“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget
A great piece by a good friend of mine that gives some food for thought in the realm of positive thinking. I’ve already adopted this philosophy and this year I’ve already started learning Spanish and begun writing a novel and adapting one into a screenplay. New experiences for all. In the immortal words of Rob Schneider “YOU CAN DO IT!!!”
Originally posted on Zen and The Art of Breaking Things:
Ok so after our first post last week on making this the best year of your life, I’ve outlined a few other ways in which you can change for the better.
Utilizing your mind.
Your mind is a powerful tool but like a flower, it needs constant attention and nourishment. Kick this new year off with some good old fashioned self improvement. Seek out to learn a new skill, it’s never too early to beef up your epitaph.
The obvious choice is to learn a new language. However, it’s hard to get a start on this goal unless you take a class. you’ve got two options; go to your local community college and sign up for a part time/ night course where you’ll be supplied all the materials needed along with tutelage for a price. The other choice is to undertake a course online from places like Duolingo. Now if learning a new language isn’t your cup of tea, why not learn some new skills to polish up your resume or just use these online resources to bulk up your knowledge.
The other way you can utilize your mind this year is to improve your mental health and confidence. I’ve already talked about meditation in the last post but try incorporate positive affirmations into your daily life; adopt a mantra.
Everyone familiar with affirmations knows that repetition and belief are the two keys to success with them. The reason is that each addresses a separate part of the thought change process. Repetition is important as the more you do something, the more it becomes subconscious. Take for example your job; I’m sure you can walk into work and switch to autopilot and do all the tasks assigned to you in a clear and focused manner. The same works for affirmations. The more you repeat the mantra, the more it attaches itself to your subconsciousness.
You cannot just affirm, “I am a smart person,” or “I am a great baseball player,” or “I am healthier every day,” ten times and expect it to really impact your subconscious. That is insufficient to counter long-held and often repeated opposing beliefs about these things. That’s all affirmations are: simple, positive thoughts and ideas designed to replace limiting thoughts and ideas holding you back in life.
That’s were the belief part comes in.
When I talk about belief and affirmations, I am talking about the belief in the accomplishment, goal, or dream you are pursuing. I am talking about a commitment and a plan of action to coincide with the use of the affirmations. The belief, the willingness to believe, or at least the desire to “go for it” must already be present in you. these affirmations can be about everything from weight loss, to career goals to self confidence. Below are some examples I’ve come across
-Today I am turning my goals into action and my actions into results.
-My goals are right in front of me. Today I’m all about achieving them!
-Today I master my distractions before they master me!
-Today my believing becomes achieving, as my actions turn to results.
Start thinking positively and using affirmations in your life goals and see how things improve, just be ready to put in the time, this wont be an overnight fix.
Setting goals,Weekly Planning
If you don’t know where your going, how will you know when you get there?
Simple phrase, but one of the utmost importance when trying to get your life on track. I suffer from the rare disease called “procrastination” which means if I don’t have a set guide to my time management, stuff starts to slide. This meant that during my college years, there was way too many nights filled with red bull, a packet of smokes and a 1500 word count to finish for the next day. I’ve realised that I need a set time frame to operate properly. As such I’ve tried to set out life goals that I want to try tick off the list over a year but I’ve also started to plan out my weekly goals to stop things falling between the cracks and getting my ass out of bed instead of snoozing all day.
As The Art of Manliness states
“ The power of weekly planning lies in the perspective and control it provides for your life; instead of drifting along, you give yourself a birds-eye view of the maze below… It allows you to manage the day-to-day and often trivial tasks along with your long-term plans and goals….it’s where you hash out the tactics and logistics to make your long-term vision a reality.”
So grab a piece of paper and sit down and write down anything you need to do this week. This includes work shifts, dinner plans, books you want to read, gym time and so on. Next start blocking out a calendar (physical or digital for those that like things all synced up). Start with work shifts and ‘big blocks’- tasks you need to complete that are time consuming (article, assignment, interviews).
From there continue blocking out your week filling in gym times, reading time, dates etc.. Have a set day where you’ll plan your week and review the successes and failures of the previous week and look forward to the next week. Get into a routine and you’ll find you actually have a lot more time on your hands that you can appreciate more.
Travel / Volunteering
It’s a new year and you’re talking about how you want to go visit (insert place here).
My advice? Less talk, more walk.
Keep an eye on Skyscanner for cheap flights, check out couch-surfing for free/cheap accommodation. Research is essential here. You may want to see sunny Florida but without planning, you may show up during hurricane season. Cost also plays a factor as certain times of the year the cost of living and accommodation will rise due to a certain festival or event ( see Oktoberfest).
For those of ye who may be more of a philanthropist, why not volunteer at your local homeless shelter or give blood. You can also use your travels to help volunteer. A fantastic site I came across was Workaway.info. You pick a place you want to see and in exchange for food and board, you can offer your time helping out as everything from a farmhand, carpenter or even a babysitter. The site requires a membership of $25 a year but for those who seriously love to travel and see the world it’s a small price to pay for visiting somewhere new and experiencing different cultures.
Creating (or breaking) powerful habits
It’s been far too long since I posted anything up in this joint. Since I last spent some time writing on this page I’ve moved to Malta and started working for a financial institution managing insurance claims. Not exactly exciting work, but it puts the food on the table. The move to Malta has been exciting in other ways. For those not in the know Malta is a stunningly beautiful tiny island slap bang in the middle of the Mediterranean – right below Italy and just above Africa.
