Preparing for the New Year

Hey blog,

So the new year is about to start. There’s a lot for me to work on in 2020.

First off, I’m going to attempt to store, sell, and give away some old figures, collectibles, and clothes. I’m cutting down on preorders and picking up only the best of the best stuff (such as detailed Hot Toys figures). Game purchases will be to a minimum. I’ll be saving money and paying off most of my credit card debt.

I have no more space at home, so it makes no sense to keep buying stuff. I also have limitations on time, so there’s no point in buying more games that I will probably never play. Money is also an issue.

I’ll focus more on hobbies (such as music, model kits, etc). I’ll make it a habit before I do anything else on my free time.

I’m going to do more with socializing. Now that I’m back on a Monday-Friday schedule, I can set up the weekends to do more activities such as Magic, Board Games, Roleplaying games, etc.

Lastly, I plan on just having fun any other free time I have. Basically playing video games, watching TV, and reading books. I don’t want to get burned out, and I want to enjoy what I have in life.

I want to look forward to coming to work, putting in some hours of hard work, and coming home, continuing to grow as a person. Much of 2019 has been pretty stagnant as far as self development, and it hasn’t really kicked up a notch until recently as I started my new job. I’m on a good trend and I want to keep that momentum.

With that said, what’s going on right now?

Doing well in my new job. Had to leave early today due to an issue with me forgetting my meds and running into some anxiety/ADD issues. With the holidays and a really slow day at work, I figure I’d get more done at home by doing some much needed cleaning and reorganizing than just staring at my e-mail inbox at work for 9 hours.

Playing Destiny 2 on the PS4 Pro. Also messing around with PS4 Remote Play on the PC. As I spend most of my time in front of my computer, it can be an issue at times to play games in the living room, particularly when the TV is already in use. I am finding Remote Play to be excellent as far as latency and performance so far while running at 1080p over my network.

With the Switch, however. There’s really no need for Remote Play as it’s already a portable system. I have a docking station connected to my PC monitor just for that purpose.

Unfortunately, going from the PC to the living room has been problematic. The only software capable of remote play is Steam Link and the controller doesn’t seem to work with some 3rd party games (such as on Origin, Epic Store, or Uplay). Also the Apple TV seems to have connection issues with my controller. Not sure how to work around that just yet.

Haven’t been watching a lot of anime lately, though I have caught a few episodes of Carole & Tuesday. Also been enjoying the shit out of The Witcher. Really good show so far.

Nothing much else going on. Have a great rest of 2019 and a fantastic 2020!

A New Step

Well, as of today I am officially unemployed. I’ll be taking a week off, then I’ll be working on rockets and spacecraft.

The hardest part, especially as a lead, is realizing how much of an impact I had on the crew I worked with. There were a few tears yesterday. Then when I went into my car after work, I realized I will not see any of my co-workers again.

Still, I must move on. I must grow and follow new opportunities when they become available.

With that aside, I have a week to do some rearranging in my house. I need to free some space for some 1/6 scale figures and a few statues as well. I also need to get back into piano practice…and any other free time I have will be spent on playing the huge load of games that just came out: Age of Empires II Definitive Edition, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, The Outer Worlds, Pokemon Sword, and Death Stranding.

That’s not to mention I need to catch up on The Mandalorian and other shows that came out. I have a lot to do, and there’s no reason to sit idle.

Big News

So now for the big news:

New job, I’m going to be working on rockets! I’ll be back to the Monday-Friday schedule, commuting long distance, working 9 hours a day. It’s big money though and it’s in a field I totally love. I’m excited for it.

With that out of the way, what else is going on this week?

Working on finishing up some anime. I’m on the last episode of Kaguya-Sama Love is War. I also want to finish up a few other series: Rising of Shield Hero and Reincarnation of a Slime this weekend.

Some big figure purchases to celebrate. I’ll need to work on finding some space in my room to put this all. Still, here’s my latest purchase:

Bioshock is one of my favorite games, and getting Elizabeth in a torn outfit looks really kick-ass. It was expensive, but it’s well worth it.

Haven’t done much piano practice this week, but I’m going to try to force myself to play later today.

Also have to figure out something about gaming. I’m itching to play Fire Emblem this week or something like it. Will try to work that out when I can.

I just need to figure out an evening schedule and try to stick to it if I can. Otherwise I’m tempted to crash, close my eyes, and just sleep the rest of my day away.

Great Changes Ahead

Well, my biggest life change in the last three years just happened yesterday. I can’t make any announcements just yet, but let’s just say it involves…rocket ships. I’ll go into more detail later this week.

With the stress and time involved with my latest endeavor, I haven’t spent too much time in gaming and music practice. Still, with that said, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been doing the last week, and what my plan is for the rest of the week.

One thing I have practiced a lot on is Japanese. I’m bouncing back and forth between Duolingo and Lingodeer. Both are programs which teach Japanese in really different ways. I’m starting from the very beginning as a review. It’s a bit tedious on Duolingo, but Lingodeer I feel like I’m actually learning something new. I’ll probably post something about this more thoroughly in a separate article.

