Thursday, June 21, 2012

Technical Difficulties

Another frickin' meta post . . .

About a week and a half ago I lost a digest-sized Mead notebook in which I keep gaming-related notes before they're transferred either to my wiki or my blog. In it were detailed outlines for several posts, including the next three posts in the endgame series. If I seem to be slacking off, it's because I'm in the process of reconstructing what was lost.

Needless to say, it's damn frustrating.

Despite embracing technology in my gaming habits, I'm still very much a step behind in personal gadgetry. In a world of smartphones and tablets, I'm just upgraded this spring to a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, the 'C-student' phone which replaced my antique 'short bus' flip-phone. My Posse Box-sized laptop is about six or seven years old; as a friend pointed out recently, her phone has more memory and faster processing than the computer on which I do most of my gaming-related computing.

This isn't a Luddite thing. I'm a late adopter simply because I don't see the point in upgrading something that works well enough until I reach the point where it doesn't work well enough anymore, which means, for example, until my laptop finally goes tits up, a tablet is out of the question. I know there are newer, faster, more robust options out there, and eventually I'll choose one, but when I need it, not simply because it's available.

As far as gaming stuff goes, I do most of my actual composition online, but for practical reasons I still use paper notebooks for brainstorming. Very often I'll sketch out quick diagrams, and that's slower process for me on a computer, so I'm better able to capitalise on moments of inspiration with a pencil in my hand.

But paper notebooks don't auto-backup, and so here we are.

Barring any additional proto-senility mental lapses, I should resume a more substantive posting schedule next week, including the next two in the endgame series, covering building a clientele and establishing a stronghold.

3 comments:

  1. Good luck, my friend. I think we can all sympathize with the pain of notes lost. It is a deep and dreadful blow, particularly if they were made a while ago and have yet to become relevant, since those are harder to dredge up for recall.

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  2. Terribly sorry Mike. I am getting better at making notes in the computer- my biggest nightmare is having Obsidian Portal down during a game, because I would be lost!
    Good luck!

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  3. Thanks, guys. Losing my work is annoying, but what really pisses me off is that I'm not usually one to misplace stuff.

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