Question Driven Life

Question is a powerful language construct.┬áThink about it: What do you do when you have to answer a question you don’t already know the answer of? You’ll take some action to get to the answer. And this happens pretty much automatically, naturally, systematically.

And even if you already know the answer, your brain will still have to work to retrieve it.

We can think of questions like catapults; depending on what question you are answering, you’ll “launch” to different places. This may be why we should choose our question.

There are generally two types of questions:

The first is question that you can answer once and then you can keep referring to it, because the answer seldom changes (if not never).

The second is question that you can keep asking over and over again, because the answer can and will change depending on time, situation, context and so on.

After a while, you’ll have some ideas about what kinds of actions some questions will make you do, and then you can purposely ask yourself those questions to lead yourself to do those actions.

We can also think backward that every actions of ours are actually trying to answer some implicit or subconscious questions. For example, when we go to YouTube, we may be trying to find answers to questions like “Is there an interesting video?”, “Has one of my subscribed channels uploaded a new video?” etc.

In short, I believe we can gain some control in our lives by choosing what questions to answer (and some repeatedly), and what questions to ignore and not answer.

Some questions are useful in general that you can make templates out of them, and apply them to various things.

Examples:

“What is a small step I can take now to bring {insert a project} ever closer to completion?”

This will make you think of that small step, of which you are likely to do it immediately.

“Why can’t {insert a project} be considered complete yet?”

This will make you think of the most important missing element in your project.

“What do I do with {insert something}?”

This will make you think of new ways of using something.

I hope this article proves useful to you as it does to me.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider (2013)

Managed to beat Tomb Raider (2013) yesterday after making small progress daily. I played the PC version (Definitive Edition) which I managed to grab from Steam for only $5. This is my first PC game I ever beat on my recently-built gaming PC, which cost me around $2000.

So what do I think about the game? Well, it’s not bad, but I don’t find it particularly great either. It feels linear or “on the rails”, despite the seemingly open areas.

The puzzles may be interesting, but none of them ever gets big; they are pretty much just small self-contained puzzles. Combat is also an average affair.

Story feels like a safe Hollywood movie (but it’s amusing that it takes place in a Japan island…). Voice acting feels… well, like an act.

And no, I’m not going to 100% this game (finding all items, completing all challenges etc). I find neither merely following the maps nor scouring every nook and cranny for hidden items, particularly enjoyable, if at all.

And multiplayer is (obviously) dead. Well, not like I want to play it…

Now I’m wondering what game to play next…

As of this writing, Bayonetta for PC was just released on Steam for $20. I have never played Bayonetta before, mostly because I heard PS3 version is a bad port and I don’t own an Xbox 360. But I’m not sure if I actually want to play a skill-heavy action game now…

The Start

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Don’t be surprised if I’m playing games that have been out for quite a while now. I try to dig old treasures and stuffs that I’ve missed.

So yeah, nice to meet you and hope that my blog will be interesting enough for you to keep checking back. Until next time!