TSS#57 – Taking a day off bloggin’

Yesterday I took a day off bloggin’. And that’s weird. It’s weird as I’m taking the blog as a burden of sorts again, which is bad. 

I mean, I don’t have to post daily and I don’t have to post too much anymore. I know that I won’t be able to post the previously planned 62 to 69 posts and instead I’ll try to post as much as possible this month while having university-lectures and other classes in the meantime via Zoom and other software. It’s getting a bit stressful in a way and I’m getting quite tired of having to stare at a screen all day long. I’ve already turned on a blue-light filter for the entire day. I’ve already reached the minimum goal of posting 31 days in the last 24 days and hence I’m just trying to post a bit more with the little preparation that I’ve got, so that’s good I guess. I can take it easy now. 

Hence, every now and then I don’t post at all and instead, I’d post two posts on another day when I’m more productive or when I have more time to do so. 

University @ Home is taking a big part in that.

I don’t necessarily have the time anymore to post daily and if I tried to get close to posting daily, it would become a burden of sorts again, unless of course I really have something that I want to ship out asap, in which case it would be rather fun to put on such a burden of writing up and shipping out a post in one day or less. 

I used to have a blog for like a few weeks where I’d post reviews on Indie titles in German but due to a few problems and the fact that my A-levels were around the corner, I happened to stop blogging over there, after only a few weeks and then deleted my old blog. On that old blog, I wrote up a review on Omensight when it just came out. I had pre-ordered the game and played through its story in about two days, trying to write up the post and edit it as fast as possible while also getting the screenshots in and shipping it out very close to the release date, resulting in… 

Place 3 in the Google Search results! After all, there hasn’t really been anything about Omensight, yet, apart from PCGamer’s and some other side’s review… but after another day I already dropped to page 4 while later dropping to some other place that I couldn’t find anymore. Was it worth it? Nope. Not at all. If my blog had grown on that day or in the next few days, I would have considered doing a rush like that more often but since I didn’t, the only feeling of “happiness” or “relief” was when I first ended up as the third search result – and it was gone after just a day. 

(Oh, btw, I rewrote my Omensight review completely for this blog as I wanted to not only have it in English but also have a shorter post.)

And that’s one of the cases where a post is relevant! If there’s a discussion, people can hop in and post about it. When I struggled with whether or not to review a certain game, a lot of people hopped on and posted about it, the topic, my struggle, my thoughts, and it was just wild to see everyone in the community to hop onto that topic and post about it was great. I really enjoyed that. 

me when I tried to sleep after the post was finally out back then

So, if there’s a topic that needs to be shipped out asap on the one hand, then I’d do that for sure or I’ll get rid of the draft as soon as it’s outdated.

Reviews and my impressions with a game on the other hand always will be relevant as I haven’t talked about it yet on here or as I’ve got something new to add. I recently have talked about the fact that I don’t know if I’ll be able to review Stardew Valley, RimWorld or even Minecraft as everything has already been said about it… but as many of you have pointed out in the comments, I don’t need to add something necessarily new to it or rather I’m able to add something new to it just by taking a different look or rather my look at it. 

In RimWorld’s case, I, too, have noticed that there’s this period where you need to play more aggressive as resources are getting low… but the game punishes you for that and encourages you to play it safe which then also gets punished. Hence, a strategy guide of sorts might be interesting there, as Wilhelm Arcturus mentioned. And Naithin also mentioned that SDV and RW both are quite nice for potential story-writing-based, which I could see me doing.

So, what I’m trying to get at is the following:

  • Reviews always work and they’ll be relevant in the future, too, and I won’t need to rush them. 
  • Posts usually don’t need to be rushed and they don’t need to be posted on a daily basis.
  • I’m being stupid when I think of blogging as a “burden”.

A lot of the times posts can be rushed but mostly they don’t need to. And with my current university-schedule, I definitely do not need to rush any posts like that.

So, in theory, I could post about a plethora (I like that word) of posts regarding my philosophy classes, my impressions with Monster Hunter World (gotta play more of that game once I have more time), “life in pandemia”, Indie titles, and other topics… but nothing has to be done, nothing needs to be rushed and I’m just being stupid when I stress about a hobby like that. 

