My trials with maintaining positive habits are probably no different and no more difficult than anyone else’s experiences, but in particular I find achieving balance to be the most trying part. I’m a person who can easily be overcome by a near-obsessive and narrow focus when something has clicked with me just so, which can often mean overdoing and exhausting my interest. I’m either running 5k every day or I’m getting no exercise at all.
If I could find a hook I might be utilizing this space more. Not that there is a readership to speak that I feel obligated to please, but simply because writing in a public space feels somehow less trivial than writing in a notebook. I intend to try posting some different materials to see what sticks, purely for my own satisfaction.
I’ve been hooked on Low again lately and reconsidering one of my favorite songs. “July” is such a perfect apotheosis of Low’s sound from the 90s, the guitar/bass/drums drifting into the backdrop as the vocal melodies take front and center, accompanied by an antiquated violin sample and a xylophone. This song always reminds me of old relationships past. That breakdown near the middle where Alan & Mimi just list off the months breaks my heart. Time gets away from us, doesn’t it?
Minit has possibly been the most appealing new game I’ve played this year. Given the premise, I wasn’t sure it would work, but I soon found myself engrossed in trying to talk to every character and solve every puzzle. It helps that the game is incredibly short, but still full of surprises and simple fun.
My first run of Minit took about 90 minutes. I never found myself getting stuck while trying to progress the main story (the game makes it very clear what you need to do to complete the game), although many of the optional secrets (coins, octopus tentacles, items) proved difficult to track down without actively seeking them out.
I managed to find every collectable on a later run with the help of my brother and his girlfriend. This was actually my third run, and it took about three hours to complete, even with the extra help. I imagine I’ll be returning to Minit soon to try out new game plus.
I’m beginning to suspect that my next door neighbors have moved out and I’m too frightened by our friendly non-acquaintance to just walk over, knock on their door, and find out. It’s strange to think you can share a wall with someone and know nothing about them, but maybe that’s entirely my fault. My speculation is based on two points of interest. One, I haven’t seen either of their cars for at least a week now. Second, I recall talking to one of them briefly back in February and hearing a reference to their lease ending in April or May.
Unrelated, and yet somehow relevant: I’m looking forward to watching the new Lynne Ramsay movie. You Were Never Really Here looks like a good time. Ramsay’s short films are unbelievable and a definite must-watch. We have all benefited greatly by her entrance into the world of feature length films and should be appropriately awed and afraid. I’m excited to see what she’s done to shake up the action genre.
I decided earlier this year to begin writing blog posts as a way to stay in the habit of writing… well, anything. This resolution quickly fell to the wayside as work and life reared their nefarious heads, but I still intend to get some use out of this website! (I mean, I already put money down on the domain and everything, so…)
While I hope to significantly upgrade the design of this site at some point, I think aesthetics need to be set aside so I can spend a little time on actual writing. Maybe in the future I can also document trips, projects, and ephemera for my own amusement. Regardless, I finally wrote a second blog post, even if I meandered around saying anything interesting, so I’m going to take this meager victory as a sign of progress.
Over the next year I hope to build this space into a hub for my “content,” whatever that means. Or at least into something more distinctive. At any rate, stay tuned for wisecracking and reminiscence.