MYST the Book of Atrus

Myst book of Atrus

MYST the book of Atrus
by Rand and Robyn Miller

 

This had a profound impact on my life in the early 90’s as it did on millions of others, especially women. It was the first computer adventure game that opened the doors for all computer games that came after. It was a phenomenon that had players spellbound, attached to their computers while living in a different world. The prologue to the game is this book. I am savoring the last two chapters as I slowly read each word, picturing it in my mind, reading and rereading each paragraph.

Young people today don’t understand what life was like before Microsoft, Windows 95 and the computer mouse. The first time it was demonstrated I sat there in awe. All I could before this was type letters and numbers for data collecting. No pictures. No internet.

But this wonderful game captured people’s minds. We could control where we went in the game. We could walk around. There was music. It was the beginning of computer graphics. Water moved. Birds filled the sky. I lived in the ages of MYST and Riven in a series of 5 games. Many people spent hours every day wandering through beautiful scenery solving puzzles.

In the past 20 years technology moved very fast and computer games became more human~like and even more addicting.

But why am I writing about this 20 year old computer game today? Recently, on eBay, I was searching for used sci-fi books. My husband and I are both lovers of all things sci-fi. Not the ones with made up aliens, but those with plausible science that allows you to momentarily suspend your beliefs and imagine it to be true even though it is full of contradictions and you know it can’t be true. I look at the Bible in this way.

I found one and the middle picture was MYST. I was thrilled. I sent a message to make sure her collection of 6 books would indeed come with this book. It did, and she even offered to sell me that book alone for 50 cents. I took them all. Sometimes you got lucky and got good books.

I began Myst before I met my husband in 2000. He had a computer repair shop inside a computer software store. I wandered in one day looking for a new game – and the rest is history. We did the remaining games in the story. Each one rocked the gaming world as it came out.

For the last three days I have been buried in the book. Reliving life in “the crack”, Atrus and his father journeying through the earth to the desolate ruins of world of the D’ni, learning how to write an age, a world and traveling to it through a linking book. This book is a prequel to the first game.

I would love to reinstall it but computers today may be too advanced for it to play, but I want to try. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Our Squee still sits on a shelf in our computer room. The squee is a tiny (it sits in the palm of your hand) pewter figurine of a rodent. It looks part squirrel /part rat. He was part of the story line in one of the games and became a treasured keepsake.

I have been going through serious health problems and have been stressed over the outcome. Reading this book allowed me to escape to a different world.

Is there anyone out there who also traveled the ages in this game?

The Life of a Work-a-Holic

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I’m a workaholic. I get addicted to most everything I do – and I love it – except now I’m really busy because I don’t let things go – most of the time. And where are all the bloggers who have followed me over 4+ years. I guess they got bored with their blogs  Most people don’t follow through with things like this because their is no one to encourage them and they gradually stop. It was fun at first  watching to see how many people followed them, but they moved on.

I did some rummaging around pulling up, or trying to pull up, the blogs of past bloggers who have followed me. They aren’t there! The number of blogs still active, at least from early blogs is  . . . very  . . . very . . . small.

I now some people have lots of instant likes on their blogs, when I go to the WordPress reader that shows blogs that just posted, and I’d wager that their blog is the main thing they do on line and most of their views come from bloggers. Nothing wrong with that at all. But when I pull up an old post and go to the blogs of people who liked it – those blogs are rarely active anymore.

But this blog is but one site of many sites I have to tap into and maintain as often as I can. And I will continue blogging. It is a way to tap into my other sites, like my music website sonniquick.net 

From there you can see all of my Youtube music videos, or find my channel with a simple search of Sonni Quick Piano Improv. It’s also sometimes easier just to Google my name and see what comes up.

Most of the people who read what I write come from Google searches and I try to connect them with everything I do.  Quite oftenII have 2-3 devices open at one time so I can listen to music of other musicians I follow, write what every I’m writing at the moment and check in with business stuff.

I try to build my blogging friends, but it’s hard to go back and consistently follow their blogs, no matter how much I like their blog, but I try. And when do I do my own reading? When do I write music? I keep a very tight accept and keep going until I can no longer stay awake. Then I sleep for five hours and begin again.

