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Timeless Thoughts #3: Games

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Timeless Thoughts is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Tara and Georgie where each month you discuss something you miss or are feeling nostalgic about.

This month my Timeless Thought is about games. Remember back when the Internet was non existent or speeds were so terrible that MMO’s didn’t really exist? Good times. Now they’re such money makers that it’s hard to find games that aren’t some sort of MMO. I don’t really get into RPGs either so that is a huge chunk of games that are around now that just aren’t targeted to me at all.

I remember spending hours playing Super Mario Bros on my SNES and hiring games from the local video shop and never wanting to return them. The first day I got The Sims I played until 4 or 5am and was so enthralled with building my own house with my own people. The game didn’t need to be massive and connected to everyone around the world. It was one of the first games that needed a million expansion packs though – that I don’t miss.

I mostly just miss all the world builders that used to be available, being able to decide where everything goes in my kingdom and what decisions are made. There are some recent ones like Cities: Skylines, Banished and Tropico but for the most parts games like Caesar and Pharoah or Sim City 2000 just aren’t around anymore. I don’t really feel like mobile app games really count, however there are a lot of world builders on those platforms.. they usually just take forever to do anything unless you pay a bunch of cash.

I am glad that places like Gog and Steam do have these old games for sale and for the most part it’s what my accounts are filled with – Life is Strange being one of the few exceptions. So at least I can still play the old games (although I’d love to get Sim Tower from somewhere.. I spent so many hours on that game) when I want to.

So Old School - there's a bit of a trend!

Timeless Thoughts #2: Music

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Timeless Thoughts is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Tara and Georgie where each month you discuss something you miss or are feeling nostalgic about.

This month I’m remember my old obsession with music, bands and going to gigs.

Back when I was 16 or 17 my music taste and love of music started to evolve. I no longer had my radio tuned to a generic mainstream station and chose, instead, to listen to Australia’s alternative station: Triple J. This was about the time that I began to learn that music wasn’t all manufactured groups with good looking singers and high production music videos.

I basically used to live and breathe music and in a time before mp3 players (and sometimes mp3s) it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I remember jumping for the radio when a favourite song came on so I could turn it up and enjoy it while it was on, staying up late to watch (and tape) Rage (especially when one of my favourite bands was hosting – although I found I never much enjoyed their music inspirations as I enjoyed their music) and where possible, downloading mp3’s at the snails pace that was dial up… from Napster! Also, how could I forget CDs… I paid some insane prices so I could order lesser known band EPs or import from other countries. Just so I could listen to 10 – 13 songs whenever I liked.

So Old School - there's a bit of a trend!
So Old School – there’s a bit of a trend!

I miss that feeling of being excited to hear a favourite band and I can’t remember the last time I looked up a gig guide to see who was playing – I wouldn’t even know any of the names these days anyway. I remember the day when I found out my favourite band (Klinger) was going to be touring with another favourite band (Bodyjar) and they were coming to my city! And it was an all ages gig. My first gig.

I thought to myself that if only my OTHER favourite band, MxPx, were playing the gig it would have been perfect however instead it was Unwritten Law and as a 16 year old in her first mosh, I wished it had been MxPx because those Unwritten Law fans were aggressive.. I came out with a bunch of bruises but I didn’t care because I had met 2 of my favourite bands and had the chance to see them live.

They also signed my CD inserts and my friends and I sneakily got one of Klinger’s members phone numbers – which was quite useful in the next Klinger gig I went to because it was an over 18’s gig and I wasn’t.. I was able to get in because I gave them a call on the day (like a weirdo stalker), they came outside to chat with me and one of the members was able to smuggle me inside to this dingy little pub where I got to see Klinger again and another band I was liking called Motorace.

After the gig they were going to a nearby pub and asked if I wanted to go along but, for some reason, I declined and went home because I had school the next day! It was this crazy event and I can’t imagine something like that happening to me these days. I sometimes miss that crazy recklessness that gave me the confidence to give my favourite band a call and get smuggled into a gig.

And now some of the music (because this post isn’t long enough already) that made life worth getting out of bed for back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, the music that made me the punk rock girl (woman?) I became:

Klinger – Hello Cruel World

.As another popular song at the time claimed “a pop song saved my life” and that was the case with this song for me. I was at a fairly low part of life when this song was released and it got me up and energised about something and made me want to get out of the darkness.

MxPx – Responsibility

The band responsible for making me branch out into more punk music with less pop elements.

Happyland – Chicken

One of the weirdest bands I ever listened to, they were so strange but I loved their songs (especially Chicken) all the same.

Magic Dirt – Dirty Jeans

Because girls can be awesome leads too! I saw Magic Dirt live in 2002 and Adalita (lead) changed her guitar about 5 times and she rocked out and it was awesome!

Lazaro’s Dog – Home Entertainment System

Because why not?

Goodbye Google Reader!

Timeless Thoughts #1: Google Reader

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Timeless Thoughts is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Tara and Georgie where each month you discuss something you miss or are feeling nostalgic about.

This month my Timeless Thoughts go to Google Reader. It has been gone for more than 2 years now but every day I look at my RSS reader (BlogLovin) I sigh and wish I still had Google Reader.

Goodbye Google Reader!
Goodbye Google Reader!

I was so surprised when it was announced that Google would be shutting down Google Reader, I couldn’t understand why they would do that. Nearly everyone I knew used and liked it. What were we going to do now that it was disappearing?

Suddenly, many little known alternatives started popping up claiming they wanted to take us all in and we were able to bring our feeds with us. At the time I decided to choose Feedly because it was so sleek and clean and looked great on my iPad. Slowly, the bugs started appearing and it wouldn’t sync posts properly, it was marking things as read that I hadn’t read.. it wasn’t loading correctly and I ended up deciding to move over to BlogLovin and give them a try.

Initially it was decent, I could view my feed online as well as through their iPad app and, other than an annoying image issue (they seemed to have issues with large sized images is peoples posts and wouldn’t show them at all.. and the support for it was abysmal), did everything I needed. But then, the bugs started appearing. They did a large update and made it worse – one update only let you use the app in portrait and not landscape, that was rectified pretty quickly – the image quality is terrible now and you have to go to the website to see it them in full quality. The website frame is incredibly annoying, the scrolling is not smooth and you can accidentally mark everything as read by using the scroll on your mouse.

I find myself endlessly frustrated with it and wishing for the simple times of Google Reader again. It found feeds, it found new posts and it displayed them without issue. I never knew finding something on the same level would be so difficult.

If you use an RSS reader, which one and what do you like/dislike about it?