I don’t know how I manage it at times, but I have actually managed to spend some time in my little hidey hole on my Feed The Beast – Unstable Minecraft server this week, exploring what is new compared to my vanilla server. I must admit that it is like painting a long bridge or cutting the grass on a huge field. Everytime I try to understand one thing, it appears that there are numerous other things to actually understand. However I have managed to make progress and after I have finished writing this blog I am going home to video a small recording in order to present you with my findings – ooops did that sound too scientific? This week I explore chisels and crafting tables….
Now since you probably are not even aware that I have a professional blog, you will not know about the new way of working that I have had to adopt due to the ever increasing workload of blogging, streaming, radio presenting – oh and work! Don’t worry I am not going anywhere -I’m just going to be blogging to this site once every two weeks with my professional blog getting a waffle every other week. After saying that, you might think that the title of this waffle actually contradicts all of this “reducing my workload” but you know me when I want to do something or achieve something then that’s it, I become very dedicated and well – I’ll say it before you do- obsessed! so what am I going to do? Well I am trying my hand yet again at Minecraft!
I’m definitely not a quitter but somethings certainly do try me. I continue to try to make an impression with Minecraft, trying to find my niche within the game which I enjoy and can succeed with. In an attempt to learn and play the game and understand the mechanics of it, I decided to try and ‘survive’ without being the server’s administrator and all the benefits which this brings. I created a new account and set off into the survival world – why did noone tell me how hard this was!!!
I’m come to a conclusion about Minecraft – it’s a lot harder when you don’t have admin/owner powers! Usually I can just summon some food or change the weather or even make it day time so those pesky zombies burst into flames and I can safely go outside. Without those powers, life is hard. I’m trying not to eat meat so I started off with some apples but those are running out fast so I needed to try and start a farm. At the same time I needed a bed to sleep in. And just when I thought it was safe for me to be in my house underground I got attacked!!!!
Are you a bit of a Minecraft player? Well, I’ve set up my own servers and, although the Survival world has been going for some time, the community has sadly been sucked into another dimension leaving the world a bit like the Mary Celeste. In order to show you what is on offer, I thought I would make a quick video so you can start to think of joining…or maybe becoming a founding member of the new community. There is website where you can join, and I’ll be streaming some content online on Twitch shortly. If you like what you see then please get in touch – only want kind, considerate players – I hear so many horror stories of servers being wrecked – are they all true?
On my professional work site, every year I share my targets for improvement for the following year. Don’t worry, they do not include the usual diet and gym comments but focus more on my academic achievements and research commitments. Since this site is getting re-invigorated I thought it would be a good idea to set and share my targets for my streaming, Youtube and radio exploits here so you can get some idea of where I am going with things. Of course, it also gives you the opportunity to come back in a year’s time and have a gloat at what I haven’t achieved! So the big question is….can I hit these targets!