1. [cross-posting from my secret blog, but bear with me]
So every once in a while I get overwhelmed by whatever it is that overwhelms me about people, and so I publicly announce that I’m taking a Facebook hiatus, and each time I do the hiatus never lasts, and I feel like a hypocrite. I’ll hit the “post” button announcing my farewell, and then I’ll be lurking on FB within 20 minutes of my initial post. I acknowledge that this is ridiculous.
However: as I may or may not have mentioned, my day job has instituted these new draconian internet firewalls, and so not only can I not use my work PC to access my personal email, but I’m also completely shut out of Facebook.
And this means that, if I do want to use Facebook during normal business hours, I have to use my iPhone. And the iPhone FB experience is a fucking dumpster fire. It doesn’t matter how many times I ask it to stay in chronological order; it straight-up refuses to work in the way that I want it to. Which means I invariably always miss something. And since a lot of the reason why I used to spend so much time on FB is that weird “fear of missing out”, I kinda have no choice but to confront that particular fear head-on.
And so the oft-threatened hiatus is actually starting to stick. I don’t really check it all that frequently any more, because I know the experience will suck when I do, and there’s nothing I can do to fix something that refuses to stay fixed.
Instead, I’m now on Twitter like a motherfucker. (@couchshouts, if you didn’t already know. If you knew me as @jervonyc, that account is long dormant.) My twitter account is mostly political retweets and announcements of blog posts, so, you know, keep your expectations in check.
At least WordPress still works – for the time being, at least. I don’t expect this to last forever, either, but there’s nothing I can do about that now.
2. We are all agreed that Portal 2 is one of the best games ever made, yes? Yes, of course. It was recently made backward-compatible on the ol’ Xbox One, which is great news, because I very much like that game and would like to continue to play it. Especially the online co-op mode, because that mode is SUPER AWESOME and it’s been a long time since the last time I played it and I’ve forgotten all the solutions. HOWEVAH, the online co-op doesn’t seem to work anymore? Possibly? I’d like some external confirmation about this, actually, because me and my buddy tried to do a bit of the co-op campaign over the weekend and we couldn’t keep a session together for more than 10 minutes. ALSO, Portal 2’s online interface, as designed and intended for the 360, does not work at all with respect to the XB1, which is a bit of a problem.
tl,dr version: remaster Portal 1 and 2 for next-gen consoles and, hey, why not include Portal 3 while you’re at it.
3. I was feeling pretty good about No Man’s sky again, especially in light of yesterday’s post. So last night I fired up the game, struggled to find the one element I was looking for in order to complete my super-mega warp drive for about 90 minutes, and then the game crashed. Again. So, yeah. Maybe I’ll keep that one on the shelf until the next patch.