I’m doing this blog as a thing. As a thing, I expect it to do stuff. How much stuff this thing will do is difficult to determine; I’m hoping for “a fairly good amount of stuff,” but if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I may shoot for the more coveted “lots of stuff.”
Something I have found from working in The Industry is that it’s important to set and manage expectations early in a project. With the title of this site already being “expectnomore.net” – derived from the Modern English phrase, “expect no more” – this would seem a counter-intuitive practice. However, I’ve never been a big fan of intuitions, and indeed I seek to counter them whenever I am able, so I think this act may be successful.
(Three paragraphs down with a grand word count of 137, as of everything to the left of this most recent comma. With this sort of composition skill, I expect I should have no trouble as a blogger)
Now, what sort of stuff do I hope to accomplish with this thing? The sort of stuff that requires bullet points in a list. Let’s get to it.
- Personal project details. More to come on this. I have a lot of ideas; the desire is to turn the ideas into finished product, and I’d like to keep some sort of log of the process.
- Philosophy of game design. As an aspiring game developer, this is is something that is on my mind so frequently that sometimes I have trouble enjoying a game without analyzing it. As a medium, it gives content creators a significant amount of control, allowing them to use techniques from film (lighting, direction, mis en scene), literature (large, sweeping stories with many characters), and music (basically all of the audio engineering). Additionally, there’s a lot of nitty gritty computer science behind it all that coders like me love. It’s fascinating to me to explore all of these aspects, and I hope to do more of it through this blog.
- World culture and world events. The world is an insane place right now that is otherwise filled with wonderful people. I try to stay abreast of politics and world news, and at this particular point in history, I think it’s dangerous to not have an opinion. I don’t classify myself by a political labels, because I think they’re stupid and inherently divisive. Unlike our president, congress, and the umpteen-bajillion barely qualified pundits on television, I actually enjoy engaging in dialogs that might challenge my beliefs. That’s how you learn.
- Social media. The power that these sites have right now in influencing public opinion is absolutely astonishing. As an avid redditor, I’m constantly amazed by the things people can accomplish by organizing on these sites. It’s wonderful, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to see it slowly blossom over the years, ever since first experiencing relatively primitive BBSes and IRC channels over 10 years ago (jesus) and seeing the great potential.
- Mobile blogging. I like to go on Adventures with Friends! Mobile blogging has apparently come a long way since I last tried it (though the last time I tried, the iPhone didn’t even exist in rumor yet), so I’m excited to be able to use my phone to update and interact on the GO GO GO.
- Music. I expect to link many YouTube lyric videos for songs I like, because fuck it, my taste in music is awesome.
So that’s where I’m planning to go from here. Suggestions are welcome, but I’m finnicky and particular, so I will probably disregard them all; however, much like with the U.S. government, you are encouraged to continue participating in the illusion that your opinion actually matters.