Mar 28

A Time of Transition

I began writing this on March 27, 2018 at about 8 PM.

My previous laptop sounded like a swarm of bees toward the end of its life. I tried fixing it, and the end result was a laptop that sounded like a swarm of bees and would sometimes blue screen and fail to boot up when it restarted. Needless to say, this isn’t good. So I’m currently writing this on my previous/”chat” laptop from my streaming days, while watching a Twitch stream on my Kindle and using Discord on my cell phone. It’s an interesting existence.

As I sit in transition between two laptops, it seems like a good time to take stock of my leisure activities/passions, and see where I want to go with them from here.

A sort of open question in my head is “Do I want to resume streaming sometime? If so, streaming what, and where?” The last part of the second question isn’t as obvious as it seems. Despite my affiliate status on Twitch, I’d basically be starting over at this point, and from the outside, the way Twitch has been run of late has me considering alternatives to it. Mixer appears to be the main potential competitor at the moment, what with hitbox getting bought out and turned into Smashcast. The big thing now for that would be finding the time, as well as the motivation to basically re-build everything.

If I decide to do so, the other question is “What kind of stream would I want it to be?” Someone on Twitter mentioned doing a parody account called “Dr. Respect”, and I actually like that idea on some level. My spin on it, though, would basically be me playing games while reciting some of the self-help stuff I found most useful (I’m partial to Jim Rohn if I had to pick just one “self-help guru”, even if I think he places a little too much faith in capitalism as a meritocracy), and seeing if it helps other people too. I’m not exactly sure what I would play, if I would resume doing a variety of RPGs or try something else (Presumably, I’ll be able to play/stream PC games that are a bit more modern than, I don’t know, Diablo II).

And the time issue is especially a concern since I’ve been continuing to slowly chip away at various self-help books, and working two jobs. I recently finished The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and am working my way through Tribe of Mentors and Extreme Ownership simultaneously. I’m enjoying both, though I think I prefer Tools of Titans to Tribe of Mentors thus far. As for Extreme Ownership, I’m already taking some nice pointers and sayings from it, despite only being about 20% through it.

Another thing I’m trying to do in my spare time is learn Spanish. I figure this is a skill that’s only going to get more useful as time goes on, both in-person and online. Something interesting I learned recently is that “Spanish Youtube” is absolutely huge. Plus, with the Internet being the global entity it is, the more people I can communicate with online, the better.

Lastly, I’ve still been going to the gym, and I’m within about two pounds of my goal weight this time around, which is awesome. It’ll be difficult to hold that over the next couple weeks–I’m a bit under the weather, and I’ll be going to visit some friends next weekend–but I’m hopeful I don’t fall off the wagon too much in that timeframe.

In all, the next little while will be interesting, depending on what I decide to put my energy into.

-EE

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