Christmas time is upon us once more, and we all should slowly slow our work and hype down towards the end of the year. Don’t mind if some spend Christmas for religious reasons, don’t mind if some don’t, this end of the year shouldn’t be about bickering. Y’know, the usual platitudes, but they’re worth every word spoken and breath taken. Our modern societies do spend too much time working and worrying, be what gift to get to whom or global issues that ultimately may be outside one person’s reach. While there are issues we all can strive for as one unit, we have to remind ourselves that each individual has their own limitation, their own stamina that will run out at some point. If not for any other reason, slowing down, settling to a calmer mind set and spending some time with the people you care for the most (or in case you don’t have any, spending that well deserved self-time with your favourite pastime) is all worth it. Certainly there are those who may not be able to do this for numerous reasons. Maybe it’s the usual goodness of our heart, morality, or simply because taking care of fellow man should make us feel better, giving something for those who don’t have any would give some chances of people being able to slow and calm down, just like you most likely can.
That sounds like a lot of bullshit, diabetes inducing sweet talk and all that, but in the end, I would love if everyone could settle their bickering and fighting aside for at least for these few days in the year. You’ll have all the time to go bombastic and drunk when the New Year hits around anyway. All I really want is people get along, despite their differences in opinions and characters.
That’s probably the best I can say about the coming month. By the end of the year, I’ll most likely skip writing a post or two. It honestly will depend how much time I want to end up spending in front of the screen and typing something down, when I could be doing something else. That certainly sounds selfish. Maybe because it is, I don’t get paid. I get paid to build shit. That said, there should be a controller review coming up still, the Retrobit Saturn controller. As usual with these third party aftermarket controllers, licensed or not, I’ll be giving it a fair shake review and open it for a good pornographic inside view to the PCB and electrons inside. Not that I’ll be able to say much about it, outside overall construction quality and basic soldering, but there are people who appreciate pictures of PCBs. Maybe we’ll be able to see whether or not the controller would make a decent base for a project. It’d be nice of some company outside Madcatz would finally realise that there are people who want to build their own shit, and giving them some kind of decent base PCB would be a way to go.
The Post was in strike for good two weeks and then some, ending up with the prime minister and his government resigning, so whether or not the controller will actually arrive before the year ends is a big question. We’ll see. Just like we’ll see if those fifteen other packages that are stuck in the mail will arrive.
I’ll have to think what to do with this blog next year though. While topics will be around, I do consider this year to be a travesty in terms of quality. Nothing of worth has come out, outside one or two special cases. I still think the Virtual-On Retrospective in many ways is the best the blog can offer. Maybe I’ll change the working method and stop doing twice-a-week schedule and turn that to once-a-week while working on posts that take more time. Like those Guilty Gear and TSF comparisons. When you do don’t work 8h+ a day, somehow you find yourself having time and energy to put into something else. Maybe I’ll open a Patreon or Ko-Fi for people who want to drop a nickle or two for those “big post,” though I can assure you this blog would get zero monetary support. I know my own word’s worth, and it ain’t much. Though I could have plans for any support, like purchasing my own domain name and use that for the blog. I really would like to do more controller and gadget reviews still, especially on older stuff and optional third party items, because those have the most interesting things in them. The standard controllers usually don’t have much exciting itty bits in ’em, but something like that Mini Hori Commander for the Famicom, where they crammed all that stuff into two layers while arguably making a better controller the official Famicom or NES one, is that kind of jazz I simply adore.
As for anything âge or Muv-Luv related stuff, well, we’ll see. There are numerous topics I want to visit, but I’d have to refer you to the whole “big post” business I mentioned earlier, and I know hitting that audience all the time would make the blog more a success, but that would turn boring rather fast, and in the end it isn’t the main point of the blog. I maybe I should open a new one and do ML related posting there twice a month or so. Maybe after I reach that 10-years anniversary with this blog, which is coming in couple of years. Time will tell what happens and what doesn’t.
For now, just enjoy life and slow down a bit. There are no reasons to hurry, unless you’re badly injured and need medical help. While you’re at it, remember to sharpen and oil your knives. A sharp knife is a safer too in the kitchen, preventing the blade slipping like a dull blade tends to, because it can’t cut into the material. Oiling of course prevents rusting and all that, just be sure to use something like rapeseed oil rather than motor oil.