Monthly Archive for August, 2008

Videogames

I think I failed to mention in my previous post that I’m going to play more during my time off. It’s been more than a whole year since I last played any tipe of videogame. I think it was during the summer of 2006/07 that I played Need for Speed: Underground 2, and I think I completed it.

But the game I played the most during high school was undoubtedly Warcraft III… What an awesome game! We would spent lots of nights playing with my best friend Ayrton. We even got to move our computers around (before we had laptops) and make silly 2-PC LAN parties, but we would get tired after a while.

Since I left the city for college and everything, my best friend started playing Counter-Strike. When I was in my first or second year of high school everyone was psyched for that game. We had 40-minute long lunch breaks, and my classmates would cross the street and go to this cybercafe so they could eat while playing all sorts of war games or FPS (first-person shooters) such as (if my memory serves me right) Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament (2004?), Soldier of Fortune II, and many more, I think.

But I didn’t play. At least not on a regular basis… I would play with them maybe once in two months. There was no space for my criticism about explicit violence or how lame they looked when they played those games.

So last week I went to my best friend’s house and installed Counter-Strike. The first game I ever installed on my laptop (my 8 month-old HP Pavilion DV2425). Luckily, it runs smoothly (it’s a 5 year old game!).

And just today I got my hands on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, which I’m going to install tonight on my dad’s new computer. It’s my little experiment: I’m going to try and install every videogame that comes out with insane requirements on that computer.

I really hope this is going to be my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the requirements of almost every game. It’s a Core 2 Quad with 3 GiB of RAM, 500 GiB of HD and a GeForce 8600 GT under the hood.

So that’s it for now… Oh! Also, I installed Iron Man, the videogame based on the movie and… It sucks.

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Fun as in ‘breathing’

I just took a tough decision. I’m at the bus stop, I have to go downtown. I’m having a meeting for a website I’ve been working on for the past year and a half. It’s a website for an organization that deals with AIDS, focusing on its prevention by making workshops and informing people on the subject.

Now I’m on the bus. The decision I took was to stay here in my home town for the rest of the year. Now why would I take such a silly decision when I had a 3 Mb broadband connection in Buenos Aires and a malfunctioning 640 kb here? Good question, I know, but not everything depends on internet connections! Come on!

I had already started thinking about staying here during the last weeks I spent in the city but more as a way to deal with my ever present depression. Well, amazing as it sounds, I’m not really taking this decision as a way to deal with that.
In fact, I know I’m not completely (nor partially) over that yet, but it’s OK for now, as long as I don’t start hurting myself or thinking about being a ghost (damn Armor for Sleep!).

What’s leading me to take this decision is my long awaited vision of the future, as in finally seeing myself somewhere in the future, doing what I like.
You need to have a plan if you’re staying…” my father said today after lunch. Well… Dan said we need to ‘plan to be surprised‘ (you should be ashamed if you still haven’t seen Dan in Real Life… Go watch it now!)

So that’s what I’m planning after all! I’m putting my formal studies on hold until next year (formal as in the sense of university studies), but instead I’m going to: (here we go)

  • · Read more. Some people I truly respect have suggested me tens of books along the years so I think it’s finally time to read them. I need to finish reading (for the second time) “A Brief History of Time” by the awesome Stephen Hawking,  get my hands on all the Ray Bradbury books I’ve been collecting since I was 10, and probably read as many books as I can to make my brain bigger.
  • · Write more. Yes, and no. I’m not talking about (only) blogging, I also have some (some as in tens of millions) of ideas I’d like to take from my brain and put down on paper. And yes, I may start writing more here, but only time will tell.
  • · Study more. I’m taking my interests to the next level. Programming, physics, guitar, singing, maths, anything. But as I learned in the past, I can only study by myself: it’s the only way it works for me.
  • · Smile more. I know that smiling isn’t cool right now, I mean, what’s “in” right now is to feel bad all the time and just avoid being happy. But let me tell you something: I was into depression way before it went mainstream and started being so trendy. I’m a pioneer on feeling bad, people. So now I’m gonna try swimming against the current, I’m gonna be the happiest guy alive.
    OK, point taken: it’ll probably won’t work that way, but you get the point. Wish me luck on this one.
  • · Watch more movies. For the past two years I’ve collected over 80 films (including documentaries and silly TV specials) that I wanted to see. I think I’ve barely seen 10 of them so I’m going to put some of my time on watching them. Movies are one of the things I enjoy the most, and now it’s time for me to do things I like. At first I thought of naming this one “Watch more movies while eating ice cream”, but then I realized that I would quickly get overweight.
  • · Work more. I’m not getting a job at a shoe factory, but still… This is a tricky one. Work can stand for both paid work and work on my personal projects or endeavors. I want to finish most (if not all) of the things I started to work on the past few years. I want to do whatever it’s needed on my baby websites (AlwaysFallingDown.com, TheresNoSolution.com, Proyecto Burbuja, valenzine.com, my web design company MonstersInvisible.com, etc), finish any current work I have and make my ToDo list a bit thinner… I want a clean start for next year.
    Also, I’ve started to work with my dad on some of his own work, and that is keeping me thrilled with learning better ways to work.
  • · Drink more. I’m not really sure about this one but I think it could be one of the suggestions my friends would make when finding out about these news.
  • · Enjoy more. So it’s time to stop thinking about dying and rather start thinking about living (as logical as it may sound, it takes a lot to get to this conclusion).
    People that wanted to show me a brighter side of my life had a really good point when they addressed the fact that there are a lot of things I can whine about my life, but even more facts about it that I shouldn’t ignore: the things I shouldn’t complain about, such as still being able to breathe, having a family and friends that care for me and so many other things. Pretty self explanatory this one is.

And that’s about all I could write using my cell phone on my way downtown and then my way back.

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