As you may have noticed, I haven’t been able to keep up with my plan to make two more Homestuck blog posts before I leave for vacation tomorrow. Here’s why that is.
Three days ago, during my summer camp, I lost one of the earbuds from the headphones I brought with me, and I started frantically searching for it, keeping the laptop I brought with me as I did it. Then, I left my laptop in the hall of the dorm building I was in, and when I went back there, it was gone. I couldn’t find it anywhere the next few days, and I started feeling really terrible about it because it belonged to my mom and all that. I could still get on other computers in the varioius buildings but those are of course kind of inconvenient.
Today was the last day of camp, and right after I left and got some food nearby with my family, I found out that the laptop was found again. It turned out that someone put my laptop in the dorm room next to mine and it was there the whole time, but nobody knew about it until today. This is good because I had some project files saved on there which I was afraid I lost for good, but sucked a little because I kind of wish I had it back sooner to do stuff on it.
Regardless of all that, losing my laptop prevented me from getting as much done in my Homestuck posts. The next post will be released tonight. It won’t be all that long, and it’ll cover around 40 pages (including two medium-length pesterlogs), and I’d say it’s about 80% finished. The next post after that (also will be fairly short) will be released a few days after August 6 (not the 5th as I originally thought), when I return from my next vacation. After that I’ll see what happens with this blog.
So I’m finally back home from vacation now. And I’m kind of sorry that I didn’t make more blog posts after the one about feeding birds. I did consider a few things to write posts about but I just didn’t bother with all that. It’s not that I didn’t do cool stuff, it’s just that I didn’t do things that I felt would make interesting blog post topics. If you want to know, here’s some stuff I did. I went to a super-relaxing warm hot spring pool, hiked around mountains that I got to with a cable car, ate a lot of food, and some other stuff.
The flight home was kind of interesting for a few reasons. The longest of the three flights started 3:30 PM and ended around 5:30 PM because it went six hours back due to time zones. Skipping ahead six hours in the middle of the night is one thing, but skipping back six hours in the afternoon is kind of weird. On the way there, I felt pretty sick after not sleeping for about 20 hours. But this time around it’s kind of different. After a long day of flying in airplanes, I decided that when I get home I would hop right into bed and get a nice well-earned sleep. But somehow I am wide awake a little after midnight writing a blog post in my twenty-fifth straight hour of being awake. I have no idea how such a thing is even possible.
During the vacation, I also thought about my blog posts. I’ve decided to continue my Homestuck posts as I did previously, with a new post every few days. I’m even more hyped than I already was about reaching Act 6 due to some random thoughts I had. But I also had the idea to write a commentary post series on Problem Sleuth, Homestuck’s predecessor. I don’t know when that commentary will start, but I imagine that starting within the next week I might work on Problem Sleuth posts alongside Homestuck posts, with Homestuck posts released more regularly. Before I start my Problem Sleuth posts I’ll write an introduction post similar to my Homestuck commentary introduction post.
I’ll get back to my regular blog posts tomorrow (technically later today), after I get a good night’s sleep.
EDIT: One more thing I forgot to mention. I plan on making a full real-life edited version of Detective Pony, something I’ll be able to feasibly do after I get a summer job and can buy supplies with my own money, stuff my parents would never buy for me.
I am in Italy now. I went there yesterday for the first time in my life and I will be there until around the 19th. Since writing my last post four days ago, I spent some time thinking about the next thing I want to write about, when earlier today I did something and thought, this would be a good thing to write about.
My family walked around somewhere for a bit, and at one point we sat on a bench and ate sandwiches we brought. There were some birds there, and we all started tearing off bits of bread and feed them to birds, something I had done before in an earlier vacation. When the first crumb was thrown, a whole bunch more birds came out of nowhere to fight for the food; eventually there was quite a flock of them.
It worked pretty much like this. One of us would throw a bit of bread at the group of birds, and whichever one catches it first eats the whole thing. But when I tried it out with a bigger piece, about half an inch in size, something funny happened. One of the birds grabbed the piece and selfishly flew away with it, as if it’s prized delicious food not to share with anyone else. I did that several times, and each time that same thing happened.
I seriously expected birds to be a bit smarter than this, maybe for each to gather around the piece of bread and start nibbling on it because the pieces of bread were really quite big for the birds, the same way multiple cats eat from the same bowl of cat food. The pieces looked too big for a single bird to store in its beak, but the birds would always fly away with the big piece stored that way regardless.
I think the moral of the story is as follows: never underestimate how dumb animals can be.
Now I know I said earlier that I would not make blog posts during vacation. Well, it turns out that I actually will make posts; just not any Homestuck posts. It is only the second day of vacation and I already have a pretty interesting story to tell, so I figured it would make a good post topic. I got access to a laptop to write vacation posts, so I guess that’s what I will do whenever I have something interesting to tell.