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.
Makes me wonder what I've done in the last 4 years. I generally do my best work seeing that other people have made huge jumps in a short amount of time, and I've had some good jumps with learning PERL etc. And I think most of the stuff that ANYONE improves at best is stuff they've internalized and thus take for granted, so the "woe is me what have I done" approach doesn't work so well. One of the things I've done well in the past few months is find ways to write down notes and transcribe them to my sorted file. And while it has its flaws, I'm pleased with my flurry of fan fiction--don't think I'll have any coming up, but it was good to have out of the way.
I'm also fortunate enough that I can hit some financial goals even with the recession etc etc but at the same time I know I cap new stuff I can go out and try. The problem with that is that it's a bit linear(ie pay $500 more off my mortgage each month) and there is enough exponential stuff out there. Or stuff I could do if I put time aside, like learn Hiragana/Katakana, a goal for this year. Paradoxically, HGWars, which could be a dreadful time sink, has helped me compartmentalize this sort of thing, but that's another post.
It's too easy just to play a game or something...yet at the same time I think the way I look at and pull apart games helps me in other ways. But that'd be another post.
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