Still Another Collection of Thoughts.

It’s that time again, where instead of dedicating a blog entry to one specific topic, I post a collection of paragraph-long thoughts. I do this when I don’t have enough to say on any one topic to fill up a blog entry. That said, here’s my latest collection of brief thoughts:

The Living Ships update for No Man’s Sky is spectacular. More space encounters been added beyond fleet arrivals and dogfights, like derelict freighters drifting through the void and unknowable alien entities, that elevate this game’s feeling of an old-school science fiction odyssey. But the real star of the update is its namesake, the Living Ships. The process of acquiring a strange egg, tending to it as it matures, and hatching it into an organic spacecraft is both challenging and time-consuming… but man, the payoff is worth it. I love this game so much.

I’ve been having fun on Byte lately, the spiritual successor to Vine. The original 6-second looping video app had a great community of creators before it got super popular and started generating “Vine stars” (ugh), but I liked it until it shut down a few years ago. I tried TikTok, but besides all its information-sharing and censorship problems, I grew tired of its user base copying content in a desperate attempt to get app-famous. Byte, so far, remind me of the early days of Vine. It’s a small community of creators making silly, chill, and/or trippy 6-second looping vids. It doesn’t have that air of “do anything to go viral” that other social media apps have, at least for now. You can find me there [at]mookiebean if you’re curious.

My cat is a pain in the ass. He’s been stalking me for the last hour and is currently irritating me as I’m trying to write this. I’ll feed you when I’m done, okay?!

I only just discovered that the fan communities for DOOM and Animal Crossing are best buddies. This is the random internet content that makes my heart happy.

I inherited some art from my late grandparents. Like, serious art. Like, original oil paintings by relatively famous painters. I grew up seeing these pieces in my grandparents’ house, but owning them and being responsible for them is another matter entirely. I am both proud and slightly overwhelmed to be their steward.

I’ve been slacking off in my healthy diet practices these past few months. I still go to the gym five days a week, but the real path to looking and feeling good is keeping a clean diet. Work-from-home fatherhood has presented several challenges to this, and I feel like I’ve failed to meet those challenges. I’ve slipped back into junky breakfast cereals, dinners out of a box, and sugary snacks. I’m by no means “out of shape,” but I’m starting to see a difference in how I look now, compared the earlier days of my #BuffDadLegacy workout journey. Looks like I have to meet that challenge head-on again, if I want to feel good about my body again.


About Michael

Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it's awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading Star Power.