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Word Vomit

The only reason I’m writing this is… well… there is no reason at all, really. Perhaps it is that I feel a little disgruntled for not productively utilising my time in quarantine. Perhaps I’m just bored out of my mind at this very moment, with no motivation pick up anything else–not even a leisurely task; a book, a game, or a movie.

That is not to say that I feel this way all the time. On the contrary. Looking back at conversations I’ve had with friends it seems like I have been dealing with the situation rather well. Most had not taken the confinement well. Not me, my life pre-COVID was not very different from what I do now. I don’t crave social interactions at all. You could say I’m in my element when I’m alone and unbothered.

I’m not going anywhere with this. A word vomit is supposed to be about anything, or nothing at all. Should I do this regularly? Will I have the capacity for it? Will I have anything to write about? I seem to be running out of things to talk about very quickly when I’m out and about (that’s why I keep my mouth shut) and could very well be the case for writing. I certainly can’t approach this from a documenting/diary angle–there’s not much variety in what I do every day.

Is this going to be a thousand words? I thought I’d do that in the beginning. I’ve seen people do 1,000-word vomits consistently, as a habit, as a tool to help them keep writing. Perhaps that’s a bit too much. 500? Should I be counting at all? Should I think about what I’m going to write on first? Is any premeditation necessary? Oh, maybe I should write movie reviews? Am I capable of writing movie reviews? What about games? Books, perhaps? Would the reviews sound dumb? Should I be concerned about sounding dumb? Should I keep a thesaurus tab open? Is expansive vocabulary that important? Hasn’t the piece served its purpose if the reader understands what I’m trying to say? be Should I check for typos afterwards? Will this be interesting to read? Should it be? Should I publish these at all? Can’t I keep writing things on my journal as I always have.

WordPress tells me I’m nowhere near 1,000 words. I haven’t even reached 400 at this point. But this is it for today, I feel. I will try again… next week? Tomorrow is too soon. Maybe two days from now.

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God of War

After 48 hours of gameplay, I have fully completed–or, as the kids say, Platted–Sony’s critically acclaimed God of War.

I enjoyed the game thoroughly. It is quite possibly one of the best I’ve ever played. Cory Barlog and crew deserve all the praise they’re getting. I had a few minor gripes with how the story ended, but having observed the story more closely post-game (by way of meticulous consumption of YouTube videos) I have changed my mind, and since decided that it couldn’t have been better.

On the whole, the story is masterfully embedded in the vast world of Norse mythology, letting us explore not just Midgard, but Alfheim, Nifleheim, Muspelheim and Helheim, too, through a travel room (think: a TARDIS for the Yggdrasil) built by the god Tyr.

Here are four gorgeous screenshots from the game.

If you have a PS4, you need to play this game. It’s an experience like no other.

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Isolation

I have to say, I cannot relate to those seemingly losing their minds over being confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-pandemic, my lifestyle has been the exact same – I barely left home on outings and excursions, and I barely left my room while at home.

This is what I like. I can spend years like this, if need be. What’s a few months? Peanuts.

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Infinite

I just finished Bioshock Infinite, the last installment of the Bioshock franchise. It’s been almost 7 years since this game came out. I didn’t have a good enough computer, or the time, to play it back then.

I knew nothing about Bioshock going in. Since I hadn’t played the previous games in the franchise, I had no idea that it was a commentary on the American way of life, and mostly a critique of it.

I don’t think anyone reads this blog, but if anyone does, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I can just say that it’s a game absolutely worth playing. You will only spend 12-15 hours playing it. But you’ll be thinking about it for a lot more.

Stick until the end. It will break you.

I will say this: I like to believe that the circle was broken.

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Uphoria

On Wednesday, we recorded our first episode with the new podcast setup.

I get excited about things like this. This recording was truly a momentous occasion, not only because we had a brilliant guest, but because for the first time ever we recorded a proper episode with a guest with 3 dedicated mic inputs. Before this, we used to share a mic between us (Himal and I), while the guest had another.

The audio interface we used previously (Scarlette 2i2 – 1st Gen, which I had borrowed from a friend) records audio at 96 kHz natively, while the new Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD records at 192 kHz. This should give more clarity to the sound, and I should have more room to play around with level adjustments and such while editing.