Weekly Update #1: 4/21 – 4/28

Thursday seems like a solid day for these, but I might move it to Friday depending on…stuff. I don’t really know.

Anyway, this is going to be kind of a lame first weekly post. This week, I’m just incredibly busy. No lie. There will be almost zero time for playing video games because I need to work my ass off to finish all of my papers and finals by next Wednesday. After that I’m going to be busy with graduation and moving around, so until mid-May my life isn’t likely to slow down. Which brings me to this post and what I’ve been up to!

Gaming – For those of you who follow me on the Backloggery, you guys know what I’ve been playing: Europa Universalis III, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XI, and Dynasty Warriors 7. This past week, I’ve made a decent amount of progress in all of them, but nothing very definitive. I’ve been too hesitant to commit to a full day of gaming recently so all of my progress has been very sporadic.

Europa Universalis III – I still am loving this game. I’ve been playing as the old Duchy of Burgundy starting from 1399, and as of 1622 I have become the largest empire the world has ever seen. This week, I made a lot of progress by annexing the Ottoman Empire, continuing my expansion into Asia, taking a lot of the Middle East from the Mamluks, and generally colonizing North America. I have almost total control of the New World and it is a huge source of revenue.

Final Fantasy VII – I’m kind of weird in that I don’t really like this game that much. I think it’s extremely slow-paced and uninteresting for most of the game, particularly once you leave Midgar. However, the game has been showing signs of life this week. I only played it for maybe two or three hours all week, but in that time I hit what I would probably consider the “turning point” of the game, as I essentially “accomplished” my objective that I’d been working towards since the beginning. If I wasn’t so swamped with work this week, I’d definitely try to get to the endgame, if not totally complete it. Oh well, there’s time for that yet.

Final Fantasy XI – I made zero progress in leveling my character this week, instead using the small amount of time I played to do some exploring and supply quests. I also turned in a bunch of crops to increase my fame in preparation for obtaining the Warp spell, which will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes me to get anywhere. Also, Codex took me to Jeuno, where as of now I am sort of trapped. Oh well! I actually am enjoying playing this game, which is strange because I don’t really like MMOs. It’s no secret why: the Backloggery folks are extremely nice. Thanks for making me feel welcome, guys.

Dynasty Warriors 7 – This is kind of my go-to game for when I don’t really feel like playing for a long period of time, and as such I’ve played this game quite a bit. I’ve done a lot of Conquest Mode. Normally, in these games I stick to my two favorite characters (Zhang Fei and Lu Bu), but since I’ve been enjoying Conquest Mode so much I decided I’d branch out a bit and play as the more androgynous Zhang He a bit. Also, there are so many new characters in this game it’s unbelievable. Part of me wants a new Warriors Orochi game with all of these DW7 characters plus all the Samurai Warriors characters…it’d end up a total mess.

Life, the Universe, and Everything Else – This week I did quite a lot of reading. A lot of these books were for class or were class related, such as Plato’s Symposium, Aristophanes’s The Clouds, Greek and Roman Oared Warships, by J.S. Morrison, The Histories, by Polybius, and the monumental History of the Roman People by Titus Livius (Livy). But a lot wasn’t: in addition to reading all of this, I also read The Game by Neil Strauss, and around 70 chapters of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, known in Chinese as Hong Lo Meng. Of all of these books, unquestionably the one that I spent the most time with was The Game. Not only did I read the book in one night, but I woke up the next day and spent several hours underlining and writing down nuggets of wisdom from it. I actually plan to try and make use of some of this information tonight or tomorrow, when I’ll be doing karaoke!

Speaking of karaoke, me and a friend went to a nice little dive bar in Midtown Atlanta this Friday night, which happened to have karaoke. I dominated that shit! I had so much fun just dancing and singing, and the crowd was totally into it. I went all dressed up like Michael Jackson, with my “Beat It” jacket, and white shiny glove. I got up and did “Thriller”, complete with dance. It was insane how many women came up and complimented me on it afterwards. Later that night I also went up and performed the Jackson 5 classic “I Want You Back”, followed an hour or so later by the sweet Elvis Presley “Devil In Disguise”. Each time people clamored for an ovation. I think I should be a performer.

Other than all of this, not much has been going on. I’ve finished one of my major papers and have put in several hours into another. I haven’t been eating too well because of a combination of work and the fact that our refrigerator broke in our apartment. One of my roommates has taken care of it though and we should have a new one by the end of this week hopefully.

ANYWAY, tl;dr, I gamed, read, sang, danced, and worked my ass off this week. By this time next week I will be completely done with work and it will be great.

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