Adventures on the Silicon Prairie

Fear of the Unknown

Mynbruje has always been enthused about Borderlands 2. I had started the original Borderlands on the PS3, but was hobbled with my lack of familiarity with dual-stick controllers, and also my fear of the unknown. I had picked up Borderlands 2 – The Handsome Collection for the PS4 when it was on sale, mostly on Mynbruje’s recommendation, and had started it, but didn’t get very far. I was really into Destiny at the time, and it didn’t make much sense to play a first person shooter that wasn’t Destiny.

The Muddy Middle

I do like listening to music, really. I’ve just never gotten into it the way that a lot of people I’ve known through the years have gotten into it. There are people who are musicians, for whom music is their medium, and those people amaze me, but there are also the people for whom music is a recreation, and while those people still amaze me, they also confuse me. I think I’d like to be like that, but I just don’t understand it.

Through the Glass

My son was watching me play a video game the other day. “When do we get to go in there?” he asked. I was thrown by the question. He’s pretty precocious, and sometimes I forget how young he actually is.

Stop the Griefing

I’ve been re-playing Grand Theft Auto Online on the PS3 lately, and I’ve come to realize that it’s basically a different game now from the version I’ve gotten used to on the PS4. I would imagine that the two platforms were similar when the PS4 launched, but now the PS3 is pretty far behind. It looks like the last DLC released for it was the Heists. You can do VIP work, I think, but it doesn’t look like there are offices, CEOs, Bikers, etc.

Duct-Taping Tools

I’ve mentioned before that I live within OmniFocus. I’ve looked at other task managers, but they always seem to be wanting something. And also, it would take a lot to migrate my existing workflow into a new system. But I do have some issues with OmniFocus, some features I wish it had, or some things I wish they had implemented differently.

Another Day in Los Santos

I pulled myself from the smoking wreckage of the plane and looked out over the snow-covered hill. My cell phone buzzed in my pocket; it was my assistant, confirming what I already knew. The deal was off, the cargo lost. “I’m so sorry, boss,” she said. “Come back to the office, and we’ll try again.”

Shear Off This Mane

I’m toying with the idea of adjusting some personal grooming habits in the coming year. I’ve got long hair and a beard, but probably not for the right reasons. The beard I like—I like the way it makes my face look, and I like the feel of it. It’s a soothing nervous habit to be able to stroke it; it’s nice and soft.

But the long hair is another story. I have long hair not as a counter-culture statement, and not because I like long hair, but because I’m lazy. I don’t want to go get my hair cut because I don’t want to talk to people, or interact in that way. When I worked in the office, I would get my hair cut fairly short, and then let it grow out again, and managed to only have a haircut about three times a year. Since I started working at home, the haircuts have gone out the window, and my hair has gotten long.

Diving Deep

I decided to go back to school a couple of years ago, and got an Associate’s degree in Computer Science. It’s probably the lowest higher-education degree you can get, but it got me started, and eventually got me the job that I have now. But in terms of actual training in a programming language or a set of skills, it was pretty limited in what it taught. Using Java, they taught me the barest fundamentals of how computers operate and the major concepts in programming, and not much else.

The One Thousand Falls

Recently, I’ve started working on The Odin Project again. The Odin Project is a free, self-driven web development course that pulls in all sorts of resources from across the internet. I started working on Odin to refresh my Ruby skills, and found myself getting into the entire course.

The Empty Holes

For about a year now, I’ve been planning out my day minutely on my calendar. I try to schedule and block out everything that I want to get done that day—housework, work work, writing, coding, even playing on the PlayStation. Dinner, lunch, taking a shower; I’m finding that things are a lot easier for me when I have a plan. If I don’t know what’s going to happen next, I get anxious.