There’s a reason that wind chimes are popular with people, whether when you’re an infant or young person or adult, or someone much older. There’s a sense of mellifluous charm about the sound and symphony of tubes bouncing off each other, creating seemingly random sounds and melodies, but yet never really sounding like a cacophony or disruption to one’s ears. The fact that to one’s own ear a set of chimes one minute can differ from another that comes out the next is just a part of that random, musical appeal.
After yesterday’s somewhat optimistic take on nature and life, today’s entry brings us to a sobering reality about some of the disaster that can befall that same life on a manmade scale, with a re-enactment of the Chernobyl disaster from the 1980’s. An equally bleak launcher quote accompanies this presentation, talking with stark realism about what happens when you are poisoned with radiation on a lethal scale, and minces no words in telling you what would happen.
Every so often we’re reminded of the fact that there are animals out there that do interesting things in nature that they see as perfectly normal but which we find fascinating in our study of them. For those that aren’t always in nature every day, and surrounded by more modernism and technology than we can shake a stick at, being shown or reminded of the fact that nature still has wonderful things to show us and to perhaps teach us is one of the best things that we can have put in the back of our minds.
I can see how the developer compares being on a bicycle to being on a chase, one that never quite ends but is part of the appeal of being on a bike in the first place. You’re exercising, but you’re also free, riding where you want to be and looking towards a distance that you can choose to have last as short or as long as you want it to be. Some people who enjoy biking tell me that it’s the combination of this travel and the act of pedaling your way that feels like you’re getting somewhere under your own power, whether that is literally or figuratively.
I enjoyed reading about the celebration and holiday mentioned in the launcher quote for today, which obviously made the game a lot more easier to enjoy and understand the message behind, but for this in particular, I had a particular appreciation because the celebration involves being joyful about prose, books, and knowledge. Knowledge, especially in these current times where things are vastly more turbulent and polarizing than before, is a valuable commodity, and there are few holidays or celebrations these days that have it as the central part of why we’re having the holiday or celebrating.
I’ve always had a dilemma with science-type stuff, and I Think that just betrays the fact that I’m more of a wordy, humanities type person (as if the things that I do and say aren’t obvious to that, heh). I get the basics, but there are some things that I tend to forget when it comes to recalling some of the ways in which science tends to work with regards to experiments and how things operate. It’s the kind of stuff that when it appears in a game like today’s, I sort of have to think about it a little bit before getting what I need to do.
Trying to make something out of the clouds is one of the oldest games that you can play, which is why it isn’t a surprise that there’s an entry in the Meditations Games project doing so. Oftentimes the practice of trying to figure out what a cloud looks like is actually an exercise in clearing your mind, as it allows you to try to focus on one thing – that of trying to interpret the shape of something without trying to think of anything else. I know I’ve spent many a relaxing few minutes laying on the ground, staring at the sky, and trying to figure out what coincidental shapes the clouds were formed into.
Some people might want to blame the today’s celebration of highs on the developer potentially having this much nostalgia over 2007 flip phone photos, especially when they are a fraction of the resolution of today’s computer-in-your-hand, nearly real-life realistic pics, but I do get why. Looking at these low res photos is a reminder of something much more intangible but more significant to the entire process, and that’s remembering a simpler, younger time, when the ills of the world weren’t so bad and there was little to be worried about aside from being able to ensure you passed your classes and you set yourself up for an upcoming career path.
A lot of people know about the celebrations that happen on 4/20, but fewer folks seem to remember that Bicycle Day comes before that, which is the celebration of one Albert Hofmann and their bicycle ride in which they discovered the effects of LSD. This is probably why some people might be confused at first with the launcher quote and the imagery that gets put forth in it, because it has almost nothing to do with bicycles or riding them, and is instead a set of psychadelic color images where you control the player through navigating through a seemingly endless void of hues and bright neons.
After a few messages of hope and goodness with the Meditation Games project, it was good to return to something more sobering – even dark, as far as the realistic and sometimes terrible occurrences and situations that exist in the world today. Today’s entry is a simple set of interactive bits of information presented in a landscape of greys, blacks, and sinister reds, meant to be both historical in its information about the origin and past of the conflict in Nicaragua as well as the present, terrible situation that continues to be a life-threatening problem for its citizens.