Recharging… Fire!

The way I spend my breaks has been changing since I arrived at Rose. I just spent my entire week’s vacation holed up in my apartment, watching movies and television shows, playing video games, reading, and writing. I checked my email twice, and both times with dread. I free-formed once. I only stepped foot on campus once (with the exception of workouts), and that was for WO to grab a few things. Every other time he needed to go on campus, I stayed in my car and read. I didn’t log onto AIM after about Monday, although I stayed on GTalk most of the time.

One of the things I hate about the academic weeks is all the time I spend reading and responding to email. Not only are there the daily emails from professors that require work on my end, there’s the constant prattle I often need to keep up with my boss, newspaper-related matters (dear god, that damned newspaper!), and personal emails from friends that should be at least read, if not immediately replied to. And that’s just to my Rose account.

Then there’s my personal accounts. There are people who are highly upset at my distance from [insert place here] that I’ve promised to write weekly or monthly. I typically owe them more than mere hellos, so I get to write about all the boring shit that goes on in my life for their reading pleasure, as well as respond to their emails. There are days where I spend three or more hours dealing with email matters, even without those personal, periodic emails to people.

Not on my damn break. Hecky naw, to quote Andrea. I don’t care if my professors for the next term want me to do shit before their classes begin. I don’t care if grades are out. I don’t care if my class got moved to the basement of hell–I will find out on Sunday night.

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Zork, Half-life, and Deus Ex

So I mentioned on Tuesday that I’d finished Elite Force and was looking for something new to play.

That night (or the next; the days blur), I installed Zork: Grand Inquisitor and Half-Life on my machine.

Zork is a standard adventure game, in my mind, and it took me two tries to enjoy it enough to play more. I beat it on Saturday, and was impressed–much like I was with Elite Force–with how short the game was. There were a few places where the “trick” seemed to be something kind of arbitrary, but overall, the game was pretty fun and made me lust a little for some interactive fiction. Anyone got any recommendations on that front?

WO and I wanted to play Zork in the special “Linked Play” mode, in which I would control the character’s actions and he would be able to point at crap and say, “Look over here!” (Undoubtedly in an annoying manner, like that green guy from the GameCube version of Zelda.) Alas, despite the installation of IPX on both of our machines, attempts to start with Linked Play simply crashed the game. Oh, well.

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