The World in Six Inches or Less

“It’s not the size that counts.” A statement the bears repeating only because most refuse to believe it. Big used to be in until small became chic. Then we turn around and we want something that barely fits in our hand, something we can’t take our eyes off of. That thing we always want near us, even if it hurts to slip it in. We used to play with other things but now we spend our time just sliding our fingers all over it.

Remember when people didn’t have cell phones? Remember when people used to talk to each other in a bar? Nowadays almost everybody has a smart phone to connect them to the world. It has given us both the opportunity and excuse to say not a word to the person next to us in favor of typing to a person a world away. The world used to be so big, now it is so small. We used to be so close, now we are far apart.

Perhaps it is just change but if feels like a mutation. People used to come together in masses to talk about ideas and share things like art and music. Many miles were traveled and reveled just to see or hear the latest thing. The works of Shakespeare had to be carried from land to land in order to be spread.  On this digital edge we walk, we commune in an electronic hall and only our posts and keystrokes are seen or heard. We barely lift a finger and everything is there. What used to take great effort takes barely any at all and we don’t even recognize it.

The world we may never see comes to us everyday. Even more than we can process is placed before us. Halfway around the world there is a war. There always is but we never used to know about it. If we want to know what is happening and all the rhetoric around it we need only reach into our pockets and it is there. We are no closer to it but it is right there with us. We enjoy the luxury that those actually there do not have, we can put it back in our pockets and it is gone if not forgotten.

Much of the world passes us without notice. Imagine a young woman in a car sitting at a red light with her head down. Her attention not to anything around her but rather to the thousands of pixels in her hands. She may know what her friends are doing and where they are going but nothing of what she could see if only to raise her head. Above the red light is the afternoon sky of autumn with a brisk wind pushing the rolling clouds by. The trees sway above the rooftops as they fight to and fro with the wind. The sky alternates from grey to blue just as the light turns from red to green.

These few inches in our hands have given us much but have also taken from us. The world is our oyster and we have chosen to take a picture of it rather than savor it.

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Owner, Proprietor, Writer, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-4-2015: Resurfacing

polls_polls_sleep_1024x679_4749_610371_xlargeSo, I haven’t posted in over two weeks. Why? I just didn’t feel like it.

Instead I’ve been watching some pretty lousy movies. Like…

The Devil Wears Prada –  Why I ever decided to watch this movie is a question I will never have an answer to. Seeing Anne Hathaway on screen was not worth putting up the with the self-serving highbrow tone of the movie. In case you are wondering, Anne Hathaway’s character is the worst character in the film because even at the end of it all she still thinks she is better than everybody – just my opinion.

Exodus: Gods and Kings – Normally I really enjoy Christian Bale but this movie just fell flat. It was way too long and never came together as it tried to adapt a Biblical story into a more plausible form. The idea seemed intriguing but in the end it just didn’t turn out and may have been better if they had just gone with something closer to the Biblical text – again, my opinion.

Out of Time – Worst Denzel Washington movie I’ve ever seen. A convoluted but ultimately predictable plot made it almost unwatchable. Best part of the movie may very well have been Eva Mendes but that did not make it worth watching.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Better than the original but still not very good. I did laugh a good bit, so I didn’t mind watching this one as much as the other movies I’ve mentioned.

Grudge Match – This movie would have been much better with younger actors. Let me explain … because it was just too unbelievable to think that two fighter pushing or over 70 years of age would or could ever step back into the ring. Get some actors in their 50’s and this gets to be a lot more plausible. It was sad that something to trivial ruined it for me because I otherwise enjoyed the movie.

destiny-the-taken-kingNow let’s just get this whole Destiny: The Taken King out of the way. It seems that a fair amount of people are enjoying this expansion, however I am not one of them. There is a lot of praise for the improved story telling but it is only improved when compared to Destiny’s own completely inept story telling before The Taken King. If I compare it to games that do well at story telling, Destiny’s latest attempt is still bad. Think of games like Uncharted and Mass Effect, Destiny still pales in comparison. Slapping in a few more cuts scenes and using Nathan Fillion more doesn’t not do much to help flush out a better story and the stuttered mission trail doesn’t help either. Yes, it has improved but no, it is still not good.

As far as gear and rewards go, The Taken King a step back in my view. Sure they got rid of, or made obsolete, a bunch currencies and materials but now you have to grind even more just to get the resources you need. Weapons and armor used to drop with their max value but had to be upgraded with XP and materials to get it back when the game first released. Now you have to ‘infuse’ items with like items that have higher defense or attack values. This means grinding and hoping that you get drops of items with high stats in the item slots you are looking for. Add to that, you must also have Legendary Marks for each infusion you wish to do. Sure you can earn an unlimited amount of them but you can only carry 200 across you account, where as Vanguard and Crucible marks were per character, and you have less ways to earn them. Some daily and weekly events are now account wide rather than per-character and the only other way to get Legendary marks is to dismantle Legendary items. But don’t go thinking you’ll get these precious marks by dismantling all of your old, and now useless, legendary items because this will not reward you any marks when they are dismantled.

I really wanted to be back on board with this game but I get the feeling that after I play the new raid there won’t be much reason to keep playing it.

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Paul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.