Most videogames or computer games (and to a lesser extent, albeit in quite different ways, many games in general) involve learning from your mistakes as a player, if for no other reason than to provide some challenge or better yet increase the difficulty over the course of the game beyond merely increasing the required level of skill in timing, aiming or reflexes. There are, however, two sorts of things that can be learned from mistakes — or, in a sense, two things the game can give the player to learn from; and they could not be more different in how they shape the game.
The weather was pleasantly sunny today and the snow melted. Notice I don’t say “finally”; around here, sadly, snow is rare even in the dead of Winter and melts almost as soon as it happens in the first place. That said, it smells nice — almost like rain, and a bit like something else… Spring, I think. I hope it warms up just enough that I can open the windows and get some fresh air in here.
One of the nice things about where I live at the moment is south-facing windows; I’m far enough into the northern hemisphere that in the morning I can see the sunrise out of the left side of said windows and the sunset out of the right side. (It helps that they’re pretty big windows.) Granted, I don’t generally stop to watch them — especially not sunrise, which typically occurs while I’m trying to force myself out the door and onto the bus to my day job through the fog of not being a morning person during the morning. Still, for as cooped up as I am, I just like having sun on my face; sometimes I’ll even endure glare on my computer screen just so I don’t feel like I’m in the dark. I’m out too rarely simply because there are things to do indoors, even setting aside the fact that I am too averse to displeasure to tolerate avoidable lack of comfort due to such things as weather. My desire to be surrounded by the glory of nature cannot simply be squelched; if I need to be indoors to get things done… if I don’t actually like being exposed to the raw elements most of the time, at least let me see them in the background of my life!
I’ve been talking about dealing with text a lot lately, simply because it’s where I’m at in the program. For a little levity, here’s some chemical humour on the same topic.
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