Chips for week 13, 2021

Tuesday 06 April, 2021 at 5.03am

Week 13, 2021 ran from Monday 29 March, 2021 to Sunday 04 April, 2021.

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  • Another week, and I’m still stacking chips. Last week’s chips looked like this:


    At the start of the week, I wrote my high-level goals down:

    1. Increase Ezio Collection content buffer
    2. Write up at least 1 thing about my video game series
    3. Atom all the things
    4. Improve the appearance of this site

    I ticked off zero of these.


    As the paltry stack of chips might illustrate, it wasn't a great week for progress, or even for giving a damn about recording my chips. As I wrote when describing the idea of stacking chips, any system for tracking my time that becomes a burden I abandon. This week I had a bad week for motivation, so I couldn't even maintain the effort of putting one chip in a tube five times a day. But I don't punish myself for it. None of this is mandatory, I do it because I want the record. So when I don't want to be bothered, I don't do it and that's the right thing to do.

    I did make some progress towards increasing my Ezio buffer. I got chapter 3 edited and finalised, apart from the music. I mostly record the music separately from the voice and sound effects channels, and Assassin's Creed II at least makes this somewhat easier by playing a lot of the music that's not tied to a cinematic in a loop. Capture more than one full loop and you can find the start and end, add it to the media bin, and have prepackaged music to apply later. However, capturing loops of this current sequence is proving more difficult as the game keeps swapping between tracks without getting a full loop. And I got tired of replaying the same section for the fifth time.

    I didn't write anything about making game videos, unless you count the above paragraph.

    I made a very small amount of progress towards adding Atom feeds to my things, in that I made an SVG of the feed icon. I know these already exist, but I wanted one that resembled the older icon that I prefer to the now widespread icon, and I wanted to be able to reskin it in different colours easily. Plus I was already in the mood to faff with SVG after making myself a little something.

    I didn't improve the appearance of this site.

    So what did I do, if not those things? Well, one thing I did was work on my raw capture annotations. I formalised a template for myself, so I can more quickly find segments in the future (I spend too much time when editing video trying to find that bit that I know I recorded, but can't remember which file it is in) and then annotated my raw footage rather than pretending I would do it later, as I have done for nearly half of my raw Horizon Zero Dawn footage.

    Otherwise, I did little else but stare into the middle distance. There are some weeks where I just can't seem to concentrate on anything, and this was one. So I did my default activity when my brain just slides off of everything and made some more GIFs (Ted Lasso, Pitch Meetings) and faffed with that site's helper scripts.