With gaming, not much happened. I played Yakuza Kiwami for a few hours, but that’s the only game I’ve touched in the last week.

This week however, I plan on playing Planet Zoo. It reminds me a bit of Zoo Tycoon, which was a really fun game back in the early 2000s. Plus Frontier’s recent games, Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Coaster have solidified this company as a good creator of strategy games.

I also plan on playing Death Stranding when it comes out on Friday. Some mixed reviews on it, but I want to make the judgement for myself whether it’s good or not.

American Truck Simulator also has a new Utah expansion coming out this Thursday. I haven’t played much ATS since the Washington expansion came out, but Utah is a beautiful state, and driving through it sounds like a treat. Now if only I could drive through Idaho to get to Utah…*hints to SCS Software?*

With TV, I’ve been watching The Morning Show from Apple TV+. It’s a really engaging show. I’m also watching The Watchmen and American Horror Story Season 2. Lastly, I’m watching The Good Place to satisfy my comedy cravings…really good show so far.

That’s about it for this week. I hope to most more later this week about the good news :).

What’s Up This Week?

Not too much going on this week. Though in my personal life, what happens this week may ultimately decide what happens in the chapter in my life. That’s huge, so understandably, there is a lot of anxiety.

With everything else. Here’s what’s going on:

Playing Yakuza Kiwami. I love the Yakuza games, and it’s nice to go back to the beginning where it all started. It’s just a good linear game with a fantastic story. I’m putting FFX on hold since I’ve barely played it at all last week.

Watching American Horror Story – Season 1. Been watching this off and on the last few weeks. I’m aiming to finish this season today, hopefully. There are only about 4 more episodes left.

Practicing Piano. I started going off on my own last week by working on a few difficult songs. That has put me back a bit as far as my readings and lessons go though…so I need to work on that this week.

Read One Piece. This is a mammoth undertaking that will take me weeks, if not months to do. I have a Shounen Jump subscription though, so I don’t have to put in hundreds of dollars to get current, fortunately.

Practice Japanese. Going back into this. Working back and forth between Duolingo and Lingodeer, though I am preferring the latter.

This week I am going to need some sharp focus if I want to tackle these three tasks. There are a few other tasks I’d like to put in as well, but these are the big ones.

Back to the PC

It has been a bit difficult the last few months trying to figure out the system of choice for gaming. Do I pick the PS4 Pro for the comfy couch, amazing soundbar, and 55″ 4k HDR TV? Do I pick the Switch for the sweet handheld experience? Or do I pick the PC for the ultimate experience?

Up until recently, it’s been the PS4, and I’ve actually had to rebuy a few games (and play them from the beginning again…ughh) because I already had them on Steam. Honestly, most of the time I just prefer to chill on the couch and play games…and not sit on a desk, which I already do 40 hours a week.

Well lately, things have changed. Steamlink is available on Apple TV and iPad, and I couldn’t be happier. With my new home mesh network I’m now able to play all my PC games on the TV in 1080p quality. Additionally, Remote Play for PS4 with Dual Shock support is also available so I’m now able to play my PS4 games on my iPad or my PC. I also have a Switch docking station connected to my PC so I can play Switch games on my desk as well. It’s the best of all worlds.

Other than that, it’s been a rainy week in Seattle. Some big positive changes are going in life that I’d prefer not to talk about in a public space…at least not yet.

I haven’t done a lot of piano practice as I should. The difficulty lies in the type of music I can play, and how I should practice. I’m focusing primarily on the music the teacher gives me (which is just one or two easy songs), so after I “master” those songs, there’s not a whole lot for me to go off of. So I’m doing my own thing, which is a bit difficult as I don’t have the right guidance for that.

The difficulty lies in matching the music to my level. There are three big programs out there for learning: Flowkey, Simply Piano, and Playground Sessions. They all have their pros and cons. Flowkey has a nice selection of music, but it’s very basic as far as teaching how to play it. Before you know it, you’re thrown into some really complicated songs and no idea how to play them. Simply Piano is really good, but can sometimes be too forgiving when I make mistakes. Playground Sessions is okay, but it’s not forgiving at all with mistakes, and it lacks…something?

So I’m just going to stick with my books and teacher for the moment. Just let it be I suppose.

Music Progress

It’s been about two weeks since I started playing piano again. Where am I at?

I’m pretty much over trying to learn through apps and software. It can be done, but I feel can only go so far with it. I decided to get formal training and I’ll be taking lessons for half an hour a week, starting tonight!

In the meantime, this weekend I’ve been tinkering with the more popular iPad app, SimplyPiano. It’s game-like, but I like its training structure over other apps and software. I find as a supplementary tool, it’ll be nice to work with along the side of my actual formal training.

As cheesy as it sounds, it feels like this is a new stage in my life. I think with the amount of music I listen to each day, moving towards actually making music seems like a good positive step in the right direction. Both of my doctors really suggest it as far as getting ahead of my anxiety and depression issues I’ve had on and off for the last few years.