31 July 2011

Hello Internet, Did You Miss Me?

I've just spent a few weeks out in the country, at my grandparent's old place. This is something I've done every summer, since... well, since I've existed, pretty much. The weather was pretty decent, the hammock comfy, the strawberries... not plentiful (the plants are old, and will soon be replaced), but at least that meant less back-aching time spent picking them.

One defining factor of my time there this year was a very restricted Internet access, since the relatives currently living there had discontinued their broadband service in favour of mobile Internet. When compared to the couple previous stays, complete with laptop and WLAN, some interesting observations can be made, to wit:

1. The amount of time spent reading increased considerably. This included my traditional annual ritual reading of Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, as well as more than one (short) novel. (I should mention that I've never been a particularly fast reader, so this for me was a pretty good pace.)

2. Productivity, perhaps a little surprisingly, did not increase, at all. Although I did have my laptop with me, and plans to work on certain, much neglected projects, finding a suitable opportunity, and a routine for getting actual work done, proved next to impossible. I did write a couple songs, hone ideas for the future of my RPG campaign, etc., so we're not talking of a complete waste, but still... It does appear that my persistent non-achievement can't be entirely blamed on the Internet.

I did also decide to lug along my PS2, seeing as the place lacks a DVD player. And, somehow, I was inspired to play through the second half of Final Fantasy X-2 (which I had begun a year or two ago, but got sidetracked). I must say I didn't have huge expectations for this game, but in the end it turned out quite entertaining. I liked the more traditional gameplay, and the characters. And while the story starts out rather slow, and is never as engaging as the likes of FFVII, it does have its moments, I guess.

And yes, I guess it is possible I might have been more productive if I had been gaming less, but... come on! A guy's gotta game, and that as well is something I have neglected too much in recent years.

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