Wednesday 26th February, 2020

Gave up all pretence of being productive today and just completely relaxed. I go back to proper work next week, I’m going to chill for a few days. So I took a bath in the middle of the afternoon, watched dumb conspiracy videos on YouTube, and read some articles, like this great New Yorker piece on artificial languages. And I don’t regret a minute of it.

I built a new C.A.M.P. base in Fallout 76 that I’m pretty pleased with, too. I’m still enjoying it, mostly, though some of the shine is coming off. I miss playing World of Warcraft when it was new and exciting and all-encompassing, but you can’t go back: not even the Classic servers are the same, because that feeling was not just the game, but a sum of time and place. I’m not sure any game, MMO or otherwise, could ever recapture that specific moment, and there’s no point in getting nostalgic. I ping-pong through so many games now without ever committing to one, and I don’t like that, but I can’t seem to settle.

I also wrote a little bit of PHP again. I’m going to be using PHP a lot at work, so I thought it’d be a good idea to get back to it — I’ve pretty much exclusively used JavaScript for the last six months. Man, it was hard going. I’d forgotten all the basic language commands, kept screwing up the syntax, made a bunch of dumb mistakes just because I was rusty. It’s going to be hard to hit the ground running.

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