TSS#58 – Getting Old

I’m starting to get old. 

My tutors are starting to use programs I’ve never heard about like Zoom and Rocketchat and while I’m able to use Zoom right now… I’m completely failing at Rocketchat and have no clue what I’m supposed to do. Signing in doesn’t seem to work and using the link and the password for my classes leads me to a paywall that isn’t supposed to be required. Or rather I don’t want to pay for something that is done by Discord and Zoom already but better! 

So I messaged my tutor about the fact that discord is a lot better and more popular amongst us math students compared to Rocketchat – an app nobody has heard about, despite it being “the leading open source team chat software solution”. It doesn’t even have a wikipedia.page, which is stupid since any of its employees could have created one. 

Meanwhile, Discord has this here come up as their first google-result:

Discord is the easiest way to communicate over voice, video, and text. Chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.”

Isn’t that nice? And they even have their own Wikipedia-page. That makes them relevant, doesn’t it? (That’s more of a joke but you get my point, right?)

So, naturally, I asked my tutor if he could consider using Discord, Zoom or even Moodle as they all work better than Rocketchat and as they are as “secure” and I promised the tutor that I’d create a server with working roles for every tutorial and every class as well as a help-desk of sorts and voice channels, etc. so that we could try that out instead of having to use yet another program that doesn’t seem to work for me (or any of my friends). 

But let’s get back on track: I’m getting older. Or rather – I’m starting to get old. My eyesight is getting worse, my memory is fading, my body is aching every now and then without any reason to do so, my technological understanding doesn’t seem to be enough right now and – if all of that is not enough – I’m starting to get grey hairs in my beard… at 21. I’m getting old. I can see the light shining in the distance. My time is up. I’ll die soon, probably. 

And uhm,… jokes aside, I’m getting worried about the grey hair situation and hope that it’s at least symmetric and that it looks as cool as Triggerfinger’s beard… cause if not, I’ll have to shave again and I don’t want to shave daily as I’ll look at least three to five years younger without my beard. 

So, that’s essentially what this post was about: Me getting grey hairs in my beard (probably stress or something) and me joking about dying. Hope you enjoyed this post. Have you ever heard of Rocketchat?

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#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 #35 – en passant

So, I thought I’d talk about the new headers I made for my blog (which I’m rather proud of!), how uni has been (as it just started), and what the current situation/final decision on the Heartbeat review is & something else.

Regarding the “en passant”, I thought it’d be cool to talk about how my week’s been now and then, like a diary – but public. And I like chess, so “en passant” felt like the right choice to make here!
Also “en passant” is a lot better than “Headerache!”, right? 🙂

The original pic

First things first, I love Dr Pepper and I thought the blog should resemble that.

But I needed more cans for that, so I had to buy three more cans which I enjoyed a lot (of course) and then I just shot the photo of this Dr Pepper Wall, made it look better (saturation and stuff?), then I’ve also added different “effects” to it. I really love the Pixel and Spiral one! Though the mosaic-esque (mosaesque? :D) is quite neat as well… Oh well, they’ll cycle through at random, so whenever you reload the page, you’ll see one of eight different header pictures! I may add more to the future and do special ones for Christmas and stuff but for now, these should be good enough.

The reason for me changing it at all was the fact that I actually wanted to do that quite early on when I created my blog back then in July, but then I kind of forgot and when I got annoyed by my headers being so different every time and also not cropped in the right way, I thought I should make a change.

That change was to crop them all in the recommended way, resulting in some games not being recognizable (as a friend mentioned, while someone else said that it sucks).
Also it didn’t make sense to see a header of “Cat Quest 2” when you’re reading a review on any other game.
Now, it looks better, in my opinion, and I’m kind of proud of it. Also, I can get rid of around 78 Dr Pepper cans. I’ll show you some in this post, I guess!

On to the other topic: University!

Uni has just started and I kicked it off with a fever, which was why I missed six hours worth of philosophy classes about Nietzsche, Freud, something about “objectivity, rationality and relativism” – and my Geometry course, which sucked. But apparently, those classes (apart from Geometry) were too full anyway, so that a friend of mine couldn’t listen to the Prof at all. I may have to change my Tuesday-lectures, which will be difficult and annoying to deal with.

Wednesday is my new Monday!

On Wednesdays, I’ve got Uni from 10 am to 6 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm I’ve got literature club meetups. The courses themselves are quite full as well but really cool. I’m learning about thought experiments in one lecture while I’m trying to understand Machiavelli’s “Discorsi” in another. It’s quite cool actually. The other three hours are filled with math classes, so that’s that, I guess. On Thursday and Friday, I ended up having a huge migraine again, so I decided not to go to uni and instead ask a friend to send me pics of it.

So, I’ll be rather busy in the upcoming semester but I’ll also learn a lot for sure!

And the nearly-last topic is about Heartbeat, again.

I had a huge headache for quite some time now – and it may have been caused by me thinking too hard about whether or not I should review it. Recommending it means supporting a transphobic dev, while not recommending it would means giving some devs at Chumsoft shit for one dev’s views. Not writing a review about it, would be like denying that game’s existence solely based on someone else’s political views… in the end, I’ve decided not to post at all, which I’ve declared in a post-posting-edit, in “Large”. Thought I should say it here as well.

Last but not least: Drama with a person twitter

I don’t like it when people argue and I myself don’t like arguing at all, either. If possible I’d like to resolve things nicely. A while ago I got that rude message (which I’ve made a post about that was meant to be a bit uplifting as in “Don’t change yourself for others” or something like that).
Long story short, that person was rather rude to me in the private messages, called me a stalker in several tweets as I’ve answered to her message once and she kept blocking me, then unblocking me to write a rude and toxic message before ultimately blocking me again.

In the end, I decided to block her myself, too. Blocking someone doesn’t seem like something an adult should do as you should try to just avoid people on your own when you can’t get along with them. Blocking people is like running away while ignoring someone is a bit less childish, in my opinion, but I guess sometimes it’s necessary.

So, all in all:

Ever since I decided not to post about Heartbeat and ever since I’ve blocked that toxic person, my head’s been better, so I guess it’s all fine now. I’m quite sure that the Heartbeat-matter messed with me more but removing all kinds of saltiness and toxicity can’t be bad. Next step would be to stop playing League of Legends, I guess! (that’s a joke btw)

Tomorrow I’ll have to get some duties done and finish this other review here up, but I may as well post it on Monday or Tuesday, as I don’t want to stress myself too much, still being sickly and all of that.

Either way, I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope that you all are well/not sick at all. Stay hydrated!

Cheers!