty sure I'd guessed wrong more than half the time.
Then one day I got him with that trick and he said "Geez, that's so old."
I try to do some amont of creative writin every day, whether or not I think I have time to. It has been going pretty well recently. For instance, today at work I had a sticky perl script problem. Basically, I had to generalize something I'd written before, which was well written enough to figure what I was doing, but it was a pain in the neck to pull stuff out. Basically I needed to use a form of #include to say "text file A contains text file B." It got done. Then I had 15 minutes to blitz through written notes.
And it occurs to me that I have both concrete and emotional motivators for this. The analogies are strained but they are helpful for me.