Progamer to Programmer

Friday, January 25, 2008

Work and Play

Coding and gaming competitively is such a demanding lifestyle. The days are packed and exhausting. It does have its advantages - when I have a bad game, I can cheer myself up by looking at some of the things I've written at work; Likewise, when I feel I'm not doing a very good job, I can recall some games where my team played exceptionally well.

Yesterday we lost against AE. Looking back at the replay, I think we initially played with confidence, and attempted a few ganks, but there were errors in execution that caused a few deaths on our side instead. As the game progressed, I could sense that we became a lot more hesitant to move around the map due to our initial mistakes. In the end, we lost due to being outleveled and outfarmed.

Last night's game was supposed to be preparation for today's tournament. The game was a mixed blessing: it showed us our errors, so that we could learn from them and apply them in the games to come; but it also showed us the meaning of fear.

The competition in the tourney will most definitely be tougher - Mark will be bringing his Manila team. A tournament win will not be very likely for us, but I'm still hoping to aim for second place. Let's see what will happen... XD

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Arc in the Sky

I was walking across the airport tarmac to where the plane awaited, when I saw the rainbow. It was not an incomplete rainbow of the ordinary sort, but a Real rainbow - bow-shaped, just like the kind you find in children's drawings. What made this one extra special though, were the scattered puddles of water on the ground. The puddles were positioned such that the rainbow's reflection on the puddles joined with the real rainbow to form a perfect circle. It was one of the most moving scenes I have seen in my life.

Now I regret not choosing to get a camera (phone or digital). The ability to take [and show] pictures on demand means that more stories can be told, and the experience gained from having richer conversations may well be worth the price of one camera.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I like New Year's Resolutions because it implies a desire to become better.