Once again, here’s a catch-up post for all the Meditation Games entries from the last week, for near the end of August:
Back when I was in high school and I was a big band geek, being involved in the Jazz band was one of my favorite times of the year. After a bunch of months trying to be strict about adhering to a routine and a specific set of sounds and notes, whether it was from marching band songs with a certain rhythm or a concert piece with a very subtle yet delicate balance in not just playing notes but sounding them out, jazz was the best departure from that, precisely for the fact that it allowed me to stretch my limbs a little, musically.
While I’ve always enjoyed a little bit of “healthy clutter”, so to speak, in my life, I really do feel like when it comes time to tidy things up, there’s a big sense of satisfaction that comes from having done it. It’s always a bit of effort and lot of willpower to get yourself started, but the way that cleaning and organizing can provide a sense of order to your life instead of rampant chaos is one of its biggest benefits.
Non-verbal communication on the Internet has been a thing ever since the first chatrooms came online and people didn’t want to take the time to type out that they were emoting a smile or laugh, or that they just wanted to be able to create some kind of shorthand that would serve as a means to create a bit of an offshoot of normal language, something that would be a bit like a secret handshake of sorts for the internet community at large. It’s one of the things that I’ve always felt is an interesting phenomenon to sort of study as someone who like me who straddled both when the internet did and did not exist.
Games where you had to figure out something in order to progress didn’t always get the attention that they deserved. More often than not, they were overshadowed by some of the more generally popular games, or worse yet, games featuring popular game characters who took from the puzzle game genre. Such it is that puzzle games kind of languished in obscurity with a few notable exceptions (thanks Myst).
Here’s a catch-up of Meditation Games posts for late August!
Defining events in our lives can take a lot of forms, but can also be wrapped in things which we would treat as normal or wouldn’t necessarily have significance on their own. But the funny thing about these sorts of events is that they can tend to elicit feelings or ideas that can stay with us. In this case, a Melissa Etheridge concert ends up creation a realization about the developer’s sexuality that lasts with them until today.
As school approaches, and those who have been away from academic pursuits wince as they count down the days to getting back to the grind, there’s also an element of difficulty that those who have trouble trying to make sure their social awkwardness doesn’t leak out too far when trying to meet new fellow students, teachers, and other connections that they may have to establish in the course of their time in school. I know that for me, until I changed my outlook on things after arriving in college, I was in this group, and the struggle to do so is perfectly depicted in this entry.
Distractions abound in our daily lives, threatening to remove our focus and keep us from being productive or getting anything done. They can take a variety of forms, like a non-productivity chameleon seeking to destroy our ability to work and finish what we’re choosing to try to deal with. But no matter what way that they appear, they can all be boiled down to what amounts to be white noise, whether literal or figurative.
I’ve always been intrigued by those events that happen only every so often that you can miss for years if you don’t catch them when they’re happening right at that moment. These are most often scientific in nature, and are interesting precisely for their scarcity but also their profound presence. The idea that something that is only available for a limited time and is something that needs to be experienced while you can is very much within my sort of “seize the day” mentality when it comes to life experiences.