[Grime/Glitter] Nature Unites Us

Nature unites us, even in the digital age. Natural events like 2017’s solar eclipse may occasionally remind us that there are more important events out there than the technological trivialities that we’ve accidentally become addicted to as technojunkie zombies. We will probably still process this information through digital lenses, either through photography or interacting with others abroad, though is that really that bad? Shouldn’t we embrace tools that enable us to experience life more vivaciously?

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[Applied Psychology] Doing Better Work

“Today, I helped maybe 10 people. Why not 10,000 people?” When I first started working, I was just happy to help anyone I could. As I become more experienced in both work and life, I see the value in both continually improving my work and the lives of others. This effort requires sacrifice. You might sacrifice leisure for study time or steady work for the chance to do more rewarding, better work. Bands are great examples:

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[The Story] Strong Personality Conflicts

As much as I’d like seeing “The Story” become an idyllic fairytale hosting an idealized couple, I know there will be conflicts between Trishna (left, bottom) and John, if only because both are fiercely independent. Their conflicts, expressed more fluidly with G.I. Joe’s Scarlett and Dr. Mindbender below, might only be minor. They are such close friends, after all, and as a result have enormous respect for each other. Or maybe they’ll encounter larger conflicts?

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
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[Fiction Practice] Not Gonna Play? [Maturity: +18]

“Your choices are going to affect how this game progresses.” Zombies clamored at the open gate, innocence splattered the white picket fence, and the almost-digital narrator impatiently continued. “This is the tutorial level so you have room to practice.” The angry farmer threw down the odd weapon. “This isn’t a game! This is real life! I’m going to bed.” Zombies charged mercilessly. They were overtaken. “That’s fine. You won’t make it for long. I’ll help.”

Maturity Warning: Read With Caution
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[Applied Psychology] Differing Opinions Converging

Most people shy away from differing opinions. I embrace them! Nirvana is my favorite band, IDKFA dislikes them, and our debate fortified my opinion. Our differing opinions on Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica’s recent tour opener, converged in a civil way. They are William’s (Keyboard Kommander lead programmer) favorite band, IDKFA thought they were mediocre, and I’d see them again. Since “all opinions are valid,” let’s consider the psychology of opinions, especially: why get offended over opinions?

Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[Keyboard Kommander] Unmotivated? Invest! Implement!

Motivation within the Keyboard Kommander group continues at a steady pace! I’ve invested my fiction prompt time and wrote 2 of 12+ short stories for the keyboard tutor meets horror game’s Story Mode. I’m proud of the results! We’ve refined the narrative scope for what’s realistic to implement in-game. Game designer and lead programmer William is actively integrating suggestions he’s received from playtesters and found others to join the group in various capacities, including… well, see below!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (marked: first 2 stories)
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[Rowing Machine] 247

The mind, for most, has taken priority over the body. The advantages are plenty. Technological activities are sugar-rushes of cerebral entertainment infinitely more exciting than our drab world. Those with physical impairments can now join in, whereas even 20 years ago, social ostracization was normal. The disadvantages are also plenty. The ailments some encounter could result from our sedentary lifestyles. The mind/body imbalance. The wasted potential. The body, for most, has become a rusty tool.

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[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 3 and 4, 2017)

We rushed through the last two episodes of this acceptable yet underwhelming first season of the Castlevania animated series. Still, the loose adaption of the videogames isn’t all that bad. It’s just there were some avoidable hindrances preventing the show from being truly great. The poorly-drawn foot pictured below summarizes the majority opinion, however, it’s not all pitfalls.

[Applied Psychology] Importance of Napping

The benefits of waking up early to work on my projects brings the drawbacks of fatigue. Establishing mental fortitude is not easy. Discipline requires sacrificing the complaining that minor aches invite. Pacing is the key to enabling that relentless charge toward the life I want to actually become realistic. I’ve found that snacking throughout the day, and moderating overpriced lunches to instead use that time to nap, works better for me. The reasons are below:

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[The Story] Worst They’ve Done

Slightly mixing up the format of this week’s update to “The Story.” My spontaneous 500-word short stories are unplanned story jams. My 6,000-word short story contribution to the Keyboard Kommander Story Mode is more planned out. These and more are practice for my 500,000+ word plans with “The Story,” primarily featuring Trishna (left) and John. They’re human characters, with personality flaws, so let’s cover some of their blemishes. Here’s the mix: in potentially their own words?!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (in-depth character development)
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