As a lot of my free time has been eaten up by work I have not had much time to work on any of my solo projects. In the last few weeks, that has changed. I’ve actually built a little demo in RPG maker of a short art-game I’m building called “I am You”. The game tells the story of a characters life through non linear events and includes branching paths. There is no combat – it’s really more of a story based, cerebral game. To be honest it’s basically the test bed for the engine I will be building Introvert/Nullify in.
2013 has so far seen the emergence of some pretty strong endorsement for the cloud when it comes to games. Peter Warman, CEO of the highly rated NewZoo, boldly declared in February that “Someday all games will run in the cloud’. I agree with this. I am not sure when exactly it will apply to 100% of games but I am sure 2014 will be the year that most games convert. Many of the larger games studios of course already architect their games on the cloud. In fact, if you look at a game like Candy Crush, the device executable is only a tiny part of it. Most of the smart stuff is done in the cloud or on the server-side. Its a mindset shift that games developers need to adopt. Companies like King think data centre when they think game. Most of us need to do the same. Here’s why …
Mike Rose is the man in the know – Doubt is the killer…
Originally posted on Independently-Speaking.com:
Save for a number of snarky comments on Twitter, and last week’s “Are you a true games journalist?“, I’ve tried to directly stay out of the whole MCV and Square Enix debacle. It pains me that a lot of readers now just take it for granted that shoddy journalism is how the games journalism space works, and discount those of us trying to make an honest living out of it as a result, but there’s not really a lot else I can add to the discussion that hasn’t already been said. You’ve most likely already read John Walker’s write-up of the whole debacle, but it’s here if needed.
This morning, however, things have changed for me with this post on MCV. It’s an article about how critics love the new Hitman game, and are giving it 9 out of 10s across the board, all except for that one “grumpy” outlet that gave it a 7. It paints a picture that tells its readers to go out asap and grab the game, because just look how great it is.
Growing up I was always fascinated by horror. I read teen fiction horror books like Goosebumps or the god-awful (but always entertaining) Point Horror series. I watched Horror movies which were most certainly not suitable for my age bracket (Not a fault of my parents but the employees of the local video rental shop — who had no moral objection allowing an 8 year old to rent “Nightmare on Elm Street”). I hung out in haunted houses, wrote short stories about all kinds of beasties. Hell, I even messed around with Ouija boards and performed séances, just to see what would happen. Why bother telling you all this?
I want to convey to you, that I love horror. I always have and always will. In all its mediums, horror plays on my (mostly) unconscious desire to continuously be unnerved. Some people play video-games to relax, soak in a story or maybe to just blissfully slaughter hordes of oncoming mutants/zombies/space-nazi’s or underprivileged Middle Eastern youths. I am happiest playing games when crouching three or four feet from the TV, in the pitch dark… my eyes wide in anticipation and the controller slippery in my hand from sweat. I want to be terrified… No. It’s more than that.
I crave the feeling of being scared.
So, you would think I’ve been absolutely disgusted by the recent destruction of mainstream Survival Horror. Silent Hill ain’t living up to its legacy and Resident Evil has become the most bombastic, balls to the wall action series this side of Con-Air.
Well, I do find it sad that the franchises listed above have moved substantially away from their roots, but when I recently went back and played Resident Evil 3 and the original Silent Hill on my Vita it all suddenly started to make sense.
Survival Horror wouldn’t work anymore. Well… not in a mainstream sense, anyhow.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for guest features but this one really piqued my interest. Working on Mind of Man has gotten me really interested in the field of Sentiment Analysis and it’s various potential applications. Lisa Gan contacted me with this piece, which I thought was very well written and informative. Enjoy
Innovative Social Media Technology: Sentiment Analysis by Lisa Gan
“Sentiment analysis represents an innovative way to examine emotional trends across Internet content, and is of particular value to social media networks and affiliate marketers. A sentiment analysis involves looking at the kinds of attitudes implicit in different documents and messages, with the intention of judging overall trends and moods from positive to negative. This kind of analysis works around a scale of emotional responses, and looks for repeated phrases and the structure of messages to try to determine the mood of the writer.
Wow! After blood, sweat and more than a few tears the Mind of Man launch trailer is here…
And it’s glorious!!!
I should have some info about our time at Rezzed and Develop up soon, but needless to say it was “Ammaaaazzzing” – heh, heh… In-Joke More on that in my next post.
Most of the time, when games use any kind of personality evaluations, it feels as though you’re playing a round of 20 Questions. It’s a mere quiz, and it’s not very subtle. Rarely, if the context is fantastic, it might feel a bit more believable. But most of the time, the data the computer gains from the player is patchy, at best.
Continued from previous article:
It was over. I knew it and she knew it. She wanted to try and work things out but I just couldn’t get over Code Veronica; I was hurt… and betrayed. I wanted out and finally she let me go. I told her I’d remember the good times, that she’d always be special and we’d stay friends… but we both knew it wouldn’t happen. I moved on and started having new experiences.
A couple of years went by without a word, then one day my cousin came to me all excited and asked if I’d seen her lately. I told him I hadn’t so he showed me some pics. She’d had a complete make-over and she looked real good. I knew I had to see her.
When we met again i did so with some friends, I didn’t want to be alone incase there were any awkward feelings. She looked amazing… I was hooked again. Later I got her alone and like any man who knows he’s make a mistake, I dropped to my knees tears flowing, tugging at her dress begging her to take me back. She agreed but I’m not sure if it was out of love… or to stop me slobbering on her shoe.