Well, I better get back to work. Don’t forget to read some of my book chapters and subscribe to ITFO NEWS at my other blog – My Name Is Jamie – see ya there!

World’s Oldest Bodybuilder at 80

oldest-female-bodybuilder-grandma-80-year-old-ernestine-shepherd-19This is incredible!  Sadly, people are getting fatter –  sloppy, diabetic, unappealing, and often stuffed into spandex. Yet we look away and try to be polite and not stare into their grocery carts at the horrible food they eat, when knowledge of that bad food is out there and you could educate yourself. They fool themselves, and we help them believe that fat is beautiful. No. It. Isn’t. They will likely die sooner because of it.

People think that just because they are getting older it is normal to “Let yourself go”. It isn’t. We see examples of older people who care about themselves. They don’t give excuses for bad behavior. They don’t say, “I have a thyroid problem,” to try to not take responsibility.

When I saw this 80 year old woman in this video I was blown away. I’m not saying everyone should be a bodybuilder but there is no need to have your fat giggling down between your legs as though that is normal. There is no need or excuse to have fat kids. Now Diabetes is up for kids causing them ill health they never needed to have.

You obviously can do what you want, but maybe this will give you a little encouragement. If watching this video doesn’t fire you up to do something for your life then you are beyond helping. Love yourself and do something about it. Sometimes we get in a big rut and don’t like ourselves very much but we are going to eat our way into major illness if we don’t do something about it. Some people say, “You have to go somehow,” but having come close to dying from illness myself I can tell you, if that happens you are going to be wanting to change it real fast but it will be to late.

It’s hard to keep up the incentive to change but it is up to you to find people to encourage you to change your attitude about getting older.

This is a picture of me when I was 31 and working out with weights. I’m exactly twice that now. I don’t want to be a body builder at this point in my life but I want my health to be better than what it is. After a liver transplant in 2012 I was exercising to get into shape. My physical therapist told me I could never look like that again. I listened to him and quit. Then my back fractured from osteoporosis caused by liver disease. I Also have a herniated disc mid back and have a spinal cord stimulator up my spine for pain. Now I’m recuperating from a bad fall 3 months ago and half my left arm and elbow is now metal. Trying to make my arm work at all is challenging. Bending it, lifting it or straightening it is painful. Today for the first time I could reach my left arm over and put on deodorant, while gritting my teeth, but I did it. What an accomplishment! Watching this video was the incentive I needed to work harder.

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I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to play the piano, but if I’m careful I can hold my arm up for 10-15 minutes but because nerves are healing it is hard to move my wrist back and forth. I’m going to start recording videos of my progress. Saying this means I have to follow through.

My doctor told me not to hope for much. One surgery was bad enough. Having to replace the bone in the shoulder socket and screw two plates together over my elbow and hold it together with 13 screws made it was worse. He said I’ll be disappointed if I try for too much. He thought 70% function was possible. That isn’t good enough.I can’t even touch my face.

So this video gave me hope – the incentive to try harder and exercize more. A year from now where will I be? I’m not one to give up. Are you? Wish me luck!

The More You Connect, the More You Grow!

What a great idea this is. So often we don’t know where other social media is of blogs we follow.

Dream Big, Dream Often

Leave me your social media links in the comments and I and others will LIKE, FOLLOW, PIN and CONNECT!  There are around 170 bloggers that have left their social media links in the comments so have at it!   I like social media because I can interact more often with other bloggers and on a more personal level.  It’s nice to get to know those that you read about and that visit your page.

Here are mine:

Twitter @BigDreamer0323

Facebook: Dream Big, Dream Often

Linkedin: Danny Ray

Google +: Danny Ray

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I Have a Question About Blogs

I don’t ask this in a negative way. It is just a thought that crossed my mind as I looked at blogs today – ones I decided not to even pull up to see what they have to say – not that everyone would be interested in my two blogs, either.

I started thinking about what does and doesn’t interest me. How do we present ourselves to others so they would want to open our blog. What is it we think is most important for other bloggers to know about us from our very first sentence?

I am Buddhist. I’ve written about that in different ways on my blog in posts that have something to do with faith and religion. But I don’t feel the need to make that the number one thing that is important for people to know about me above everything else.  My being a Buddhist is not why people read my blogs.  In other words,  I don’t write a Buddhist blog.

