Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pokemon Go Without Data

So I've hopped on the Pokemon Go train, but my phone is incapable of accessing mobile data. I took it in and they don't know why it can't, suggesting it's just a glitch. Not wanting to be left out, I decided to try playing this using WiFi, which seemed like an interesting challenge. 

A reasonable number of pokemon just sort of wander into the yard, although mostly ratattas, pidgeys, and weedles. Fortunately I like the latter two pokemon, although I haven't much use for quite this many. The most pressing issue is pokeballs, because while levelling up gives you a bunch, levels become further apart as you go. People complain about the cap on items but I've never come close to hitting it. I usually have between 10 and 30 pokeballs and a bunch of revives and potions that don't mean much to me.

The solution to getting Pokestops and new geographical poke-locations ends up being pretty inane. Coffee shops, shopping malls, and libraries offer WiFi and are usually on or near Pokestops (as well as air-conditioned). The downtown is full of all three things, although as a suburbanite that means needing an excuse to be down there. So it's mostly the local library, coffee shop, and occasionally the mall. Ironically the closer Pokestops in parks are useless to me, but it doesn't affect things too drastically.

After 3 days I'd managed to swing this exciting team:

It's also pretty difficult to hatch eggs without disconnecting WiFi

Certainly not the 1000+ CP lists I've seen around, but I'm not in this to be the (very) best (like no one ever was). I understand that I simply cannot compete on that level, and life's a lot simpler when you can accept that. I'm more interested in the catch-them-all part of the game, and even THAT'S not going to happen, so it's more like... I'm going to catch a bunch of them? Have some nice birds and bugs? After 9 days I've managed level 10 and I have this... gang?

Still mostly unexciting, but slightly... better? I guess?

So not impossible, but not very effective either. But hey, it's a bit of entertainment and if this game doesn't last very long I'm glad I'm (mostly) in on the scene. If you live somewhere rural, I don't really have an answer. Just be the best Bird Keeper you can I suppose. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Twenty-One Month Update

Good afternoon readers!

So I haven't used this blog for much, largely because I haven't done anything terribly productive in 21 months. I use tumblr, but I feel like that's not the same blogging platform that this is, or really a blogging platform at all so much as a feed of curated... stuff.

At some point I scrapped a bunch of nonsense posts here because I wanted to try to make this more focused, and the result has been a blog that doesn't update from a person who doesn't create much. Well, I ought to figure out both of those I suppose.

I should clarify my first statement: I haven't done anything terribly productive in 4 months, roughly, whereas I haven't finished anything in 21 (or a little more I suppose). Perhaps one feeds the other. I've got almost a dozen story leads all in the same vague universe as my short story, and about as many story stubs. A few I've come to dislike, and a few still interest me. All told, there's one... well, it's basically a short story now that needs a second story to clarify it, or else a better ending. Either way it needs to be typed up because I've done roughs in pen for a while now.

Anywho, the bottom line is that whether there's no readers or 3 readers, doing little write ups helps me get a sense of order in my creative life. To that end, I think I'm going to use this blog a bit more to help track myself. How much more? Well, we'll see I guess. I aim to be less of a scrub by summer's end, which gives me a little under 2 months. No, no, that's not specific enough--57 days. Here's my todo list:

1) Get a job. I quit my overnight job to look for a better job but didn't really end up doing much with it, and my savings are getting a little scarce. I don't have too many expenses but I do like having electricity and water and food and other such things, so having an income is moderately important/useful.

2) Edit that story into something workable. The working title was "The Soul Trade", but that's more of a name for an anthology, which perhaps this story would feature into. The previous idea was to have a story told with a relay of narrators, but perhaps I can loosen that up to just a shared city. Well, one step at a time. Speaking of:

3) Finish that Twine Story. I toyed with Twine and found it pretty entertaining and intuitive. I was going to work out a little game around exploring a city in my universe. Scale is important here, which is to say that I need to focus on LITTLE. A small prototype, and maybe something bigger after that. The premise would be solving a mystery at a fair, or maybe just becoming a magician at a fair. Or maybe both???? (start small!)

4) Post some Blogs on this here blog. Once a week lets call it. 57 days gives us... just over 8 posts. This doesn't count, that's stupid. This is a weak structure to frame some creative progress, but I need structure of course.

5) Finish Darkest Dungeon at least once. This isn't quite a creative goal, but I'm digging it and it does spark creative interest in me. It certainly skews it to a dark melodramatic place, but a bit of that cannot hurt.

Well, that looks good. I want to do all 5, but all that really matters is number 1, number 4, and either 2 or 3 (both would be nice but I will probably mess that up), and I will end up doing 5 no matter what. I only put it on the list because 5 is a nice number. I worry about "ripping off" numerology from other fictions, but then I tell myself that's trash because, I mean, it's fucking numbers. Still. Ideas are hard to dispel.