I’m gonna see how long this strand of Post Something Every Day can last. Several days, so far, woot! I’m actually quite surprised I’ve found so much stuff to write about. Well, I guess writing lends itself to more writing. Though, prepare to see me vanish when finals roll around. Those really sap a person’s creativity. But hey, let’s cross our fingers and see how long this lasts! Now for a shorter post, because the ones on the education system took lots of energy.
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So you know I’m a Minecraft addict, if you’ve been reading this post for any amount of time. But although I love Minecraft, I don’t really play very many other video games. For several reasons. The first being that I suck.
I was taught how to play Halo awhile back, by someone who’s as much a Halo addict as I am a Minecraft addict. We spent awhile in Halo’s version of Creative mode, and I thought I had gotten a decent enough handle on the controls. Then he started story mode, and I ended up wandering around, getting lost, and taking up a ton of time in a place you were supposed to rush through. When the time came to fight some aliens, I was killed instantly. And again after re-spawned. This went on for 10 or so minutes until I rage quit. And that was the end of my Halo career. I was also introduced to Skyrim though, and trying to play that didn’t end quite as badly, so maybe there’s still hope for me yet.
But I just don’t find myself interested in playing too many video games. It takes awhile to get good at them, and my patience and attention span are not very large. I frankly get bored if I’m gaming by myself for several hours. Or even when I’m with friends. I’d rather be, well, doing the kind of thing I do already. Learning crazy science and math concept on Youtube, building stuff on Minecraft, and reading books I’ve picked off the shelves of the library.
Oh, and knitting while I listen to CBC radio. Specifically one show about the secrets of marketing, one on the latest discoveries in science, and a couple that showcase peoples’ stories. If you’re from Canada (or even if you aren’t), this sounds like something an adult might do. I know, and when I say that this is a preferred pastime of mine, I do tend to get strange looks. I feel like such a stereotypical boring old person, but some of the stuff is actually really interesting. Despite CBC radio’s very scarce young-people audience, it has some pretty good stuff. If you get past some of the music. Which still doesn’t appeal to me.
My interest in CBC radio started maybe a year or two ago, when I decided to give it a chance and open my mind. So I tuned in on my clock-radio, and what happened to be on but the show about marketing. It was analyzing some technique used by companies to influence consumers, and I surprised myself. I was quite intrigued in the influence that subtle things could have on buyers. There was a real psychological aspect to it all. And so when podcast editions were mentioned at the end of the show, I said “sure, why not?” and downloaded a bunch of the show. When there were no more new episodes, I soon looked around to see if there were other shows that caught my interest in the same way this one did, and there definitely were. It might make me sound like an old person, but there’s a quite a calming effect, as well as a bunch of stuff you learn in CBC radio shows. It’s becoming a forgotten area, overshadowed by TV and computers. But I think there’s something about radio shows that are really awesome. If you haven’t experienced the wonders of radio talk shows, give them a try. You can find CBC’s stuff on their website, or on iTunes. Keep your mind open. You might surprise yourself.