I think faith is personal. Your faith shows by who are. Is your faith the first thing people need to know about you? Is it important for people to know you are Christian before they read your blog? Does any other person of another faith feel the need to know you are a follower of Christ? Do people of other faiths put their faith at the head of their description of their blog. I’m Morman. I’m Muslim. I’m Jewish. No, but by reading their blog you’d find that out.

I have friends of other faiths. It isn’t a prerequisite to be Buddhist to be friends if you respect each other and don’t insist on converting or say, “I’m right and you’re wrong.”

Please, don’t be offended. I’m not saying to not write about your faith. I write about mine, too. It’s an important part of who I am. But I am much more than a Buddhist. What I have learned through the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism has changed my life in many positive ways. But my blog is about much more than Buddhist teachings. If I made being a Buddhist an important part of the description of my blog mI’ll be a lot of Christians wouldn’t open my blog and I would have missed meeting some great people.

I have come across many Christian blogs that are only about the teachings. Nothing wrong with that. ButI find when someone has to tell me they are Christian before I even know what their blog is about – I skip right by it. It looks like it is the focus of their blog. If someone tells me up front they love to sew then it looks like it is a blog about sewing – skip – if it says they are concerned about the food we eat – I open it – if the most important thing is they love dogs – skip, I don’t have a dog and never will. Do you see what I’m getting to? There are many non Christians who won’t open a blog who gets emphatic about being a Christian. Do you only want Christian followers?

I would have checked out that blog if the bio was about what was in the blog, so they lost a potential reader because they didn’t use the space to tell me anything interesting.

Of course this is only my opinion. Everyone is welcome to think differently. I would be interested to know what you think.

Has Anyone Else Noticed The Amount of Spam Getting Through?

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It’s never been this bad.  They are finding ways to circumvent getting stopped.  They make the spam sound legitimate, except that you know it doesn’t fit what you wrote.  I actually had 7 get through today that akismet didn’t keep out.  I was able to stop them at that point.  I had one that got through a few weeks I didn’t catch, and now I keep having programs try to install themselves and I have to go back and redo the registry to an earlier date to get rid of it.  I can’t permanently get rid of it, and my husband is a computer guy who knows what he’s doing.  I think it’s in my system now.  So be careful!

Do People Actually Read What You Write?

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Sometimes I wonder, do people actually read what you have written or do they just go down the reader and click like?  Some people only put up a picture or a few words and you don’t have to actually go to their blog unless you want to write a reply.  But if you don’t go to their blog when you like something it never registers on their stats so they never know who actually paid attention to it. It’s not a great way to build confidence.

How do we write a blog? Why do we write a blog? How do we respond to other people’s blogs? Everyone wants to have good stats, because when there aren’t any, it’s really pretty disheartening and you feel unloved and unappreciated. We want people to read the words we have taken so much time to write, edit and possibly rewrite.  Many of the posts I write take me take me hours, especially if I’m adding pictures and links and possibly music.  I know they are read by the replies I get from people, and it is what keeps me going, Not everyone replies, I know that. But sometimes, it only takes a few minutes to let someone know you appreciate what they are doing. It matters. So I leave a lot of replies. Sometimes we have good days and some days we feel ignored.  Sometimes it depends on the time of day you post or it can slide on by.  Facebook is terrible for that.  The list of posts grows so long so fast. If someone doesn’t take the time to scroll down it gets lost.

I’m writing the today because I put up a post recently that I checked soon after and it had three likes but there had been not view or visitor to the site. Not one. How the heck can you just like a post without even reading what it was about. If the entire post fit on the review of the post through the reader then you’d think there was no reason to go to the blog. But nothing I write fits in that area. I actually write my posts. Do I want posts that “looks” like people were interested and read it, which isn’t true?  I appreciate those that like my posts, but I’d like to ask that you not like it unless you genuinely have at least read the darn thing. Doing that you just might find out something you’d be glad you read, or maybe even found out something you didn’t know.

Now, since someone would have to read this post to find this out, what will be the end result? I doesn’t make me happy to have people “like” me and not know why.

The End

P.S.  Your thoughts? How do you feel about this? Incidently, this post took me an hour and twenty minutes to complete. Was it worth reading?