👀 A mini ecosystem
#275 | Life in pixels
Picture this - it's 4 pm, and I'm hunched over my laptop. I've found the Thing I want to write about when into my brain pops a nudge that dust I must.
But I cannot get myself to move away. It's been 30 minutes already.
The brain is a bizarre organ - it makes you laugh and cry and think, tells you where the pain is, and latches on to the weirdest things at the most random of times.
Pai wrote about Wikipedia rabbit holes and the inevitable time sink, and I can R.E.L.A.T.E.
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Here's an open secret, I don't just happen to come across cool websites that magically tie in with my life every time I write.
Most days, I go hunting.
Sometimes I'm on page 6 of a search engine, clicking out of ads and pop-ups that deal lvl 5000 damage to my system.
But that's the job, and somebody's got to do it.
So it's all worth it, when that perfect website comes through.
Like this game about managing a virtual ecosystem.
The aim is simple - keep the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere balanced.
It's not the most rewarding game; there's no instant gratification. But if you're like me and enjoy low risk during your downtime, then this might be the Thing for you too.
If nothing else, it makes you realise how fucking tough it is to create an ecosystem from scratch and have it function flawlessly. Whoever built ours must have really known their shit for ours to work as long as it has.
And maybe they had to go dust their screen, too, before they were sidetracked by the Northern Lights, and maybe why we haven't been evicted yet.