Finding Time for Personal Projects

Finding Time for Personal Projects

People with full-time jobs are often compelled to work on side projects outside of their regular work schedules. These side projects might be “side hustles,” pivots to other professions, or creative projects with no immediate expectation of profit. But entangled in the pursuit of these projects lies a dilemma: with limited recreational time, how much…

Car Detailing is Therapeutic

Car Detailing is Therapeutic

It’s been nearly a year since COVID-19 hitched a ride on humanity’s air travel infrastructure and blew its viral load across the globe. And I’ll admit: even as a practiced introvert, spending this much time at home is starting to get old. Thankfully, I’ve managed to shake things up with a new outdoor, social-distance-compliant hobby:…

What Cyberpunk 2077 Does Well

What Cyberpunk 2077 Does Well

At first, I found Cyberpunk 2077 massively disappointing. It emphasizes player choice but offers little. Its open-world is pretty but mostly populated with filler content. And it frequently sidelines role-playing efforts so it can tell its own story. But fifty hours later, and having surrendered my expectations, I’m enjoying the game for what it is:…

9 Books I Read in 2020

9 Books I Read in 2020

Reading is a pastime I’ve come to enjoy more as I’ve grown older. And with my renewed appreciation of the medium came a goal to read more in 2020. For me, digital mediums like film and video games are often more stimulating than books (my blog archive is proof of that). But my entire working…

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

After seven years, CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is here, and it’s a cybermess. And I’m not just talking about the apparent lack of polish or abundance of bugs. Cyberpunk 2077 is foundationally flawed: a bizarre Frankenstein monster cobbled together from elements of other, better, games. Many of its gameplay systems are…