And as for the aforementioned “day off” yesterday: I didn’t get to “relax” as I wanted to post a blog post but was forced to take the day off due to my uni-schedule and the fact that I still had a lot to prepare for and after classes, so I didn’t even get to stream as planned. With university and everything, I might have to re-schedule every hobby and activity in life, including social contacts, meals, the phone calls to my parents and whatever else I’ve got to do.

But I guess that’s doable and worst case, I’ll post about it. 

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

The Stray Sheep #56 – Uni@Home

On April 1st, University should have started… but due to the state the world was in, it got delayed to today.

And since the world is still in this state, “Uni@Home” is the solution that our University went for.

Essentially, all of my classes are being held via “Zoom”, an app just like Skype or Teamspeak but with video and invite links and “more privacy”… so essentially Discord… but less cool and less practical. I guess people are concerned about their data and privacy but Zoom seems like the same old thing all over again and it’s a lot less user-friendly compared to Discord.

I’ve had my problems with Zoom so far while with Discord I was able to explain it to elderly people for our literature club and, well,… they understand it perfectly fine. But maybe that’s a preference thing.

So for uni-stuff, we use Zoom and online recordings of the lectures, while we use Discord for our literature club meetings… a weird mix.

And yeah, studying at home. Has its benefits and bad sides to it… While you don’t have to leave the house, you also are not able to interact with other students all that well and that kind of sucks… but it’s also kind of nice as you don’t have to interact with other people (the introvert in me is pleased).

For now, I’ll get used to it and we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

And that’s the COVID-update for today. Stay tuned for more updates while I’m trying to decipher my prof’s handwriting… Cheers!

The Stray Sheep #53 – Shopping carts are weird

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! IT’S ANOTHER COVID-POST!

Well, over here in Germany they wanted to implement a law that would force everyone to wear face masks…. but the German military somehow lost a ton of them in Kenia and therefore we don’t have enough to supply all citizens and all the hospitals. So instead…. there’s no law like that, yet.

Another bigger change over here that actually got implemented is the fact that people need to take a shopping cart with them when they are buying groceries… and that’s what this post is about.

Shopping carts are weird. They are clunky and you need to have small change with you in times like these where you don’t really use change… so usually, I’ve got a bag with me that I use to carry the ingredients home. After all, I’ve got no car. But since I’ve got to use a shopping cart now, I always am tempted to buy more as more stuff can fit into the cart but not necessarily in the bag…

And therefore, I ended up having to buy a paper bag last time around to fit in the extra ingredients… which is quite annoying.

I guess, it makes it easier to count people if they are forced to use shopping carts. It’s also easier to disinfect them as they need to stop and wait in line and whatnot. For me personally, it’s just a tad annoying but I guess I can live with doing that once per week when I’m buying eggs and toast, I guess.

Apart from that, life in shutdown works quite well. Due to me being on cold turkey I’m a bit less productive than usual… but I get to produce blog posts and they are a goal that I work towards every day, which is overall quite nice.

As I’ve noticed, the worst part of cold turkey is the fact that you’re missing a certain ritual that you do after everything. After waking up, I went for a smoke on the balcony. After finishing up a chore or blog post, I’d go for a smoke. The usual stuff like post-dinner or after-sex-smokes, etc. are popular rituals, too, but now I need to find something to fill in the gaps. When I play a game of League, I now am going for a drink instead of a smoke after the game (not necessarily alcoholic, but every now and then in the evenings).

But I feel like I’m confident that I’ll slowly be able to quit without eventually turning into some sort of grumpy young lad or an alcoholic.

Oh well.

Either way, I hope that you all are doing fine and I wish y’all a nice day!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#49 – Playing chess with pigeons

This is my 101st post on this blog ever since its creation at the end of July. And this post is about Corona. Woohoo.

In today’s Stray Sheep, we’re talking about some annoying bits regarding the lockdown and my situation right now.

I’m healthy. I’m safe. I’m fine. Overall, I guess. Lately, I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual and I’m getting tired all the time, which is why I’m occasionally going out to jog around the blog for a bit, take a break, and then do a couple of sprints, just to stay in shape. Going for a five-minute walk to the grocery store (up-hill but still not that hard) results in me being out of breath, which is bad. Like, really bad.
Hence, I’m starting to do a bit of training at home.

