What Will I Read in September?

Hoping to get out of this reading slump in September. My daughter’s starting school, so while she’s learning to read, I’m going to be reading. I hope.

The book I’m reading now should be finished in the next couple weeks. I will work hard on it! And then I’ll move on to something new, one of the books I got earlier this year. Take a look at my to be read list.

So, if I can finish Revelation Space, I’ll move on to N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, then Andy Weir’s The Martian. I’m really looking forward to them.

What are you planning to read in September? Let me know in the comments below.

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Reading Slump?

I guess you could say I’ve been having a reading slump this year. I’m still only on my third book of the year.  It hasn’t been a great year for reading. I talked about it in a video. Enjoy my daughter’s acting in this one, too. And the bloopers.

I’m hoping to pick up my reading for September. I should be able to finish this book that’s taking me too long to read. Then I’ll move on to a couple shorter books that should be much easier to read quickly. But that’s another video.

What do you do if you are in a reading slump? Is there anything special you do that can encourage you to read more? Let me know in the comments below.

Better Late Than Never – This Show Is Hilarious

Henry Winkler (The Fonz) got three other old guys and a young guy together to travel across Asia. The show is called Better Late Than Never. So, what are four famous guys and a not famous guy doing? Well, some are making asses of themselves, while the other is proving to be surprisingly knowledgeable.

So, who did he bring together? William Shatner (Captain Kirk), George Foreman (legendary boxer, grilling and barbecue sauce spokesperson), Terry Bradshaw (Hall of Famer football player and coach), and Jeff Dye (some guy).

Their first stop was Tokyo, which was last week’s episode. This week, they’re in Kyoto. In Tokyo, they stayed in a capsule hotel, enjoyed interesting kushiage, and took in a view of Mt. Fuji. I’m currently watching them in Kyoto.

Henry Winkler seems to try to be silly from time to time. He isn’t taking things seriously. George Foreman will eat anything, and he’s not making an ass of himself. Terry Bradshaw is talking at inappropriate times, being loud, and very annoying. Jeff Dye, I have no clue who he is. William Shatner has surprised me, though. He seems pretty knowledgeable about things, is trying to be respectful of the culture, and is the only one who isn’t acting like a juvenile idiot.

But you know what? This show is hilarious! I’m loving it! Of course, they’re acting silly just for laughs. But Shatner is proving to be perfect in everything. He knows about the food, he’s responsible, and he’s enjoying every moment of it. I was kind of wondering where this show was going to go in the beginning, but it’s just great.

Have you been watching it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Up Close and Personal With a Wild Animal

As I returned home with my daughter after visiting the playground, we encountered a wild animal. There it was, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog!

We were in mortal danger! This bloodthirsty creature was ready to lunge at us and tear our throats out! But I have been trained the arts of Bunny Fu. I battled bravely, and the fiendish rabbit ran away. I managed to take a picture of it as it escaped in fear.

I was lucky, wasn’t I?

In Memoriam: My First No Man’s Sky Game

Early last week, I signed in to No Man’s Sky only to discover that my saved game wouldn’t open. It started a new game on a new planet in a new system! I was quite disappointed. I was originally on a very colourful world, and I was going to take screenshots of the scenery on all the planets I discovered.

Has this soured my enjoyment of this game? Not really. I just started over again. The problem was a bug in the game that has been addressed by a patch recently, so it shouldn’t happen again. The game has been getting a lot of hate recently because it isn’t what was advertised. So many things that were said to be in the game actually aren’t. But I have expectations that some will appear in future patches. It seems more like they were pressured to release the game, and they released it unfinished. But what we get, I’m really enjoying.

My initial expectation of this game was to be able to explore planets and discover interesting landscapes, plants, and animals. That’s what I got. If you take this as a straightforward exploration game, then you should be satisfied. That’s what I love about this game. And so, I’m enjoying it a lot.

So, I’d like to share with you the Ariadne system. It was the first system I arrived in and I renamed it to Ariadne. Unfortunately, I didn’t get screenshots of one of the planets before the game reset. However, I have images of the first and third planets I played on. So, here is the first planet, Ariadne II:

The view of Ariadne II from space. It looks like it has water, but I didn't actually get to see it. It was mostly a rocky world.
The view of Ariadne II from space. It looks like it has water, but I didn’t actually get to see it. It was mostly a rocky world.
A night time view.
A night time view.
The sun is coming up, bathing it in a pink hue.
The sun is coming up, bathing it in a pink hue.
One of the local animals. Interesting looking, isn't it?
One of the local animals. Interesting looking, isn’t it?
Ruins in the foreground, big mountain in the background.
Ruins in the foreground, big mountain in the background.

The second planet I went to was pretty barren, and it had no animals at all. I didn’t get any images of it. The third planet was totally different. Very colourful and had abundant plant and animal life. No forests, but a pink “grass.”

A view of the pink planet, Ariadne III, from space.
A view of the pink planet, Ariadne III, from space.
So brightly coloured. Look at all that pink!
So brightly coloured. Look at all that pink!
At a trading post on Ariadne III.
At a trading post on Ariadne III.
More colours on display, with a pink sky matching the pink landscape. Sunset.
More colours on display, with a pink sky matching the pink landscape. Sunset.
What's this? A dinosaur? Kind of.
What’s this? A dinosaur? Kind of.
I loved this planet. The colour was amazing, and it seemed so comfortable and inviting.
I loved this planet. The colour was amazing, and it seemed so comfortable and inviting.

These planets have been saved on No Man’s Sky’s server, so someone way stumble upon it sometime in the future, although that’s extremely unlikely. I wish I could’ve seen the other planet in the system.

Despite the problems and issues people have had with the game, I find it beautiful to look at, and very inspirational. I love going into the game to just explore. That’s all that matters to me. I can’t wait to discover more.

In the future, I’ll have more posts about the worlds I’ve discovered in the game. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing animals, but I will certainly do landscapes. If you’d like to see animals, then let me know. I can still show you animals from these two planets, as I have the images saved.

Let me know which planet you like the most. Also, if you’ve played the game, did you enjoy it?

Week in Review – August 28, 2016

It was quite the week. Personally, it was exciting in some aspects. The next week will be very interesting. And I’ve seen so much about No Man’s Sky, I find it almost funny. Despite all the bad press the game has been getting (it’s not exactly what was promised), the things that I was anticipating about the game are exactly as they were advertised. So, I’m enjoying it. But let’s look at what happened in the past week.

Reading

Thanks to a bus ride, I got some somewhat significant reading done. Well, it really wasn’t that much. I’m now at 64% done in Revelation Space.

Writing

I’ve been talking a lot about writing! Does that count?

Videos

I posted 9 videos over the past week, including 1 for my vlog channel. My main channel gained 9 subscribers in the past 48 hours, which is the fastest increase ever. This week, I have a rather ambitious video to do for my main channel, and I have a pretty personal vlog to do that includes complaining about shady advertising.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming!

Languages

I keep studying a week on, a week off. This was an off week.

The Blog

Authors Answers is going to have new contributors! Also, I reached 2,000 blog posts. That’s a huge milestone. So big, I even made a video about it!

Studying

Nothing!

The Next Week’s Goals

I’ve been trying to keep up on social media for my newest blog posts, and I’ve noticed that my views per day have increased. I shouldn’t have been slacking off on that. Also, I’ll be doing some posts about No Man’s Sky that involves screenshots from the game. I find the game quite beautiful, even though some people aren’t satisfied with the gameplay.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments!