From the Intarwebs 07/08/12

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I’m still alive. Just needed to recover from an exhausting week. A little disappointed in myself for letting the schedule slip, but c’est la vie.

An epic Megaman 4 hack – Even if you’re not interested in romhacking, the video is crazy. Download the patch.

A mural illustrating all 120 stars from Super Mario 64.

Fans of a webcomic on hiatus decide to Rewrite History – The internet can be a crazy place. In this case, Crazy awesome.

Yet another Neo-Retro video game. Seems to be quite polished… if deliberately old-fashioned in ALL aspects of game design…

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It has occurred to me that I still haven’t really made the purpose of this blog clear.

In large part, I started this blog for myself. My first post kind of touched on things, but I feel I can do a better job. People who meet me in person can often find my thoughts and though processes confusing. It may or may not surprise them to know that I often find my own thoughts confusing. This is an attempt, in part to address that.  I take my thoughts and try to pin them down for two reasons – because the act of writing gives some semblance of organization; and because having the thoughts set in a fixed form allows me to look back at them and reprocess the ideas. Therefore, many of my posts will resemble a “stream of consciousness.” In time, this sense may disappear, but it remains present for the time being.

Additionally, I want to become better at writing and expression. Words are a terrible form of expression, but they’re likely the best we’ll have for most of my lifetime. And I’m bad at words. If I take my time, and really work to refine it, I may have something that keeps me happy for a while, but I’m a perfectionist. I hope to get better at organizing my thoughts, at thinking, and at expression in general.

I also want people to think on what I have to say. I want discussion. I would love to have influenced someone in some way with my words. But those reasons aren’t why I post here. While I would greatly appreciate any of those, as well as a ton of other secondary and tertiary reasons, the traffic on this blog, as well as the effect on others, can be non-existent, and it will serve my purposes.

Many of these early posts may make this appear to be a gaming blog. I have no intention to remain focused on that subject, or any other subject. Games play a large role in my life, so I perhaps tend to think of them more often, but the direction of this blog has everything to do with where my mind takes me. Gamers are welcome to come along for the ride, or even ignore everything but the gaming posts, but this blog isn’t made with them in mind.

On occasion, I will revisit older posts and try to rewrite them, linking back to the original (for historical purposes). I welcome comments, for your own benefit, for my own, or for the benefit of others. The more discussion, the more opportunity to discuss, to clarify thoughts. Bear in mind, however, that most of my posts come out half-formed, and perhaps a little incoherent or poorly worded. I write to think, and to get better at thinking. If it gives clarity to others or leads to a productive discussion, all for the better.

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I’d change the title, but it’s appropriate.

I’ve contemplated blogging pretty much ever since I’d heard of it, and made a few abortive attempts, but never followed through.  For various reasons, I’ve decided that now is as good a time as any to buckle down and actually do it, and, hopefully, keep to it.

In a sense, I’m writing this for an audience.  I’m broadcasting my thoughts to the intarwebs, free to be read by any who care enough to find them and pay attention.  On the other hand, I’m really doing this for myself.  My mind is constantly running on all cylinders, so I always have something going on in my head, but that’s usually where it stays.  I occasionally talk to people, but I get scatterbrained.  I also consider myself to be bad at organizing my thoughts, and afraid that I bore people.

As this blog is for me, a large part is just so I can get my thoughts out of my head and into a fixed form.  Hopefully, I’ll also be able to better organize them.  In the latter years of college, I started enjoying writing papers – they weren’t a chore, they were a way for me to really work my brain and share what came of it.  But no one besides your teacher tends to care about your writings, and the teacher usually only cares enough to assign a grade.  In fairness, some teachers seemed to really enjoy or appreciate certain papers, but, as stated, I tend to underrate myself.

Subjects will wander to whatever tickles my fancy.  There isn’t an overall theme to the blog, just whatever comes to mind.  What I write may interest you, but it may not.  The best I can offer is that everything I write had enough to it that it kept my attention.

Also, I’ll likely link to various things I find around the internet.  I forget that I notice a lot of stuff long before others, and there’s lots of interesting or entertaining things to share.

 

For some biographical data: I’m not actually a professor – it’s a nickname/alias/persona that’s managed to stick.  The me here isn’t the me you’d meet in person, but, in a way, they’re both “the real me.”  I’m young, happily married, and have a decent job.  I consume massive amounts of media, and have an equally massive backlog of media I intend to consume.  I used to hide my meatspace identity.  I stopped caring all that much, but I still don’t intend to volunteer the information.  Similarly, I have several aliases and personae, most of which I generally don’t mind being tied back here.  If you really care to track me down, there’s little I can do to stop you.

Anyway, welcome to the blog.  Hopefully it will be a worthwhile endeavor.