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Taking walks more often, jogging and sprinting are great ways of doing things right now to keep up the stamina. My stamina never was great, so I’m mostly dead when I come back home.
Apart from that, I’m trying to for a few situps and pushups as well as a bit of weight-lifting before I go for a shower. And I don’t do that to be healthier or whatever… that’s mostly just me trying to be a bit more comfortable in my own body. Another reason for me doing that would be the fact that my girlfriend actually started training a bit, too, so I don’t want to end up with smaller arms than her at the end of the lockdown, haha.

Jokes aside, what’s being annoying right now is the fact that people are spreading a lot of conspiracy theories, fake news and overall rumours. It’s really bad. Some people are saying that Bill Gates and WHO have the patent on COVID-19 and that they deliberately spread it to stop Trump’s victories and to profit off of a vaccine… and as with every lie there’s a bit of a true in there: They actually own the patent to a lot of Corona-viruses but mostly for their way of creating a vaccine with the World Health Organisation owning the patent while Bill Gates is funding it. So, there’s a bit of a hoax right there.

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Just the other day, someone got into a discussion with me because I “believe in global warming and climate change”. “Global warming is not a religion, but sure, guess I’ll have some fun with this guy”, is what I thought but, at some point, they started to bore me and right when I was about to stop discussing the matter, someone else hopped into the discussion, claiming that “weather” and “climate change” are too pair of shoes and that humans cannot affect the climate at all.

And while that sounds quite stupid (especially with no sources to his statements and with no PhD in bullshittery), it got better when he said that the German government is trying to control the population by lying about the pandemic and creating fake news (“Lügenpresse” is the German word for it and it’s generally considered nazi-jargon but “fake news” is the correct translation for it) to keep “rebels” and citizens in check.

I would have expected that he’d ramble about his lord and saviour on the dark side of the moon but the discussion didn’t get that far as I reported his remarks on “jews controlling the refugees and other things to get rid of the German race” for hate speech.

Today’s lesson:
Don’t play chess with a pigeon. It’s gonna throw away all the pieces, then shit on the board and walk of triumphantly.

Apart from that a whole bunch of students at my university are still waiting for the passwords to the online-classes they are about to take. A bunch of people are being really annoying by asking the same questions in one of our WhatsApp groups.

I feel like a bunch of them are just wanting to reassure themselves but when the same people are asking the same questions and getting, again, the same answers. They either want attention or are getting bored while on lockdown. If the password for a class isn’t online already, then it will be put online at a later date. Just point 1 and 1 together, and you’ll get your answer. Or scroll up in the chat.

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Regardless of that, the quote about the pigeon applies here, too. I got labelled as a someone who’s unfriendly and they ended up “roasting” me with a very lame response… So I didn’t answer to that anymore. Yikes.

And again, I don’t need to take part in conversations and I can surely just ignore chat messages or leave groups like that but when people speculate that the system’s not working or when people are throwing out fake news about the semester getting cancelled and other stuff without “definite prove” as in “the password still isn’t online” (despite the semester not having started yet)… I don’t know. There’s something in me that just kind of has to tell them off.

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I just have to tell them not to do that as they are clearly seeking attention and as they are clearly trying to confuse others by spreading false information, especially when there are freshmen in the group that aren’t well-informed yet. And in the end, they shat on the board and felt triumphant but I got my goal, too, as they are shutting up for now.

So that’s it for today’s post. People are being stupid right now. Don’t be stupid. Stay home. Stay safe. And don’t shit on other people’s chessboard.

Cheers.

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#45 – The Coronapocolypse?

Today’s Stray Sheep is about my current Covid-19-situation. How are things going for me? How am I holding up over here? What’s the situation in Germany?

Note: Today’s post is accompanied by Screenshots from MHW and uhm… yes, I’m behind on posts. I’m working on it. If you know the game, you may notice that I’m farther in than last time. 😀 Regardless of that, enjoy this post!

A while ago, Covid-19 started spreading and, honestly, I just thought it’s something that will pass over time. Sometime later it suddenly was spreading elsewhere and you got to see photos of plundered stores and chaos in countries like Italy and Spain where the country is on lockdown at the moment and over time my point of view on the issue was turned around and I took it a lot more serious than I thought I would. I mean… everybody called it the “Return of the Roaring 20’s” and I always joked about the Plague returning every century in the 20s… and then this hits… so I must have jinxed it, obviously.

My thought-process was quite close to Naithin’s who just recently posted about the Covid-situation and how it all unfolds and I really recommend reading about it over there on his blog!

