August has been good to me this year. However, returning to Danish classes has naturally cut back on my time a bit. This has made it harder to get some of my other work done, but otherwise, it’s been a good month.
My optimism that I would run out of tv to watch seems to have been misguided - I’ve got a bit more left than I remember. However, I’m still going to run out soon, and I’ve already shifted a lot of time to other pursuits like reading.
My first big vacation in a while is actually finishing up right now as I type this - a week flying back to the States for a conference in San Francisco, followed by a couple days in Los Angeles to visit some friends. It seems we picked the hottest time of year to visit. Thanks, climate change.
Training has continued this month, moving into the early parts of a strength phase. Unfortunately, the vacation means that I’ll definitely be set back a bit in September as my body will need to get reaccustomed to the current level of work - all in all, about two week’s setback. However, eating good ramen, chinese food, and Taco Bell in the States are all well worth it, in my mind.
This month also saw the release of my first video game: Hygge. It’s a short text adventure I wrote to clarify a lot of my feelings about moving to Denmark, as well as sharing a lot of the stories of my first year abroad. It’s pay what you want, so check it out and toss a few dollars my way if you appreciate it! I didn’t share it much on this site since it’s not as on-brand for the time being, but expect there to be more of the same in the future. I’m already planning a followup text adventure that’s a bit more fitness oriented.
Weight measured 86.7kg (191lbs) on Sept 9th in the morning.
Bodyfat measured at 16% via an Omron handheld fat loss monitor. (Not terribly accurate, but you work with what you have.)
Strength emphasis focusing on sets of 3-6. However, vacation has set this back.
Progress This Month:
None this month - vacation setback and shifts in programming mean that this isn’t really a month for it.
Adam’s Notes, Training:
I’ve continued to get a bit lighter against all my best intentions. Of course, two weeks off hasn't helped, with my body composition slipping a little. Still, I would say, not too shabby for taking measurements just after those two weeks!
I just can’t seem to really stuff myself as much as I should when I’m not currently in an actual bulk. I’ve been getting a bit restless to get this strength cycle over with lately, since I’m actually excited to do more of a physique phase once this is finished.
This month has felt a bit rougher than it should, struggling a bit more than usual with consistency. Of course, the biggest issue is vacation. That being said, I’m bracing to really push myself again this coming month.
Danish classes started back up again mid-August, so I’m quickly getting back into the swing of things. That being said, it’s also taken up a lot of my time. Every investment of your time is a tradeoff. This has made it a bit harder to stay on top of everything else, but otherwise I’m still enjoying it.
The Dark Tower III - (Audible) - I’ve been dragging my heels on finishing this one, even though I’m enjoying it a lot more than Dark Tower II. At this point, the series is really opening up more on the setting and mythology, which is making it a lot more exciting. II feels like a very rough transition between Dark Tower (which was mostly standalone) and III (which seems to represent how the series probably feels going forward). All the same, I’ve found it hard to pay as much attention to audiobooks this month.
The Lord of Light - Put this one on hold for the time being, but planning on finishing soon and having more to say.
How To Do Things With Videogames - I’m not actually a fan of much of Bogost’s other work, which often comes across as very overwrought and self-absorbed. That being said, this one really is fantastic. Each chapter focuses on a particular real-world application that video games have been used for and analyzes how effectively they served that purpose: games about politics, games used for the purpose of conveying safety messages, and many more. Bogost’s analysis is quite nuanced and helps tease out some of the deeper issues.
Thinking In Systems: A Primer - This text has been absolutely astounding. While I haven’t finished it yet, it already confirms and expands on a lot of ideas I had stewing around in my head. A very complex book, but absolutely essential for understanding systems. Useful whether you want to apply it to game design, economics, business, fitness, or any other field (most of them, really) where systems dominate.
Star Trek: Voyager - Not the best Star Trek, but makes good work accompaniment. After this and Enterprise, I’ll have watched all episodes of Star Trek - a personal goal.
Star Trek: Enterprise - I’m not enjoying this one much at all, but since I’ve promised myself I’ll finish all episodes of Star Trek, I’m still powering through it. Luckily, it’s good background noise since I’m not much invested.
American Gods - It’s been a long time since I read the book, but hell, the opening credits sequence is great. I feel like the book isn’t necessarily one that translates perfectly to television, and the special effects are sometimes a bit weird, but it was absolutely an enjoyable watch from start to finish.
Smallville - Now that we’re done watching Supernatural, I’ve been watching Smallville with my girlfriend. She’s an old fan, so we’re skimming through the seasons and just going through her favorite episodes, which cuts down dramatically on how long it takes to go through.
Adam’s Notes, Television:
I was hoping to get more into foreign language tv by now, but I may have underestimated how long it would take to finish up all of Star Trek (surprise). Aside from this, mostly just Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones, a couple anime series, and a couple Danish series to catch up on.
Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - A rework of a couple old DnD themed side scrolling beat-em-ups. Excellent fun with friends, not so fun alone. Surprising level of depth and replayability, with branching level paths, different characters to play, items to collect, and now achievements.
Overwatch - Gotten back into Overwatch after a bit of time off. Enjoying Doomfist.
Adam’s Notes, Games:
Back into Overwatch means less time spent on other games.
Coursera - Game Design and Development (Michigan State University) - Continuing in the same track. Gotten a bit ahead this month in order to prep for vacation.
Still haven’t had much time for this.
Small dip here due to the loss of a group coaching client. However, picked up a few small donations to help offset.
Other Clients: $2265
Couple prepays and a couple new clients helped to crack the usual summer slump.
Other Income: $465.72
Affiliate Income: $0
Looking to launch a greater focus on affiliate income in the future, but no real action yet.
Product Income: $42.39
Made a few dollars on Hygge - honestly shocked that it did so well for a short text adventure about feelings.
This month, lagged a bit in productivity. It’s also not helped that I’ve been balancing a lot more stuff all at once. However, I’ve stayed on top of everything, and that summer slump is starting to move off. Goals for this coming month include finishing a few products and getting work done on my second Twine game, in addition to keeping up with all my classes.
Another relatively slow month, but better than last month. Posting 2x/week has been a huge benefit, but it’s also made it harder to stay on top of everything in addition to the usual classes and other side projects. This month has just been busy, busy, busy.
Vacation has also thrown everything off, both training and work wise. But, it’s been great to be back in the US and experience some good sun. Onward and upward!
Thought for the month: I’m shocked how much easier it is to get a ton of coffee when you live in the US, and I didn’t realized how much I missed breakfast joints with endless coffee.
Other thought: I’ve been listening to audiobooks and podcasts at double speed lately - took some getting used to, but you don’t miss much and you can obviously really speed things up. How do you feel about it? I’ve seen conflicting opinions.