Saturday, in which I come full circle.

I may have been up till about 4:30 a.m. playing Demon’s Souls last night. I only bring it up as a hypothetical situation, of course. If I had been, it was probably because I was dying a whole lot and far too stubborn to quit.

Again, just saying if I had been. Not confirming anything.

At any rate, I got up today at about 1 p.m. Not having to rush off to school today, I fell back into my normal routine of checking my news apps and various social media. You know the drill by now.

It was a beautiful day, and various things had kept me from running throughout the week, so I was anxious to go out and remedy that. I got sidelined by a phone call from my father, but after about a half-hour I was out running my usual path and listening to the usual music.

When I got back, I had lunch while reading the gaming blogs. I came across a story that a reader of this blog may be interested in. I won’t name any names, since I’m all about Internet privacy nowadays.

I contemplated working on putting Wednesday’s presentation online, since I know that needs to be done within a week’s time of presenting, but the thought of opening Powerpoint again so soon honestly made me want to jump out the window. So I didn’t.

I watched some new Youtube videos instead and also followed up on some Twitter links, including this.

And people wonder why there’s a 24-hour news cycle. It’s because our world is completely bonkers.

After some time, I prepared dinner and chose to watch an episode of House online. It was amusing, as it usually is, but I’m beginning to feel the show is running long in the tooth. Still, it’s one of the few TV programs I will occasionally remember to check up on, so I guess that says something. Like that I’m easily entertained.

I went back to Demon’s Souls in the evening and sank even more time. Since it’s so hard and so easy to die, it’s a game that rewards cautious and deliberate game play. Which means there are no such things as short sessions.

At least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

As midnight crept up on me, I opened Word to write this up. If it feels abbreviated, it’s only because I know I need to add some sort of synopsis on the week and reveal any and all startling revelations.

And that startling revelation is…


I am way too long-winded on these posts?

When we started, I stated that I was pretty aware of my media usage habits. I think there’s a number of reasons for this. As I mentioned, I am student of mass communication. We talk about media all the time, so it tends to be at the forefront of my mind. This is also the semester I started writing my thesis, of which the uses and gratifications of media has been the backbone. So, this isn’t a subject that’s easily escaped from.

I’m also a pretty simple guy with a simple life and simple pleasures. It’s who I’ve always been.

So, just from the outset of knowing that I don’t watch TV and I don’t listen to the radio, there’s not a whole lot of ways for me to consume media. It’s pretty much all online for me, save the few exceptions of physical media such as newspapers (of which I only read The Alligator this week) or video games. The only book I read this week was my textbook for Electronic Publishing.

In terms of my news media, I’ve already professed a love of apps for the iPod. It combines all the convenience and portability of the newspaper with the up-to-date nature of online media. It’s a little less ideal for watching video-related coverage, but still perfectly serviceable.

For entertainment, I subsist mainly on free content provided on a variety of online sites, like Youtube and, or through gaming. Hulu and network sites also offer a lot of television shows online, which allows me to watch them with minimal commercials and at my convenience. Hulu plus is pretty interesting, but ultimately, since I don’t have a ton of interest in TV, I generally just follow the few shows I like.

I play video games. That’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me. I like active entertainment. I enjoy being challenged and have a fairly competitive spirit. I also enjoy the social aspect of gaming, though that probably really didn’t show during this particular week. Gaming is also something that I have control over in terms of when I fit it into my schedule, so that’s also a plus.

It was kind of a weird week in general, but I don’t think I would have come off all that differently any other week. Perhaps less stressed out, I suppose!


4 Responses to Saturday, in which I come full circle.

  1. Yeah, thanks so much for that Angry Birds variant link, mister. I bought the full version yesterday and spent waaay too much time enjoying it. Now today I need to get work done!

    Have you noticed the “Possibly related posts” on this post?

    I want to know how you came across the camera-in-his-head story. You have better news feeds than I do!

    I can accept that you were already fairly aware about your daily or usual media use before this diary experience, and also, the week in which you were writing turned out to be atypical. However, I can note a few things.

    One is that, like Donny, and unlike most of the other students, you seem to less often just “waste” time — I have a hypothesis that devoted game players who have managed to control their habit well enough to get into grad school have developed better time management skills than other grad students.

    The other thing is probably more about the way you write than the actual activities you participate in. Other students (especially female students) often noted that they were in a chat or checking on Facebook with their best friend, their friends from back home, their sister, etc. Your notes about your social interactions online were less explicit.

    The absence of printed books and media, and the small role of voice phone calls in your life, are very typical.

    • aflaten says:

      Sweet, I should probably read all these Demon’s Souls blog posts to see how miserable everyone else is!

      As for the camera-head story, that’s all Twitter. Truly the best source for irreverent news out there.

      That is an interesting hypothesis, and ultimately a dangerous game to play (pardon the pun). It’s all too easy for games to eat up all of a person’s free (and not-so-free) time. In that regard, you have to be really careful and aware of how you moderate your game time. For myself, I generally refuse to let myself play anything until I meet all my work goals for the day, so as to avoid the danger of playing overlong and getting nothing accomplished. So, I guess you may have something there.

      In regards to my lack of specifics, I blame the Abe and Sanderson articles.

  2. So the last few days were basically the first in about a year that was able to wake up and say, “Hey, I can sit on my ass and not feel guilty about it.” Of course, due to my acute compulsion to write, this ass-sitting entails heavy consumption/production of blogs.

    Anyway, that’s all a roundabout way of telling you how I roundaboutly got here, and how now I’m more than a bit worried that Foley’s running with this idea of cranial camera installation.

    The Cranial Camera Installations = great symphonic indie rock band name.

    Nothing really to add to this little log of awesome, but I did want to express my overwhelming sensation that tangible media – or paper, more precisely – is truly, for lack of a better word, f*cked. And that if newspapers are such a fleeting thought for people of our age, what must they be for people of the next generation?

    My sister is 19. She’s honest-to-goodness never picked up a newspaper in her life.

    I’ll leave you with my heavy consumptees (yep, I said it) for this week, if only because I know your readers REALLY, REALLY care: (blog) (blog) (hysterically irreverent music review site)
    The Slate Political/Cultural Gabfests (podcasts)
    The B.S. Report (podcast)
    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (obviously)
    LCD Soundsystem (indietronica band, I actually think you’d like them)
    Daft Punk videos (my fave
    the new Kanye album (b/c everything can be judged by a number) (because I’m vain)

    Like I said, ass-sitting.

    • aflaten says:

      I strongly approve of ass-sitting. I find it to be one of the best activities for killing time around.

      I can’t possibly argue with your point on printed media. I’ll be honest, I’ve grown to enjoy having lunch on campus with a copy of The Alligator or Campus Sun spread out before me. But that is not even remotely close to how I really get my news anymore. You’d be hard-pressed to find many people our age who do. And as for those in your sister’s age-group, you’d be lucky to find anyone who follows any sort of daily news whatsoever.

      I don’t think that’s anything new, though. I certainly wasn’t combing through the papers at 19. I had far more pressing concerns. Like goofing off and surviving classes.

      …yeah, yeah, cue “The more things change…” quote.

      Daft Punk is actually at the center of two interest of mine at the moment. One is the new Tron, for which I should probably see the old Tron first. The second is DJ Hero, which I swear I will get some day.

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