[Fiction Practice] Make Your Choice [Maturity: +18]

The home guarded by white picket fence would never be the same after that evening. They were just settling down for the evening. The daughter was sound asleep and the wife was reading in bed. The husband walked the torn, fleshy remains of that evening’s chicken dinner to the compost. As he turned to lock up the front gate and put the dogs to bed, he heard fierce barks, followed by whimpers, then unworldly moans.

Maturity Warning: Read With Caution
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[Applied Psychology] My Work Schedule

You have more time than you think to work toward the life you want. Even without sacrificing sleep like I regularly do. When I tell people my first alarm typically sounds at 3:40AM, they cringe in agony. I cringe in defeat when I don’t get that solid 2 morning hours for my work. I’m not a morning person. I just know if not now, then when? Here are my results of applying this schedule since April:

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[Keyboard Kommander] Brainstorming Story Mode

The first of a proposed 12 short stories, fleshing out the world of Keyboard Kommander, is complete! The next few Saturdays will reveal a story arc that will be unlocked in-game. We’ve been brainstorming realistic short term and the fantastic long term story mode ideas. Don’t worry! There won’t be any spoilers below. I’ve grafted the spoiler tags from my own project, “The Story,” to be sure. Here’s the spoiler-free update for our short term plans:

Spoiler Warning Scale: None (just general planning!)
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[Rowing Machine] 51

#rowingmachine 50 rows. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve actually been doing 51 rows lately! Not 50! This innocent deception is just to confirm I hit 50 rows. Especially when I occasionally exert myself well past my physical and mental limits, where each of the last 10 rows feels like I’m climbing up and down Mount Everest, I’m spent by the time I reach 50. Also, I go with 50, not yet 200, because it’s a reasonable amount any day.

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[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 2, 2017)

That was a surprise! Maybe Castlevania web series writer Warren Ellis found himself a ghost writer for this second episode? More likely, everyone working on the abysmal failure that was the first episode collectively told him to get his head together to write something that wasn’t terrible. Flaws in execution and writing do prevent this from truly recovering. Still, it’s a better story this time, if only because it is coherently told. Now, if only…

Agent Bon’s Rating: 3.5/5.0
Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
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[Applied Psychology] Doing Good Work

There was a sigh of relief as the computer photographed below worked once again. That is the single most significant memory I treasure most throughout the rough battle that is my career. Moments like that carry me through the stresses of things going wrong, embarrassing myself, general failures, and those moments of self doubt where I really screwed up. When you help others and hear those sighs of relief, treasure them! While not a superhero…

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[The Story] Keyboard and Mouse

Since I primarily type and navigate technology with my right hand’s index finger and thumb, I’ve tied these fingers together for method acting during this week’s update to “The Story” to empathize with how John (below, left) would use technology. It’s not easy! John and Trishna (right) are fortunately strong-willed characters, so let’s explore how they’ve adapted to their impairments, how their world broadly considers accessibility, and how technology has helped both them and us.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character/world building)
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[Fiction Practice] I Must Type…

When the blindfolds were removed, the first things we saw were: “I must type for my life.” We were shackled and wore oppressive green collars. An imposing figure dominated a large screen, with matching red-suited guards holding odd guns on either side, and an equally large keyboard table in front of us. Kiki was scared, but held her composure. The looming figure’s voice boomed out: “Welcome! Step forward. You must type these words to survive!”

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[Grime/Glitter] Finishing Incomplete Work

“If you listen to a studio album by Tiger Army, that’s how they sound live.” I could also say that the opener act seemed to be an odd choice until watching their co-headliner made me realize they were actually the odd ones out. That’s about all I can say about the concert last month. So why not continue by talking about finishing incomplete work? The ones lingering on their fifth draft and still not done?

Bias: No major biases
Tiger Army Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Keyboard Kommander] Brainstorming New Ideas

When I attach myself to a new project, be it any paid contract or any work really, I tend to idly brainstorm all these fanciful ideas to improve these projects. I’m better now about not overstepping my boundaries. Since joining the Keyboard Kommander team, I’ve used some idle mental resource time to imagine: what would my ideal typing game include? What could be helpful for humanity? What would make it more than just distracting entertainment?

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