I wanted to post about my situation and the Covid-19 a lot sooner but this draft has been sitting here for at least two weeks now and it’s been going nuts in that time. Whenever I wanted to post the blog-post, it ended up getting changed drastically, needing a lot more editing again, and hence sitting around for a lot longer.

This picture is derpy, so here you go. Cheer up, lol.

But why is that? Why the change?

Well,… I first didn’t take Corona too serious. I ended up thinking that it’s something that I do not need to worry about, as I’m not old enough to die from it, but… I do have to worry about other people.

The numbers of new infections at the moment are increasing a lot lately. While the numbers in my state have been close to 50 about two to three weeks ago, there were 200 cases on the very next day, 500 two days later and already about a thousand only a few days later. The numbers kept increasing like that and already reached close to 4.8 thousand today (officially – it’s also the 19th right now). 

But we can stop that from happening by distancing ourselves and staying at home unless it’s really necessary. Or rather than stopping new infections from happening, we are able to slow it down so that more and more people can get cured of it – #FlattenTheCurve is something that is trending right now. 

It’s a New World that we’re living in but I’m sure things will get back to normal soon after the vaccine drops!

I’ve read that about half of the infected people get cured within two to three weeks and can’t get it again while there’s a smaller number of infected people that need more care as they have pneumonia and overall among the „youngsters“ or „healthy people that get infected“ the mortality rate is sitting at about .02% right now, so it’s not too drastic… but that number is a lot higher for elderly people or infants or people with other conditions or pregnant women (and their unborn children). 

Hence, we need to distance ourselves so that doctors and nurses can take care of the infected while we are at home, not risking anyone. 

Even without symptoms, you can potentially have it and spread it to others, which is why social distancing is of utmost importance right now. 

Right now a lot of people are actually making fun of policemen and the government by freely going outside and having “Corona-Parties” where they show up in large quantities, drinking and partying as their amendments very much say that they are allowed to gather in large crowds and move wherever they please. But it’s not like we’re in a dictatorship or whatever and hence according to other laws, the government can issue a ban on going out to stop pandemics… and they did… In Bavaria but also in my state people aren’t allowed to leave the house unless they’re on their way to grocery shopping, to the doctor’s, to work (if home-office doesn’t work) or the fuel station. Of course, you still are able to go into your garden or onto your balcony but people aren’t allowed to go outside in their free time in groups of more than two (as far as I know) with two meters of distance between each other or in (a bit) bigger groups if you’re a family with more children. 

Stick together, just like Pink Geralt and Tammy are doing right now!

Same goes for bulk-purchases: They are bad. Don’t do that. 

Over here I couldn’t find any fresh veggies, bread, meat, eggs, pasta, flour or other affordable items when it came to food because of people going ham on the stores. Every morning people go crazy on those stores and bulk purchase a ton of goods while a lot of students (like me) or old people (like the old lady next-door) don’t have the ability to fully load a car with goods like that and hence have to rely on getting some items every now and then if there are any left-overs. The other day even I was asked by an old person whether or not I need the pasta that I was going to buy, so I gave it to her and left without any (again), while another lady was purchasing 300€ worth of ingredients, toilet paper, body lotion, hand sanitizers and other articles in two shopping carts which I just found unheard of.

Bulk-purchases cause hysteria. Bulk-purchases result in people being hungry. Again, they are bad. Again, don’t do that. 

But overall, times are bad but if you stay at home, you’re good. You’re safe. You don’t put anyone at risk. And that’s important. And it’s not a permanent solution, I know, but it’s better than endangering a ton of people before the vaccine eventually hits the world at the end of this year or mid next year (or whenever it lands).

I know you’re there, damn lurkers!

I’m also preparing a lot of posts for Blaugust with about twenty drafts sitting around and none being finished yet. This year I want to over-achieve and finish with at least double the number of posts! Sounds crazy, right? Well, I’ll try at least! 

Minimum Goal: 31 (one daily post throughout the month)

Maximum Goal: 62 (two daily posts throughout the month)

Super-Maximum „I’m not an adult yet“ Goal: 69 (aka two posts daily + one week with one extra post per day!)

And Uhm, yeah, that’s what’s going on right now. I hope you’re staying safe. I’m safe. My girlfriend’s safe. My family’s safe. I hope it stays that way and I hope that you and yours are great over there as well, not risking anything and limiting exposure to possibly infected people. 

Have a nice day! Stay healthy, stay safe! 

And cheers!