Media

I’ve been thinking about media and how it is more than just entertainment. There are things that we can actively learn or take away from media that we can use in life.

Books are a perfect example. Never have a read a book and walked away stupider or without learning something. At the very least it has given my mind something to think and about and he inspired by. Books can be thought provoking. They are the only media that you can go at your own pace. Stop. Came back to. Or never return at all.

Music also has great potential as a source of inspiration. Lyrics that speak to you and help you get through the day. They often have deeper meaning then you think. All you have to do is listen.

Movies. Man do I love movies. An easy way to lose a couple hours in a completely new world. A common topic in casual conversation. A common binding force for those that have shared The experience.

Games , more specifically video games are perhaps the most controversial In their worth as media, and the newest of the media formats. Time after time they are blamed for violence seen on the news. But they have the greatest interaction between media and consumer. It can change and evolve around the player. You can play it by yourself and with your friends. And now, more than ever it is easy to buy and create games. And that is why, they are my favorite media. What’s yours?

Monday

As we near the holidays, the amount of work at school is slowing down exponentially. This is bad however as my brain slowly leaks all the information I have learnt over the past few months.

Today is a return to habit. I read, I exercised and it just gave me the sense of structure that I feel I need in my life. But the last few days also told me that there is beauty outside of the structure. So rather than being a slave to routine I should use it as a guideline or a framework for my day.

Self Inflicted Over Consumerism

Had ICT class as normal today. Was going to go out afterwards but had a massive headache.

I think the things I try to consume is reaching a critical mass. I am giving myself too much to do in one day. My to do list is becoming so long I need a do later list.

The problem lies in my inability to let something go. I always want to see everything something has to offer. I don’t want to miss anything. I will click on anything to make sure I’m not missing anything good. The stuff I can’t consume immediately I throw somewhere for later. It’s as if someone is forcing me to get the best out of everything. Download every free thing. See every picture. Check out every deal. It’s taking its toll and burning me out. I need to relax and slow it down and realize its OK to miss some stuff. It’s not the end of the world. I can always come back to it, and maybe then I can discover something I purposely missed and be delighted.

Monday, December 10th, A collection of thoughts and happenings

  • Back on track with my exercise and reading, Wrath of the Angels is unfolding beatifully
  • Really liking The E.N.D
  • My friend drew this in advanced math:
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  • Brought my ipod touch to school today. Not as bad as I thought, and hugely useful.
  • Bruno wasn’t here, so I was super lonely in biology T.T
  • I’m playing George in “Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf.” Hilirarious already 😀

 

Wednsday, December 5th, Back to form

  • Finished reading reader’s digest (i read magazines back to front)
  • Started reading The Wrath of Angels
  • One of the quieter girls in my school had an outburst. Scared the crap outta everyone
  • Had a basketball game with rival international school: School of Nations. Didn’t play much, didn’t play well. Saw an old primary school crush that moved there.
  • Bought our english teacher some random food stuff. I hope he likes his hello kitty cup noodles and dry packed wudong.
  • Was productive at home

Monday, December 3rd, a collection of happenings and thoughts

  • Discussed the likelihood of the end of the world and what we would do in that situation
  • spent biology with Bruno trying to find the smallest part of the cell so we could draw less
  • spent some time playing “Ghost trick” on the ipad. Brilliant
  • Learned more on how to wear neck wear (scarfs and ties)
  • wasted hours on youtube again
  • practised shuffling cards again, getting better at the doves tail

Thursday and Friday: A medium sized post

Thursday

Today marks the end of my experiments on shorter more compact daily stories. I tried them Monday to Wednesday with varying results. Generally, I got more likes, which is good.

Days really seem to be flying away. My brother had been on a school trip this week allowing me to make full use of my speakers. He returns tomorrow.

I am having those days where you can do a lot, but you don’t feel like you accomplished anything. You still feel…unproductive, and empty.

Friday

My brother has finally returned from Lijiang! I missed him lots :). He comes in, and after a quick greeting he turns on his computer and plays some dubstep…

Today was more productive than yesterday by a huge margin. I did some math, read and generally felt like I was doing something useful.

School was very relaxed. I only think I had one period of light weight work. The rest of it was just an easing in. We watched game trailers all Chinese, played charades in English and played Dodge ball in P.E. A good start to a laid back weekend.

Thursday – A collection of thoughts and events

Today i got 96 on my English Literature test :D. My first English literature test today.

My brother had a melt down when we tried to put parental control on his computer, and another one when he spilled water and blamed everyone but himself. He’s becoming such an addict and is rather unstable -m-.

I arrived home early today and was able to get some stuff of my to-do-list. I toke it into my hands to prepare for the exams early and have downloaded some past papers. Now to see if I actually read them. I always feel like I give myself too much to do. I need to slow down and enjoy them.

Bastion: A story driven Action-RPG

Bastion Title Image

Bastion is an isometric story driven action RPG developed for PC by Supergiant Games. It is set in a post apocalyptic world, after an event known as the “Calamity.” You play as a young boy soldier who has survived the calamity and must help fix and protect the Bastion,    the last hope of humanity. Along the way you will visit exotic locales, use satisfying skill-based weapons and fight diverse enemies.

***Bastion was the first game I finished under my new school year initiative. I was to intentionally sit down to play a game with no distractions. Just me and my game. Bastion was the first game I finished successfully this way.*** 

Story:- Gives the game direction, and holds it together

Without spoiling too much I would like to talk about the story, which is arguably one of the biggest strengths of the game. It’s well written, compelling and ties together really well. Characters are deep, and can be related to… everything eventually get its small, important spotlight and it just synergies together to make an unforgettable experience. Bastion is quite literally a small island of hope in an ocean of indie games, a speck in the night sky, a blooming flower in a sea of grass. A Bastion.

It’s not only the writing that’s top-notch, but also the method of delivery. A narrator, commentaries your adventure, commentating on what you do. What’s really genius is how he reacts to your actions. Make it through an entire section without damage, and he’ll say something along the lines of “Boy, walks out without a scratch.” Sticking with one weapon for a while, constant smashing of the scenery, all warrant a witty and insightful line from the narrator.

Gameplay:- The most important part of a game

 Bastion has satisfying, skill-based and well paced combat. The game introduces new concepts to you slowly and allows you to try them out soon after. It does an amazing job of giving you a weapon, and giving you a few perfect scenarios for using that weapon. For example when I got the mortar, I was able to practice on clumps of enemies on the other side of a wall.

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