(Late) New years resolutions

This post is a little late, but I didn’t find time during the game development phase to write it, so here goes nothing!

New Years Resolutions

I’ve never really made New Years Resolutions, and never thought about making any, but there were some things I wanted to change about myself anyways, so I might as well call them New Years Resolutions.

Say thank you more!

Being appreciated is so important to people (or at least to me), and I realized that I didn’t always show my appreciation enough. I decided to do that, and saying “thank you” is an easy way to do it, so I want to say it more!

Be more motivated!

I started work on the Prototype for QR relatively late, I only really worked on it for 4 weeks, which I heavily regretted during the final two weeks.
But it wasn’t only QR, I’ve always had major problems with my motivation, I rarely did my homework until the last 3 years of school, and I wouldn’t think of learning something outside of school either. I still don’t do that a lot. I started a couple of projects to work on just for fun, but didn’t spend more than a few weeks before losing interest in them. This is something I should really do more of!

Do a Gamejam!

Ever since I heard of Gamejams, which was probably in the first semester, I was really interested in them! I have yet to participate in one though, my main concern is that I am too slow to be useful to a group, and I would hate to drag anyone down. However I got a little more confident in that aspect during the QR Project, and thanks to Extra Credits! I wanted to participate in this year’s Global Game Jam, but there really was no chance, considering the timing, 10 days before the final submission date. However I plan to participate in at least one Game Jam this year, and maybe I can find the time to participate in the GGJ next time!

Read more!

I used to read a lot of novels. My mother and sisters as well, someone would find a new series, show it to the others, and we would all read them within a month or so. Nowadays I rarely ever read books anymore, and I feel like my eloquence suffered from it. I do actually still read a lot, but it is almost only Mangas/Webcomics or on web forums, which are all fun and interesting, but the level of the written language is clearly lower (usually). So I plan to read more books again! I have enough books lying around at home, and there are new books from some of my favourite series, so I have a lot to catch up on!

Learn Git!

This is a pretty specific one, and therefore doesn’t really fit the list, but I have to put it in here to make sure I remember it! In the first and second semester we had two people working on the same code all the time, and it could be really annoying to deal with it, so I want to remove some of the obstacles of working like that! During QR development I could work almost entirely alone on the prototype, except for the QR-Scanner scene, which we implemented like a plug-in, making things really easy on my end. Working alone was a lot more comfortable in many ways, but at the same time, I had all of the responsibility for it, which was quite stressful, especially since I was so short on time towards the end. Either way, I know that I will definitely need to use Github or something similar in the future, so I might as well learn it now, while I have the time for it!

Be more patient!

This one is the newest addition to the list, I only thought of adding it yesterday.
I am well aware that I’m impatient, I need some kind of distraction, I need enough of my senses stimulated to feel comfortable. I need to listen to music while working, and I need something to do (like watching streams) while playing slow games, or inbetween my own turns (eg during Civilization games) to not get bored. I realized that it can be problematic, it could be seen as impolite, or I could miss some important details because I am distracted by something else. I honestly don’t know how I can improve this, but maybe I can just remember this resolution, and think of it, and get more patient, little by little.

See you in a year!

I set myself a reminder for the end of November, to check whether I was successful. I will still have a month left then to try and do whatever I didn’t do before, so I think it’s a fair date! I will report back here when it is time 🙂

Adventure Time with Felix & Snoopy

I was bringing my girlfriend home -she lives a few hundred metres away- and we happened upon my cat, Snoopy. He joined us for the rest of the way, and even met my girlfriend’s parents. After saying goodbye to her I decided to go on a little adventure with Snoopy.

I had been on adventures with him before, just wandering about the area, stopping whenever something seems interesting. They always ended quite soon though, either because I had something to do or because he entered someone’s garden and I didn’t want to be charged with unlawful entry. This time was different though. I was in the mood to walk around, it was still warm, and I had time. Usually Snoopy takes the lead when we go exploring, but this time he just sat around so I started moving instead.

Snoopy in the shower
Snoopy likes weird places

I noticed this before, but Snoopy is a huge Tsundere! Whenever he follows me somewhere, he doesn’t just stick to me. Instead he tries to walk parallely through someone’s front garden, or a few metres behind me. This is especially funny when I walk around a corner and he runs after me, trying to catch up, only to abruptly slow down when he sees me waiting for him.

What made this adventure truly special for me though, was I gained another follower! A shy cat who I’d seen before, but who never let me pet her(him?) was suddenly a few metres behind Snoopy and trotting along for just a few steps before lying down on the road. I didn’t want to force it along and also I thought Snoopy might be jealous, so I kept on walking.

Shy follower cat around 10.30pm
The shy cat

After turning a few more corners with Snoopy I suddenly saw a flash of white running into the fence, and upon closer inspection saw a small hole in the boards. It was the same cat as before, and when I moved away from the fence she came out and sat down in a “respectable distance” away from me and Snoopy. Snoopy appeared to be heightening his senses, so I joined in and just observed the fields in front of me and listened to the sound of the current in the power cables above.

Shycat's hole in the fence
Shycat through the hole in the fence

While Snoopy and I were relaxing like that, the other cat kept changing it’s position, so I left my shoes where I sat (I had taken them off a while ago) and moved away a bit. Soon after, she moved over to where I sat and examined the area. After another while of enjoying the night Snoopy and I moved on, and the other cat followed us for a bit, before turning back. Snoopy and I went home, and I was inspired enough from this experience to write this Blog post 🙂