The Complicated Blog

I’m just letting you know what I have started posting at my new blog, The Complicated Blog instead.

This is part of my plan of retiring this weblog to simplify the number of personal websites I manage.

If you have an email address that ends in @idiologic.com, it will still work until the end of the year. Contact me if you need a replacement or head here to send me a message.

Posts here will be very rare.

Thanks for following me through this journey of moving sites.

Kindest of regards,
Ben

#49: Wax to Wane

Randomising the Legend of Zelda for NES

I’m old. I love playing games from when I was a wee lad. I especially love playing a certain familiar game and having most of the items, all the dungeon rooms, enemies, and junk moved around in random places. It really screws with your brain.

Wizzrobes in the first dungeon… fun stuff. But hey, I found a red ring somewhere. 😉

I’ve made a random game of Zelda for the NES based on the randomised tournament runs and it’s been really fun. You can download the .nes file here to play on an emulator (I use OpenEmu).

That custom rom is actually pretty fun. I ended up finding the red ring early from somewhere and since there are red and blue Wizzrobes everywhere, it helps a bit.

To get the Zelda Randomizer application for Windows so you can make your own Zelda-related nightmare, you can visit the site. (Keep in mind that you will need a Zelda rom which I do not provide here.)

A Break in Silence

Good morning to all of you.

I have been a bit quiet on all fronts lately. I haven’t posted anything here. I haven’t recorded any new podcast episodes for a while. I haven’t done much of anything on my side projects for a while. I’ve been mentally preoccupied with work-related stuff and honestly, it’s not good.

There are times where I just think I should just stop doing things because I’m no good at it. My writing is horrible now. My podcast quality, to me, has never really been of great quality and it isn’t that interesting. The Complicated Noise website has been giving me headaches lately and I’m tired of working on it. That’s a bad thing because I’m supposed to move this journal over at some point. I thought about getting started, but it’s just not going well. I am having a really hard time getting started. I think I just don’t care. That’s not good.

I thought about streaming retro game play this month but didn’t do that. Again, no interest. I’m playing some games, but not live streaming it because it’s just hard to care enough.

There’s a lot that I’m neglecting and I think that all this self-isolation has a lot to do with it. Even my medications aren’t helping me cope as well anymore. I’m back to being really sick of my job and wanting a change. My studying is going nowhere because I’m finding that online study isn’t something that I’m finding doable. There’s just a ton of stuff happening and I’m struggling to cope with it all.

I’m sure I’ll get to a place where I can cope though. I’m not at the hopeless point. I doubt I’ll ever get to that point. I just need to rethink things. I would say that I need more socialisation but… it doesn’t change the fact that I can only handle small doses of chat and I don’t like talking on the phone.

Anyway, my whining session is almost over. I’m not quitting any of these things, but just taking it slow while I get my brain back into working order.

Everybody take care of yourselves! I’ll do my best to do the same.

This is Idiologic’s Last Year

Hello, all of you. I’m just dropping a note to let you know that yes, I am still breathing. Well. Getting fired up about my career, you know, that kind of thing. I haven’t really been able to update anybody about what’s going on, but I will say that I’m really enjoying my time away. I miss my partner though, but I’m back home for the weekend at least. Next week is my last week away from home before I return and I’m thrown head first back into work for a while.

While I’ve been away, I am really thinking about what direction I’d like to go as far as this website’s concerned and I’ve decided that this will be the last year of Idiologic. I’m going to put this site in a hole six feet deep and bury it. I’m not expecting a zombie-like resurrection of it either. I don’t know… maybe I’ll cremate it and throw the ashes into the Gulf of Mexico… anyway, I digress.

What I will do however, is move my weblog to Complicated Noise. It’s only natural. It makes sense to have everything there anyway. I know that I have said in the past that I don’t really care about numbers of visitors, but at the same time I love statistics. Those statistics for this weblog haven’t been impressive for a long time. A lot of it is that it has become very hard to open my life up like I did when I was 18, 19, or 20. As the years pass, I’m a lot more concerned about what information I put out into cyberspace (or whatever the young people call it these days). I’m also a bit isolated from the rest of Australia since I’ve moved. It prevents exciting things happening and well, I no longer struggle with my relationships and stuff and I’m married and all.

One of the things I wanted to chat more of (and never did), is what day-to-day life is like with my partner but he’s got a bigger need of privacy. I respect that and respect the needs of his family to keep things a little quiet. That’s life and it was part of the package deal.

I guess that means that Idiologic will eventually disappear into the void around this time next year and I’ll start customising a version of WordPress for Complicated Noise. If I get that done at before then, I’ll just redirect traffic.

Anyway, I’ll still post here every so often and my new podcast episodes will be posted here. I’ll just post a bit of a notice that I’ve moved.

As always, it’s nice to have you around. Thanks for your continued support.

Ben

#47: Miscellany

I’m under a big amount of stress and I am struggling to deal with it in a constructive way. I talk about being back and all the adult-like responsibilities I have.

I’m having to go away for a few weeks so this will be the last episode for about 3 weeks.I’ll be back soon!

Another “Break”…

Hello everybody! Something unexpected has come up and I’ll be away from home for three weeks starting in March. That means that I’ll have to take a break from podcasting for a while.

I have to travel about 200 km (124 miles) one-way, so going back and forth in one day isn’t an option. It would take me about 2 hours to drive there. 4 hours of driving after a full day isn’t something I want to do.

Optionally, grab yourself a KitKat. The green tea ones from Japan are really good.

I’ll be around though. If I need to vent, I’ll come back and post here.

#46: Back into Summer

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a blog or a podcast episode, but here’s one. I apologise in advance for the crappy sound quality, but it’s been really hot and I had to have a fan on.

Oh, I’m back in Australia now too.

Complicated Noise Returns in February

Many of you already know that I am overseas at the moment, spending time with my family and friends. Well, after missing so many “deadlines” of new podcast updates, I’ve just thrown in the towel for the month and decided that I will continue when I get back to Australia. I’m just not in the zone right now to record or edit.

I will be back with a new episode the week that I return (hopefully) so I guess some of my exciting news will just have to wait until then.

You can always find out what my plans are for upcoming podcast episodes by visiting the guide at Complicated Noise.

I know a lot of my posts lately have been about me putting things off, but at some point I’ll be back at 100% speed. 🙂