Ah, the inevitable march of technology. Instead of typing on my desktop, I’m actually sitting in a booth at Chili’s typing this on a combination of my new iPad Mini and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. It’s an interesting experience to say the least. It’s not a complete replacement for a laptop at this point – the WiFi is a bit spotty, it’s lacking in programs, and the keyboard is a bit small for my large hands – but it’s definitely “good enough”.
I could see this being a firm part of my Convention Warrior kit, alongside whatever will replace my horrible 14-inch Lenovo ultrabook (seriously, 2.5 hour battery life?). When I want to get deep into the flow, I can’t see myself typing on this keyboard, but if I need to jot down a quick post in-between interview or demo sessions? This could do the job.
We’re only a few days in 2015 and there’s already been so much upheaval. So many changes. Jim Sterling decided to leave the The Escapist and go independent. Shane Satterfield, Marcus Beer, and others are kicking off Siftd.com. Patrick Klepek left Giant Bomb for a position at Kotaku, collecting two of the industry’s best investigative journalists in one area.
Today saw the announcement that Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys quit IGN to focus on Kinda Funny Videos full-time. Max Scoville in turn joined IGN as their new video guy. Russ Pitts also revealed his new production company, Flying Saucer Media, putting him in the same area as former Rev3 producer Adam Sessler.
These are all good people doing good work. The ones I’ve met in person have been nice folks. I like the things they’ve done before. I’m glad they have the chance to pursue creative work they love and still get paid for it.
It feels a bit like musical chairs.
Not really. I’m in the middle of watching Devil’s Advocate at the moment, so I’m not even particularly paying attention to what I’m writing.
No, the title is a reference to the idea of “outrage culture”. The idea that everyone is always angry about something; that they’re not satisfied or happy with anything. That they hunt for things to be angry about all the time. I’m sure there may be some people like that occasionally, but most of the time, people are angry about things that are important to them. The problem with the idea of “outrage culture” is it’s built on faulty premises. Let’s explore them.
Trying to establish a habit is the hardest thing. People have a tendency to get really enthusiastic, go real hard in the beginning, and then slowly peter out. Generally, the reason people dip out if because the results of their daily effort aren’t as great as they think they should be. If you’ve just started an exercise program, it’s probably going to take a while to see results. If you just began drawing, you’re not going to be the Frank Quitely anytime soon. That’s simple reality, but it’s a hard thing for many people to deal with.
Part of that is because we have the reigning myth about successful people who just naturally understand everything about their chosen field. In reality, those folks had to go through the same things everyone else did, they just started earlier than you did. Still, it’s hard to divest yourself of this myth. You aren’t seeing results, so obviously this is not your thing.
I’ve fallen to this a few times, notably with my exercise habits, Japanese studies, and my drawing ability.
So here we are, another year forward. The mess that was 2014 has passed us by and for some reason a new notch on the calendar has everyone convinced that they can reinvent themselves anew. Many people go through the same process every year, full of vim and vinegar with the idea that now will be the time.
I can’t say that I’m much different in that regard.
This will the the third major time that I’m promised myself to start blogging on a regular basis. 500 words, every single day. I have a former co-worker, Pete Davison, who has largely stuck by his promise years ago to write one blog post a day. I hazard that why Pete was able to bust out rather large articles at the drop of a hat. It’s a skill I’d like to have myself. (If you’ve read my blog, you’ve heard most of this before. Like I said, I have issues.)
I’m moving. Not in an internet sense – you’ll still find me on my personal website or Tumblr, whichever you’re already reading this on – but in a physical sense. I’m not even going that far, I can actually drive to my new digs in a relatively short time. I’ve actually been moving bits and pieces of my life into the new place over the past week, because I dislike trying to move everything in one day.
Moving is an experience that I look forward to in abstract. It gives you the chance to leave things behind. All the books, equipment, and knick-knacks you’ve acquired over many years, but are largely just taking up space in your home? You can get rid of those when you’re moving. I usually take the opportunity to divest myself of a lot of stuff. I’m not a sentimental guy, so I feel little issue with getting rid of things that have no use in my life.